Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek

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Trip Overview


The Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek is a captivating adventure that takes you on a journey around the picturesque rim of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. With a duration of around 7-9 days, this trek also offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and traditional villages that dot the outskirts of Kathmandu. The trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, where you start your hike. The trail meanders through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming villages, providing breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa ranges. As you ascend, you'll also encounter diverse flora and fauna, adding to the allure of the trek. Along the way, you'll visit ancient temples, monasteries, and traditional Newari villages, immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. Places like Chisapani, Nagarkot, and Dhulikhel offer stunning sunrise and sunset views, painting the sky with hues of gold and pink, and rewarding you with panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks. The trek also presents opportunities for interaction with local communities, allowing you to learn about their way of life, traditions, and hospitality. You can savor authentic Nepali cuisine and stay in comfortable teahouses or homestays, further enhancing your cultural experience. The Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek is suitable for trekkers of various fitness levels, as the trails are relatively gentle and don't involve extreme altitudes. It's a perfect choice for those seeking a shorter trek that combines natural beauty, cultural exploration, and close proximity to Kathmandu.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek is a remarkable adventure that lets you discover the stunning landscapes, cultural treasures, and warm hospitality of the Kathmandu Valley. With its mix of natural splendor, traditional villages, and awe-inspiring vistas, this trek is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories of Nepal's beauty and charm.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley
  • Scenic Drive along the route on this Trek
  • Enjoy the Scenario of Strawberry Farming in Village of Kakani
  • Magnificent views of wild rhododendrons growing on the mountain slopes, oak and pine forest.
  • Village of Kakani with mountain views.
  • Hiking along the Shivapuri National Parks
  • Views from Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and Namobuddha
  • Cultural experience of countryside of Nepal
  • Visit Important Piligrimage Destination like Nagi Gumba, Bagdwar, Bishnudwar, Jamacho, Manichud Mahadev, Kageshwori, Sundarimai, Tarkeshwor and Pachali Bhairav.
  • Easy and exotic walking trail in context of Nepal
  • Mixed culture of Tamang, Newar, Kshetri and Brahmin societies
  • Bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley
  • The panoramic views of Langtang, Ganesh and Jugal Himal
  • Panoramic Views of Highest Mountain of the World: Mount Everest during the Trek.
  • The great countryside, terrace farming and beautiful landscapes
  • The diversity of flora and fauna like 102 species of butterflies and 129 species of mushrooms including some 318 rare bird species located in Shivapuri National Park.
  • The best sunrise and sunset views along every Destination like Kakani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and Soon.
  • Suitable to Travel with Friends and Family.
  • Suitable for all age group
  • Less Chance of Altitude Sickness during the trek
  • Enjoy Adventure Activities such as; Rock climbing, Canyoning, Mountain biking through the lush and ancient village trails.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and Transfer to Hotel

Arriving at Kathmandu marks the beginning of your journey to Kakani Shivapuri trek. We, Friendship World Trek, will receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. You will also meet with your FWT guide, who will brief you about the trek. You will be spending your night in Kathmandu.

  • Overnight stay at a Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley and Trek Preparation

Kathmandu Valley is a microcosm of entire Nepal. Today, we will explore this ancient city rich in cultural heritage. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple), Boudhanath, and historic Durbar Squares. As you relish these wonders, you will also get a brief insight into these places from our tour guide. After an entire day exploring Kathmandu, you will prepare for your trek that will start the next day. Your trek lead will conduct a final check of the equipment and gear you are carrying. 

  • Overnight stay at a Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Kakani (1,982m/6,502ft) (4-5 hours Drive)

We drive to Kakani about 25km, north-west of Kathmandu. Kakani is a famous place for the magnificent views of the Kathmandu Valley and panorama of the Himalayas. Kakani has also become a popular picnic spot now-a-days. Then we walk along the ridge through the Shivapuri national park. Trekking time 4-5 hours.

Day 04: Drive from Kakani to Shivapuri (2729m) approximately 4 to 5 hours

You will have to Drive to Kakani and start the hike at 9 am from there to Shivapuri (2729m), the highest point of our trek. The panoramic view of the mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Range, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Mt. Shishapangma, Mt. Gaurishankar and many more from the top of Shivapuri is simply awe inspiring. Standard hotel will serve the lodges and food.

Day 05: Trek from Shivapuri to Chisapani (2194m) approximately 6 to 7 hours,

We wake up early in the morning to see the sun rise over the snowcapped mountains. After the breakfast, we start our trek to Chisapani (2194m). We walk for about four hours to Chisapani. The views of mountains from this point are spectacular. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 06: Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2195m) approximately 6 hours,

Today we start our trek to Nagarkot (2175m). Nagarkot is very well known for its fantastic mountain views. It is so close from Kathmandu- just an hours’ drive from the city yet it is far from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The sunrise and sunset view from this point is fabulous. With fresh air and peaceful atmosphere, Nagarkot is a place to relax your mind and body. It is an opportunity to escape the hectic hours of life to experience the beauty of nature, the beauty of Nepal.

Day 07: Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1440m) approximately 5 hours,

We wake up early for the sun rise view. After the glorious sunrise, we have our breakfast and get ready for a hiking to Dhulikhel. We have to follow the jungle trail, off road, fine road then we will reach to banepa after that Dhulikhel. An impressive vista of the snowy central Himalayas is visible in the backdrop of the gentle hills. Dhulikhel offers some of the splendid views of towering mountains. It can also be an opportunity to get some insights about local, their lifestyle and old Newari culture.

Day 08: Trek from Dhulikhel to Panauti (1400m) and then Drive to Kathmandu

We will walk Dhulikhel to Panauti approximately 2 hours. Panauti is a Newari village stuck between the Punyamata and Roshi streams that forms the shape of a triangle with a serpent statue standing at each of its three corners to protect the village from floods. The three-tied Indreshwor Mahadev adds to the glory of this place. It is believed that the structure was raised there in 1294 AD, making it the oldest surviving Nepal. This shrine area at the sacred confluence is called the Kowari. Panauti village exploration the opportunity to come across the lovely temple and interesting old house. The fourteenth century wooden temple struts are just amazing. After exploring the Panauti village to its fullest, we drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 09: Transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and Final Departure

Friendship World Trek representatives will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International airport in a private vehicle based on your flight schedule. We hope that you will have enjoyed your trek to the fullest.

  • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

Price Includes

In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.
12. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.

Price Excludes

Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.

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