There is nothing quite like a sunrise and sunset over the mighty Himalayas. The rays of the effulgent sun change the color of the snowcapped peaks, as they go from grey to reddish-orange to finally a brilliant white. The rising sun bursts forth above the mountains in breathtaking awe. Finally, the last rays of the setting sun send up a reddish ray above the mountains as the sun retreats for the night.
During the day, there are plenty of things to see and do in the Kathmandu Valley. This trek will feature a number of interesting villages to pass through, each belonging to different cultures that live peacefully side by side. There are terraced farmlands along the way as well as interesting temples and scenery.
In Kathmandu, there are temples, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and much more to explore. This five day tour will also take you to the rarely visited village of Changu Narayan. The entire village is a World Heritage Site, and features the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the least visited of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of it's out of the way location.
This trip offers some of the best there is to see in the Kathmandu Valley and will make for a memorable trip. Feel free to bring the family as it offers an easy trek that will make trekking with young families very enjoyable.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 2 – Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
DAY 3 – Drive to Changu Narayan, short hike to Nagarkot (elev. 2100 m)
DAY 4 – Drive to Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu
DAY 5 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu where you will be greeted by a representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition and taken by private vehicle to your Three Star Hotel for the night. Enjoy welcome drinks as you relax at your hotel.
DAY 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley: Today visit several of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhu (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. We will travel to each of these locations by private car with an English speaking guide. We will return to our hotel for the evening.
DAY 3 – Changu Narayan, trek to Nagarkot (elev. 2100m): Our day begins early after breakfast when we travel up to the UNESCO World Heritage Site to see the village of Changu Narayan. This village contains the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley, and was one of the four Narayans to protect the place, invoking the protection of the god Vishnu. There are no vehicles allowed in the village, and we can watch craftsmen doing wood carvings as they have done for hundreds of years. We will hike for two hours until we reach the village of Tenkot, and then take a vehicle to Nagarkot where we will check into a three star hotel for the night and enjoy a spectacular sunrise.
DAY 4 – Sunrise, then Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu: We rise early to watch an incredible sunrise over the Himalayas as the effulgent sun spreads its golden rays across the snowcapped peaks. Following the sunrise, we will have breakfast and then take a private vehicle to the city of Bhaktapur. Once its own kingdom, the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its famous 55 window Durbar Palace and its many temples. We will then travel on to Patan, another city in the valley which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Patan is known as the city of art, with incredible wood carvings in its Durbar Square and temples. We will return to our Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu for the night where we will enjoy a farewell dinner with cultural show.
Day 5 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and this short trip is no exception. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will escort you by private vehicle to the airport to see you off to your next destination. Before leaving, why not discuss a return trip to Nepal to explore other parts of this great nation. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can put together all kinds of vacation packages for your next holiday.
While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please note that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is necessary due to any safety concerns. We leave no stone unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure does include traveling in the Himalayas, we can’t guarantee that it will not be necessary to make changes if conditions so warrant. Some of these factors include extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health conditions of any of our group members, etc, can all be contributing factors necessitating changes. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition’s Trip Leader will try to ensure that the trip runs as per plan, but we kindly request that you be flexible if need be.
All accommodations for the Kathmandu Nagarkot Sunrise Trek are on a twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs. The Three Star Hotels have been checked out personally by our staff and they offer a high degree of hygiene as well as high standard of service. When trekking, we will use local tea houses and lodges which usually offer unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses. Many of the tea houses have shared bathrooms and washing areas. If you are a solo traveler, we will share a room with someone else of the same sex of our group. If you would prefer a single room that is a possibility by paying an additional fee. However, please understand that with some of the remote places; a single room might not be possible, depending upon location and trek. Be sure to talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about the single room option.
During the trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as some different ethnic cuisine. Some places may even offer some international foods (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) ranging from pizza to finger chips (French Fries). Many places will offer a variety of soft and hard drinks and snacks. We will have lunch on the trail, ranging from a picnic lunch to local accommodations, depending upon the trekking area. A farewell dinner with cultural show and breakfast will be served when in Kathmandu.