Some of the finest views of the High Himalayas can be seen right from the rim of the hills that ring the Kathmandu Valley. These high hills rise to an elevation of over 2800 meters which afford some breathtaking views. These places are easy to reach, enjoyable to trek and allows you to stay in your Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu for the evenings.
The Kathmandu Valley is steeped with an incredible culture dating back over 2000 years. The Valley is more than just the city of Kathmandu; there are all sorts of small villages, Buddhist monasteries, temples and people of different cultures. This tour will allow you the opportunity to interact with the various castes and cultures as well as to even participate in their local festivals.
This trip will focus on three areas: The UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Pharping area as well as Nagarjun, a part of Shivapuri National Park. The trails are fun to trek as well as offering some great walks through forests of pine and rhododendron.
Even if you are considering a longer trek deep in the mountains, taking this trek will not only get you in shape, but will help to orientate you on the incredible culture and scenery of Nepal. This is a good trek for beginners or those with families
Be sure to talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about participating in this wonderfully short, but enlightening trek.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 2 – Full Day Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
DAY 3 – Hike to Champadevi (elev. 2278 m) – 5 hours
DAY 4 – Hike to Nagarjun (Jamachowk) [elev. 2697 m] – 5 hours
DAY 5 – Full Day of Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
DAY 6 – 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 – Hike to Champadevi (elev. 2278 m): This day we start our hike as we head southeast of Kathmandu toward Pharping. This area is steeped in temples as well as Buddhist monasteries, and there are many important temples in this area. It is a gradual incline to the top of the ridge where we follow the trail to the temple at the high point of Champa Devi. We pass through wonderful pine forests as well as incredible overlooks of the high mountains. We return back to our Three Star Hotel for the evening.
DAY 4 – Hike to Nagarjun (Jamachowk) [elev. 2697 m]: This trip takes you just north of Thamel to a most wonderful hill that is part of Shivapuri National Park. Nagarjun is home of the Raniban (The Queen's Forest). This is an old growth forest that reminds everyone that once the Kathmandu Valley was covered in such an incredible dense forest. We start our trek at the gate and walk upwards until we reach the top where there is not only a Buddhist monastery, but an observation tower where we will have some of the most incredible views of the various mountain ranges north of Kathmandu. We can see the snowcapped peaks of the Ganesh Himal with all five of its peaks as well as the Langtang Range. We will return to the gate past the old palace of the kings of Nepal as we return to our Three Star Hotel for the night.
DAY 5 – Sightseeing: We will take a private vehicle to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, touring its temples and Durbar Square. In the evening, we will return to our Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu for the evening and a farewell dinner with a cultural show.
Day 6 – 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 Champadevi & Nagarjun 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. 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.