5 Days of Trekking in the Kathmandu Valley
Nearly a million people come each year to Kathmandu, but very few ever do any trekking in the Kathmandu Valley. It seems like everyone is in a hurry to leave the valley and head to more famous trekking regions of the country.
It's a pity, because the Kathmandu Valley offers some incredible trekking experiences so close to the capital. There are bubbling springs, sunrises and sunsets over the mountains, ancient temples and monasteries, and beautiful scenery. You are so close to civilization, and yet can feel like you are alone in this valley.
Shivapuri National Park is to the north of the city, nestled on the highest of the mountains that ring the Kathmandu Valley. There are beautiful waterfalls, wildflowers and rocky viewpoints that offer views of Mt. Everest to the east and the Annapurna Mountains to the west as well as the Kathmandu Valley below.
At Nagarkot, watch the sunset over the Annapurna Mountains and then the next morning, watch the sunrise over the Everest region. Walk down the mountain to the historic city of Banepa before returning to Kathmandu.
This trek can take about five days and can be easily done in all seasons. It is a fairly easy trek, with a few challenges. It is remote, yet is so close to a large city.
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Day 01 : Kathmandu to Kakani to Aale Danra:
Drive to Kakani, 1,982 m. above sea level, and 29 km. Northwest of Kathmandu. It is a famous place for the magnificent views of the valleys and panorama of the Himalayas. Then walk to Aaledanra along the ridge in the National Park area.
Day 02 : Aale Danra to Shivapuri:
Aale Danra to Shivapuri is very good walking through the forest and along the ridge with spectacular views of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal. Camp at 2,732 m. Shivapuri that offers outstanding views of the Himalaya from the campsite on the flat, grassy summit.
Day 03 : Shivapuri to Dhap:
Walk along the ridge between the Shivapuri, watershed forest, and the panoramic attraction of the Himalayas and camp at Dhap.
Day 04 : Dhap to Nagarkot:
Walk between the village and forest, then arrive at Nagarkot. The views of Gaurishanker and Mt. Everest can be seen from here.
Day 05 : Nagarkot to Banepa Kathmandu:
An easy walk down hill to Banepa, the historical city. It was and still is a gateway for trading with Tibet. Then drive back to Kathmandu.