Among the various trekking routes in Nepal, 3 Days Chisapani Trek is the most demanding short and an adventurous easy trek. This is one of the most beautiful and classic trek which begins 1 hrs drive to east from the Kathmandu valley called Sundarijal and end up to Changu Narayan. The trek is the best suits for those who has limited time, budget, beginner and still prefer to experience the adventure in Nepal and it’s unspoiled beauties. It is perfect way of exploring blended cultural and natural attraction. The dense of jungle walk, terrace, farming, local lifestyle, world heritage sites and massif chain of the Himalayas surroundings are the major attribution of the trek. The trek is equally popular for internal and external tourists.
Chisapani along with Nagarkot are the finest view point for sunrise, sun set and close up view of the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal and Everest Himalaya Range. Nagarkot is situated 32 km East from Kathmandu valley and 2175m from the sea level. While it is situated on top of the strategic hill, Nagarkot was an ancient fort of Kathmandu Valley built to monitor the external activities of other kingdoms. Later it became summer retreat for the Royal family before becoming popular as an international hill station. Additionally the Nagarkot hill is quite popular for a day tour too. Moreover our final destination of UNESCO world heritage site Changu Narayan adds an extra value on the trek. Changu Narayan is known as the second biggest God of Hindu called Bishnu. The most interesting wood carving, metal carving and stone carving temple is made by Pagoda style.
Day 01: Drive to Sundarijal 1 hrs then trek to Chisapani(2135m, 4/5 hrs)
Day 02: Trek Chisapani to Nagarkot(2175m, 6/7 hrs)
Day 03: Trek Nagarkot to Changu Narayan then drive back to Kathmandu.
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free to customize your own.
After taking breakfast at hotel, we drive an hour towards to Sundarijal from where we start real hiking. 30 minutes hiking from Sundarijal we encounter Shivapuri National park where we buy National park entrance permit then continue ahead. As we climb gradually we arrive the name of village called Mulkharka where we might have lunch break or some drinks. Then the trail leads through stone paved stairs and amazing jungle all the way to Chisapani which is known as the great viewpoint of sunrise with striking views of Gaurisankar, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa and many more.
As you know Chisapani is known as spectacular view point, we recommend to wake up early morning to explore sunrise with panoramic Himalayas vistas then enjoy your breakfast with beautiful nature. Making our way through refreshing rhododendron forests inside Shivapuri National Park, we might have a quick stop at Jule, and relax for a while. Then we slowly head further passing some local villages, rice field terrace and arrive at scenic hilltop called Nagarkot.
After exploring the sunrise with undisturbed Himalaya range, we trek 4 hrs towards to Changu Narayan Temple. The exciting hike starts gradually downhill through the ridge and offer beautiful views of local villages, lifestyle of people, temples, Bhaktapur, Sankhu and Kathmandu valley too. At the last part the trail leads through the pine and Rhododendron forest and some beautiful picnic spots which might be the final opportunity of capturing panoramic Himalaya Vistas surroundings. Ultimately we reach at Changu Narayan which is known as one of the UNESCO world heritage site and major shrine of Hindu gods Vishnu. After collecting unforgettable experience we drive back to Kathmandu.