Duration: 13 Days
Location: Kathmandu Valley
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  • An Overview

    A decade ago this Kathmandu Valley Cultural Circuit Trek was very popular camping trek among the group hiker, association members, club or school/colleges as it lies on the outskirt of the valley but nowadays many tourist class Hotels & Resorts are built on the hilltop of this trail so that there is no need to carry any tents to camp.

    This is the introductory trek for the beginners as well as suitable for the families with young kids and aged hiker. A part from few places, such as Phulchoki Hill and Nagarkot to Kasi Bhanjyang we follows always mountain biking trail in this trek, which is built in recent years by local government initiative to connect villages through the agricultural roads to bring agro-produce to the main market in Kathmandu.

    You do not need to climb up to the base camp to see the towering snowy peaks but this trek provide opportunity to see all these being within the valley Rim. The trek also offers great mountain views, sunrise views within an altitude of around 2000 meters and again big opportunity to discover cultural diversities of various ethnic community of Nepal.

    We have combined Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Sites Tour (include three medieval historic cities Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur with its modern development) and its valley Rim which still keeps intact centuries old village tradition, their cultivation and farming methods, daily lifestyle to give you a real glimpse of rural tourism of Nepali taste.

    Outlined Itinerary

    About this itinerary, it can be a day hiking or two to three days or complete the whole circuit depends on your requirement and time as all places are connected with road network of few minutes walking distance.

    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
    Day 02: Trek Preparation & Kathmandu City Sightseeing Tour
    Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Kakani (2145m)  and trek Shivapuri to Farm House (1820m)
    Day 04: Trek ShIvapuri- Chisopani (2165m)
    Day 05: Trek Chisopani – Nagarkot (1960m)
    Day 06: Trek Nagarkot- Dhulikhel (1538m)
    Day 07: Trek Dhulikhel- Namo Buddha (1745m)
    Day 08: Trek Namo Buddha -Balthali (1460m)- Panauti (1460m)
    Day 09: Trek Panauti- Lakuri Bhanjyang (1985m)
    Day 10: Trek Lakuri- Phulchoki Hill (2768m) – Godavari and drive to Kathmandu
    Day 11: Full day rest in Kathmandu
    Day 12: Bhaktapur City, Patan City and Kirtipur City Sightseeing
    Day 13: Transfer to airport or your scheduled destinations.

  • We can organize this trek any time during the year except rainy season (June to August) and prices are varied depending on choices of your hotel. Budget class hotel, standard to luxurious hotels are easily available in this trek and most of the trails are easy and mostly follow mountain biking trails passing through the different ethnic villages of Kathmandu Valley Rim.
    The prices are based on Standard Hotel Category
    March/April/Mai: 875$ USD
    Sept/Oct/Nov: 875$ USD
    Dec/Jan/Feb: 700$ USD
    June/July/August: Closed due to the rainy monsoon.
    Note: Please write us for special rates for big group organizer (Group size from 2 Pax to 20 Pax Maximum)
    Included in the price:

    1. All land transfer by tourist Bus or private Mini Car/Bus during the visit depending on the number of participants.
    2. All hotel accommodation in twin sharing basis with meals in the trek.
    3. All hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan and Arrival & departure farewell diner
    4. All Monuments entry fees of Kathmandu Valley WHS.
    5. Cultural Tour Guide and Sherpa’s salary, insurances, food & accommodations.
    6. Agency service charge and government taxes.
    7. All internal communications cost and WIFI

    Excluded in the price

    1. International Flight Tickets & Travel Insurances
    2. Nepal entry visa fees 40$ for a month long stay obtained on arrival in Airport of Kathmandu.
    3. A sleeping bag/duvet, trek/walking shoes, sun glass/hat/cream etc.
    4. Occasional small donations during monasteries & temple entries and charity visits
    5. All alcoholic beverages, Medicines, laundry & international calls
    6. All your personal expenses such as shopping, relaxations massages, Casino, Discotheque and Bar bills while in Kathmandu.
    7. All diner in Kathmandu other than mentioned in the included list.
    8. All other activities cost not mentioned in this program (an hour Mountain Flight on extra cost)
    9. Single room supplementary cost
    10. Tips to the guide, porter and Sherpa.

    Required Documents to submit during the booking/reservations
    (We guaranty that all your Individual information are kept safe, secret and confidential but you agree that we submit to concerned government offices for the permits and entry permits only)
    1. A copy of your international flight booking to pick-up you in arrival & departure.
    2. A scan copy of your passport that is valid up to more than six month.
    3. Travel/trek insurance documents.
    Reservation & bank detail
    25% of the total amount would required to wire to the account of the agency and remaining payment can be made upon arrival in Kathmandu in cash. If you are already in Nepal, you may pay us directly in cash. We recommend wiring us through the Swift code, as electronic transfer is limited for small payments only in Nepal. For more detail on the cancellation etc. please read the terms & conditions.
    Banking Details
    Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited, KSK Building, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
    Swift Code: HIMANPKA
    Name of the Beneficiary Account: Star World Tours & Travels Private Limited
    Beneficiary Account Number: 01 90 26 15 62 00 14
    Mobile: 00977- 98 51 05 45 78 00977- 98 18 60 05 68
    Email: info@starworldtours.com, yamlama@gmail.com

  • Day to Day Program Detail

    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
    Arrival in the Airport, welcome and transfer to your Hotel in Kathmandu. If the time permits visit Showyambhunath stoup. Briefing on the trekking program with your main guide.
    – Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
    – Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis with Breakfast and welcome diner included.

    Day 02: Full Day Kathmandu City Sightseeing Tour
    Preparation of the trek and visit WHS of the Kathmandu (Kathmandu Durbar Squares, Holy Pashupatinath Temple & Baudhanath Stupa).
    – Duration of Visit: 8h
    – Overnight Hotel in Kathmandu (BB plan-Bed and break fast included).

    Day 03: Kathmandu-Kakani (2145m) – Shivapuri Farm House (1820m)
    An hour drive from Kathmandu to Kakani hilltop village, which is located 25km on the way to Trisuli-Tibet route. We begin our first day of the trek towards east of Kakani village to the direction of the Shivapuri National Park. The views from Kakani to the north are Langtang Himalayas and Ganesh Himalayas ranges. We walk on the relatively easy and blacktopped road up to the Nepal police training centre and British Holidays camp and climb up to the Nepal Scout training Centre of Kakani. From this place, we pass trough the biking trail to the Gurje and finally reach the Shivapuri Farm House.
    – Duration of Trek: 5h
    – Overnight at Shivapuri Farm House
    – Altitude Elevation: +/-150m

    Day 04: ShIvapuri- Chisopani (2165m)
    Today we walk through the ethnic village settlements and slide climbing reach to the top of the Chisopani Village. This village is situated in a hilltop from where one can see mighty Himalayan ranges from Dorje Lakpa to the Everest. The village is the meeting point of all direction from Sundarijal, Shivapuri, Gosaikund and Nagarkot.
    – Duration of trek: 4h
    – Overnight at Chisopani
    – Altitude elevation: +325m

    Day 05: Chisopani – Kartikke Bhanjyang (1724m) -Nagarkot (1960m)

    Wake-up early morning to see the first ray of the rising sun from the east and gradually appears the mountain views of northern and eastern Himalayas including Dorje Lhakpa, Gaurishanker, Choyou and Mr Everest. We take our breakfast and trek down to the Jhule passing through the Manichur lek forested roads. We trek down again up to the Jarsing pauwa where we take some rest and tea break. The surrounding villages are the tamang settlement, which is one of the major ethnic communities of Nepal. After this place, the trail is very flat and straight up to the Kartikke Bhanjyang where we take our day lunch in a Sherpa Restaurant. After lunch, it takes around 1h slide climb up to the Nagarkot Hill Station where we spend overnight in a Hotel situated on the hilltop.
    – Duration of trek: 5h
    – O/N in Hotel at Nagarkot
    – Elevation: +236m, -441m

    Day 06: Nagarkot- View tower (2163m)-Kashi bhanjyang (1675m)-Dhulikhel (1538m)
    Today we will pass three small passes ranging from 1700m to 2000m to reach the Dhulikhel Town. We cross many farmlands with many villages of different communities such as Newar, Brahmin, Chhetris and tamang ethnic groups. Dhulikhel is also very popular holiday destination with splendid mountain views and green and serene environment.
    – Duration of trek: 6h
    – O/N in Hotel at Dhulikhel
    – Elevation: +200m, -625m

    Day 07: Dhulikhel- Kaali Temple (1705m))- (Kavre Bhanjyang (1529m)- Namo Buddha (1745m)
    After break fast in the hotel at Dhulikhel, we walk through the well paved stairs and arrive in the middle of the climb where a big statute of Buddha appear on a small hilltop, take some rest, photos, we proceed to the top of the Dhulkhel at Kali temple from where we can see eastern Himalayan ranges and Langtang Lirung on north and Banepa and Dhulikhel Valley on west. We descend to the Kavre Bhanjyang and follow the Namobuddha road few meters and take the village trail where we can observe local villager’s daily lifestyle of tamang communities. We arrive on Namobuddha for the lunch and explore Trangu Tashi Gonpa- a beautiful and giant Kagu Monastery and some holy places around on the hilltop.
    – Duration of trek: 6h
    – O/N in Hotel at Nagarkot
    – Elevation: +216m, -180m

    Day 08: Namo Buddha -Balthali (1460m)- Panauti (1460m)
    Today we walk down through the picturesque farmlands while traversing beautiful villages. We cross the Panauti (Roshi) River through a suspension bridge and arrive at big plot of farmland named Thuli chaure and famous hilltop Balthali for lunch. From Balthali , we can see spectaculars views of the Himalayas and traditional villages of Brahmin, Chhetri and Newar communities. After lunch, we walk to the Panauti via Khopasi. Allocation of Hotel rooms and after small tea/coffees, we will visit Panauti Towns Tribeni Dham where many newly renovated medieval temples, Ghats such as Indreswor Mahadev temple and other Hindu related monuments are located. This site was recently renovated through the aide of French Embassy, Kathmandu.
    – Duration of trek: 4h
    – O/N in Hotel at Panauti
    – Elevation: -300m

    Day 09: Panauti- Lakuri Bhanjyang (1985m)
    Today, we take alternative road to Kathmandu from Panauti, which is not yet completed, but few trucks and jeeps are circulated. Again we pass through the beautiful villages terraced farmlands. First half of the trail is very busy trail with many villagers working on their fields, school children going to their schools, a vendor going to Panauti to sell vegetables, fruits and milk etc. Second half is relatively calm as there are few houses and it climbs firmly up to the height of 1985m at Lakuri Bhanjyang. We will stay in local people home as guest in Tamang families where you can observe their daily lifestyle. There are so many open fields on the top for picnic as it is waiting to build Hotel Resorts in near future. The view of Bhaktapur, Patan & Kathmandu valley along with white snow capped mountain on the backdrop is very picturesque. There are also some luxurious Hotel/Resorts available on this hilltop.
    – Duration of trek: 4h30
    – O/N in Hotel at Lakuri Bhanjyang
    – Elevation: +350m
    Day 10: Lakuri- Phulchoki Hill (2768m) – Kathmandu
    We walk through the northeast ridge of Godavari-Phulchoki Hill while traversing many Rhododendrons and pine forest. After 3hrs walking through the forested ridge, we will reach on the top of the Phulchoki Hill Station 2768m which is the highest mountain of the trek. It is ideal location to see from Annapurna of the west to Everest in the east. You can also see the Mahabharat Lekh on south of the hill. There is a Hindu Temple and some Military personnel stationed to protect Telecom installations. We will take our packed lunch on the top as there is no Hotel or eateries facilities are available there.
    Finally, we trek down to Godavari Botanical Garden through the southwest ridge but if you wish we can trek down through the gravelled road, which is built to transport telecom equipments and military personnel to the top. It takes an hour to reach Godavari for afternoon snacks. We will also organize a small farewell to our porters and sherpas who trekked carrying our luggage during the whole trek. We leave them exchanging very beautiful memories of the trip promising them to meet again for a similar trip/trek in Nepal.
    Drive back to Kathmandu and trek concludes.
    – Duration of trek: 5h
    – O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu
    – Elevation: +785m, -1200m

    Day 11: Rest Day in Kathmandu
    Today is the rest day in Kathmandu. You may rest & relax at your hotel or do some shopping souvenirs or either opts for an adventure of such a day rafting to Trishuli River or Early morning Mountain Flight.

    Day 12: Bhaktapur City, Patan City and Kirtipur City Sightseeing Tour.
    Today we will visit remaining three other cities of cultural, historical and religious importance of World Heritage sites of Nepal.
    Early morning drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is 20km east from Kathmandu; visit palaces and temples, pottery squares and a Nepali handmade Paper Factory. Drive back to Patan City for Lunch. After Lunch, visit Patan Museum and Golden Temple and blessing from living goddess of Patan Kumari. Drive to Kirtipur hilltop to see beautiful and artistic Uma Maheshwor Temple (fine example of Nepalese wood craftsmanship). We will also visit a Carpet Factory before returning to Kathmandu. The evening panoramic view of Kathmandu from Kirtipur hill is not to miss event.
    Evening, farewell diner with agency staffs and guides.

    Day 13: Departure
    Transfer to the airport for your final departure or any other destinations.