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Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek
Kathmandu valley also offers a variety of superb trekking routes. Very few people have trekked around the Kathmandu valley. Among other treks around the valley, Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek is the longest of all. It goes around the valley covering all the important places. It offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture and religion together with the locale and very traditional agricultural activities of its inhabitants. The valley rim lies around 1050m to 2800 m above sea level. Trekking in the spring season in this valley offers early blooming rhododendrons, magnolias, many wild bushy colorful flowers and in the autumn and winter, wonderful mountain views of entire Annapurna range and Mt Manaslu, Rolwaling range and Everest range in the far-east can be observed. This trek is also important from the bird watching point of view. We would observe varieties of birds in Shivapuri Water shade and Wildlife Reserve. Many endemic and exotic birds can be seen around its calm nature from early autumn to late spring. About 200 different species of birds made this region home for their living permanently and partially as recorded by bird scholars.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1320 m.):
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representatives and will be transferred to hotel. After checking into our rooms, we could relax at our own.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Kakani (2066 m.):
Having breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, we trek to Kakani (2066 m.). We would be walking through the forest and along the ridge with spectacular views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang and Jugal Himal. Overnight at Kakani.
Day 3: Kakani to Shivapuri (2729 m.):
After breakfast, we trek from Kakani to Shivapuri (2729 m.). It offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture and religion of its inhabitants. Shivapuri is the highest point of this trekking. From the top of Shivapuri, one can have a panoramic view of the western mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh Himal Range, Mt. Langtang Range, Mt. Dorjeelakpa Mt. Shisapangma, Mt. Gaurishankar and many more. Overnight at Shivapuri.
Day 4: Shivapuri to Mulkharka(1894 m.):
We wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. We would have breakfast served around 7:00am. After breakfast, we start our trek to Mulkharka (1894m). It takes about six hours to reach. Mulkharka offers wonderful photography and panoramic view of Himalayas.
Day 5: Mulkharka:
Today we would explore around Mulkharka. We would observe birds’ habitat in the reservoir area of Bagmati River. Besides, we would also learn about Nepali culture, tradition and their way of living. We would also explore around the village of Mulkharka and interact with the local people. Overnight in a teahouse.
Day 6: Mulkharka to Chisopani (2194 m.):
We would have breakfast served around 7:00am. After breakfast, we start our trek to Chisopani (2194 m). It takes about four hours to reach. Chisapani is another view point of sunrise and sunset. Lantang region can also be seen from this point. Besides, we would explore tribal culture and mountain lifestyle. Overnight at Chisopani.
Day 7: Chisopani to Nagarkot (2175 m.):
Today we trek from Chisopani to Nagarkot (2175 m.). Nagarkot offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains, quality accommodation, and high standards of service. In close proximity to the Kathmandu city - a mere one hour drive from the city and just half an hour from the airport is so near, yet so far away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Well known as a place to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets, Nagarkot is much more. Besides the fresh air and peaceful atmosphere, Nagarkot is also a place to acclimatize for high altitude adventurers. It is a place to listen to the sounds of silence for philosophers and for honeymooners, a setting to romance with nature. No doubt, Nagarkot is a place to relax your mind and body, be in touch with the beauty of nature, experience Nepal, and escape the hectic demands of city life.
Day 8: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1440 m.):
We will awake early to watch the spectacular dawn. Having viewed the sunrise, we take breakfast at the resort and drive to Dhulikhel. It is about an hour’s drive east of Kathmandu. We can see an impressive vista of the snowy central Himalayas making a backdrop to the gentle hills. It is an old Newari trade station en route to the Tibetan plateau and today it is an ideal place for visitors to enjoy natural environment, the local lifestyle, old Newari culture and spectacular views.
Day 9: Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1982 m.) and then to Balthali (1,730 m.):
After breakfast at Dhulikhel, we walk to the Namo Buddha (1982 m), situated on hill above Panauti. It takes about three hours to reach from Dhulikhel.. There is an amazing legend related to the Buddha, which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a stupa with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Later, we walk another three hours and reach the enchanting Balthali village offering excellent mountain views at an altitude of 1,730m. Overnight in Balthali Village Resort.
Balthali Village resort is certainly not an ordinary place as many hotels and resorts have mushroomed extensively over the years. It is a very simple, unconventional, yet comfortable retreat centre with full modern amenities of western style toilets and attached bath rooms, hot and cold shower flows freely and tasty Nepalese traditional, organic cuisine is served at large by the friendly, hospitable and smiling local staff. The bar is fully stocked with local wines and native brews.
Day 10: Balthali:
Today you will visit a typical Tamang village, Dada Gaun, where a Buddhist Community lives. It is very traditional and secluded from the modern world. Here people and animals live together side by side. We then walk to Pada Gaun (2100m), from where one can have extremely good views of the whole Himalayan range to north and beautiful green forest of Mahabharat. The walk on to Karnali, a hamlet of nature, and follow the banks of the Ladku River back to the resort.
Day 11: Balthali to Lakuri Bhanjyang (2000m.):
Having breakfast at Balthali, we hike to Lakuri Bhanjyang (2000 m.). It lies perched atop the pristine hill of Pokhari Thumko (18 km from Kathmandu). This hill offers commanding panoramic views of the snowy mountain peaks, the northern horizon and spectacular views of sunset and sunrise. After dusk, a myriad of shimmering lights for below in the cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur glow to reveal yet another delightful feast for the eyes.
Day 12: Lakuri Bhanjyang to Lubhu village (4203ft to 5280ft.):
Today we would trek from Lakhuri Bhanjyang to Lubhu village (4203ft to 5280ft.). Lubhu is a beautiful Village, situated about 5km towards S45ºE from Lalitpur Sub-metropolitan City. Geographically it is situated at 85º22’30” eastern latitude. Altitude varies from 4203ft. (near Godavari Khola) to 5280ft. (at Dhunga Khani) above sea level. This village is small but has a diversities in land use pattern, natural resources, culture, etc. The village has gained its popularity in the field of textile industries, hospitable people, lovely environment, panoramic landscape, rock garden, paragliding, trekking, biking, sightseeing, recreation centers, meditation centers, etc.
Day 13: Lubu Village to Kathmandu:
Having breakfast at Lubu village, we drive to Kathmandu. It is our day to explore this lively and exotic city. Our guide will take us to visit the World Heritage Sites of the valley and some other historically and culturally important places of the valley. In the evening, a farewell dinner would be served at Bhojan Griha, the delights of Nepali cuisine.
Bhojan Griha is one of the exclusive Nepali restaurants in the valley which serves the very best of traditional, organic and ethnic cuisine of Nepal. The grand old building which was built almost 150 years ago has been renovated and converted into a fascinating restaurant with intricate décor, subtle setting and nostalgic atmosphere. Traditional folk music and dances are performed in full costume every evening over savory meals. No doubt, to dine at Bhojan Griha is a cultural rejuvenation.
Day 14: Back home destination.
Note: The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, trail slides, and avalanches.
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