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The Kathmandu Valley Ridge Trek is one of the shortest trek that follows the path along the ridge line of Kathmandu Valley, northeast of the Kathmandu and offers super panoramic mountain views. This trek provides the opportunities for meaningful cultural experiences with the diverse mix of people and cultures that inhabit this region.

The journey of this trek begins in the beautiful city of Kathmandu and passes through beautiful Newar and Tamang villages.  During the trek, we enjoy stunning views of the hillside corn and vegetable terraces, the magnificent mountain views and visit very popular view point Nagarkot and ancient historical place Namo Buddha. The trek finally ends at the historical village Panauti.

This trekking trip is basically recommended for beginners who are restricted by time to trek longer. This trek presents a true picture of uniqueness and allowing us the chance to capture traditional lifestyles of the tribes whose ancient religious practices and traditions have remained unchanged for thousands of years. Compared to other trekking areas, this route is less crowded.

Trip Facts

Duration:  07 days

Type of the Trek: Lodge Trek / Home stay

Activities: Trekking, Culture Tours

Best Months: September to December and March to May

Maximum Altitude: 2190m (view tower)

Grade: Easy

Trip Highlights:

*A short easy trek with good mountain views.

*Walk through many villages, most of the time along the ridge line.

*Magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang and Gauri Shankar range including Everest.

*Experience different culture, Hindu, Buddhist and Nepali local village life.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)

Our representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. He will brief you on the immediate arrangements and escort you to your hotel. The trip leader will hold a short briefing in the hotel regarding trek arrangements and general orientation to Kathmandu.

 

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

Today, we visit the most historical and Spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed in world heritage sites. We visit Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Bouddhanath, which is one of the largest Stupa in the world and the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.

Day 3: Drive to Jarsing Pauwa (1802m), Trek to Nagarkot (1940m / 6.5 km / 2-3 hrs)

From Kathmandu, we drive through Bouddha, Sankhu, Lapsi Phedi and then drive up to Jarsing Pauwa. It is very scenic drive for 1 hr 30 min. When we reach at Jarsing Pauwa, we have magnificent panorama views of the mountains and green rolling hills. Here is a small market with many shops and local hotels. It is situated on top of the ridge, very good place for Mountain View. This is popular destination for picnic. From here we start our trek.

From Jarsing Pauwa, we follow the small rough road, walk through small market for a while. The route is mostly flat, little descent and ascent. All the time, follow small road and walk along the ridge passing many beautiful villages (Bodeni / 1762m) and interesting terraces fields. The views of the mountains and hill villages are superb. After little bit more than 1 hr walk from Jarsing Pauwa, we arrive in Kartike Bhanjyang (1725m / 4.19 km), here is a small market. From here it start climb up to the beginning of Nagakot (some houses, 1875m, 30-40 min). We walk through beautiful pine forest and take short cut old path in many places. After the first house, gently ascend and flat route passing several nice hotels and rich at last top before descend down to main Nagarkot market. We stay on top at the best hotel before main market. From where we have fantastic Mountain views around just in front.

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is a village located about 32 km east of Kathmandu, Nepal. It is located on the northeastern rim of the Kathmandu Valley at an elevation about 2100m above sea level. It is one of the most scenic spots in the region, renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas.  You can pick Mount Everest out with its snow-topped peaks on a clear day as there is an observation tower at the top of the village’s hills. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a very popular hiking route for tourists. Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley. 

Situated in a strategic location, Nagarkot was an ancient fort of the Kathmandu valley built to monitor the external activities of other kingdoms. Later, it became a summer retreat for the royal family before becoming popular as an international hill station.

Day 4: Trek to Dhulikhel (1550m / 14 km / 6 hrs)

We drive to view tower early in the morning to see sun rise view and come back down to hotel for breakfast. Leaving hotel, descend little bit to main market area and follow the road. From beyond the Army camp, we follow the left side small road and walk through some nice villages. There are several big hotels on the way. It is very nice easy walk and sceneries are wonderful. About little bit more than 1 hr later, we arrive at Lakuri Bhanjyang (1970m). Here is a local tea shop. From here we continue to walk along the ridge and follow small rough road through beautiful forest. It is very nice and easy walk. After 40–50 minutes, we arrive in road separation point. We follow the right hand side road, walk along the small ridge line and then gently descend to a rain shelter (1980m / 15 min) above Kashi Bhanjyang. From here we have wonderful views of many villages and the mountains. Leaving this place, we take short cut trail and steeply descend down to the Kashi Bhanjyang village (1707m / 8.45 km / 30 min). Kashi Bhanjyang is beautiful place. Here are some local hotels and shop.

In Kashi Bhanjyang, we descend little bit to huge ground and gently ascend then climb steep up (50-60 min / 1843m) through corn fields to the small top. There is a new small house and an old Stupa on the top. Little beyond top there is a local hotel and some houses / Tanchok village (1835m). This village is situated on the top and offers wonderful views of the mountains and surrounding villages including Banepa city. Here is constructing new cottages for tourists. Here is also a small monastery in this village. From this village we walk through nice fields passing small village and descend down to Opi village then join with black topped road (50-60 min / 1572m). Opi is large village spreading widely in hill slope.

After join with black topped road, gently we climb up to a small ridge following the small rough road (25-30 min), walk flat for a while through pine forest and then descend down to Gosai Sthan, which is popular picnic spot (1655m / 15 min). There is a view tower and a local tea shop. From the shop, we follow the road and gently descend down to beginning of Dhulikhel where we join with Aranik highway (15-20 min / 1527m). We stay here at one of the best hotel. 

Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel is administrative centre of Kavrepalanchowk District. Two major highway B.P. Highway and Arniko highway passes through Dhulikhel. Araniko highway connects Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city with Tibet's border town of Kodari. Dhulikhel is located at the Eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley, south of the Himalayas at 1552m and is situated 30 km southeast of Kathmandu.

Dhulikhel has been for centuries an important trading centre on the commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. Since time immemorial, people of Nepal travel to Tibet to bring home salt and gold. After adjoining with Tibet by motor able road in 1965, Dhulikhel got a face lift and developed as a tourist destination.

The Mountain views from Dhuklikhel are fantastic panoramic. When a blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, they seem to be floating in the air. Green inviting hills of which still virgin and some turned into beautifully carved agricultural terraces cater to the beholders' pleasure.

Geographically, the plains rise gradually up to the green mountains and further into the snow-capped Himalayas.

Day 5: Trek to Namo Buddha (1750m / 11. 5 km / 4 hrs)

Leaving hotel, we follow the road, enter into the Dhulikhel town. We walk through many government offices, shops, hotels and few temples. After 30 minutes, we arrive at end of the town. From here we climb steep up through beautiful forest, it is very enjoyable walk. There are many stairs from beginning to the top. There is a huge statue of Buddha and a small garden on the way (15 min). From here, it is just 10-15 min walk to the top (1713m). There is a Kali Temple and view tower but this tower is not in use because it had damaged by earthquake. It offers panoramic views of the mountains, many hill villages and green rolling hills from here. This place is also popular destination for picnic. Here are some nice restaurants.

After Kali temple, we descend down passing some villages and many fields. We can see Nepali typical houses, different kinds of crops, vegetables and real village life in this area. We walk along the small rough road all the way to Kavre Bhanjyang (1517m / 30-40 min). At Kavre Bhanjyang, we join with B.P. Highway. Here are several local hotels and shops.

From Kavre Bhanjyang, we leave highway and climb up towards Namo Buddha. There is also a road which road leads to Namo Buddha but we take short cut old path and walk through dense pine forest. Few min later join with road, there is a rest place. We don't follow the road and continue to climb up by short cut trail to small shrine (15-20 min), here is a nice flat ground on the top. We have really wonderful views of the mountains, many nice terraces and hills. After this shrine, we gentle ascend along the small ridge line passing some houses (Faskot area), fields and arrive at Stupa, here is also a primary school (25 min). From this Stupa, we turn left side and gradually ascend to the small top. Here we join with Namo Buddha road. Here are some expensive hotels and resorts. This is the best place to spend night. From here it offers wonderful views of the mountains, villages and the hills.

From here, it is very easy and enjoyable 20-25 min walk to Namo Buddha. Leaving this place, we follow the road for a while, walk along the ridge line through beautiful pine forest which is very popular picnic spot and scenic place and then descend down to Namo Buddha.

 Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha is about 40 km away from the heart of Kathmandu city. It is in Kavre District in the southeast of the valley. Namo Buddha is a place of pilgrimage highly esteemed by people from all over the world, East and West. Most of the local people in this area are Buddhist.

It is a small village which is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world. It is known as the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs.

Namo Buddha is a beautiful place surrounded by forest. The place is very quiet, its environment is very clean, with no pollution, and the natural air is so fresh, cool and healthy. It is also the right place for meditation and practice. In the morning when you wake up, you can see a beautiful sunrise and in the evening wonderful sunset view. You can enjoy snow-covered Himalayan ranges which look so amazing. Namo Buddha is one of the most important religious sites in Nepal.

According to history, in the distant past, there lived a king named Great Charioteer (Shingta Chenpo) who ruled over a small kingdom. Due to the king’s accumulation of merit, all his subjects enjoyed happiness and well being; rains came at the right time while crops and livestock flourished. The king had three sons: the oldest was named Great Sound (Dra Chenpo), the middle Great Deity (Lha Chenpo), and the youngest Great Being (Semchen Chenpo). Powerful in the martial arts and radiating confidence, the two elder sons always helped the king in governing the kingdom. From his earliest years, the youngest son, Great Being, was very bright and endowed with spontaneous kindness and compassion

Prince Great Being (Semchen / Ngingdui Tshenpo Mahasatwo), found a tigress lying in a cave at the top of the hill, overlooking the jungle. Very quickly, he realized that she was going to die. Her five cubs were still little and their survival depended on their mother. Ngingdui Tshenpo he decided to give his life to the tigress in a bust of love and compassion. The tigress refused. When the tigress refused to eat him, he decided to cut his arm to feed his warm blood to the tigress. The taste of blood gave the tigress an appetite and finally she accepted the sacrifice from the prince. The tigress left only the bare bones of the prince which were brought back in the village and buried in a tomb which became the actual stupa of Namo Buddha. Some 3500 years later, the Gautam Buddha came to the village of Sange da Fyafulsa; he went around the Stupa three times and declared that he was the reincarnation of Prince Ngingdui Tshenpo. It was that moment that Gautam Buddha renamed this village and henceforth the name of Namo Buddha which means First Buddha.

Day 6: Trek to Panauti (1437m / 8.5 km / 3-4 hrs), drive to Kathmandu (2 hrs)

From Namo Buddha Stupa, we descend down through small forest and some houses for 25-30 minutes to the bottom. There is a small stream and small temple. From here, it starts Sankhu area. All the time we follow small road and walk through several villages and beautiful rice fields. It is very easy, enjoyable and interesting walk. It is flat route, there is also a small gentle ascend for a while. We can see many traditional Newari houses and many people are working on their fields. The Sunthan village is very popular for Orange. From here, the black topped road start. So, we can continue to walk or can drive to Panauti. In Panauti, we will visit ancient town and temples which are very popular. After visit Panauti we continue to drive to Kathmandu. We will have lunch on the way at best restaurant. On the way back to Kathmandu, we drive through Banepa and Bhaktapur.

Panauti

Panauti is a small town located 32 km Southeast of Kathmandu, found in the central regions of Nepal. It is a historical city, as it was originally a small state given by King Bhupatindra Malla as a dowry to his sister. This town has a population of about 10,000 people and a few prominent icons, such as the Indreswor temple and Durbar square found in the town center. At the end of the 13th Century, Panauti was finally integrated into the unified kingdom of Nepal, along with Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, which are all former capital cities of the Kathmandu valley. Panauti, consists of a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments, and is considered to be one of the area's most important medieval sites.

Panauti, situated at the confluence of the two rivers Rosi and Punyamati, has been regarded as an important religious site since very early times. In Nepali society, such river scared places. A visit or just an ablution in such places enables man to be freed from many sins and anxieties. The presence of this at Panauti has added and remarkably enhanced its religious sanctity and popularity as well.

Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal, consisting of many temples that are still present till this day dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. It has been debated that Panauti was founded by Ananda Malla (1274-1310BC) others believe that there is a golden scripture dated 1385, which is located within the Indreshwar temple stating that King Harisingh Dev founded the town.

The Indreshwar temple is one of the largest and tallest pagoda style temples in Nepal. It was originally built over a lingam in 1294, making it the oldest surviving temple of Nepal. The roof struts embellishing the two lower stories of the temple are distinct Nepalese wood-carving and architecture. The upper section of the temple is hung with pots and pans, offerings from young married couples hoping for a happy and prosperous family life. Other than this temple, there is also the king’s palace, which has yet to be excavated to a larger extent in order to reveal more about Panauti. Nevertheless, there are many artifacts and remnants such as stone taps, bricks, water wells and coins found among some of the excavated sections of the palace.

Panauti, consists of a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments, and is considered to be one of the area’s most important medieval sites. It is considered as the most artistic town in Nepal after Kathmandu Valley.

Day 7: Departure to your home

We will transfer you in international airport for your international flight.