Around the Kathmandu Valley, there are many trekking and hiking trails. Among them, Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is 2 nights 3 days walking trail and can be extended as much as you want. Trekking into the dense forest of Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park and local typical villages. The panoramic scenery of the snowy mountain peaks including the top of the world Mt. Everest 8848.86m. This hiking route is one of the best hiking routes in Kathmandu; informs of mountain views and other natural and cultural fascination.
This short trek is best for those who have just 3 days and want to have a real trekking experience in Nepal. Be close to the nature, local culture, and tradition of the hilly region. The richness of the flora and fauna, varieties of the landscape, man-made water dam to a beautiful lake in the middle of the jungle. These elements will make Chisapani Nagarkot Hike something special, you can experience in just few days.
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek starts after an hour’s drive to Sundarijal from the heart of Kathmandu – Ratnapark. Buses and micro-buses are left every five minutes from new and old bus parks. Even you can get on the bus from everywhere on the route of Sundarijal. If you want to travel by your own vehicle then follow the road to Sundarijal via Chabel and Bouddha.
From Sundarijal the trekking trail starts and need to climb up the bank of the Bagmati River. After some time you will reach the water dam, from this water dam supplies the water to the people of Kathmandu. Slowly trail goes up to Mulkhara and then Chispani, and the next day follow the trail to Nagarkot via Chauki Bhangyang. The final destination will be the Changunarayan and drive to Kathmandu.
Chispani Nagarkot Trek Day by Day Itinerary.
Day 1 Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani
Eat breakfast in the hotel or your home and then drive to Sundarijal. From Sundarijal walk up to Mulkhara, while ascending to Mulkhara need to buy a national park entry ticket in the check post. Have lunch in one of the hotels in the Mulkhara and then continue the journey to Chisapani. The total hike may be 4 to 5 hours timing depending on your walking ability.
Day 2 Chispani to Nagarkot
This is the longest day of this trekking, it may take around 7 to 8 hours to reach Nagarkot. But the peaceful walk inside the jungle with the panoramic mountain view will erase all the suffering of the walk. While walking to Nagarkot visit a beautiful lake and then have lunch at Chauki Bhangyang. And then walk to Kartike Bhangyang to ascend to Nagarkot.
Day 3 Nagarkot to Changunarayan and drive back to Kathmandu.
Have a delicious breakfast in the Hotel and then descend to Changunarayan via Telkot. Walking throughout the terraced farmland, Buddhist stupas, monasteries, and the Hindu Temples to reach the ancient and historic Changunarayan Temple. Explore this historic place and then drive to Kathmandu or your places. Nagarkot to Changunarayan will take around 3 to 4 hours to hike down.
When to do Chisapani Nagarkot Trek?
This is all seasons trek, however, the monsoon season is not nice because of the wet trails and leeches along the way. Also, no great mountain views and views of the surrounding. Except for the monsoon season, any time you can plan for Chisapani Nagarkot Trek.
Do we need to get a permit and from where to issue the permits?
Yeah need to issue the Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park entree permit, and that can buy along the way in the National Park offices. Most importantly you need to keep your permits till finish the trek because there are several checkpoints to check permits.
The Permit cost of the Chisapani Nagarkot trek.
- Nepali trekkers – Rs 100 rupees per day/per person/ per entry
- SAARC Citizen – Rs 600 rupees per day/per person/ per entry
- Other Nationalities – Rs 1000 rupees per day/per person/ per entry
- If you want to travel by vehicle
- The Mountain Bike – For Nepali – Rs 20 rupees per day/per Mountain bike/ per entry for
- Mountain Bike – For SAARC – Rs 50 rupees per day/per Mountain Bike /per entry
- Mountain Bike – For foreigners – Rs 150 rupees per day/per Mountain Bike /per entry
- Motorbike – Rs 150 rupees per day/per bike /per entry
- Car/Jeep/Taxi/Van – Rs 400 rupees per day/per vehicle /per entry
- Minibus/Bus/Truck – Rs 500 rupees per day/per vehicle /per entry