This trek is especially for those who have a very short time in Kathmandu but willing to do trek and see how Nepal actually looks like. Although it is so near to Kathmandu a fast growing modern city, it takes you after an hour drive so near to nature immediately exposing a typical rural Nepal with magnificent views of different Himalayan ranges. Few people trek around the Kathmandu valley. Yet it offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture and religion, together with the daily toil in the fields of its inhabitants. The valley rim lies around 1000/2800 m and in the spring offers early flowering rhododendrons and through the autumn and winter, wonderful mountain vistas which can, from certain view-points, stretch from Everest in the east to Annapurna in the west. The trek ends at Changunarayan and we will return back by drive to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur where you can have full rest.
Day 01 Kathmandu - Shivapuri
After having bre akfast you drive to Budhanilakantha (30min) and from there you trek to Shivapuri where you can start observing the beautiful scenery of your surroundings. The trail forwards having spectacular views of mountains like Annapurna, Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Jugal Himal and reaches Shivapuri. O/N at Shivapuri.
Day 02 Shivapuri - Chisapani
From Shivapuri you trek to Chisopani. The trail goes along the ridge between the Shivapuri watershed and the fine green forest. After walking further you reach Chisopani. O/N at Chisopani.
Day 03 Chisapani - Nagarkot
From Chisopani you trek through the lush forests and out into rural hillside farming land. The trail meets a main route and climbs up to Nagarkot early in the morning. In Nagarkot you will spend sunrise and sunset. At these times, Nagarkot is one of the best look out points in the Kathmandu valley. From here you can see splendid views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Everest. It is one of the most popular places for viewing the mountains. O/N at Nagarkot.
Day 04 Nagarkot - Kathmandu
From Nagarkot you trek down to Changu Narayan. Changu Narayan is the oldest temple in the valley and is listed as a world cultural heritage site. Trek to Bhaktapur where you can spend some time looking around Bhaktapur Durbar Square. From Bhaktapur drive back to Kathmandu (1 hour). Hotel B.B. O/N at Kathmandu.