KATHMANDU VALLEY RIM TREK
TRIP AN OVERVIEW
Kathmandu valley rim trek allows people of all ages in normal physical condition to meet people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, enjoy village life, sight ancient shrines and view the grand Himalayas. The route covers North and Northeastern portions of Kathmandu Valley hills.
The trek starts from Budhanilkantha and finishes at Changu Narayan offerring a wealth of historical, ecological, cultural and aesthetic experiences comparable to extended trekking routes in the remote regions of Nepal. We see the grand views of Himalayan peaks such as Ganesh Himal (7405m), Shisha Pangma (8013m), Gang Chenpo (6397m), Dome Blanc (6830m), Dorje Lakpa (6990m), Lonpo Gang (7083m), Purbi Chyachu (6658m), Manaslu range, Langtang range, Gaurishanker himal and host of other peaks.
Overlooking Kathmandu valley from its Northern rim the hill Shivapuri bears a majestic pose. 'Shivapuri' literally means the abode of Lord Shiva, the god revered by the Hindus as one of the holy trinity. The first day of the trek starts from Budhanilkantha, the holy site of reclining Vishnu, again one of the sacred trinity, revered by the Hindus as the protector. The destination of the first day is Shivapuri, the second highest hill in the valley. The area is protected as Shivapuri Watershed and Conservation Area and we trek inside the conservation area. This region is famous for rhododendron and birds. From the Shivapuri peak the lights of Kathmandu sparkle magically after dark. Next morning the views of the himalayan peaks such as Langtang, Ganesh and Manaslu welcome us. On our way up we visit a Buddhist Monastery, Nage Gompa.
From thereon we proceed to Chisapani on the second day, a magnificent location for viewing himalayan peaks. On the third day we proceed towards Chowki Bhanjyang, a mixed settlement of Tamangs, Brahmins and Chhetris. On the fourth day we trek onwards to Nagarkot, a very popular destination for viewing the eastern himalayan peaks inclusive of Mt. Everest, Dorge Lakpa Gauri Shankar and many more peaks. On the last day we hike downwards to changu Narayan, one of the oldest temples in Nepal. The visit to the temple is followed by transportation to Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Valley rim treks offer rich cultural, natural and spiritual knowledge which can be treasured throughout the life. The experience can be regarded as an introduction to rich cultural, religious and natural heritage of Nepal.
Changu Narayan Shrine
Located inside the Kathmandu Valley about 20 kms. Northeast of Kathmandu city standing at an altitude of 1541m. the temple of Changu Narayan is considered the oldest Hindu shrine. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the protector and one of the holy trinity. The temple site was listed in The World Monument List in 1979 A.D. and thus is recognized as a World Heritage Site.
The temple dates back to 325 A.D. The time of King Haridutta Varma who built the shrine along with the temple of Goddess Chhinnamasta Adidevi. Later the settlement of 700 houses around the temple was constructed by King Vishnu Gupta. In 464 A.D. the first historical king of Nepal, the Lichhavi King Manadeva erected a stone pillar with inscription written on it which still is evident.
The site is very important from historical, religious and cultural aspects. The temple is of two storeys and built in pagoda style. The wood carvings, metal carvings and stone carvings found in the site portrays the rich art and architecture of the country.
For the Hindu devotees the site is very sacred therefore they come here from all around the country.The site is located on the western hillock of the Dolagiri ridge from where one can get a magnificent view of Kathmandu valley.
Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Project
Located about 13kms Northeast of proper Kathmandu Shivapuri is regarded as a safe haven for endangered animals and birds. The region accounts for one fourth of total water supply in the valley. Within its vicinity of 120 sq.kms Shivapuri features eight species of endangered mammals, among them black and two other types of leopards, hundred and seventy-seven different species of birds, hundred and two different types of butterflies and hundred and twenty-nine types of mushrooms. The resources of major rivers – Bagmati and Bisnuti – in Kathmandu valley lie within Shivapuri watershed project.
In the Shivapuri range the highest hill stands at 2732m. During March/April rhododendrons blossom throughout the hills.
Located about 10 kms North of Kathmandu proper the huge single black stone sleeping icon of Lord Vishnu, the protector is one of its kind dating prior to 12th century.
DAY 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport / Receive the guests Transfer to homestay in Bhaktapur / Lunch / Familiarization walk around Bhaktapur Durbar Square
DAY 02: Breakfast / Full day of culture tour of World heritage sites: Bungmati, Khokhana, Patan Durbar Square and Changu Narayan / Return to homestay / Dinner
DAY 03: Drive to Sundarijal / Trek to Chisapani
DAY 04: To Chowki Bhanjyang
DAY 05: To Nagarkot
DAY 06: Breakfast /Transfer to Hotel ambassador / Lunch / Culture tour of Pashupatinath / Bouddhanath
DAY 07: Early breakfast / Transfer to domestic airport / Enjoy Mountain flight / Transfer to Hotel Ambassador / Free for the day
DAY 08: Tourist bus to Chitwan / Transfer to Safari Resort / Commence safari activities
DAY 09: Safari activities
DAY 10: Safari activity / Breakfast / Land transfer to Pokhara / Check into Mum’s guest house
DAY 11: Early transfer to Sarangkot to observe sunrise over Annapurna Himalayan range / Breakfast / Half day of sightseeing tour / Leisure for the rest of the day
DAY 12: Breakfast / Transfer to airport & fly to Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu / Lunch / Rest / Culture tour of Kathmandu Durbar square / Dinner
DAY 13: Breakfast / Observe Buddhajayanti festival at Bouddhanath and Swoyambhunath & Culture tour of Pashupatinath/ Return to hotel
DAY 14: Departure