Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek is an easy trek offering with the distant views of snowy mountains, and an idea of the typical Nepali countryside life and ethnic culture. This Valley Ridge trekking is best suited for those who are traveling with children, Families, students. It is also ideal for the trekker who has limited time for longer treks into the high mountains. Our Valley Ridge Trek starts from just an hour drive from Kathmandu City. The trek leads through the hills facing the north-east of Langtang Himalayan Range with the magnificent views of the Mountain.
The whole trail of Valley Ridge trek offers the best mountain views in during the trek. Nagarkot and Dhulikhel are the best viewpoint of Valley Ridge trekking where you will enjoy with panoramic Himalayan scenery including the Mt. Everest, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Dorje lakpa, Langtang Himalayan range, Rolwaling Himalayan range.
Valley Ridge trek is known as also agro- old tradition hospitality is an added bonus for the trek. And this Valley Ridge trek is the Shangri-La route and a novelty destination. The trekking route is surrounded by hills and is the cradle of Nepalese civilization and culture. Other interesting sites such as Namo Buddha and Panauti Villages. You will get an opportunity to stay with a host family at Panauti and immerse yourself into the local culture and explore the ancient unexploited village.
Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for the general idea only. This is a sample itinerary; however, we can tailor-make the program according to your preferences and requirements.
- Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
On arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to cordially welcome with great hospitality. The representative will be displaying “Nepal Sanctuary Treks” placard outside the airport terminal. You will be then escorted and transfer to the hotel in our private vehicle. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. You will have leisure time to relax and freshen up.
- Day 2: Morning tour to ancient marketplace and visit world’s UNESCO Heritage sites
After breakfast, we will start our fresh morning by wandering Ason and Indrachowk marketplaces to get a glimpse of traditional Nepalese life. You’ll witness the bustle of the market, see how locals purchase the products and haggle for a bargain. Whilst walking around enjoy the lively and vibrant atmosphere this local market has to offer.
We walk through a narrow alley and see people rushing. Observe the first hand the local produce people from Nepal actually purchase. You will also take in the sights and smells of the market. Your friendly tour guide will explain in full detail all the products and procedures you will see. There is plenty of opportunities to buy something for your selves and lots of photo opportunities to capture in your camera.
Next, we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, and used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. This ancient sites situated in the traditional heart of Kathmandu that incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.
The most revered places of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the three-storied temple named Kumari Bahal. The structured like a typical Newari Vihara. In this house lives Kumari, a girl who is respected as the living goddess. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the Kumari is paraded around the square in a custom-built gilded chariot and worshipped by the people.
The tallest temple of Kathmandu valley ‘Taleju Bhawani’ built in 1549 AD. This temple is deliberated to be the most outstanding work of art in the Durbar square and considered to be the royal goddess.
Jagannath temple built in the 16th century is well-known for erotic carvings, and the Hanuman Dhoka (the royal palace) is situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Kalbhairav is considered to be the destructor form of Lord Shiva. Built in the 17th century, this, 10 ft. high stone statue of terrifyingly portrayed Kal Bhairav is sited near Jagannath temple.
Temple of Shiva Parvati, rectangular in shape enshrines Nava Durga, a group of goddesses on the ground floor. It has a wooden image of Shiva and Parvati at the window of the upper floor looking out at passerby in Durbar Square.
You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “Om Mani Padme Hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.
Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras. You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.
Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.
After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to the Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.
- Day 3: Drive to Changu Narayan (1,500m), walk to Nagarkot (2,040m)- 5 hours walking.
After having early breakfast, we drive to the Changu Narayan Temple.the ancient temple in Kathmandu valley, came into existence in the early 4th century. The temple is elaborated with some of the best rarest kinds of stone, wood, and metal, crafted in the valley. It stands as the epicenter of culture, religion, history, and faith of the entire Kathmandu valley. You will admire the intricate work of art and carving done on the woods and stone sculptures of the temple. En-route, you can witness the lifestyles and tradition that is untouched with the modern Kathmandu.
Three and half hours of trekking from the Changunarayan Temple brings you up to the picturesque Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a hill station at 2100 m is a popular destination of its kind to capture the majestic Himalayan backdrop of all the glistening snowy peaks. On a clear day, you can witness the several beautiful peaks like Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal. Gauri Shanker and Everest from this very spot.
The place is also a popular vantage point for beautiful sunrises and sunsets and visitors take delight in the layout of the Kathmandu Valley below.
- Day 4: Walk to Dhulikhel (1,600 m)- 7 hours walking.
You will rise up early morning with a beautiful sunrise from Nagarkot with spectacular mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar and Langtang, Everest and several other peaks. After having a hearty breakfast, you start by hiking down through a pine forest, then through paddy fields and small villages where you witness the local village people going about their daily chores.
Reaching Dhulikhel, this Newar town offers a traditional ambiance along with remarkable views of the Himalayas. The magnificent panoramic undisturbed views of mountains in the Langtang range, Jugal Himalayan range, and other snow-capped peaks can be seen from the different vantage point in Dhulikhel.
Wandering around the ancient town witness some fine old Nepalese buildings and several interesting temples and the traditional Newari culture. The trek reveals the religious atmosphere in the region.
- Day 5: Walk to Namo Buddha (1,800 m)- 3 to 4 hours walking.
After having breakfast we will leave for Namobuddha. The trail passes through the blanketed forest of pine and few temples until Namobuddha. It is a well-known ancient pilgrimage site of Buddhist where it is believed that the ancient Buddha was born here as a Prince.
The Buddha Sakyamuni selfishness sacrifices to feed a starving tiger by offering his own flesh. The trek will take you to these delightfully spiritual places as well as through a variety of local cultures. The surrounding location is full of green terraced farmlands and forest
You can see a magnificent view of Gaurishanker and many others Himalayas. Back to Balthali through beautiful typical villages and terraces.
- Day 6: Trek to Khopasi and drive to Panauti village - 3 to 4 hours walking.
After breakfast, we walk towards the monastery. From here, the trail starts from the lower stupa, passing through traditional villages with ochre-colored farmhouses surrounded by orange trees. The area comprises numerous flora, colorful rhododendron forest, and magnolia & Sal trees. As you continue, you will come across people working in the field, children playing around and domestic animals running while searching for food. You will get to explore the actual life of Nepalese village.
Once we reach Khopasi, we will drive towards Panauti located at the auspicious confluence of Roshi Khola & Punyamata Khola and hosts the sacred Indreswor temple and Mahadev temple. Panauti is believed to stand on single huge rock, which is the reason that no earthquake till date has been able to inflict any damage on the town.
Upon arrival at Panauti, you will be welcomed by the host with garland and vermilion with great smile followed by a briefing. Then you will be taken to host family home for the authentic local experience. After a typical Nepali lunch with the host family, get ready for a wonderful tour of the town. Witness the finest arts and culture with a brief tour of the old part of the town which preserves and depicts Panauti’s history and wellness. You will be visiting community museum and walking along the narrow cobbled alleyways, beautifully carved windows, struts, and doors and Newari lifestyles that will leave you mesmerized.
One of the more stunning temples (a classic example of Newari craftsmanship) is the three-tiered Indreshowr Mahadev Temple, which stands in the center of a huge brick-paved courtyard. Its decoratively carved wooden windows, doors, struts, and beams are evidence to the skills of the valley’s Newari artisans, and these are also very much marked in the other temples situated in the same courtyard, that is, Unmata Bhairav, Krishna, and Ahilya Temples. Across the Punyamati River are still more temples, two of which, Brahmayani and Krishna Narayan, are specifically significant. In every 12 years, there happens Fair (Mela) in the temple and the devotees from almost every part come here. They take a bath in the river, which flows in between the temple.
Additionally, Panauti has added a charm of being bounded by many lush paddy fields. Panauti is also well-known for its 40 temples and 28 festivals. Affluent in Newari culture, numerous of the town’s festivals are similar to those of Kathmandu whereas some are exceptional with a completely local character.
In the evening, try out cooking some Nepali recipes during the cooking class at your host’s kitchen. Stay overnight in Community Homestay.
- Day 7: Drive back to Kathmandu 2 hours’ drive approx.
You will be starting your day with a typical Nepali breakfast prepared by the host. After breakfast, you will bid farewell by the host family. Then, we will drive back to Kathmandu.
- Day 8: Final Departure
It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.
- Day 9: Departure