Chisapani Trek – 2 days
- Spectacular and awesome view of Himalayas
- Enjoy walk through rhododendron forests and small villages en-route
- Easy and gradual uphill walk to the ridges in the western rim of Kathmandu valley
- If you have time visit Bajrayogini temple in Sankhu
- You get to enjoy and experience wonderful culture, nature and pristine environment
- Route: Drive to Sundarijal – Trek to Chisopani – Jhule - Jarsingpawa – Sankhu – Drive to Kathmandu
Eastern rim of Kathmandu valley provides an easy and quick escape to the mountain. The views of the entire Himalayan range from Mt. Everest in the east to Manaslu and Hiunchuli in the west can be seen throughout the walk. Langtang Himal dominates the skyline to the north. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal are clearly visible towards the west. On a clear day, part of the range of Annapurna can be seen. You come across several small villages and settlements throughout the trail. We walk through oak, pine and rhododendron forest. Part of this is within Shivapuri National Park. This section of the walk is part of the trial on the Rim of Kathmandu valley. It is a pleasant, short, and refreshing trek to the mountain and back to the city.
First, we drive to Sundarijal (18 km/1-hour drive), then climb to Mulkharka. We pass through Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve and then climb the hill to Chisopani (2194m). The view from Chisopani is one of the best panoramic views seen from the rim of Kathmandu Valley. After an overnight at Chisopani, we continue to climb to Jhule then turn east to Chauki Bhanjyang. At this point, you meet the track road that comes from Helambu. It goes to Sankhu. From Jhule we virtually follow the jeep track that tags along with the walking trail. Descend to Chaauki Bhanjyang and then to Jarsingpawa. The trail is gradual downhill all the way to Sankhu. Drive to Kathmandu (20 km).
Day 01: Drive to Sundarijal (1460m). Trek to Chisapni (2215m) – 23 km (5 hour walk)
Drive to Sundarijal (18 km / 1 hour drive). It is about an hour drive from Kathmandu. From Sundarijal we climb up a long stone stairs that follows the water pipeline to the entrance of Shivapuri National Park. We walk through thick pine, oak and rhododendron forests. There are varieties of wild orchids. Continue to climb the stair and pass the water reservoir. The park has wildlife including sloth bears, leopards, wild boar and Indian porcupine. It is a good sanctuary for birds. There are about 150 species of butterflies. We will take a break at Mulkharka. It is a small village with some tea shops. After lunch we pass through an abandoned school. Cross The highest point of the trail is Burlang Bhanjyang La (2,430m). From there it is a 40 minute, 300 meter descent into Chisapani At this point the steep section eases. It is a welcome relief on a hot day. On a fine day you can get first glimpse of the snow-capped Himalayan range. Soon you would be out of the forest. Walk to Chisapani village. Stay overnight at Chisapani.
Day 02: Trek to Sankhu (1700m) – 22 km (6 hour walk). Drive to Kathmandu (20 km)
Wake up early in the morning to see beautiful sunrise view of the Himalayan peaks. After breakfast we get ready to climb further to the ridge line. We travel through thick vegetation and forest. The trail from Chisapani make gradual windup through rhododendron and pines forest. We come out on the ridge at Jhule (12 km/3 hour). Three is a small organic farm and a resort in the village. We stop for lunch there. There is great views of eastern side It is cross section of the road that leads to Nagarkot to the east and Bhoteodar to the north. We take a short walk to Chauki Bhanjyang village and continue to descend to Sankhu (12 km/ 3 hour walk). Drive to Kathmandu (20 km / 1hr 30min drive). While in Sankhu we visit Bajrayogini temple. It is a 17th century temple dedicated to a tantric goddess Bajrayogini. Sankhu is one of the oldest villages (now town) in Kathmandu valley. It is believed to be there from the time of early Lichchhavi period, 2nd to 9th century AD. It is inscribed in the archaeological history. This site is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple has three tiered roof built in traditional style, a public squares, and rest houses. It is one of the few places that are not in regular tourist round. You find the village very interesting. The streets and houses are very traditional. It was very badly damaged by 2015 earthquake.
Cost of the trip:
- NPRs 11,500 per person (minimum group size required 6 + persons)
- Join In Fixed Departure cost NPRs 10,500 per person
- Accommodation based on double occupancy
- Ground transportation to start and from end point of trek
- Accommodation - normal lodge during the hike
- Meals – Breakfast , lunch and dinner
- Trek guide and camp assistant based on group size
- First- Aid kit
- Shivapuri National Park entrance fee
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