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Valley Ridge trek is an easy trek offering distant views of the 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, and students who do not have enough time for longer treks into the high mountains. Our Valley Ridge trek starts from just an hour drive from Katmandu City and comprises both Sundarijal Chisapani trek as well as Nagarkot trek. The journey passes through the hills facing to 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. Nagarkot is the best viewpoint on Valley Ridge trekking route where you will enjoy panoramic Himalayan scenery of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Himalayan range, and Rolwaling Himalayan range. Don’t miss the sunrise and sunset views on these mountains. Agro-old tradition hospitality is an added bonus for the trek. 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.
Nala and Banepa add the cultural taste to the trek with the interesting Newari settlements rich in architecture. Don’t also miss out the famous temples that these places host, such as Nala Bhagawati Temple, Kanyakumari Temple, and Chandeswori temple to name a few.”
|Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 02 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 03 Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani||1,550m/5,086ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 04 Trek to Nagarkot||2,175m/7,136ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 05 Trek to Nala-Banepa - Bhaktapur sightseeing- Kathmandu||1,440m/4,725ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 06 Farewell Friend||-|
Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier where you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture.
Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier Trekking briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
After breakfast, we drive to Sundarijal (2200m) on a private vehicle. Upon reaching Sundarijal we start our day hiking through Mulkharka village passing many forest and trek up to east ridge to Shivapuri forest. From here we can enjoy views of many beautiful mountains and different landscape. We trek down to Chisapani.Overnight in Chisapani.
Our destination is Nagarkot today. After having breakfast, we set up for today’s walk. Today’s hike is rather longer with majestic mountain views offered throughout the day. We enjoy the sunset at mountains from the Nagarkot hill station. Nagarkot itself is popular among urban people of Kathmandu as a nearby destination to spend weekends enjoying magnificent & panoramic views of many Himalayan ranges including the 8,848 meters high top of the world Mt. Everest. We go to bed rather early as we also need to catch tomorrow’s mountain sunrise view too. overnight at hotel in Nagarkot.
We wake up early to see sunrise through the eastern Himalayan ranges views including Mt. Everest. After breakfast, we start our trek to Banepa. Passing thorugh pine forest and many farmlands, we reach Nala village where we visit some important shrines. Upon reaching Banepa and visitng the temples and after observing some cultural aspects there, we drive to Bhaktapur. We do sightseeing at Bhatapur Durbar square and drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Glacier (HG) will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
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The facilities in route to around ridge is well developed. You can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menu where you spent your night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse where you will spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.
All accommodations for Valley Ridge trek are in hotel/lodges on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. During the trip, you will spend three nights in a 3-star hotel, We will be staying in Yatri Suites & Spa or similar in Kathmandu and during your trekking you will spend 2 nights in standard hotel/guesthouse. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying single supplement USD 250.
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