Sundarijal Namobuddha Trek

Chisapani Nagarkot Trekking
  • Duration07 Days
  • Max. Altitude2,175 m
  • Starts FromUSD 575


Trip Grade:Easy/Mild (*)


Transportation:Private Vehicle


Trekking Region:Kathmandu Valley Ridge

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Sundarijal Namobuddha Trek falls under easygoing short trekking category inside Kathmandu valley over the hill ridge, through Shivapuri National Park, experiencing village life, viewing greenery down the valley, facing adjacent hills, meeting friendly people and rejoicing the festivities with indigenous inhabitants of Kathmandu valley.

If you are tired of crowded hectic life of Kathmandu, suddenly there is an option for this trek for peace, fresh air, find smiling faces, everything relaxing and enjoying natural scenery that every demands fulfilled by this trek. We can see Langtang Lirung, Gauri Shankar Himal, Dorje Lakpa. Sundarijal is the starting point which itself is beautiful with waterfalls and big boulders, the source for drinking water supplied the valley dwellers. We enter inside the Shivapuri National Park and reach to Chisapani. It is the place from where we can see the panoramic view of northern and eastern Himalayas. Nagarkot is the hill resort for the best sun rise and sun set view that offers the 300 km long Himalayan ranges view in the clear day. Nagarkot is the honeymooner’s paradise. Dhulikhel is another lovely old Newar town full of Newari arts and architecture. From Dhulikhel you hike to the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namobuddha where you see the Stupa and Buddhist Monastery. It is an ideal place for meditation.

According to the legend, in this sacred place Lord Buddha had sacrificed his own flesh to feed the starving tigress and her cubs which symbolizes the selfless compassion and sacrifice of the Buddha. In Namobuddha, you can interact with the Buddhist monk which is the chance to get insight into their lifestyle and Buddhist culture.

First day, it takes about 4-5 hours from Sundarijal to Chisapani.It takes 6-7 walking hours from Chisapani to Nagarkot, walking through the jungle till Jhule then continues trek to Chauki Bhanjyang for Lunch break. After Lunch, we continue trek to Nagarkot enjoying close up view of farming fields and landscape. Finally, we reach at Nagarkot, beautiful village full of standard hotels, lodges and resorts. Our trek continues from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel which takes about 6 hours and we can see flora and fauna, villager’s lifestyles, cultural and different biodiversity. The 3 hours hiking from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha is an exciting thing. After this, either we can hike to Panauti or drive back to Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing at World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal
  • Visit Shivapuri National Park and enjoy the forest bathing
  • Walk though the lush green forest and have chance for bird watching
  • Sunrise and sunset view from Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel
  • Majestic mountain view of Langtang, Ganesh Himal
  • Interaction with local community and monks at Namobudha
  • Visit historical Newari town Panauti
  • Drive back from Panauti to Kathmandu

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02:Pre-Trip Meeting and sightseeing at World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. O/N at Hotel

Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (2,140 m) and trek to Chisapani (2,050 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Lodge

Day 04:Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,175 m), 7 hrs. 7 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 05:Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1,440 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 06:Trek from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha (1,750 m), then to Panauti (1,500 m), 5 hrs. then drive to Kathmandu, 1.5 hrs

Day 07:Departure to International Airport

Cost Include

  • Airport picks up and drops off by tourist vehicle
  • Sightseeing at Heritage sites in Kathmandu with private tourist vehicle
  • A government licensed holder guide for sightseeing
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu,2-3 star category hotel in twin sharing basis with Breakfast
  • Lodges, Guest Houses basis accommodation during the trek
  • Drive from Kathmandu - Sundarijal and Panauti to Kathmandu
  • An experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide
  • Shivapuri National Park Entry Fee and TIMS Card for Trekking
  • All government and local taxes, VAT and Service Charge

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,Chisapani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and Panauti
  • Entrance Fees for the Heritage Sites and other places
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee which is issued in Kathmandu Airport
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills,beverages etc)
  • Tips for the trekking staffs, driver
  • Any other cost not mentioned in Cost Includes section

Trip FAQ

Himkala Adventure would like to answer all the queries about Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking for all curious travelers/trekkers in the world. As you are entirely from different geographical location, you could better to know everything about the treks from the beginning i.e. airport pick up till your departure like airport picks up, drops off, accommodation in city, in the trek, guide and porters, safety for the trekking, food and accommodation and some other things that you might face on the way. Hope our endeavor listing these questions answers will help you self informed.

This is simply the outlines of the services we offer but it may differ as per your requirement, number of trekkers. What we go through our conversation, we will manage the means of transportation, hotels in the city, accommodation in the trekking, numbers of porters etc. This is general idea about Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking  before your trip and you become clearer about the trek. Please feel free to contact us to get more information about the trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal.

1) What physical fitness do I need to book this trip?

Every trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal requires the certain level of physical and mental fitness. So, we advise you to be in good physical shape and able to feel comfortable while hiking up and down 7 to 12 miles per day on a trail carrying a day pack of about 10 pounds. Three things could make you confident enough for any trek you would like to do: aerobic, strength and mental.

Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will be trekking in thinner air, up to 40% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning, you will be able to better metabolize whatever oxygen is available to you. You should plan on doing at least one hour of aerobic 3 /4 times per week for 1 month or more before your arrival in Nepal. Walking, jogging, cycling, hiking on valley floor to ridge line ascents with day back are some of the excellent forms of exercise, so long as you are strengthening leg muscles and building stamina. Speed is not the essence; stamina, confidence and continuity are. Do as much uphill as possible. If you live in flat area, go to the stadium and use the steps with your pack.

2) Do I really need to use guide to Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking?

You are advised to use Guide so that you could feel safer in the unknown area because the guide can tell you the possible danger as they have guided in this region since long. Most importantly, the Himalayan weather is really unpredictable and the Guide can help you to take proper shelter. Nest advantage to be with Guide is you get more knowledge about local culture and you could have easy access to interact with the local people. In 2014, the Nepal Government clearly has stated that the trekkers should have a guide but still it is not seemed in the practicality.

3) How do I find Himkala Adventure for my pick up at the airport?

Our representative from Himkala Adventure will display a small board (placard) of company or your name outside the airport terminal. You will be driven to the hotel by our tourist vehicle.

4) What sort of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu?

Normally we provide standard rooms with twin sharing accommodations at three star or similar category hotels in Kathmandu including breakfast. Accommodation in these cities can be upgraded as per your request. But some of our packages are sold without accommodation in the city.

5) How are tea house facilities during Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking?

Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Tea houses in Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking area are professional, well managed and with neat and clean lodging offering fine views and plain but fresh and hygienic food with friendly atmosphere Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing.

6) What sort of accommodation do I get in trekking?

Guesthouses/Tea Houses/Lodges provide twin sharing single and double rooms and occasionally a dormitory which is basically clean with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Our company provides the sleeping bag if needed but we always recommend having your own sleeping equipments. You have to share the room with your group member or sometimes with unknown traveler. The toilet is always outside the room with basic facilities.

7) What sort of foods, water and drinks can I expect in trekking?

We can order the foods as per in the menu.There are mostly the family members themselves to cook and serve the meal. They are simply trained but experienced because they have been offering such services for many years in this busy route. The food is hygienic, fresh and delicious. We recommend you to drink mineral water or the boiled or using water purification pills or drops.

Most of the foods are cooked in the kitchen of tea houses. They serve you with different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The most popular Nepali food is daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetable curry. Garlic soup is popular as it helps you with acclimatization. You could better be vegetarian in the mountains. All hotels in cities and guesthouses in trekking serve the vegetarian food. You can find all common types of drinks like hot chocolates, coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, ginger tea, soft drinks etc. you will have your breakfast and dinner at the lodges where you will be staying and lunch somewhere on the way to your next destination.

8) What mode of transportation do I use?

We will provide the private transportation for Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and drop and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. We use transportation as based on our cost inclusion section. The transportation varies depending on your requirements at the time of booking the trip.

9) What is the best season for this trekking?

The best season for Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). These are the perfect time of the year for the breathtaking views of Himalayas with clear and sunny days. But the weather in the mountains is unpredictable.

10) What is the weather and temperature like during the trekking?

The climate in Nepal varies from place to place which can be categorized in different four main seasons. The main seasons in Nepal are spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November) & winter (December to February). The best season to travel in Nepal is autumn (September, October & November) & spring (March, April & May). Weather in the mountains is unpredictable. But the day temperature in Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking is comfortable.

11) Who will be guiding me during this trip?

We provide the professional government license holder English speaking trekking guides for our entire trekking trip. We can also provide French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian speaking guides as per your preference with extra payment but not guaranteed.  All guides will be Nepali people who are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personality. They are all trained from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, certified and approved by the Tourism Department of Nepal government.  We provide a different city tour guide to guide you in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. They are the professional license holder guide specialized in culture, history, geography, iconography, archeology and religion with good command over English. Tour guides are specialized in city tour and trekking guides are more in the hiking and trekking in the Himalayas.

12) What sort of experience do your guides have?

Our entire city tour guides have bachelors to Master Degree academic education along with many months tour guiding training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. They are fluent in spoken languages and informative about the sites in many aspects. They are quite experienced and dedicated to their job and responsibilities.

Our entire trekking guides have minimum Intermediate to Master Degree academic education with trekking guide training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. Many of them are from villages. As they are local, they know more about the routes, necessary precaution to be taken and so on. They have spent many years exploring many parts of the country. They are trained in first aid and able to handle any situation easily. They speak good English and make you know about the places you visit.

13) May I charge my electronic devices during Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking?

Most of the places in your tea houses have charging facilities. You can charge your devices by paying some extra money. It’s good if you bring TWO or THREE pin travel adapter and put your gadgets at warm place at night.

14) How much additional money is required for this trip?

It’s a very personal question as expenses depend on habit. Normally, in Kathmandu you can allocate about USD 10 to 15 per person per lunch or dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day will be sufficient to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for a hot shower during the trekking. Other personal expenses will be your own calculation.

15) What is the social and environmental responsibility of Himkala Adventure for this trip?

The situation of environment in Nepal is in considerable stage due to so many factors caused by global warming, human activities, and adverse effects of natural incidents. Nepal is in between two giant countries like China and Nepal. The ozone layer is depleting and the atmosphere is getting heated. So, its direct effect is to the Himalayas that the snow is melting day by day and the sea level is rising. It is due to population growth, people are clearing the forest and the soil is being eroded. As a part of society, and our trekking related activities are directly concerned with the social and environmental things. We are very conscious not litter in the open spaces, to manage garbage properly and make local people aware in this campaign. We are working together with other companies and taking these issues seriously.

16) What is the minimum number requirement for this trip?

We operate individual trip to the group joining trips for Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking. If you want to do any private trip we are ready to organize for solo traveler as well with some additional charges.

17) Are there communication or internet services during Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking?

All the guesthouses have WiFi in Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking. All our guides carry the local mobile phone. You can use his mobile phone to make any local or international call from trekking trails by paying him directly. You can even pass him number to be connected with your family or friends. We highly recommend taking local SIM card for call and internet services during trekking. Local SIM cards are easily available in many stores and at airport as well. You need to provide two copies of your photographs and your passport copy to get local SIM CARDS of NCELL & NTC (only these two companies provide telephone services in Nepal.

18) May I get chances for shower during Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking?

The guesthouses on the way to Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking can provide hot shower. If the day is cloudy and solar panels are not working, occasionally, there may be problem, otherwise, there is no problem for the hot shower.

19) May I add extra days in trekking?

Yes. You can customize the trek as you would want. We are flexible while preparing the itinerary and you could lengthen or shorten it as per your requirement.

20) What happens in case of emergency?

Himkala Adventure has prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during the trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for the case of emergency.

21) Do I need to have insurance for this trip?

We request you to have a travel-insurance policy to cover theft, loss, medical problem & emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitude places before coming Nepal. Choose a policy to cover your emergency high altitude helicopter evacuation with all medical insurances for trekking in high altitude in the Himalayas of Nepal.  Your travel insurance is always needed before going in any high altitude trekking.  Please check your travel insurance policy which doesn’t exclude mountaineering or alpinism.  Although you will not be engaging in these activities in your trekking, you might have problem convincing the insurance company of this fact.  Rescue insurance need to cover an emergency helicopter evacuation or a charted flight from remote mountain trails of Nepal as well as international medical evacuation. A helicopter evacuation might cost US$ 2500 to US$10000 depending on the places.  So that travel insurance to cover all above is must to travel in the high Himalayas of Nepal.

22) What type of shoes should I wear during Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking?

You could better have comfortable tennis shoes or snickers for the Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. We advise you to wear your new shoes for sometime before trek so that you could feel well habituated on the newer trail for your feet.

23) Can I use credit cards in Sundarijal Namobuddha Trekking?

No, you can use only in the cities like Kathmandu. So, it is better you to make change in Kathmandu. When you are out of city, all you need is cash, better to have small notes. Please change the currency in local Nepali rupees before you go to the mountains.

24) Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?

Tipping is not mandatory, neither it is right to ask by anyone but it is a way of showing gratitude after taking service. The level of tip also shows how satisfy you are from the team that you had been during your tour/trek.However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.


Trip Note


The cost of trip varies according to the number of travelers in the group, the category of the Hotel, mode of the transportation and any kind of changes (if there is). So, if you would let us know all of these above mentioned things, then we could quote you the exact price.


The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to December and March to May. The day temperature for walking in the Chisapani Namobuddha Trekking is comfortable. It is all through the hilly region and the weather is very fine most of the time. This trek can be done throughout the year. There is no risk of high altitude.

Nepal Strikes:

There is much more progress in the political scenario in Nepal and we assure you that travelling in Nepal is safe. But there may be Bandha (wide transport strikes) at a very short notice. The shuttle bus is in operation by Nepal Tourism Board and the Nepal Tourist Police in conjunction with the Himalayan Rescue Association from domestic and international terminal to the various hotels in Kathmandu. The service costs 300 rupees per person.

Itinerary Disclaimer:

Himkala has thoughtfully designed all the itineraries but our itineraries are updated for the betterment on the basis of our past travelers’ comments and our own research. In case you find changes in the itinerary you printed and the upgraded one does not affect your trip. Please note that some changes may occur in our itineraries due to bad weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes.

Physical Rating:

Your trip will be meaningful if you could find yourself fit and fine. Chisapani Namobuddha Trekking is physically very easy trekking that can be done by family members of any aged group like elderly aged, children etc.The highest point of this trek is 2,175 m from the sea level.There is no risk of altitude sickness but we advise you to do morning walk, regular excercise so that you avoid the chance of being tired and develop the habbit of walking.

Group Size:

Himkala Adventure organizes solo to group travelers. Our group trips are designed for sharing accommodation and there is no single supplement. Single travelers share with the same gender from twin to multi-share in an accommodation. You are requested to have mutual understanding in between the fellow travelers who have joined from the different parts of the world. Please remember that you have great responsibilities in the group. If you are requested to be at a particular place at a certain time, make sure that you have been there at a time. It is much more pleasing sharing experiences and traveling together.

Accommodation and Meals:

Accommodation and Foods in the Hilly region of Nepal cannot be compared with any developed countries in the world. We know that you might not have experienced such things before but you should take it easy. Accommodations at local lodges are simple but clean and comfortable. The food is plain. Toilets and washing facilities are shared and rudimentary.

Money Matters:

Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NPR). ATMs can be found only in major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bhaktapur etc. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You make sure that you won’t carry these notes upon arrival in Nepal, otherwise they are confiscated and you may be fined.

Please make sure that the foreign currency notes that you have are new and clean notes because old, torn or faded foreign currency notes in Nepal are very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks.

While travelers cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high (up to 10%) and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. If you choose to bring travelers’ cheques, make sure they are a major brand and major currency.


Tipping is not mandatory. It is not anyone’s right asking for tips but if you are happy with the service, you could tip the staffs. It is entirely a personal preference. Tipping could be significant to them who took take great care of you in your traveling period. Himkala recommends that you could tip any intended recipient by any member of the group than collected and passed on by the group leader.

Note: Please do not tip with coins or dirty and ripped notes. This is culturally taken as an insult.

Local Dress in Nepal:

Nudity is a sensitive issue in Nepal. Women should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops in public places where this might be seen as inappropriate. Remove shoes before entering certain holy places. Non-Hindus are not permitted in some temples.


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