Unique Culture and Kathmandu valley Trek

Trip Overview

This leisurely Unique Culture and Kathmandu Valley trek offers the fabulous distant views of snowy mountains, and an idea of the typical Nepali countryside life and ethnic culture. This Unique Culture and Kathmandu Valley trekking is best suited for those who are traveling with children, families, students who do not have enough time for longer treks into the high mountains. Our Unique Culture and Kathmandu Valley trek starts just an hour drive from Katmandu city centre. The trek leads through the hills facing to the north-east of Langtang Himalayan Range with the magnificent views of the Mountain. The whole trail of Unique Culture and Kathmandu Valley trek offers the best mountain views. Nagarkot is the best viewpoint on this trekking route where you will enjoy panoramic Himalayan scenery of Mt. Everest, Rolwaling Himalayan Range, Gaurishanker, Jugal Himal, Dorje lakpa, Langtang and Ganesh Himal. You shouldn’t miss sunrise and sunset views on these mountains. Agro-old tradition hospitality is an added bonus for the trek. This 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.

Hillside town Dhulikhel on the Arniko Highway and Namo Buddha add the cultural taste to the trek with interesting Newari settlements rich in architecture. Don’t miss out the famous typical Newari town of Dhulikhel and one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha in the country.

Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Griffon Travels. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary as planned; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Day to Day Activity

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Temple Tour in Kathmandu
Day 03: Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan Temple
Day 04: Drive to Budhanilkantha and trek to Mulkharka
Day 05: Trek to Chisapani
Day 06: Trek to Nagarkot
Day 07: Trek to Dhulikhel
Day 08: Trek to Namo Buddha
Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 10: Depart Kathmandu

Note: Bed and Breakfast is provided in Kathmandu. Full board is provided during the trip.


Trip Highlight

Kathmandu-three different temple tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Swayambhunath.

Bhaktapur- guided tour to well preserved medieval city of Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan temple a UNESCO world heritage site.

Exploring fascinating Countryside- watch and touch typical village life go by whilst gently walking.

Good Sunrise and Sunset- view over Himalaya from Nagarkot and Dhulikhel.

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,350m), 
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the center of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 02: Temple tour in Kathmandu,
    Today after breakfast, we start a guided tour to visit three different temples of Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. The Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in the country along with the Aryaghat or Funeral Site near the Bagmati River. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest Stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage site and the popular tourist destinations in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath meaning the "the self-existent" is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the world. The stupa is also famous for being on the hilltop and is popular among the foreigners as the “Monkey Temple” owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, included meal: Breakfast

    Day 03: Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan Temple,
    After breakfast, we begin another day’s sightseeing in Bhaktapur. It’s a short drive to the old city of Bhaktapur, a typical Newari town in the valley and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the mediaeval period, it was one of the powerful valley capitals. Still a functioning town, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a superb place to spend few hours visiting different Pagoda style temples, monuments, museum and different streets including Pottery – this is in the East as people imagine it. It is still a very fascinating town in the valley. After that, it’s an interesting short drive to the oldest known temple in Nepal, Changu Narayan. This is the temple for Lord Vishnu, the second most important Hindu God in the country. This is an exquisite example of age-old Nepalese artistry and ingenuity.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, included meal: Breakfast

    Day 04
    Drive to Budhanilkantha and trek to Mulkharka (1,768m),
    Today, we drive towards north to another Vishnu temple at Budhanilkantha. Inside the temple complex, we can view the 5-meter long stone-carved sleeping Vishnu image, believed to have been created in the 7th or 8th century. After that, we drive little further and then set off walking fairly level inside Shivapuri National Park. It’s about 4-5 hours walk on the rough road most of the time to Mulkharka village. BL,
    Overnight Tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 05: Trek to Chisapani (2,200m
    After breakfast, we start walking steeply up hill on the stone steps through cultivated fields and little villages. We continue on climbing through trees and trek up towards the East Ridge to the top of Shivapuri forest. From here on a clear day, we can enjoy the view of many beautiful mountains and different landscape. We trek down to Chisapani. Stay in Chisapani tonight. BL,
    Overnight Tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 06:
      Trek to Nagarkot (2,156m),
    Our hiking destination is Nagarkot today. After having breakfast, we head towards the Southeast direction following the rough road through woods. Sometime we follow switch-backing trail which drops steeply down and up through terraces and beautiful local villages all the way to the top of the ridge at Nagarkot. Today's hike is rather longer with majestic mountain views offered throughout the day. We will enjoy the magnificent Sunset and Sunrise views on the eastern Himalaya in distance from Nagarkot. Nagarkot itself is a popular among urban people of Kathmandu as a nearby destination to spend weekends enjoying panoramic views of many Himalayan ranges including the 8,848 meters highest peak of the world Mt. Everest. We may go to bed early today, as we also need to catch up tomorrow's sunrise view on the mountains. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 07:
      Trek to Dhulikhel (2,100m),
    We wake up early to see sunrise on the snowy peaks of the eastern Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest. After breakfast, we follow the road passing through pine forest and many farmlands. We continue along the ridge for a while and then the trail goes steeply down and up couple of times through fields all the way to Dhulikhel, the administrative center of Kavre district and the eastern gate of Kathmandu valley. This town is divided into new and old part. The new part of the town lies on the ridge, you will see mainly Hotels and Restaurants but old part of the town is still very fascinating with Newari culture and tradition. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 08: Trek to Namo Buddha (1,982m),

    Leaving Dhulikhel today, we start climbing up to Kali temple and continue through rhododendron and pine forest. After doing couple of hours walking then drop down through the village of Kavre and past a number of local village inns. It then climbs again through pine trees past Phulbari and up and down a couple of more hills before reaching to Namo Buddha. This is a scared Buddhist place where Lord Buddha saved the life of a tigress dying from hunger. We can have a thrilling view of mountains, valleys, rolling hills and touch of Newari culture. BL,
    Overnight Tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu,
    After breakfast, we will have time to explore this beautiful place on the surrounding hills of Kathmandu valley and then we will pick up our transport drive through Banepa via Bhaktapur to Kathmandu arriving in the late afternoon. CH,
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, included meal: Breakfast

    Day 10: Depart Kathmandu,
    The trip ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
    Included meal: Breakfast,


Price Includes

» Arrival and departure-transfer
» Transport-Comfortable Bus, on foot,
» Accommodation – Hotels/ Lodge (twin share basis)
» All sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Changu Narayan Temple
» Local leader throughout the trip, local guides and porters
» All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), snacks, welcome drink, Tea/Coffee as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage and laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

Equipment List

You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
Sun glasses
Chap stick/Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper/waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners/Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking/Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit

Latest News
TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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Griffon Travel is an adventure company in Kathmandu, Nepal, which has been established by experience people from the Himalayas
Address: Minbhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: info@griffon-travel.com