Kathmandu Shivapuri National Park and Nagarkot Hiking - 3 Days

Shivapuri National park and Nagarkot hike
At a Glance
Duration3 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude2200 Meter
Group Size1-20
Travel StyleTrekking
MealBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
AccomodationMountain Tea houses and Nagarkot View Point Hotel or similar category
Best TimeAll Month and Season

Chisapani Nagarkot hike is a short 3 days hike near Kathmandu. You will hike inside the Shivapuri National Park during this trip. The journey is short and easy. People of all ages can join us on the Chisapani Nagarkot hiking. If you are someone looking for a quick getaway from Kathmandu, then we highly recommend the Chisapani Nagarkot hike 3 days.

We have designed the Chisapani Nagarkot hike for travelers who are bound by time. This trip will provide you with a glimpse of Nepali mountain villages and snow-capped Himalayan mountains. Leaving the bustle of Kathmandu behind, you will embark on a peaceful and adventurous venture.

If you have a few 1-3 days on hand, you can extend the Chisapani Nagarkot hike to Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha.


  • A quick, short getaway from the bustle of Kathmandu
  • Enjoy stunning sunrise and mountain views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Gaushankar Himal, Everest, etc
  • Trek through the lush forests of Shivapuri National Park, home to numerous flora and fauna
  • Spend nights in comfortable lodges and get to see the lifestyle of the locals closely
  • A perfect trip from Kathmandu for travelers bound by time
  • A less crowded trail with beautiful landscapes
  • Explore one of the oldest temples in Nepal, Changunarayan Temple

What to expect during the Chisapani Nagarkot hike 3 days?

The Chisapani Nagarkot hike is also known as Kathmandu Shivapuri National Park and Nagarkot hiking. You will get to witness distant views of mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/24,350 ft), Langtang Himal (7,234 m/23,734 ft), Gaurishankar Himal (7,134 m/23,405 ft), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m/ 26,781 ft), and Mt. Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft) during the Chisapani Nagarkot hike.

Likewise, get to see lush hills and beautiful terraced fields throughout the route. The hike starts with a short drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. From here, you will walk via the Shivapuri National Park, which is home to numerous flora and fauna. Spend the first of the trip in the lovely Chisapani village and continue from here to the famous Nagarkot.

Get to see gorgeous sunrises from Chisapani and Nagarkot. While exploring these places, you will see the lifestyle of the locals. Enjoy their warm hospitality and interact with them. The locals are friendly and very welcoming. From Nagarkot, descend to one of the oldest temples in Nepal, Changunarayan Temple. From here, drive back to Kathmandu.

Is the Chisapani Nagarkot hike suitable for you?

Chisapani Nagarkot hike is a short hike from Kathmandu. You have to be in the city to join this hike, or you can customize the Chisapani Nagarkot itinerary with arrival and departure to/from Kathmandu. If you are in good physical condition, you can do the Chisapani Nagarkot hike.

5 to 6 hours of hiking is required each day. You have to be able to walk this much at least. The accommodation and facilities are simple during the hike, so you have to adjust as well. If you are fine with these things, you can join the Chisapani Nagarkot hike.

Our Chisapani Nagarkot hike cost starts at USD 200 per person. Bookings are open for 2024 to 2025 departures.

Preparation and packing for the Chisapani Nagarkot hike

You do not have to do much to prepare for the Chisapani Nagarkot hike. Regular walks with some weight are enough. Improve your stamina and strength slightly, and you are ready to join the Chisapani Nagarkot hike 3 days. Below is the list of things you will need for Chisapani Nagarkot hiking:

  • Breathable base layer
  • Underwear
  • Thermal layer
  • Fleece jacket
  • Hiking t-shirt and pants
  • Hiking boots and socks
  • Daypack
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, lip balm, comb, toothpaste/brush, face wash, wet wipes, deodorant, etc)
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid
  • Adapter, charger, and power bank
  • Snacks, reusable water bottle, pocket knife, torch, etc
  • Passport, travel visa, passport-sized photos, Nepali cash, permits, etc

Why hike with us?

First of all, our trips in the Himalayas are well-designed and fully supported, which allows trekkers to enjoy the journey freely. You do not have to worry about anything if you travel with us in Nepal. Our expert team takes care of all the logistics. Likewise, our itineraries are flexible, so you can customize them as per your wish.

Read below to learn about more perks of doing the Everest view trekking with our team:

  • 24/7 support
  • Trek with a native guide and a porter
  • Full transparency in price and policy
  • Flexible itineraries
  • Free airport pick-ups and drop-offs as per the itinerary
  • Duffle bag from the company to use during the trek
  • Complimentary farewell dinner and t-shirt
Tour PlanExpand All

Today, we will drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. The drive starts around 7:30 AM. From Sundarijal, the trek starts at Chisapani. You will trek inside the Shivapuri National Park. The trail ascends and descends via lush forests. In Mulkharka, we will take a small lunch break and trek to Chisapani.

Max Altitude: 2,175 m/7,136 ftMeals: Lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

Today, we will wake up early in the morning and hike to the viewpoint to witness a gorgeous sunrise and wonderful Himalayan mountains view. After enjoying the view, have breakfast and start hiking towards Nagarkot. It will be a long hike via dusty roads and terraced fields.

Max Altitude: 2,175 m/7,136 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Lodge

In the morning, hike to the viewpoint to witness another beautiful sunrise along with a breathtaking panorama of snow-capped mountains. On a clear day, you may also get to see Mt. Everest from here.

After the hike, we will trek down to one of the oldest temples in Nepal, Changunarayan Temple. Explore the temple and drive back to Kathmandu. On the way, you can stop at Bhaktapur Durbar Square as well.

Max Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch,Accommodation: Lodge
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Cost Details
  • 1-night accommodation in Nagarkot (Hotel View Point or similar category)
  • 1-night accommodation Chisapani (Dorje Lakpa teahouse or similar category; run by Nepalese family)
  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • One English-speaking guide
  • Kathmandu to Sundarijal by private car which is your trekking starting point and pick up from Changunarayan to Kathmandu in a private car which is the trekking ending point.
  • Company's service charge

Cost excludes

  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. (Tea, coffee, mineral water, soup)
  • Nepal visa fee which is you will pay in open arrival in Kathmandu airport.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Porter service (You can have porter at USD 75). He’ll carry 22 kgs in total.
  • Nepal travel insurance.
  • Equipment like: sleeping bag, down jacket, t-shirt, half pant, sunscreen, sun glass.
  • Tips for guide and driver and porter.
  • Your arrival and departure transport in Kathmandu.
  • Your accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Changunarayan Royalty fee Nrs. 339 per person.
  • Shivapuri National Park Permit. (8 USD per person)
  • All that are not included in cost include.
Add-ons & Options
  • Equipment like: sleeping bag, down jacket, t-shirt, half pant, sunscreen, sun glass, hiking shoes and water bottles.  
  • Kathmandu Accomodation: Kindly let us know the hotel your are staying in Kathmandu. If you let us know it will be easy for us to meet you.If you want Kathmandu accomodation kindly let us know. We will book Nivas Boutique Home or similar category.  The cost Per night is USD 45 in twin sharing basis with breakfast.
  • Walking Hours: You have to walk around 5-6 hours daily.
  • Porter:I would like to advise you to take a porter. It will be easy for you. He will carry your luggage and you can carry your day bag only. The porter will carry your luggage in a ruck sack bag and 1 porter carries maximum 20 kg. You can leave your suitcase with unnecessary luggage in free store in Kathmandu hotel. It is available by additional $75 USD for 1 porter for 3 days. 1 porter carries total 20 kg.
  • Tribhuwan International one time Airport pick up: It is not included in the package. If you want it can be available in additional cost of USD 20.
  •  Single supplement  Charge :On our holidays tour/trek packages, rooms or tents are provided in twin sharing basis. Thus, single room supplement charge will be imposed to client who does not have another tour participant to share room  with according to your trip. When you are traveling alone, single supplementary charge must be paid.

Additional Info

Chisapani Nagarkot hike difficulty & altitude sickness

The Chisapani Nagarkot hike is an easy/moderate hike. The hiking route has uneven terrain with some steep sections. Previous hiking experience is not needed to do the Chisapani Nagarkot hiking. If you have decent fitness and good health, you can join this hike.

During the hike, you will walk 6 to 7 hours a day. Likewise, the highest point on the Chisapani Nagarkot hike is 2,210 meters (7,250 ft). Given this low altitude, you do not have to worry about altitude sickness. Keep yourself hydrated and have carbohydrate-enriched food to maintain your energy.

Is travel insurance needed for the Chisapani Nagarkot hike?

It is up to you whether you want to get travel insurance or not for Chisapani Nagarkot hiking. It is not mandatory to buy travel insurance for this trip. You can cover international flight cancellation, loss/theft of personal belongings, trip cancellation, and medical bills in the travel insurance.

Make sure to compare some travel insurance options before purchasing. Likewise, double-check all the clauses in the insurance and understand them before signing. If you buy travel insurance, bring the documents with you during the trek. Also, give a copy to us.

Accommodation and meals during the trek

During the three-day Chisapani Nagarkot hike, you will spend nights in lodges. The facilities will be simple in lodes, but you will get a clean and cozy room with fresh bedding and a private washroom to spend the night. Likewise, WiFi, hot showers, and charging services will be available in all places free of cost.

The dining area will be communal in the lodges. You can also visit nearby restaurants to have food. You will get a variety of food options ranging from dal bhat, momo, and noodles to thukpa, burger, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, fried rice, rice with curries, soups, porridge, etc.

The breakfast menu usually consists of pancakes, toast with jam/butter, oatmeal, eggs, porridge, sausage, fruits, juice, tea, coffee, chapati, muesli, cornflakes, etc. Drinking water is available throughout the trail at minimal cost. Pack snacks and energy bars to have during the hike.

What is the best time to do the Chisapani Nagarkot hiking?

The best time to do the Chisapani Nagarkot hike 7 days is from March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn). These two are peak trekking seasons with no precipitation, clear sky, and moderate climate. Enjoy blooming rhododendron forests and other vegetation in spring. Likewise, get to see some of the biggest Nepali festivals in the autumn season.

Hiking during the summer/monsoon (June to August) is not recommended because of slippery trails, unclear views, and high humidity. As it is not a very high altitude trek, you have to face scorching hot weather during these months. In contrast to summer/monsoon, you can do the Chisapani Nagarkot hike in winter (December to January). The mountain views may be interrupted on some days, but you will enjoy the journey.

Guide and porter during the Chisapani Nagarkot hike

Our guide and porter enhance the Chisapani Nagarkot hike. They will share information about the local communities and culture. As the guides are very experienced individuals. They know what trekkers need and curate the trip as per your needs. You will be trekking with a trustworthy, friendly, and reliable guide.

Likewise, the porter will carry your heavy bags. The support of a guide and porter will make the journey manageable for you. You can travel freely and safely. If you are happy with their service, make sure to tip them. You can tip as much as you wish.


You can do the Chisapani Nagarkot hike throughout the year, however, to enjoy the best weather, climate, and views trek in these months- March, April, May, September, October, November, and December.

No, the Chisapani Nagarkot hike is not difficult. Anyone can do this hike. You do need to prepare for this hike as well. It is perfect for beginner hikers.

Yes, beginners can do the Chisapani Nagarkot hiking. The trail is well-marked and does not include steep climbing. Likewise, the altitude gain is also nominal during the hike, so there is also no risk of altitude sickness,

No, you do not have to pay extra money for charging and hot showers during the Chisapani Nagarkot hike. The hiking route is not that remote, so these services are free.

Yes, the Chisapani Nagarkot hike is worth it if you are looking for a quick and short getaway from Kathmandu. You will get to escape the bustle of the city and enjoy nature. Likewise, also see some stunning sunrise and mountain views.

During the Chisapani Nagarkot hike, you will see mountains like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Everest, Gaurishankar, etc. The hike also offers beautiful landscapes and countryside scenery.

Yes, you can extend the Chisapani Nagarkot hike. Some options are Namo Buddha, Dhuikhel, Helambu, Langtang Valley, etc. We have both easy and a bit more adventurous options.

Yes, you can do the Chisapani Nagarkot hike without a guide. But hiking with a guide assures your safety and comfort level.

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