Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek - 5 Days

  • Duration 5 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Best Season All year round
  • Group Size 1 to 20
  • Maximum Altitude 2175 m

Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek offers captivating hiking trails that showcase Nepal's rustic charm and cultural heritage. In this 5-day hiking itinerary, we'll embark on a journey through picturesque landscapes, ancient villages, and breathtaking viewpoints as we explore Chisapani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha, Balthali, and Panauti. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a novice adventurer, these trails promise an unforgettable journey through the heart and soul of Nepal.

A Glimpse of the Himalayas in Chisapani

Driving from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, the entrance to Chisapani, marks the start of our expedition. We pass through verdant forests, terraced farms, and charming villages on our easy climb. As we climb, the Himalayas begin to emerge, providing spectacular views of peaks like Ganesh Himal and Langtang. When we arrive in Chisapani, we are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains, which sets the tone for the following days.

Nagarkot: Sunrise and Beyond

We climb away from Chisapani in the direction of Nagarkot, a well-liked hill station famed for its breathtaking sunrise views of the Himalayas. The trail winds through pine forests and quiet trails. We can explore the nearby hills during the day or just unwind and take in the peace. We can see Mt. Everest from the Nagarkot View Tower in the far distance.

Dhulikhel: Cultural Richness and Tranquility

Our journey continues to Dhulikhel, a town nestled in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley's eastern hills. The hike offers a blend of panoramic mountain vistas and a closer look at Newari culture. Dhulikhel's old town is a treasure trove of intricately carved buildings and temples. As evening descends, we're treated to another breathtaking sunset view, with the sun painting the sky in hues of orange and purple.

Namobuddha and Balthali: Spiritual Exploration and Village Life

Namobuddha, a sacred site for Buddhists, is where legend has it that Lord Buddha sacrificed his body to a hungry tigress and her cubs. This spiritual location offers a calm atmosphere and expansive views of the surroundings. After more travel, we arrive at Balthali, a hidden gem encircled by terraced farms and dense woodlands. We can see and experience Nepal's genuine rural way of life in this tranquil area.

Panauti: Where History and Nature Converge

Panauti is a charming medieval settlement with a remarkable architectural heritage. We come across historic temples, elaborate woodwork, and a distinctive fusion of Hindu and Buddhist elements as we meander through its winding lanes. Panauti's allure is enhanced by the intersection of the Roshi and Punyamati rivers.

The things you can expect in Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek

  • Magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas and admire vibrant sunsets painting the sky in hues
  • Panoramic views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges.
  • Tranquil forest trails and traditional villages.
  • Pine-scented trails and serene surroundings.
  • Absorb the tranquillity of Nagarkot Hill Station.
  • Encounter the diverse cultures and traditions of Nepal and explore the charming old town with intricate carvings, the medieval town's historic temples, and its architecture.
  • Spiritual visit to Namobuddha, a sacred Buddhist site.
  • Experience rural village life in Balthali.
  • Lush terraced fields and serene forested landscapes.
  • Witness the confluence of the Roshi and Punyamati rivers.
  • Capture the mesmerizing landscapes and mountain vistas.


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  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,050 m

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,175 m

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,440m

  • AccommodationResort
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,730 m

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast& Lunch
  • Maximum Altitude1,300 m

If this program doesn’t suit you, we can make a customised itinerary as per your needs. Contact us for the Tailor-Made program.



Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek - 5 Days map


  • Q1. What is the best time to embark on this hiking adventure?

    The best time is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear, providing excellent views of the mountains.

  • Yes, these trails are generally suitable for beginners with moderate fitness levels. However, some uphill sections may require some physical preparation.

  • On average, expect to hike around 4-6 hours per day, depending on your pace and the specific trail section.

  • The trails around Kathmandu Valley are at relatively lower altitudes compared to high Himalayan treks. However, it's still advisable to acclimatize and stay hydrated to minimize any altitude-related discomfort.

  • Yes, hiring a local guide is recommended for a more enriching experience. Guides can provide cultural insights, navigation assistance, and safety support.

  • Pack essentials like comfortable hiking shoes, layered clothing for varying temperatures, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, a small first aid kit, and a camera for capturing the stunning vistas.

  • Yes, there are guesthouses and lodges along the trails that offer basic accommodations and local meals. However, it's advisable to book in advance during peak seasons.

  • In general, you can find mobile network coverage along most of the trekking trails, but the signal strength may vary. Internet connectivity might be limited in some remote areas.

  • Yes, having travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and evacuation is highly recommended.

  • The TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card is generally required for trekkers in Nepal. It helps in maintaining trekker information and ensuring their safety. Since part of the hiking route goes through Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park, you will likely need an entry permit to access the park.

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