Chisapani hike is one of the nearest escapes which lies in the north east outskirts at Shivapuri national park from the busy city Kathmandu with maximum elevation about 2,430 m above sea level. In 2002, with the objective for conservation of 117 birds species, 102 butterflies species, numerous rare orchids and animals like monkeys, barking deer, civets, mongoose, reptiles, tigers,leopards and bears as well as to initiate water project, a gateway for the main source of water in the valley ,a total area covering 159 square km. was recognized as a Shiva puri national park.
A journey to chisapani is a perfect hiking option beginning with the village walk in sundarijal where natural streams and waterfalls meet in tributary rivers Shyalmati and Nagmati confluence with Bagmati river. Walking through steep uphills and stone steps, settlements get thinner and take you to the dense tranquil forest and beautiful hill station which offers a picturesque landscape of Langtang Range, Annapurna, Gauri Shanker, Dorje Lhakpa and if the weather favours you can see Everest too.
You will be picked up from your respective hotels and drive towards the north east side of valley through BoudhaNath Stupa and Gokarnehwor.
Sundarijal is a beautiful village dedicated to her holy goddess Sundari mai, The literal meaning of Sundarijal is Beauty and Water.This village lies in the bottom of a dense forest and conservation park where the sacred holy river Bagmati originates and has been a major source of water supply for Kathmandu Valley. Natural streams and waterfalls have made this place a perfect destination for canyoning. We start walking through Sundarijal village to the old reservoir damside along elevating stone steps and a large pipe carrying water to Kathmandu paves your way to the countryside but before that to enter in Shivapuri national park , one must have to take permit from Army checkpoint.
Mulkharka is a less populated small village extended to approximately one km area and predominant residence of Tamang and newar community people which concludes settlement and further destination leads you ahead to sheer compacted forest trails via Steep uphills.
After a vigorous walk of 6-7 hours you will reach your destination, Chisapani is a small village and basically a doorway to numerous trekking routes like Langtang mountain and Gosaikunda Trek is a famous one.
After catching the first ray of sunlight we will be heading back towards sundarijal from the same hiking routes and drive back to your respective hotels.
Hiking in different destinations have different experiences likewise chisapani hike is full devotion to nature and forest trails. Do you want to get the feeling of ‘lost in the wild’ for some time, then this hiking destination is your perfect choice
Chisapani Hike can be done throughout the year but mid winter and Autumn season are the best time of year for chisapani hike.The annual precipitation of about 1,400 mm (55 in) falls mostly from May to September, with 80% during Monsoon.
As of its name, Chisapani means ‘Cold Water’. This place is located in between subtropical climate and mild temperature. Temperatures vary from 0–17 °C (36–63 °F) during the winter season.It’s kind of cold during night time, please be prepared with proper clothing including polyester as base layer, fleece jackets and light down jacket during stay at chisapani in winter season and rising to 19–30 °C (66–86 °F) during the summer season.
Chisapani is a small village and gateway for different trekking routes, there are small settlements and local people out there are mostly engaged in hotel B & B business.During the trekking season falls (october-December) chisapani is quite a busy route, so pre-information for accommodation shall be required. While talking about accommodation it might not be too comfortable but fairly cosy for getting a nap after a long tiring walk.
As you reach Chisapani, you might get a chance to see sun sets on the mountains and the sun rise on the mountains in early morning except that we can continue Short walks towards the direction of the Helambu and Langtang trails where there is a small cheese factory or move towards the southeastern way to Nagarkot for about 50 minutes to a wetland area known as Dhap .
As we begin our journey from sundarijal to chisapani it’s almost 5-6 hours walk and stay there. Descending through the same path, it means you have to walk for 10-11 hours in the overall journey.
However, this hiking route is nearest to Kathmandu and even the shortest one, but we would like to inform you that 90 percent uphill walk and downhill walk might require strength and support to your ankle .
Upon booking, you will receive a confirmation email containing your hiking details, including the meeting point and other important information you may need to know.