Kathmandu Panorama is a short lodge hiking tour and is a unique specialty of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expeditions. Trekkers will be treated to both the beauty of Hill Country Nepal, to views of the Himalaya from Everest to the Annapurna, and to an off-the-beaten-tourist-path experience of Tamang village life. The Tamang ethnicity is Tibetan and their culture is Tibetan Buddhist. H V Treks is a Tamang run company, and this region is home to its guides. We start by driving an hour and a half from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. and Walking through Tamang villages, crossing jungles and rivers, we are treated with stirring sightings of the peaks of the Himalaya. Our first night is spent in a Guest Lodge, but the second we will stay in a village with a local family, sleeping and eating in their Homestay. Himalayan Treks and Expedition offers this short trek all year round, but especially recommends trekking from November to January when the weather is cool and the mountains are often clear.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal (1460 m), walk to Chisapani (2165 m) 4-5 hours
Day 04: Chisapani to Nagarkot (1932m) 5-6 hours
Day 05: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1650m)4-5 hours
Day 06: Dhulikhel to Namobuddha (1700m) 2-3 hours
Day 07: Namobuddha Panauti via to Bhaktapur 3-4 hours
Day 08: Bhaktapur- Kathmandu/Shopping, Rest (1337m)
Day 09:Departure from Kathmandu (1337)
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. The trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to unfavorable circumstances. Unfavorable weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, or an unexpected natural disaster can force changes to the itinerary. However, every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. The lead guide will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is capable, experienced, and prepared to give 24-hour emergency response to any accident or condition that requires attention or evacuation.
Himalayan Vacation Treks & Expedition requires that trekking and expedition guests have Insurance Policies. A Travel Insurance Policy should cover the cost of emergencies (including altitude sickness), injuries, and evacuations. Please, it is essential to bring your Travel Insurance Policy, or copies of your pertinent existing insurance coverage with you to Nepal. HV Treks will require a copy for our office records. We, as well, advise you to inform your existing insurance agent/company of your itinerary, including trekking, climbing, and hiking, and insure your current policy provides sufficient coverage.
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal (1460 meters), walk to Chisapani (2165 m) 4-5 hours
We drive to Sundarijal bus stop, 15km far from the centre of Kathmandu city, for about one hour. A large drinking water project is located here. After the bus stop, we walk the route slightly goes uphill through the village first then a jungle. We go through an army barrack, a check post for Shivapuri and Nagarjun National Park. Then we see a water reservoir. This point is picnic spot as well. Then the sheer stairs in the various places goes slightly through the Tamang village up to Mulkharka. Then the path goes through the jungle leading us to Chisapani.
There are a few small tea stalls where we can sit and enjoy a stunning view of the Kathmandu valley on the way. After Mulkharka it goes up through the dense jungle. We cross Burlang Bhanjyang (pass) at the altitude of 2472meters. The jungle in this area is full of wild animals like leopard, bear, jackal, monkey, deer and birds. So may have encounter with any of them. The forest is of pine, oak and rhododendron. The Mountain View from the pass is dazzling. After the pass we go slightly down to our campsite, Chisapani through the forest walking for about 40 minutes. There is a check post before our campsite. Day 04: Chisapani to Nagarkot (1932m) 5-6 hours
We walk through Shivapuri and Nagarjun National Park today. The path is rough motor able road in many places and it goes flat and down. Only in some sections we walk the path away from the motor able road. We don’t meet any human settlement area or villages for about 3 hours. Then at Jhule we see some tea houses and the check post of Shivapuri and Nagarjun National Park. From this point the path goes downhill through the village up to Chauki Bhanjyang where we may take our lunch today. Then we walk again through the rough motor able road. In this section of the trek the view of Kathmandu valley in one hand and in the other hand the view of green hills full of beautiful villages is spectacular. The mountain ranges of north and east is clearly seen. We cross Kattike Bhanjyang (small pass) a beautiful place with school and some tea houses. Still we walk through the rough motor able road generally and we climb to Nagarkot that may take 40 min. We spend night in Nagarkot, one of the most beautiful hill stations with several standard, well facilitated hotels and lodges. This place is famous for sun rise and sun set view.
Day 05: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1650m) 4-5 hours
Today we walk through the trail on the ridges enjoying the magnificent views of the beautiful villages on the green hills down to us. The Ganesh Himal, Langtang and the eastern peaks are seen from the several view points on the way. The path goes flat in the beginning, then downhill and uphill both through the jungles. In March and April the jungle welcomes us with Rododendron bloom in some places. From the point called Rabini Bhanjyang (a small pass) the view around is spectacular. The path goes flat from this point upto Kalthumki Bhanjyang. Then from here the path goes steeply downhill for about one hour then we climb to Rabi Bhanjyang. We may visit to old gompa of Tamang here. Rabi Bhanjyang is a beautiful village of Moktan Tamang people. This is supposed to be the original place of Moktan Tamang. The path heading to Dhulikhel from this point is easy one since it goes flat and downhill. Dhulikhel is the head quarter of Kavre District. It is a small but beautiful old city.
Day 06: Dhulikhel to Namobuddha (1700m)2-3 hours
We start walking through the Dhulikhel Bazzar in the beginning then we climb the several staircases up to Deurali through the jungle. At Deurali we stop to witness spectacular view of the villages around it and we have a tea break since a tea house/ guest house lies here. From Deurali we walk down through the midst of village to Kavre Bhanjyang. This place is famous for Khukuri, the national weopon (knife) of Nepal. Other domestic weapons made of iron also found here. The black topped road to Bardibass crosses here. We walk steep uphill for about 20 min through the road then again we take the rough motor road to Namobuddha that goes through the terraced fields and villages. We see the local buses/vehicles running on the road.
In the Buddhist mythology Namo Buddha has the following interesting story.
In the distant past, there lived in this world a king named Great Charioteer (Shingta Chenpo). The king had three sons: the oldest was named Great Sound (Dra Chenpo), the middle Great Deity (Lha Chenpo), and the youngest Great Being (Semchen Chenpo). Powerful in the martial arts and radiating confidence, the two elder sons always helped the king in governing the kingdom. From his earliest years, the youngest son, Great Being, was very bright and endowed with spontaneous kindness and compassion.
One day the king along with his queen, sons, and ministers left the town for a relaxing time in the forest. They had a camp in a beautiful place. The three princes picked up their bows and arrows and headed for hunting in the forest. They noticed a den with a tigress sleeping beside her cubs. Great Sound and Great Deity got ready to kill the tigress, but Great Being stopped them saying that killing was completely wrong. When he looked into the cave again, Great Being noticed that the tigress was not able to move, for she had just given birth and she also feared that if she left to hunt for food, another animal might harm her cubs. Tormented by hunger, she lay on the ground unable even to lift her head. Great Being felt pity on the tigress. He asked his brothers how could they the tigress and her cubs. They replied that they had to find warm flesh and blood of a recent kill.
Great Being wanted to save the tigress without killing another animal. Hence, he wanted himself to be eaten by the tigress. He told his brothers to keep going back to the camp and he went back to the tigress’s den. He sharpened a splinter from a nearby tree and cut his body to draw blood and allowed the tigress to lick it. Immediately, she opened her jaws and stood up. With a roar, she pounced on the prince and gulped him down.
The two brothers waited for long for their brother and decided to go back to the den finally. There was nothing left of their brother in the den but just blood, bones, nails, and bits of clothing. They gathered up the pieces of their brother’s remaining and went to their parents.
At the moment queen had a dream. She saw three doves flying high in the sky. As they fluttered around, a hawk struck and carried off the smallest one. The queen woke up and told the king about the dream. He replied, “Hearing your story, I believe the three doves are our three sons. The youngest of them, carried off by the hawk, is my most beloved son. I’m sure that something dreadful has happened to him.” The king immediately sent out servants to look everywhere for his son. Soon, the two princes arrived and told the king what had happened with the Great Being. Upon hearing this terrible news, the queen fainted right away. The king too was overwhelmed with immense sadness and tormented by sorrow.
Meanwhile, the prince had been reborn as Great Courage (Nyingtob Chenpo). Great Courage saw that, gathered around the bone fragments he had left behind, were his parents and two brothers. He descended from space to the lofty sky and spoke words of encouragement to comfort his parents: “I’m the prince Great Being. After giving my body in generosity to the starving tigress, I was reborn in the celestial realm of Tushita.” With tears in their eyes, the king and queen said, “Son, you who are like our very heart, offering your body to the tigress was certainly most praiseworthy. But whom can we tell of our suffering in missing you?”
Great Courage replied his family not to be unhappy since this is totally natural to come and go from this world. After a few more words, he disappeared. The king and queen became a little happier and made the commitment to pursue virtuous activity. They created a small casket covered with seven kinds of jewels in which they laid the bones of their son and a stupa was built over the place in which it was buried. Later on, the place became famous as Namo Buddha.
Day 07: Namobuddha to Bhaktapur via Panauti (1401m)
Today we walk downhill to Manthan in the beginning then we walk to Panauti. The distance we walk is about 12 km. Then we drive to Bhaktapur by local bus that runs on the route or private vehicle. The distance of the road is about 22 km and it is black topped. We go for sightseeing in Bhaktapur city and spend the night in a hotel there.
Day 08: Bhaktapur- Kathmandu (1337m)/Shopping, Rest 1-2 hours
After breakfast we head to Kathmandu. We have enough time. So, this day you spend on your own either looking around Kathmandu, buying souvenir for your friends/family or you can have full rest or prepare for going back to your home country the next day. In the evening you will be served the Farewell Dinner by the company.
Day 09:Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.
Included in the Cost
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Accommodation in Lodge during the trek.
Welcome or farewell dinners in Kathmandu
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed friendly guide and assistant guide (Up to 4 persons one guide and assistant guide for more than 4 persons)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, , food and accommodation
Himalayan Vacation treks and expedition trekking bag/12kg capacity bag, and trekking map are yours to take
(Tourist Information Management System TIMS card)
Shivapuri National Park Permit
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
First Aid Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during the trek
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
Down jacket and sleeping bag and trekking Hiking shoes.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Number of participants:
Minimum number of participants: 2
Maximum number of participants: 16
Max Altitude: 2150 meters Best Season: November to February Difficulty Level: Easy
December, January, and February
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So, trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas. Though it gets colder in a night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So, a tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see a splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange a family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikes and cultural tour. It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit.
March, April, and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze are felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of a cloud can be seen in the sky during this season. So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of an expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal. So many tourists from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period. Peak climbing period can be in length up to June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programs during this period. This period offers plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.
June, July, and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slightly difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang, Upper Dolpa, Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September, October, and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our treks. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes. This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favorable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal. Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period. So many tourists come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m is the best destination for climbing in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of the nature of Nepal in this season.
Equipment & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to ensure you have all the necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
A Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under a sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
A cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.