The classic day-hike in the southern Kathmandu valley rim land
A day trip to the Newar towns and villages in the southwest corner of the valley. Starting with a short drive to explore the historic town of Kirtipur, we hike through beautiful cultivated countryside and scattered settlements. We cross the Bagmati river – close to where it drains the entire Kathmandu valley – on a suspension footbridge to arrive at the medieval Newar sister towns of Khokana and Bungamati. Khokana is renowned for its mustard-oil presses and Bungamati has traditionally been a wood-carver’s town. After a picnic lunch, we climb onto the ridgeline and continue through Brahmin & Chhetri villages and cultivation to Chapagaon. From here we drive back to Kathmandu, arriving early evening.
1-day easy hike from Kathmandu
Superb panoramas of the Himalaya and the Kathmandu Valley
Plentiful encounters with the rural Valley rim dwellers
Explore the historic Newar settlement of Kirtipur
Southern Settlements is quite simply the best day out in Kathmandu!
Day 1 Drive (30 min) to Kirtipur (1,334m / 4,380′); explore Kirtipur. Hike through cultivation and scattered settlements along the valley bottom to the south-west rim of the valley and cross the Bagmati below Khokana. Explore the twin sister villages of Khokana and Bungamati. Continue on the scenic ridge before descending to cross a small stream, the Nakhu Khola. The hike ends with a short climb to Chapagaon (1,457m /4,780′); here we meet our transport and drive back to Kathmandu. Picnic lunch en route.
Dates and Pricing
We offer fixed-date departures every Wednesday and Saturday from October through May. We also operate a Monsoon version of this trip -- check with us for dates.
||Day trip - No overnights |
|2 or more persons||US$ 35|
|Single room supplement