Chisapani: the coolness of hiking

Height: 2194m from sea-level
Distance: 14km walk (mostly uphill) from Sundarijal, Kathmandu

Walking uphill, especially on stone steps till you reach the end of Mulkharkha, is not easy but the rewards you get then after – almost three more hours of walk through the jungle of Shivapuri Wildlife Reserve and the place called Chisapani on a hilltop – are lifetime experience.

The most important thing not to miss on the way is the Kharka [plain grazing land on the hills] just five minutes uphill from the last house/teashop of Mulkharka.


The plain, with greenery and beautiful green hills behind, is somewhat hidden from the hiking path but it’s walking on it was one of the best part of the hike.

During the uphill walk, the local life and the Kathmandu Valley down below are something to watch.


I saw no animal on the jungle walk but the peace it gives to soul made me forget the aches on legs.

Chisapani itself is not a big village, only a few houses – half of them lodges. No mobiles. But it’s cool – for the cool breeze, for the fog that comes and goes covering hills.

From Chisapani, though my team walked back, we could have walked six hours to reach Nagarkot.

“That’s nice of you, we all Nepali should see our own country,” a villager told us after knowing we hiked to Chisapani. And, I agree.

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  1. really its an amazing route !! so close to kathmandu !! The route to Nagartkot is more exciting as we have to walk inside the jungle for 10 km and rest village area !! Its the best route for short holidays !!

  2. The lodges are simple mountain shelters, providing meals (very good local food) and simple rooms with 2 or 4 beds (Only in Ledhar and Phedi, it is a common dormitory). In each lodge, you find a room with water (same as shower) for bath. The treks in lodge pass in a very convivial atmosphere permitting to have a closer look of Nepalese mountain life and to encounter new person every day. It is great.

  3. Ujjwal ji, can you give me some names of the lodges with their contact numbers so that I could make inquiry or make booking from Kathmandu itself?

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