(An Overview) Nepal Short Hiking Trip: 3D3N Sundarijal-Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel

Our epic year end holiday trip last year was spent in the country where Buddha was born - Nepal. Part of the trip, other than city sightseeing was a 3D3N hiking trip around the region of Kathmandu Valley, trekking along a route that took us from Sundarijal to Chisapani, to Nagarkot and then lastly Dhulikhel. 

Key locations 

Do I need to train for this short hiking trip?
Well if you are averagely fit, this trek should be fine for you without the need for any training. That said, the route is by all means not a stroll in the park as well. Expect to trek >13km on average for each day on gradual terrain. Not much of steep a climb but can still easily pass off as a training route to build up your endurance for more advance hiking.

Attire & Hiking Gears 
As our trip was done during the winter in the month of December, we would need to keep ourselves warm during both day and night. During daytime, a single layer of shirt and a jacket over it would be sufficient. Temperature could drop to 6 cel at night, so if you are intending to be a late night owl wandering outside of the lodges/ hotels are after sunset, then a full winter gear would be beneficial. The lodges/ hotels which we stayed in does not have any heater, however they do provide thick warm comforter to keep us warm during the night. 

As for footwear, hiking shoes are advisable. Nevertheless our two friends and porter managed the trek on Adidas and Nike sports shoe with no complains.

Other hiking gear which we used in this trip includes: a Camelbak for water and personal storage, cap for blocking out the sun and a face mask for blocking out the dust when trekking on dusty roads. 

We did brought along our hiking poles but hardly use it much as the terrain was only gradual.

Us with our full attire during the hike

Food and drinks
Along the way there are only a handful of rest houses. These rest houses serve both as a convenient store and restaurant that has snacks and bottle water stocked up and is able to prepare a full lunch meal for hungry hikers. 

Food on the mountains are freshly cooked from veggies picked out straight from the backyard. But mountain water are not advisable if you are a city nomad.

Resting and enjoying Lays bought from the rest house convenient store

Hiking with the help of a local guide
Throughout the trip, we were guided by an English speaking guide and had also engaged in the services of porters for carrying our bags. We have read from the internet where hiking alone in Nepal is doable, we agree to an extent only if you have a proper map plus compass and have done lots and lots of advance planning and research. What we found during the hike was, there were very few signboards and even if there is one, it might be incomplete/ broken. Due to reason that this route is not amongst the most popular, we also rarely bump into other tourists. Throughout the 3D trek, we had only met with 2 groups of tourist doing similar trek until Nagarkot. On the last day, it was literally just us taking the road less travelled! 

Though the trip is doable without porters, it is highly recommended to get one especially if you have not been accustomed to carrying backpack for a long period of time. Our porters not only turned out to be useful during the trip to keep the slower hikers accompanied at the back of the group, they also made a group split possible for those who have decided to detour and pull out earlier from the original trekking route. However if you are fit as a fiddle and like to rough things out, then just go for it! 

Us with our guide & porters

To find out more about each day's adventure in more, detail click on below:

Day 1: Sundarijal to Chisapani
Day 2: Chisapani to Nagarkot
Day 3: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel


Stupidgale is a Sino-Kadazan office nerd during the day and leisure blogger by night. She enjoys writting about everything under the sun and is currently living in Singapore with her family (including teddygirl the corgi).

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