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

Our epic year end holiday last year was spent in the country where Buddha was born - Nepal. Part of the trip, other than city sightseeing, was a 3D3N 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 
Here's an overview of what you need to know on this not so famous trekking route.

Do I need to train for this short trekking trip?
Well if you are averagely fit, this route should be fine for you without the need for any training. That said, it 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 climbing but the route can still be taken as a training to build up your endurance for more advance trekking.

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

Other trekking gear which we have 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 trekking 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

Trekking with the help of a local guide
Throughout the trip, we were guided by an English speaking guide. We have read from the internet where trekking 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 for this trekking route was, there were very few signboards and even if there is one, it might be incomplete/ broken. Throughout the 3 days, 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! So trekking with the help of a local guide is highly recommended if you are thinking of exploring this route.

Though the trip is doable without porters, it is highly recommended to get one especially if you are not accustomed to carrying backpack for a long period of time. Other than doing the heavy lifting, our porters were also useful during the trip to keep the slower hikers accompanied. In addition, 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, check out our daily entries 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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