Day 1: Kathmandu - Buddhanilkantha (53km)
After breakfast we leave the busy Kathmandu streets and drive towards Buddhanilkanta. Here is a 5th century temple with a resting Vishnu. Here we see a black Vishnu resting on a snake bed. During the day you have beautiful views of the snowy mountain ranges Ganesh and Langtang.
Day 2: Buddhanilkantha - Chisopani (40km): We start with a 7km climb to the Shivapuri Reserve. We drive today over parts of the Helambu trekking path.
Shivapuri is a 144-square-foot reserve with wildlife, birds and butterflies. Shivapuri is the second highest peak of the Kathmandu Valley with 2732m and is therefore a beautiful viewing point. The panorama on the Himalayas is overwhelming. We spend the night in Chisopani, which means "cold water".
Day 03: Chisopani - Nagarkot (35km): Today we drive to Nagarkot. A short steep climb leads us to this famous village in the northeast of the Kathmandu Valley.
Nagarkot is at an altitude of 2000m and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding white Himalayas at clear weather. 8 of the 10 highest Himalayas in Nepal can be seen, from the Annapurna to Mount Everest.
We spend the night in a nice and luxurious hotel.
Day 04: Nagarkot (day trip): Today we get up early. On clear weather, we see a spectacular sunrise from our hotel's rooftop terrace. The rest of the day is for free use.
Explore the numerous trails around Nagarkot, take a day trip to Bhaktapur or visit the Changu Narayan Temple.
The atmosphere in the ancient royal city of Bhaktapur takes place in the Middle Ages and on the many squares, beautiful pagoda-style temples can be seen. There is also a lively and colorful street life .
Bhaktapur has remained the most original of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Here is the movie Little Buddha recorded. Bhaktapur is famous for its pottery square, where thousands of pots are allowed to dry. An attraction is also the Sun Dhoka, the golden gate. The Nyatapola Temple is Bhaktapur's largest temple. The 30 meter high pagoda roof is 5 storeys high above all other buildings in the city. Two to two images of watchmen flank the stairs to the temple.
The silversmiths and jewelers in the city are beautiful souvenirs for sale. Immediately outside of the city, Nepalese country life begins to have changed for centuries.
Changu Narayan is a building dating from the 4th century and is one of the masterpieces of Nepalese architecture.
Day 05: Nagarkot - Friendship Highway - Kathmandu:Through hilly areas we drive past rice terraces and through nice villages to eventually reach the Indrawati River. After reaching a total of 1000m, we arrive on the Friendship Highway, the main road to Tibet. We lunch in a hidden spot along the river and climb back to the valley hill.
Of course, you can choose to make the long and tiring climb in our car or cycle back to Kathmandu via the Friendship highway.