Kathmandu to Chisapani (Chisapani Hiking)
- A day hike – Kathmandu to Chisapani
- Chisapani Taal (Pond) view at Dhaap
- Sunrise View
- View Himalayan Range
It was among one of my dreams, hiking to Chisapani in Haibung, Sindhupalchok District. One day my husband told me his office friends were going Chisapani hiking. I was excited and requested him to include me in the plan.
We expected that we would reach our destination with 6 hours of hike. We had never been such long-distance hiking before. But we were ready to test our walking limit and excited too.
Kathmandu to Sundarijal
Next day morning, we packed our bags and headed towards Bus Stop. We started our journey early morning around 5:30 am. We reached the bus park at 6:15 am. We waited for the rest of our friends until they arrived. We were 6 people including me and my husband. We took a local bus from Bus Park (Ratna Park), Kathmandu to Sundarijal. We reached at Sundarijal bus park at around 9:30 am.
Before starting our hiking, we planned to have breakfast at a local tea shop. We had tea with some bread (Sel Roti).
Sundarijal to Chisapani trek route
Finally, we started our hiking towards Sundarijal Dam. The Chisapani trek route (Chisapani Rd hiking route) passes through the Shivpuri National Park. We bought tickets and entered the National Park.
The trekking route was very steep, sloppy and off-road. But plenty of greenery and amazes us with its natural beauty.
The scenery of the waterfall was outstanding.
The sound of the river had a melody to listen.
We ensured the water that we carried was well enough for the trail. We filled the empty bottles with tap water.
Walking almost half-hour of upstairs we reached to the Sundarijal Hydropower water reservoir (Dam).
Next to the water reservoir, we decided to have a rest for a few minutes.
There were 2 ways of onwards where we had some rest. I, my husband and one of my friends decided to choose left one and thought to walk ahead and will wait for the rest 3 friends.
Unfortunately, rest 3 friends had chosen the next way(Chisapani Rd). We three lost the way and we were going in the wrong way. There was no proper network hence google map was also not loading. GPS was working but the map was not loading. Till we notice we were lost we were far away and couldn’t be returned.
We asked locals too but the way we had chosen was also the correct one and was the shortcut upstairs. Due to unavailability of Cellphone network, we couldn’t connect our 3 friends. We were roaming to find the other way that 3 of our friends had chosen. We lost around 1 and half hour searching for our friends.
Finally, with the help of locals, we found a way to meet our friends.
Till then, we were very tired. We sat beside the road and decided to have lunch. Sis. Manju had brought delicious food from home and it was very tasty.
Then we started walking again. We were heading with a long route because it passes through a pond. One of my friends had already been there before.
Reached the pond around 4 pm. The view of the pond was amazing.
Updated Dhap Dam
The way seemed dangerous because it passes through silent dense forest. Some part of the path was steep and sloppy. Whatever the way was, we enjoyed the trail. We moved forward talking with each other and took snaps of different places.
Our happiness raised as we saw a village at the end of the trail.
Finally, we reach at Chisapani at 5:47 pm and there was very cold that’s why the name of the place is called as Chisapani.
The first view of the village hit our heart as the destruction by the major earthquake was still seen there although it had been a year passed.
All the lodges and hotels were packed because we reached there late evening. It was nearly dark outside.
I and a friend took a rest outside of a hotel and other friends were gone to search for a room. They called us and told that all the rooms were packed. Luckily the owner of the hotel was listening to our conversation.
He helped us by searching the room. Finally, at 7:00 pm we got two-room.
Note: We recommend anyone going to Chisapani can book a room in a local hotel/lodge before arrival.
We planned to have a campfire but it was too late and cold. So, we change our mind to spent time singing Antaxrii.
Dinner was delicious maybe because of the tiring day we had. It was a regular Nepali thali with Daal, Bhat, Curry and Pickles.
Next day early we planned to have a Sunrise view. It was so cold even difficult to hold a camera. Finally, the wait was over and the outstanding Sunrise view was captured in-camera.
Sunrise view from Chisapani
Returning from Chisapani. We paid for return tickets at ticket counter and headed towards Jarshingpauwa, a different route to return back.
We can conclude Chisapani to list for places to visit near Kathmandu.
Kathmandu to Chisapani Distance: Approximately 30 km.
Chisapani Altitude: 7200 ft, 2194 m.
Location: Chisapani Rd, Haibung 44900, Sindhupalchok District, Bagmati Zone, Nepal.
Total Duration: 2 days (1-night stay).
Source: Kathmandu to Chisapani Route Map by Google Map
You may also like to know about Kakani, another travel destination near Kathmandu.
For longer distance tour Pokhara will be the best option.
Author: Lalita Pandit
Edited By: Entire Hiking Team