Sunrise view from Chisapani

Kathmandu to Chisapani Hiking | 4 things to do in Chisapani | Sunrise view from Chisapani

Chisapani Hiking 

  1. A day hiking – Kathmandu to Chisapani
  2. Chisapani Taal (Pond) View at Dhaap
  3. Sunrise View
  4. View Himalayan Range

It was among one of my dreams, hiking to Chisapani in Haibung. 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.

 

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 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.

Chisapani Hiking

Chisapani Hiking

 

The scenery of the waterfall was outstanding.

Sundarijal Waterfall

Sundarijal Waterfall

 

The sound of the river had a melody to listen.

Sundarijal River

Sundarijal River

 

We ensured the water that we carried was well enough for the trail. We filled the empty bottles with tap water.

Tap Water Sundarijal

Tap Water Sundarijal

 

Walking almost half-hour of upstairs we reached to the Sundarijal Hydropower water reservoir (Dam).

Sundarijal Dam

Sundarijal Dam

 

10:30 am

Sundarijal Dam

Next to the water reservoir, we decided to have a rest for a few minutes.

Sundarijal Water Reservior

Upstairs from the Sundarijal Dam

 

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. 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.

Way to Chisapani

Uphill, Way to Chisapani

 

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.

 

1:00 pm

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.

 

1:30 pm

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.

Chisapani Trail

Chisapani Trail

 

View from the way to Chisapani

View from the way to Chisapani

 

4:00 pm

Chisapani Pond

Reached the pond around 4 pm. The view of the pond was amazing.

Chisapani Pond

Chisapani Pond

 

Chisapani Taal

Chisapani Taal

 

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.

 

5:47 pm

Chisapani

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.

Chisapani after earthquake

Chisapani after Earthquake

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.

 

7:00 pm

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.

 

6:45 am

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

Sunrise view from Chisapani

 

Sunrise view from Chisapani

 

Returning from Chisapani. We paid for return tickets and headed towards Jarshingpauwa, a different route to return back.

Chisapani mountain view

View of Himalayas from Chisapani

 

Freezing Cold at Chisapani

Freezing cold outside

 

Chisapani pond in the morning

Chisapani pond in the morning

 

Rhododendron at Chisapani

Rhododendron at Chisapani

 

Chisapani to Jarsingpauwa

Chisapani to Jarsingpauwa

 

Conclusion:

Kathmandu to Chisapani Distance: Approximately 30 km.

Chisapani Altitude: 7200 ft, 2194 m.

Location: Sindhupalchok District, Bagmati Zone, Nepal.

Total Duration: 2 days (1-night stay).

We can conclude Chisapani to list for places to visit near Kathmandu.

You may also like to know about Kakani, another travel destination near Kathmandu.

 

Author: Lalita Pandit

Edited By: Entire Hiking Team

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