Chitlang Kulekhani Hiking

Chitlang is a small village with an ancient Newari settlement which lies in the Makawanpur district of Narayani zone. It is about 22 km away from the Kathmandu valley. In Chitlang, we can see the land of shepherds and established a settlement for shepherds in Toukha, Nhulgaun, Kunchhal. There are different cultures in the Chitlang village like Tamang, Khas, Newari and also a mixed culture. Mostly there are people who follow Newar culture. Chitlang village has a nice homestay, temples, and chaityas. So hike in the Chitlang village offers a unique pleasant memory that exceeds our imagination. From Chitlang, we go for a hike to Kulekhani. Khulekhani is 18.6 km far from Chitlang. The route was the main ancient route with historical importance and was the gateway towards the southern part plain of Nepal before the opening of Prithvi highway. During this hike, we can also feel the amazing weather and the beautiful walking trails which took us deep into the alpine forest. We can also hear the gushing river beneath the hill and also the breathtaking views of INDRASAROBAR. Daman is also small village lies in the Makwanpur district, central Nepal. In Daman, there is a botanical garden which covers 15 ha (300 ropani). We can find the varieties of flora which attract thousands of botanists and also attract nature lovers. Daman is a great destination for tourist attraction.
Trip Code: CKH33
Starts: Thankot
Finishes: Daman
Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Feb-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 1833m/ 6013.8ft
Trip Views: 1532
Activities: Hiking
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 6
Lunch: 5
Dinner: 4
Private car
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Lodge: 2 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 1 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Indrasarovar is the largest manmade lake in Nepal.
  • Chitlang lies southwest of Kathmandu at an elevation of 2,410m.
  • More than 160 species of bird and animals are found here.
  • Oldest clan of Nepal known as Gopalis were staying here.
  • Chitlang contains the first goat cheese factory.
  • Chitlang is a first gateway to carry motor cars to Nepal.

Why this Trip

  • If you want to feel the amazing weather and historical ancient place then this is the hike which leads you to get this.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    Arrival to the Katmandu you will be welcome by our representative. With the help of our representative, you will be transferred to the hotel. At evening you shall join the Swotah team for the welcome dinner in Nepali cultural Restaurant.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up
    • Thamel Tour
    • Cultural Dinner Program
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHT SEEING
    You will be exploring the valley where nature and culture meets that warm up your hearts. Morning relaxation and refinement of the soul will take place from the tour to those peaceful temples and monuments. We will visit the Hanumandhoka Durbar Square first and then the exploration of other sites will take place according to your desire and time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Kathmandu tour
    • English speaking guide
    • Private car for sightseeing
    • Entrance fee for the sights
    • Local Foods
    • Food and wine tour (optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO THANKOT AND HIKE TO CHITLANG
    After breakfast, we drive to Thankot in our private vehicle. Upon reaching the Thankot we commence our hike and move towards Chitlang which is 11.7 km far. It takes 3hours 18 min to reach the Chitlang village. Chitlang is an ancient village residing the Ethnic people of Newar community practicing the culture and traditions that date back to century. After reaching the serene village of Chitlang, we go for the small walk near the Chitlang village where we can see the historical places like Pauwa, Saat Dhara(seven water tapes), Shiwalaya, some other archeological monuments, and a small cheese factory to give your taste bud a local flavor of yak cheese.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Lodge

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 4 : HIKE TO KULEKHANI/ MARKHU
    Early morning after breakfast we hike to Kulekhani. From Chitlang it takes around 3 hours to reach the Markhu village. Markhu village is melting pot of cultures and people of many ethnic communities such as Tamang, Newars, and Brahmin. During the walk, we pass through the agricultural terraced field, green surrounding hill, and the Kulekhani dam which is also known as the INDRASAROVAR. After lunch, we visit the Markhu village. Overnight at the Markhu village.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : HIKE TO DAMAN
    Today we move from Markhu to Daman. We cross the long bridge of Kulekhani dam from where it takes two and half hour to reach the Daman. Whilst climbing uphill we get the chance to see high snowy mountains, beautiful villages and amazing landscape. And again upon reaching Daman, we can see the amazing views of the mountains including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gaurisankar, Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Everest. Daman is a beautiful hill station where lots of people come to spend their weekends and holidays. It’s quite beautiful during the winters after the snowfall. Overnight at a resort.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • lodge

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : BACK TO KATHMANDU
    Early in the after breakfast in Daman, we move back to the Kathmandu on a private car. After driving for about 5 hours we reach the Kathmandu at the noon time leaving us enough time to do some important sightseeing as desired. You also have the option to spend the leisure time in the spa and get wonderful trekkers'massage. Overnight at hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Kathmandu
    • Half day Sightseeing(optional)
    • Trekkers' massage
  • placeDAY 7 : DEPARTURE
    Today after breakfast this trip will be finished and you will be departed to the airport by our representative.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Shopping arrangements
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast.
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need).
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the hike.
    • Authorized English-speaking guide along.
    • All expenses of guide –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation.
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Map of Chitlang village.
    • Sim service(zero balance).
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Photos and videos of the trip(if requested).
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested).
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s).
    • Dates and Availability.


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible.
  • 3. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trip hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 4. Can I do solo Hike ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety.
  • 5. What is the main purpose of this hike ?
    The main purpose of this hike is to takes you towards the natural beauty of Nepal on short period of time.
  • 6. What about security during hike ?
    We make sure to take security measures during hike to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 7. What sort of food can I expect in hiking ?
    Chitlang Kulekhani hike is very popular for ancient and natural beauty, hence this region provides wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, bread, soup etc. potatoes grown in this region are very delicious which is loved by all the trekkers. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 8. Is the drinking water safe in hiking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 9. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private vehicle for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley. We also do pick up and drop from the starting and ending point of hiking on private car, van and deluxe minibus with A/C depending on the size of the group
  • 10. What is the best season for hiking ?
    Hiking in this area is done every season but February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.
  • 11. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    In case of emergency ask your guide to contact us so that we can manage vehicle for you and you will be directly transfer to hospital for the treatment.
  • 12. What is appropriate dress for hiking ?
    Weather at the Kathmandu valley is not so much cool so you should carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with pant and thermal inner wear to escape severe cold.
  • 13. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide.
  • 14. Are we sure to get room while hiking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse/tea-house/home stay owner for reservation of the room before hiking on a particular day.
  • 15. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
  • 16. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    You need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your own power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 17. Is there any communication while we are on hiking ?
    You can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse/tea house owner after paying certain amount directly.
  • 18. Can I add extra days to my trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the hiking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 19. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 20. How many hours do I have to hike each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 4-6 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hours of walk depends on client’s speed. So it is really relative.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the hike ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the hike. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 23. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle yourself and medicines will be carried by your guide in case of need.

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