Chisapani(2194m) which means 'cold water' in Nepali, is a small hill top village that lies deep in the Shivpuri Hill, surrounding the northern side of Kathmandu valley. Like Phulchowki, this small village is also an ideal destination for day hikes and nature tours. You can begin the hike either from Sundarijal or Shivapuri National Park. How fast you reach the top depends on your speed and fitness level. The hike leads you to a trail filled with abundant greenary and breath taking views – dense forests, wide meadows, waterfalls and hidden springs and panoramic views of the valley floor, surrounding hills and snowy peaks. You can hike to the top and descend in a day.
Samir, Kisan, Samundra, Prachanda & Suman from our office have been deligently exploring the hills around Kathmandu during weekends. Here are some snapshots from their recent hike to Chisapani.
Approach from Sundarijal – Stonesteps leading to Chisapani en route Mulkharkha
Signboards - Shivapuri- Nagarjun National Park
Rolling hills and snowy mountains
A hidden waterfall
Village houses and terraced fields
A 'Titanic' pose? – Samir
Not sure whether Kisan's inspiration is 'Titanic' or Bollywood
Samundra decides to pose differently – 'V' for victory!
(Pics: Samir Shrestha)