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Chisapani is like a base camp. It is a small village montre diesel that exists to cater to those who have come to spend some time away from the cities, but to spend it in some louboutin pas cher degree of comfort and convenience. Chisapani obliges its visitors. Therefore, the shops in Chisapani are stocked with  ugg pas cher Snickers and Bounty bars; Coke bottles are arranged like installation art.

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But Chisapani offers intangible delights too. Rooftops views are a gigantic poster of roseate mountains; waves of green and hazy blue fall away into the distance. All this is available to anyone willing to walk for a little more than half a day, through idyllic village landscape and forests. montre emporio armani


The trek to Chisapani turns from the chaos of Kathmandu to idyllic almost the minute you step off the bus at Sundarijal. As soon as you are out of earshot of the little bazaar’s sounds, your ears are greeted by the melody of cascading water. River redstarts flit from boulder to boulder. You pass alongside houses with cows in their stables and oranges in their trees. The stone stairs can get a bit exacting in places, but the bigger effort is in remembering that the city is a mere ten minutes behind you.


Thoughts of the city, and all its distasteful aspects, disappear as the mind begins to savor the sights that appear as you continue on the trail. Soon after passing the Sundarijal reservoir, densely planted terraced fields appear, dotted with small wooden houses with little solar panels on their roofs and corn cobs hanging on their struts. All around are greener and higher hills. Mulkharka is one such village. Tamang, Sherpa, and Newar communities live in this tiny hamlet, each group enriching the landscape with their culture. It is from Mulkharka that the trek to Chisapani begins in earnest, as it is the last village before Chisapani. Gnarly trees and mountains appear as soon as you pass the last house in Mulkharka, signaling the start of the wilderness.


The walk from there on end can be dreary, mainly from a lack of open areas from which to glimpse the snowy peaks. The re-appearance of the mountains is timed to perfection. They come into view again almost when you arrive in Chisapani, as though they were a reward for the day’s labor on the trail. If the mountains are not concealed by clouds or mist, they are in their finest hue—the red and pink of sunset.


Chisapani has no claims to being a great outdoors destination. Its specialty, owing to its easy access, is providing a taste of trekking and its rewards to those who are unable to go to the more fabled destinations. Whether you are into trekking, or fond of biking, or want to be in a place with snow, Chisapani is the place to whet those appetites before you can sate them with trips to your dream destinations.


 

Where to Eat
Chisapani’s hotels all have similar menus, so anywhere is a good place to get your dal-bhat or chow mein. But for a taste of local cuisine, you need to head to Jiddey Budi’s old teahouse down the trail (north) from the village. Her fried sukuti with raksi are wonderful, made all the more appetizing by her old tales and infectious laughter.

 

Where to Stay
The Chisapani Mountain View Resort, with its cottage-style rooms, has the feel of a lodge built in the countryside. Hotel BBC & Mountain View Restaurant, as the name suggests, has great views of the mountains.

 

Cost
A room for two, dinner, and breakfast will cost you between Rs.1500-2000.


Around Chisapani

Dhaps
There are a couple of small ponds in the forest south of Chisapani. These ponds are part of bigger wetlands, or dhaps. The biggest of these is beside the longer trail out of Chisapani. It is worth making a detour to for its birdlife. If you’re in Chisapani for more than a day, it’s a good place to come out and picnic.
Mountain Views
Heading north along the main trail out of Chisapani, which is also the trail for the Helambu and Gosainkunda treks, you can find several open spaces by turning west off the trail. These spots offer sweeping views of the hills around Chisapani and the awesome sight of mountains like Gauri Shankar, Mardi Himal, and Ganesh Himal.

Detours and Alternate Routes

Longer Route
The walk up to Chisapani, albeit a novelty for those who are doing it for the first time, can be tedious to trek on again on the way back. Walking the same route can be avoided by taking a more circuitous route down to Sundarijal. This trail, which is also a road for four-wheelers, goes from the southeastern corner of Chisapani, passing along the dhaps, before running parallel to the Bagmati River.


The Wild Way Back
There is a trail tailor-made for those with a penchant for adventure and no shortage of stamina. From Chisapani take the trail that passes through Shivapuri National Park, ending at Pani Muhan, a couple of kilometers from the Budhanilkantha Temple. This trail, which is approximately 20 kilometers long, is one of the most enjoyable off-road destinations for cyclists. It is also a rewarding walk for anyone interested in wildlife and birding.