Hike to Chitlang Indra Sarovar Lake: 2 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 2 Days
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Hiking
  • Best Season September to June


  • Try the goat cheese and see the Nepali way of farming goats at Chitlang, one of the main attractions.
  • See the terrace farming style of Nepal just along the trail, which is a beauty.
  • Take a Boat ride and do some fishing around the artificial lake of Indra Sarovar Khulekani dam.
  • A Silent Walk near the city takes 1-2 hours from Kathmandu.

Introduction: Thankot Chitlang Indra Sarovar Lake

Hike to Chitlang and Indrasarovar offers a fantastic day hiking experience, allowing you to connect with nature, experience local culture, and enjoy stunning landscapes. It's essential to be prepared with proper hiking gear, water, and snacks and follow responsible hiking practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

A lovely peaceful walk within the southern rim of Kathmandu Valley, where a short drive leads you towards the outskirts of Kathmandu city at Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu Valley and other parts of the Country.

Thankot is located above 1,530 m, where a walk leads you on back trails away from the main motorable road entering into old farm villages, an excellent way to observe Nepalese Rural life tending fields of rice and other crops.

The walk proceeds with short ups and downs from Thankot to Chandragiri to Chitlang, a moderate-style farm village populated mainly by Tamang and with some Newar, Brahmin, and Chettries people, with a view of Kathmandu valley looking towards eastern directions.

From this charming farm village heading more southward to reach another small farm village of Indrasarovar, a small town of Newar inhabitants, the indigenous tribe of Kathmandu valley enriched with colorful culture and age-old traditions life.

After completing a great scenic and cultural walk, a short drive back takes you back to your hotel after enjoying a lovely and worthwhile day and hike.


Chitlang is a picturesque village in the Makwanpur district of Nepal, southwest of the Kathmandu Valley. It is known for its natural beauty, lush landscapes, and serene environment. Chitlang offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and provides a refreshing experience for day hikers.

Hiking in Chitlang

The hiking trail to Chitlang usually starts from Thankot, a gateway to the Kathmandu Valley. The course takes you through terraced fields, charming villages, and dense forests. The hike offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, farmlands and occasional glimpses of distant mountain ranges. As you make your way to Chitlang, you'll encounter friendly locals, traditional houses, and cultural experiences that provide insights into the rural lifestyle of Nepal.


Attractions in Chitlang

  • Chitlang Village: The village is a major attraction with its unique culture, ancient temples, and the warm hospitality of the locals.
  • Chitlang Organic Village Resort: This eco-friendly resort is a great place to learn about organic farming practices and enjoy a relaxing environment.
  • Satdhara: A cluster of seven water springs known for their pure and cool water. It's a tranquil spot for relaxation.

Attractions at Indrasarovar

  • Indrasarovar Lake: The lake itself is the main attraction, with its peaceful surroundings and the opportunity for boating.
  • Shiva Temple: There is a Shiva temple near the lake, which holds religious significance and is often visited by devotees.
  • Kulekhani Reservoir: This reservoir offers scenic views and is excellent for boating and picnicking.
  • Indrasarovar: Indrasarovar, or Indra Sarobar, is a serene lake on Kathmandu Valley's outskirts. It holds religious significance for Hindus and is associated with various myths and legends.
  • Hiking to Indrasarovar: The hike to Indrasarovar can start from various points, including Godavari, famous for its botanical garden. The trail passes through forests and rural settlements and offers picturesque views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding hills.


Speciality of Chitlang Indra Sarovar Lake Trek?

The Thankot, Chitlang, Indra Sarovar Lake trekking is suitable for a variety of individuals, which includes:

  • Nature Enthusiasts: If you love being surrounded by natural beauty, picturesque landscapes, and serene environments, this trek is perfect for you. Chitlang and Indra Sarovar offer stunning views, lush forests, and peaceful lakeside settings.
  • Adventure Seekers: While this is a day trek and not highly challenging, it still provides an adventure away from urban life. The trails, terrain, and cultural experiences can be exciting for those seeking a moderate outdoor adventure.
  • Cultural Explorers: Chitlang and Indrasarovar also offer insights into Nepal's rural lifestyle and culture. Interacting with local villagers, exploring traditional houses, and experiencing the local way of life can be a culturally enriching experience.
  • Spiritual Travelers: Indrasarovar Lake holds religious significance for Hindus, and there is a Shiva temple near the lake. If you're interested in exploring spiritual and religious sites, this trek offers an opportunity to visit and learn about these places.
  • Photography Enthusiasts: The scenic landscapes, rural settings, and cultural elements provide ample opportunities for photography. Whether you're a professional photographer or enjoy taking snapshots, the trek can be a visually rewarding experience.
  • Families: The relatively moderate difficulty level of the trek makes it suitable for families with children or individuals who want to enjoy a day out in nature. It's a chance to bond with loved ones while exploring new places.
  • Locals and Tourists: Both residents of Nepal and tourists visiting the Kathmandu Valley can enjoy this day trek. It's a great way to escape the city and experience a different aspect of Nepal.

It's important to note that while the trek is accessible to a wide range of people, essential physical fitness and comfort with walking on trails are recommended. As with any outdoor activity, it's advisable to check the weather conditions, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, carry essentials like water and snacks, and respect the local culture and environment during the trek.

how does the trip begin and end?

The Chitlang and Indrasarovar Lake Trekking trip typically begins and ends in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Here's a general outline of the starting and ending points for the trek:

  • Starting Point: The trek often starts from Thankot, a suburb on the southwestern edge of the Kathmandu Valley. Thankot is a gateway to various destinations outside the valley and is commonly used as the starting point for treks heading towards Chitlang and Indrasarovar.
  • Ending Point: The trek usually ends at the starting point; thank you. After completing the tour to Chitlang and Indrasarovar Lake, trekkers return to Thankot to conclude their journey.

Thankot is conveniently located for this trek as it's easily accessible from the Kathmandu city center and serves as a starting point for various routes leading to the surrounding hills and villages.

It's important to note that specific trekking itineraries may vary, and some trekkers might choose alternative starting and ending points based on their preferences and travel plans. If you're considering undertaking this trek, it's a good idea to connect with Trekking Planner Nepal to get the most accurate and up-to-date information on the starting and ending points for the specific itinerary you're interested in.

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What is the Best Time to visit Chitlang and Indra Sarovar Lake?

The best time to visit Indra Sarovar Lake and its surrounding areas, including Chitlang, is autumn and spring. Here's more information about these seasons:

Autumn (September to November)
Autumn is the best time to visit Indrasarovar Lake and the Chitlang region. The weather is generally clear, dry, and pleasant during this season. The skies are usually clear, offering excellent visibility of the surrounding landscapes and mountains. The temperatures are moderate, making it comfortable for outdoor activities like trekking and hiking. Autumn is also a time when the lush landscapes are vibrant and picturesque due to the post-monsoon greenery. This is a popular trekking season in Nepal, so expect to encounter fellow trekkers and travelers on the trails.

Spring (March to May)
Spring is another great time to visit Indrasarovar Lake and Chitlang. The weather remains pleasant, and the temperatures warm as the winter chill recedes. The wildflowers and blooming rhododendron forests add color to the landscapes in spring. This is also a favorable time for birdwatching as many migratory birds return to the region. The clear skies and mild weather make trekking and outdoor activities enjoyable.

Both autumn and spring provide ideal weather conditions for exploring the area, capturing stunning photographs, and experiencing the local culture. It's important to note that while these seasons are generally considered the best for trekking and visiting Indra Sarovar Lake, weather conditions can vary.

Hence, checking the local weather forecast and conditions before embarking on your trip is advisable. Also, popular trekking routes and accommodations can get crowded during peak seasons, so planning and making any necessary bookings in advance is a good idea.

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    Wake up early in the morning and after breakfast, get picked up by Trekking Planner Nepal representative and guide at the hotel lobby, then drive from the hotel to Thankot, and the hike begins from Chandragiri to Chitlang. We hike towards Indra Sarovar Lake and the dam of the Kulekhani River and spend the night at markhu Kulekhani or back to chitlang hill.

      In the morning, get ready after having breakfast take a short hike around the area, and then drive back to Kathmandu towards the hotel.

      Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

      What's Included
      • Kathmandu to thankot and Kulekhani to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
      • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
      • 1 night single/double sharing accommodation with breakfast at homestay or standard hotel. 
      • Pack lunch with a bottle of water.
      • Necessary entrance fees.
      What's Excluded
      • Your Nepal Visa fees.
      • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu.
      • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu.
      • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
      • Your Personal Expenses.
      • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
      Departure Dates
      • This trip departs every day of the year.
      • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your needs, Please contact us.
      • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
      • If the given date is not appropriate for you, please get in touch with our representatives.
      • Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you.
      • We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a beautiful experience.
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      Essential Info

      Suggested Equipment List.

      • Day pack.
      • Trekking shoes or Sports shoes.
      • Sun Hat/cap.
      • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer or Raincoat.
      • Good quality socks.
      • Trekking trousers.
      • Trekking/hiking shirts.
      • Sunglasses.
      • Water bottle.
      • Camera and batteries.
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