Called as the "beautiful water", Sundarijal is located about 17 km northeast of Kathmandu. The tiny village is the gateway to the Shivapuri National
Park and along the popular Kathmandu Valley Trekking
. Sundarijal is especially famous for the young local travellers for day hiking, swimming, picnic and bike riding. A couple of hours after an uphill hike, you will catch a spectacular view of the Kathmandu valley and the beautiful Tamang village called Mulkharka
. The journey to Chisapani starts from Sundarijal and continues until Nagarkot
, and further to Dhulikhel and Panauti. These areas are also famous for valley cycling tours
and trekking trail for local and foreign tourists. Sundarijal also supplies water to Kathmandu as well as electricity to the valley through the Sundarijal Hydropower Station.
How to get Sundarijal from Kathmandu
The easiest way to reach Sundarijal is to rent a private car or taxi but as an alternative, it is also reachable by local bus. We would suggest arranging in advance if you would like to use a private car or hire a taxi to get to and from Kathmandu. If you are lucky, you might be able to get a taxi from Sundarijal but most likely the cost is higher than you would expect.
Trekker's travelling around from Boudhanatha, Pashupatinath:
Sundarijal is reachable from the cultural world heritage sites
, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath, which are nearby Ringroad. From there, you could take a microbus to Jorpati, and from Jorpati, transfer to another bus to Sundarijal. To be sure, you can ask the bus driver about your final destination and directions.
Trekker's travelling from around Thamel:
If you live close to the city centre, or around Thamel, then you should go to Ratnapark, an old bus park (terminal) which is within walking distance from Thamel. Buses depart every 10-15 minutes to Sundarijal. The journey is roughly 45 minutes bus ride. If your main destination is Chisapani
, it is a 5-6 hour hiking from Sundarijal all the way uphill via Mulkharka.
Trekkers coming from Langtang-Gosaikunda Trekking:
The last stop on your trail is likely Sundarijal. To get to Kathmandu from Sundarijal, you can take the bus that goes to Ratnapark (if Thamel is your destination) or Jorpati (if Ringroad is your main stop). From Ratnapark, Thamel is only a 10 minute walk or you can take another microbus. From Jorpati, you can take a bus that goes to Ringroad.
What to see or do around Sundarijal?
1. Canyoning and Swimming in Sundarijal waterfall: Two of the most popular activities among locals and tourists are swimming and canyoning in the Sundarijal waterfall. Canyoning with an expert is one of the recommended adventures holidays in Nepal but please be reminded that it is also very dangerous without an expert guide. Due to the very strong current and water flow in Sundarijal, there were casualties reported this year so please take necessary precautions and ensure you hire a professional company such as Yatritrekking.com and Chhango Adventure to organise such kind of activities for you. The link below is worth reading about canyoning in Sundarijal. And also this video link will tell you how nice canyoning is in Sundarijal Nepal.
2. Shivapuri National Park:
This is 45 minute to 1-hour hike from Sundarijal and you will reach the entry border of Shivapuri National Park
. Locals, youth, young couple family and other groups enjoy the picnic inside the park.
3. Sundarijal Hydropower & Water Supply station:
A significant percentage of Kathmandu's drinking water and electricity is supplied by Sundarijal's Hydropower
and Water Supply station. As the dam is located in the middle of the national park, it is surrounded by several waterfalls, beautiful jungle and green rice terraces. Due to this, it becomes an attraction for locals and tourists.
Drinking some local wine made by the Tamang community in Mulkharka and smoking Marijuana leaf from their backyard are also quite common in the area. While it is generally normal to smoke Marijuana leaf in their homes for medicinal purposes or occasional use in small amount, buying in large quantities and selling it in black market is illegal in the country.