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 a 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 cab from Sundarijal, but most likely, the cost is higher than you would expect.
Trekker’s traveling around from Boudhanath, 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 traveling from around Thamel: If you live close to the city center 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 leading 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 first 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 hazardous without an expert guide. Due to the powerful 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 organize 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 excellent canyoning is in Sundarijal Nepal.
2. Shivapuri National Park: This is a 45 minute to 1-hour hike from Sundarijal, and you will reach the entry border of Shivapuri National Park. Locals, youth, young couple families, 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 lies in the middle of the national park, several waterfalls surround it, 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 is also quite common in the area. While it is generally reasonable to smoke Marijuana leaf in their homes for medicinal purposes or occasional use in small amounts, buying in large quantities and selling it in the black market is illegal in the country.