KVRT Section VI: Bimdunga Chia Pasal to Mudkhu
Introduction | I: Mudkhu to Jhule | II: Jhule to Sanga | III: Sanga to Persey Ridge | IV: Persey Ridge to Hattiban Resort | V: Hattiban Resort to Bimdunga Chia Pasal | VI: Bimdunga Chia Pasal to Mudkhu
Section VI: Bimdunga Chia Pasal to Mudkhu
Please be sure to read the notes on the main ‘Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail‘ page first!
This is a difficult section as much of it is part of Shiva Puri National Park (you are traversing Nagarjan Mountain and the summit is called Jamicho). As such, the army has a base and controls the access points and is paranoid about hikers getting lost etc? It is a good climb up to where the army base sits. I can offer no good advice here. Your goal is to get into the park through the door that the army monitors. They may let you in, they may not. The main entrance is on the other complete side of the mountain. Once you get through the door, you go to your left and follow the very overgrown road. This is not a normal route as most lost trekkers here would be looking for the summit – on scouting trips I had to convince soldiers that I knew the trail well and would be fine. There is also a faint path along the wall before the door and one could follow this and then scramble up later and connect with the old road. One could also get shot trying to do this. We approached the door just before dawn; I worried about soldiers not allowing us in and I worried about worse things happening if we were spotted trying to sneak in. We managed to get onto the old road (I take the 5th) and from there it is a lovely gentle road that contours around the backside of the mountain.
It is very overgrown and near the end joins with a dirt road and finally a police check point at Mudkhu. These police will not likely care about whether you have a park entrance pass or not. Well done!