Dhap dam (धाप बांध) is one of the beautiful place in Bagmati Province of Nepal. This dam is 24 m high and 175 m wide which can store 850,000 m3 of water. Purpose of this dam is to increase water flow in the Bagmati River during dry season. Dhap Dam is the best place for a hike and new hiking destinations near Kathmandu. You can experience rural life, jungle walks and wild life. It is 26 km farm from Kathmandu.
Dhap dam hike starts from the Sundarijal, which is located 14 km from Kathmandu. From Sundarijal we’ll move towards Mulkharka village. It is approximately 3 km up from the Sundarijal. At Mulkharka village you’ll find two routes, one route towards Chisapani and another reaches Haiburg. On the way you’ll see mountain views, villages, river etc and from Haibung, you’ll reach Dhap dam in about 15 minutes walk. The journey may take 2 to 4 hours depending upon your walking speed. From the Dham Dam you can also reach Chisapani.
There is also a resort named Prakriti resort near Dhap dam which is approximately 1 km far. You can reach the resort after 20 minutes of walking from dam.
MulKharka is a small village in the middle of the Shivapuri National Park. MulKharka name is made from two words Mul and Kharka, meaning of ‘Mul’ is ‘main’ in English and ‘Kharka’ means ‘a pasture land’. You’ll can see a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley, green hill terraces. This village is mostly occupied by the Tamang community. During summer season you may find yellow berry on the way, it is known as ‘Aiselu’ in Nepali.
Dhap dam Hiking Route
Sundarijal – Mulkharka Village – Dhap Dam