HIKING IN NEPAL OVERVIEW:
Difficulty Level: 1 (On a scale of 5)
Time Required : 1 – 10 Days (Can be added to your trip with One additional day or more)
Time for Preparation: None
Starting Point: Kathmandu or any other cities
Best Season: Throughout the year
The best part about hiking is this that it can be done throughout the year, so if you cannot manage time in the peak season, worry no more, and come in for a hike. Hiking not only is healthy but is also one of the best ways to travel around. We can arrange hiking trips for you as per your requirement or the requirement of the group. It can be from one to ten days with a professional guide alongside throughout your trip. Hiking can always be added on to your trip along with other adventures.
As outfitter in Nepal, we operate Hiking Tours throughout the year as there are great places very close to Kathmandu Valley for Hiking. As outfitters based in Nepal, we always recommend Hiking Tours for people travelling with families and young children. Hiking has its own beauty and hiking around Kathmandu Valley is one of the safest activities you could indulge in while in Nepal. If one can not go for Everest Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek, one can still live the trekking in Nepal experience by hiking to some remotest parts of Nepal.
There are various destinations for hiking around Kathmandu Valley and other cities as well. For the cities outside the valley, we can send you details after we get the places of your interest but the most common hikes are done in and around the valley. Here are some of the popular ones:
(i) NAGARKOT TO DHULIKHEL HIKING :
Nagarkot provides excellent mountain Panorama in a clear day and the sunrise in the morning is simply breathtaking. Nagarkot (7,200 feet from sea level) is the most popular hill station in around Kathmandu valley of Nepal for viewing the Himalyas and sunrise. Nagarkot is located some 32 kilometers to the East of Kathmandu, just 1 hour of scenic drive away. The major Himalayan peaks seen from Nagarkot are Ganesh Himal (7,405 meters), Langtang, Shisha Pangma (8,013 meters), Gang Chenpo (6,397 meters), Dome Blanc (6,830 meters), Dorje Lakpa (6,990 meters), Lonpo Gang (7,083 meters) and Purbi Chyachu (6,658 meters) with Gauri Shankar and Mt. Everest in a far distance. The view of Sunrise over the Himalayas from Nagarkot is simply majestic in a clear day.
The hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is mostly downhill. In Nagarkot to Dhulikhel walk, there are very few options for food and water, so we recommend that you carry enough of both with you for the trek.
(ii) A DAY HIKING TO NAMOBOUDHA:
Namoboudha situated at the hill top of Panauti is very important Buddhist pilgrimage located in Kavre District about 38 kilometers to the East of Kathmandu valley. The stupa and shrines build up in this lovely little hill has significantly enough mark a very ancient holy site where a legendary prince named Mahasttva offered himself to starving Tigress with its several underfed cubs.
(iii) A DAY HIKING TO PHULCHOWKI (2782 m.):
Phulchowki (2782m) is the highest hill situated in the South of Kathmandu valley. This is one of the most beautiful hiking in terms of vegetation in Kathmandu valley. After breakfast at the Hotel, drive 14 kms south of Kathmandu for about 40 minutes to a place called Godavari (Royal Botanical Garden ) with packed lunch box. From Godavari we start our hiking gradually uphill all the way through sub - Tropical thick forest for about four hours. The magnificent view of eastern part of Annapurna range to Gauri Shanker in the East can be seen from here on a clear day. It also provides Breathtaking view of Kathmandu valley in a clear day. After lunch and strolling around from sometime, we hike down following the same trail to Godavari for about 2 hours and drive back to Kathmandu. It is also famous for bird watching.
(iv) A DAY HIKING TO CHAMPADEVI:
Champadevi, situated at an altitude of 2285 meters above the sea level to the south - west of Kathmandu, is a pilgrimage site having a Buddhist stupa and a Hindu shrine commands many pilgrims visit this place on full moon day. After breakfast at Hotel, we drive 16 kms south of Kathmandu for about an hour to a place called Pharping (on the way to Dakshinkali Temple) with packed lunch box. From Pharping we start our hiking gradually up for about half an hour along trail toward the north ridge and through pine forested area. From here we continue hiking gradually up following the trail for about another 3 hours to CHAMPADEVI. The views of central and western Himalayan Range are magnificent. After lunch and strolling around for some time, we continue to hike down to Hattiban for about 2 hours and Drive back to Kathmandu. You can see bird’s eye view of the Kathmandu valley along with Langtang and Ganesh Mountain Ranges.
(v) A DAY HIKING TO NAGARJUNA:
Located north-west of Kathmandu it takes 15 minutes by car than 2 and half hours up to the Nagarjuna hill, which is also called historical Jamacho Peak (6,300 feet). The mountain is called Nagarjuna hill because Nagarjuna's cave-residence is found there, where he performed meditation. Besides Nagarjuna cave there are some other caves of Buddha and Mahasiddhas. This is a short but panoramic hike with spectacular views and nature throughout the hike.
(vi) A DAY HIKING TO SHIVAPURI:
Shivapuri situated at an altitude of 2,563 meters above the sea level to the north of Kathmandu Valley and is the second highest hill around Kathmandu valley. Baghdwar is source of holy river Bagmati which suppose to come from mouth of Tiger. After breakfast at the hotel, we drive for about 20 minutes to Budhanikantha Temple, 8 kms north of Kathmandu. From Budhanilkantha we walk through Shivapuri Conservation Area. This is the Government protected forest where over 500 species are found. We start our hike from the southern boundary of the area where the army check post is located. Nagi Gumpa situated at an altitude of 2330 m north of Kathmandu and above Budhanilkantha Temple is only Monastery for the Nuns practice Buddhism and foreigners often come there for meditation. It is a steep uphill hike through narrow and dusty trail for about half an hour and two hours gradual uphill trial to Shivapuri. After lunch and strolling around for some time, we take a short cut down hill trail to Kapan for about two hours and drive back to Kathmandu.
This place is also popular for cycling, bird watching and Jungle walk.
(vii) NAGARKOT TO CHANGU NARAYAN HIKE:
Nagarkot (7,200 feet from sea level) is the most popular hill station in around Kathmandu valley of Nepal for viewing the Himalyas and sunrise. Nagarkot is located some 32 kilometers to the East of Kathamndu, just 1 hour of scenic drive away. The major Himalayan peaks seen from Nagarkot are Ganesh Himal (7,405 meters), Langtang, Shisha Pangma (8,013 meters), Gang Chenpo (6,397 meters), Dome Blanc (6,830 meters), Dorje Lakpa (6,990 meters), Lonpo Gang (7,083 meters) and Purbi Chyachu (6,658 meters) with Gauri Shankar and Mt. Everest in a far distance. The view of Sunrise over the Himalayas from Nagarkot is simply majestic in a clear day.
The hike from Nagarkot to Bhaktapur (Ancient town) via Changu Narayan is pleasant. Changunarayan is the oldest Temple of Kathamndu valley dated back to 7th century and listed in the UNESCO world Heritage sites.
The walk is mostly downhill and offers grand views of the mountains, hills, villages, temples and Kathmandu valley. The trail is wide and easy to walk on as long as one is geared with hiking shoes. In totality, the trip introduces Nepal's natural and cultural heritages. It is an ideal trip for those with limited time but wish to get a taste of trekking in Nepal.
Being your local outfitter in Nepal, we would like to remind you that ALL adventures we offer can either be enjoyed on their own or in combination with other adventures like trekking in Nepal, be it Everest Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek. At the same time, if you are planning on peak climb or expedition or trekking in Nepal, any of our adventures can be added on to your trip with extension of a few days. Please bear in mind that these added adventures will NOT be included after the booking and payment has been completed. As your outfitter in Nepal, we must remind you that it will be next to impossible to arrange a smooth adventure trip on the last hour. We will be needing professional guides for each adventure we offer and last minute additions or alterations are NOT RECOMMENDED.
More information on this challenging and breathtaking adventure can be made available on request. If it is a combination you are seeking, then package will be explained in detail while booking with us as your local outfitter in Nepal. Our information pack will include the followings:
- Complete Overview of the adventure
- Complete list of Gears Required
- Emergency Plans and Rescue Operation overview
- Day to Day Itinerary ( with the adventures added on) (Like: trekking in Nepal + Rafting)
- Cost for the whole trip to Nepal including all adventures
- Cost of permits and other un-covered expenses that you must be aware of
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