Hike with in Kathmandu Valley Rim in a day – Valley Vista hike
Hiking around Kathmandu valley rim, is perfect for those who are looking for a tad bit of glimpses around rural Nepal. A day’s hike around Kathmandu valley offers some excellent short treks with easy or moderate walking which can be a great introduction to Nepal’s hiking or trekking experience.
Once outside the urban sprawl of the city, it is possible to experience traditional rural activities within sights of the metropolis. The organic rhythm of foot travel is a wonderful way to explore and make meaningful contact with the country and its friendly people. The objective of a daytime hike is not just the particular destination, but the journey itself.
You travel at a modest pace, observing nature, rural communities and spectacular mountain panoramas. Many of the Kathmandu valley day hikes offer 180 – degree panoramic mountain views stretching from far west Annapurna range to Mt. Everest in the east of Nepal. This Kathmandu valley vista day hike offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture and religion, together with the picturesque daily work in the fields of its inhabitant.
The valley rim lies approximately between 1800 meters and 2800meters. You will see rural Nepal with out going too high or too far! from Kathmandu.
In autumn and winters there are amazing mountains views, which can be seen clearly from certain viewpoints like Chisapani, Shiva Puri national park, Nagarjun, Phulchoki, Champa Devi, Jhule, Kakani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and Balthali and the mountain panoramas stretch from Everest in the east to Annapurna in the west. The Kathmandu day hikes can be done in any time of the year.
Besides the day hiking trips around Kathmandu valley we also offer Kathmandu valley UNESCO World Heritage sightseeing tour by Earthbound Expeditions, award winning city tour guides and professors who give you the inside knowledge of Kathmandu’s historical and cultural heritage.
Options for hike around Kathmandu valley :
• 10 to max. 16 kilometers total hike in a day • Approximately 4 to 6 hours. Nagarkot provides excellent mountain panorama in a clear day. The day hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is mostly downhill through Jungle, village and terrance. During the Nagarkot to Dhulikhel walk, there are very few options for food and water, so we recommend that you carry a bottle of water and some energy snacks with you for the trek. You can drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot ( we will pick up from your hotel) in the morning and head further Club Himalaya resort. Below this hotel, you will find a small walking trail which cuts across the hillside and takes you towards Rhonnie Bhangyang. The views of the Panchkhal valley to your left are very good and given the clear weather you should get views of the mid Himalayas including Mt.Everest Range. Follow the rugged track until you come to a flat spot of land and couple of farm houses and this will be Rhonnie Bhangyang. Follow the road straight, do not take the left or right turnings. Climb up a short sharp hill and arrive at an intersection with another jeep track. Take the left turn and follow this road along the ridge. After about a kilometer, a small trail on the right takes you down into the next valley. Follow the main jeep track back down into the valley below Nagarkot and you want to keep Nagarkot over your left shoulder. Follow the track steely downhill through the hillside with dotted villages. You are aiming for a vague ridge between two valleys and you will pass through the villages of Kankre and Tanchok, further from Ghimrie geon. From Tanchok, you will meet another main jeep track that you need to follow to your right and uphill for around a kilometer to Tusal. Here you need to head right to the Larsish town of Opi where you cross the main jeep track and head directly to Dhulikhel. The trail meets the Arniko Highway (1) one kilometers from the main town of Dhulikhel, at Himalayan Horizons Hotel. To get into town you need to turn right and head uphill. After having lunch you can come back to Kathmandu. OR You can also end the Nagarkot hike at Nala or Banepa to make it (1) one hour shorter. The trail follows to Ghimire Geoun and it is a wonderful spot to witness the landscapes. We will eventually get back to Kathmandu by car or bus. Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is also for day biking trips. Option 2 : Namoboudha day hike Namoboudha is situated at the hill top of Panauti and is a very important Buddhist pilgrimage located in Kavre District about 38 kilometers, east of Kathmandu valley. The stupa and shrines build on this hill has significantly made marks and is an ancient holy site where according to the legendary story, a prince named Mahasttva offered himself to the starving Tigress who had several underfed cubs. This legendary episode is depicted in a stone slab and placed right next to the holy stupa. We drive 35 kilometers, east of Kathmandu for about one and half hours to a place called Dhapasi via an ancient Newar town called Panauti with packed lunch boxes. From Dhapasi we follow the uphill trail forward to north - east direction and the trail narrows. We cross a suspension bridge and pass through many small villages to a huge rice field which will give you chance to see “How Nepali People plant and harvest the crops”. From here we hike steep uphill for about an hour to reach Namoboudha. After lunch we will continue walking on the trails to Dhulikhel and we drive back to Kathmandu or opt to stay for the night at Dhulikhel. This Panauti Namoboudha - Dhulikhel is an excellent day hike around Kathmandu to see rural village life and Buddhist pilgrimage. Total trip 6 to 8 hours Option 3 : Phulchowki day hiking Phulchowki at 2782 meters is the highest hill situated in the south of Kathmandu valley. This is one of the most striking hikes in terms of vegetation in Kathmandu valley. It is also famous for bird watching. After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive 14 kilometers for about 40 minutes to a place called Godavari (Royal Botanical Garden) with packed lunch boxes. From Godavari we start our hike, gradually going uphill all the way through sub - tropical thick forest for about (4) four hours. The magnificent view from eastern part of Annapurna range to Gaurishanker in the east can be seen from this spot, on a clear day. It also provides breathtaking view of Kathmandu valley and is well known for bird watching. After lunch we will hike down, following the same trail to Godavari for about (2) two hours and drive back to Kathmandu. Total trip about 6 to 8 hours Option 4 : Champadevi day hike Champadevi is situated at an altitude of 2285 meters south - west of Kathmandu and is a pilgrimage site having a Buddhist stupa and Hindu shrines. This factor brings in many pilgrims who visit this place on a full moon day. After breakfast at the hotel, we drive 16 kilometers for about an hour to a place called Pharping (on the way to Dakshinkali Temple) with packed lunch boxes. From Pharping we start our hike, gradually going up for about half an hour along the trails toward the north ridge and through pine forested areas. From here, we continue hiking gradually up, following the trails for about another (3) three hours to Champadevi. It is also known as Vegetarian goddess. The view of central and western Himalayan Ranges are magnificent from here and after lunch, we continue to hike down to Hattiban for about (2) two hours where we can see from a bird’s eye view - the Kathmandu valley, Langtang and Ganesh mountain range. The day hike of Champadevi can be combined with monastery visit at Pharping or Bungamati and Khokana cultural trip at extra cost. We will drive back to Kathmandu later in the evening. Total about 6 to 8 hours trip. Option 5 : Nagarjuna day hike Located north-west of Kathmandu it takes 20 minutes by car and 2 and half hours to hike up to the Nagarjuna hill, which is also, called the historical Jamacho Peak at 6,300 feet. The mountain is called Nagarjuna hills because Nagarjuna\'s cave-residence is found here and this is where he performed his meditations. Besides Nagarjuna cave there are some other caves of Buddha, Mahasiddhas. One of the famous stories of the Buffalo Buddha is that , a long time ago when Acharya Nagarjuna was living in his cave, an idiot buffalo herdsman from Kathmandu became possessed by faith in the master and came to him frequently, offering curd and milk etc. Once when he asked Nagarjuna to come to town with him, the master refused, saying, \'If you are able to meditate upon perfect reality, sit down here\'. So he did as he was told, but obsessed by his work of guarding the buffaloes he could not think of anything else but the buffaloes! \'Visualize yourself as a buffalo\' instructed the Acharya, so he meditated in what today is called the Cave of the Buffalo Buddha and after a while he actually became a buffalo! His horns struck the rock above him and the holes, which today are known as his horn-prints. Eventually, Nagarjuna told him to contemplate his body in its natural state of total relaxation and meditating according to his instructions, the herdsman came to his senses and became sharp and alert. After he had accomplished the aim of his mediation, it is said that he shot through the roof of the cave and went straight to the Dakini\'s Paradise. It is also claim that Maha Manjushree, who is supposed to be the founder of Kathmandu valley, saw Kathmandu valley as a lake from this point. In a clear day you can see whole Ganesh Himal, Manasalu and Lantang range from here and also the Kathmandu valley. On The top have small stupa. You hike down same trail though forest. Total about 6 to 8 hours hike. Option 6 : Shivapuri day hike Shivapuri is situated at an altitude of 2563meters, north of Kathmandu and is the second highest hill around Kathmandu valley. After breakfast at the hotel, we drive for about 40 minutes to Budhanilkantha Temple which is (8) kilometers, north of Kathmandu. From Budhanilkantha we walk through Shivapuri conservation area. This is a Government protected forest where many species of plants, birds and butterflies are found. We start our hike from the southern boundary of the area where the army check post is located. Nagi Gumpa is situated at an altitude of 2330 meters, north of Kathmandu and above Budhanilkantha Temple is the only monastery for Nuns of 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 of gradual uphill trail to Shivapuri. After lunch, we take a short cut down hill trail to Kopan for about two hours and drive back to Kathmandu. This route is also known for cycling trails, bird watching and Jungle walks. Total time 6 to 8 hours. Option 7 : Nagarkot to Changunarayan hike Nagarkot is at 7200 feet from sea level and is the most popular hill station within the Kathmandu valley for viewing the Himalayas. Nagarkot is located 32 km. east of Kathmandu and just (1) one hour of scenic drive away. The major Himalayan peaks seen from Nagarkot are Ganesh Himal at 7405 meters, Langtang, Shisha Pangma at 8013meters, Gang Chenpo at 6397 meters, Dorje Lakpa at 6990 meters, Lonpo Gang at 7083 meters and Purbi Chyachu at 6658meters, Gauri Shankar and Mt. Everest range. The view of the sunrise over the Himalayas from Nagarkot is simply brilliant, on a clear day. The hike from Nagarkot to Bhaktapur (Ancient town) via Changunarayan is pleasant. Changunarayan is the oldest Temple of Kathmandu valley which dates back to the 7th century and is 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 good 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. The hike from Nagarkot to Changunarayan lasts for approximately 5 to 6 hrs depending on one’s pace and covers a distance of about 11 - 14 kilometers. From Changunarayan one can either catch a bus or walk through the villages towards Bhaktapur. We can also have option of staying overnight or have a lunch at Nepal Yoga retreat. Option 8 : Kakani Nuwakot day hike A day trip to Kakani will be rewarding you as it is one of the best hiking point from Kathmandu which has beautiful views of the Himalayas ( Ganesh, Langtang, Mansalu, Dorje Lakpa and many other mountains in a clear day). The short hike takes you through lush green Jungle and paddy fields it is just 26 kilometers away northeast to Kathmandu valley. It is just about an hour drive and due to the location and mountain views, Kakani is a popular destination near Kathmandu for family outings and picnic programs. There is a separate picnic spot in this place where we can see people enjoying their time in a backdrop of beautiful nature. Your Kakani day hike starts with a drive for around one and half hours from Kathmandu to Kakani, Nuwakot. As you pass the beautiful country side of Nepal along the rice terrace, radish, maize and millet fields, you will find yourself amidst the coniferous trees. The picturesque view of lush hills, asian terrace landspace, oak and pine forests from Kakani is wonderful. Rejoice the moment of being in a pristine and joyful environment with the spectacular views of mountains as you proceed your Kakani day hiking trip with us.
4 -6 hours
10- 14 KM
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Important Notes :
There are some easy day hike, please choose one from multiple day hikes around Kathmandu valley.
We can also combine day hike with UNESCO heritage sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, cooking class or Yoga retreat visit
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