Overview

Kathmandu Hiking tour offers you the chance to visit significant places around Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu day hiking tours are best for those wanting to experience trekking in Nepal within a short time and enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal combined with traditional rural activities along with the beautiful views of Himalayas. A day hike can be done all around the year in Kathmandu. We will witness mountain peaks like Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gauri Shanker, Everest mountain range, Manasalu, Dorje Lakpa, and even Annapurna along the trip.

Day hike to Namobuddha

Namobuddha lies at the top of the hill of the Panauti region. It is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage located in Kavre District, about 38 km east of Kathmandu. The stupas and shrines are built beautifully in this small hill. This place also has an ancient significance where a prince named Mahasattva offered himself to starving Tigress with its many unfed cubs. This legendary story is carved adequately in a stone slab right next to the stupa. Our trip to Namobuddha begins after breakfast. We drive towards the east for about one and a half hours to Dhappasi through an old village of Newar, Panauti. From Dhapasi, we ascend forward north; then, the trail narrows a bit. We cross through a suspension bridge and walk through small villages to a vast rice field. From here, we make a steep climb for about an hour to reach Namobuddha. After lunch, we walk to Dhulikhel from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.

Day hike to Phulchowki (2782m)

Phulchowki is the most massive hill located in the south of Kathmandu valley. In terms of vegetation, this is the most beautiful hiking destination in Kathmandu valley. We will drive south of Kathmandu for about 30 minutes to the Godavari, the starting point of our hike. From the Godavari, we steadily climb uphill through the sub-tropical forest for about four hours. We will get some stunning views of the Annapurna range and Gaurishankar on a clear day. Besides, we can see the whole Kathmandu valley from the top of Phulchowki. Enjoying the beautiful environment and spectacular views, we retrace the trail back to the Godavari from where we return to Kathmandu.

Day hike to Champadevi (2285m)

Champadevi lies at the south-western side of Kathmandu. It is a pilgrimage site with a Buddhist stupa and a Hindu shrine that invites many pilgrims during a full moon night. We drive about 16kms south of Kathmandu for about an hour to Pharping, the starting point of the hike from Pharping, we gradually ascend for half an hour towards north hill through a pine forest area. From here, we steadily follow the trail for approximately three hours to Champadevi. We will get enchanting views of central and western Himalayan ranges from here. Then, we hike down to Hattiban and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day hike to Nagarjuna

Nagarjuna lies on the north-western side of Kathmandu. Nagarjuna hill is also referred to as historical Jamacho Peak. Due to the Nagarjuna's cave lying inside the mountain, the hill is named Nagarjuna hill. Besides Nagarjuna cave, there are other few caves of Buddha, Mahasiddhas. There is a story that a long time ago when Acharya Nagarjuna was living in his cave, a buffalo herdsman from Kathmandu got possessed by faith in Master and came to him to offer curd, milk, etc. Once when he asked Nagarjuna to go to town, the Master declined, saying, 'If you can meditate upon perfect reality, sit down here.' So he did as his master told him to, but as he was fixated on his work of watching buffaloes, he could not think of anything else than buffaloes. 'Visualize yourself as a buffalo,' Taught the Acharya. So he meditated in what today is known as the Cave of the Buffalo Buddha. After a while, he became a buffalo. His horns pierced the rock above him, and the holes, which today are known as his horn-prints, appeared. Then, Nagarjuna told him to envision his body in its normal state of complete relaxation. Meditating as instructed, his body turned normal, and his senses sharpened, so he was given instigation and teachings. After accomplishing the goal of his mediation, it is said that he pierced through the roof of the cave and went straight to the Dakini's Paradise.

Day hike to Shivapuri (2563m)

Shivapuri is the second highest hill in near Kathmandu Valley and lies at an altitude of 2563 meters north of Kathmandu. Shivapuri has many sites to offer to the visitor. One of them is Baghdwar, lying near the sacred source of Bagmati. We will drive to Budhanilkantha Temple, 8kms north of Kathmandu. Then, we walk through the Shivapuri Conservation Area. Shivapuri Conservation area is home to over 500 species of flora and fauna. We start our hike from the southern border of the city. We will visit the Nagi Gumpa, situated at an altitude of 2330 meters north of Kathmandu. Nagi Gumpa is the only monastery for the nuns to practice Buddhism, and it attracts lots of foreigners for meditation. The hike is mostly through a steep, narrow, and dusty trail. We will walk approximately three hours to reach Shivapuri. Enjoying the nature and views from Shivapuri, we hike down to Kopan and drive back to Kathmandu.

Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Hiking

Nagarkot offers beautiful panoramic mountain views on a clear day. It is mostly downhill from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel. It is necessary to carry enough water during this trek as we won't find many places to buy water. We will drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot in the early morning and move towards Club Himalaya. Beneath this hotel, you will notice a trail that runs past the hillside and takes you towards Rhonnie Bhanjyang. We will get a great view of Panchkhal valley on the left. If the weather is clear, we might also see Mt. Everest.

Then, we follow the rocky path used until we reach a relatively flat land, a few farmhouses. Continuing the walk, we climb up a steep hill and reach a junction with another jeep track. Then, we take a left turn and follow this road to the top. Walking for about a kilometer, we enter the next valley. Then, we descend through the hillside full of villages. Then, walking through a few villages, we will reach Tanchok. From Tanchok, we will meet another jeep track, which we will follow until we reach Tusal. Following the trail, we enter the town of Opi and head directly to Dhulikhel, where we will have lunch and return to Kathmandu.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Pick up and drop off
  • A highly experienced, English speaking guide
  • Lunch

What's excluded?

  • Breakfast and Dinner

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