Day hikes around Kathmandu valley offer you some fascinating experiences of interacting with local culture and day to day life of the people while also enjoying the magnificent sceneries along the rim of the valley. The cultural monuments with enormous belief in legends and folklores, the amazing scenery of the mountains, paddy fields, rhododendron forest and many more make a hike absolutely rewarding.
There are several beautiful day hiking trails each offering equally amazing experiences. Although they are so close to the city, but the day hikes still give you the feel of remoteness with rural lifestyle. Each trail offers beautiful scenery of the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest region, landscapes, green lush forests and villages all throughout.
Among the programs that we offer, any one you choose would assure you a great time. Or you could simply let us know what you would expect to include in a day. We will then recommend the best one that meets your requirement and interest.
Some of the popular hiking trails are:
Nagarkot – Changunarayan hike
Dhulikhel – Namo Buddha hike
Nagarkot – Dhulikhel hike
Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha hike
Panauti – Namo Buddha – Dhulikhel hike
Shivapuri national park – Kapan hike
We have given the details of above hiking routes on our ‘Detailed Itinerary’ page. If you need more info on any particular hike you are interested in, you could simply write to us. Besides the above routes, there are more options around the valley. And if you are looking for more than just a one day hike, we can combine the routes and make it a longer trip.
Here are some day-hike options
One of the best liked and scenic hikes around Kathmandu valley, this offers great views and opportunity to experience the local life of Nepalese people who live close to the capital. The hike starts with a drive to Nagarkot, one of the scenic points around the valley. Enjoying the magnificent views of the Langtang Himalayan range, a gentle downhill walk to Talkot gives you an opportunity to come across the people and their day to day life. The walk then goes through a light forest and villages to one of the historical and cultural hubs of the valley, Changunarayan. The main attraction is the Changunarayan temple of Lord Vishnu with intricate carving on stone, wood and metal. With Nepal’s oldest artifact found on the site, this is truly historical site that some scholars even claim that Nepal’s history starts right from here. You will have some time to explore before driven back to Kathmandu.
The hike starts with a drive to Dhulikhel. Walking up thousand-steps, you will get to Dhulikhel view tower. Amazing views of the mountain, valley and surrounding villages are what you admire. A gentle downhill through villages and light forest to Kavre Bhanjyang is followed by uphill walk through villages on Namobuddha side. A walk of approx 3-4 hours will take you to Namobuddha. Namobuddha is itself a scenic point. But more than that, it’s a place of immense cultural and religious importance. The legendary Namobuddha is regarded as the holy place where Buddha in his previous life donated his body to save a starving tigress with her newly born five cubs. It’s a great exploring opportunity around. Drive back and en-route enjoy the tour to Bhaktapur Durbar square.
The drive to Nagarkot takes one and half hour. From Nagarkot the trail goes through a light forest, cultivated terraces and some beautiful villages. While walking through villages, you will come across the village way of life. The amazing scenery will accompany all along the way. On a clear day, the views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gauri Shankar and Everest region look amazing. The hike takes about 4-5 hours. Both Nagarkot and Dhulikhel are popular for great views and they always top the wish list of the people.
The hike starts with a drive to Panauti, an ancient town with beautiful monuments. The trail goes through beautiful villages and paddy fields. You will surely enjoy the village lifestyle and traditions that you come across. The trail then ascends steeply for about an hour to the religious site of Namobuddha. There you can visit one of the sacred Buddhist stupas along with the Tibetan monastery with legendary tigress den. This is the place where Buddha donated his body to save a dying tigress with her new born 5 cubs. After exploring the area, the trail drops downhill through village before climbing up to the view point of Dhulikhel. Appreciating the views, descend down the thousand steps through the tranquil forest of Shantiban to take car back to Kathmandu.
This is one of the beautiful trails. Shivapuri hill is situated at the height of 2560m and offers some mesmerizing views. Shivapuri is a conservation area. The hike starts after a-40-minute hike to Budhanilkantha. After visiting the Vishnu temple of Budhanilkantha, the trail moves northwards. The area is rich in flora and fauna and you will admire them. The trail is steep through narrow and dusty trail for half an hour followed by a gradual uphill walk for another two hours that passes through the famous Nagi gompa, a Buddhist nunnery at 2330m, to reach Shivapuri. The trail then descends through short-cut trail to Kopan for 2 hours. The hike concludes here and drive back to Kathmandu.
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