Hiking around Kathmandu

Day hike, easy walks and short trek around Kathmandu
Hiking around Kathmandu with view of the Himalayas

Nagarkot - Changunarayan Hiking

Price : USD 60
Duration : Day hike / 5 hrs walking
Difficulty: Easy with gentle walk along the ridge.
Season : Sept - June
Maxim altitude : 2,100 m
Transport : Private vehicle

The 'Nagarkot-Changunarayan' hiking is the most popular hiking around Kathmandu. This is a gentle walk along the ridge overlooking the Kathmandu valley with an imminent view of Jugal Himal towards the north. We will first walk through the charming, self-sufficient villages and then through the beautiful woods. This walk gives a good insight into the countryside lifestyle of Himalayan foothills. The territory surrounding Kathmandu valley is the dwelling of Tamangs. Tamangs are pre Buddhist Tibetan immigrants following shamanism. The walking ends at the oldest documented Hindu pagoda of Changunarayan tagged as a World heritage site by UNESCO.

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Nagarjun Hiking

Ganesh Himal range seen from Jamacho, Nagarjun hill.

Price : USD 60
Duration : Day hike / 5 hrs walking
Difficulty: Easy - Moderately difficult
Season : Sept - June
Maxim altitude : 1,700 m
Transport : Private vehicle

Nagarjun hill in the north of Kathmandu is the nearest hiking trail from the tourist center of Thamel. The well preserved Nagarjun forest is part of the youngest and smallest Shivapuri Nagarjun national park. The hiking starts from the fulbari gate at the eastern base of the hill. The well made trail climbs on steps at first and then gradually winds through the thick forest. At the top are a Buddhist monastery and a view tower. The hill is named after the 'Siddha Nagarjun' as there are caves and dwellings of him. The hilltop of 1,950 m offers magnificent views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges towards north.

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Dhulikhel Namobuddha hiking

Hiking in southeast of Kathmandu valley

Hiking to Namobuddha

Price : USD 70
Duration : Day hike / 5 hrs walking
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Season : Sept - June
Maxim altitude : 2,100 m
Transport : Private vehicle

We will drive for about 42 km / 2 hrs to Kavre Bhanjyang past Dhulikhel and then start walking through pine forest. The trail climbs for about 120 m to the ridge with a village temple of goddess and then gradually passes through the village for about 1 and half hours. We will finally meet the dirt road with occasional motorbikes and cars plying on. It will take about 1 more hrs to get to Namo Buddha. Namobuddha is one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. This is where one of the Bodhisattva (Buddha to be) sacrificed himself to feed nourishing tigress. A stupa has been built with his relic. From the 1,750 m hill top, one can see a long stretch of the central Himalayas. Walk back to the pickup point after lunch.

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NOTE: Since we drive to Dhulikhel, this hiking could be planned with an overnight stay in Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is another popular hill station east of Kathmandu. It is also possible to spend a night in the monastery at Namobuddha or walk further to Balthali village resort.

Short trek from Kathmandu

2 - 3 days trek customizable
Himalaya seen from short trek around Kathmandu
Price : USD 290
Duration : 2 nights 3 days
Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Season : Sept - June
Maxim altitude : 2,175 m
Transport : Private vehicle

Kathmandu is surrounded by verdant hills overlooking at the Himalayan ranges. These hills still exhibits countryside lifestyle of Nepal and shelters significant species of wildlife. Day hike or short trek around Kathmandu is fantastic idea to prepare yourself for high altitude trek or Tibet trip.
Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Balthali village resort and Shivapuri village resort are excusive places to stay away from hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.

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Day 1 : Trek to Chisapani
Drive 40 minutes northeast of Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani village (2,175 m) on the ridge top. The trail climbs through the popular Sundarijal park and then traverses the Tamang village of Mulkharka. The climb continues on the stone steps to the mountain pass marked by Buddhist prayer flags. We will get the view of the Himalayas from the pass. The trail ahead climbs down gradually and levels up till the village of Chisapani, half an hour walk away.
Day 2 : Trek to Nagarkot
Enjoy the morning view of the majestic landscape with snow peaks in the background. After breakfast, walk along the forested ridge gradually climbing down to Jhule village in about 4 hrs. This is our lunch place. The trail crosses the highway and continuously follows the ridge with terrace farming and villages to Kartike village at the base of Nagarkot. Climb for about an hour to the popular view point of Nagarkot (2.100 m) and stay in one of the comfortable hotels.
Day 2 : Trek to Changunarayan | Drive back to Kathmandu
Nagarkot offers one of the best views of the Himalayas east of Kathmandu. From the view tower one can see the longest stretch of the Himalayas from Annapurna in the west to Mt Everest in the east. After enjoying the scrumptious breakfast with stunning view, trek down to Changunarayan through the forested ridge. The trail passes through Tamang village and the wooded hillock offering sweeping views of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Sanga with the Himalayas. Drive back to Kathmandu after lunch.

Ama Yangri 3 day trip from Kathmandu

Short trek to Ama Yangri from Kathmandu
If you are looking for some adventurous trip with deeper insight into Himalayan culture, a trip to Ama Yangri in Helambu is the best short trip from Kathmandu. With the extension of the dirt road, it is possible to drive to Tarke Ghyang (2,590 m) in Helambu and then hike to Ama Yangri (3,800 m). Ama Yangri is a sacred peak for the local Sherpas. The peak is the highest that could be reached in the shortest time from Kathmandu. It offers a close panorama of central and eastern Himalayan ranges including Langtang, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling and Mt Everest and Shishapangma (8,027 m / 14th highest) of Tibet.
Price : USD 290 +
Duration : 3 days
Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Season : Sept - June
Maxim altitude : 3,771 m
Transport : Public / Private

Ama Yangri trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive to Tarkeyghang - 6 hrs and trek to Ama Yangri base camp (3,200 m)
Day 2 : Hike to Ama Yangri (3,771 m) and back to Tarkeyghang (2,600 m)
Day 3 : Drive back to Kathmandu

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Hiking around Kathmandu with overnight stay

  There are few luxury resorts in the outskirts of Kathmandu which will give you deeper insight into the Nepalese countryside lifestyle and the scenery. Balthali is one of such destinations some 40 km southeast of Kathmandu. Balthali offers a stay amid lush vegetation with bird eye view of mountains and valleys glistening with seasonal crops and the wide range of the Himalayas in the background. There are several short and long nature walks from the resort in Balthali.
Namobuddha is another less touristic hilltop destination around Kathmandu. There are few resorts, farmstay and also luxury hotels to spend a night. 


View from Balthali village. 
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  • Cultural immersion experience.
  • High quality services.
  • Eco friendly & sustainable practices.

Langtang Heli Trek

3 day Heli Trek from Kathmandu

Langtang Heli-trek is the best way of experiencing Himalayan trek for those short on time. The helicopter flies into alpine meadow surrounded by snow peaks leaving us with an easy and scenic peace of trek.

Everest sightseeing flight.

Everest sightseeing Flight

The 1 hr. fixed wing Himalayan sightseeing flight is the best way to see Mt Everest and other peaks east of Kathmandu.
USD 250 230 till March
  • Window Seat
  • Everest View
  • Airport

Kathmandu Lhasa Tour

Nepal and Tibet tour could be organized from 6 days to month. There are options of flying or overland tour to Lhasa. Lhasa and Everest North base camp could be combined with Nepal tour and trek in one go.
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Everest Helicopter Tour

Perfect for family
3 hours helicopter trip landing at Everest base camp and breakfast at ‘Hotel Everest view’. Details >
Make a day rafting trip of Trishuli from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Nepal tour for Senior Citizen
Customize Nepal walking holiday with gentle walking, cultural tours and Himalayan sightseeing with comfortable stay. This is the best tour for 50 plus senior citizens looking for an active holiday in the Himalayas.

Nepal walking holiday

Bhutan, the land of dragon, descended from Tibet but remained intact until recently, offers wide range of trek and tour in the Himalayas.

Short treks in Nepal

The foothills of Himalaya provide beautiful short and easy treks and day hikes starting from either Pokhara or kathmandu.

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