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Hiking routes in Kathmandu

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 by Sonika Thapaliya under Hiking

Tags: panauti,chisapani,phulchowki,Nagarkot

Hiking routes of Kathmandu Valley

        Hiking in Nepal is a unique experience because Nepal is a hiker s paradise. Hiking in foot hills of Himalayas is an impeccable way to explore the magnificent views of Himalayas. Hiking is an outdoor activity which consists of walking in natural environments often on hiking trails .Some of the hiking routes in Kathmandu valley are :

1) Dhulikhel - Naumobuddha – Panauti hiking: Namobudhha situated at the hill top of Panauti is very important Buddhist pilgrimage located in kavre district about 38 km east of Kathmandu.The one day hike start from Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is a popular himalya view  point and a quiet town.It is a easy 3 hour walk  from here to Namobuddha which is a quite old and popular stupa among Buddhist pilgrims. 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. From Namobuddha after walking through lovely farm land and villages for another 3 hours to reach the quiet and artful town of Panauti.The burning ghats, the suspension bridge over the small river and the well preserved temples are difficult to pass without visiting.

2)Champadevi hiking: Champadevi, situated at an altitude of 2285 m 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 .One day hiking starts from Pharping . From Pharping we start our hiking gradually up for about half an hour along trail toward the north ridge and through pine forested area. Then continue hiking gradually up following the trail for about another 3 hours to  CHAMPADEVI. Superb view of Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Jugal, Dorge Lakpa Himalayas are the major attraction of the hiking .Apart from it, we can observe the bustling Kathmandu city and spectacular village settlements from the top. Several return routes are possible. Then after continue hike down to Hattiban for about 2 hours.


3)Shivapuri Hiking: Shivapuri situated at an altitude of 2563m north of Kathmandu is second highest hill around Kathmandu valley. Baghdwar, Shivapuri locates near source of holy river Bagmati .A day hiking starts from Budhanilkantha. From Budhanilkantha  walk through Shivapuri conservation area. This is the Government protected forest where over 500 species are found. 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. Beyond the monastery, the trail goes steeply uphill through the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest for another three hours.From here you can enjoy the beauty of snowy Himalayas such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang-Lirung, Dorji Lhakpa and you take a shortcut downhill to Budhanilkantha in about two and half hours.

4)Chisapani hiking: Chisapani is a popular mountain view spot about 5 hours walk from Sundarijal.This cool and beautiful place offers clos e view of eastern himalaya ranges . Chisapani is a popular mountain view spot offering excellent close view of Everest and Langtang ranges. Hiking stars from  Sundarijal.From sundarijal it is 4 hour walk to chisapani. The uphill walk is through the Shivapurai national park. On the way some ethnic settlements can be seen , otherwise the walk is mostly through forests .

5)Phulchowki hiking: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. Hiking starts from Godavari ( Royal Botanical Garden ). From Godavari you hike gradually uphill all the way through sub - Tropical thick forest for about four hours. The magnificent view from eastern part of Annapurna range to Gaurishanker in the east can be seen  from here on a clear day apart from the Breathtaking view of Kathmandu valley.

6)Nagarkot hiking: Nagarkot is a popular hill famous for mountain vistas especially sunrise and sunset views in Himalayas.  Hiking in Nagarkot is quick spot for nature trail lovers. Nagarkot hiking offers a break from bustling life of Kathmandu. Hiking starts from Sankhu.From sankhu it is a three and half hour walk to nagarkot . The continuation of the hiking goes from Nagarkot to Changunarayan which takes about three hours. The walk leads down from Nagarkot along a ridge to the temple of Changunarayan with views of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktapur to the left. Changunarayan is situated at the end of a long ridge which runs well into the valley, it is said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma. The temple, famous for its architecture is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings. It is said to be the oldest temple in the valley.

7) Godavari to Lakure Bhanjyang

8) Balthali Hiking

9) Lamatar Hiking

10) Jhule Hiking

11) Kakani Hiking

 

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