Please select one of the following day hike that you would like to take:
1:Shivapuri - day hike
Shivapuri (2732m) is second highest hilltop around Kathmandu valley. It is located north of Kathmandu. Drive to Busdhanilkantha; there is a statue of sleeping Vishnu. Start to ascend from the road head. The trail gradually climbs up to the fence border of Shivapuri forest and becomes moderately steep. It takes about an hour to cover the steep portion and the trail becomes little easier. The trail is fairly level as it approaches the ridge. The last part of the trail is steep walk is about 2-3 hours. The view from the nice open grassy field at Shivapuri (2732m) is impressive. An overnight camp is idle.
2: Changunarayan to Sundarijal – day hike
Start the trek from Changunarayan temple. It is 45 minutes drive from Kathmandu. Changunarayan was built in 323 AD. This temple provides deep and rich impression of the past culture. Walk to Nagarkot (2200m) and stay overnight to see beautiful sunrise and sunset on the Himalaya and Mt. Everest. You need to book your own accommodation here, there are plenty of choices from budget hotel to luxurious hotel in Nagarko. Next morning you will walk through the trail from Nagarkot pass through several villages and follow the ridge towards northwestern direction passing through Bhotechaur, and the trail descend to Sundarijal. Drive back to Kathmandu from Sundarijal. This is quiet a long day trek.
3:Champadevi - day hike
Champadevi is situated at a height of 2278m on the western ridge surrounding Kathmandu valley. The trail to the ridge top starts from Pikhel on the way to Dakshinakali. The trail leads towards north and climb the ridge top at Neupane Danda. Continue to ascend through tall pine forest in northwest direction and reach top of a ridge at Champadevi. Its vantage point provides wide-angle view of Kathmandu valley and entire Himalaya range. There is a Buddhist stupa and Hindu temple located on the road head at kirtipur. The ridge trail continues from Champadevi to Bhamesmar, and descends to Kirtipur. (There are lodge and hotels at Pharping and Hatiban.)
4:Dhulikhel to Namobuddha via Panauti - day hike
It is 30 km east of Kathmandu on Arniko (Kodari) highway to Chinese boarder. The hotels and resorts built along the ridge line gives a great view of the lower valley that rises up to the Himalayan range that seem to extends endlessly to the east as well as western direction.From Dhulikhel walk up gradually on the summit of Namo Budha. It is situated on a hill above Panauti - a medieval town. You can also drive but the road condition is very bad. It is best to hike up the ridge. It is on of the important religious site for Buddhist. It is believed that Buddha came here in one of his incarnation and fed his flesh to a hungry tigress so she can feed her cubs. There is an ancient stone slab and a stupa with all-seeing eyes of the Buddha that commemorate that occasion. There are several stupas and colorful flags fluttering in the cool breeze. A big statue of Buddha and several uniformly lined up stupa in the back drop of the enchanting himalaya provides an ideal scene for photographer.
Descend to Panauti. It is an old settlement of Newars. This medieval towns has some of the best example of wood craftsmanship in the form of temples. Take time to see the temple of Indreshwar Mahadev built in the 14th century and Brahmayani built in 17th century. These temples are restored to its original form. Panauti is linked by 6km road, which is rather bad in condition, with Banepa that links Kathmandu and Dhulikhel. (There are several resort hotels in Dhulikhel.) for an overnight stay.
5:Shivapuri (2732m) – day hike
Shivapuri is the second highest hill top around Kathmandu valley. It is located north of Kathmandu. Drive to Budhanilkantha; it is about 15 minutes from Kathmandu. Visit temple of sleeping Vishnu. Start to ascend from the road head. The trail gradually climbs up to the fence boarder of Shivapuri forest and then it becomes moderately steep. You will take about an hour walk up to the hill to cover the steep portion of the trek; then the trail becomes little easier. The trail is fairly level as it approached the ridgeline. The last part to trail is steep walk to the top. In average it takes about 4 hours to walk up to the summit and return in about 2 hours. The view from the nice and open grassy field at Shivapuri is impressive.
6: Pulchauki (2759m) – day hike
Drive to Godavari (18 km from Kathmandu) botanical garden and gradually hike up to the ridgeline. At several points you come across a gravel road that leads to the summit of Phulchauki. The summit is the highest point in Kathmandu valley. Throughout the up hill trail and road there are thick bushes of rhododendron trees and orchids flowers. In the spring it is pleasant to see colorful flowers all over the forest. This area is equally great place for bird watchers. In December, sometime there are snowfalls on the summit. The ridge top provides unobstructed wide-angle view of the Himalayas stretching all the way from Everest to Annapurna. At the summit there is a Buddhist stupa and colorful flags offered by devotees. You can either descend to Godavari-about 3-hour walk or have a 4-wheel drive jeep pick you up at the summit. Walk up the hill takes about 4 hours. (A luxury resort has been recently built for tourist near Godavari.)
7: Changunarayan to Nagarkot (2175m) – day hike
The drive from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur turns northwest to Changunaryan temple. The road is 22 km. from Kathmandu. From Bhaktapur it is a steep drive about 4 km. The road is narrow all the way to the temple. You will gain height of 153 meter from the valley level. It was built in 323 AD by King Hari Dutta Varma. This temple is decorated with beautiful sculptures and woodcarvings. It is believed to be the oldest temple in the Kathmandu valley built during the times of Lichivi dynasty. The vantage point of the temple provides scenic landscape of the surrounding valley all around.
Walk on the road and footpath used by local people to go to Nagarkot. The trail gradually winds up passing through several villages soon.