Day Hiking Tours around Kathmandu Valley

Hiking in Nepal is simply walking through the low land of the hills, village or valley and relatively a shorter and easier walking than trekking. Particularly For those visitors who are inexperience in walking up and down on the mountain and who have little time to experience the high mountains of Majestic Himalayas and Nepalese culture they can choose these short and easy hiking trips. We have compiled a list of opportunities for short lowland hiking trip and walking tours in Nepal. Here is not much difference between Hiking and Trekking in Nepal. Hiking is an initial part of trekking and relatively easier that trekking, however, still involve up and down on rural hilly areas below 3000 meters but offers glimpse of High Mountains views, while trekking takes you through the low land village to high Mountain pass up to almost 5, 600 meters. Hills of Nepal are very popular for hiking. Here are some hiking trips that we have described in this page are suitable for all age people especially for the family groups and novices 

Kathmandu valley is situated in a basin surrounded by verdant rolling hills, that host mamzing varieties of biodiversity ( about 400 species of birds, over hundreds species of butterflies, Leopards, Muntjac, wild boar, yello-throated Marten and Suirrels, Monkeys etc. This hike offer abundant opportunites to explore its natural beauty and cultural aspects. It is an inspiring experience at the same time. Nagarkot to Dhulikhel and Panauti to Danda Gaun hikes are the most interesting one. The view of the surrounding villages, jungles, mountains, mustard fields, Rhododendrons are marvelous. The people are amazing. The oak, pine and rhododendron forests give different view of the fast disappearing forest resource of Nepal.

Langtang and Ganesh Himal dominates skyline on the north. On a clear day part of the range of Annapurna can be seen. The village dotted on the ridge and foothill of this section of the rim gives a bird eye view of diverse culture.

Please choose one of the following day hike tours in Arround Kathmandu Valley :

Changunarayan to Nagarkot (2175m)-

First day: A 20km. long drive from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur turns northwest to Changunaryan temple. After Bhaktapur, it will be a steep up drive for some 4 km. We 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.

Nagarkot to Dhulikhel:

The morning of the second day at Nagarkot will start with breathtaking views of the mountains from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. The second day trip from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel begins from descending the hill for about 10 minutes and keep walking almost straight a way for about 40 minutes then we further go down through 1000 steps. Then after our challenges begins as we will have to climb up about 1 and half hour towards Dhulikhel. The trail passes through some forest and villages and finally we meet the Arniko highway where our hotel is located in some corner. After checking in the hotel, have some rest and enjoy dinner in the evening.

Dhulikhel to Balthali via Namobuddha:

On the third day, the fascinating trip from Dhulikhel to Balthali via Namobuddha would be more tough as we will have to walk up towards the famous Buddhist stupa named Namo Buddha, where, it is believed the Lord Buddha in his earlier life as a prince had offered own flesh to a starving tigress who just had given birth to her cubs. After visiting the temple and having some rest in the temple pmises, we continue to walking further about 2 and half hours to the Balthali resort where we will spend our third night.


 Balthali to Parthali Village:

On the fourth day, our walking would be a kind of relax one compared to the past three days. How ever, we would still have walked approx. 3 hours to reach our destination. Today, we will experience something difference than pvious days as we would be staying in a typical Nepalese village home with a local pheasant family and we will taste the local organic product ( Juice, milk, vegetables, of course some drink!) in our Dinner and breakfast. After having Authentic Nepalese cuisine in a typical Nepalese village, we may even be singing and dancing with the members of the family.


 Parthali Village to Panauti by walk then to Kathmandu by bus

Next day. No need to wake up early morning unless you might want to have a look the view of the village from your room. After breakfast, we will leave the home at around 10 am and continue walking to Panauti for about 3 hour. We will be stopping in Banepa for our lunch. After lunch, we will drive back to Kathmanduy by either private coach or public bus.

The five days long hiking of the Kathmandu valley will surely fill you with unforgettable experiences and memories.

Phulchauki (2759m) - Day hike

Drive to Godavari (18 km from Kathmandu), the 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.)

Shivapuri (2732m) from Budhanilkhanthga - Day hike

Shivapuri is the second highest hill top around Kathmandu valley. It is located north of Kathmandu. First we drive to Budhanilkantha which is about 15 minutes drive from Kathmandu then we visit sleeping Vishnu and be blessed then 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. It will take about an hour to cover the steep up portion of the trek; then the trail becomes little easier. The trail is fairly level as it approached the ridge line. 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.

Champadevi (2278m ) - 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.) 

Private arrangement trek cost: Starts from US$ 40 per day ( the price is based on a group of minimum two people)

Departures: as per your choice dates!

Seasons: August to April

Cost Includes:

  • Trekking Guide
  • Meals ( Lunch to Lunch)
  • Local public transporation
  • Accomodation in tourist Standard Hotels on twin sharing.

Cost does not include:

01: Private Transportation 

02 : Entrance Fees 

*Day Hiking Trip can be arranged for 1 day to 6 Days around Kathmandu Valley.*