Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal has so much of unexplored treasure. Despite the fact that you have limited time and experience, you can go hiking in the vicinity of the valley. One-day trek from Kathmandu is a fun experience. The valley is bounded by hills covered with the forests, and villages and terraced farms. The trek around Kathmandu offers the scenic beauty of the geography, mountains, lifestyle, and culture. The major plus point of trekking around Kathmandu is the beautiful mountains view without climbing to a higher altitude for weeks. Here is the list of eight best one day hiking in Kathmandu.
One-day trek from Kathmandu
Shivapuri hike a prominent destination at 2563 meters from sea level. The site has great flora and fauna combination for the perfect escape from the valley. Shivapuri is only twenty- five kilometer away from the capital. The top of the hill offers a clear view of Kathmandu valley and Baghdwar- the origin of the Bagmati River. This is the best trek from Kathmandu that can be competed in a day.
The Shivapuri hike starts from Budhanilkantha temple then its 2 to 5 hours of walk to the Nagi Gumba. After some rest at Gumba, you can proceed for two more hours to reach the top.
Champa Devi Hike
In the southeastern part of the valley there is a Campa Devi hill separating the valley from the Makwanpur district. It’s the third highest hill in Kathmandu at 2,278 meters from sea level. The place offers a panorama view of Kathmandu valley including Bagmati River, Khokana, and Pharping, mountain ranges as Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Annapurna, Gaurisankar and visit to the remote villages. The place is crowded during the New Year.
The famous trekking routes to Champa Devi summit is through the Dollu Valley through the pine forest. The route begins from the Hattiban Resort and its 3-4 hours of hike. You can also climb from Dakshinkali temple which is a 4 to 6 hours of hike.
Namobuddha– 38 km east of Kathmandu at 1,750 meters from sea level is another prodigious trekking destination near the valley. Namobuddha is a Buddhist Gumbas and shrines- a beautiful reflection of the Buddhist art. According to local myth, a prince once offered himself to the starving tiger in Namobuddha. Namobuddha offers the beauty of the Everest and Langtang Himalayan Range along with a marvelous view of the landscape in all directions.
The hike starts from Dhapasi or the ancient town in Bhaktapur called Panauti. It’s a 5 hours climb through many agricultural villages. You will also encounter a suspension bridge in your way up there.
Phulchowki Hill Hiking
This is the most crowded trekking destination around the valley- especially when it receives snowfall during winter. Phulchoki means the ‘Hill of Flowers’. It the highest trek from Kathmandu Valley at the attitude of 2,782 meters.
The route is famous for Rhododendron and bird watching. Flycatcher, Yellow-browed Tit, Red-billed Leiothrix, Rufous-bellied Niltava Bronzed, and Racket-tailed Drongos, Nepal Cutia, and Black-winged Cuckoo can be spotted during the trek. At the top, there is a shrine of the goddess where people celebrate a month-long festival during March/April.
You can start the hike from Godwari and its 5 to 5 hours of climb. The 13km trail is certainly a challenge to achieve. It will also be the place for mountain biking.
Kakani to Bhanjyang is a short and easy trek from Kathmandu that brings you closer to the beauty of the mountains. The hike features the Rhododendron, Oak and pine forest along the route.
You can get a bus to Kakani from Balaju. You can get the clear view of Manaslu, Gaurisankar, Ganesh Himal and Langtang from Kakani. There is also a park and a canoeing spot over Kakani. There is numerous Hotel to spend a night over Kakani.
Going down to the right from Kakani, you can enter the Shivapuri National Park where you can reach to GurjeBhanjyang and further trek to Budhanilkantha.
This is among the most popular hike near Kathmandu that starts from Budhanilkantha. Sundarijal is 15 km north-east from Kathmandu with a maximum elevation of 1,500 meters. It is considered as a gateway to Chisapani for many hikers. The hike is famous for views of the waterfalls and hilly ridges along with exploring flora and fauna. You can also spot a Nagi gumba during the trek.
The hike begins from Budhanilkantha temple or Shivapuri Conservation Area. It usually takes a couple of hours for the trekkers to reach the top.
It’s among the most beautiful hiking trail of Nepal that is easily achievable. Nagarkot is a beautiful hilltop, 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu at 2,195 meters from sea level. A trek includes fabulous mountain views of Everest Ranges, Annapurna, and Langtang along with a prodigious sunrise and sunset. This is a close and yet awesome trek from Kathmandu.
You can start the hike from Sakhu or from the Bhaktapur- it’s a 4 hours climb through the pine forest. You can catch an evening bus or take a taxi to return to Kathmandu.
Pharping hike drives you closer towards nature, local lifestyle and the culture of Nepal. Located at the south of Kathmandu the place comprises of the beautiful temples, monasteries and the Newari village. The trek leads you through the pine forest, four beautiful monasteries and also Guru Rinpoche’s huge statue. Besides the wonderful view of the Himalayan range, Newari village in the Pharping is another plus point of the trek.
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