Nepal has a reputation in the western world for being a utopia for travelers. The country houses some of the best trekking trails and nature reserves. Likewise, there are miniature hiking trails too that you can opt if you don’t have time to take part in a lengthy trek. Despite the time duration, the hiking experience in Nepal comprises of nature, culture, gorgeous views, and finding your true self.
In this blog, we shall look into the best places for hiking.
1. Shivapuri National Park
The Shivapuri National Park is the closest national park from the capital Kathmandu. The hike commences from Budhanilkantha and you’ll find yourself walking through forested trails. The park houses countless exotic wild animals and, in this hike, you might get to see them. The gushing streams, birds chirping is a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle in the city.
Finally, arrive at Nagi Gompa and interact with the monks living here. As the Gompa sits on the top of a hill, you can witness amazing views of the Kathmandu valley.
2. Phulchowki Danda hike
Phulchowki Danda hike is a popular hiking destination for bird-watchers and nature enthusiasts. This hike starts from Godawari and goes uphill till you reach the summit of the Phulchowki hill. On the way to the summit, you will walk past forested trails that are home to exotic birds. Be careful as the path is slippery too!
On the summit, you will find a small shrine and witness enigmatic views of the faraway snowy mountains and the Kathmandu valley. The hike takes about 4-5 hours to complete.
3. Nagarjun-Jamacho hike
The Nagarjun-Jamacho hike infuses culture, religion, and natural beauty in one. The hike takes place in the Nagarjuna hill and it commences from Balaju. In this hike, you will walk past forests covered in prayer flags. There is a cave here which many believe was the abode of a monk. Like other hikes, the trail leads to the summit of the Nagarjun hill.
After meandering through small Buddhist stupas and climbing lengthy stairs, you finally reach the summit. Bask in the glory of the frosty mountains and celebrate for completing this hike.
4. Champadevi hike
The Champadevi hike occurs in the Champadevi hill which is the third-largest hill that surrounds the Kathmandu valley. The long walk to its summit sees us walk past steep stairs and forested landscape. This hiking trail is relatively popular so you might witness some traffic. As you carefully head to the summit, the air becomes fresh and the view gets clearer. From the summit, observe the enigmatic view of Annapurna, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal.
5. Sarangkot hike
Sarangkot is the best viewpoint in Pokhara to observe the immaculate view of the Annapurna mountain range and Pokhara valley. This Sarangkot day hike will lead you to the summit of the Sarangkot hill by going through pine forests and slippery terrain. The hike starts from the base of the hill and slowly leads to the summit. Sweating, laughing, and simply enjoying yourself is what this hike is all about.
To wrap it up, if you want to experience the true nature of these hikes, then head out on this adventure.
6. Nagarkot hiking
Nagarkot is a quaint hill station near Kathmandu. It is also a popular getaway for the locals and foreigners alike. Hiking to this delightful hill takes you through the best cultural and natural landscape that a place so close to the capital has to offer. Make your way through the Newari settlements and terraced fields to reach Nagarkot.
The Salinadi river will accompany you at some parts of the journey and keep you refreshed. After a grueling uphill climb, you shall reach Nagarkot. From the view tower, admire gorgeous views of mountains like Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa, and Langtang. Also, you can take a quick detour to the Changunarayan temple as well.
7. Chisapani hike
The Chisapani hike will take you through the wonderful Nepali forests and let you understand the meaning of adventure. The hike commences from Sundarijal which is about an hour’s drive away from Kathmandu. Once you enter the Shivapuri national park premises, you will observe a huge waterfall. There is a water reservoir as well.
Navigate along the steep stairs and climb rocky terrain to find yourself in the vicinity of Mulkharka. Enjoy the backdrop of Kathmandu valley and the treacherous road that lies ahead. It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Chisapani and we shall spend the night here. At Chisapani, observe the immaculate picture of the mountains and relax while sipping a cup of tea.
8. Dhulikhel and Balthali hiking
If you want a hiking experience that is short yet dynamic, then choose the Dhulikhel-Balthali hiking. In this hike, you will observe the pristine natural ambiance that the nearby hills provide. Likewise, the culture and tradition of the Newars is also something to marvel at. The icing on top, you’ll get to witness the colossal icy shards called the Himalayas in all their glory.
In this hike, we will visit Namobuddha too which is the best place to comprehend the teachings of Buddha. The monastery sits on top of a hill and provides untainted views of the nearby hills and mountains. You can even practice meditation here.
9. Chandragiri hiking
The Chandragiri hill is famous as it was from here, that King Prithivi Narayan Shah saw Kathmandu and began its unification. The hiking starts from Matatirtha and makes its way along green hills and finally to the summit of the Chandragiri hill. Once you reach the summit, you get to observe the delightful view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Langtang, Macchapuchhre, and Dorje Lakpa.
There are a temple and statue of Prithivi Narayan Shah which you can observe. A cable car takes you to the base so if you feel tired, then you can take the cable car. The ride lasts about 10-15 minutes.
10. Dhampus day hike
The hike from Pokhara to Dhampus is short yet filled with adventure. The hike goes through a route that is filled with green scenery and small Gurung settlements. You will see balmy terrace fields and vintage houses made from mud. While taking this trek, you will feel a strange yet serene feeling. The hike commences from Phedi and after walking for 6-7 hours, you will reach the summit. This hike is suitable for those that need a completely natural experience.
If you feel the urge to go out and explore, then be sure to take any one of the above-mentioned hikes.