Hiking in Nepal

Hiking in Nepal

Do you want to explore the natural beauty of Nepal in a short period? Hiking in Nepal is the amazing, easiest way for exploring different attractiveness of Nepal over a small time. Hiking is for those who want to set about trekking. It is easier than trekking. Nepal is the home of the highest peaks on the planet, hiking is the best way to explore if you don't have enough time for trekking.

Nepal is world-famous for its trekking routes. Trekking in Nepal is amazing, however, you don't have to go trekking for pleasuring natural beauty. There are several hikes near the capital city, Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is famous for city tours too. Here, we have a list of some best hikes in Nepal.

Some famous short and best hikes near Kathmandu

Nagarkot Hike

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill stations for hiking near Kathmandu valley. It lies in the Bhaktapur district and is only 35 km away from the valley. Nagarkot is located at an altitude of around 2,000m. This hike is famous for its sunrise and sunset view, together with a panoramic view of the Himalayan range. Generally, people come to the top of this hill by vehicle, but hiking is the best way.

Nagarkot hike starts from Sankhu which is a little outside of Kathmandu valley. Sankhu is a famous Newari town, it takes an hour to reach Sankhu from the valley. As the hike starts from Sankhu, you will get to explore ancient temples. It takes about four hours to reach the top of the hill station. At the top of the hill, you will be pleased by the breathtaking views of mountains Everest, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, Langtang, and many more. You can also do camping out at night at the top of the hill.

Chisapani Hike

Chisapani is another famous hill station that lies 30 km north of Kathmandu valley. It lies at an altitude of 2,194m. Hike to Chisapani gives an amazing vision of lush hills, board valleys, and snow-capped mountains. This hike is a local favorite hike because it goes through the woods of Sivapuri National Park.

The Chisapani hike starts from Sundarijal, one of the famous day outing spots in Kathmandu valley. The hike begins and goes through the luxuriant vegetation of Sivapuri National Park. The national park is filled with enough flora and fauna. After 4 or 5 hours of walking, you will reach the top of the hill. At the top of the Chisapani hill, you will get to see the sparkling view of the surrounding hills. Chisapani hike gives you the pleasure of a nature hike with many amazing scenic views.

Champadevi Hike

Champadevi hike is one of the most visited hikes near Kathmandu valley. It cannot be left out of the list of best hikes near Kathmandu. Champadevi hike is a quick escape from the city atmosphere. This hike is through a dense pine forest with stunning views.

The Champadevi hike is 20 km away from the valley with an altitude of 2249 m. It takes like 4.5 hours to reach the end point of the hike, Pharping. On the way to hike, you can see beautiful Stupas, monasteries, and shrines. Through the walk from the pine forest, at the end of the hike, you will get to see fascinating Langtang and Annapurna range views. If you have a day free and a couple of friends who love hiking? Then hiking to Champadevi is something you shouldn't miss being in Kathmandu.

Phulchowki Hike

Pulchowki is the tallest hill in Kathmandu valley. It is known as the 'hill of flowers'. Being the tallest hill the views from the top of this hill is amazing. In the spring season, this hill gets covered with red blooming Rhododendron. As it is the shortest and easiest hike to do, this hike is optional for all ages.

Pulchowki hike starts from the Godavari. Godavari botanical garden is the most famous picnic spot in the valley. This hike is only 14km south of the valley, it is the nearest hike of all. Pulchowki hike will be a hike of about 4 to 5 hours. After reaching the top of the hill, you will see the best landscape views. If the weather gets clear, you can get views of Annapurna, Langtang, Gauri Shankar, and other peaks.

Panauti to Namobuddha Hike

Panauti to Namobuddha hike is a hike from a historically significant town. This hike is the most frequented and worthwhile. The stupa of Namobuddha spread out peace and calm and is a must-visit. Following the small river from the town of Panauti, it looks breathtaking.

Panauti to Namobuddha hike is to cover the areas from Panauti(1,504m) to Namobuddha(1,940m). The hike starts from Panauti after a 34km drive from Kathmandu. This hike takes 4 to 5 hours of walking. Within that period you will get to see everything from terrace fields, historic temples, and greenery sides to the breathtaking hill station of an ancient monastery. Panauti to Namobuddha hike gives a close view of traditional Nepali villages and their lifestyles.

Nagarjuna Hike

Nagarjuna also frequently chooses hiking trails near Kathmandu. The endpoint of this hike is the top of  Jamacho Peak(2,128m). It is the home of the famous monastery, Jamacho Monastery. The sight of the Kathmandu valley and near mountains from the top of the hill is pleasing.

Nagarjuna hike is through the woods of Sivapuri National Park. You will get to enjoy a wide range of vegetation during this hike. It will take 4 to 5 hours to reach the Jamachoo pinpoint. If the clouds are away, you will get to enjoy mesmerizing glimpses of peaks from various popular mountain ranges. As well as, the sight of Kathmandu valley looks incredible. Nagarjuna hike is a quick escape to enjoy nature for a short time.

Things to know while hiking in Nepal

Don't forget to carry travel essentials like a first-aid kit, water, health bars, flashlight, knife, and rope. If you're planning to stay overnight then, carry camping gear as well. One has to walk a long during hikes so, carry comfortable clothing, sunglasses, a lighter, matches, a portable charger, and other toiletries as well. Always carry a local map with you, with detailed trails. Always hire a guide who is certified by the government and be aware of misguides.

There is no specific period for hiking in Nepal. However, Autumn and Spring are the best time for hiking. Always choose a good day for day hiking that offers enough mountain views. Winter and Monsson create little problems for day hikers. The weather will not be clear enough during these seasons which forbids you from enjoying the views of breathtaking mountain ranges.

Hiking in Nepal is the best way to fall in love with Nepal. It allows you to enjoy a lot of things in a short period. As well as, it is cheaper, easier, quicker, and sometimes even more rewarding than trekking. Hiking near Kathmandu valley is something you shouldn't miss during a trip to Nepal. Next time you're in Nepal explore the Kathmandu valley, take a day off and take your feet for some unforgettable memories. To know more about Travel tips in Nepal, you can connect with Travel With Nepal.

Hiking in Nepal-conclusion

Hence, you can take hiking as a warm-up or acclimatization for your trekking journey in Nepal too. Trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal is somewhat similar to hiking. But, you will have to walk above 3000 to 4000 meters in height during the trek in Nepal. Adventure Leaders Nepal organizes short hikes in Nepal to week-long treks. Even during the monsoon, weekly we plan the short hikes around the Kathmandu Valley. Also, we offer you a professional hiking guide who leads you to your destination safely. To know more about best hikes in Nepal, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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