Hiking Paradise.

Hiking Paradise.

Hiking Paradise.

Hiking Paradise.

March 07, 2023

Nepal is a country that offers you multitudes of possibilities in many different areas of travel. One such is Hiking. Walking for hours and hours to reach a particular destination is just…hmmm…how do I explain it…it’s more than just worth it.

Nepal is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. With its diverse landscapes and breathtaking views, it’s no wonder that hiking is one of the most popular activities for travellers in Nepal. It is also one of the most rewarding activities you can do in Nepal whether you are someone from another country or Nepal. Just find yourself in some beautiful scenery enjoying the natural pleasure of hiking through the mountains which you have well-deserved with hours and hours of rigorous walking. The feeling while you navigate through the misty woods of lush green forests of the hills of Nepal, is just incomprehensible on any scale of things.

Hiking is one of the best ways to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets. To be able to take a break from the busyness and immerse yourself in the natural pleasure is one of the best activities to do at the weekends too.

There are many options for where you can go hiking in Nepal be it for short distances or long ones. Popular short hiking routes are especially located in Kathmandu and the long ones are mainly towards the west. Most of the hiking routes are located in the hilly region of Nepal thus, in the central belt that extends from the western border to the eastern one.

We, as a travel agency aim for you to get an unforgettable experience and a lifelong memory that you can cherish forever and share with your loved ones. 

The flora in the hilly region of Nepal is covered with subtropical forests in the lower altitudes and coniferous trees intermixed with temperate grasslands in the relatively higher altitudes. The valleys are very fertile however, they are low in production quantity due to high population density. The hilly region of Nepal covers about 68% of the total area and the Himalayan region which is in the northern part extending from the western border to the eastern one covers about 15% of the area. All of the hiking routes which we will be presenting to you are from these regions. The Himalayan region has coniferous vegetation and is a very infertile area. The fauna found in the hilly and Himalayan region is comprised of animals like tigers, bears, snow leopards, red pandas, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, wild boars etc. Lophophorous(Danphe), also the national bird of Nepal, is found in the hilly region. 

Most common hiking spots in Nepal: 

Shivapuri: Located in the northern hills of Kathmandu lies a beautiful national park with a great variety of animals and birds and a fantastic location with the best views of Kathmandu. The place also has good accommodation facilities. Shivapuri is incredibly loved by people from Nepal or outside Nepal. The waterfalls and the lush forest amidst the soulful bird chirpings would just set your mood up for a long walk. The place might require fees for access to some places so better not to go without anything. The routes are also around army conservation areas so you might spot some army personnel.
Highest elevation: 2732 metres (~8963.25)
Accommodation: A variety of hotels and restaurants 

Champadevi: Not so far in the southeast direction from Kathmandu city lies a hiking trail with a perfect blend of a peaceful retreat as well as a nature lover’s walk. The trails are well managed and have the perfect atmosphere that can make you enchanted within itself. The maximum elevation is 2278 metres(~7473.7 feet) thus you elevate about 880 metres(2887.1) more than Kathmandu’s average elevation. You will encounter some caves, colourful trees, a beautiful view of Kathmandu Valley and many more. Even though the place has lush green trees, it has no water resources since it is believed that the god of heaven, Indra who is also associated with water in Hindu mythology cursed the place with no water resources because he lost his dog due to the sound of streams and other water bodies.
Highest elevation: 2278 metres (~7473.7 feet)
Accommodation: Not readily available 

Phulchowki: The highest of the hills of Kathmandu Valley that has mysterious jungle routes and a place “full of flowers” which is even projected in its name, Phulchowki (meaning: full of flowers) consists of a hiking trail loved by many. It has been described as feeling like it’s out of a fantasy tale—full of flowers and dense forests, it’s difficult to find a path that goes all the way to the top. If you’re looking for an escape from the city, this is the place to go! The route up the hill is long and tiring, but it’s well worth it when you see what lies at its peak: a panoramic view of Kathmandu and the beautiful mountains. Your day will be extremely worth it and you will be missing out if you don’t visit this place.
Highest elevation: 2,762 metres(~9061.68 feet)
Accommodation: Available nearby

Suryachaur: Located in the historically rich district of Nuwakot with an elevation of 2100 metres(~6990 feet) lies a motorable location with an enjoyable hike route leading us to a place that has the best views of the Langtang mountain range and even Mount Everest!!! The route is extremely enjoyable with waterfalls and nature’s perfect touch. The top of the hill is also a route to another enjoyable destination known as Kakani. You get to surround yourself with an oasis of dense forests, and unexplored locations nearby. You also get to see a flawless and highly lovable view of the Trishuli River and Likhu Valley. This place is ideal for mountain biking, motorcycle ride, weekend retreat, family visit, nature retreats, night sky stargazing, camping, and almost anything you can think of. You can also pay a visit to the famous Jhor waterfall en route to Suryachaur. This hill station is one of the best places to visit in Kathmandu and you shouldn’t miss it.
Highest elevation: 1970 metres (~6460 feet)
Accommodation: Not readily available 

Chandragiri: With technological advancements, convenience increases however, you can’t take away the enjoyment of difficulty and the thrill of certain things. For example, auto gears might be convenient but you can’t disagree that manual gear shifts are fun to ride. Likewise, Chandragiri as of now is accessible by cable car but the hiking routes are still just as enjoyable as it was before. King Prithvi Narayan Shah (the first and the unifying king of Nepal)  scouted Kathmandu Valley from Chandragiri Hill before attacking Kathmandu Valley. With one of the highest altitudes among the hills in Kathmandu Valley, it’s no surprise that the scenery is going to be perfect. On a clear day, you can see mountain ranges like the Langtang range, Gaurishankar, Ganesh, Manaslu and many more. The walk is long and might even cover your leg day on your vacation but it is very worth it and you should try it.
Highest elevation: 2551 metres (8369.4 feet)
Accommodation: Available 

Nagarjun: A relatively underrated hiking route, this place offers you multiple unexplored places. From many sanctuaries in a single place to an almost empty view tower, this place is unknown to many people as a hiking route however, is probably one of the best you can get. This place is a collection of hills located 7 km west of the city of Kathmandu. The highest point contains a monastery named Jamacho Gumba which is a beautiful location overlooking Kathmandu Valley. The Jamacho Gumba hike starts from Shivapuri national park’s gates and goes all the way to the Nagarjuna hilltop. The forest is extremely dense and you might encounter some exotic birds and animals. Another nearby location in the Nagarjun area is accessible through a different location. One such is the white gumba which starts from Shwayambhu and is in a completely different location from the starting point of the Jamacho Gumba hike. There are many small locations around the Nagarjun Hills area which are also perfect for simple morning and evening walks.
Highest elevation: 2095 metres (~6870 feet)
Accommodation: Not available 

Ghyampe Danda and Pilot Baba ashram: Located on the southwestern side of the Bhaktapur district lies a motorable location among the green trees which is also a great location to be on foot. It is perfect for light-hike since the elevation is less however the view from there, especially of the mountains is indeed immaculate. Moreover, the grasslands and small water bodies are just perfect for a peaceful visit. Beautiful farms of Bhaktapur, the deep calm of the rushing chaotic city, and greenery all around will be under your site from this place. This place is ideal for those who are searching for a short chilled-out weekend. Even with a relatively less elevation, you will be able to surround yourself with an unexplainable view of Kathmandu Valley. 
Highest elevation: 2000 metres (~6560 feet)
Accommodation: Available