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Shivapuri National Park Hiking - 3 to 4 hours
The Shivapuri National park is located in the northern and north western part of Kathmandu. It is the second highest hill near the Kathmandu valley at altitude of 2563m and a paradise for bird watchers. The good thing about hiking in Shivapuri area is that there are multiple options - whether to hike for just 2, 3 hours or for an entire day - there are choices. It is ideal for people visiting Nepal who cannot go for longer treks.
The source of Bagmati river, Bagdwar is close to Shivapuri that makes it a more interesting visit.
After breakfast, we drive 20 minutes to Budhanilkantha Temple, just 8 kms north of Kathmandu. Shivapuri conservation area is then within 10 minutes of walk. It is a protected forest with over 500 species. Our hike actually starts from the south side of the Shivapuri area. A short walk will take us past the army check post stationed there. Nagi Gompa at 2340m is another attraction - this is famous among foreigners and locals who want to practice Buddhism and meditation.
The trek above is somewhat steep through dense forest. The views of Kathmandu valley start getting more and more magnificent. It takes us about two hours to reach the top while we enjoy leisurely lunch with good views of the landscapes and hills.
The trail down leads us to another interesting area of Sundarijal. Then we drive back to Kathmandu.
Hattiban Hiking – 4 to 5 hours
Named after the lush green forest called "Hattiban" ('Hatti' = elephant and ‘Ban' = forest in Nepalese). Around 20 km from Kathmandu, situated between the famous temple of Dakshinkali and the old Newari town of Kirtipur. From Hattiban you have the best view of the whole Kathmandu valley. In the right period of the year you will have good mountain views of Ganesh Himal and the Langtang range. From the resort you can do a few hikes, further up themountain to a monastery. Some people come to Hattiban to do some rock climbing, others come here to picnic or justenjoy the view or the great food of the resort. A stay over in Hattiban can be combined with a visit to the old Newari town of Kirtipur or a visit to Dakshinkali.
Bhaktapur Heritage Walk – 2 hours
Bhaktapur Heritage Walk is walking the narrow alleys overlooking the traditional houses, people working around their homes, washing, drying the grains or childrens playing, elders gossiping at the rest houses, people celebrating their life events etcc. These live events help you to figureout the lifestyle of Newari people from Kathmandu. Finely carved doors and windows, local teahouses, painting schools, pottery making etc is another attraction of this tour.
Nagarkot Day Excursion Class – 3 hours
Nagarkot is most popular hill station very close on the eastern side of Kathmandu. It is just 32 km from Kathmandu, at an altitude of 2170m and can be reached by driving of 1 and half hour. The road goes past fields where they harvest rice, paddies and potatoes.
On a clear day, views of a massive mountain range, including the Mount Everest are stunning.
Panauti Village Walk Class – 3 hours
It is an interesting trek from Dhulikhel to Panauti. The walk begins by going south out of Dhulikhel and then turning west past south rice fields. It then goes along a small stream and then comes to the Banepa to Panauti road just north of town. There are number of religious sites that should be visited in Panauti which is the major attraction of our hiking. Indreshwar Mahadev Temple is taken as one of the only known pre-17th century structure of Mahadev temple which is dedicated to Shiva. Similarly, Bhairav Temple and the whole tiny city itself are remarkable to be witnessed. Apart from other many temples it is a pleasure to wander the town's brick paved streets to view the magnificently carved rest houses, stupas and stone water taps. This medieval town has some of the best examples of wood craftsmanship in the form of temples. The confluence of the Roshi Khola and Bungamati Khola rivers is just outside the town. The hiking Panauti makes a perfect trek that guarantees to create memories to last you a lifetime.
Hiking to Namobuddha – 3 hours
A pleasant fairly easy all-day easy walking tour goes to Namobuddha (Namro or Namura), about a 3 hr walk south of Dhulikhel, where there is a Buddhist stupa. You can then walk back or take a circular route back. You can also walk to Panauti, another 1½ hours away and then get a bus back to Dhulikhel or Kathmandu via Banepa. You can get a map from the Dhulikhel lodge of this walk. It is also pleasant to do this circuit on a mountain bike.
The story about this place states that a Buddha saw a tigress almost dead because of starvation and could not feed her cubs. The Buddha led the tigress eat him. This is a stone tablet higher up on the hill from the stupa, which is said to mark the place where this event took place. There is a big festival here in November.
From Dhulikhel the trail goes up to the Kali Temple with good mountain views. The trail then goes through the village of Kavre and some teahouses. It then goes up past some pine forest and Phulbari and then climb up and down some hill before getting to the Namobuddha Hill. It is easy to ask directions on this route. From Namobhudda the trail goes down through Sankhu and then past some water mills. The trail then goes up to Batase and then through a pine forest. You then go down and cross a stream and then it is ascending to Dhulikhel.
Nagarkot Hiking – 3 hours
Dhulikhel is located 32km northeast of Kathmandu Valley. It is interesting and popular panoramic view point of Himalayas as well as real Newari town and their traditional culture. This place is known as gateway of Tibet border or Tatopani. After the Dhulikhel 1550mtrs we hike to Nagarkot 2175mtrs passing through village and some trail goes through house yard then we reach popular view point place Nagarkot. It is good place for short hike to stretch their legs before setting off on longer trek or Climbing.
Nagarkot Tamang Village Walk – 3 hours
Distance: 6 -7 kms
Time duration: Approx. 3 hours
Altitude: 1900 metres
For those who want more than just great scenery, enjoy your day out in Nagarkot's tamang village. Nagarkot has a considerable rich tamang culture which retains a strong rural character. You can experience the rich tamang tradition as the area houses rural communities that still follow their age-old methods of tradition and terraced farming.
Nagarkot Sunrise / Sunset Tour – 2 hours
It is a popular tour to the lookout tower located at the highest point (2175m) in nagrkot.It is one of the best place to enjoy both sunrise and sunset with a 360° panoramic view, which includes major peakes in the western Himalayan range: Annapurna, Manaslu. Himchuli, Ganesh himal and eastern himalayan range: Langtang, Dorje lakpa, Gaurisankhar, Choyu, Sishaphangma, including mt. Everest in a clear day. You can also have a view of nice landscape, thakauri village, army training centre while on the way to the lookout tower.
Nagarkot to Changunarayan Hike – 3 hours
Nagarkot to Changunarayan Hikeis a popular hiking trail near Kathmandu valley. The view of Sunrise over the Himalayas from Nagarkot is simply magnificent.
Changu Narayan is pleasant oldest Temple of Kathmandu valley dated back to 7th century and listed in the UNESCO world Heritage sites on the way back attraction of our trip. Trail in this tour is wide and easy to walk on as long as one is geared with hiking shoes. This ideal trip is one day trip to experience the countryside.
Peace Stupa Hiking – 3 hours
The World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara Nepal is painted a brilliant white and sits atop a hill overlooking the Annapurna Mountain range which reflects off Lake Phewa Tal below. It is thusly one of the more serene peace pagodas in the world. Built just after World War 2 by Buddhist monks from Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organization the World Peace Pagoda is one of over 80 world peace pagodas in the world today. They are built to inspire peace for all races & creeds. You can easily visit the World Peace Pagoda in from Lakeside in Pokhara and its well worth the trip for the views alone.
Village Walk – Approx 2 hour program
Bandipur is popular destination situated at the altitude of 1030m, about 143km for short trekking tour untouched by modernization and laced with an abundance of ancient houses, temples of great significance and historical architecture, this medieval-era town boasts festivals all year around, besides a plethora of cultural offerings. Bandipur is a picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. It is the best place to observe natural beauty of mountainous view, Marshyandi River, Sunrise and Sunset as well as wide panorama of mountains. Moreover, the biggest cave of Asia, named Siddha Cave situated at Bandipur, which is 750 meters long. Walking around here you will find the beauty of nature, silently flowing rivers down, birds heading towards their destination, sun seeing you off the day with a good smile and the nature singing its own song but understandable to each and every people come here.
Sunrise/Sunset Tour – Approx 2.5 hour program
Sunrise/Sunset from Bandipur is awesome overlooking the Marshyangdi valley below, surrounding hills, Mountain view faraway, Sunrising from far in the east and setting just beside hill. The best view is from the nearyby hill which is approx. 1 hour hike. Aandhi Barahi Temple located at top is once of the religious shrine of the village. Cool breeze blowing through the pine forest brings you the smell of the fields down the hill.
Nuwakot Village Walk – Approx 2 hour program
Nuwakot is a quite village located northwest of Kathmandu. Walking along the village walking trails provides you the glimpses of traditional houses, animal husbandary, temples, fields, rest trees (Chautaro) and Passing by the Palace. Gossiping with the villagers, peep out to see at the local schools, clicking the villagers walking and passing on almost always smilling villagers is the good sight around. Green luch forest up in the hill feeds with the fresh water below. At some distance flows the Trishuli river with the rigorious sound.