Going hiking in Nepal?
Everest Uncensored has listed popular hiking routes in Nepal based on popularity among us. Every year Nepal attracts thousands of hikers. Though Nepal is a small country, Hiking in Nepal is full of beautiful green lush valleys, villages on the lap of the mountains, white water rivers, highly diverse flora and fauna, and above all cooperative local people. Not only this, it is accessorized with world’s top mountains on the northern side and most part of the land is covered with bounty hills. These are the charms that make the hikers trip adventurous and exciting.
Beginning with high mountains in the north and ending at the plains of the Terai in the south, Nepal’s diverse topography offers numerous amount of activities to the visitors. It is a premier adventure-cum- culture destination.
Given that its breathtaking sights of the majestic Himalayas a cand flourishing forest in charming rural atmosphere that rivals any other hikes in Nepal. But without any crowds – Nagarkot Hiking route is at the top of our list.
The route circumnavigates deep valleys, pine woods, rising and falling hills, Indrawati river, Changunarayan Temple, and the top hill station which offers unhindered views of Kathmandu valley.
Chisapani Hiking, at 2375m; this hike leads a trail through the forest. Chisapani provides excellent short tramp which is renowned among hikers. It is also the first stop in the famous Helambu trek route. Along with hiking you get to know the cultural lifestyle, flora and fauna over there.
Not only a great hike, but also it offers the hikers a full picturesque view of Dhaulagiri far in the west to Annapurna, Manaslu, Himchuli, Shisapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Lugar range, and Gaurishankar to Kanchanjunga in the east.
Shivapuri Hiking trail, at 2732 is the second highest point, and one of the last areas of woodland left, in the valley. Likewise, this is not just a trail, but a spot that provides a panoramic view of Kathmandu valley, Langtang and Mustang, and the mighty Manaslu provides a visitor a glimpse of the remoteness and the grandeur.
Trekking at Shivapuri routes to Nagarkot, Helambu chisapani and sundarijal. The view points at Shivapuri offers a long lasting experience that has many different options to enjoy the magic of the mountains, beautiful forest and waterfalls.
Namo Buddha Hiking route, at 2565m, straddles southeast of Kathmandu with banepa and panauti; this is best known for its culture that is still conserved and followed. It is one of the few hike routes near the valley that takes you to the Stupa’s flattering colorful prayer flags and peaceful environment.
Culturally, the reason is home to Tamang and Newari ethnicities. Be ready to experience some amazing views of Rhododendron bushes, sacred and ancient temples and monasteries including Namo Buddha, Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, and the Brahmayani Temple and of course the views of the snow peaked Himalayas.
Just at the bottom of Pulchoki Mountain lies Godawari hiking trail, known as the botanical garden. The trail is ten kilometers away from Kathmandu. Mostly it is popular among the local residents and visitors over the weekends.
The heavy woodland and the slopes there are adventurous and challenging for a hiker, but it ranks high on our list and is most preferred by the Nepalese.
Also known as Seto Gumba (in Nepali), Amitabha Monastery is a hiking trail on the southern part of Kathmandu valley. The specialty of this particular hike is the monastery situated here that attracts the hikers.
Amitabha Monastery hiking trail begins from Kathmandu and takes you to the monastery. The monastery is a panoramic kaleidoscope of colors and rich culture. One who gets here is abide by the culture and the environment here.
Sundarijal Hiking, a hike that flows through an ancient forest, highly diverse in pine, oak, and most of all the gigantic waterfalls and rushing stream.
Sundarijal, it is renowned for Canyoning. Keep your eyes open for like Himalaya Black bear, leopard, jungle cat and rhesus monkey. Sundarijal is a complete package of scenarios, hiking, and Canyoning for any nature loving travelers.
Easily accessible from Kathmandu, the Nuwakot Hiking route is relatively famous hike around Gorkha. This trek follows along the bank of raging Trisuli River, views of green forests on one side and lush vegetation on the other, floras and faunas, 360 views of the snowy peaks and the historical village itself.
Nuwakot Bazaar is a center-piece of the Nepalese story; from shaping of far-flung tribes and of trans-Himalayan races into a unified kingdom as Nepal. It is one of Nepal’s most serene getaways which is worth visiting.
The village, local people, and the beautiful environment you explore during this hike will leave an unforgettable impression on you. Palanchowk Bhagawati Hiking route will bring you to Palanchowk Bhagawati, which is referred to as a religious place among Hindus. This religious place is situated about 55 km northeast of the Kathmandu city in Sathighar Bhagwati.
You will have to walk through long climbs and long descends across the alpine forest. The north skyline stretches out with snow capped ranges, the enchanting scenes of sunrise and sunset, and a perfect environment for a hike makes it all worth it.
Starting at 1,320m in Lakuri Bhanjyang, thirteen kilometer up from Gwarko, you will need strong legs to carry you up to an elevation gain of 2,194m to reach at the top of the bhanjyang. You will find yourself among the cooperative local people viewing remarkable scenic spot for sunrise and a breathtaking view of Himalayan ranges in a rural environment. No wonder Lakuri Bhanjyang Hiking route is considered among one of the most preferred hike within Lalitpur.
Lakuri Bhanjyang is one of the notable place for snowfall during extreme winter. Hiking at Lakuri Bhanjyang is not only affordable, but also worth visiting.
Ghale Gaun, at the altitude of 2016m above sea level, is a beautiful Gurung village in Lamjung district. This hike offers you a magnificent view of Machapuchhre, Annapurna, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Bouddha Himal, Himchuli, and many other smaller peaks. It is a culturally rich perspective on Nepal.
Aside from the views you experience the warm and sincere hospitality of the Gurung people. Talangyo Lake, Utter Kanya Temple, Pempro Fall, Batase Cave and the Khudi hydroelectric dam sites are places that interests the tourists at Ghale Gaun.
In Kathmandu valley it is one of the beautiful hiking in terms of vegetation. At 2791 meters, Phulchowki is the highest hill that surrounds Kathmandu. Though the height and the route are tough, the eye-catching view of the valley and the vegetation will satisfy you. The hike leads you to the Shiva temple at the top of the hill. The eastern part of Annapurna range to the Gaurishankar range at east can also be viewed.
Twenty two kilometers south-west of Kathmandu is one of the major sites of Nepal dedicated to goddess Kali. Hiking up the Manakamana trail is moderately hard, but a healthy takes less than four hours to reach at the top. From the top a nice vista of the valley below can be viewed.
The route begins at the suspension bridge over trisuli river. Also during November to February you might find some sweet local oranges on the way up.
After the kulekhani hike, this is the next most popular hike nearby Kathmandu. The Thulo sailung, 3100 m, is a spot where you see a vast Himalayan range from Makalu to Dhaulagiri. Up the hill there is an area inhabited by Tamangs. Not only them, but you will encounter with different people.
The word sailung comes from the existing environment of Sailung where one hundred smaller hills surround Sailung hill. In addition, this is the only hike from where you will have a glimpse of the Terai region.
There are a lots of place to hike in Nepal and one of them is Kulekhani. After traveling about nineteen kilometers from Kathmandu you will reach a middle mountain zone of Makwanpur, the place called Kulekhani. It is better known for its hydro project dam, which is the main attraction of the place. And of course Kulekhani is most famous for hiking, trekking and boating.
It is one of the most desirable places for any visitor that wont disappoint you. Even the route to Kulekhani is thrilling.
Do you want the Himalayan views, scenes of sunrise and sunset that is most spectacular outlook in the whole Nepal? Then Daman is the place. Here you get a clear view of the north, east and west. One can also experience culture and religion from the local people and the Tibetan Monastery, and the Temple of Risewor. Only scenarios you say it, but the place is famous for trekking, sightseeing, cycling, rock climbing, pony ride and fishing.
Also there is a Mountain Botanical Garden which comprises over 78 hectares of forest. Not only that but the view tower there is equipped with telescope through which one can enjoy scenarios of Rhododendron flowers and other beautiful hills. Daman is a great place to visit during winter season as the place is covered with heavy snowfall.
Twenty two kilometers from Kathmandu you will reach a temple of the goddess Kali. Dakshinkali Temple is the place. The temple is crowded mainly during Dashain festival, but can be visited year round. Dakshinkali hike is one of the best place for the hikers because it leads gradually up toward the north ridge and through pine forest.
On the way to Dakshinkali there are two caves one called Asura Cave and another called Yangleshö. A pathway behind the temple leads to a Mata Temple on the hilltop, where one can sight some great view of the forest.
Kakani is a hill station on the northern side of Kathmandu, more quieter and peaceful with its breathtaking scenery. The scenery covers a vast range of peaks stretching from Ganesh Himal to the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Also it offers the view of the woodland of the lower valleys. The roadway from Balaju to Kakani is a challenge for cycle riders.
The place is famous for strawberry farming. Many people come here to visit the memorial park that is dedicated to the victims of Thai Airways International Flight. The environment of Kakani is even more charmed by the Rhododendron that bloom during winter.
The hill of the Yarmasing is challenging with a rigid and straight rocky stairs. The hill will take you to a historic fort. The fort reminds of history and brave ancestors of Nepal and has a significant place in the history. It was built during Nepal-Tibet war more than 160 years ago. It is a national treasure of Nepal.
Yarmasing, a place full of unforgettable views and delicious organic cultural cuisine. And the glimpse of Khasa Bazaar, Bhotekoshi dam and snow capped mountains can be viewed from the top. An expedition of thrill and pleasure is the two words that you will remember on the way back from Yarmasing hike.
A small beautiful town of Panauti in Kavre District of Nepal is just 36 km away from Kathmandu. Well, not that far is it? It is situated right between the Roshi and the Puniamati rivers and the famous Indreshwar Mahadev also lies there. The town has preserved its tradition and festivals, and possesses a number of historic temples. The Majority of the people belong to Newari culture and follow similar tradition to that of Kathmandu, but own numerous distinctive events.
The place is famous for woodcarving, so definitely you will be carrying one of that on your way back. The Panauti has a lot to explore and a lot to wonder at.
To hike up to Kalinchowk you need to get 150 Kilometers from Kathmandu at Charikot. Kalinchowk is itself at an altitude of 3800m, and it might be just the right hike for you if you seek a little more challenging, adventurous hike. The walk involves walking into a steep path. The famous rivers, Sunkoshi and Tamakoshi are also originated from here. So, you will also have a chance of visiting it aside hiking.
Kalinchowk is named after Kalinchowk Bhagwati (dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali). This gives an idea of how culturally rich the place is. The heavenly scenes will surely make you forget about the difficulties you had on your way to the top.