Kathmandu Day Hiking:
Kathmandu is the largest city and Capital of Nepal and the namesake of the Kathmandu Valley which is one of the opportunity to explore about rural cultural life and is also best to view mountains without climbing high hills and without going too far from Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a valley which is surrounded by beautiful green hills, traditional villages, historical places, cultural/pilgrimage places. These hills are covered by terraced farms, and lovely forests. Despite being near from Kathmandu the villages are still not affected by the modernity. These Kathmandu hikes are for every age group and for all seasons.As a result of considerable urban growth in recent decades, it is now part of one continuous urban area together with Patan to the south.
- Chagunarayan Hike: This is the oldest temple of Vishnu built in early 5th century AD situated at the end of long ridge which runs well into the valley. This place is to the northeast 20 km from Katmandu through the countryside. It commands most magnificent views of Kathmandu valley and Himalayas ranges on the back ground. This is also a most important historical, religious place where one can see largest number of finest stone sculptures dating back to 5th-9th century AD. This is also known as living monumental garden. Season: All the year round Duration: 01 dayMountain sights: Gaurishankar , Langtang range, Dorje Lakpa etc Highlights: Visiting Nepal’s oldest temple (5th century),a most pleasant hike through lovely forest ridgeline.,very easy yet very rewarding,good mountain views.
We start our trip from Kathmandu around at 9 am; after breakfast you will be driven for one hour to the trailhead Telkot. You will be viewing amazing mountains on our right and Picturesque village on the left on our leisurely walk along the forested ridge. We will reach the historical Changunarayan temple built on 5th century after our two hours hike.. This is a lovely old temple with important historical writings on copper plates and stones here and there , and speaks well about Nepal’s civilization that time.This temple is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO. We take our picnic lunch in Changu Narayan and descend down for about 45 minutes to Bhaktapur to catch our transport back to Kathmandu.
- Pharping & Champadevi Hike: Season: All the year round Duration: 01 day Mountain sights: Gaurishankar , Langtang range, Dorje Lakpa etc Highlights: Hindu animal sacrifice practice, encounter with rural life, visiting Newari village and beautiful view of Kathmandu valley and the Himalayan Panorama.After your early breakfast in Kathmandu we will drive for an hour to Pharping Buddhist monastery which is located at the foot of southern hill in Valley. The Buddhist monastery is situated on the side of a stream among the thick jungles. One can watch Devotees from surrounding villages on Tuesday and Saturday and the local agricultural product market gives good insight to Village life. After Buddhist monastery trip Another exciting experience brings from our beautiful and traditional Newari Village of Pharping. After Newari village we will climb the Champa Devi hill about two and half our and have lunch. During your lunch you can have a wonderful whole view of Kathmandu valley. After our small rest we will visit other two villages called Bungamati and Khokana by walking the trails used by farmers in the open farmland. These two Newari Villages are famous for their unspoiled culture and architecture. After visiting this we will be back to Kathmandu in private vehicle which is about an hour.
- Patan Tour: Duration: 3 Hours Seasons: All Year round We will start our trip at 10 am after your breakfast and exploring whole Patan we will be back to hotel around 2 pm in the afternoon.Patan the second – largest city in the valley lies just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, but it’s a much quieter and less frenetic place to visit. The city is justly proud of its temples and artisans and it is their handwork that provides the focus of the stunning Durbar Square – choice –a-block with the largest display of Newari architecture in Nepal. It includes the Royal Palace, which contains a richly decorated bathtub and the two-tiered brick Jagannarayan Temple. Look up to the roof struts to see carvings of figures engaged in quite athletic acts of sacred tortoises that potter around the courtyard, and the Kumbeshawar, reputedly the oldest (1392) temple in Patan. South of the square is an area of charming streets lined with metal-miths and brassware shop. Patan’s other attractions are flung further afield. Among them is a collection of four stupas, thought to have been built over 2500 years ago, and Nepal’s only Zoo, which features a reasonable assortment of rhinos, tigers, leopards and bird life. Palm readers gather in the park outside-they may be able to point out which animal you’ll be reincarnated as Tibetan carpets can be bought in Jawalakhel, east of the city. It’s an easy 5 km from Thamel in Kathmandu to Patan and you can get there by bicycle, taxi, Bus or auto Rikshaw.
- Bhaktapur Tour: Duration: 3 Hours Seasons: All Year roundWe start our tour at 10 am after your breakfast in your hotel, then we will finish our trip around 2 PM after vising Bhaktapur cultural Village.Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the ‘City of Devotees’, the ‘City of Culture’, the ‘Living Heritage’, and ‘Nepal’s Cultural Gem’. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The others are Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Patan.
Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines.
Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and provides a magnificent view of the Himalayas.
- Dhulikhel Namobuddha day Hike: We will pick you in the morning from your hotel in Kathmandu, After 4 hours hiking in Namo Buddha we will be back to Kathmandu in the same day by 6 pm.Namo Buddha is an ancient and famous Buddhist monastery in Nepal situated at 1750 meters. The monastery is surrounded by Tamang settlements. A special Buddhist legend of King Mahasattva offering his body to a hungry tigress at the very place also makes Namo Buddha a holy site for Buddhist people.The main attractions of this hike are the panoramic mountain views and many Buddhist stupas on the hilltop. Namo Buddha is also famous for rice, mustard and millet; so you can also experience the beautiful hillside terraced farms throughout the walk. You’ll also be surprised by the number of temples, variations in landscapes and diversity of people living in harmony.We finished our day hike at Namo Buddha and take an hour and half drive back to Kathmandu on same day to end our day Dhulikhel Namobuddha day hiking trip.