Best Short Hikes Around Kathmandu Valley

Besides Kathmandu Valley city sightseeing, there is also a remarkable hiking trail around Kathmandu City. Thus, it is also popular to make short(1 day) day hikes.

Short day hike is an ultimate way to get a refresh with nature exploration by leaving the hustle and bustle of the Valley. There are some hill stations which are below 3000m and immensely popular as hiking spots. Most of these hill stations provide beautiful views of snow capped Himalayas.

In fact, mostly hiking spots around the valley are accessible within a couple of hours’ drive from Kathmandu. Keep in mind, day Hike in Kathmandu valley packages are totally customizable. We can make an itinerary of one day hike adding your preferences.

Hiking throughout the subalpine forests and quiet countryside make relief from noisy and busy city areas. Most of the hikes mentioned below can be done within a day and fit for children and older people.

5 Hiking Trails in Kathmandu That You Must Try Out

They are as follows:

  1. Nagarkot Hike
  2. Shivapuri Hike
  3. Chisapani Hike
  4. Champadevi Hike
  5. Pulchoki Hike

1. Nagarkot Hike

We can get Nagarkot by hiking. To start this hike we will drive to Sankhu from Kathmandu(22km). Sankhu, a Newari village where you can taste the Newari Culture. We reach Nagarkot by walking around 11 kilometers from Sankhu. From Nagarkot view tower, we will see Kanchenjunga, Everest, Manaslu, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and so forth.

Trails NameNagarkot Hike
Maximum Elevation2175
Starts fromSankhu
End inNagarkot
Hiking Hours3-4hours

2. Shivapuri Hike

The Shivapuri is the 2nd highest hill near the Kathmandu Valley and popular for one day hikes. Budhanilkantha temple is the starting point of Shivapuri Hike. It is easy to get to the starting point of Shivapuri hike because it just takes around a 20 minutes drive to get to Budhanilkantha temple from Thamel. This hike is goest through Shivapuri National Park. On the top of Shivapuri hill, Nagi Gumpa is situated at an altitude of 2330 m.

Trails NameShivapuri Hike
Maximum Elevation2560 m
Starts fromBudhanilkantha
End inShivapuri
Hiking Hours5-6 hours

3. Chisapani Hike

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek
View from Chisapani Hike

Chisapani Hike is one of the remarkable hikes near the Kathmandu Valley. It will take 4-5 hours to hike from Shivapuri to Chisapani.

From Chisapani you will get the best views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar, and Jugal Himal.

Trails NameChisapani Hike
Maximum Elevation2,215m
Starts fromShivapuri
End inChisapani
Hiking Hours4-5 hours

4. Champadevi Hike

Located at the southwestern part of Kathmandu valley, Champadevi Hiking is considered an easy hike near Kathmandu.

We will start this hike from Pharping Village and ascend around 2-3 hours to get Champadevi Hills.

On the Champadevi Hills you will see Buddhist stupa and Hindu shrine at the top. From Champadei hills, you will get beautiful views of Langtang Himal, Dorge Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Jugal Himal, and so forth mountains.

Trails NameChampadevi Hike
Maximum Elevation2278
Starts fromPharping
End inKirtipur
Hiking Hours5-6 hours

5. Phulchowki Hike

Considered as the highest hill near Kathmandu, Phulchowki hike is one of the remarkable short day hikes among the list of days hikes trail around Kathmandu.

To get there you need to drive to Godawari (14 km south of Kathmandu), from where you can start the hike. Indeed, the Godavari is rich in vegetation. You can see a botanical garden at Godavari.

Upon crossing 14km south of Kathmandu, you will get a hiking starting point of Phulchoki.On this hike, you will walk through sub-tropical thick forests filled where you will see rhododendrons and oak trees.

From the Phulchoki Hill, you have an amazing view of the Kathmandu valley and onAnnapurna range and Gaurishankar( if weather permit). In winter, it gets snowfall every year.

Trails NamePhulchowki Hike
Maximum Elevation2,782m
Starts fromGodabari
End inKirtipur
Hiking Hours7 hours

Final Say

Though day hiking is one day trip, it provide us insight of destination. It it is not like trekking in the himalays but it provides tourists a short trekking experience.

As day Hiking is cheap, easy and 1 Days’ activities, certainly you will get an outdoor experience like trekking.

If you wondering to get the right spot for Day hiking experience, Contact us. We will make your amazing day hiking experience with the best prices..

About Author

JayaramJayaram Thapaliya, an executive director at BASE CAMP HIKE. He has trekked to mostly places in Nepal. He has been to Annapurna Circuit more than 10 times. Jayaram is the one who is ready to help you to make wonderful trip in Nepal.

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