Bhaktapur – Changu Narayan
north from Bhaktapur, turn left at the road leading to Nagarkot
to reach the hill – top shrine of Changu Narayan.
The walk offers panoramic views of the mountains, terraced
fields and the Manohara river. There is also a small village
on the eastern side of the temple. You can avoid the same
route getting back to Kathmandu by climbing down the northern
slope to the road where you can catch a bus.
Devi hill (altitude 2,247 m, also known as Dhinacho) is
situated to the southwest of Kathmandu. A popular way up
is from Haatiban on the road to Dakshinkali. The trail takes
two – three hours and begins next to the Haatiban
Resort car park. The first stretch is a pleasant stroll
through pine forests. The final approach is a very steep
climb over rock outcroppings. There is a Hindu shrine and
a Buddhist stupa on the summit. For the return, you can
avoid using the same route by continuing west along the
ridge, and climbing down the northern slope to Naikap on
the highway to Thankot where you can catch a bus.
in the footsteps of the old travelers on this historic trade
route. This walking trail was the only way from Kathmandu
to India until the Tribhuvan Highway was built in 1956.
Head south from the police checkpost at Thankot, and climb
over the valley rim at Chandragiri Pass to the village of
Chitlang and on to Markhu beside Kulekhani Lake. Overnight
at Markhu and visit Kulekhani dam. Return to Kathmandu by
bus over the Tribhuvan Highway, or walk east to Pharping
where you can catch a bus to Kathmandu.
hill (altitude 2,096m, also known as Jamacho) is a popular
pilgrimage site. The trail begins at the entrance of the
protected forest (5km to the northwest of Kathmandu on the
way to Kakani from Balaju, bus or taxi). The walk to the
top and a number of Himalayan peaks can be had from here.
There is a Buddhist stupa and a view tower on the summit.
A dirt road (37 km) also winds up the hillside.
to the southeast of Kathmandu is the highest of the four
pilgrimage peaks ringing the valley. The top offers views
of the Himalaya to the north and the Terai plains to the
south. A Hindu shrine sits amidst a tangle of TV and radio
antenna towers. There is an abandoned iron mine about three-fourths
of the way up. Its forested slopes are covered with rhododendrons
and orchids. The trail (about three hours to the top) begins
behind St. Xavier’s School at Godavari (20 km from
Kathmandu, bus or taxi). There is also a dirt road up the
east from the ancient village of Sankhu (16 km to the east
of Kathmandu, bus or taxi) passing terraced fields and farm
houses to the Himalaya viewing spot of Nagarkot. This route
is good for mountain biking too. Nagarkot is 2,175m high.
For the return to Kathmandu, you can take a different route
by walking south to Banepa via Nala and then catching a
climb to the top of Shivapuri hill, which lies directly
to the Langtang & Ganesh Himal, takes about three hours. The
path is alternating level walks through forests and steep
inclines. The summit of Shivapuri is one of the four pilgrimage
peaks on the valley rim. The trail begins behind the shrine
of Budhanilkantha. For the return, you can walk along the
ridge that descends south to Boudha where transport is available.
12km from the nearest point, Dhapakhel invites all those
who hate the city bustle. Set amid a pristine native sanctuary,
the destination gains centerstage on July 28 which is observed
as Nag Panchami, the day of the snakes. You can be there
by either a taxi or a bus from Sat Dobato in Lagankhel,
a Patan neighbourhood.
is situated behind Swayambhunath stupa. Merely 11 km and
an hours driver is situated the temple of Ichangu Narayan
which is known as Narayan of the West. The structure dates
back to 5th century and attracts pilgrimags on the full
moon day in August.
Balaju - Kakani
km from Balaju, Kakani is popular among tourists who love
hiking and biking. The route passes through forests, waterfalls
and meadows. Restaurants are available too.
km east of Kathmandu, Dhulikhel is a must for adventure
lovers. One can extend the hike to Panauti, three hours
from Dhulikhel. A day walk to Namobuddha is also a fun.
km south-west of Kathmandu. The distance can be converged
on bike. Attraction include Bagh Bhairav and Shiva Parvati
temple. Also in the periphery is the temple of Adinath Lokeswore.