Kathmandu: Hiking on holidays around the hills of Kathmandu for taking a little respite from daily monotonous hectic life has become a fashioned routine for Kathmanduties. However, there are some difficulties for hiking during the rainy season. The roads get slippery during monsoon. But, don’t worry. There are better options for hiking routes around the valley, even in monsoon days. Today, we will discuss these possible hiking routes
Balthali hiking route located in Kabre district has become the center of attraction for hiking lovers. Elevated to a height of 1700 meters above sea level, the route takes around 6 hours to hike.
Captivating snowcapped peaks of Mt. Everest, Ganesh, Langtang, and Numbar are visible from the Balthali hill. The fertile agrarian land is inhabited by the indigenous tribes of Tamang, Newar, Brahmin, Chetri, and Sanyasi whose rich ancient typical cultures and traditions are worth observing.
Ladku stream flows just below Balthali, and there is a temple of Ladkeshwor Mahadev inside a cave near the stream.
The hiking route goes through Khopasi-Khayaku-Bhanjyang-Kamalamai temple-Neupane gaun-Ladkeshwor-Balthali-Khopasi.
Fulchoki hiking route (17 km away from Kathmandu), with full of flowers on each side of the road, is around 2800 meters above sea level and can be hiked in eight hours.
Godawari botanical garden, peaks of Himalayas and sight of the valley can be seen from Fulchoki.
On the way to Fulchoki are found a variety of grasses, colorful birds and flitting butterflies which are the special sights of this hiking route.
On a clear day, the captivating series of the snowcapped peaks of Everest, Gaurishankar, Ganesh, Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna and the lovely sight of Kathmandu valley can be seen from here.
Route: Godawari kunda-lattha Bhanjyang-Fulchowki-Naudhara.
Located around1900 meters above sea level, Dahachowk hill (12 km in length) takes around 5 hours for mild hiking
A special fair is held at this Dahachowk in the month of September. It is this pond (Indra daha) where even God Indra is believed to have bathed.
The route starts from Kathmandu’s Sitapaila Bhimdhunga to Dahachowk, which is also known as Indra daha.
A few panoramic views of Kathmandu valley and Dhading valley can also be seen from this place as the hiking route passes through the community forest.
The statue of Kalu Pandey, Shive temple, Switzerland Park and Indra daha (pond) are the major attractions of this route.
Route: Nagdhunga checkpost –Indra daha-Balambu-Purano Naikap-Naya Naikap.
Namo-Buddha is one of the four pilgrimage sites of Buddhists. The Namo Buddha hiking route (188m) can be hiked in around 6 hours, which is around 14 km in length.
Hiking can be done from Dhulikhel up to Kabre’s famous religious place known as Namo Buddha.
Another hiking trail is from Dhulikhel to Batasedanda and to Namobudha Kabrebhanjyang. The other hiking trail from Panauti is Dhapasi to Namobuddha. The mesmerizing peaks of Gaurishanker, Langtang, Dorjelakpa, Ganesh, and Manaslu can be seen from Namobudha.
Route: Batase-Shankhu-Namobudha-Gahate community forest-Kuikel village-Fuskot-Kabrebhanjyang.
Dhlchowki hiking route (2300m) can be taken as the cool destination in the southern Lalitpur. Sixteen km long hiking route takes around 6 hours. Beautiful sights of Himalayan peaks can also be observed from this route.
Route: Tika Bharav-Sanobhaise-army barrack-Nirogi Ananddham-Dalchowki top-Mankamana temple-Goth Bhanjyang-Basuki-Shikharpa-Tika Bhairav.
Nagarkot situated at an elevation of 2159 meters above sea level is the most popular for the sunrise and sunset sights for the tourists and travel lovers. The Nagarkot hiking routes is around 9 km and takes 3 hours to hike.
To enjoy the moments of hiking in the Nagarkot area, the hiking may be started from Dhulikhel, Banepa, Bhaktapur, Changunarayan and Sundari Jal.
On this hiking route the ice-capped peaks of Sagarmatha, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang can be seen.
The most popular route for Nagarkot hiking is the Changu Narayan-Telkot trail. This trail helps you to reach Nagarkot by seeing the Changu Narayan temple built by Lachhvi King Haridatta Verma, villages and swaying paddy fields on the way.
One night’s stay at Nagarkot would be the best thing for hiking lovers along these trails.
Route: Telkot-Jalpadevi-Dandatol-Pipalbot-Gadgade-Nagarkot bazaar-Nagarkot tower.
It’s just six hours hiking through Sundarijal (Milk like a white waterfall), located at a distance of 15 km from Kathmandu. The hiking can also be done from Sundarijal to Shiva puri and Nagarkot. Another hiking route to reach Jhale via Chisapani of Sindhupalchowk and Mulkharka is also available for which one needs to halt one night at Chisapani.
Sundarijal is also a popular site for picnic and strolling. A variety of hotels and restaurants are found here. Travelers can see the waterfall and swim there.
Route: Sundarijal bus park-Mulkharka-Picnic spot (Army post)-Melamchi tunnel gate.
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