- Trip Grade:Easy
Located in close proximity of Kathmandu around 30 minutes-drive away, Shivapuri is a tranquil hill, a watershed area famous for short hiking destinations for locals and the foreigners alike. It is a great destination to get away from the hassle-tussle of the city and yet you are close to all your amenities to get whatever you need. It stretches to 2740 m in the north and is covered with dense forest, one of the few areas left in the valley. You can enjoy a peaceful and pollution free environment along with serendipity to be close to nature.
The hill is quite popular among the bird watchers. The forest is home to 177 species birds. It also provides habitat for 19 species of mammals, 150 species of butterfly, and 129 species of mushrooms. You should be aware not to disturb the wildlife while visiting the area. The area is guarded by the Nepal Army. The visitors are asked to follow the guidelines and regulations provided in the ticket counter.
Take your time and plan the trip for the weekend. Take your loved ones, friends or you can form groups with other visitors from Kathmandu. You can take local transport to arrive Budhanikantha temple, a holy site of the sleeping Hindu god Lord Vishnu. Your walk starts from Budhanilkantha temple premise, 8 km north to Kathmandu.
The Hiking is moderate in difficulty levels, around 4 km covering 6 hours walk through the woodlands of Shivapuri National park all the way to the hilltop Buddhist monastery Nagi Gompa. You can also enjoy the panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley, mountain ranges that include, Rolwaling, Jugal Himal, Langtang, Mustang and Manaslu mountains. You can plan a day hiking in a group, in couple or cycling. You can visit the people, interact with them and understand their existence in the natural backdrop, evolving their culture over time. The viewpoints at Shivapuri offers a long-lasting experience that has many different options to enjoy the magic of the mountains, beautiful forest and waterfalls.
The end point is at the local bazaar of Sundarijal after a downhill walk, from where you will head back to Kathmandu.
Changunarayan / Nagarkot hiking
Located in close proximity of Kathmandu around 30 minutes drive away, the Changunarayan Nagarkot hike is a brilliant destination for the short trek. It is a great destination to get away from the hassle-tussle of the city and yet you are close to all your amenities to get whatever you need. You can enjoy a peaceful and pollution free environment along with serendipity to be close to nature.
This short trip provides you with the best option to explore the natural beauty co-existing with human civilization. Along the trail, you will observe several villages and settlements exhibiting the countryside lifestyle despite being so near to the capital city.
Changunarayn temple till date is the oldest pagoda style temple in the country. It is believed that the area started an early settlement when Kathmandu valley was a lake. There are several stone sculptures aged more than a thousand years in the premises of the temple. There are statues of gods and goddesses, representing various elements of culture, history, and religions back at that time. These are some of the rarest of the rare arts around the globe.
Enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage, the temple is an open museum and resource material for many researchers. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Bishnu, however, it is open for everyone.
Around 10 km away from Changunarayan to the east, stands the popular hill station Nagarkot. It is 35 km away from the Kathmandu city. It is ideal to stay over-night as the hill provides one of the magnificent spots to view the sunset and the sunrise. Some of the visitors claim that though Nagarkot is a simple farming town by Nepalese standards, when sunrise comes, it just might be the most beautiful place on Earth.
The view is dominated by the Langtang range, which on good days looms alarmingly close above a wall of dark rock. Fog usually disguises anything west of Ganesh Himal, though you can sometimes see Himchuli and even Annapurna. The view to the east is even more weather-dependent, and the mountains of Khumbu rarely appear as more than a rose-tinted dawn haze. On a good day, Everest can be seen, but only from high up, near the view tower: it’s the second peak left of the rounded M-shaped mountain.
On the way back, explore Bhaktapur, the medieval city and one of the 7 world heritage sites is on the way. Here you can discover the Newari architecture, culture, and lifestyle wandering through the maze-like alleyways of Bhaktapur. This city still exhibits the medieval look and lifestyle of the people. Enjoy your time with local potters, they have beautiful stories to tell you. You can see old women weaving their traditional textile, handmade paper production, wood carving, Thanka painting and metal sculpting. There are hundreds of monumental buildings. Some of them are rented with its latticed window and balcony looking at historical buildings.
Located in close proximity of Kathmandu, the Chandragiri is best for a day hiking. It is the great destination to get away from the hassle-tussle of the city and yet you are close to all your amenities to get whatever you need. You can enjoy a peaceful and pollution free environment along with serendipity to be close to nature.
You will start your hiking from Thankot. There are several stone paved staircases that will lead you to Chhap bhanjyang located at 2275 m. You will walk through the forest and villages. You will be able to observe several kinds of birds mainly, grey wagtail, steppe eagle, kingfishers, parrots, herons, dove, great egret etc. The ascend ends at the summit. At the top, you will see Bhaleswor Mahadev temple which has religious and historical significance. The place holds great value in the unification campaign of Nepal as King Prithvi Narayan was able to see and plan his campaign after seeing the valley from the very spot. Apart from this, the hill is connected with both Buddhist and Hindu religions.
Chandragiri hiking trail is recently opened for the visitors. The hill provides the perfect viewpoint to observe Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayan ranges of Annapurna and Everest region. Other mountains include Mt. Api, Saipal to Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Gaurishankar.
The trail continues two and half hour descend to the Hattiban Resort. Your day hiking in end. Drive to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
Witness the history and magnificent scenery of the Himalayas and valley of Kathmandu as well as its outskirts from the top of Chandragiri Hill.
Our trip to Nepal such a memorable one
I am part of a group of 4 girls who coordinated with Jagat for our 'mini' version of the Annapurna Circuit in early September 2017. We wanted to do the circuit badly but did not have enough time. Jagat and his team came up with a customized itinerary for us to start the trek from Jagat and end at Jomsom which we then flew to Pokhara to take a bus back to Kathmandu. The whole itinerary was very flexible and day to day arrangements can be altered by just communicating with our guide, Gopi. He will come up with the best plan to accommodate our wants and needs.
From the moment we landed at the airport in Kathmandu to the moment we flew out of Nepal, everything was extremely well taken care of by Jagat and his team. Our guide, Gopi and porters, Raju and Tej (whom we call Dada) were like family to us during the entire trek. They were always checking on us to see if we have enough to eat, enough drinking water or can we cope with the trek. They even offered to carry our day packs when they saw us struggling. In fact, I think at most times, if not all, our interests were placed above theirs. They will go all the way out just to help you if there is anything you need at all on the trek.
I don't think we'll be able to find another more patient, caring, trustworthy and detailed team of guides and porters. It was our pleasure to be able to trek with them. They had made our trip to Nepal such a memorable one that all of us didn't want the trip to end. Thank you for the great hospitality. I really look forward to visiting and trekking in Nepal again.
I would readily recommend Jagat and his team to anyone planning to trek in Nepal.
Love from Malaysia,
This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable.I recently had the great pleasure of climbing Island Peak in the Khumbu, Nepal. Jagat Lama was a passionate and dependable resource for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. He was on the spot as far as preparation for the trip. This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable. Hiring a light and independent team allowed for a cost-effective, flexible and efficient way to climb in Nepal. His assistance was with me from the airport arrival through to departure. He took care of my every need and allowed me to focus on my goal of the summit of Island Peak. My climbing guide, his brother Lal, was competent, caring and successful. I left Nepal with new friendships. I readily endorse his services and would encourage anybody to go with the Independent Trekking Guides. They are honest, caring and willing to make your holiday the most memorable you have ever had. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my experiences in Nepal.
It was my dream trip come true. 2010
I am 66 years old and have done a lot of hiking in the USA as well as climbing Mt. Fuji, Orizaba and Iztaacchuatl volcanoes in Mexico. We have hiked to the bottom and back of the Grand Canyon at least 25 times on most of the various trails to the bottom. For me, the crowning trek was to hike in the Himalayan range. We contacted Jagat Lama in Kathmandu, Nepal and signed up for our adventure to hike for two weeks with porters and guides. Our group of friends included three men and three women aged from 60 to 75. I'm sure this would be a daunting task for Jagat and his guides.We all hiked from Lukla to Namche which was Bill's goal (he's the 75-year-old). One of the guides stayed with Bill, and we continued with the two outstanding guides, Chet and Chandra. These two guides did everything for us; got all of our bags from the porters and put in our rooms, took our menu selections to the cooks, and discussed the plans for the following day. The guides made allowances for some who were having some altitude adjustment issues and gave positive feedback to everyone. They were very patient with all of us and really tried hard to ensure we stayed healthy and happy. I can honestly say that these were two of the best guides weÃve ever had. On our hikes, the guides had to work around some of us who liked to take pictures but needed to do some additional acclimation at higher altitude. As a result three of us were able to hike all the way to Mt. Everest base camp. It was like a moonscape. We met the Korean team that was going to climb Everest as soon as the weather looked better. The base camp is awesome with tents all over the place with prayer flags, and ice towers and rocks everywhere.
At 5:00 am we were going to climb Kalapathar (5545m.) When we went out it was snowing and foggy. The weather in the valley is usually clear in the morning, foggy in the afternoon, and big clouds in the later afternoon. Chandra said we should start for Kalapathar as he felt it would clear up - and sure enough, the snow stopped and the sun came out. We made it to the summit in snow and ice.From this mountain, we took fantastic views of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We saw an avalanche and heard the cracking sounds coming from the Khumbu glacier. The valley we hiked was very interesting. It surpassed my expectations. I had no idea how many memorials there would be erected for the Everest climbers. It's a sight to see. There were many stupas and monasteries. There are many rock faces that have a Buddha painted or adorned with prayer flags and the rows of prayer wheels to spin. The landscape goes from lush vegetation to flower trees, to pine trees and then the tree line to tundra and almost a moonscape. The children were fun to play with and photograph. As we headed down the valley to Lukla, my wife became sick and we saw that she couldn't hike all the way down. Our great guides arranged for a horse for her to ride so we wouldn't miss our plane. At Lukla, I took my wife to a new, wonderful hospital where she was treated and given medicine. When we reached Kathmandu, there was a strike by the Maoist Communist Party that closed all of the businesses. Jagat again came to our rescue by getting a van and getting us to the airport. He, Chet and Chandra babysat us to make sure we got through the security hassle and on to the right plane. I can't imagine anyone doing anything more or better that Jagat, Chet, and Chandra could have done to make this a wonderful experience that exceeded our expectations. I recommend his services to you if you're planning to go anywhere in Nepal or Tibet. It was my dream trip come true.