The Kathmandu Valley offers some excellent short treks, which can be a great introduction for visitors with limited time. Once outside the urban sprawl of the city, it is possible to experience traditional rural activities within sight of the metropolis. Some of the following Hiking around Kathmandu can be completed in one day but extensions, to turn the treks into overnight trips, are always possible. There are limited accommodation facilities on the outskirts of Kathmandu so overnight treks will most likely require self sufficiency.
Shivapuri Trekking:- The shivapuri Lekh forms the northern rim of the Kathmandu valley. The slopes provide much of the city's drinking water and the forests here constitute a protected zone for this reason. The high point of the ridge, at 2732 meters, provides a stunning view of the city and its outskirts. Much of the trek is through unspoiled old growth forests of oak, rhododendron and beech. You may be lucky enough to spot deer, monkeys, Jackals along the trail. The best route is a circular one, starting at sundarijal and ending at Budhanilakantha. There is public transport available at each end of the trek but few places where refreshments can be obtained. The trail continues through the tamang village of mulkharka where a gravel motor road leading to Budhanilakantha is crossed. Continue up hill, on the foot trail, through an army camp and reach the ridge crest at Burlang Bhangjyang. From the pass you have views of the trail that heads north into Helambu and on a clear day, will be able to see the mountains of Langtang. Then turn west to follow the ridge through oak forest, with occasional views to the north, until the high point of shivapuri is reached. An army camp is located at this spot. From here the trail heads steeply down hill to Bhudhanilkantha where the trek ends.
Godavari to pulchowki: - The highest point on the Kathmandu valley rim is the hill top at pulchowki, 2762 meters. At the base of the hill, at Godavari, is the National Botanical Gardens so a trip to this part of Kathmandu can combine both destinations. The heavily wooded slopes of pulchowki are renowned for the large variety of birds and butterflies to be seen. While a motor road stretches right to the top of the hill a foot trail avoids the need to follow it for most of the climb. Godavari is located about 10 kilometers south of Patan. Regular buses leave from patan to reach Godavari. From Godavari to climb pulchowki via foot trail, walk behind the St. xavier's school complex and through a temple, with a large pool of water in front of it. The trail starts above this. At times steeps, the Hiking passes through dense forest, teeming with bird and insect life, occasionally breaking out onto the motor road. Eventually, after a climb of about three hours, the top of the hill is reached. The hilltop is not particularly attractive as it houses a large communications tower and a security guard post, but the views across the valley to the Himalayan ranges is worth the climb. The descent can follow the upward route or, for an alternative, take the trail, to the Northeast, which leaves the road about ten minutes from the top. This takes you on a circular route, through the settlement at Lakhure Bhanjang, and back to Godavari Then back to kathmandu.
Kirtipur to champadevi :- Hiking to the hilltop of champadevi, on the southern rim of the Kathmandu valley Makes an enjoyable outing. The hill overshadows the historic settlement of kirtipur. There are several different routes can reach the hill which stand at 2278 meters but the one from kirtipur is most interesting. Bus or taxi cab is used to reach kirtipur from Kathmandu. The trekking route starts just beyond the Thai Buddhist temple at Naya bazaar. Take the road out past the village of panga and head towards machhenarayan. The trail up hill will be clearly seen. The climb to the top should tae about two hours but with frequent stops to admire the expansive views, may take longer. The top is marked by a small Buddhist stupa. The descent can be made in several different directions. the best is to head south along the newar village of pharphing. Alternatively, from Champadevi follow the ridge of the Neupani Danda south and east, passing the luxurious Hatibaan resort, to meet the Pharphing road at Bansbari.The final option is to head northwest from Champadevi and follow the ridge, which meets the ancient road route into Kathmandu from Hetauda. The crossing point is marked by the old ropeway that, before the first read into the valley was built, used to carry goods from near the Indian border. From here the trail descends to Thankot on the Pokhara road.
Nagarjun:- The hill at Nagarjun overlooks the famous stupa of swayambhunath, better known to many as the monkey temple. The hilltop shrine, more correctly known as jamachok, is thought to be the meditation places of the Buddhist. There are still a number of meditation caves can be seen on the hill side. The Hiking start from Balaju on the road to trisuli at Raniban gate. After paying an entry fee at the entrance gate take the steep trail to the right just beyond the gate. Do not follow the bus road. The trail climbs steeply like thirty minuets then off and pass through very pleasant forest, a mixture of pine and oak with some bamboo in places. The bird life is prolific through here but you are unlike to sight many animals. There are reputed to be wild boar, leopard and bears in the forest. About half way to the top is an area used by local people as a picnic ground. From this point the hilltop can be seen and another hour of steep climbing will bring you to the top. the views are excellent from tower on the summit, the decent can be either made by using the uphill route or by following the motor road Nagarkot to
changunarayan: - Nagarkot is a favorite destination for many visitors to Nepal. There are some excellent views of the mountain. Most tourist travel to and from Nagarkot by road, an enjoyable trip through the countryside but one can be made different. From nagarkot there are a number of foot Hiking lead back towards kathmandu. Probably the easiest and best known is the route to changunarayan. This is short trekking in and around kathmandu valley and it complete in around three hours. From Nagarkot follow the motor road near the army camp and look for the taragaon resort. The trail leaves from the behind the resort and drops down to meet the road couple of meters below nagarkot. The trek crosses the road a few times before finally leaving it at nagarkot phedi. A normal rise brings onto the ridge that leads down to changunarayan in about two hours from nagarkot phedi. There are excellent views to be seen along the trail.
Day01-: pick up from airport and transfer to hotel
Day02: Kathmandu - Chisapani
Day03: Chisapani -Nagarkot
Day04: Nagarkot – Dhulikhel
Day05: Dhulikhel- Namo Buddha
Day06: Namo Buddha- Bhaktapur- Kathmandu
Day07: full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour
Day08: Departure to Airport