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The Kathmandu valley is surrounded by four major peaks – Shivapuri (2,800 m/9,200 ft), Fulchowki (2,795 m/9,170 ft), Nagarjun (2,825 m/9,268 ft) and Chandragiri (2,551 m/8,369 ft). It is possible to day-hike to all these peaks and other minor ones too. These day hikes are perfect for those who do not wish to embark on multiple day trek and/or those who do not wish to sleep in local lodges. On a clear day, it is possible to get views of the Langtang, Ganesh and Manaslu ranges from the tops of these peaks. Below are descriptions of some of the hikes:
CHISAPANI hike (Shivapuri):
Start early and drive from your hotel to Sundarijal. The hike begins with a steep ascent for about 30-45 minutes on staircases to the Sundarijal water reserve. The uphill eases as we slowly hike past a Tamang village and then an army camp after which we enter the Shivapuri forest. Most of the trees at Shivapuri are pine, oak and rhododendron and this area is a bird lover’s paradise. After 3-4 hours of uphill hiking, we come to a small pass from where we descend for around 25 minutes to the village of Chisapani. After lunch at Chisapani, a 4 x 4 will drive you back to your hotel in Kathmandu.
NAGI GOMPA hike (Shivapuri):
Start early and drive from your hotel to Budanilkantha – north of Kathmandu city. Quick visit of Budanilkantha temple which is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu who lays on a bed of serpents. Continue on your jeep past the temple to the entrance of the Shivapuri National Park. From the park, we begin our ascent to Nagi Gompa nunnery. The hike through the forest should take anywhere between 2-3 hours. At the gompa, visit the nunnery. You can continue further past the Nagi Gompa temple and you may opt to either take the 4 x 4 back from the nunnery or hike down to the entrance of the park.
JAMACHO hike (Nagarjun):
Start early and drive from your hotel to the entrance of the Nagarjun National park. This area is guarded by the army. It is a 4 hour hike to the top where there is a small temple.
Per person price (valid until December 31, 2019)
1 persons: US$150 per person
2 persons: US$105 per person
3 or more persons: US$90 per person
4 x 4 transportation to the hike start point and return, National park permit, English speaking guide and lunch.
Your international airfare, Nepal Visa, Meals not indicated in the itinerary, Tips and gratuities, Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you), Travel insurance (Required), Other expenses of a personal nature