8 Best Hiking Places Near Kathmandu You Should Visit Once

Kathmandu can get you caught up in the hustle, bustle, and chaos. Without even realizing it, you might be craving a break. But nature might be hard to find in this city of houses. Thankfully, we can always escape to some amazingly beautiful places near us. Even better, numerous places are perfect for hiking near Kathmandu!

Here are 8 hiking places near Kathmandu. 

1. Nagarkot

With its breathtaking natural beauty, Nagarkot is already considered a popular hiking place near Kathmandu. You can catch a bus or drive to Sankhu, where the hike starts. The hike can take 4-5 hours and isn’t the easiest route. But, it’s worth it when surrounded by the luscious green forests and the incredible view of Mt Everest and other mountain ranges. 

You can also visit the sacred Panchmeshwori temple, which falls on the way to the hiking trail. After you hike up, you can even stay in nice hotels with great services. 

2. Pilot Baba

Pilot Baba has recently become a popular destination for Nepali people to take short picnics with family and friends. For a change, you can try hiking up to Pilot Baba with the breathtaking view of deep forests, which is worth experiencing. To reach Pilot Baba, you’ll first have to take a bus for Surya Binayak and get off at the Doleshwor Mahadev bus stop. 

After walking along fairly busy roads for 1km, you’ll reach the Suryabinayak Temple. From here on, you’ll see clean roads and a constant view of the vast sky. Then, it’s not long till you reach the Pilot Baba ashram and enter with a 20-rupee fee. If you want to keep moving after visiting the ashram, you can head to the nearby Ghyampe Danda to relax your body for a bit. 

3. Namobuddha

To reach Namobuddha, take a bus from Ratnapark to Dhulikhel or drive to Dhulikhel. The hike starts from Dhulikhel, where you hike uphill to Kavrekot, passing the Kaali temple and reaching Namobuddha. The hike takes approximately 6 hours; then, you can hike to Panauti. 

Some people also follow a different route starting at the Panauti bus park. After half an hour of walking, you can go towards Khopasi followed by Namobuddha, your next destination. You’ll visit various religious monuments, especially the Buddhist pilgrimage Namobuddha. 

4. Dukkuchhap-Tikabhairab

If you’re looking to enjoy a hike that’s a bit distant from the usual haunts, Tikabhairav should offer you a fun adventure while still allowing you to return home for dinner. The Tikabhairav trail is situated in a remote area of Lalitpur district, and you need to catch an early bus to Dukkuchap Bus Park from Lalitpur Bus Park. You will reach the start of the hiking trail after an hour of bus travel. The Tikabhairav hike will give you scenic views of Dakshinkhali, Pharping, and most of the southern side of Kathmandu. 

5. Bishnudwar

Located inside the Shivapuri National Park, Bishnudwar seems to be a hidden gem amongst the nearby hiking places in Kathmandu. The almost 3-hour hike is considered beginner friendly, and you can take a shortcut or enter through the national park’s gate. Although the main gate charges you a hundred rupees per ticket, you can experience beautiful sights of nature all along the way, which you will miss out on with the shortcut.

You’ll come across tiny streams of water and a number of waterfalls along the way. And you’ll get to experience a calmness only nature can provide. 

6. Sundarijal

Following the same route as above, we can reach Sundarijal by first entering the Shivapuri National Park. People have praised the hiking trail as great for birdwatching and its captivating natural sight. The hike can take up to 5 to 6 hours, and people usually start by spending some time at the waterfall near the starting point. Now fully energized, you can head above to the Sundarimai temple and the Sundarijal dam. 

You’ll find Sundarijal full of natural water resources, and people even drink straight from the crystal-clear streams of water. Sundarijal has a large waterfall, too, which people look forward to the most. You can find peace even in the crowd in this heavenly place. If you feel more adventurous, you can even try the Sundarijal to Chisapani hiking route. 

7. Champadevi

Champadevi is an important Hindu shrine located on the southeastern side of the Kathmandu district. It is easily the most rewarding single-day trek within the Kathmandu area and should be at the top of your list if you plan on hiking as a hobby. The Champadevi hiking trail can also lead you to Chandragiri Hill, a popular travel destination within Kathmandu that offers rewarding views of its own.

You need to catch a bus to Dakshinkali in order to start off on this hike. You can easily find one at the Ratnapark Bus Park. The trail starts off at the Khahare Bus Stop. 

8. Shivapuri-Kakani

Kakani is one of the most glorious destinations for sightseeing within Kathmandu Valley. A small village situated to the northwest of Kathmandu city, Kakani lies on the way to the Langtang range and offers unbelievable views of some peaks and mountain ranges, including the Langtang mountain range, Ganesh mountain range, Mt Annapurna, Mt Manaslu, and others. The destination is also famous for its fresh Himalayan Trout and strawberry farms. While you can easily take a vehicle to the village, you can also hike to Kakani through the Shivapuri National Park. It’s best to make this an overnight stay if you want the best of the hiking experience and sightseeing at Kakani.

Where would you go this weekend?