Champadevi is located at an elevation of 2285m southwest of Kathmandu. It is a pilgrimage site having a Buddhist Stupa and a Hindu shrine. Early in the morning we drive from Kathmandu about an hour to Pharping which is 16 kilometers south of Kathmandu and lies on the way to Dakshinkali Temple. As you commence to hike the trail heads north along the pine forested ridge about half an hour, then the trail makes round bound towards south and takes another 3-hour's walk to reach Champadevi. The views of central and western Himalayan ranges are magnificent. After enjoying the splendid views, you come down following the same path to Pharping for about 2 hours and drive back to Kathmandu.
Phulchowki is situated at an elevation of 2782m. It is the highest hill in the south of Kathmandu valley. Hiking into this area is most interesting in terms of vegetation.
Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Godawari. It is 14 km and 45 minutes’ drive where there is botanical garden too.
From here we start to hike gradually uphill along the rugged road through sub-tropical thick forest about four hours. The magnificent view of Himalayan ranges and the Kathmandu valley is breath taking on a clear day. After detouring sometimes here, you come down following the same trail to Godawari within two and half hours and drive back to Kathmandu.
Namobuddha is situated at an elevation of 1750m. It is very important Buddhist Pilgrimage which lies about 38 kilometers east of Kathmandu. The Stupa and shrines built in this lovely little hill mark a very ancient holy site significantly enough where a legendary prince named Mahasattva offered himself to a starving Tigress with its several underfed cubs. This legendary episode is depicted in a very nice stone slab and depicted right next to a holy Stupa.
Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu for about one and half hours to the place called Dhapasi, 35 kilometers east of Kathmandu.
The trail heads northeast and the trail become narrow as you move further. You cross on a suspension bridge and pass through many small villages to huge rice fields, which gives you a chance to see how Nepalese People plant and harvest the crop (during on the appropriate season). The trail goes steep uphill about an hour nearby reaching to Namobuddha. After detouring sometimes here, you will drive to Kathmandu via Dhulikhel in about one & half hours.
Shivapuri situated at an elevation of 2563m north of Kathmandu is the second highest hill around Kathmandu valley. Bagdwar, source of holy river Bagmati, is located near Shivapuri.
Early in the morning, you drive from Kathmandu to Muhan Pokhari for about 30 minutes. After checking the formalities at the Shivapuri entrance gate, you enter Shivapuri watershed and wildlife area. You commence your hike from the southern boundary of the area where the army check-post is located. The trail goes along the rugged motor-able road through pine and cherry forest up to Nangi Gompa within one and half hours, where a nunnery monastery is located. Beyond the monastery, the trail goes steep uphill through the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest for another three hours.
From here one can enjoy the beauty of snowy Himalayas such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang-Lirung, Dorji Lhakpa and you take a shortcut downhill to Budhanilkantha in about two and half hours and drive back to Kathmandu.
This is an interesting hike through oak, rhododendron and pine forest. Early in the morning, you drive from Kathmandu to Kakani (2073m), 32km north of Kathmandu about one hour. From here the trail leads to the east along graveled motor-able road. The entire trail goes almost on a level path. You hike about three hours to Bhanjyang including about 20 minutes steep climb before you reach there.
After detouring sometimes here, you retrace the same way back to Kakani in about two and half hours and drive back to Kathmandu.