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Hiking around Kathmandu provides you the best exposure of natural Nepal. There are several hiking destinations around Kathmandu valley. Among them, one-day Nagarjun Hiking is a very popular and easy hiking destination. Nagarjun is a close hill located to the Northern-west of Kathmandu. It takes around 30 minutes to drive to reach the basecamp of Nagarjun hill passing through the Balaju water garden. You need to hike up straight following the thickly forested area of Nagarjuna from the gate which is guarded by the Nepal Army.
Nagarjun Hiking is one of the fabulous day trips for all levels of hikers. This hiking is best for families, professionals, and beginners hikers too. Jamacho’s viewpoint located with the elevation of 2,128 meters offers the breathtaking exposure of the Northern Himalayas ranges. You get the best view of Kathmandu valley and the settlement of people inside the valley.
The hiking to Nagarjun provides you the exposure of several flora and fauna. This destination is very popular for bird watching too. The dense forest of pine, oaks, rhododendron, and several other medicinal plants keep you busy capturing the images instantly. The National park is very rich for several species of mammals like Himalayan black bears, leopards, jungle cats, Rhesus monkeys, wild boars, dears, etc.
This place is very famous since there is a Nagarjun Durbar owned by former Royal families of Nepal. There are several popular and historical caves around Nagarjun like Nagarjun cave, the Mahasiddhas, etc. Though it is located very close to the Balaju area which is very crowded, you never even hear any sounds of vehicles during the hiking period. It is the perfect destination to practice meditation or perform Yogas for releasing your stresses and fatigue occurred by your hectic routine duties.
There is a folk tale that the cave inside the Raniban forest is created by Nagarjuna for worshiping Swayambhunath and placed the image of Akshobhya Buddha. This is the perfect choice for those tourists who have limited time in Kathmandu. They can choose this day hiking program and make a short time into lifetime memories.
There will be a gathering of all groups in front of Great Nepal Treks office in Shantinagar, New Baneshwor. After a short briefing with introduction among the group, you will be verified with your required equipment that are essential for Hiking by our guide and representatives according the checklist that is provided to you after confirming the hiking program.
: After the completion of introduction and briefing round you will be escorted by the vehicle for 30 minutes to the hiking starting point. Enjoy a cup of tea and warm up yourself to conquer the hiking trail till the top. Make sure you fill up the water bottle and if you missed out anything Balaju is the last place to do shopping.
After taking a cup of warm tea and quick warm up, your hiking steps start climbing gradually up following the trail to Shivapuri National Park. On the way one can enjoy the different landscapes with the varieties of plants as well as birds and through the jungle. After reaching the top of Nagarjun hill, you will start viewing magnificent views of Manaslu ranges, Annapurna Range, Langtang Ranges etc.
There will be a lunch break for an hour. Start sharing your memorable experience after finishing your lunch with your group. Take some group photos for memory too. Explore the scenic view of Kathmandu valley from the tower, offer homage to Buddha by burning some candles and incense sticks. After spending few hours of memorable moments, collect yourself in a group with your hiking leader and slowly descend down towards the starting point.
It is now time to catch your vehicle waiting at the entrance gate of Shivapuri National Park and drive back to Kathmandu. Enjoy your memorable time inside the vehicle either by sharing your experience or by creating musical environment. After an hour, the vehicle will drop you all at Ratna Park, Kathmandu. In this way this memorable day ends together.