5 Best Hikes Around the Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley is home to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu as well as two other popular districts: Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The Kathmandu valley provides short hiking experiences which provide views of the valley as well as the mountains. If you have time in the capital city and are looking for a short and easy hike, we have compiled 5 Best Hikes Around the Kathmandu Valley.

The five hikes around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur offer spectacular views of the giant Himalayas along with a 360 degree view of the Kathmandu Valley. The hiking spots around the valley provide trekkers with an opportunity to break out of the rustling and bustling of the city to a slower and more relaxed cultural experience. The hiking trails around Kathmandu weave through lush forests and engulfs the visitor into its natural beauties.

The sub-alpine forests and quiet countryside make for a great short break from the pollution of the city. One can also experience the settlements of people and view the lifestyle of people living around the countryside. 

Let’s dive into five of the most noteworthy hiking spots in the Kathmandu Valley.

The 5 Best Hikes Around the Kathmandu Valley:

1. Shivapuri Peak Hike:

5 Best Hikes Around Kathmandu Valley: Shivapuri Day Hike

This hike is one of the most famous hikes in Kathmandu Valley. Shivapuri Peak Hike goes through the lush green forest around the altitudes of 2563m. Shivapuri hike provides spectacular views of the Langtang Himalayas, wonderful nature, and birds eye view of the Kathmandu Valley.

2. Champadevi Hike:

Champadevi Day Hike

Champadevi Hill is situated at an elevation of 2,278m and is the third highest hill around Kathmandu Valley. The hike is considered as one of the more strenuous hikes in comparison to the other hikes around the Kathmandu Valley.

3. Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Hike:

5 Best Hikes Around Kathmandu Valley: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel hike

Two of the most popular destinations around Kathmandu are Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. Which makes this one of the more popular hikes available around the Kathmandu Valley. The hill station is famous for providing hikers with majestic mountain panorama views during clear days. Standing at an elevation of 2,300 meters, Nagarkot serves as one of the best hiking spots in Bhaktapur.

4. Chandragiri Hike:

Chandragiri Hill Hike

Chandragiri is situated at an elevation of 2551m and offers spectacular panorama views of Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Dorje Lakpa and Gaurishankar Mountain Range. Making it one of the best hikes to get a glimpse of the mountain ranges in the valley. Additionally, there is a Chandragiri cable car that can take you to the summit or back down to the valley floor of Kathmandu if you get tired!

5. Suryabinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang Hike:

Lakuri Bhanjyang Hike

Another popular hike around the Kathmandu Valley (to the locals that know about it!) which provides the splendid view of the Kathmandu Valley along with the wonderful views of Himalayas. Additionally, Lakuri Bhanjyang is a serene village on the south-eastern borders of Kathmandu Valley and is a newly recognized trail and is less crowded than others.

Quick facts about 5 Best Hikes Around Kathmandu Valley:

These five hikes are relatively easy and attainable by any skill level hiker. They are all close to the main cities and can be reached by public transportation or taxi easily. The details of the five best hikes in the Kathmandu Valley can be seen in the table below:

HikeDurationMax AltitudeBest SeasonGrade
Shivapuri Peak Hike6/7 Hours2,732mSep – Jan
March – August
Beginner – 2/5 difficulty
Champadevi Hike6-9 hours2,278mSep – November
March – May 
Advanced – 4/5 difficulty
Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Hike5-6 hours2300mFour seasons
(Except Monsoon)
Beginner – 2/5 difficulty
Chandragiri Hike6-7 hours 2729mFour seasons
(Except Monsoon)
Beginner – 2/5 difficulty
Suryabinayak to
Lakuri Bhanjyang Hike
6-7 hours2100mFour seasons
(Except Monsoon)
Moderate – 3/5 difficulty

Let’s Hike! The 5 Best Hikes Around the Kathmandu Valley! 

Nepal has plenty to offer in terms of natural beauty. However, we often forget about it when we get caught up in the busy city of Kathmandu. If you find yourself needing fresh air in the capital city of Nepal, look to break away at one of the five hikes covered above! 

With each of them offering fresh air and access to a slower life, they will certainly provide a relaxing experience and an opportunity to reset your mind and soul! Have a look and see which one interests you the most!

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