Nepal Travel Options
This is an excellent hike from Kathmandu. Very few people trek around Kathmandu valley. It offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture, landscape, beautiful mountains and religion of its inhabitants. You will walk mostly Shivapuri watershed forests and villages during your trekking time. Shivapuri hill (2729m) is the highest point of this trekking. From the top of Shivapuri, can see western mountain Manaslu, Boudha Himal, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Dorjeelakpa, Shisapangma and Gaurishankar. In short we can see more than 60 peaks from here. Other mountains can be seen and another gain of this trekking is to reach Nagarkot, which is the most popular point for viewing, terrace, river and beautiful scenery green hill.
A trek to the hilltop of Champadevi on the southern rim of the valley makes an enjoyable trip. The hill overshadows the historic settlement of Kirtipur, one of the centres of Newari culture. Kirtipur has a long history; it contains many places of interest with also some spectacular views of the Kathmandu valley.
There are several different routes to reach the summit of Champedevi hill which stands at 2278 meters. The main trail up the hill will be clearly seen from Kirtipur. The climb should take about three hours allowing frequent stops to admire the expansive views. The top is marked by a small Buddhist Stupa and makes a perfect lunch spot, take your own drinks and food.
Nagarkot to Changunarayan:-
The resort village of Nagarkot is a favourite destination for many visitors to Nepal. There are some excellent views of the mountains from the ridge top and many attractive hotels and guest houses for overnight stays. From Nagarkot a number of trails are available for return back to Kathmandu, probably the easiest and the best known is the route to Changunarayan an ancient temple site close to Bhaktapur. Local tea stalls offering refreshments are found on the way. It's around a three our trek from Nagarkot. If you are not returning to Nagarkot you can take a local bus to Bhaktapur from here either a taxi or a local bus back to Kathmandu.
Godavari to Phulchowki:-
Pulchowki at 2762 metres is the highest point on the hills that surround the Kathmandu valley, it makes for a fine day hike. The trail starts form Godavari, the national botanical garden and trails up through the wooded slopes of Pulchowki, well known for the large variety of birds and butterflies that inhabit the immediate area, no food and drink facilities en-route, so make sure you are well prepared. On reaching the top another bonus is the splendid views of the Nepal Himal.
Shivapuri is a protected zone situated on the northern rim of the Kathmandu valley, the streams that aminate from here provide fresh drinking water for a major portion of Kathmandu valley inhabitants. At 2,732 metres there is a spectacular view of the Kathmandu valley. Much of the trek is through undisturbed thick oak forest, if you are lucky you may come across spotted dear, monkeys and jackals on the trail.
The hill at Nagarjun overlooks the famous Stupa of Swyambhuntah, known as monkey temple. The hilltop temple is thought to be the meditation place of the Buddhist Sage Nagarjun who visited the area while the Kathmandu valley was still a huge lake. We can see the number of meditation caves still to be seen on the hillside. The trail starts about one kilometer from Balaju on the road to Trisuli. Prepare to spend five to six hours walking, take your own lunch and drinks.