Nagarjun Hike

Overview/Background
Nagarjun Hike combines a pilgrimage and natural hike in one. So, why miss it?
Nagarjun Hike provides the ultimate travel adventure, showing you the full picture of the beauty of Nepal. You will surely enjoy this hiking experience in the serene hills of Nepal.

The trip kicks off with a short drive from Thamel to Nagarjun gate. Nagarjun hill is one of the nearest hills to Kathmandu, which lies within the beautiful Shivapuri National Park. The park is home to many species of exotic birds, animals, and plants. The hiking trail is almost completely covered by sub-tropical forests. You can feel the cool air blowing through the trees and hear melodious chirping of birds, giving you a sense of satisfaction. The most surprising aspect of it is that you are only a few kilometers away from the bustling city of Kathmandu.

Nagarjun hill is also known as Vindya Mountain. It is very famous among people as the hill where Acharya Nagarjun had meditated. The untouched and untainted scenery and peace of the hill make it a perfect place to enjoy activities like yoga and meditation.

The main viewing point of Nagarjun hill is Jamcho. It lies at an altitude of 2,128 meters from sea level. You can get a birds-eye view of the beautiful Kathmandu valley below and the magnificent stretch of mountain ranges like Langtang range with Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Jugal above. Also, you can view the shrines of Nuwakot and the eccentric Swayambhunath. You will also be reliving the royal hiking experience as it is one of the most popular hiking trails that the ancient Kings of Nepal used to enjoy. The best season to travel along this route is when the weather is stable, and the roads are dry and safe, i.e. during spring and autumn.
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Itinerary
The trek starts with a short 20-minute drive to Phulbari in Balaju. You can explore the area for a while and get ready for the hike. You will hike for 2 to 3 hours to the Nagarjun hilltop. Enjoy your excursion around Nagarjun and then take a shortcut downhill to Phulbari. Finally, from here you will be taking a short 20-minute drive back to your accommodation in Thamel.

Trip facts
Trip duration: 1 day
Location: Kathmandu
Best season: Spring (March-May) and autumn (September to October)
Duration: 5- 6 hours
Grade: Easy

Trip Highlights
View the magnificent Langtang range including Mt. Jugal and Mt. Ganesh.
Enjoy the peaceful and refreshing vibe of Nagarjun hill.
View the culturally priceless monasteries, stupas, temples, and gumbas.
Indulge in mindful activities like yoga and meditation.
Explore Shivapuri National Park and get to view different species of flora and fauna found in the region.

Key information
You need to wear appropriate clothes according to the season you are hiking. Wear comfortable sports shoes or running shoes.
Carry a liter of water with you. It is better if you carry your own water bottle as it is economical as well as eco-friendly.
The highest point of the hike Jamacho at 2,128m.
Carry snacks to energize yourself during the hike.
Extra costs for refreshments will not be included in the package. So, carry extra cash with you.
You will be hiking through the Nagarjun National Park. Do not litter around carelessly.
We are not responsible if you lose any of your personal belongings. Keep your belongings safe. If you lose your things, our staff will support you in finding it.
Carry first-aid supplies with you to use in case of any emergency.
There is no age requirement for participating in the hike as long as you are healthy and fit.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Which season is the best to do this hike?
This hike can be done at any time of the year. However, the best seasons to do this hike are spring (March – May) and autumn (September – December). During these seasons, the weather is pleasant and stable. During the monsoon season, the hiking route can get slippery. So, it is recommended that you do this hike during spring or autumn seasons.

Are there restaurants or tea shops along the trail?
No, there are no restaurants and tea shops as Nagarjun hill is a part of the Shivapuri National Park. The hike will last around 5-6 hours so, it is better if you carry some snacks with you for the hike. However, be sure that you do now litter around the area.

Which animals can I spot during the hike?
The hike will take you to the beautiful Shivapuri National Park. The park homes a number of floras like wild boar, Chinese pangolin, Himalayan pika, black rat, and many more. You may not spot all of these animals but there is a high chance for you to spot wild boar, deers, monkeys, and many different species of birds during your hike.

Do I need to give tips?
Tipping in Nepal is not a common culture. So, you can decide if you want to provide tips or not. There is no compulsion of giving tips. It does not have a fixed rate or criteria. If you decide to tip your guide, you can base the amount depending on your level of satisfaction with the services provided.

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