Hiking on the rims of the valley…and out of it
The hills of Nepal are alive with the sound of music, and hiking through its trails are a memorable experience. Walking its paths provide you with superb views of the mountains and the deep rolling glens, as well as a chance to get familiar with the rural lifestyles of the local folks, their art, architecture and cultural traditions. The villages in these areas are alive with culture, farming, a lot of camaraderie and romance…and we can’t leave out the music. There are many well known areas for one or two day hikes. Some of the most known ones follow below:
Kakani is popular for panoramic mountains views of Annapurna (8091m/ 26,545ft), Manaslu (8165m/ 26,781ft), Ganesh Himal (7446m/ 24,422ft), Lantang lirung (7245m/ 23,763ft) and 20 other mountains over 6000 meters (19,680ft) above sea level. You can also see the natural beauty of the Kathmandu Valley from hereabouts, the people and their culture and traditions. This is a one day trip from Kathmandu.
Nagarkot is situated east of the Kathmandu Valley at an elevation of about 1800 meters (5,904ft). This spot is popular for mountain views particularly at sunrise and sunset. Among the 25 mountains above 6000 meters (19,680ft), the Annapurna (8091m/ 26,545ft), Manaslu (8165m/ 26,781ft), Ganesh Himal (7446m/ 24,422ft) and Lantang lirung (7245m/ 23,763ft) can be viewed clearly from this lovely hill resort on a great fair weather day. This is also a one day trip from Kathmandu.
It is one of the most prominent peak at 2829m/ 9050ft. high, which surrounds the valley of Kathmandu. This mountain, as its name suggests (Phul means flower in Nepali) is a natural garden of wild roses, yellow jasmine, iris and other native flowers that deck up the mountain in spring. The summit is a rich grove of rhododendrons of various hues. A jeep able road leads to the top of the hill where there is a Buddhist shrine. A habitual hiker stands a good chance of scaling the peak in a little more than three hours. The place has all the makings of a peaceful resort area.
It is about 10km/6.2 miles from Kathmandu city. There is a Buddhist shrine at the top, which is very holy for both Buddhist and Hindus. To reach the top one has to climb for about 15 to 20 minutes. From this point a panoramic view of the Himalaya ranges can be seen. There’s a lot of lush foliage in this area.
Dhulikhel is situated in the central part of Nepal. This is just 32 km from the Kathmandu valley. The main attractions of Dhulikhel are the grand and panoramic mountains views, numerous temples, and different types of landscape and a diversity of people. This ancient town is situated 30 km east of Kathmandu. It is a popular Himalayan viewpoint. From there you can have lovely panoramic views of the snowy ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west. The old part of this town is an interesting area to wander around with some fine old Nepalese buildings and several interesting temples. From there you can also take a day trip to the Tibet border or Tatopani, a place which is famous for hot sulphur springs to rejuvenate.
Daman is situated at a height of 2100 m / 7500 ft above sea level, and a distance of 80 km / 50 miles from the capital of Kathmandu. Daman is known for its vantage location in viewing the Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje lakpa, Gaurishankar, Cho Oyu etc. There is a view tower from where one can get grand views of 300 miles of the Himalayan range.
The rare combinations of snow clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara ( 210 km/ 31 miles from Kathmandu) one of the most striking natural attractions in the Kingdom. A must for all visitors to Pokhara valley is the Fewa Lake. Visitors can do a half day excursion of the Pokhara market, the cap factory and Seti gorge. For people with more time in hand, a visit to the Begnas and Rupa Tal to enjoy its unique quietness or for a 3 hours hike to Sarangkot or Hyangja is something any lover of nature would like to do. Pokhara is accessible daily by road or air from Kathmandu.
Sarangkot, which is situated in the western part of Nepal at an elevation of about 1700 meters (5,576ft), is very popular for mountain scenery. Here you can see panoramic views of Annapurna (8091m/ 26,545ft), Manaslu (8165m/ 26,781ft), Ganesh Himal (7446m/ 24,422ft), Dhaulagiri (8167m/ 26,795ft), Machhapuchare (the sacred mountain) and 25 other mountains over 6000 meters (19,680ft) high. This area also offers you views of the Pokhara Valley with all its natural beauty. Sarangkot is another spot renown for viewing breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas. This is a one day trip from Pokhara.
Gorkha is situated in the western part of Nepal. The main attraction at Gorkha is the16th century royal palace. Also of interest is the temple of the most powerful and popular god, Kalika. This is decorated with ancient art and architecture. Three mountains ranges, the Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal which include more than 40 mountains, surround the area. Here you can see the culture of western ethnic groups which is interesting to look into.
Situated on the slope of a hill called Shreenagar Danda, Tansen is a bright Himalayan town. It is also the most popular summer resort of western Nepal on account of its position and climate. It has perhaps Nepal’s most far stretching views of the country which is a major attraction – The Himalayas, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Gaurishankar in the north east is wonderfully viewed from this historic town.
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