Trekking Destinations > Around Kathmandu Region
Looking for a taste of Himalayan trekking, but are limited in time or physical ability? The foothills around Kathmandu host unspoiled Nepali village life, centuries of history, and intense views of Himalayan snow peaks.
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The Jwalamukhi Temple lies on the ridge west of Kathmandu. This is as a "short & sweet" trek.It is an excellent opportunity to see Nepali lifestyle, culture and tradition. Trekkers should have superb views of towering peaks: Manaslu, Ganesh Himal range, Annapurna range, Himalchuli, Buddha Himal,Larkya La peak, along with the twin waterfalls of Ganga Jamuna, and the Bhudhi Gandaki valley. This is a land of ancient temples. Trekkers with visit Gorakhnath, Gorakhkali and Jwalamukhi; the goddess temple. The palace of late king Phrithvi Narayan Shah; who unifies present Nepal is another major attraction of the route. In short; the treks presents pristine natural beauty, abundante, and the opportunity for cultural encounter.
This route is a must for people looking for an easy hike around Kathmandu Valley. The high point of the ridge, at 2732m, provides a stunning view of the city and its outskirts. Much of the trek is made through unspoiled old growth forests of oak, rhododendron and beech. Spot deers, monkeys and jackals along the trail. The trek goes through many beautiful villages.
The trek starts at Sundarijal and climbs steadily to the reservoir which supplies most of Kathmandu. This is a popular location for picnics. The path continues through Tamang village and dense forest. The journey continues to Nagarkot, a favourite destination for many visitors to Nepal. On a clear day, excellent views of Himalayan snow peaks can be seen from the ridge top. On the third and last day, the trek ends at Changunarayan, the oldest temple in Nepal. The journey back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur city rounds out the cultural experience.
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Images of Kathmandu© 2003, Rich Rawling
Buhddist chorten on Swayambunath
Selling vegetabels in Asan Tole
The simplest toys work best
A hidden garden cafe provides respite from the busy Kathmandu streets