Hiking refers to the long walk especially for pleasure or as an exercise. There are many health benefits of hiking like: it lowers the risk of heart disease, improves blood pressure, helps control our weight and moreover hiking boosts our mood too as we pass through the lush green forests we see the mountains. The destinations we choose for hiking is also equally important and such perfect destinations can be found in Nepal
Nepal, though is a small country, is like a natural garden. Nepal is famous mostly for trekking but hiking destinations are also high in abundance. The host of the highest point on Earth offers the flourishing green valley in the gorge, beautiful villages on the lap of Himalayas and the purely white water running river at the bottoms. These charms make hikers feel excited and thrilling. Hikers mainly enjoy the lush green valleys and hills under the clear blue sky. The chill of air that flows around the water falls, the tweets of birds and encounter with her wonderful animals will surely relief one from the stress and crowded life. Hiking around the villages far from crowdie cities, the visitors come to feel at least a bit about the soul of the country and of Buddha.
Below are some of the Popular Hiking destinations In Nepal suggested by Himalayan Trekking.
Phulchoki is one of the beautiful hiking in terms of vegetation. It is a natural botanical garden 14km away from the Kathmandu valley. It is the highest hill that surrounds Kathmandu. The height and the route is tough but the dazzling view of the valley and the vegetation will reward you. One needs to experience it to know how beautiful it gets over there. The hike directs you to the Shiva temple at the top of the mount. The gradual hike uphill through the sub-tropical forest offers the massive Himalayan ranges of Annapurna and Gaurishankar far in the horizon and the magnificent view of Kathmandu valley from the hilltop.
Shivapuri is the second highest point after Phulchoki and one of the last areas of forest left, in the valley. It is an attractive hiking destination that provides a picturesque of Kathmandu valley, Langtang and Mustang and the mighty Manaslu provides the visitor a glance of the remoteness and the grandeur. You will get to view the magnificent mountains, walk through Shivapuri National Park which is a beautiful green forest almost filled with brown oak, pines, and rhododendron. The viewpoints at Shivapuri offers a long-lasting experience that has many different options to get pleasure from the enchantment of the mountains, fine-looking forest and waterfalls.
Namo Buddha is located southeast of Kathmandu. It is one of the few hike routes near the valley that takes you to the Stupa’s flattering colorful prayer flags and peaceful environment.
Culturally, the region is home to Tamang and Newari ethnicities. Be ready to experience some amazing views of Rhododendron bushes, sacred and ancient temples and monasteries including Namo Buddha, Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, and the Brahmayani Temple and of course the views of the snow-peaked Himalayas.
Lakuri Bhanjyang is a newly discovered hiking destinations around the valley for which you will need strong legs to carry you up to an elevation gain of 2,194m to reach at the top of the Bhanjyang (Hill). The cooperative local people and a remarkable scenic spot for sunrise and a breathtaking view of Himalayan ranges in a rural environment is a reward. Lakuri Bhanjyang is one of the notable places for snowfall during extreme winter. Hiking here is affordable and it is worth the visit.
The journey to Nagarkot can be begun by taking a local bus or Private car from Kathmandu to the local town Sankhu. The hike starts from Sankhu .The uphill trek through scattered villages, forests and farmlands lasting for around four hours will lead you to the Nagarkot in the early afternoon. Further hiking can be done from Nagarkot to changunarayan through a woody ridgeline with an excellent view of the mountain. Nagarkot hiking offers the exotic sensation of being close to nature, the spectacular view of mountain scenery along with the charming lifestyle and culture of villages of Kathmandu Valley. It will be amazing to see that the local people still exhibit their traditional countryside way of life even though they are so close to the city. The familiarity with people during the hike will attach the element to your experience.
Chisapani to Nagarkot hiking is one of the most interesting routes for a hike in Nepal. If you have a short period of time or hiking in difficult trails is simply not your cup of tea but still, want to experience the joy of hiking in Nepal, then this route might be a perfect choice for you. Also, it is one of the easiest and shortest hikes in Nepal but equally full of fun and adventures. Get a glimpse of a village life of Nepal and feel the warm hospitality of Nepalese people.
Sarangkot is a hill that towers Pokhara and the Phewa Lake. Except for the many extreme sports such as paragliding and ultralight flight that are available and done from Sarangkot, this hill is a beautiful spot for hiking as well. The breathtaking panoramas of the Himalayas with the whole of Pokhara and the Phewa lake right below your feet. You can choose whether you want to observe the sunrise or the sunset, bathing the Himalayan snowy peaks in gold. It’s a wonderful walk!
Dhampus is a small Gurung village located below the Annapurna range. The beauty of this traditional settlement is indescribable. Travelers can decide whether they want to walk up to and from Dhampus or take a jeep (or combined). The best thing about this village is that it is not far away from Pokhara and at the same time it lets you experience the traditional way of living under the Himalayas.
Kakani is a hill station and is located on northern side of Kathmandu. The spot is peaceful and offers scenery that covers a vast range of peaks from Ganesh Himal to the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Also it offers the view of the forest of the lower valleys. The roadway from Balaju to Kakani is a challenge for cycle riders. The place is well-known for strawberry farming. Many people come here to visit the memorial park that is dedicated to the victims of Thai Airways International Flight. The environment of Kakani is even more charmed by the Rhododendron that blooms during winter.
Panauti is a small beautiful town in Kavre District of Nepal, just 36 km away from Kathmandu. The town has preserved its tradition and festivals and contains numbers of historic temples. Panauti has a lot to explore and a lot to wonder at. Majority of the people belong to Newari culture and follow similar tradition to that of Kathmandu, but own numerous distinctive events. The place is famous for woodcarving, so definitely you will be carrying one of that on your way back.
There are lots of places to hike in Nepal and one of them is Dhulikhel. It is also known as a cultural theme park. With an altitude of 1440m, it is a famous spot for the sunrise. The rewarding valleys arise gradually to the cluster of the White Mountain below the Hilltop. The efflorescence of various colors on the mountain can be seen from the rising sun in the morning. The romance between the sun and its color on colossal mountain extend the atmosphere to the extreme point of excitement and thrilling.
Narayan and Harisiddhi temples are the major places of Hindu worship. These temples are festooned with bountiful wood carvings. The Bhagawati temple at the west dominates the skyline and Gokhureswar Mahadev temple at east offers peaceful and scenic spot. You can get a beautiful panorama of the town and surrounding areas from this spot.
Amitabha Monastery is a hiking trail on the southern part of Kathmandu valley. The area of expertise of this particular hike is the monastery situated here that attracts the hikers. Amitabha Monastery hiking trail begins from Kathmandu and takes you to the monastery. One who gets here abides by the culture and the environment here. No wonder the Hiking route is considered among one of the most preferred hikes within Nepal.