- duration 7 hours
- tour type Group
- tour_type Group tour
- age requirement 12+ yrs
- age_requirement 12+ yrs
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Visit Hindu and Buddhist religious sites revered by locals
- Observe the semiurban lifestyle on the outskirts of Kathmandu
- Hike through the last remaining woodlands near Kathmandu
- Enjoy breathtaking views of Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding hills
Pssssst! Want to go on a nature hike away from the hustle and bustle of city life to enjoy panoramic views of Kathmandu? Join an expert local guide for a scenic hike to relax your mind as you make your way through local settlements and community forests and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Valley from high above.
Rendezvous at the courtyard of Kathmandu Guest House at 7 a.m. Walk to the nearest bus-stand (approximately 15 mins). Jump on local transport and hobnob with the locals to Buddanilkantha (30 mins approx) on our journey to the site of the sleeping Vishnu (Hindu God of preservation). Observe the magnificently carved stone idol of sleeping Vishnu from the outer periphery of the pond (non-Hindus are not allowed inside), on which seems to float the sleeping Vishnu — get your cameras out and lend your ears to an interesting story about the sleeping Vishnu.
Start the hike through the surrounding farmlands into Kathmandu’s nearest forest reserve, Shivapuri National Park (15 mins approx). July to September is rice-planting season in Nepal, so if you're here at that time, we'll also see classic rice fields along our trek. After registering at the park entry gate, take a pleasant walk through the woods, to a hidden Buddhist monastery: Nangi Gompa (2.5 hrs approx). Set on a pedestal atop the hill offering wide angle view of the Kathmandu valley. Avid bird-watchers will have a field day!
Descend down the hill and continue to hike through the woodlands emerging out of the forest reserve at Sundarijal. Enjoy the sights of waterfalls and follow the pipeline to the end point of the hike at the bazaar (1 hr approx). Again, jump on local transport for the journey back to Kathmandu (1 hr approx).
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- Packed Lunch
- Tips or gratuities for guide.
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Cancellation for this Kathmandu Panorama Hike tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.Payment
For any tour departures within 16 January 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 16 January 2021, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Kathmandu Panorama Hike tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Kathmandu Panorama Hike tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Meeting start point :
Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, KathmanduMeeting end point :
Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, KathmanduCOVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
- This tour follows the local government(s) recommendations for gatherings and group sizes.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing is highly encouraged on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.