Hiking in Shivapuri, Jamacho & Champa Devi

Here are some more delightful day hiking options around Kathmandu. The hills of  Shivapuri, Jamacho and Champa Devi rimming Kathmandu Valley are some of the popular destinations. While the hike to Shivapuri  begins just a little way above Buddhanilkantha, to reach the summit of Jamacho,  you need the walk through the dense Nagarjun Forest or Rani Ban (Queen's Forest). The summer retreat and the present resident of the erstwhile Nepalese monarch is also located in Nagarjun Forest.  Champa Devi Hill lies on the southern part of the city on the way to Dakshinkali Temple. All these day hikes are easy  and takes you to an elevation of  just about 2000 metres. Though you may be huffing and puffing by the time you reach the top, the panoramic views of the mountains and the valley floor are rewarding. The rejuvenating walk  past  verdant trails filled with birdsongs and other typical forest sounds, wildflowers and hidden shrines  will leave you refreshed – body, mind and soul.


 Shivapuri Hike


Art by natureShivapuri Hike


Baghdwar – The source of Bagmati River Shivapuri Hike


Hike to Jamacho


View of Kathmandu city from Jamacho


Hilltop Buddhist shrine – Jamacho

Pine forest- Champa Devi

Pine forest – Champa Devi

Champa Devi

Delightful ridge-top hike – Champa Devi

(Pics: Samir Shrestha)