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Nagarjun day hike

Trip Cost: USD 80

Nagarjun day hike is a 6-hour exciting uphill with downhill trips of Jamacho Hill in Nagarjun forest (Queen’s forest). Drive 15 minutes from Thamel to Phulbari Gate (Trishuli road) to tackle the national park hiking. Nagarjun Forest covers an area of 5.8 sq miles, which merged (2009) at Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park (2002). Take a national park permit (Rupees 1000 for foreigners, 100 for Nepali and 600 for SAARC tourists) with an ID card deposit at Phulbari Gate. Nepal military guards at the park entrance and Nagarjuna Palace. The steep uphill hike passes a forest-clad hill with fresh air and birds chirping. Buddhist Mahayana philosopher Nagarjuna (150-250 AD) believed meditating in the legendary hill cave. 

Nagarjun day hike offers 10 km of ascending (745 meters) descending trips start 1350 meters to 2095 meters above sea level. A peaceful forest trail with various plants is observed while walking. Leave the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and join the 6-hour walking with spectacular views of snow-covered mountains, Kathmandu valley, and surrounding green hills. Jamacho Hill (2095 m) established a view tower to observe snow-capped mountains, Ganesh Himal (7406 m), Langtang (7245 m), Jugal, Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Gaurishankar (7134 m), and Choba Bhamare (6109 m). Surrounding hills of Kathmandu Valleys can be watched, such as Phulchowki Hill (2765 m), Swayambhunath Temple, Shivapuri Hill (2732 m) and Chandragiri Hill (2550 m).

Devotees celebrate an annual Jamacho festival on the full moon day of Baishak (April/May). A little temple has a rock hole that enters a hand for a wish. The Padmasambhava statue is housed in Jamacho Gumba. Five colours of prayer flags with prayer wheels prevail an air of peace on the forested Jamacho Hill. Limited-time tourists suggested hiking to the Buddhist Gumba for magnificent aerial views over Kathmandu Valley. A disabled person takes four-wheel drive to Nagarjuna Hill with its gravel road (17 km.). Afterwards, descending to Phulbari Gate takes 1:30 hours. Take 15 15-minute taxi driving to Thamel, Kathmandu. Contact us for the hiking booking with a guide and car.  

Trip Cost Includes

1. Entrance fees to the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.

2. Professional hiking guide.

3. Car with hotel pick up and drop off.

Trip Cost Excludes

1. Personal expenses.

2. Lunch and drinks.

3. Tip to guide and driver.

There are nature guides with wages to hike the Nagarjuna Hill.


Trip Facts

  • Duration: 7:00 hours
  • Start/End: Thamel, Kathmandu
  • Departure Date: Everyday at 8/9 AM
  • Max. Altitude: 2095 m Nagarjuna Hill
  • Best time: September to May
  • Activity: Driving and Hiking
  • Supportive: Hiking Guide