Day Hiking in Nagarjun Hill


USD 98

Trip Duration

1 Day

Trip Grade


Group Size

Minimum 2 person

Best Season

All season

Day Hiking in Nagarjun Hill Brief Insight

Day Hiking in Nagarjun Hill: One of the famous Buddhist stupas is known as Nagarjuna Hill which is about 7km. from Kathmandu at the height of 2128 m. The hill is called Jamacho by local language as the cave of residence of Nagarjuna who is a famous Buddhist saint meditated here. Once in a year, it is celebrated as a festival, The trail is full of visitors hiking to Nagarjuna Hill.

Nagarjuna Hill is also described in the literature as Vindya Mountain. It is the most popular pilgrimage site for Hindus as well as Buddhists. In this day hike, you get to explore a beautiful Jamacho Monastery where you can find the small statue of Nagarjuna Buddha. Once we reach the destination, you can relax in the truly scenic and tranquil location and take in the spectacular Himalayan scenery.

Nagarjun Hill hike rewards you with fantastic aerial views throughout the whole journey. You will be led by a local guide who will clarify to you about the different unique subjects you see during the trek.

It is a short hike that starts from the gate of Nagarjun. It takes a 20-minute drive from Thamel to reach Nagarjun. Nagarjun is the nearest hill site of Kathmandu Valley and is covered by thick forest with a natural and historical setting. As you begin hiking, enjoy the wonderment of this part of Shivapuri National Park, just northwest of Kathmandu.

You will hike two hours uphill to the Nagarjun gate. It is believed that Acharya Nagarjun had meditated here. As you move forward, you will feel a peaceful state of mind within a natural setting.  The main points of attraction of this Hike are Buddha stupas, ancient caves, and Jamacho’s viewpoint from 6981 feet (2128 meters).

Make sure you carry your camera along with you to take in the spectacular Himalayan scenery captured in your camera. It will surely be captured in your mind forever. The incredible Himalayan scenes of Jugal, Ganesh Himal within the Langtang region can be viewed from here.

Observe the Kathmandu Valley, shrines and monasteries of Nuwakot, and Swyambhunath with the famous two eyes of Buddha from the apex of the Nagarjuna Hill. Nagarjun with its natural ambiance owns Nagarjun Palace, another historical summer space of the former Nepalese Royals.

The hike is about 5 km on foot and takes about 2 hours to reach the main destination. The path is quite steep and one has to climb about 754 m. There is about 20-30 ft stupa height. It has a view tower that provides the magnificent panoramic view of  Kathmandu valley and the mountains on the northern side.

There also exists a famous cave of Nagarjuna. There are Akshobhya and Nagarjuna idols inside the cave. The terrace of the Buddhist gompa also provides a good view of the southern, western and eastern parts of the valley.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Day Hiking to Nagarjun Hill

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel , and about half an hour drive to hiking point and 3 hours hike to Nagarjuna Hill. From the top of Nagarjuna hill, enjoy the magnificent view including Langtang, Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal and other Himalayan ranges. You will have your lunch at about 2 PM with the scene of Himalayan ranges and you will be transferred to your hotel at about 4 PM.

What is included in Day Hiking in Nagarjun Hill

  • Pickup and drop from Hotel
  • Lunch during the Hiking
  • A government license holder guide
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides
  • Ground Transportation Charge as per itinerary
  • TIMS card(Trekker’s Information Management System)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Entry Fees wherever required
  • Trekking Permits needed for Restricted Area Trekking
  • All government taxes and service charges

What is Excluded

  • Breakfast and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare and Airport Departure Tax
  • Tips for trekking staffs
  • Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
  • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipment, Gifts, and souvenirs
  •  All items not listed in Cost included the section

Notes: Costs are prone to change in itinerary. So costs will be recalculated if the trekking days get modified.

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