Nagarjun Jamacho Hike
Nagarjun Jamacho Hike is one of the nearest hikes to the capital, Kathmandu. Famous for offering serene trails and astounding scenic displays, the Nagarjun Jamacho Hike explores the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park to the north west of the valley. The hike also allows the travelers to take a quick break from the bustling city and enjoy the amenities of nature. Wandering through the national park, you can enjoy the melodies of the birds and animals as you tread to the top of the hill to Jamacho Monastery.
The Nagarjun Jamacho Hike initiates at Phulbari Gate, the entrance to the national park. The name Nagarjun, which also inspired the name of the hike, was derived from the name of Buddhist saint Nagarjun who came meditated in the forest and obtained enlightenment. The forest is thus named after the saint and, till date, the forest and the monastery are held in great respect by the people in the valley. The Nagarjun hill is sacred for both Hindu and Buddhists. While hiking to the top, you pass through the beautiful pine forests, numerous caves, and shrines. On the way, you can see wild animals like boar, monkeys, etc. and varieties of birds. The subtropical floras in this region also include many medicinal herbs.
The Jamacho viewpoint (2128 m), the highest point during this hike provides incredible views of mountain peaks like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), and Langtang ranges. You also get to explore some ancient caves and visit Jamacho monastery where you can get some spiritual insight. After the hike, you retrace the trail to Phulbari Gate and head back to your hotel. This is an easy hike so any nature love with moderate physical fitness can do this.
Danphe Adventure Treks is a leading travel operator inside and outside the Kathmandu Valley. Our Nagarjun Jamacho Hiking package includes a well-experienced nature guide, a comfortable company van for transport and quality service of our highly trained staff. You are also free to customize the hike as per your preferences.
- Mesmerizing views of the Kathmandu Valley
- Panorama of the Himalayas in Langtang, Ganesh, Annapurna, and Everest ranges
- Cave exploration and visit Jamacho Monastery
- Explore the serene Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
Day 01: Full Day Plan
Drive from Thamel to Nagarjun (Phulbari Gate)
After breakfast at the hotel, you meet our nature guide and drive to Nagarjun in a private vehicle. Nagarjun is located about 7.5 km west of the valley and it takes around 20 min to get there. The drive to the entrance gate heads out of the crowded capital and enters winding highway to Nagarjun.
Start walking from Phulbari Gate to Jamacho Hill and back to Phulbari gate in the evening
The hike starts on reaching the Phulbari Gate. There you get your Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park permit and begin the walk with the nature guide. The trail to the top takes you through the lush forest, caves, and religious shrines. Along the hike, you can witness the wildlife in the national park premise. Birds are plenty there and their melodies echoing through the trees guide you up the hill. You also get to explore the fascinating flora and fauna that the region beholds. After reaching the top, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery which includes the sights of Ganesh (7,422 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), and even includes some in the Langtang and Annapurna ranges. After some sightseeing, you can head towards the Jamacho Gumba which will make this hike a spiritual indulgence. Following the monastery exploration, you head back to the Phulbari Gate.
Drive back to Thamel
On reaching the bottom of the hill, a company vehicle will be ready to take you back to the hotel. Rest and enjoy the hotel amenities upon reaching.
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