Towards the northwest of Kathmandu, lies a conserved part of the Shivapuri Nagarjuna national park known as the Nagarjuna hill or jungle. Nagarjuna hill is 2128 meters high with dense green forest spread over known as Raniban. The region is rich in its flora, fauna and plant spices. The most common animals that are encountered during the hike are Monkeys, Wild boars and Deer. Nagarjuna hill got its name from Acharya Nagarjuna from India, who meditated here for enlightenment. The hill was known as Jamacho earlier. It is also known as Vindya Mountain.
The most famous attractions here are the Nagarjuna cave, where Acharya resided during his meditating days. There is another cave known as the Mahasiddhas cave, also a cave dedicated to Buddhism as you can see the player flags chanting in the air. The Jamacho view point and monastery is at the top and offers the view of Nuwakot, the mountain ranges and the valley including Swayambhunath. Also, the former Royals of Nepal reside at the Nagarjuna palace located inside Raniban. Nagarjuna hill could be the best choice for a short hike experience to the Valley residents and tourists willing to experience these beautiful trails witnessing the Himalayas.
08.00 hrs: Pickup from the hotel.
The driver arrives at the hotel 10 minutes before 08.00am. Meet him at the lobby and join the vehicle.
08:30 hrs: A break for last minute shopping for the hike.
Before entering the national park, we’ll stop to shop for the hiking essentials. Water, chocolates, snacks, energy drinks, etc. as there isn’t a single shop inside the area.
08:45 hrs: Begin the hike from Phulbari gate, an army check post.
The hike begins from the Army check post known as the Phulbari gate. We’ll walk through dense green forests exploring the jungle trails enjoying the beautiful scene of the valley. On the way to the top, we’ll find Nagarjuna cave, Mahasiddhas cave where the monks once resided to meditate. We might encounter Monkeys, deer and wild boars during the hike.
12.00 hrs: Enjoy the view from the Jamacho view point.
At the top lies the Jamacho monastery along with the view point at the height of 2128 meters above the sea level. The bird’s eye view of the valley is spectacular. Also it offers the majestic view of Annapurna ranges, Langtang himal, Manaslu himal, ganesh himal and jugal himal. Also, the palaces, Temple shrines and monasteries are visible from the view point.
12.30 hrs: Lunch and a nap break.
After enjoying the view, we’ll enjoy our packed lunch boxes and take a nap if we require before descending down.
13.30 hrs: Descend down the hill towards the Phulbari gate.
We’ll walk down the trail through the jungle listening to the birds creeping and watching the valley view.
16.30 hrs: Drive back to the hotel.
Fascinating Aerial view of the valley.
Glorious view of the Annapurna, Manaslu and the Langtang himal range.
Witness the caves and monasteries, also the fauna if lucky.
A professional English speaking guide.
Packed lunch boxes.
A day into nature amid the chaos of the city.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Private Vehicle both ways.
Professional English speaking tour guide.
Mineral water bottles each.
Packed Lunch boxes.
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
Here are some necessary trekking apparatus that can be required for accomplishing your trek effortlessly. They are shortlisted below.