Hike Kathmandu Rim with Heritage Tour

"Experience easy hiking in Nepal with heritage sightseeing tour"

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Kathmandu Heritage Tour is a special Nepal tour in and around Kathmandu valley. It is one of the much-loved Tours and Sightseeing programs in Kathmandu. The tour program lets you visit UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Valley along with a standard hike. So, you should choose to “Kathmandu Heritage Tour – Hiking Kathmandu Rim to Experience lifestyle, Nature and Culture” of Nepal in a very limited duration of your vacation.

Highlights of Hike Kathmandu Rim with Heritage Tour

    • Hike Kathmandu Rim
    • Sightseeing of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites Tour
    • Touch the medieval architecture with a unique culture
    • Feel the social bonding of local people
    • Capture perfect craftsmanship reflected in wooden images and stone icons
    • Capture the wide golden panorama of Himalayas during the sunrise
    • Visit the oldest temple of Changunarayan
    • Feel a sense of detachment while observing live cremation at Pashupatinath
    • Feel a sound of silence

Major Sites of the Kathmandu Heritage Tour

Kathmandu

According to a local legend, there was a huge lake covering the current Kathmandu valley. Manjushree drained the lake to established a fertile settlement. Geographically, green high hills and Shivapuri Nagarjun National park surrounds the valley in all its sides which presents it with a natural bowl. Likewise, the surrounding hills abode diverse flora and fauna. Among them, Red Panda and Wild Boars are specially conserved by the government initiative since the beginning. Furthermore, this hill bounds the valley as the outer rim. Hence, the rim of Kathmandu Valley offers several attractive and pleasant hiking trails attracting thousands of visitors every season. However, the famous viewpoint of Nagarkot, Phulchowki, Chandragiri, Shivapuri, and Nagarjuna are situated in the outer rim of the valley. For this, one needs additional days to visit.

Hike through forests and hills, enjoy the countryside trail, and visit ancient temples and monuments are the major attractions of this short Kathmandu Heritage Tour. It is a short tour but comprehensive in the package.

After walking in a Himalayan subtropical forest on the first day of the trip, we move towards the highest point in our travel on the second day to see the view from the top. Then we walk downhill passing through towns, villages, farmlands and ancient monuments and back to Kathmandu. You will see why Kathmandu is such a popular tourist destination after getting a taste of the valley on this comprehensive trip.

Panauti

Panauti lies at the 35 kilometers Southeast part of Kathmandu Heritage tour. The town is an old Newari settlement preserving the medieval local culture. Likewise, the medieval town of Panauti includes some of the most interesting temples and stories. The town set on the confluence of two rivers. The ancient town also boasts one of the only two known pre-17th-century structure of Mahadev temple. Apart from other many temples, it is a pleasure to wander the town’s brick-paved streets to view the magnificently carved rest houses, stupas and stone water taps.

Namobuddha

Another major site of the“Kathmandu Heritage Tour – Hiking Kathmandu Rim to Experience lifestyle, Nature and Culture” is Namobuddha. Namobuddha Temple (monastery) is a holy Buddhist monument. Its premises offers you beautiful scenery around. Situated on top of a hill, it has rice fields, mountains, villages nearby and more to offer. It is believed that Buddha as a local prince gave this own body to feed a hungry tigress in his previous life. Likewise, the exemplary compassion and deed of the Prince saved their lives. Later on, when Gautam had visited the Kathmandu Valley, he went there and revealed about the precious deeds of the Prince. Now, there is a monastery along with the stupas around. These structures were built, remarking this a holy place both to Hindu and Buddhists. In the second part of the trip, you will be walking to Dhulikhel.

Dhulikhel

In the first section of the trail, you will climb down to the Kavre Bhanjyang. You will experience the local village, local lifestyle and a pleasant hiking trail. The trail climb gentles up from Kavre Bhanjyang to come to Dhulikhel through a community forest. At the top of the hill, there is a temple of Hindu Goddess, Kali. From there, the view of nearby villages, a valley on the down and Himalayan Panorama is awarding. Then trek down to Dhulikhel. Overnight stay at the lodge and enjoying the awarding dinner.

Transportation

Our transfer service include private vehicle for the sightseeing day tours. Sedan / Scorpio A/C car serves for 1- 6 travelers and a tourist coach serves for the big groups. It transfers you from your hotel to the monument site and take you from one site to another.

Food/Meals

Our UNESCO world heritage sightseeing tours begin after breakfast and concludes around 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Generally, we take a launch pause after visiting two sites. Travelers can enjoy lunch at a restaurant near the monument site.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

A representative from Oriental Journeys greets you at Tribhuvan International Airport with Khadas and garlands. Then you will be transferred to the hotel for briefing.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Today, you will visit the four different UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to Panauti and Hike to Dhulikhel via Namobuddha

A monastery of Namobuddha
A monastery of Namobuddha

Panauti is an old Newari settlement located at the distance of 35 kilometers Southeast of Kathmandu.
The medieval town of Panauti includes some of the most interesting temples and stories. The town is set on the confluence of two rivers. The ancient town also boasts one of the only two known pre-17th-century structure of Mahadev temple. Apart from other many temples, it is a pleasure to wander the town’s brick-paved streets to view the magnificently carved rest houses, stupas and stone water taps.
Namobuddha Temple (monastery) is a holy Buddhist monument. Namobuddha premises offer you beautiful sceneries around. Situated on top of a hill, it has rice fields, mountains, villages nearby and more to offer. It is believed that Buddha as a local prince gave his own body to feed a hungry tigress in his previous life. The exemplary compassion and deed of the Prince saved their lives. Later on, when Gautam had visited the Kathmandu Valley, he went there and revealed about the precious deeds of the Prince. Now, there is a monastery along with the stupas around. These structures were built, remarking this a holy place both to Hindu and Buddhists. In the second part of the trip, you will be walking to Dhulikhel.

Day 04: Trek to Nagarkot

In the first section of the trail, you will climb down to the Kavre Bhanjyang. You will experience the local village, local lifestyle and a pleasant hiking trail. The trail climb gentles up from Kavre Bhanjyang to come to Dhulikhel through a community forest. At the top of the hill, there is a temple of Hindu Goddess, Kali. From there the view of nearby villages, valley down there and Himalayan Panorama is awarding. Then trek down to Dhulikhel. Overnight at the lodge enjoying the awarding dinner.

Today you will enjoy walking through the villages and bush. You will observe the Nepalese rural lifestyle on the way. The gentle uphill trail in nature will help to cleanse yourself. The views of the valley down, an encounter with locals and greenery is a rewarding aspect of this hike.

Day 05: Observe Sunrise view and hike down to Changu Narayan.

Wake up early in the morning to observe the sunrise view from the viewpoint at the top of your hotel is a hike up to the view tower installed at the top of the hill. When the skies are clear, the hill station of Nagarkot offers sweeping views of the Himalayan ranges, stretching from Annapurna to Makalu. Sometimes the peak of Mount Everest is visible as well during clear days.
From the junction of the bazaar area, you can start hiking to Changu Narayan Temple. Walk through typical villages and farmland on a route that takes roughly four hours to complete. Stop for lunch en route to try tasty Nepalese fare (own expense).
Upon reaching the Newari town of Changu Narayan, pass through narrow lanes to see the temple, known as one of the oldest temples in Nepal, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Vishnu, the temple contains intricate wood carvings and stone sculptures.
After exploring the temple, meet your car to return to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 06: Free time in the morning for Souvenier shopping and end of Tour and Departure to your next destination

A representative from Oriental Journeys will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure to the next destination. Optionally, Should you have extra days of your vacation for another trip, you can join for any other trip like:

What are the major attractions of this tour?

The largest stupa of the world- Boudhnath, the greatest Hindu temple of the world- Pashupatinath , Swoyambhunath (monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square as well as Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the major attractions of this tour.

What is the best season for this tour? 

Since this is the city tour in the Heritage sites of Kathmandu valley, you can visit the places all around the year. Since this is the easiest tours, people from 0 to 99 years can visit the sites. 

What is the highest altitude of this tour? 

1350m elevation is the highest altitude of this specific tour. 

Does this tour include hotel accommodation in Kathmandu? 

No, this tour does not grant hotel accommodation in Kathmandu. You have to book the hotel on your own. Either, we may help you in booking a hotel if you request on your payment.


There is no fixed departure trip for this month. You can request for a private group trip.

Trip Duration

6 Days

Maximum Altitude

2170

Trip Grade

Easy

Group Size

1-8 People

Accommodation

Hotel & Lodge

Start/End

kathmandu

Overview of Hike Kathmandu Rim with Heritage Tour

Kathmandu Heritage Tour is a special Nepal tour in and around Kathmandu valley. It is one of the much-loved Tours and Sightseeing programs in Kathmandu. The tour program lets you visit UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Valley along with a standard hike. So, you should choose to “Kathmandu Heritage Tour – Hiking Kathmandu Rim to Experience lifestyle, Nature and Culture” of Nepal in a very limited duration of your vacation.

Highlights of Hike Kathmandu Rim with Heritage Tour

    • Hike Kathmandu Rim
    • Sightseeing of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites Tour
    • Touch the medieval architecture with a unique culture
    • Feel the social bonding of local people
    • Capture perfect craftsmanship reflected in wooden images and stone icons
    • Capture the wide golden panorama of Himalayas during the sunrise
    • Visit the oldest temple of Changunarayan
    • Feel a sense of detachment while observing live cremation at Pashupatinath
    • Feel a sound of silence

Major Sites of the Kathmandu Heritage Tour

Kathmandu

According to a local legend, there was a huge lake covering the current Kathmandu valley. Manjushree drained the lake to established a fertile settlement. Geographically, green high hills and Shivapuri Nagarjun National park surrounds the valley in all its sides which presents it with a natural bowl. Likewise, the surrounding hills abode diverse flora and fauna. Among them, Red Panda and Wild Boars are specially conserved by the government initiative since the beginning. Furthermore, this hill bounds the valley as the outer rim. Hence, the rim of Kathmandu Valley offers several attractive and pleasant hiking trails attracting thousands of visitors every season. However, the famous viewpoint of Nagarkot, Phulchowki, Chandragiri, Shivapuri, and Nagarjuna are situated in the outer rim of the valley. For this, one needs additional days to visit.

Hike through forests and hills, enjoy the countryside trail, and visit ancient temples and monuments are the major attractions of this short Kathmandu Heritage Tour. It is a short tour but comprehensive in the package.

After walking in a Himalayan subtropical forest on the first day of the trip, we move towards the highest point in our travel on the second day to see the view from the top. Then we walk downhill passing through towns, villages, farmlands and ancient monuments and back to Kathmandu. You will see why Kathmandu is such a popular tourist destination after getting a taste of the valley on this comprehensive trip.

Panauti

Panauti lies at the 35 kilometers Southeast part of Kathmandu Heritage tour. The town is an old Newari settlement preserving the medieval local culture. Likewise, the medieval town of Panauti includes some of the most interesting temples and stories. The town set on the confluence of two rivers. The ancient town also boasts one of the only two known pre-17th-century structure of Mahadev temple. Apart from other many temples, it is a pleasure to wander the town’s brick-paved streets to view the magnificently carved rest houses, stupas and stone water taps.

Namobuddha

Another major site of the“Kathmandu Heritage Tour – Hiking Kathmandu Rim to Experience lifestyle, Nature and Culture” is Namobuddha. Namobuddha Temple (monastery) is a holy Buddhist monument. Its premises offers you beautiful scenery around. Situated on top of a hill, it has rice fields, mountains, villages nearby and more to offer. It is believed that Buddha as a local prince gave this own body to feed a hungry tigress in his previous life. Likewise, the exemplary compassion and deed of the Prince saved their lives. Later on, when Gautam had visited the Kathmandu Valley, he went there and revealed about the precious deeds of the Prince. Now, there is a monastery along with the stupas around. These structures were built, remarking this a holy place both to Hindu and Buddhists. In the second part of the trip, you will be walking to Dhulikhel.

Dhulikhel

In the first section of the trail, you will climb down to the Kavre Bhanjyang. You will experience the local village, local lifestyle and a pleasant hiking trail. The trail climb gentles up from Kavre Bhanjyang to come to Dhulikhel through a community forest. At the top of the hill, there is a temple of Hindu Goddess, Kali. From there, the view of nearby villages, a valley on the down and Himalayan Panorama is awarding. Then trek down to Dhulikhel. Overnight stay at the lodge and enjoying the awarding dinner.

Transportation

Our transfer service include private vehicle for the sightseeing day tours. Sedan / Scorpio A/C car serves for 1- 6 travelers and a tourist coach serves for the big groups. It transfers you from your hotel to the monument site and take you from one site to another.

Food/Meals

Our UNESCO world heritage sightseeing tours begin after breakfast and concludes around 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Generally, we take a launch pause after visiting two sites. Travelers can enjoy lunch at a restaurant near the monument site.

Hike Kathmandu Rim with Heritage Tour - Accommodation

The Hike Kathmandu Rim with Heritage tour includes 3-star accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Rooms have twin sharing beds and provide breakfast as a meal.

DaysHotel/LodgeCategoryPlace
01-02, 05-06Samsara Resort, hotel Thamel or similar standards3-starKathmandu
02Samsara Resort, Hotel Thamel or similar standard3-starKathmandu
03Similar standard3-starDhulikhel
04Hotel viewpoint or similar standard3-starNagarkot

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Hike Kathmandu Rim with Heritage Tour - Detail Itinerary

01

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

A representative from Oriental Journeys greets you at Tribhuvan International Airport with Khadas and garlands. Then you will be transferred to the hotel for briefing.

02

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Today, you will visit the four different UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

03

Day 03: Drive to Panauti and Hike to Dhulikhel via Namobuddha

A monastery of Namobuddha
A monastery of Namobuddha

Panauti is an old Newari settlement located at the distance of 35 kilometers Southeast of Kathmandu.
The medieval town of Panauti includes some of the most interesting temples and stories. The town is set on the confluence of two rivers. The ancient town also boasts one of the only two known pre-17th-century structure of Mahadev temple. Apart from other many temples, it is a pleasure to wander the town’s brick-paved streets to view the magnificently carved rest houses, stupas and stone water taps.
Namobuddha Temple (monastery) is a holy Buddhist monument. Namobuddha premises offer you beautiful sceneries around. Situated on top of a hill, it has rice fields, mountains, villages nearby and more to offer. It is believed that Buddha as a local prince gave his own body to feed a hungry tigress in his previous life. The exemplary compassion and deed of the Prince saved their lives. Later on, when Gautam had visited the Kathmandu Valley, he went there and revealed about the precious deeds of the Prince. Now, there is a monastery along with the stupas around. These structures were built, remarking this a holy place both to Hindu and Buddhists. In the second part of the trip, you will be walking to Dhulikhel.

04

Day 04: Trek to Nagarkot

In the first section of the trail, you will climb down to the Kavre Bhanjyang. You will experience the local village, local lifestyle and a pleasant hiking trail. The trail climb gentles up from Kavre Bhanjyang to come to Dhulikhel through a community forest. At the top of the hill, there is a temple of Hindu Goddess, Kali. From there the view of nearby villages, valley down there and Himalayan Panorama is awarding. Then trek down to Dhulikhel. Overnight at the lodge enjoying the awarding dinner.

Today you will enjoy walking through the villages and bush. You will observe the Nepalese rural lifestyle on the way. The gentle uphill trail in nature will help to cleanse yourself. The views of the valley down, an encounter with locals and greenery is a rewarding aspect of this hike.

05

Day 05: Observe Sunrise view and hike down to Changu Narayan.

Wake up early in the morning to observe the sunrise view from the viewpoint at the top of your hotel is a hike up to the view tower installed at the top of the hill. When the skies are clear, the hill station of Nagarkot offers sweeping views of the Himalayan ranges, stretching from Annapurna to Makalu. Sometimes the peak of Mount Everest is visible as well during clear days.
From the junction of the bazaar area, you can start hiking to Changu Narayan Temple. Walk through typical villages and farmland on a route that takes roughly four hours to complete. Stop for lunch en route to try tasty Nepalese fare (own expense).
Upon reaching the Newari town of Changu Narayan, pass through narrow lanes to see the temple, known as one of the oldest temples in Nepal, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Vishnu, the temple contains intricate wood carvings and stone sculptures.
After exploring the temple, meet your car to return to your hotel in Kathmandu.

06

Day 06: Free time in the morning for Souvenier shopping and end of Tour and Departure to your next destination

A representative from Oriental Journeys will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure to the next destination. Optionally, Should you have extra days of your vacation for another trip, you can join for any other trip like:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the major attractions of this tour?

The largest stupa of the world- Boudhnath, the greatest Hindu temple of the world- Pashupatinath , Swoyambhunath (monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square as well as Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the major attractions of this tour.

What is the best season for this tour? 

Since this is the city tour in the Heritage sites of Kathmandu valley, you can visit the places all around the year. Since this is the easiest tours, people from 0 to 99 years can visit the sites. 

What is the highest altitude of this tour? 

1350m elevation is the highest altitude of this specific tour. 

Does this tour include hotel accommodation in Kathmandu? 

No, this tour does not grant hotel accommodation in Kathmandu. You have to book the hotel on your own. Either, we may help you in booking a hotel if you request on your payment.

Hike Kathmandu Rim with Heritage Tour - Fixed Departure Cost & Dates


There is no fixed departure trip for this month. You can request for a private group trip.