Want some distraction from the monotonous city life? Join this Nagarjuna Jamacho Day Hike and find yourself amidst the pristine natural setting. Unlike Kathmandu City's buzzing streets, this nearby Nagarjuna Hill Hiking trail gives you the pleasing experience of being in the paradisical land of nature.
Situated at an elevation over 2000m, the area of Nagarjuna Hill is a part of Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park. Sharing the name with the two popular hills of Nagarjuna and Shivapuri, this Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park gives you the ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness of nature. Covered by the dense forest of fir, pine, rhododendron, chestnuts and many other plant species, the park is a natural habitat of diverse species of flora and fauna. Further, housing different species of birds, many bird lovers and twitchers traverse this Nagarjuna hiking route just for birdwatching purposes.
Though you have an option to choose the motorable road leading to the Jamacho Monastery, to let you immerse in the wilderness of nature we will take you via a hiking trail.
Starting the hike from the park entrance gate near Balaju By-pass, the Nagarjuna Jamacho Day Hike takes you through the forested trails for around 2 hours. From the start of the trek, there is something special throughout the way to make your hiking more rewarding.
The initial portion of the climb is quite steep. But for your convenience, there are staircases on some parts of the trail. After walking for some time on the staircases follow the moderately steep hiking route. Afterwards, there comes the steep trail on the final portion up to the Jamacho Peak.
Also known as the Jamacho Peak, Nagarjuna Hill is the final destination of our hiking journey. Reaching the top what you can expect is the marvellous view of Kathmandu Valley, Nuwakot and northern Himalayan ranges.
Giving you the shade from the day's sunlight, the trees of the park serve you in their own way. To provide you with eternal peace, the landmark of the Jamacho Monastery has its own significant role. Inside the monastery, there is the beautiful statue of Nagarjuna Buddha. Exploring the outside location of the monastery, you can witness spectacular shrines of Buddha.
Adorned with the prayer flags, prayer wheels, and burning butter lamps, the surrounding area of Jamacho Monastery is preferred for the meditation also. The views of mountains from the hilltop tower of Nagarjuna are there to bring a charismatic smile to your face. On a clear day, this hilltop lets you cherish the beauty of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar and many others.
Apart from all the above, the residential palace of the former Royal family is another prime attraction of this Nagarjuna Jamacho Day Hike. To give your hiking journey the historical essence, pay a visit to the Nagarjuna Cave. Besides Nagarjuna, several other caves are there in the park awaiting your exploration.
Reminiscing the beautiful moment of the hike, retrace the way down to the Balaju by-pass. Further to take your home back some memories, don't forget to take snaps.