Nepal is rich in natural and cultural diversity. Known as the land of mountains, Nepal stands proud with the great Himalayas including some of the world’s tallest peaks. The composition of the geography itself is a unique attraction one cannot find anywhere else. For this fact, Nepal serves as the perfect place to trek or hike. Hiking is probably one of the most enjoyable activities one can do while in Nepal. Hiking in Nepal entails views of the beautiful mountains and diverse landscapes in this country. Although trekking takes you deeper into nature, not everyone wants to take on long tiring journeys and exhausting walks. For such people, hiking presents as the perfect alternative, allowing them to explore the diverse terrains and explore the vast nature within a day or short time.
Hiking is truly a convenient way to grab a trailer of Nepali beauty. Even when you find yourself amidst busy city streets of Katmandu, you can opt for an adventurous hiking journey as the nearby hill stations have excellent hiking trails. You can choose any hiking journey around the city and complete it within a day. This includes marvelous views of mountains, hills, valleys, and forests as well as cultural exposure to local settlements. One such place is Nagarkot. Just within a few kilometers away from Kathmandu, Nagarkot is the favorite getaway for hikers. From the Nagarkot viewpoint, you can witness a blissful sunrise and sunset views over the mountains. The hiking trails take you through traditional settlements and offer a look into their daily lifestyle. Likewise, the Chisapani Hike heads north through the lush Shivapuri National Park and allows you to revel in the sublime biodiversity of the region.
Similarly, other hills around Kathmandu valley are also equally celebrated for both the cultural and natural beauty along the hiking trails. Champadevi, Phulchowki, and Kakani are some of these destinations. In Pokhara too, there are considerable hiking destinations. Sarangkot, Dhampus, and World Peace Pagoda are a few of the options in Pokhara. These vantage points even allow you to rejoice the views of the Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges along with the majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m).
Hiking is an adventurous activity that can be enjoyed by everyone. Likewise, it is for those who are short on time and resources but still want to taste nature. You can choose to travel alone, with friends or your family including children. Nevertheless, hiking does require a minimum level of physical fitness since you will have to walk on narrow trails, uphill, and downhill. Like trekking, the best time to go hiking is during the spring and autumn seasons. These seasons generally occur from March to May and September to November respectively. The weather is clear and with moderate temperature making up for a great atmosphere for hiking.