Amitabha Monastery Hiking

Amitabha Monastery Hiking
Amitabha Monastery Hiking
Amitabha Monastery Hiking
At a Glance
Duration1 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude1500m
Group Size1-20 pax
Travel StyleDriving and Hiking
Best TimeYear-around

The Amitabha Monastery hike is a popular and easily accessible trail in Kathmandu, also known as the White Gompa. Situated in the southern part of Kathmandu, near the Swayambhunath Stupa, this monastery offers a glimpse into Tibetan Buddhist arts and culture. The intricate murals, statues, and wall paintings depict the life of Buddha, adding to the monastery's charm. Moreover, the monastery's architecture is truly remarkable, and its location amidst the lush green villages further enhances its beauty. A visit to this monastery alone is sufficient to escape the stresses of everyday city life. However, imagine the joy of combining your visit with a hiking journey. It would undoubtedly make your experience even more delightful.

Highlights of the Amitabha Monastery Hike 

  • Commence and conclude the Amitabha Monastery trek within Kathmandu
  • Take a short detour to Swyambhunath, the starting point of the hike
  • Admire the panoramic vistas of Kathmandu Valley
  • Visit the Swayambhunath Temple before embarking on the Hike
  • Marvel at the majestic snow-capped peaks such as Langtang, Gauri Shankar, and Manaslu
  • Appreciate the exquisite paintings and statues of Lord Gautam Buddha and other Lamas
  • Immerse yourself in the local village life and captivating scenery
  • Experience the peaceful ambiance with fluttering prayer flags spreading messages of tranquillity
  • Return to Kathmandu by car after the tour
  • Capture the glorious sunrise and sunset views over the snowcapped peaks in the clear weather.

The hiking excursion to Amitabha Monastery will commence once our guide and car meet you at your designated location. We will then proceed to the renowned Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple, where we will have the opportunity to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. Following our visit to Swayambhunath, we will make our way to the Amitabha Monastery. This monastery, commonly referred to as the White Gompa due to its painted color, can be reached by foot after our time at Swayambhunath. The initial phase of the journey will follow the car route and then take a shortcut trail that leads to the hilltop of Amitabha Monastery, situated 1500m above sea level. Along the trail, you will be treated to captivating scenery that you can capture with your camera to remember your travels. The white-colored Amitabha Monastery offers stunning views of Kathmandu Valley, including Swayambhunath, Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park, lush green hills, and snow-capped mountains. Upon reaching the destination, you will experience the rich culture and spirit of the area, adorned with colorful paints, cool breezes carrying aromatic incense, and vibrant architecture that will uplift your mood and leave you feeling ecstatic. The fluttering prayer flags spread messages of peace and tranquility, adding to the charm of the place.

On clear days, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Manaslu, and other majestic mountains. This location, near Kathmandu Valley, is a marvelous spot to witness mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views, especially if you arrive early for the sunrise or stay late for the sunset. If you wish to spend the night away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city, there are homestays and lodges available near the stupa. The white Gompa monastery is currently home to 300 nuns, offering visitors the chance to interact with them, learn about Buddhism, practice meditation, and leave a positive impact on this peaceful destination. Keep in mind that the monastery may not be open to the public every day, so it's advisable to check with Himalayan Trekking Path beforehand. During this short yet impressive day hiking tour, you will have the opportunity to witness the beauty of the green hills and local houses. Make your day hiking trip memorable with Himalayan Trekking Path Company.

Amitabha Monastery Hiking Cost for 2024/2025

The Amitabha Monastery Hiking Tour offered by the Himalayan Trekking Company ranges from USD60 to USD90 per person, depending on the group size. This package includes private round-trip transportation, entrance fees at Swayambhunath, a knowledgeable hiking guide, lunch, drinking water, government taxes, and company service fees. Please note that costs may vary for small groups compared to larger groups. Below is a detailed breakdown of the costs

  • The Cost of the Amitabha Monastery Hiking is USD 90 for solo 
  • The Cost of the Amitabha Monastery Hiking is USD 80 P/P if you are in a Group of 2-6 Pax
  • The Cost of the Amitabha Monastery Hiking is USD 70 P/P if you are in a Group of 7-10 Pax
  • The Cost of the Amitabha Monastery Hiking is USD 60 P/P if you are in a Group of 11-20 Pax
Tour PlanExpand All

The Amitabha Hiking tour commences following breakfast, with a hotel pick-up and a quick 20-minute drive to Swayambhunath. This exclusive guided hiking experience includes a visit to Swayambhunath before embarking on the iconic Amitabha Monastery hike. Upon arrival at the monastery, guests can relish the refreshing breeze, admire the art, inhale the pure incense, and marvel at the statues within the monastery premises. After exploring this magnificent landmark, guests will be driven back to their hotel once the tour concludes.

Cost Details
  • Private transportation will be provided for pick up and drop off at your desired location and Swayambunath, the starting point of the hiking trail.
  • A knowledgeable local culture guide will accompany you throughout the tour, with all expenses including salary, food, transport, and insurance covered.
  • Enjoy a complimentary lunch at a local restaurant during the tour.
  • All entrance fees to attractions and sites will be included in the package.
  • Government taxes and fees for Himalayan Trekking Path services are also covered.
  • After the tour concludes, we will ensure your safe return to your original location in a Private Vehicle
  • Fees for Nepalese visas
  • Various types of lodging options
  • Beverages and meals
  • Gratuity for the guide and driver
  • Additional excursions