Sundarijal Hiking

Sundarijal Hiking
Sundarijal Hiking
Sundarijal Hiking
At a Glance
Duration1 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude1575
Group Size1-20 pax
Travel StyleHiking
Best TimeYear_around

Sundarijal hiking is a captivating day hiking experience in Kathmandu, situated on the northern side of the valley within the Shivapuri National Park. The hike commences from Budanilkhantha, a renowned Hindu shrine dedicated to the slumbering deity, Bishnu. As you embark on the trail, you will pass by the Nagi monastery and traverse through the enchanting Tare Bhir, ultimately reaching your destination. This journey spans a distance of 18 kilometers, allowing you to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the natural surroundings, encounter local Tamang villages, witness panoramic views of the mountains and Kathmandu Valley, marvel at cascading waterfalls, and spot various species of birds. If you seek respite from the bustling life of Kathmandu, do not miss the opportunity to partake in the Sundarijal hiking experience. The name "Sundarijal" itself translates to "beautiful waterfall," perfectly capturing the essence of this remarkable destination.

Highlights of the Sundarijal Hike

  • Begin and conclude your hiking journey in the vibrant city of Kathmandu
  • Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Shivapuri National Park
  • Embark on an exhilarating 18km hike, guided by a knowledgeable local expert, lasting approximately 6 to 7 hours
  • Marvel at the diverse range of flora and fauna that thrives in this region
  • Discover the primary source of drinking water for the city of Kathmandu
  • Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of snow-capped peaks such as Langtang, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and more
  • Take in the panoramic views of Kathmandu from a vantage point during your hike
  • Make a stop at Nunney Nagi Gumpa, a significant religious site, as part of your hiking experience

The Sundarijal hiking tour, which is highly popular among tourists, commences after a 30-40 minute drive from Thamel to Budanilkantha, a renowned Hindu pilgrimage site housing the revered Bishnu, Narayan Temple. After exploring the temple and its statues, we proceed towards the Shivapuri Entrance gate. Upon reaching the checkpoint of the national park, we are required to obtain a National Park permit in order to enter. Throughout the hike from Pani Mul to Nunnery Monastery, we will be greeted by a variety of birds, diverse flora and fauna, breathtaking views of the Kathmandu Valley, and a serene atmosphere within the dense forest. We will also have the opportunity to visit Nagi Gompa, where we can immerse ourselves in the tranquility and spirituality of Buddhism, interact with the nuns, and appreciate the lush green hills surrounding the monastery.

After visiting the nunnery monastery, the guide will lead you to Sundarijal along the Tare Bhir, passing through the local Tamang Village and the monastery in the village. You will have the opportunity to witness the breathtaking views of Kathmandu and the picturesque scenery surrounding the village, immersing yourself in the village lifestyle. Continuing along the trail to Sundarijal, you will be greeted by the enchanting natural beauty and a serene atmosphere accompanied by a refreshing cool breeze. Sundarijal is renowned for its magnificent waterfall, which serves as the primary source of drinking water for the Kathmandu Valley. Take the time to explore the stunning Sundarijal, waterfall, and village before returning to Kathmandu. The Sundarijal hiking experience encompasses various notable landmarks, including natural beauty, monasteries, a national park with diverse flora and fauna, temples, villages, and waterfalls. If you're lucky, you may even encounter some of the reserved creatures such as different bird species, deer, leopards, and wild cats. Sundarijal hiking is suitable for travelers of all ages, particularly students, nature enthusiasts, volunteers, airline crew, and those seeking a short hiking adventure.

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