The day hike from Budhanilkantha to Nagi Gompa is a popular route for those who want to experience the countryside and hill culture without tackling multi-day trek.
Start at the village of Budhanilkantha and visit the town’s famous temple before starting on the hike. Much of the route is through the Shivapuri National Park and leads to the Nagi Gumba Monastery.
Nagi Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist convent home to more than 100 nuns. Visitors are welcomed and many travellers stop here while hiking in the park; it also offers sweeping views of the Kathmandu Valley.
Drive from Kathmandu to Budhanilkantha. Hike to Nagi Gompa.
A short drive from Kathmandu brings us to Budanilkantha where we visit a 5metre long stone image of Vishnu which lies serenely in a pond sleeping on a multi-headed snake. From the temple it is only 10minute walk to the national park where over 500 species are protected including 9 endangered birds and more than 100 varieties each of mushrooms and butterflies.
Visit Nagi Gompa, a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery within the park then continue steeply uphill through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest for another three hours to a flat, grassy summit where you can view Himalayan peaks including Ganesh Himal, Langtang-Lirung and Dorji Lhakpa.
Great hike close to Kathmandu