Dhulikhel Namobuddha Hiking

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Dhulikhel Namobuddha hike is a short and enjoyable day hike around Kathmandu. The hike is relatively easy and in just 2 days, you can have a lot of fun while hiking along the exciting trail. The hike is a combination of spiritual and cultural experiences, making it a must-do for nature enthusiasts and travelers looking for a genuine taste of Nepal's beauty.

Dhulikhel is a historic town with well-preserved architecture offering an opportunity to explore ancient temples, and narrow alleyways, and enjoy the tranquility of the Himalayan foothills.  From the vantage point of Dhulikhel Hill, you can enjoy a complete panoramic view of the Annapurna range (8,091m), Langtang, Choba Bhamre, Gaurishankar (7,134m), and more. Along the way, you'll encounter friendly locals, get a taste of traditional Nepali culture, and have opportunities to savor local cuisine. 

Namobuddha is famous for its scenic beauty and tradition, making it a lovely place to visit. The hike passes through Namobuddha, which is an important pilgrimage site in the valley. There is an amazing story concerning Buddha, and it is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a stupa with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The stupa provides a peaceful environment, and we can see monks over there. The gumba is a significant building for both Nepali and Buddhist cultures.

The trail leads to quiet forests that have a peaceful environment. Trekking in Namobuddha Hill in the silent forest is the best feeling you can experience here. The hike provides truly exciting Himalayan views and village hikes. In clear weather, we can see the beautiful views of the long-range mountains like Mt Everest and Langtang. The hike around the gumba and the stupa will refresh your mind, and you will feel at peace.

Outline Information:

Starting Point: Kathmandu

Ending Point: Namobuddha to Kathmandu

Distance from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel: 31km

Distance from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha: 13km

Highest Elevation of Dhulikhel: 1550m

Highest Elevation of Namobuddha: 1800m

Grade: Easy

Why Dhulikhel Namobuddha Hike?

Scenic Beauty

The trail to Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha passes through lush forests, and terraced fields with stunning views of the Himalayas, including Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges.

Cultural Exploration

The region is rich in culture and history. In Dhulikhel, you can explore traditional Newar architecture, temples, and ancient alleyways. Namo Buddha is a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists, with a beautiful stupa and monastery.

Spiritual Experience

Namo Buddha holds immense spiritual significance as it is associated with a touching legend of the compassionate prince who gave his life to save a starving tigress and her cubs. Many pilgrims and hikers come here to seek blessings and reflect on the story.


Monasteries and Temples:

Along the trail, you'll encounter various monasteries and temples. These provide an opportunity to learn about Tibetan Buddhism, and meditation practices, and interact with monks and nuns.

Easy Accessibility:

Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha are relatively close to Kathmandu, making them easily accessible for a day hike or a weekend getaway. This is convenient for those with limited time but still want to experience the Himalayan culture and nature.


Escape from the City:

The quiet and serene environment in Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha provides an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. It's a chance to relax, unwind, and enjoy fresh mountain air. 

Dhulikhel Namobuddha Hiking Route

The Dhulikhel Namobuddha hiking journey commences by taking a bus or taxi from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel, which is a beautiful hill station with stunning mountain views. Spend some time exploring Dhulikhel, which is known for its Newari culture, traditional buildings, and scenic landscapes. 

The hike from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha is about 12-14 kilometers and the trail is well-marked. The trek offers beautiful views of the Himalayan mountains and passes through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional Nepali villages. 

After a few hours of hiking, you'll reach Namobuddha, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site. It's known for its peaceful environment and the Namobuddha Stupa, which is an important religious monument. Spend some time exploring Namobuddha, circumambulating the stupa, and enjoying the tranquility of the area. After your visit to Namobuddha, you can choose to return to Dhulikhel the same way you came or take an alternative route if you prefer a loop trek 


As your hike starts, you'll be surrounded by lush greenery and terraced fields, and the rural landscape is dotted with traditional Nepali houses and farmland. On a clear day, you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range, including peaks like Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar, and even glimpses of Mount Everest in the distance. The views are especially breathtaking during the sunrise or sunset. 

Along the hike, you'll have the opportunity to interact with local villagers, observe their daily activities, and experience the warmth and hospitality of the Nepali people. One of the main attractions of this hike is the Namobuddha Monastery, a sacred destination for Buddhists which is perched atop a hill. The hike will take you to this tranquil place where you can explore the monastery complex, Buddhist shrines, prayer wheels, prayer flags, and the beautiful golden stupa.

The trail is rich in flora and fauna. You may come across various plant species and birdlife as you hike through the wooded areas. The route passes through several small villages, and you can get a glimpse of the rural way of life in Nepal. The Dhulikhel and Namobuddha hike is a combination of stunning natural beauty with cultural and spiritual experiences. Don't forget to bring a camera to capture the scenic beauty and your experiences along the way. 


We drive from the center of Kathmandu to halfway to Dhulikhel. The hiking trail passes through colorful dense forests and offers majestic views of the Himalayas surrounding the traditional village. After one or one half hours scenic drive takes us through the heritage city of Bhaktapur and passes through green meadows. We arrive at Dhulikhel.
Dhulikhel is one of the best easy trail hiking areas around Kathmandu. Dhulikhel trails lead us to the beautiful greenery of hills and cities. Lots of roads and villages to go through which gets a bit boring but the Forrest parts and the views of the countryside make up for it.

The trail uphill of Dhulikhel is very enjoyable. We will walk 2-3 uphill to reach the top. It is famous for its scenic beauty and tradition, a lovely place. The numerous cultural attractions, the beauty of the traditional lifestyle, and the green vegetation make Dhulikhel an ideal place to visit to show what Nepal can offer.

From the top of this hill, we can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges of Annapurna range, Langtang, Choba Bhamre, Gaurishanker, Number Karyolung, etc. After exploring Dhulikhel hill, we will hike towards the Namobuddha. It will take us around 4-5 hrs to reach the base of Namobuddha from Dhulikhel. We will have a great evening with a beautiful view of the sunset. We will stay overnight at the Namobuddha hotel\logs at the end of the second day.

In the morning we will wake up early to see a lovely view of sunrise. The view from the Nagarkot in the morning is mind-blowing. We can have a breathtaking view of the city from the hill. We will have our meal and start the trek to explore Namobuddha hill. Namobuddha is one of the most important and oldest Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
The beautiful stupa of Namobuddha stands on the slopes of Gandha Malla Hill and it believes that it was built on the bones and hair of prince Mahasattva. It is also the best place for hiking in Kathmandu valley. Namobuddha is a cultural place where people worship Lord Buddha. The trail will be easy to reach the top monastery of the hill. Half of the trails are very small roads so; there won’t be vehicles on the way. The trails lead us to the quiet forest which has a peaceful environment.

Namobuddha hike provides truly exciting Himalayan views and village hikes. Beautiful monasteries and enjoyable greenery trails make people go there for hiking. We need to go by the stairs to reach the top of Namobuddha. We can see the beautiful view of the long-range mountains like Mt Everest and Langtang in clear weather. After exploring the Namobuddha hill and visiting the monastery. We will return to Kathmandu and end this memorable trekking over here.

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