Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha Hiking
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Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha Hiking

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calender icon Duration 3.0 days
accommodation icon Accommodation 3* Hotels
season icon Best Season Whole Year,
hiking icon Hiking,Sight Seeing 3.0 days
transportation icon Transportation Private Car days
altitude icon Max-Altitude 2175.0 m
meal icon Meal Full Board Meals
difficulty icon Difficulty easy

Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha Hiking Overview

The hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel and Namobuddha is a popular 3-day trek around Kathmandu. This hike offers a great opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of hills and mountain ranges, as well as Buddhist stupas and gumbas. The main attraction of this hike is the beautiful sunrise and sunset views.

Nagarkot is famous for its sunrise and sunset views and covers a distance of around 26km (17 miles) with a height of 2,175m. From Nagarkot, the trek leads to Dhulikhel, which is around 15-16 km away and offers beautiful views of green hills and cities.

From the top of Dhulikhel hill (7,134 m), one can see around 20 peaks including Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m) and many others. The hike passes through colorful dense forests and offers majestic views of the Himalayas surrounding the traditional village of Namobuddha. The hike to Namobuddha is very famous for all Buddhist pilgrims where the massive Monastery and Namo Buddha temple lie.

The environment around the gumba is very clean and has fresh air. The hike trails pass through quiet forests, which will make you feel good. You can also see many different kinds of birds on the trail. It is popular for its bird-watching tour and Himalayan views. Nearly 72 species of residents and migratory birds are found in the forests of Namobuddha. Some birds that can be found on the Namobuddha Hill are Long Tailed, Shrike, Variable Wheatear, Scarlet Minivet, Common Iora, Common Hoopoe, Steppe Eagle, and Asian Black, and White Way Tail.

Outline Information:

Starting Point: Kathmandu

Ending Point: Namobuddha to Kathmandu

Distance from Kathmandu to Nagarkot: 26km

Distance from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel: 15km

Distance from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha: 13km

Highest Elevation of Nagarkot: 2,175m

Highest Elevation of Dhulikhel: 1,550m

Highest Elevation of Namobuddha: 1,800m Grade: Easy

Why Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha Hike?

Scenic Beauty

The trail offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range, including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and even Mt. Everest on a clear day. The sunrise and sunset views from Nagarkot are particularly spectacular. 

Cultural Diversity

The hike allows you to explore the diverse cultures and traditions of Nepal. You'll encounter traditional villages, interact with locals, and witness daily rural life. 

Peace and Serenity

The route takes you through peaceful and tranquil landscapes far from the hustle and bustle of city life. It's an excellent escape to find inner peace and tranquility.

Namobuddha Monastery

The Namobuddha monastery is a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists. It's a great place to explore and learn more about Nepal's heritage. 

Hiking Adventure

The trek offers a moderate level of challenge, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's a great opportunity to experience the joy of hiking in the Himalayan foothills. 

Birdwatching and Nature

The region is rich in birdlife and natural beauty. You might spot various bird species and wildlife as you trek through forests, terraced fields, and ridges. 

Nagarkot Dhulikhel Namobuddha Hiking Route

The Nagarkot Dhulikhel Namobuddha Hike typically starts from the Nagarkot, a hill station located about 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. You'll pass through small villages, observe the picturesque views of the Himalayas, terraced fields, and lush forests, and enjoy the serenity of the countryside. 

Dhulikhel is a charming Newari town known for its well-preserved architecture and panoramic mountain views. After exploring Dhulikhel, you can hike to Namobuddha passing through lush forests, and offer glimpses of traditional rural life. Namobuddha is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site known for its sacred stupa and monastery. It's a peaceful and spiritual place to visit. 


The hike starts at Nagarkot, a popular hill station where you can witness the breathtaking sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas. You'll be able to see panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and even a distant glimpse of Mt. Everest on a clear day. During the hike, you'll see the lush forests, terraced fields, and picturesque views of rolling hills and traditional Nepali villages. Dhulikhel is a charming town with a well-preserved Newari culture and architecture. The old town of Dhulikhel provides many photogenic spots with ancient temples and architecture.

Namobuddha is a sacred Buddhist site with a peaceful monastery and stunning surroundings. You can enjoy the serene ambiance and views of the lush green valleys. Throughout the hike, you'll experience the beauty of rural Nepal. You'll see terraced fields, traditional houses, and people going about their daily lives. The hike allows you to immerse yourself in the authentic culture and scenery of the Kathmandu Valley.




On the first day of our trek, we explored Nagarkot Hill and hiked to the Dhulikhel area. We will be driving around 1:30mins from the center of the Kathmandu to Nagarkot base area.

When we reach the base of Nagarkot, we will start our trek to explore the Nagarkot hill to Dhulikhel Nagarkot is a popular hill station with a height of 2175m. It lies around 26km from the center of Kathmandu, but we will be at the base of the hill so we will just explore the hill. It will take us around 2-3 hrs of a hike to reach the top of the hill. Nagarkot is a community of Newari people.

You can see the agriculture of Newari inhabitants on the way. You can have a taste of Newari food over here. We can see the beautiful view of the mountain ranges of Manaslu Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Himal Range, Rolwaling Range, and Everest Range from here.

We will hike to the Dhulikhel base area from here. It will take us around 4-5 hours to hike to Dhulikhel from Nagarkot Hill. It will be great to spend time in nature. The hike is not too difficult and we will enjoy the scenic views along the way. The trail is full of natural beauty. We can see different types of trees on the way.

When we will reach Dhulikhel we will have a great evening view of the city and beautiful hills with the sunset. There are many lodges/hotels in Dhulikhel to stay the night.


We will wake up early in the morning to get the fresh air. We will enjoy the morning with the beautiful view of the city and hills. We can see a lovely sunrise from there. We will do our mile and continue the trek to explore Dhulikhel Hill and the base of Namobuddha. Dhulikhel is one of the best easy trail hiking areas around Kathmandu.

Dhulikhel trails lead us to the beautiful greenery of hills and cities. The trail uphill of Dhulikhel is very enjoyable. We will walk 2-3 uphill to reach the top of the hill. It is famous for its scenic beauty and tradition, a lovely place. Dhulikhel offers numerous cultural attractions, the beauty of the traditional lifestyle, and the green vegetation which make Dhulikhel an ideal place to visit.

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 hours to reach the base of Namobuddha from Dhulikhel. We will have a great evening with a wonderful view of the sunset. We will stay overnight at the Namobuddha hotel\lodges at the end of the second day.


Early in the morning, we will wake up to see a beautiful view of sunrise from Namobuddha. The view of sunrise and Snowcap Mountain from the Namobuddha will be a memorable view for you. The environment and the clean surroundings are very good for mental health. We will have our meal and continue our trek to explore Namobuddha hill.

Namo Buddha is an ancient and famous Buddhist monastery hill situated at the height of 1800m. It is also the best place for hiking in Kathmandu Valley. Namobuddha is a cultural place where people worship Lord Buddha. The trail will make it 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. In clear weather, we can see the beautiful views of long-range mountains like Mt Everest and Langtang. 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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Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, and Namobuddha offer a range of accommodation options, from cozy lodges to upscale resorts. In Nagarkot, you can relish panoramic mountain views and stay in comfortable guesthouses. Dhulikhel boasts charming inns with a traditional touch, providing a taste of culture. Namobuddha offers serene monastic stays, allowing you to immerse in Buddhist spirituality. Whether you're on a budget or looking for luxury, each destination promises a unique experience, making your hike through these enchanting Himalayan locales a memorable journey enriched with diverse accommodations to suit your preferences.


About Meal

During your Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, and Namobuddha hike, you can find rustic teahouses and eateries that serve traditional Nepali cuisine. Dal Bhat, a wholesome meal of lentil soup, rice, vegetables, and often a meat or fish dish, is a common choice. Momos, a popular Nepali dumpling filled with various ingredients is a quick and tasty snack. Additionally, you can enjoy local beverages like butter tea and lemon ginger honey tea. These simple yet delicious meals replenish energy and complement the serene ambiance of the trek. 


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