In Nepal, there really is not only one path. You can discover a new path, climb new peaks and rest upon hilltops that will have you feeling like you’re the only one there. With so much attention grabbed by the major peaks and trekking routes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that there are many hiking routes located in and around Kathmandu. The WEEKEND ECO HIKE is organised by Responsible Treks right from the cultural hotspot of Boudhanath Stupa. The hike which takes between 3-4 hours, depending on your pace starts from Lapsi Phedi all the way to Nagarkot, a popular hill town where you have spectacular views of the sunrise, sunset and even the Himalayas.
After meeting early at the Boudhanath Stupa, a group of Tracing Nepal 2017 team members and I were driven to Lapsi Phedi along with Responsible Treks expert and founder Chhewang N. Lama. Along the way, I learned about the types of people that sign up for the Weekend Eco Hike. From air cabin crew members who are only in Kathmandu for a quick layover to Nepali students and hikers, the weekend eco hike is a simple way to get a break from the city, have a breath of fresh air and be back in time for dinner. Of course you have the option of spending the night in Nagarkot as well.
The hike follows the gentle hill uphill offering beautiful views of the terraced rice fields and the historic town of Sankhu and Kathmandu in a distance. I felt that the terraced rice fields should be made into an attraction itself. Do have a look at my photo and let me know what you think of it. The path at parts joins the motor road but for most times is away from vehicles and offers a calm walk up to Nagarkot. A highlight is reaching Aahalchaur, not only because it’s the lunch spot but because the forest there is pretty different. It’s a perfect place for photo opportunities and even the wooden-cottage style local restaurant makes for a perfect Instagram. Upon reaching Nagarkot Farm House, we rested for tea and coffee and then got a vehicle back to Kathmandu.
The Weekend Eco Hike covers a distance of 9KM and is perfect for everyone. Regardless of age or whether you’re local or from far far away, it’s a hike which is suitable for all and ideal for those who have very little time in Nepal.
NPR 1500 or equivalent per head ( Nepalese )
USD $30 or equivalent per head ( Foreigners )
What is included:
● Experienced Guide
● Local Lunch
● Tea or coffee in Nagarkot Farm House
● FUN FUN FUN
CONTACT: Chhewang N Lama – 9801046333
PS. If you have a travel group/school group, then this is perfect for few hours of bonding. Do get in touch with Chhewang and he’ll have better idea to customise the walk to the needs of your organisation or group.