Nagarjun Forest Reserve
Nagarjun Forest Reserve
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NabarajThapa
Kathmandu, Nepal8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
This is excellent spot for day hiking. This forest is secured by Nepalese Army but only recommended taking guide or individual group travel. Do not go alone for safety reason. 3 hrs hike to top of Nagarjuana gives you awesome landscapes scenery including view of Whole Kathmandu valley.
Written December 31, 2013
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Caphley
Port Hardy, Canada45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
Natural hiking place. I have been to the top of the hill (Jamacho) many times during winters. Its fun to carry fresh oranges and few snacks, and travel in group of 5-10 friends. It is natural, adventurous, Easy-to-Moderate kind of hiking. You will love the view of Nagarjun Darbar and Kathmandu valley from there.
Written February 15, 2016
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Cocina_12
Kathmandu, Nepal54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
Lovely and best place to scape form rush Kathmandu!
10 minutes drive from centre of Kathmandu and 2 to 3 hours hike untill the Zamacho.

It is one of the famous Buddhist stupa on the Nagarjuna Hill which is about 7km. from Kathmandu on western skyline. A motorable road leads through Raniban [Queen] forest to this stupa. It takes about 45 minutes to reach there in motor/jeep while trek is about 5 km. on foot and takes about 2 hours. It is quite steepa and one has to climb about 2480 ft. [754 m.] in altitude as the stupa is situated on the top of the Nagarjuna hill at 2128 m. altitude. Nagarjuna hill is also described in literature as Vindya mountain.

I highly recommended this Hike for urban citizen and their family too!!!!!
Written September 8, 2014
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Mike T
Woodland Park, CO93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Solo
Nagarjun is a great place place to get in shape for your next trek! Just a short taxi ride from Thamel, pack up a lunch and get ready for a good half-day hike. It's a short (5K) walk from the entrance to the top -- but it's a VERY steep, a 740 meter ascent. In the old days, it was a slippery climb (and moreso, descent) -- but now there are stone steps the whole way (I estimate close to 4000 steps!!!) Once you reach the top, there are mountain views (weather permitting), a small stupa, a viewing tower, and several shelters where you can relax and have your lunch. There is also a road that you can drive to the top (but I haven't done that).

Entrance fee (for walking) is Rs250, but BE FORWARNED -- the military folks at the entrance insist that you leave a picture ID (e.g. a drivers license) with them at the gate, and then you pick it up when you return. This is an attempt to ensure that they know if anybody does not return -- thus they can initiate a search for you. I didn't have an extra ID to leave with them, but by speaking some Nepali and presssing the issue, they let me go without it...
Written March 29, 2012
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Armand Dirks
Kathmandu, Nepal129 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
You like to be in nature outside of the city?The Nagarjun Forrest Reserve may be an option. It's basically a walk over many concrete stairs and sandy paths up to the monastry on top of the hill. It takes about 2 hours to climb up, depending on your fitness and the night before perhaps. It's a nice activity! The down side is the entree price of RS 565 for foreigners and the compulsory 'guide'. After having being there several times, the compulsory guide turned me off that I decided not to go in. A sad and another wrong decision of the government concerning tourism. The excuse that the area may not be good to visit all alone, is simply not enough. A nice activity, but due to the compulsory guide, I rate it Poor...
Written February 2, 2018
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rodneycs
Linz, Austria347 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
It was always nice to have an elephant safari in the reserve and somewhat frightning going jup and down the hills so different from an elephangt safari in the Terai which islargely flat.
Written November 10, 2014
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SteveCairns
Brisbane, Australia131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
A short taxi ride from the centre of the city is a quality hike to a fantastic view point. Looking across the cityscape to the northwest you can see a forested mountain rising up behind the monkey temple. The highest point is 2095m where a small white Buddhist shrine can be seen on the skyline.
The main entrance is 2km north of Baluju. Note that you need photo ID to enter the reserve as security is tight since two foreign tourists were murdered here in 2005. Rather than pay someone to drive you to the top, we walked up a very steep but well marked 5km trail. I lost track of the number of stone steps alone the way, but there must be more than 1000! There is also a police post about 1/4 of the way up. Walking at a leisurely pace we arrived at the top after 2 hours or so. The view of the distant mountains is stunning and includes the Annapurna massif. Its also fun to see aircraft flying below you in the valley as they head in to the airport. There is a small viewing tower at the top. Unlike other locations, there is none of the street vendor, shops, hustle and bustle that you come to expect around Kathmandu. You have to come back down the same way, although in the past there was a track heading down to the south. The road is 17km back to the entrance so not much of an option for walking.
Written November 30, 2013
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solocoombe
Kathmandu, Nepal3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
As I have discovered, as with most things in Nepal for tourists this is a bit of a scam. We reached the forest entrance from Thamel (pay no more than 500 Rupees for a taxi), to find that as a foreigner it cost 565 Rupees per person to enter. This wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't also for the fact that it is compulsory as a non-Nepalese to have a "guide". The compulsory "guide" costs 800 Rupees for 3 hours. Apparently you must have a guide because you could get lost of hurt, this is rubbish as we discovered. The 3 hours consisted of walking up some steps and an easily followed path for a few hours through pretty life devoid, unimpressive forest. After a couple of hours you reach the top where the view of the mountains is pretty good. At this point the "guide" (who has been following behind saying nothing, all pretty awkward) says we should head back down as 3 hours will soon be up. So in total for the excursion we paid nearly 30 dollars worth for a weird and uninspiring day.
Written January 7, 2018
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VdaK
Bergen, Norway150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
a good place for hiking on a day off or before a real trek to get used to the nature. has some good hiking spots n up on the top, blow your mind views!
make sure to bring enough water and something to eat as food n drinks is somewhat unstable on the way! the top of shivapuri is the highest spot in kathmandu!
Written October 22, 2014
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Himalayan Smile Treks & Adventures
Kathmandu, Nepal40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
Balaju Rock Climbing Site is located in the north-west of Kathmandu valley. It takes 20 minutes driving by private vehicles and about 1 hour walk from Thamel, Kathmandu. It is one of the nearest Climbing Site of Kathmandu valley. There are more than 21 climbing routes and grade 4a to 7a+ overhang climbing also peoples who wants to train them self there are many multi pitch 30m and single pitch 12m
Written December 7, 2012
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