Jamacho Day Hike

  • From your hotel stay
  • 8 AM
  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Easy
  • 2100 metres
  • Jamacho


Jamacho Day Hike, located on the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley at an altitude of 2100 meters, offers a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse oneself in the beauty of nature. The hike is named after the Jamacho Monastery, located on Nagarjun Hill, also known as Vindya Mountain, which is a popular Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site featuring a small statue of Nagarjuna Buddha.

The hike begins near the Balaju bypass and takes about a half-hour drive to reach the starting point. As part of Shivapuri National Park, which is the youngest national park in the Kathmandu Valley, the hike offers the opportunity to explore the wilderness of the woods protected by the Nepalese Army. Along the way, hikers may encounter wildlife and hear the melodious chirping of birds. The summit of Nagarjun Hill offers spectacular views of the Kathmandu Valley and the Annapurna, Manaslu, Jugal, and Langtang mountain ranges on a clear day.

The trails are easy and feature cemented steps, and while there is a motorable road leading to Jamacho Gumba, the hiking path is the recommended choice for nature enthusiasts. The hike is about 5 km from the bottom to the top of the hill and takes 3-4 hours depending on the walking pace.

In addition to the natural beauty, the hike is also noted for its spiritual benefits and as a great spot to meditate. Travelers can take photos, read a book or meditate at the summit of Nagarjun Hill. As it is a day hike, it can be added to existing trekking journeys or Nepal tour packages. The hike is a great option for those who are interested in wildlife and bird watching, and who want to enjoy nature and the stunning views of the Himalayas in a short timeframe.

Few important points to keep in mind

  • It is prohibited to bring any items that could potentially cause a fire, such as speakers, knives, matchboxes, and lighters.
  • Additionally, visitors should refrain from making loud noises that could disturb the local wildlife and their habitat.
  • There are no facilities along the trail for food or drink, so hikers should make sure to bring their own packed lunch, water, and snacks.

Highlights of Jamacho day Hike

  • Located just a short drive away from the popular tourist destination of Thamel, making it easily accessible for visitors.
  • Offers stunning views of the Kathmandu Valley from the top, with the possibility of seeing snowcapped mountains on a clear day.
  • Provides an opportunity to observe local wildlife such as deer, wild boar, different types of monkeys, and various bird species.
  • An affordable and short hike that is perfect for those looking to experience nature and fresh air close to Kathmandu. The hike is within a national park with controlled entry and limited visitors, allowing for an unspoiled, pristine forest experience.


In the morning after breakfast, you will be picked up at the designated pick-up location and driven for a 15-30 minute journey to Phulbari Gate, located near the Balaju Bypass. We will begin the hike upon obtaining the necessary park permit. The trail will take us upward through dense pine forests, providing the opportunity to spot various bird species along the way.
As we reach the summit, we will come across the well-known Jamacho Monastery and an ancient cave adorned with colorful prayer flags. On a clear day, we will be able to see an awe-inspiring view of the Kathmandu Valley, and the majestic Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, among other mountains. After a picnic lunch at the top of the hill, with a cool breeze and serene environment, we will make our way back down to the starting point of the hike. We will then board our vehicle and be driven back to the drop-off location/hotel.

Drive Back To Thamel (30 minutedrive)



  • Private Transportation (Thamel-Bypass- FulBari Gate - Thamel)
  • Experience English Speaking Hiking Guide
  • Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park Entry Fee
  • Bottled/Mineral water
  • Packed lunch & snacks
  • Applicable government taxes


  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Personal expenses, Tips and etc.
  • Hiking gear
  • Travel, Medical insurance, and first aid kit
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusion

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Jamacho Day Hike
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