Budhanilkantha to Changu Narayan

4 nights / 5 days
Mode of trekking: Camping
Grade 2

The trek from Budhanilkantha to Changu Narayan offers a Changunarayan Templewealth of historical, ecological, cultural and aesthetic experiences comparable to extended trekking routes in the remote regions of Nepal. We see the grand views of Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Gaurishanker himal, Dorje Lakpa and a host of other himalayan peaks. The route covers North and Northeastern portions of Kathmandu Valley Rim. Overlooking Kathmandu valley from its Northern rim the hill Shivapuri bears a majestic pose. 'Shivapuri' literally means the abode of Lord Shiva, the god revered by the Hindus as one of the holy trinity. The first day of the trek starts from Budhanilkantha, the holy site of reclining Vishnu, again one of the sacred trinity, revered by the Hindus as the protector. The destination of the first day is Shivapuri, the second highest hill in the valley. The area is protected as Shivapuri Watershed and Conservation Area and we trek inside the conservation area. This region is famous for rhododendron and birds. From the Shivapuri peak the lights of Kathmandu sparkle magically after dark. Next morning the views of the himalayan peaks such as Langtang, Ganesh and Manaslu welcome us. On our way up we visit a Budhist Monastery, Nage Gompa.From thereon we proceed to Chisapani on the second day, a magnificent location for viewing himalayan peaks. On the third day we proceed towards Chowki Bhanjyang, a mixed settlement of Tamangs, Brahmins and Chhetris. On the fourth day we trek onwards to Nagarkot, a very popular destination for viewing the eastern himalayan peaks inclusive of Mt. Everest, Dorge Lakpa Gauri Shankar and many more peaks. Relaxing At NagarkotOn the last day we hike downwards to changu Narayan, one of the oldest temples in Nepal. Perched on Dolagiri hillock about 18km northeast of Kathmandu, the pagoda-styled temple of Changu Narayan dates back to 325 AD the period of King Hari Dutta Varma. Later the Lichivi King Manadeva I renovated the temple and placed a pillar with scripture in 464 AD. Again rebuilt in 1702, the temple is rich in art and architectural treasures. Stone sculptures of various reincarnations of Lord Vishnu, dating from the fourth to ninth centuries are scattered in its courtyard. The visit to the temple is followed by transportation to Kathmandu.

The trek offers an introduction to cultural, religious and natural heritage of Nepal.


Days Destinations Altitude (m)
01 To Shivapuri 2732
02 To Chisapani 2194
03 To Chowkibanjyang 2000
04 To Nagarkot 1985
05 To Changu. Drive to Kathmandu 1330

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Dear Ajaya,

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay! We loved our stay, you made us feel so at home! Delicious food too! Wish we could stay longer but will definitely be back.

All the best.
Dr. Cathleen Cummings
February 5, 2015