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Countryside Kathmandu Valley – Day Hike
Guided day hike from Godawari to Lubhu – starting in Kathmandu
- Enjoy the peace and quiet of Godavari botanical garden
- Get a panoramic view of the Himalayas from Chapakharka
- Pass through traditional villages and see rural life unfolding
- Relatively easy day hike, with a local guide
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Step away from the craziness of Kathmandu for a day, and experience the serene countryside and softer pace of life in the region just east of the city. Here, you’ll find picturesque gardens, quiet little villages and panoramic views of the valley and the mountains.
Along with a local guide, you’ll travel to the botanical garden and sacred pond at Godavari, from where you can follow a gentle uphill trail to the viewpoint at Chapakharka, from where you can see over the Kathmandu Valley to the south, and the distant Himalayas to the north.
The trail takes you through the lush Nepalese countryside, past steeply terraced farmland and through pretty villages where local life carries on in much the same way as it has for centuries. You’ll feel like you’re in a different world from Kathmandu city.
This 5-hour route is rated easy-moderate.
You’ll be picked up after breakfast in a comfortable, private vehicle, ready for a 45-minute drive the Godavari. After seeing the botanical garden, your local guide will lead you to the start of the trail.
The hike to the viewpoint takes around 2 hours, and you’ll gain around 600m in elevation. For the most part, the incline is very gradual and the walk is very achievable for most people. Along the way, you can enjoy the countryside and observe local life in the villages you pass.
Once at the Chapakharka viewpoint, you can enjoy sweeping views of the valley and mountains, and there is a place to buy snacks and drinks. You’ll take a different route as you descend, passing more wonderful views and villages, before reaching Lubhu where your driver will be waiting.
- English speaking, professional guide
- Transport in a comfortable modern vehicle (most group sizes can be accommodated)
- Tips and personal expenses
- Snacks and drinks