Nagarjuna Hill (Jamacho Gumba) Hike
- Duration 1 Day
- Difficulty Level Moderate
- Destination Nepal
- Trip Type Day Hike (10 Kilometres)
- Best Season Around the year
- Group Size 20
- Maximum Altitude 2,128 meters (6,982 feet)
Nagarjun Hill Hike offers the ultimate respite from the daily grind while being conveniently accessible from the city. It is the ideal fusion of nature, spirituality, and adventure.
Both pilgrims and trekkers like visiting Nagarjun Hill, which is located northwest of the Kathmandu Valley. The Buddhist monastery known as Jamacho Gomba, which is located on the hill, is revered for its historical and spiritual value. Nagarjun Hill offers a higher level of significance to the hike because it is a place of spiritual significance in addition to its natural beauty. Nagarjun Hill is a biodiversity treasure trove for those who love the outdoors.
The hill is a part of the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, and its forests not only have 177 species of birds but also have around 9 endangered species and 102 species of butterflies, along with several rare and endangered species. This hike is a great option for a day-long adventure because it is appropriate for both novice and experienced trekkers and is located at an elevation of roughly 2,128 meters. Nagarjun Hill is a famous place for cycling and rock climbing too.
Things to see in Hike to Nagarjun (Jamacho) Hill
- Experience changing landscapes, from lush forests to vibrant rhododendron blooms (seasonal).
- Enjoy sweeping vistas of the Kathmandu Valley as you ascend.
- Listen to the soothing sounds of chirping birds and rustling leaves.
- Explore the historic Jamacho Gomba, a Buddhist monastery on the hill.
- Explore Bichpau Cave and Nagarjun Shanti Cave.
- Take time to meditate and embrace the serene atmosphere.
- Spot wildlife like deer, monkeys, and a variety of bird species.
- Trek through Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park and witness its biodiversity.
- Embark on a journey that will refresh and invigorate your senses.
Start by traveling the short distance of 30 minutes to Fulbari Gate, which is the only access to Nagarjun. We purchase a National Park entrance ticket at the Fulbari gate counter, and then we enter the main gate. There is a road leading to the left from the gate. From there, it is a straight ascent to the top, where Jamacho Gumba and the Nagarjuna view tower are. From the bottom of the hill to the top, the hiking trail is roughly 5 kilometres long. Rani Ban, which in Nepali means "queen of the forest," is the name of the forest you journey through. The trails are well-marked and stoned and paved in many places.
The journey to the summit will take between two and three hours. And then we will descend back to the exit gate from the same route which will roughly take 2 hours. On a clear day, we will have the best view of the Kathmandu Valley and majestic peaks like the Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range, and Ganesh Himal Range. If you're fortunate, you might see spot wildlife creatures and birds while you go down the trail.
Yes, there is an entrance fee for entering the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park (about USD 10 per person)
The trek can be done independently, as the trail is well-marked and relatively straightforward. However, if you prefer the guidance and insights of a local, hiring a guide can enhance your experience and provide you with valuable information about the area.
Yes, Nagarjun Hill is part of a national park and is home to various wildlife species. You might spot deer, monkeys, and a variety of birds as you trek through the forested areas.
Yes, the Jamacho Gomba monastery holds historical and spiritual significance. It's a peaceful place for meditation and exploration. Respect the local culture and religious practices while visiting the monastery.
The best time for the Nagarjun Hill trek is during the dry seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The weather is pleasant, and the views are clear during these times.