Dhulikhel Hiking

Dhulikhel Hiking


Dhulikhel is situated in the central part of Nepal. Dhulikhel Hiking offers you panoramic mountain views.  This is just 32 km from the Kathmandu valley. The main attractions of Dhulikhel are the grand and panoramic mountain views, numerous temples, and different types of landscape, and a diversity of people. This ancient town is situated 30 km east of Kathmandu. It is a popular Himalayan viewpoint. From there you can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west. The old part of this town is an interesting area to wander around with some fine old Nepali buildings and several interesting temples. From there you can also take a day trip to the Tibet border or Tatopani, a place which is famous for its hot sulfur spring.

Trip Facts

Trip Name:  Dhulikhel Day Hike / Dhulikhel Hiking

Duration: 1 day

Country: Nepal

Destination: Dhulikhel and Nagarkot

Group size: Any

Max. Altitude: 1550m

Min. Altitude: 1350m

Trip type: Hiking

Grade: Easy

Best Season: all around the year

Departs: Travel pickups are offered

Trip highlights for Dhulikhel Hiking

  • Broadest views of the Himalayas such as Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal, Mahalangur range etc from Nagarkot
  • stunning view  of Langtang, Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Sankar, and Melungtse from Dhulikhel
  • Sunrise and Sunset view 
  • Hiking along with the pine forests, farmlands, several small settlements
  • Explore the Newari community, their culture, and also their lifestyle


Want to skip your day from the hustle and bustle of life in the city and get engaged with nature. Want to explore nature and the cultural places within a short amount of time, then a day hike to Dhulikhel has such an opportunity for you. 

Dhulikhel is located 30km southeast of Kathmandu and has become a popular weekend destination for local as well as international visitors. It is considered as paradise by nature-lovers. This place offers the finest panorama of the scenic mountains, hills as well as natural landscapes with diverse cultures.  This town offers a mesmerizing view of mountains such as Langtang, Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, and Melungtse. Another major attraction of Dhulikhel is its ancient monasteries and temples. Namo Buddha monastery, Narayan temple are some of the religious sites one can visit in Dhulikhel. Besides, it is also an ancient Newari town with traditional Newar craftsmanship.

Dhulikhel Hiking

A day hike to Dhulikhel lets you explore the slight of Nagarkot as well. Located 32km east of Kathmandu, Nepal in Bhaktapur District, it is at an elevation of 2195m. Nagarkot is one of the most popular spots for tourism popularly known for the most scenic spot in Bhaktapur district. Nagarkot is the nearest hill station from Kathmandu and an amateur for the spectacular sunrise view as well as the panoramic view of the Himalayas including Everest as well as other Himalayan ranges. It commands the broadest views of the Himalayas including Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal, Mahalangur range, etc. In addition, the hill station is even popular for the view of the Kathmandu valley. During the clear weather, one can witness the view of the sunrise touching the peak of the Himalayan.

The hike starts from an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot to catch the spectacular sunrise view striking over the peak of the Himalayas. After spending some time over here, we will have breakfast and start our hike to Dhulikhel passing through pine forests, farmlands, and a small settlement. The hike lets you experience the lifestyle of the locals. Likewise, hiking for about 5 hours takes us to the beautiful town in Dhulikhel. You will visit Namo Buddha, a Buddhist pilgrimage site, Narayan temple, a sacred place for Hindu and an old town. Finally, you will drive back from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu 

Activities at a Glance

Dhulikhel is one of the most popular short-distance hikes close to the capital. This hike lets you witness nature as well as experience the local and traditional lifestyle of the people living outside the city in Village areas. Likewise, it takes you away from the hustle and bustle life of the city to the fresh and peaceful surroundings. Therefore, the hike to Dhulikhel has a lot to offer such as

Sunrise and Sunset View

This hike offers both sunrise and sunset views. Early in the morning, we will catch the sunrise view from Nagarkot. We, all are attracted to the sunrise view but the sunset view in the evening is worth watching. enjoying the morning sunrise view from Nagarkot, this hike offers you a stunning sunset view in the evening. Similarly, the red sun going down through the peaks of the Himalayas gives an eye-catching scenario in Dhulikhel.

Stunning views of the snow-capped peaks

Nepal is the land of the Himalayas, and home to the world’s highest peak. So, one can witness the mesmerizing snow-capped peaks including the world’s highest Everest during your hike to  Dhulikhel. As Nagarkot offers the broadest views of the Himalayas such as Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal, Mahalangur range etc. Besides, one can have a stunning view of Langtang, Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Sankar, and Melungtse from Dhulikhel. Therefore, you can have a panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks during your day hike to Dhulikhel.

Pleasant easy and a short hike

The hike to Dhulikhel from Nagarkot is about 5-6 hours long and this short hike gives the best memory for a lifetime. The hike passes through several settlement areas, Pine forests, farmlands taking you to an ancient Newari town with the valuable Newari asset which are fine examples of Newari craftsmanship. Besides, the hike is relatively easy and most encouraging for beginners. Therefore, within a short amount of time, you will feel like you have explored the whole country during this hike.

Witness typical village life

During your hike to Dhulikhel from Nagarkot,  you will pass through several settlements where you will experience the typical village life of Nepalese society. The life of a village is far more different than that of the city. You will find people being engaged in agriculture and everything is fresh and organic here. Besides, unlike the city area, the village area gives the best scenario of natural landscapes. Also, people are found living in a mud house with greenery around. 

Exploration of culture and tradition

Another advantage of hiking to this place brings out different sorts of joy and excitement by exploring the culture that the people are following over here. You will get to know the different forms of culture and tradition. People here considered visitors equal to the god. On your way to Dhulikhel, you will explore several monasteries including the Nava Buddha, which is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Besides, you will pass through several temples that reflect the art and architecture of ancient people.

Outline Itinerary for Dhulikhel Hiking

4:30: Our trek guide will assist you from the hotel and drive to Kakani

6:00 am: Arrival at Nagarkot viewpoint and witness the sunrise view striking over the peaks of the Himalayas. Spend some time over here, exploring the nature and natural resources

7:00 am: Breakfast

8:00 am: Start your hike to Dhulikhel. We will hike for about 5-6 hours through several villages in Rhonie Bhanjyang, Kankre, and Tanchok. With the stunning view of Jugal, Gauri Sankar, Dorie Lhakpa, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal. 

2:00 pm:  hike to one of the most popular Buddhist monasteries. Explore some time at the monastery 

3:00 pm: have your lunch and go to Narayan Temple and the old town of Dhulikhel. Spare some time exploring the villages in Dhulikhel and explore the traditional life of the people here.

5: 00 pm: enjoy the sunset view from Dhulikhel and drive back to Kathmandu

Includes and Excludes


  • Private transport with departs
  • Pick up and drop off to the desired location
  • Gasoline and car parking
  • Breakfast
  • All government taxes 
  • Tourist guide


  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills and additional shopping
  • Any alcoholic beverages as well as soft drinks
  • Tips and gratitude for the drivers