Namkha Monastery Walk

Walk 'rural' parts of Kathmandu in this guided walk, immersing in lifestyle and the two philosophies of Buddhism & Hinduism. End with a sumptuous lunch with glorious views of the valley!

  • Courtesy -Steve Webster
  • Courtesy -Steve Webster
  • Courtesy -Steve Webster


  • A refreshing walk away from the hustle of Kathmandu
  • A deeper understanding of Nepali lifestyle particularly the two philosophies that drive Nepal - Hinduism and Buddhism
  • A inner understanding of a working monastery, which is far removed from mainstream tourism
  • Fantastic views of the valley
  • A delicious home-cooked lunch

The Shivapuri forests form the northern boundary of the Kathmandu Valley. Over the last twenty odd years, this has changed from an agrarian land with lazy settlements to a bustling suburb. Remnants of the past are of course still there.

In this walk, modifiable between 1.5 to 2.5 hours, you start at either the Hare Krishna Temple or the famous Budanilkanth Sleeping Vishnu Temple, and walk back lanes to the beautiful Namkha Monastery, where the disciples are from the Far West corner of Nepal - Humla.

Post the Namkha monastery, you walk back lanes to the homely Shivapuri Heights Cottage, which boasts itself to be "a breath of fresh air and a home away from home". Here you enjoy a leisurely home cooked lunch, while sitting in the terrace with stunning views of the Kathmandu Valley.

Guaranteed. It will be difficult to peel you away from this wonderful setting back to the bustle of Kathmandu.

TOP TIP: When booked in advance, this day trip can be conviently converted into an overnighter. You will not regret it!


  • A well informed guide
  • Private transport in a car
  • A homely Lunch
  • Refillable water bottle
  • A wonderful experience


  • Beverages and Tips
  • Single supplement. This is a price in a minimum of two persons.
  • Overnight at the resort comes at a surcharge. Ask for details!
Day 1 | HIKING

11:00 am Meet at the Bhudanilkantha Temple. Look around the Temple. 11:30 am Hike for 45 mins to Shivapuri Heights Cottages 12:15 pm Arrive at Cottage. Welcome drink soft 13:00 pm Lunch 15:00 pm Walk across to Namkha Monastery 15:30 pm Look around this beautiful Monastery 16:00 pm Vehicle meets you at Monastery for drive back

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Day Location Activity Transport Hotel Meals
1 Namkha Monastery Hiking hike Self L
Brief Itinerary Detailed Itinerary
  • Hiking the hills around Kathmandu

  • Lunch at Shivapuri Heights Cottage

  • View from Shivapuri Heights Cottage

Day Tours | What to carry

The day tours are the ones where you have to worry the least about what to carry. However, some information is always helpful.

  • A light jacket or a warm jacket (depending on time of year and how cold you generally get)
  • An umbrella or a rain jacket. You never know
  • Some money (in case a souvenir tempts you, or you want to have a drink)
  • A water bottle (water is available for purchase everywhere, though we do not recommend purchasing plastic bottles - garbage is a nuisance in Nepal.
  • Comfortable clothes - shorts are also fine of course..
  • Comfortable shoes - trainers are best!