To take a quick break from the bustling city and to walk in the wonders of nature, Jamacho Day Hike is one of the best choices on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley, at an altitude of 2100 meters.
The Jamacho hike is named after the Jamacho Monastery, which is located on Nagarjun Hill, also known as Vindya Mountain. Jamacho Gumba (monastery) is a renowned Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage where we will find a small statue of Nagarjuna Buddha. Two roots of statues of Buddhist gods and goddesses can be seen lining the east side of the stupa.
Jamacho day hike is one of the most popular short hikes easily accessible from Kathmandu Valley. It takes about a half-hour drive to reach the spot from the hike starting point. Hiking begins near the Balaju bypass, also known as the Phulbari gate. After getting the entry ticket at the gate, one can start hiking.
As part of Shivapuri National Park (which is the youngest National park and the only National park that is in Kathmandu Valley), Nagarjun-Jamacho hiking can be a perfect hike for nature lovers. It goes through the wilderness of the woods protected by the Nepalese Army. While walking through the woods you could hear the melodious chirping of birds as well as may encounter wildlife. The major reward of this walk is the spectacular views of Kathmandu as well as the Annapurna, Manaslu, Jugal, and Langtang mountain ranges in the distance on a clear day from the top of the hill.
What could be better than experiencing nature where the birds sing, trees dance and the smiley Himalayas cheer them?
The Jamacho Hiking trails are easy and there are also cemented steps that are developed for hiking. A motorable road also leads to Jamacho Gumba but the hiking path is the best choice for those nature wanderers. The hiking path is about 5 km from the bottom to the top of the hill. It takes 3-4 hours to reach the top according to the walking pace of a person.
For enthusiastic travelers who are very interested in wildlife and bird watching, the Jamacho Day hike could be the best option that can be accomplished in a short timeframe.
Hiking in Nagarjun-Jamacho is also noted for its spiritual benefits and as a great spot to meditate. You can click photos, read a book, and meditate in addition to enjoying the mesmerizing views of the surroundings once you reach the summit of Nagarjun Hill.
As it is a day hike, you can add it to your existing trekking journeys or any other Nepal tour packages. Himalayan Trekkers always grant different hiking options for travelers to enjoy their short leisure.
Jamacho Day Hike Highlights
- A peaceful nature walk in the woods
- A panoramic view of the stunning Kathmandu Valley
- Beautiful vistas of the Himalayas such as Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Jugal, Dorje Lakpa, and the Langtang ranges
- Sight some of the unique flora, fauna, and birds en route
- Sacred Jamacho stupa Monastery and an ancient cave
How difficult is Jamacho Day Hike?
Jamacho Peak Hike is a moderately difficult hike that takes about 6-7 hours to accomplish. Because this location is so close to Kathmandu, anyone visiting Kathmandu for a short period of time can take this hike. No prior experience, preparations, and hard exercise are required for the trip. This journey is easily completed by travelers with modest physical fitness.
Best Time to do Jamacho Day Hike
Jamacho Day Hiking is possible throughout the year. However, the spring and autumn seasons are the optimum time for hiking and trekking journeys in Nepal. The spring and autumn months provide the best views with the best hiking experiences. The days are clear and warm with pleasant weather and an easy trail through the shades of different trees inside the woods.
The Jamacho Hike can also be done in the winter as it is not high-altitude trekking and it takes less than 7 hours to complete the journey. The days are sunny and warm but it might be a little cold as you should walk inside the jungle. However, the vista of the Himalayas is at its best because the Himalayas are blanketed with fresh snow.
Summer/monsoon is for those who have a strong enthusiasm and wants to experience different from others. The heavy downpour inside the forest can be very hard for easy hikers. The rainfall might bring leeches with it in addition to the slick trail. On the other hand, the surrounding view as well as Himalayan views are most clear after the rainfall washes away the dirt and dust of Kathmandu Valley.
Things to be noted while doing Jamacho Day Hike
- Some instruments such as Speakers, knives, matchboxes, lighters, and other fire-producing instruments are prohibited.
- It is not permitted to make a loud noise and disturb the habitat.
- There are no teahouses or lunch stops along the way. So we should carry packed lunch, water, and some snacks.