Sundarijal Day Hike from Kopan Monastery - 1 Day

Beautiful Kopan Monastery

Trip Info

Trip Duration

1 Day

Max Altitude

1400 m



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Sundarijal Day Hike from Kopan Monastery Overview

The Sundarijal Day Hike from Kopan Monastery is one of the best hikes to do around the Kathmandu Valley. The 4-5 hours easy hiking journey takes you to some of the important and famous locations such as the Kopan Monastery, Tarebhir, and Sundarijal through the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. 

This journey begins with a short drive to the grand Kopan Monastery. Dedicated to Mahayana Buddhism, Kopan Monastery is open for all those who want to do yoga, meditation, and retreat. The monastery also teaches Buddhism under the Gelugpa sect and Mahayana tradition. The monastery complex is both artistically and naturally rich. The arts and architecture of each monument in the monastery complex, the fluttering colorful prayer flags, and the vintage prayer wheels, are already a great sight to see. In addition, the panoramic vista of the Himalayas on a clear day and a picturesque view of the Kathmandu Valley in the northeast is really something to admire. 

From Kopan Monastery, the trail slowly climbs through the dense coniferous forest leading to the Tarebhir Hill station which is famous for rock climbing. There we pass by Tarebhir village mainly inhabited by the Tamang ethnic group. The houses are decorated with draping Buddhist prayer flags. The lifestyle of the locals of the village gives a hint into the overall lifestyle of the hilly regions of Nepal. The top of Tarebhir offers the best wide view of Kathmandu valley- especially the northern sides. 

Then, from Tarebhir, the trail slowly and easily turns towards Sundarijal through the Shivapuri National Park. The route is filled with natural greenery, wild animals such as deer, leopards, and wild cats, as well as a variety of butterflies and birds. The national park is the youngest national park in Nepal and the only national park in Kathmandu valley territory. It is also one of the best places for bird-watching around the valley area. The hiking trail introduces you to small beautiful streams, watersheds, seasonal flowers, and seasonal fruits. The forest walk really relaxes your thoughts and makes you appreciate nature's splendor. 

After a couple of hours of ascending and descending at some point, the route ends at Sundarijal. Sundarijal is fifteen kilometers northeast of Kathmandu valley and is named after the Hindu deity Sundarimai which means "beautiful water’. The major attraction of this place is the man-made water reservoir site which looks astonishing in the middle of the forest. The massive waterfalls and rushing streams of Sundarijal are wonderful, especially during the monsoon season. Also, visitors are attracted by the hydropower dam and water supply station. 

The walking journey then ends at the Sundarijal Bus Park where the private vehicle will be waiting for us to get us back to Kathmandu. 

Note:The Kopan Monastery to Sundarijal Hiking Trail is also suitable for cycling, and motorbiking activities. Hence, we can see many people hiking as well as motorbiking and mountain biking on this trail during the weekdays. 

Kopan Monastery to Sundarijal Day Hike Highlights

  • Beautiful Kopan Monastery & panoramic Himalaya vista on a clear day 
  • A spectacular view of Boudhanath Stupa from Kopan Monastery
  • Great & wide vista of Kathmandu Valley and Tribhuwan International Airport from Tarebhir
  • Hiking amid picturesque scenery and settlements via lush forest 
  • Breathtaking Sundarijal waterfall, small streams, hydropower dam, cliffs, and the stunning scenery
  • Chance to witness wild animals like deer, leopards, and wild cats, as well as a variety of butterflies and birds

Best Time to do Sundarijal Hike from Kopan Monastery 

Day Hiking trips around Kathmandu Valley are possible throughout the year. However, it is best to avoid the wet season, and is considered best to go hiking around Kathmandu Valley during the dry season. 

The dry season begins in late September/October and continues until mid-to-late May. This is the season of clear sky, agricultural harvesting, and, up in the mountains, chilling cold. 

September to November is the autumn months and is regarded as Nepal's best trekking season. This season has mild temperatures and good hiking conditions, capped off by breathtaking views made possible by the monsoon clearing the air of dust and pollution.

The winter months from December to February are also considered a great time for day hikes around the Kathmandu Valley as they have warm sunny and clear days. The days are definitely shorter than in the other seasons but a short hike like Sundarijal Hike from Kopan Monastery can be succeeded on winter days. 

The spring season starts in March and lasts till May in almost every part of Nepal including the Kathmandu valley and its surroundings. Spring is regarded as one of the greatest seasons for any adventure activity in Nepal such as trekking, climbing, and hiking, not only because of the pleasant weather but also because of the beautiful scenery. Hikers will be rewarded with breathtaking views of rhododendron blooming when visiting the Sundarijal from the Kopan Monastery route in spring. 

The wet season which is also the summer/monsoon season starts in June, bringing showers, flooding rivers, and lush green flora to the fields. It also brings hot and humid conditions and soaked trails housed by leeches. It is not a highly recommended time to go any hiking including the Sundarijal hiking but you can do it if you are seeking some extra dose of adventure.

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US$ 90 P/P

US$ 90.00

US$ 4.05


Note: This expense includes bank charge of 4.5%

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Drive to Kopan Monastery & Hike to Sundarijal
5/6 Hours Trip
Max Altitude: 1650 M

After your breakfast, we will have a 45-minute drive to Kopan Monastery. We will explore the monastery complex and its surroundings and have a spectacular view of the Boudhanath Stupa. Soon after we will begin our hike towards a beautiful hill station named Tarebhir via a lovely pine forest and the UN Police Training Center. 

The trail ascends with each step, providing a great warm-up for our legs and body before the rest of the trip. Our walk is accompanied by stunning views of Kathmandu city and the airport runway. After a few hours of ascent, we reach Tarebhir foothills. As soon as we reach the hill station, we are welcomed with a cool breeze and a breathtaking view of the valley.

We will leave Tarebhir after a short halt for lunch and walk through the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. Enjoying the chirping of the birds, and the coolness of the wet streams, and expecting to encounter some lovely flora and fauna, we come to the ultimate destination of this hiking journey, Sundarijal. We will catch a great view of Kathmandu Valley and a Tamang Village named Mulkharka. We will stroll around Sundarijal Hydropower and Water Supply Station and head towards Sundari Mai Temple. After strolling a bit at the temple surroundings, we reach Sundarijal Waterfall. 

From there, we will walk down to the bus park where we can stop for some snacks. We will hop on our vehicle at the bus park and drive back to Kathmandu city and reach there by the evening. 

Meals: Snacks & Lunch

What is included / not included


  • Private Transportation (Kathmandu – Kopan & Sundarijal – Kathmandu)
  • Experience English Speaking Hiking Guide
  • Bottled/Mineral water
  • Lunch during the hike
  • Applicable government taxes 


  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Personal expenses, Tips and etc.
  • Hiking gear
  • Travel, Medical insurance, and first aid kit
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusion


Since day hikes are single-day trips, it doesn’t require accommodations so it is not included in the package. However, we offer 3-star category accommodation with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis. But the accommodation can be modified as per the traveler’s interest, budget and availability. Luxurious resorts, standard hotels to comfortable guesthouses, lodges, and homestays are available in Kathmandu.  

Meals While on Sundarijal Hike from Kopan Monastery

Generally, if the location we are hiking towards consists of restaurants or cafes then we will have our meals and tea/coffee in those local restaurants/cafes. But if the destination doesn’t have any restaurants then our guide will take a packed lunchbox both veg and non-veg as per the traveler's choice, and a water bottle with him/her. We will enjoy the hygienically packed lunch overlooking the mesmerizing scenery seen from the hilltop.

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