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Jamachaur mountain, standing just behind the Swyambhunath stupa, provides one of the finest nature hikes around Kathmandu. Lying in the territory of Nagarjun Shivapuri National Park
and covered with luxuriant forest, the hike up to the top of the hill
and dowkn to the bottom through the ridgeline is an exhilarating
experience. The best season for this hike is summer (pre-monsoon time),
because the canopy of trees during the trail offers fabulous shade and
fresh breeze as well as a welcome quietness from the bustle of the city.
The higher you climb through the ridgeline, the thicker the forest and
the deeper your escape into its charm. The top of the hill is an
excellent vantage point, from where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of
the Kathmandu valley, especially of Swyambhunath and the surrounding
areas.The hilltop also opens up a panorama of a wide expanse of
Himalayan mountains to the far north. follow footsteps back to
the bottom during return and conclude the hike to Nagarjun hill.
The hike starts at Phulbari Gate near Balaju, where an army check point is located. The distance to the hilltop from here is a little more than 5 kilometers, all along Jamachaur Mountain ridgeline that culminates at a view tower at the top, final destination. It takes about 3 hours to reach there at leisurely pace and a little shorter during the return.