Hiking is simply defined as walking as recreational purposes for couple of days which are likely in the hilly or mountain region. There are many adventure activities such as trekking, hiking, climbing, rafting, safaris, scuba diving, skiing, paragliding, hunting, and racing etc but hiking is a natural exercise for physical fitness among them, requires no special equipment. In Hiking, the most important thing to remember is “The journey is more important than the destination”. When you think about Hiking, you most think of beautiful nature, landscapes, forests, rivers and walking there to enjoy natural scenery. Hiking is the great option an escape back to nature and a great way to forget hassles of the city life.
Hiking are likely to be a short (average walk of couple of hours in the park) or it could be a two weeks to a month in the mountain range, it is depending on the hiking conditions and hike length. Trekking, Bush-walking, Mountaineering are seemed different activities but it will not be false to say these are the long disciplines or variations of Hiking.
Nepal, a country of abode Himalaya, is one of the finest travel destinations in the world for outdoor activities such as Mountaineering and Peak Climbing, Hiking in Nepal, White Water Rafting, Jungle Safari Tour, Trekking in Nepal etc. These all activities provide different adventure experience in life. Hiking in Nepal is simple way to observe nature beauties, spiritual and unique cultures deserved by various ethnic groups, century’s old temples and monasteries, historical places, World Heritage Sites and high snow-capped mountains of Nepal. Hiking in Nepal also comprised to explore fine arts, old nice settlement villages on 4-5 hours walking in the hilly or mountain region.
Nagarkot, Chisopani, Balthali and Sarangkot are the most visited and famous hiking destination in Nepal. These places lie in the different region; significantly represent real taste and magnifying overview of Nepal.
Nagarkot Hiking: Naturally rich site is located 32 km away from Kathmandu in the east, famous place for sunrise and sunset view with panoramic mountain range. Beside sunrise, sunset and panoramic mountain range; exploring old villages and Changu Narayan Temple (World Heritage Site – built in 17th century) are the strong features of Nagarkot Hiking.
Chisopani Hiking: The best option for those who are seeking for little adventure trekking and a real taste of hiking, offers an incredible view of spectacular landscape and mountain range including Mount Everest. It is worth to be at Chisopani passing through villages, farming land and dense forest, although it is tough climb to reach there.
Balthali Hiking: Balthali, old Newar village nearby Panauti (another Newar village) and Namo Buddha (Buddhist monastery) is another good hike spot takes you to insight of Newari culture and fine arts.
Sarangkot Hiking: Sarangkot is situated on the north of Pokhara Valley, a famous spot for sunrise and breath-taking views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range including Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mount Annapurna I (8091m, Machhapuchhre (a holy mountain 6997m) – a native name for Mount Fishtail and Mount Manaslu (8163m). Sarangkot, an incredible hiking place, is not only famous for foreigner. It is also famous attraction for domestic tourists and all nature lovers.