Nage Gompa Gokarna Temple day hike

  • Trip Duration Trip Duration 1 Day
  • Trip Grade Trip Grade Moderate

About Nage Gompa Gokarna Temple day hike

The proposed day hike combines visit to Nage Gompa and Gokarna Temple. Nage Gompa is a Buddhist nunnery beautifully located on a mid-hill point of Shivapuri Hill to the north of Kathmandu. It is a 2 hour highly picturesque uphill walk from the base of the Shivapuri Hill behind the Budhanilkantha Temple. After enjoying our packed lunch at Nage Gompa, we continue our beautiful walk through the wonderful wilderness. The last part of the tour involves a memorable visit to Gokarna Temple (Shiva Temple) nicely located on the bank of the holy Bagma

ti River where those who have lost their fathers annually attend the pilgrimage in June/July every year. It is a big festival attended by the thousands of children whose fathers have passed away. Our guide will give you a running commentary on the temple and the festival. Then, we are picked up by a car/van/bus and driven back to hotel.

Trip Highlights

  • Memorable full day walk through the dense wilderness of the Shivapuri Forest
  • Nage Gompa, a beautiful Buddhist nunnery uniquely located in the mid-hill to the north of the Kathmandu city
  • Small settlements en route with beautifully terraced farm land,
  • Spectacular view of the Kathmandu Valley including the prominent airport
  • Gokarna Temple on the bank of the holy Bagmati River
  • Budhanilkantha Temple Complex with a huge and magnificently carved stone image of Lord Vishnu


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    Day 01: After breakfast, we are driven to the foothill of the Shivapuri Hill.

    First, we visit the temple complex of Budhanilkantha, where one can see the masterpiece art of stone carving (one piece) in a huge stone image of Lord Vishnu dating back to the 5th century. It is believed that in the 17th century, a farmer found the image from underneath of his farmland while digging the land in his farm. The proof we can see on the tip of the nose of the art which has been nicely sliced by the farmer’s spade.
    We further drive uphill from behind the Budhanilkantha Temple Complex. Then, we enter the Shivapuri Forest Conservation Area and climb the hill through the dense forest exploring various flora and fauna. It takes almost 2 hours to reach the Nage Gompa. Nage Gompa is the Buddhist nunnery beautifully located in the plain green land of the mid-hill part of the forest. The moment we reach the Gompa, we are fascinated by the fabulous Gompa and the valley view offered from the garden of the Gompa. It is spectacular. It is only from this spot, we can have an idea of the size of the Kathmandu Valley with such a dense and lovely inhabitation.
    After enjoying our packed lunch in the beautiful garden of the nunnery, we start our afternoon walk to eastern direction along the ridge lying north to south direction with a nice view side by side of the ridge. The trail is highly scenic and we come across the lovely, but sparse thatches pressing us to think about how the daily essentials are supplied in this lonely area. The pine tree smell is the specialty of the walk. Everywhere we walk, the smell is strong and pleasant. With some water break or toilet break, we keep traversing on the ridge.
    Although there is no Himalayan view on this walk, the freshness in air, pleasant smell of different flowers and pine trees, coolness produced by the wilderness and above all, the view of the Kathmandu Valley fully compensate the absence of the Himalayan view. This walk is different as it is difficult to believe that even in such a close proximity from the modern Kathmandu city, this kind of wilderness walk is possible.
    Finally, we reach Gokarna Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in pagoda style. It dates back to medieval era. It is famous for the pilgrimage which is annually organized here for those who have lost their fathers. They pay special homage to their dead fathers with good food, sweets and fruits. This is like an anniversary festival in the memory of dead father.
    By the time we complete our sightseeing of Gakarna Temple, it is late afternoon. Then, our car/van will pick us up and drive back to hotel via an important tourist site called Boudhanath Stupa. We can also stop and visit the Stupa, if time permits.

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu city tours inclusive of comfortable a/c vehicle transfer as per group size,
  • Professional and experienced English speaking tour guide.
  • Drop and pick up by a comfortable a/c car/van/bus as per group size
  • Government taxes
  • Service charge.

Cost Excludes:

  • Packed lunch with soft drink (highly recommended)
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rescue & travel insurance covering trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation cost, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to bring a personal travel insurance from your home country.
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • All items of a personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet.