Overview

Duration :
1 night 2 days
Secondary Activity:
Sightseeing, Nature and Culture
Max altitude :
3,000m/9,842ft
Transportation:
Private Vehicle
Trip ends in:
Kathmandu
Accomodation:
Tent Camp
Primary activity:
Hiking and Camping
Group Size:
2-10
Country:
Trip starts from:
Kathmandu
Diffficulty:
Leisurely Plus
Meals:
Best Season:
Evergreen
Trip route:
Kathmandu-Bhaktapur-Banepa-Panauti-Dhungkharka-Bethanchowk Naraynthan

Trip introduction

Bethanchowk – the king of the hills is one of the best nearby destinations for trekking and camping lovers who are looking for a short yet worthwhile and budget-friendly hiking and camping spot close to Kathmandu valley. The hill is recognized as the highest hill in the Mahabharat range; located at the southern part of Kavre district at an elevation of 3,000m above sea level.

The vistas from the top of Bethanchowk hill are just beyond explanation. As we would be sighting it from above the clouds, the dramatic movements of clouds wandering and the mesmerizing sunset is one of the major highlights of this trek.  Whereas, the mountain ranges from east Makalu to Dhaulagiri in the west can be sighted from Bethanchowk. The sunrise view and the mountain ranges from Bethanchowk early in the morning are remarkable as well.


Besides, this place has a religious significance as well. The actual name of this place is Bethanchowk Narayanthan, after the name of the Narayan temple on the top of this ridge. Likewise, it is believed that Lord Shiva himself resides here on this ridge. And every year on the auspicious occasion of Falgun Purnima, the local Tamang people celebrate a special Mela (fair) on this holy ridge.

From Kathmandu valley, the distance up to the last checkpoint of this route i.e., Dhungkharka is approximately 50-60 KM only. And the drive of about 4-5 hours will get us there. From Dhungkharka, we can either choose to drive the off-road trail up to the starting point of stairways to the hills (approximately 1-hour hike) or start hiking from Dhungkharka via the same off-road trail as well as the jungle trail which is somehow shorter and exciting to walk through (approximately 4-5 hours hike).


As there are no settlements along the way and this trail is not so popular yet, it is totally isolated and wild experience over there. We cannot even get safe drinking water on the top of the hill. And hence, we should be well-equipped with all the necessary items for camping along with sufficient drinking water and food.

Special Note:

This trip is a completely remote and “into the wild” experience on the top of a hill surrounded by jungles so make sure that the essentials for camping are double-checked before starting the trek.

Overview

  • Day 1
    Kathmandu to Dhungkharka by Drive and Hike to Bethanchowk
  • Day 2
    Bethanchowk to Dhungkharka Hike and Drive back to Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 : Kathmandu to Dhungkharka by Drive and Hike to Bethanchowk:

Early morning after breakfast, we will reassure that we got all our essentials packed and head towards the base of Bethanchowk i.e. Dhungkharka. After a 5-6 hours drive (or less depending on traffic) we will reach Dhungkharka. Upon reaching there, we will have our lunch and start hiking towards the top and experience the jungle hike. It will take us about 3-4 hours to ascend to the top of Bethanchowk and we will stay overnight there on a tent camp.

Day 2 : Bethanchowk to Dhungkharka Hike and Drive back to Kathmandu:

We will wake up early in the morning and get ready to welcome the sun rising over the high hills and mountain ranges. After sighting the astounding sunrise and the mountain panorama, we will start descending towards Dhungkharka and have our breakfast/lunch there. And with all the memories and moments that we made on this short but remarkable hiking and camping trip, we will drive back to Kathmandu.

Price Includes

  • One Day Tour Guide
  • Private Vehicle
  • Tent camping
  • 13% TAX and 10% Service Charge

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Fee
  • Food
  • Tips for Tour Guide and Driver

Trip Gallery

Equipments

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch
  • Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

Upper Body

  • Cotton t-shirts and thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Inner thermals

Feet

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots

Hands

  • Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
  • Creams
  • Sanitizer

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits

  • Personal Regular Medicines
  • Knee Caps
  • Bandages
  • Ointments
  • Blister Tape
 

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