Sundarijal Day Hike is a hike through Buddhanilkantha Temple, Nagi Gumpa, Tarebhir to Sundarijal. Sundarijal Day Hike incorporates the blessing from Hindu Temple, wisdom from the monastery, adventure from Tarebir, greenery throughout the trail, and freshness of following water of Sundarijal. Literally, Sundari means beauty and Jal means water so Sundarijal represents the beauty that water brings to nature.
Sundarijal Day Hike trail passes through Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park which supplies the opportunity to encounter varieties of flora and fauna. In addition, you can also for Shivapuri Day Hike to explore more of Shivapuri National Park and nearby hilly areas of Kathmandu. You can find various hiking options at Hiking in Nepal. Nepal Adventure Team has notable experience in Trekking in Nepal and Nepal tours so you can rely on Nepal Adventure Team.
Buddhanilkantha Temple is situated at the northern end of Kathmandu Valley having the large reclining statue of Lord Vishnu. The main statue of Buddhanilkantha is considered to be the largest stone carving in Nepal. Literally, Buddhanilkantha means Old Blue Throat. Every year a fair of Haribondhini Ekadashi is held as per the Hindu religious calendar (around October-November) and it is the principal festival of the temple.
The statue is a black stone structure carved from a single block of black basalt and positioned in the middle of a recessed pool of water. According to folklore, a farmer plow struck a boulder and to his surprise, blood started flowing out of the cut in the stone. Continuing the digging, he unearthed the magnificent statue.
The floating statue continues to fascinate and various subsequent requests for access to study its physical nature have been declined. Though a small chip of statue did confirm it to be a silica-based stone with remarkably low density.
Sundarijal is a village located at the Gokarneshwar Municipality of Kathmandu. The Bagmati river originates from this region and it has been a major source of water supply for Kathmandu valley for eras. Sundarimai Temple, a temple of Hindu goddess is also located in the area at the confluence of tributary Nagmati in the Bagmati river. Electricity is also produced from Sundarijal Hydropower Station.
Being close to Kathmandu and rich in natural beauty, many visitors visit the Sundarijal area to revive their energy from nature and forget the bustling city life.
Tarebhir is a Tamang village in the foothills of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. The area is surrounded by pine trees. It is surrounded by greenery enabling hikers to view Kathmandu from the hilltop.
Guide for Sundarijal Day Hike
A guide will lead you to Sundarijal Day Hike. The number of guides depends on the number of individuals registered for the Sundarijal Day Hike. Each group of 4-5 pax is assigned with one guide.
The guide with a Nepal Government-certified license is only assigned to lead Sundarijal Day Hike. Additionally, the guide is also trained in first aid and eco-tourism. Usually, an English-speaking guide is available but on request Chinese and another language-speaking guide can be made available. A guide will lead as well as inform you about the locality, culture, rules, importance. Overall, the guide will have the feature of friendliness, leadership, communication expert, and jolly nature.
Transportation at Sundarijal Day Hike
Early morning after you have your breakfast, the guide assigned by the Nepal Adventure team will come to pick you up for the hike. You will have a short drive to the Shivapuri National Park checkpoint near Buddhanilkantha Temple. Similarly, you will be driving back to your station from Sundarijal to Kathmandu. A private vehicle will be used for your transportation which may be a car or van as per the group size.
Food and drinks on Sundarijal Day Hike
Lunch will be provided during Sundarijal Day Hike. Basically, lunch includes typical Nepali food: Dhaal (lentil soup), Bhat (Rice), Tarkari (Vegetable/Chicken curry), and pickle.
A Mineral water bottle is handed to you prior to the hike.
Starting point: Buddhanilkantha Temple
Ending point: Sundarijal