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Exploring Tarkeshwor: An Unforgettable 1-Day Hiking Journey

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Home » Holiday Packages » Day Tours » Exploring Tarkeshwor: An Unforgettable 1-Day Hiking Journey

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Embark on a captivating journey as you discover the Tarkeshwor hike—an enchanting day-long escapade perfectly situated amidst the scenic landscapes of Shivapuri National Park, located northwest of Kathmandu. This trek seamlessly weaves together historical allure and the beauty of nature, ensuring a truly unique and extraordinary experience.

Altitude and Starting Point

The journey through Shivapuri National Park is a picturesque haven for nature enthusiasts. The path gradually climbs, culminating at the esteemed Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple’s summit, standing at 1,800 meters.

Historical Significance

Tarkeshwor Mahadev Temple in Kathmandu is deeply connected to the myth of Sati Devi. As the first wife of Lord Shiva, she sacrificed herself during a yajna due to her father’s disrespect towards Lord Shiva. Following this tragedy, Lord Shiva carried her remains, and the places where parts of her body fell, including Tarkeshwor, are considered sacred sites. The temple is believed to be where Sati Devi’s right thigh fell. Dedicated to Mahadev, a manifestation of Lord Shiva, the temple holds a sacred significance for pilgrims. This mythological connection adds profound reverence to the temple, making it a significant destination for those seeking spiritual connection and cultural insight in Kathmandu.

Cultural Exploration

Beyond the Tarkeshwor Mahadev temple, hikers can delve into the architectural brilliance of the Bhuwaneswori temple. This pagoda-style structure, adorned with golden roofs and overhanging eaves, is a testament to the area’s rich cultural heritage. Dedicated to Goddess Bhuwaneswori, it stands as a must-visit attraction, with a lengthy flight of steps leading to its entrance.

Religious Significance

A significant celebration occurs during Janai Purnima, and worshippers also make pilgrimages during Shivaratri at Tarkeshwor. In times of drought, individuals seek water from Tarkeshwor through a ritual called Rudra, where they pray to Lord Shiva for water. There is a prevailing belief that rain will follow this ritual.

Duration and Accessibility

Tailored for all skill levels, the Tarkeshwor hike offers an excellent opportunity for a day-long trekking adventure. Beginning at 8:00 AM and concluding by 5:00 PM provides ample time for exploration and appreciation of nature’s beauty. Conveniently close to Kathmandu, this trek is easily accessible, catering to a diverse range of enthusiasts.


The Tarkeshwor hike unveils a unique blend of altitude, historical charm, and cultural exploration. With a deliberate focus on reconnecting with nature and delving into Nepal’s cultural richness, this meticulously crafted trek promises a fulfilling day trip from Kathmandu.

Note:  Wear comfy attire and sturdy shoes, and bring a daypack with water, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and a light jacket. Follow the guide’s instructions for safety. The itinerary may change based on group preferences and weather.

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Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Hotel Kathmandu Suite Home or nearby hotel

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Transportation to and from Tarkeshwor
  • Professional English-speaking guide familiar with the area.
  • Light snacks and bottled water.
  • Packed Lunch

Price Excludes

  • Personal hiking gear and equipment.
  • Any personal expenses or purchases.
  • Travel insurance.


  • Nepal Hiking T-Shirt

🔍 Trip Highlights:

  • Scenic Jungle Trek: Traverse through the breathtaking jungle route of Tarkeshwor, surrounded by lush greenery and diverse flora.
  • Panoramic ViewsEnjoy stunning panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding landscapes from elevated vantage points.
  • Cultural Exploration:Visit the revered Tarkeshwor Mahadev Temple and the architectural marvel of Bhuwaneswori Temple, delving into the rich cultural heritage of Nepal.
  • Moderate Trekking Experience: Perfect for all skill levels, the trek offers a moderate challenge, making it accessible for both beginners and seasoned hikers.
  • Convenient Day Trip: The day-long adventure allows for a comprehensive experience without an extensive time commitment, ideal for a memorable day trip from Kathmandu.

🌄 Day Itinerary

Tarkeshwor Day Hike

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Meet-Up and Briefing

  • Assemble at the designated meeting point in Kathmandu.
  • Receive a comprehensive briefing from the experienced guide covering safety measures, the day’s agenda, and a quick equipment check.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Commute to Tarkeshwor

  • Board private transport for a comfortable journey to Tarkeshwor.
  • Enjoy the scenic 30-minute drive, appreciating the changing landscapes.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Arrive at the location and commence the trek.

  • Arrive at the Tarkeshwor trailhead and commence the trek.
  • Begin the ascent through enchanting trails with rhododendron and pine forests.

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Explore Forest Trails and Nature

  • Traverse through lush forest trails, engaging with the guide for insights into the local flora and fauna.
  • Take short breaks for rest, photography, and to immerse yourself in the natural surroundings.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Ascend to Tarkeshwor Mahadev Temple

  • Continue the ascent to reach the revered Tarkeshwor Mahadev Temple.
  • Explore the temple premises, enjoying panoramic views and a packed lunch amidst the spiritual ambience.

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Descend to Hidden Ponds

  • Begin the descent towards hidden ponds in the vicinity.
  • Discover the tranquillity of the hidden ponds, capturing the serenity of the natural landscape.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Picnic Lunch and Relaxation

  • Have a relaxing picnic lunch by the ponds, surrounded by the peaceful ambience of nature.
  • Take a moment to unwind and reflect on the day’s experiences.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Descent and Return to Kathmandu

  • Start the descent back to the trailhead, capturing any missed scenic spots.
  • Board the transport for the return journey to Kathmandu.

5:00 PM: End of the Hike

  • Arrive back in Kathmandu, concluding a day of comprehensive adventure.
  • Share stories and experiences with fellow hikers before concluding the day’s adventure.


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