Mount Everest From Kathmandu

Not all of us are born with the desire or at least the resources to climb the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.  But, a good majority of those who travel to Nepal would likely want to catch a glimpse of the highest peak and just cross that off your bucket list!  And in everyone’s mind, this is only possible if you go on a trek to Everest Base Camp for two full weeks, at least, this is what the internet says.  Unknown to many, you actually don’t have to travel that long.  Not all travellers will have the budget, the time and the physical fitness to go on a high-altitude trek to Everest Base Camp.  Don’t get me wrong, it is still wonderful lifetime adventure to walk through the Himalayan ranges for at least 10 days and see these mountains up close!  Nothing beats the experience of waking up early in the morning and seeing these ranges towering in front of you – one client of mine literally shed tears when we were crossing a town called Pheriche because of the trail’s majestic and natural beauty! So I would certainly recommend EBC to anyone visiting Nepal.  But as mentioned, there are just other ways to see Mount Everest, if you just want to see it from afar and if you have limited time. You don't have to go anywhere, this is literally viewing Mount Everest from the capital city of Nepal "Kathmandu". 

If you are among those, who would like to have a memorable Mount Everest experience that doesn't involve hiking for two weeks, Everest Helicopter Tour may hold the answer. This is probably the best option for someone who doesn't have time and physical fitness to ladder up for two weeks but willing to make a trip of the lifetime. Everest Helicopter tour offers a magnificent view of the Himalayas.  Local travel company incorporate with a helicopter company in Nepal organised a group flight to Everest base camp every day.  This 4-hour trip is as cheap as trekking for 2 weeks. Does it sound interesting to you? Here is the full article you should know everything about Everest flight check the link below. 
"Fig: Mount Everest on the red circle, from the top of Chandragiri hill photo credit by"

Contrary to everyone’s belief, Mount Everest can actually be seen from Kathmandu.  The Chandragiri hills in Kathmandu offer a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and Mount Everest on a clear day.  There are also viewpoints and hill stations just outside Kathmandu – Daman, Nagarjun and Nagarkot where the mountains are visible.  Please note the 161-km or 100-mile distance between Kathmandu and Mount Everest so it will not be a close-up view.  Another option, if you are lacking time but would like to experience a close-up view of the mountain is to take a short flight over the Everest.  This is not for the budget traveller as it will cost at least five times more expensive (roughly USD 200) than going to Chandragiri hill.  For those interested in going to Chandragiri hill, please read on. Everest Helicopter Tour 

Highlights of Chandragiri Hill

  • Closest Mount Everest view point from Kathmandu valley or from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) if you only have a few days in the country.
  • Offers the best scenic view of the Kathmandu Valley and 180-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. 9 Himalayan ranges can be seen from here (out of the 13 ranges we have in Nepal)!
  • You can ride a cable car from here.  The cable car will take you from the base of the hill to the top!
  • Magnificent view of neighbouring hills, Chitlang, Daman, Naghdhunga, Gorkha, Nuwakot, Chitwan etc., making it one of the best hiking, biking, sightseeing and day tour destination
  • The viewpoint for Gorkha's King Prithivi Narayan Shah who made Kathmandu as the capital city of unified Nepal.
  • Holy temple of God Shiva "Bhaleshwor Mahadev"

Chandragiri View Tower

Just 15km from the touristic town centre of Thamel, Chandragiri Hill lies to the south-west of the Kathmandu Valley.  At an elevation of 2,551m, the view tower was officially opened to visitors on August 11, 2016.   During the first week, over 20,000 visitors went up the tower and the temple on top of the hill.  On a clear day, Chandragiri offers one of the best view of the Kathmandu Valley, Shivapuri National Park as well as nine of the Himalayan ranges in Nepal - Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling, Kanjirowa and the Mahalangur range (Everest range)!  There is also a viewing scope offer a magnified view of the Himalayan ranges. 

How to reach Chandragiri Hill?

By Local Bus: If you are staying in Thamel or a nearby town, you will need to travel first to Ratnapark, a bus station.  From there, local buses to Thankot (this is the route you should take) depart every 10 to 15 minutes.  The last stop is a place called Godam Chaur and this is where you need to get off.  From Godam Chaur, the Chandragiri hill station is about 20 to 30-minute walking distance. This is not the most convenient way but is certainly the cheapest option.
By Private Car or Taxi; Travelling to Chandragiri hill station is much easier by private car or taxi.  Any car rental company will offer this package.  You can book the car for the half-day tour which would last approximately 3 hours.  This includes pick up and drop off.  For a group of two or more individuals, this option is not very expensive.  The cost for the car averages around USD 20 to USD 25.
By Cycle or Motorbike; If you know how to ride a motorbike, this is probably the best option for you! Not only does it give you your own time to explore, not just the hill but any nearby places as well, but it is also not as expensive as hiring a car.  You can rent a motorbike at a daily rate of USD 5 to USD 10.  They also provide free parking in Chandragiri.  But please make sure you know very well how to ride on the road in Nepal is not as flat and not as safe as you would see in other countries.  Be prepared for traffic and in some cases, winding and unpaved roads.  If cycling is your thing, it takes about 45 minutes to an hour.

Transport Updates: In order to provide a convenient transport service to the tourist, Chandragiri hills P. Ltd has announced a free shuttle bus service from a different location of the Kathmandu city to the base of the cable car station. If you are living near Thamel and willing to visit Chandragiri, 08:30 in the morning from Balaju Bhatbhaneni station would be ideal and closest point to catch the free shuttle bus. 
  • Kalanki Bhatbhateni to Chandragiri Hills: 7:00 am
For Staffs pickup
  • Balaju Bhatbhateni to Chandragiri Hills: 8:30 am
  • Maharajgunj Bhatbhateni to Chandragiri Hills: 9:15 am
  • Koteshwor Bhatbhateni to Chandragiri Hills: 10:00 am
  • Kalanki Bhatbhateni to Chandragiri Hills: 11:15 am
  • Chandragiri Hills to Ring Road: 8:00 am
  • Chandragiri Hills to Kalanki Bhatbhateni: 2:00 pm
  • Chandragiri Hills to Kalanki Bhatbhateni: 5:30 pm
Note: "Timing may vary depending upon the traffic conditions." 

Chandragiri Cable Car Price Fare and Discount:

If you don’t like to hike for three hours going up the hill and probably a bit less going down, the government of Nepal recently opened the cable car service to go up the hill.  Prices are:
Nepalese Citizen 
  • One-way (Nepalese): NPR 420
  • One Way (SAARC countries): INR 700
  • One Way (All other countries): USD 13.20
  • Roundtrip (Nepalese): NPR 700
  • Roundtrip (SAARC countries): INR 700
  • Roundtrip (All other countries): USD 22.00
Free entry: children up to 3 ft.
  • 20% discount for senior citizens (over 60 years old)
  • 25% discount for student (Nepalese only)
  • 25% discount for locals (those who live nearby)
  • 40% discount for child between 3ft-4ft
  • 50% discount for disabled person
Included are some pictures around the Chandragiri hill. If you have already been to the view tower, please let us know what you think of the new destination in Kathmandu and if it is worth viewing the mountains from this hill.  Also, if you have additional information you would like to share, please leave us a comment.

About Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Rajendra Khanal (Raj) Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide to being a guide/leader to being a manager and finally a founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say, I know my way well enough in the Himalayas especially in some of the off-the-beaten trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga or Mustang

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!).  I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central Americas USA and Canada, one-third of Europe, Caribbean Island and  Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had an opportunity working with multinational companies which taught me, how to deliver quality customer service in the business? As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert of Nepal Himalayas, I started writing about my own country.  Incase, If you required free information about Nepal, please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.  Our team at NEST has earned 5/5 star ratings on TripAdvisor from about 200 satisfied customers. Don't forget to visit our customer feedback page on TripAdvisor.
If you believe our expert team can be helpful in planning your next trip to Nepal, then please do not hesitate to contact me. at I am also available 24x7 on WhatsApp  +977- 9851052042. If you are interested to know more about my travel journey follow me on  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  
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Mr. e know 

whether i Rajendra pls let me know whether I will be able to avail hotel and ticket of bus on the spot
whether indian rupees are being taken by all concern
US dollar can be exchanged any where
How can I come from Kakarbhita to Kathmandu comfortably spending budget amount.

Thanks in anticipation

- mohammad azimuddin

Hi Mohammad, Thank you so much for the comment. Yes, you can buy a bus ticket upon arrival and look for a hotel at the same time as well. INR 500 and 1000 is not accepted in Nepal and If you bring USD you can exchanged most of the tourist place in Nepal. If you are pllanning to arrive Kathmandu from Kakarbhitta there are regular bus. Which is indeed cheeper option or from Bhadrapur you can fly to Kathmandu as well. 

I hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions. 

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having read all of your guidelines i have made a mini itinerary for nepal tour for 7 days. thanks.
- mohammad azimuddin

I tried to contact you in whatsapp but not available. please let me know how can i contact you. Thanks.
- mohammad azimuddin

I tried to contact you in whatsapp but not available. please let me know how can i contact you. Thanks.
- mohammad azimuddin

need some information. Planning to go to Nepal in October. May I whats app you? My no is 9073242069...Lisha, from Kolkata.
- Lisha Naskar

Yes, Lisa, You can contact me on what's app at +977 9851052042 
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