Is there a way to see Mount Everest from Kathmandu a very common question. Understandable 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 to see Mount Everest.  Not all travelers will have the budget, the time and the physical fitness to go on a high-altitude trek to Everest Base Camp. For those who like to see a glimpse of Everest in a distance. There are few options allows you to observe Mount Everest From Kathmandu as well.

Don’t get me wrong, it is still a wonderful life-time 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” and it’s a neighboring hill station.

Mount Everest from Chandagiri

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

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 incorporates a helicopter company in Nepal organized 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.

Read more: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour 

Mount Everest view from Mountain Flight

Every morning at 06:30, 07:30, and 08:30 from a domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport, a local airline fly over Mount Everest. During the one hour 15 minutes flight, each passenger onboard gets a window seat as only the smaller aircraft are used. A crew member on board also acts as a guide telling you about all the different mountains you see. The airlines also offer an opportunity to see the mountains and Mt Everest from the cockpit.

From Kathmandu to Mount Everest, it is roughly about 100 miles (161 km). Buddha Air flies as close as 20 miles (32.1km) away in order to show the 360-degree view of Mount Everest. You will be able to see four of the tallest mountains in the world. Cho-yu (8,201m), Everest (8,848m), Lhotse ( 8,516m), and Makalu (8,463) and many other smaller peaks below 7,000m and hundreds of green hills along the way.

Getting on to a flight from Kathmandu to Mountain is probably the best options to see the mount Everest from Kathmandu. It is not the cheapest option as it cost roughly USD 200 for one person. But ultimately the best choices among any other options. 

Everest From Chandragiri View Tower

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 Everest.  This is not for the budget traveler 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 viewpoint from Kathmandu valley or from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) if you only have a few days in the country.
  • It 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 neighboring 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 made Kathmandu the capital city of unified Nepal.
  • Holy temple of God Shiva “Bhaleshwor Mahadev”

Chandragiri View Tower

Just 15km from the touristic town center 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 views 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 that offers a magnified view of the Himalayan ranges.

Chandagiri Temple

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.  A 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 cars 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 of 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 the ideal and closest point to catch the free shuttle bus.
Arrival

  • 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

Departure

  • 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 the student (Nepalese only)
  • 25% discount for locals (those who live nearby)
  • 40% discount for the child between 3ft-4ft
  • 50% discount for the 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.

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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, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the 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 and 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 America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of 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 for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

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