Suryachaur: A Perfect Blend of Adventure, Nature, and Culture

20, May 2024 |

The hike to Suryachaur takes you through the historic and culturally rich city of Tokha, enhancing the journey with glimpses of traditional Nepalese life

Suryachaur is a picturesque hill station situated in the Nuwakot District of Bagmati Province, central Nepal. Renowned for its breathtaking views, it offers panoramic vistas of the Langtang Himalayan Range and the entire Likhu Valley. From this vantage point, visitors can enjoy stunning sights of several majestic peaks including Mt. Manaslu (8153 meters), Ganesh Himal, Mt. Langtang Lirung, Mt. Dorje Lhakpa, and the sacred Gaurishankar.

This area is one of the most accessible hiking destinations near Kathmandu, making it a popular choice for both locals and tourists seeking a quick nature retreat. The hike to Suryachaur takes you through the historic and culturally rich city of Tokha, enhancing the journey with glimpses of traditional Nepalese life.

As Suryachaur is located within the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, visitors are required to pay an entrance fee at the park's check post. The check post, situated in Gurje Bhanjyang, also serves as a security point managed by the Nepal Army. Visitors have the option to drive to Suryachaur, which is convenient and comfortable, though an additional vehicle entry fee is charged. Alternatively, hiking offers a more immersive experience of the area's natural beauty.

Many people from Kathmandu frequent Suryachaur to unwind and enjoy the serene environment. The area features a small village and a primary school, contributing to its charming and peaceful atmosphere. A notable seasonal highlight is the opportunity to taste yellow berries in May.

The road to Gurje Bhanjyang, which leads to Nuwakot and Rasuwa, is well-maintained and black-topped, ensuring a smooth drive. The journey from Samakhusi Chowk in Kathmandu to Gurje Bhanjyang takes about an hour by vehicle, making it an easily reachable destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

Suryachaur offers a variety of activities that cater to nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike:


Suryachaur is the closest place near Kathmandu to enjoy tandem paragliding. Besides Nagarkot, Suryachaur is a perfect destination to experience paragliding while admiring the traditional villages and the stunning Himalayan views. The cost for Suryachaur paragliding is $100 for foreigners and NPR 7000 for Nepalese citizens.

Bird Watching

Suryachaur is also a renowned spot for bird watching near the Kathmandu Valley. So far, 170 species of birds have been recorded in the area, making it a paradise for bird enthusiasts. Visitors can also explore additional bird-watching tours throughout Nepal.

Horse Riding

Another popular activity in Suryachaur is horse riding, allowing visitors to explore the beautiful landscapes in a unique and enjoyable way.

Enjoy Typical Nepali Cuisine

One of the best experiences in Suryachaur is tasting the local Nepali cuisine. Visitors can savor Dhido, a traditional millet recipe, accompanied by organic chicken soup, offering an authentic taste of Nepalese culinary culture.

These activities make Suryachaur an ideal destination for a day trip or a relaxing weekend getaway, providing a mix of adventure, nature, and cultural experiences.

photo credit: Get Your Guide, Hike on Travels

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