If you are looking to hike or run near Kathmandu, please consider the Valley Rim Trail. There is so much fabulous trail up there! The KVRT is more a concept than an official route – but with the GPS tracks and a good app on your phone to navigate the tracks with – there are hours of fun up there and a wonderful escape from the city. All tracks, including some approach trails not shown in the embedded maps, can be found here.
The Kathamandu Valley Rim Trail is also part of the HAL Endurance Challenges. Please let us know if you complete it!
- Section I: Mudkhu to Jhule (43.2k, ascent: 3,485m, descent: 2,949m)
- Section II: Jhule to Sanga (27.6k, ascent: 1,451m, descent: 1,948m)
- Section III: Sanga to Persey Ridge (24.3k, ascent: 2945, descent: 2581)
- Section IV: Persey Ridge to Hattiban Resort (20.4k, ascent 2,031m, descent: 2,133m)
- Section V: Hattiban Resort to Bimdunga Chia Pasal (25.9, ascent 2,811m, descent: 3,133m)
- Section VI: Bimdunga Chia Pasal to Mudkhu (13.6, ascent 2,283, descent: 2083)
Total Distance: 155k, Total ascent: 15,006m, Total descent: 14,827m , total change: 29,833m (97,852 ft). Caveats: Note that GPS measurements, especially related to distance and elevation gain, include a ton of error. The best measurement is done with an old fashioned measuring wheel. All of this is a way of saying to take everything here with a grain of salt. These tracks still need to be ‘smoothed’ to reduce measurement error, if anything – they should be over-estimates.
What it looks like
Interactive Map of Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail
Big thanks to Stephen Keeling for providing the initial GPS tracks that were used during scouting trips, and also thanks to Posan, Sudeep Kandel, and Richard Bull for additional GPS tracks. And to Michelle Landry and Naomi Press for helping scout the initial route.