Nepal is undoubtedly a paradise destination for the adventure seeker as it offers diverse things to do and explore within small territory across the country. Nepal is an adrenaline adventure, a cultural eye-opener, and offers numerous life-changing experiences or all of the above. Besides all these, traveling to Nepal means wondering about the unique natural beauties, adventure sports, mountains, and enjoying the local culture, and festivals along with diverse flora and fauna in our protected areas and national parks.
While exploring different places, you can see major attractions and points to cherish the whole journey in a single sight of your eyes. Exploring the beautiful valleys, amazing landscapes, rivers, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and biodiversity along with traditional villages and settlements can be possible to witness from a single point called a viewpoint. Nepal offers hundreds of popular and amazing viewpoints across the country from where you can see panoramic views of beautiful nature. Out of many, we’ve explained the top most popular and widely visited viewpoints in Nepal.
Everest View Point
Trekking in the Everest Region is the dream come true journey for many adventure seekers across the world. When you are trekking in the most renowned Everest Base Camp trek, the Everest viewpoint would be the top-listed place that offers a panoramic view of the world's highest mountain Everest including Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and many more. The viewpoint lies at an elevation of 3,880m on the ridge above the popular Namche Bazaar, a touristic hub for trekkers and climbers. There is an option for short treks in the Everest region up to this viewpoint who have limited time.
An hour and 30 min uphill hike from Namche Bazaar, you’ll reach this beautiful vantage point with the majestic scenery of mountains, amazing landscapes, and breathtaking terrain in your surroundings. A few minutes' walk from this point, you’ll meet the most luxurious hotel in Everest Region called Everest View Hotel. This hotel is considered a star hotel that lies at the highest elevation in the world. Travelers may experience the greatest elegance and hospitality while immersing themselves in this amazing mountain scenery from each room. Besides mountains and landscapes, the spot is popular for the local sherpa community, festivals, rich biodiversity along with Buddhist shrines and its correspondence along the way.
Another most exotic and breathtaking viewpoint in the Everest region offers astonishing views of the world’s highest mountains, glaciers, lakes, and magical landscapes. The beautiful Gokyo Ri lies at an elevation of 5,357m in the middle of the Gokyo valley surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, and tranquil Gokyo lakes, which is also known as the highest freshwater lake system in the world. The main lake of Gokyo offers a pleasing reflection of snowy peaks on its surface.
Gokyo Ri is one of the most popular and must-go places during your Gokyo lakes trek. The top of the Ri offers a 360-degree view of the world’s highest mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu along with hundreds of other snowy peaks. Gokyo Ri is also popular for the sunset and sunrise over those giant peaks which are marvelous and magical.
Kala Patthar Viewpoint
Kalapatthar is one of the most popular and most visited viewpoints in Nepal as this place is the trademark of the renowned Everest Base Camp Trek. A hilltop covered with black stone “ Kalapatthar” is located above the Gorakshep village on the southern ridge of the diamond-shaped mountain “ Pumori”. The Kalapatthar viewpoint offers a close-up view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and many other snowy peaks. This unique vantage point lies at an elevation of 5,545 m, where it takes a 2-3 hr uphill walk from Gorakshep village.
To summit the Kalapatthar, it’s not an easy task but once you reach there it will be worth climbing where you get a chance to witness the magical sunrise and sunset on the top of Everest. The top of the Kalapatthar is very unique compared to other viewpoints. Many trekkers love to hike in the early morning to experience the stunning view of the gradually rising sun amidst the highest mountain on the planet. Likewise, some trekkers hike in the evening so that they can witness the shiny golden-colored mountains during sunset time. Besides this, you can cherish the gorgeous views of the Khumbu glaciers, icefalls, glaciers, valleys, glacial lakes, mountains, and rugged terrain in your surroundings.
Another most classical and fascinating viewpoint is in the valley of Langtang. While you are trekking in the off-the-beaten Langtang Valley trek, Kyanjin Ri is one of the best places to enjoy the valley to the fullest. Kyanjin Ri lies above the beautiful Kyanjin Gompa village located at an elevation of 4,800. During this beautiful trek, you’ll be in Kyanjin Gompa for at least two days and where you can witness the scenic views of the valley, sunrise/sunset, and stunning mountain views.
Kyanjin Ri is well known for being the best vantage point to explore mountain peaks of the Langtang region. From the top of the Kyanjin Ri, you will get a chance to admire the glorious sunrise and sunset over giant snow-capped mountains in your surroundings. As we know, the Langtang Valley trek is widely popular as one of the best short treks in Nepal. The bird-eye view of glacial lakes, glaciers, Kyanjim Gompa, monasteries, and beautiful valleys along with incredible landscapes in its surroundings are the best part of Kyanjin Ri.
Mardi Upper Viewpoint
Mardi Himal trek is a newly discovered and least explored trekking trail in the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayan range. The short and scenic trek takes you to this amazing Mardi Viewpoint. Mardi Viewpoint lies at an elevation of 4,200 m on the ridge between Modi Khola on the left and Pokhara valley on the right side. Mardi Himal trek is popular for its amazing mountain view, rich biodiversity, and cultural depiction.
Mardi Upper Viewpoint is the best part of this short and classical Mardi Himal trek as you can see the panoramic views of true natural combinations in your surroundings. Stunning mountain views from the northern side amaze you along with high heels with rugged terrain covering the east and west part of the viewpoint whereas the southern part offers beautiful views of Pokhara city and lakes. Likewise other popular viewpoints, sunrise, and sunset are mesmerizing as you can see the true tone of the golden light of the sun. The stunning views of giant peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchhre, Nilgiri, and many more are equally mind-blowing during your Mardi Himal trek. Overall, the journey to the Mardi Himal trek is the perfect combination of rich biodiversity, diverse culture, incredible mountain scenery, and beautiful nature under the cerulean sky.
Poon Hill Viewpoint
Poonhill trek is one of the most visited and popular short treks in the lower Himalayas of the Annapurna region. The five days short trek offers so many mind-blowing things across the trek and Poon Hill Viewpoint is one the most go places on this trek. It is located at an elevation of 3,210 m, where trekkers normally go to witness the marvelous sunrise views in the morning. You can reach Poon Hill Viewpoint from the cultural village of Ghorepani.
Poon Hill Viewpoint offers exciting views of the Annapurna Himalayas, sunrise, sunset, beautiful landscapes, valleys, rivers, and traditional village settlements from its top. You can see hundreds of trekkers daily at the top of Poon Hill to explore the colorful morning. Because of the easy accessibility, short duration, and rich natural beauty, Poon Hill Viewpoint is renowned as one of the most visited viewpoints in Nepal. The classic Poonhill trek also connects the famous Annapurna base camp trek, Annapurna circuit treks, and Khopra Ridge trek.
The shortest one from Kathmandu is also worth exploring once you are in Kathmandu, yes Chandragiri Hills is another popular viewpoint that offers diverse attractions in a short period of time. Gorgeous views of the Himalayan range, beautiful views of Kathmandu city, and the landscape would be breathtaking. If you stay one night at the top then it will be even more worth witnessing the sunset and sunrise along with layers of clouds above the Kathmandu valley. The hill is located at an elevation of 2,500 m altitude in the western side of Kathmandu valley covering dense forest and rich natural beauties.
15 min cable car ride from the base of the Chandragiri hills takes you to the top where you can see the Hindu temple, restaurants, a small zip line, and a playground. 10 min down to the hilltop, you can find the luxury Chandragiri Hills Resort for fancy accommodation. Besides this, the amazing views of the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang Range, and Gaurishankar range along with Mt. Everest can be easily seen from the top of the Chandragiri Hills. We recommend a day hike and night stay at Chandragiri Hills Resort so that you can explore everything that it offers.
Murma viewpoint is the gem of west Nepal located in Mugu district which offers an iconic view of the biggest lake of Nepal, Rara Lake. Murma is a small village rich in culture, traditional practices, natural beauty, and great hospitality. The viewpoint lies at an elevation of 3,300 m that offers mind-blowing views of pristine Rara lake, Himalayan range, and alpine forest.
When you are visiting Rara lake, Murma is the must-go place to fulfill the essence of your trip to Rara lake. It takes 3-4 hours to reach the top of the Murma from the Rara lake area. You can see the beautiful village, mountain range, Api Himal, and nature in one sight. The Murma is least explored but worth visiting once in your lifetime.
Kanyam is another popular and most visited viewpoint in eastern Nepal, which lies around 43km far from the Ilam district. The palace is covered in an external shroud of cold breeze and the hills of this place are covered with beautiful tea gardens and an amazing atmosphere. Kanyam is also popular for the magnificent views of sunrise and sunset. Besides this, the stunning views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, places of Terai, Darjeeling, Siliguri, and the Bay of Bengal can be explored from this viewpoint.
Furthermore, Shree Antu is another wonderful palace in this Kanyam area and the Antu hilltop is probably the most amazing spot in the eastern part of Nepal. It offers the gorgeous sight of dawn, nightfall, and the stunning Himalayas range. These 2,350 m high slopes ignore the flatlands of Terai, terraced slopes of the tea garden, and thick pine woodlands. You can find local homestays, and hotels nearby so stay a night to explore this place to the fullest.
Phoksundo Lake Viewpoint
Truly heaven, a gem of the west and deepest lake in Nepal, Phoksundo Lake trek is one of the most popular off-the-beaten trekking in Nepal that offers the mouth-watering view of Phoksundo lake, Rigmo village, rich alpine biodiversity, and stunning mountain ranges. The lake is located at an elevation of 3,660 m and is touching the traditional Rigmi village.
Once you reach Phoksundo lake, you’ll hike uphill towards the beginning of the lake and after 3-4 hours you’ll reach the Phoksundo Lake Viewpoint. The pristine view of blue-colored lakes, smiling Kanjirowa Himal, rugged terrain, and alpine ecosystem can amaze you. This trail is also the way to go to the Upper Dolpo as well, after crossing the Shey pass, you’ll reach Shey Gompa and the Upper Dolpo region starts from there.
These above-mentioned viewpoints are the best attraction of Nepal from where you can witness the panoramic views of mountains, magical sunset/sunrise, and beautiful landscapes along with the true essence of nature from the bird-eye view. These viewpoints also bring the pleasant beauty of mountains and the scenic ambiance of mother nature. If you are looking for a trip to these viewpoints, Footprint Adventure is always there to make customized and flexible itineraries for you. Contact us for more details.