Hike To Nagarkot
Nagarkot is a village in central Nepal, at the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s known for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset. The surrounding scrubland is laced with trails and home to many butterflies. To the west is the ancient, pagoda-style Changunarayan Temple, dedicated to Vishnu and a Hindu pilgrimage site.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Min 2 Pax
Drive Kathmandu to Sankhu (16 km) / Sightseeing tour of Sankhu / Later Hike to Nagarkot (2175 m)
Early morning after breakfast, met by the representative / city guide at the hotel lobby and later board the waiting vehicle then drive to Sankhu. Sankhu is approximaltey 16 kilometers north east of Katmandu which take us around forty five minutes’ drive through the hustle and bustle of the city noise, dust and smog till we arrive Sankhu.
On arrival at Sankhul, we get ready for the hike; before we start our hike we will have a quick sightseeing tour of Sankhu.
Sankhu, a Newari town, is rich in social and cultural, as well as religious values. The town has been planned in a gridiron pattern, in the shape of Shankha (conch shell). Sankhu is an old town, started predominantly as a Newar community, and even today, almost all people in Sankhu are Newars. Sankhu (‘sakwo’ called by the locals) was established in the Kaligat era in 1801. The legend has it that it was formed based on the ideas of goddess Bajrayogini – a tantric goddess and one of the four yoginis of the Kathmandu Valley.
Sankhu as with other areas of Sindhupalchowk district was badly affected by the earthquake of 25th April, 2015 and is now under restoration and renovation.
After a brief sightseeing tour, we continue our hike to Nagarkot. From the local bus station set out through the village towards the Sali Nadi (River). Here the trail may be a bid muddy on account of the recent monsoons.
The trek to Nagarkot takes about 3 to 3 ½ hours through a ridge and mixed forest of Oaks, Pines and Rhododendron. There will be short breaks in between to relax, enjoy the views of the valley on one side and mountains on the other. Occasionally mingling with local people is fun and a great way to explore and experience rural Nepal and its culture. We continue our trek and arrive at Nagarkot which is one of the most popular destinations among travelers for its panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
This small hilltop lies on the ridge on the valleys northeast rim overlooking a big chunk of the Western, Central and the Eastern Himalayas, including five of the world’s 10 highest Peaks- Mt. Everest (8848 M), Mt. Lhotse 8516 M), Mt. Cho-Oyu (8201M), Mt. Makalu (8463 M), and Mt. Manaslu (8163 M).
Beside magnificent views of the Himalayas, Nagarkot also offers one of the best sunrise and sunset over the horizon and it is worthwhile for a sunrise excursion to the view tower.
Upon arrival at Nagarkot check in the hotel and rest of the evening is free to relax and explore around the hill station. Late afternoon, take a short trek to the vantage point to see the sunset (weather permitting).
Dinner and overnight at a Hotel in Nagarkot
Hike to Changunarayan / Late Drive to Kathmandu (19 Km)
Early morning sunrise excursion to the view tower. (Weather Permitting)
Later return to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and load the luggage on the waiting vehicle and the start the 2 hour hike to Changunarayan Temple.
This is a very popular walk for those with little time but interested to see a bit of the Nepalese countryside. The walk leads down from Nagarkot along the ridge to the temple of Changunarayan with vies of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktapur to the left. The 1 hour hike to Telkot is a relaxed and enjoyable one and we continue walking to Changunarayan. On the way, enjoy views of beautiful terraced land farming, if lucky we might even see the farmers working on the field and enjoying their working day. One can talk to the farmers regarding the crops and the things related to farming and the system of farming.
Changunarayan Temple: This ancient Hindu temple is located on a high hilltop that is also known as Changu or Dolagiri. The temple is surrounded by forest with champak tree and a small village, known as Changu Village. The temple is located in Changunarayan VDC of Bhaktapur District, Nepal is about 8 miles east of Kathmandu and a few miles north of Bhaktapur. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Visnu and held in especial reverence by the Hindu people. This temple is considered to be the oldest temple in Nepal and is said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings.
After a visit to the Changunarayan temple, board the waiting vehicle and drive to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is 19 kilometers from Changunarayan.
Upon arrival at Kathmandu drop in to the hotel.