Nagarkot Hiking is one of the best options for Hiking near Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is situated east of the Kathmandu Valley at an elevation of about 1800 meters (5,904ft). This spot is popular for mountain views, particularly at sunrise and sunset. Among the 25 mountains above 6000 meters (19,680ft), Annapurna (8091m/ 26,545ft), Manasalu (8165m/ 26,781ft), Ganesh Himal (7446m/ 24,422ft) and Lantang Lirung (7245m/ 23,763ft) can be seen. This is also a one-day trip from Kathmandu.
Trip Name: Nagarkot Day Hike / Nagarkot Hiking
Duration: 1 day
Group size: Any
Max. Altitude: 2175m
Min. Altitude: 1350m
Trip type: Hiking and sunrise view
Best Season: all around the year
Departs: Travel pickups are offered
Trip Highlights of Nagarkot Hiking
- Witness the sunrise view striking over the peaks of the Himalayas.
- broadest views of the Himalayas such as Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal, Mahalangur range, etc
- Escape from the hustle life of the city
- Hike to the village
- Explore the Newari community, their culture, and also their lifestyle
- Visit the oldest Hindu temple, Changunarayan
Nagarkot Sunrise Day Tour
Nagarkot may be a village located 32km east of Kathmandu, Nepal in Bhaktapur District. At an elevation of 2195m, Nagarkot is one of the foremost popular spots for tourism. it’s known as the foremost scenic spot in the Bhaktapur district. Nagarkot is the nearest hill station from Kathmandu and an amateur for the spectacular sunrise view. Besides the sunrise view, Nagarkot offers the perspective of the Himalayas including Everest besides other Himalayan ranges. Additionally, the hill station is even popular for the view of the Kathmandu valley. During the clear weather, one can witness the view of the sunrise touching the height of the Himalayan. Nothing will be more pleasing and heartwarming than the view that Nagarkot offers. Therefore, the Himalayan sunrise and a walk to the pristine rhododendron forest, pines, and oaks are the prime sources of attraction of Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is a perfect place for those that want to experience the simplest of nature. The sweetness of this place makes it a really popular hiking route for visitors. It commands the broadest views of the Himalayas including Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal, Mahalangur range, etc. Besides the natural view, you’ll get an opportunity for cultural exploration during this tour. you’ll observe the everyday Newari community and their lifestyle who has been a descendant of the Kathmandu valley since way back. On the other hand, this tour includes a visit to the Hindu ancient temple Changunarayan. This shrine is taken into account because it is the oldest temple and of Lord Bishnu. Moreover, the tour offers an authentic village, culture, and lifestyle of the people around the valley.
Therefore, the view of the snow-capped peaks together with the Newari village and culture will offer you the most effective memory which will be treasured for a lifetime.
To catch the foremost spectacular sunrise view, you wish to induce up very early within the morning. Starting your journey at exactly 4:30 am within the morning, we are going to drive for about 1 and half hours to Nagarkot. Since the cold breeze welcomes you upon reaching the hilltop of Nagarkot. The foremost awaited moments of witnessing the sunrise view within the peak of the Himalayas adds another variety of excitement to your Journey. After spending it slowly within the viewpoint, we’ll have our breakfast and walk downhill to explore the villages. Additionally, we are going to do a brief trek to the village and witness the approach to life of Typical village life. On the other hand, we’ll visit Changunarayan temple which is one of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites.
Besides, we are going to witness the everyday Newari culture during Nagarkot Hiking. After each day of the excursion, we’ll return to our hotel.
Activities at the Glance
Nagarkot is one of the closest and most convenient tourism destinations in Kathmandu. Nagarkot could be a perfect place for those that are willing to spend quality time with nature. it’s also an area for cultural exploration. Therefore, being a tourist hub, Nagarkot has lots of activities to supply for visitors.
One of the most important and most famous activities in Nagarkot is the early sunrise view. Yearly, thousands of tourists visit this place just to urge the stunning view of the sunrise. Likewise, nothing is satisfying like framing the sunrise view over the peaks of the Himalayas. However, one must travel very early to witness the view from the point of view in Nagarkot. Thus, The view is mesmerizing with the sun rising above the peaks.
Witness the stunning snow-capped peaks
The next very mesmerizing thing that the Hill station offers is the view of the snow-capped peaks. One can witness the view of the Highest peak, Mt. Everest, just in case of clear weather. but Everest, the view includes Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling, Mahalangur range, etc. the peaks striking at the sunset and sunrise is worth watching once in an exceedingly lifetime.
Hike to the villages
Apart from the views, a daily basis tour to Nagarkot even includes a hike to nearby villages. After spending some while watching the sunrise and the Himalayas, we are going for a hike to the villages in Nagarkot. Furthermore, a walk to the pristine rhododendron forest, pines, and oaks observing the encompassing beauty may be a memory for a lifetime.
Observe Newari culture
You will even explore the standard village life inside the valley. Nagarkot is found in Bhaktapur where the bulk of individuals are from the Newari community. So during your hike, you may observe the Newari community residing in Bhaktapur and therefore the village around Nagarkot. The culture and tradition of the Newari community are famous within the valley. Moreover, this tour even allows you to be accustomed to the Newari community, their culture, and lifestyle.
Hike to Changu Narayan Temple
A two-story pagoda-style Hindu temple is located dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is surrounded by ancient carvings and statues. So, the tour to Nagarkot takes you to the oldest temple in Bhaktapur district which could be a UNESCO world heritage. It’s built top on the high hills which are 7 miles east of Kathmandu. Therefore, you may get an exquisite opportunity to explore this temple.
Outline Itinerary for Nagarkot Hiking
4:30 am: Our trek guide will assist you from the hotel and drive to Kakani
6:00 am: Arrival at Nagarkot viewpoint and witness the sunrise view striking over the peaks of the Himalayas. Spend some time over here, exploring the nature and natural resources
7:00 am: Breakfast
8:00 am: Hike from Nagarkot viewpoint to the nearby village. The walk passes through several villages and is famous for the typical local lifestyle. Besides, You can explore a Newari community living in that village. Similarly, you can observe various types of jungle hubs and plants.
1:00 pm: time for the Lunch. And after lunch, visit Changunarayan temple. It is a two-story pagoda-style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is surrounded by ancient carvings and statues. After hiking up to the temple, you will get ready for the departure.
5:00 pm: Drive back to Kathmandu
Includes and Excludes
- Private transport with departs
- Pick up and drop off to the desired location
- Gasoline and car parking
- All government taxes
- An English speaking tourist guide
- Lunch and dinner
- Personal expenses such as phone bills and additional shopping
- Any alcoholic beverages as well as soft drinks
- Tips and gratitude for the drivers