Nagarkot hiking offers you the real Nepal village hill hiking with the panoramic views of Himalayas. Two-day hike from Sankhu to Nagarkot is the best way to explore Nepal with its Nature and culture. The Nagarkot hiking starts at the Newar village of Sankhu after a drive of about 1-1.5 hrs from Kathmandu. A small and pleasant town of Sankhu is a significant pilgrimage site with the temple of Bajrajogini. Now you hike from Sankhu to Nagarkot, and it takes about three and a half hours. It’s a bit difficult climbing the hills, but one can do it. One can see beautiful scenes of mountains like Gauri Shankar, Langtang, and Everest, which will be your memorable experience.
The village of Nagarkot is on the edge of the valley and offers superb views of the mountains as well as Kathmandu valley. Very next day morning, the sunrise and sunset in the Himalayas seen from this hill will be a lifetime memory for many. From the tower at Nagarkot, we can see a few black-spotted mountains as a result of climate change, the greenery around it, one of its few remedies, barely visible scenes, and some lovebirds.
The most popular walk leads down from Nagarkot along a ridge to the temple of Changu Narayan -with views of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktapur to the left. The temple of Changu Narayan is the oldest found to date in Nepal and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is an impressive temple situated on top of a small hill, which is approximately 16 km from Kathmandu.
Hiking is not only for adventure. It is equally essential for good health as well. So, why not take a break from regular activities and enjoy the complete refreshment with Nagarkot hiking. And whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker, you will find Nagarkot hiking equally attractive. The route takes you through the green hills along with the amazing view of mountains. Furthermore, the sunrise and sunset from the Nagarkot look surprisingly breath-taking.
Furthermore, with only 3-4 hours of hike, you will get to witness the diverse beauty of the place. Also, if you are in limited time availability and budget, it is the best hiking option you have in Nepal. The beautiful view of snowy mountains, the sunrise and sunsets and the visit of temples, add attraction to this place. Along with that, the walk through the little and beautiful villages, make this journey extremely memorable and interesting.
Duration: 1 Day
Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September – November are the best seasons. Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time, trekking can be done, but visibility can be low due to rain.
Transportation: Private Car/Hiace/Van
Hike Start/Finish: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Day 01: - Drive Kathmandu to Sankhu then Trek to Nagarkot ( 3/4 hour hiking)
After having breakfast, drive for about 1-1.5 hrs to Sankhu. Sankhu is a medieval Newar village, which is a major pilgrimage center for Hindus. The temple of Vajrajogini is situated here, where a big meal is organized for one month. People keep fasting and worship here, leaving their home for one month here in the name of goddess Parvati. From here we hike to Nagarkot for the night stay. It will be easy hiking through the beautiful terraces and fields; we will walk about 3/4 hours. You can enjoy the view from Nagarkot and evening drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
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