Hike Duration: 4 hours
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.
Nagarkot itself is 32km east of Kathmandu and can be visited for a day, but in order to really appreciate the beauty of the area and mountain views, it is a good idea to hike around the area and, if possible, stay overnight. Hikes around Nagarkot
To start your trek drive approximately one hour to Sakhu, an ancient Newari town on the northeast corner of the Kathmandu Valley. The hike takes approximately four hours through pine forests. On reaching Nagarkot you can look around the village and watch the sunset spectacularly over the Himalayas. Then take a (pre-booked) taxi back to Kathmandu or stay overnight and hike down or take a local bus down the next day. And don’t forget the even more spectacular sunrise! Hikes around Nagarkot
Getting There (For Individual Trekkers)
Take a bus from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur and catch a bus to Sakhu from the Bhaktapur bus stop.
Where to Stay
There is a wide range of accommodation from the inexpensive to the really quite comfortable in Nagarkot itself. On Friday and Saturday nights the cheaper accommodation fills up quickly so you might want to book ahead. Camping is possible but as more and more hotels are being constructed it is becoming more difficult to find a good camping spot for Hikes around Nagarkot
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