The more common way to see Mount Everest from Kathmandu is by taking the short, sweet Nagarkot Hike. Nagarkot, at 2195m, is a quiet and scenic hilltop about 32 km from Kathmandu. It is an outstanding mountain view point. You also get to experience typical village life found in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. The Nagarkot hiking trail is quite easy, but exciting nevertheless.
After the 1 and half hour's drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot, we begin our Nagarkot Hike. For people who have limited time in Nepal or would like something more relaxed than a high mountain trek, this is perfect for you. From Nagarkot, you can see a panorama view of the Himalayas, ranging from the Dhaulagiri in the west to Mount Everest in the east, as well as the magnificent Kanchenjunga (at 8586m, it’s the 3rd highest mountain in the world.) Try to bring some binoculars for the best view of Everest! We will be far from the noise of Kathmandu for the day, immersed in the relaxed lifestyle of the villagers.
Within a short drive and a few hour's hike, you will be amazed to see the difference between valley life and the landscape of Kathmandu. The way that the villagers are living seems unchanged through the passing of time. If you’d like to extend your trip for a night, we can arrange that. The sunrise and sunset on the Himalayas seen from this hill would be a lifelong memory for you. After passing through jungles and villages, our Nagarkot hiking trail will end at Changunarayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the oldest temple in Kathmandu, constructed over 1,500 years ago. After we visit the temple, we head back to Kathmandu.
Your Nagarkot Day Hike can be organized all around the year which gives you the amazing experience of the local village life of Nepal. Even during the winter, the views are just as crisp, and there are less tourists. Also, it is a perfect hike for all ages. It is truly the best day hike inside the Kathmandu valley and it’s a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Come check out our Nagarkot Hike and experience the village cultures firsthand, while also being surrounded by stunning views of the highest mountains in the world.
Or no hikes just a sunrise tour or sunset tour write us.
Another highly recommended village hike from Kathmandu is: Ranikot Village Day Hike
Normally for short day hiking trips we don't need proper trekking gears like we go for Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp or any other treks which are more than 2-3 days. Depends on the trail and the seasons we need to prepare some light gears which are listed below.
For Winter we need to carry below stuff.
Waterproof Breathable Poncho is always help but check the weather before. Day Tours Nepal guide will suggest if it's necessary to carry. But from May to End of September you need to carry with you.
Dinesh is great! Really appreciated that he offered to take pictures for me, gave me tips for the rest of my trip in Nepal too. Gave recommendations for things i must do before i leave and some yoga tips. Nice very glad that i was able to stop at Bhaktapur as well, that was one of the highlights of the trip for me. Suggestion to make bit clearer that admission to bhaktapur and changunarayan is not included in the price of the tour. Thank you Alexandra for your reviews and suggestions. On the cost excludes section it's clearly mentioned that Bhaktapur entrance fees is not included on the price.
Unfortunately too cloudy to see the Mountains and sunrise but the hike through the villages was very easy and enjoyable. Shrawan was very friendly and informative. Thank You!
Shrawan was a great guide, loved the info. It was a hot day but we took lot's of breaks + kept a good pace! Next time Air-conditioned Car!
Bhim and Shrawan were amazing Guides! Very friendly and attentive to our needs. Great day trip out of Kathmandu and hiking views are terrific. Thank you Day Tours Nepal!
Easy for the first-time traveler in Nepal. We were 3 friends from Hongkong and we had a good time with Day Tours Nepal. Our guide Dinesh was very nice, friendly, and help us to take Photos. Dinesh is very informative and he explains everything about the temples, cultures and the Mountains. Plus point of booking with Nirajan is a Bhaktapur tour after the Nagarkot hike.