Nagarkot Day Hiking

Trip Duration 1 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Easy
Activity Day Hike
Transportation Private Vehicle
Meals Lunch
Max. Altitude 2100 M
Max. Group Size 10
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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 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. 

Before traveling to Nepal, many people ask, “Can I see Mt. Everest from Kathmandu?”

The answer is yes!

  • You can see Mt. Everest from Kathmandu through two ways
  • The quick way is by taking a 1 hour Everest View Flight from the Kathmandu domestic airport. This is an experience of a lifetime that allows you to see the world’s highest mountains within 1 hour.

Within a short drive and few hours hike, you will be amazed to see the difference of valley life and landscape from 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, an 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 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.

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Trip Highlights

  • Stunning Himalayan Peaks.
  • World's tallest Mt. Peaks, and ranges.
  • Farming, local villages lifestyle.
  • Amazing Landscapes, scenery.
  • Peacful hiking though forest, birds, animals.
  • UNESCO sites "Changunarayan Temple" visit,
  • If time permits Bhaktapur Durbar Square visit.

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Kathmandu - Nagarkot hike Changunarayan - Kathmandu. Trip starts 7;30 or lately 8;00 am in the morning.

Cost Includes

  • Private vehicle pickup from hotel and drop to your hotel.
  • Local government license holder guide.
  • Lunch on the way.
  • Nagarkot - Changunarayan VDC entrance fees.
  • Assistant to carry your day pack bag (If needed).
  • Changunarayan temple monuments sightseeing. 
  • If time permits Bhaktapur Durbar Square sightseeing.
  • Salary and allowance for Guide and assistance.

Cost Excludes

  • Entrance fees to visit the monuments Changunarayan and Bhaktapur. 
  • Snacks and drinks while hiking.
  • Tips for Guide and assistance.
  • Personal hiking gears.

Equipment List

Trekking Equipment

Obviously you will be in higher elevation while trekking in Nepal. The weather will be different in every region but also have to pack the proper trekking equipment. Day Tours Nepal is selling Nepal’s Top Best selling treks and all are Tea-house Trekking so you don’t need to think of Camping gears.

While buying clothing please pick warm clothing especially during the winter season (Dec-Feb) in Nepal. We also suggest you to get the proper light backpack and have enough space to pack your stuff. If you are confused to buy the Trekking gears than no worries you can buy the Trekking equipment in Nepal too.

We recommend you to get check the below list for Trekking in Nepal.

Clothing

  • Warm jacket – down jacket, if possible.
  • Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
  • Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
  • Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
  • Shorts and trousers, or skirt
  • 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
  • 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
  • Proper hiking boots
  • Running shoes and flip-flops
  • 2-3 t-shirts

During winter season, additional clothing’s may include:

  • The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
  • Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
  • Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
  • Snow gaiters

Trekking Gear

  • Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
  • Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
  • Map of the trekking area (Day Tours Nepal will proivde Trekking Map so you don't need to buy)
  • Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
  • Sleeping bag and silk liner
  • 2 x water bottles
  • Miscellaneous
  • Toiletries
  • A small light weight and quick drying towel
  • Bar of soap
  • Sunscreen (SPF +20)
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellants (for lower elevations)

First aid kid

  • Water purification tables or a water filter
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 3,500+ m elevations)
  • Toilet paper
  • Optional items
  • Camera, battery etc
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Books/magazines
  • Trekking poles
  • GPS unit
  • Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
  • Sewing/repair kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Candles (for lodges)
  • Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Usefull Info

  • Check weather before packing your day pack bag.
  • Carry mask, roads are dusty and bumpy. 
  • You may need umbrella or rain cover.. (check weather).
  • Normal nice grep shoes are enough for this hike.
  • If you want to reach before the sunrise, we have to leave around 4-to 4;30 am. (Depends on season).
  • Don't pat dogs while hiking some might be aggressive. 
  • Respect local people and make sure before taking pictures of them. 

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