Nagarkot Changunarayan Hiking - 2 Days

  • Duration 2 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Destination Nepal
  • Best Season Throughout The Year
  • Maximum Altitude 2195 m

Nagarkot Changunarayan Hiking is the best hiking trail in Nepal to explore cultural aspects with high mountain scenery. Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu, is where Nagarkot hiking begins, and it's a quick and simple trip from there. Nagarkot, one of Nepal's most well-known mountain villages, is 32 kilometres northeast of the Kathmandu Valley. The sunsets and sunrises of Nagarkot are famed for their stunning panoramas of the Himalayas, including the Annapurna Range, the Ganesh Himal Range, the Gaurishanker Range, the Dorje Lakpa Range, the Phubi Chyachu Range, the Langtang Loren Range, and the Chobha Bamare Range.

A relatively unexplored path that leads through attractive towns, verdant forests, and breathtaking vistas is the Nagarkot hiking trail via Sankhu. Just a short drive from Kathmandu is the starting site, the historic town of Sankhu. The tour starts with a visit to the historic Vajrayogini Temple, a prominent Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage destination that exemplifies Nepal's rich spiritual diversity.

A very old and traditional Newar city in Kathmandu, Sankhu village (1500 m) is where you can view old wood-carved buildings, temples, and wooden old stone spring traps. Sankhu means Conch City. Visitors examine the sacred rivers Shalinadi, Madav Narayan, and Swasthani Mata Temple, which depict Satyayug history.

Changunarayan (a World Heritage Site) is the oldest Hindu god Vishnu temple. The temple complex was built in the third century and is decorated with some of the best samples of stone, wood, and metal craft in the Kathmandu Valley. This UNESCO site is famous for the history and architecture of the ancient period.

What can you expect in Nagarkot Changunarayan Hiking in Nepal?

  • Sunset and Sunrise View with the Most Scenic Spot of the Himalayas Panorama, including Mt. Everest, Langtang, and Gauri Shankar
  • Enjoy walking through various villages and beautiful terrace landscapes.
  • Buddhist and Hindu Culture
  • Old Newari village, Sankhu, terraced field
  • Relish the local culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the Newar and Tamang communities.
  • Visit Changunarayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Intricately carved wooden and stone sculptures

Itinerary

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After breakfast at the hotel, you drive to Sankhu by private car. Sankhu is a 40-minute drive from Kathmandu which is 17 km northeast of Kathmandu. After looking around the Sankhu, hike through terraced paddy fields and pine forest to Kattike Deurali. After a drink and rest at Deurali, hike to the final destination Nagarkot. After refreshments at the hotel, watch the incredible sunset. The hike is around 5 hours.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsLunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2195 m

After watching the sunrise and breakfast at Nagarkot, you hike down to Telkot. During the walk through the local habitat, you can see domesticated animals like goats, and water buffalo, and local people making Raksi (Nepali moonshine) and rice beer. One hour more walk to Changunarayan. After looking around Changunarayan temple, you drive to Kathmandu.

 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Lunch 
  • Maximum Altitude1300

FAQs

  • Q1. How challenging is the hike from Sankhu to Nagarkot?

    Trekking from Sankhu to Nagarkot is moderately challenging. Due to the easy terrain and low danger of injury, this hike is perfect for everyone. Only mild walking and beginner-level hiking will be involved.

  • Any time of the year is ideal for a Sankhu Nagarkot Changunaraayan trip. However, we advise going on hikes in the spring and fall.

  • Absolutely, Nagarkot is renowned for its breathtaking sunrise views over the Himalayas. Waking up early to witness this natural spectacle is a highlight of the trek.

  • Yes, you can do this trek independently if you're comfortable navigating trails and arranging your accommodations. However, having a guide can enhance your experience, especially if you're interested in cultural insights.

  • Local Government permits are required for the Nagarkot Hike and Changunarayan Temple.

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