Nagarkot which is also regarded as the touristic viewpoint is a small hill village well known for panoramic mountain views. It is 32km east from Kathmandu valley and lies in Bhaktapur district. Nagarkot is usually famous for its view tower where one gets a chance to explore sunrise and sunset including Himalayan ranges like Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and even an Mt Everest if weather supports the visitor being a very fine day. Thus the trekker needs to reach the viewpoint at the very 1st hour to enjoy the magnificent view from the tower and head towards their end destination of the hiking.
The hiking begins from the Nagarkot after visiting the tower towards Changunarayan which is an ancient temple since the 7th century and is also listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The journey is a down walk where the trekker gets a chance to view hills, mountains, small villages and temples. The villages are surrounded by Tamang Community. The houses are made of local stones built by local craftsmen. Most of these houses are of the three-storied consisting kitchen on the ground, living and bedroom on the second floor and roof on the top which provides a rural vibe. One can also see the sheds for cows in their courtyard in most of the houses. These houses also offer local alcohol to their guest as it is prepared throughout the year. However, these people are also involved in the business of pork and buffalo meat including local alcohol.
The hike offers an experience of having an encounter with the cultural vibes towards the trekker. Leading ahead of its journey, the visitors go through the dense forest. One can also get an opportunity to have an interaction with the Himalayas. It takes 4-5 hours to reach till Changunarayan depending upon the pace of the walker. Changunarayan which is built in pagoda style provides a wider knowledge of History of the temple. One can enjoy taking photographs in the permitted area. The temple is situated on the high hill and is also known as Changu or Dolagiri. The visitors can also see the Chamak tree which has covered the entire temple. The Manohora River flows beside the hill of Changunarayn. One can see the Hindus devotees inside the main premises of the temple. The temple is named after the Lord Vishnu. Thus one can see the different arts and sculptures related to him. However one can also see the shrines of Lord Shiva, Chinnamasta and Krishna inside the courtyard of the main temple. There are four entrances for the temple which is guarded by the gigantic stones crafted lions and elephants.
Nagarkot-Changurayan is the short hiking route for the visitors which offer a great experience in this hustle-bustle. Thus it is the best destination for the one who does not have sufficient leisure from their professional life.
You will be picked up from their respective hotels at 2 pm and be driven towards Nagarkot which takes around 1.5 hour.
You can take some rest and have some food. Around 5 pm you will be taken towards the view tower to explore the magnificent view of the sunset. Later on, you will be provided with your dinner around 7 30 which is package inclusive. However, you can order snacks and drinks which is self-incurred. The visitors can now go and take rest. The next day early morning you will be taken to view tower for the sunrise at 6 30. You will be returning back to your hotel for the breakfast. Later you will be carrying your luggage and move ahead for the hike. You will be provided lunch after reaching Changunarayan. The hike is about 4-5 hours.
After completion of the hike, you will be driven back to Kathmandu.
It is a short hike and the visitors will be able to grab an ample of Nepalese Cultural information along with an adventurous experience in a limited time frame.
Snacks and mineral water which is not packaged inclusive are needed to be carried for the hike. Moreover, it is also recommended to carry sufficient t-shirts as hiking causes sweating. Hiker needs to mind their shoes which needs to be much more comfortable to avoid leg pain. It is better if the hiker does not consume cigarettes and alcohol throughout the hike.
Apart from rainy seasons, hiking is suitable throughout the year.