Historically, Nagarkot was a royal retreat. The King, his family, his court would come to Nagarkot in the summer to vacation from hectic city life and the heat of the Kathmandu Valley. Also, it is one of the most scenic spots in the region, renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas. In the 1960’s, with the first Western tourists, it became a destination ofpicturesque rural scenery, of terraced rice fields, green pastures, and marvel of the sunrise and sunsets.
Nagarkot is a village located at about 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu. It is located on the northeastern rim of the Kathmandu Valley at an elevation of 2195 m/7200ft above the sea level. Seen from Nagarkot areManaslu (8163m), SisaPangam (8013m), Langtang Lirung (7227 m), Gaurishankar (7145m), Mt. Everest (8848 m) DorjeLakpa (6979m), and Bhairab Takura (6759m). And as well, there are several monasteries and temples of interest.
The hike to Nagarkotis short and follows the ridge of the valley. It is a popular trail for mountain bikers. It is possible to drive to Nagarkot, and common for visitors is to drive up, spend the night in a lodge, and walk down the next day. The walk ends in Bhaktapur, with its the famous, historical temple/palace complex. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition will organize short trips to Nagarkotaccording its guest’s wishes. Recommended for maximum enjoyment is the following itinerary for the visitors who want to experience Nepal but who are restricted to the Kathmandu area, and/or are spending only a week in Nepal.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome and transportation to hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing includes Pashupatinatha, Boudhanath, Patan, and Swoyambhunath area(1337m).9 am to 4 pm
Day 03: Kathmandu-Tilkot (1686m) 21 Km, 1 -2 hours. Drive Tilkot toNagarkot (2195m), orhike, 2-3 hours. Overnight at Nagarkot
Day 04: Nagarkot-Changunarayan (1467m) hike14Km, 4-5 hours. Sightseeing fromChangunaryan to Bhaktapur. Overnight at Bhaktapur (1401m)
Day 05: Bhaktapur sightseeing. Drive to Kathmandu,15 Km, 40-50 minutes
Day 06: If departing from Kathmandu, transportation from hotel to airport or bus.
Included in the Cost,as per the itinerary:
Airport pickups and drops
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Accommodations in lodges during the hike
Welcome and farewell dinners
Guided city tour in Kathmandu via privatecomfortable vehicle
All ground transportation via private comfortable vehicles
Entrance fees for sightseeing and monuments
An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed Guide