|Max Altitude||2175 M|
|Group Size||Minimum 02 Pax|
Nagarkot is 32 km far from central Kathmandu. It is one of the highest hills near Kathmandu valley. It is 2175m high from the sea level. Around the Nagarkot hill, most of the people are Tamang ethnic. They seem no more affected by city lifestyle. We can find real village life experiences there. When we go to Nagarkot, we have to drive through Bhaktapur city. So, at the first we visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square which is the most popular UNESCO listed heritage site of city sightseeing in Nepal.
We can see many temples, viharas, museums, statues and many other amazing things around durbar square. They are related to the local Newari peoples’ lifestyles and their interesting history. Most of the monuments are from 14 to 17th century around Bhaktapur. That period was the Malla dynasty period according to Nepal’s’ history. And after that, we drive to Telkot village and start to hike up or trek to Nagarkot. It takes about 1.5 hrs to walk through local Tamang ethnic villages. Gradually we climb up and we can see nice views of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city and valley including other surrounding hills, jungles, and the Himalayas also. When we reach Nagarkot village, at the first you see the local bus station, then we go ahead a few meters and reach the area of tourist hotels. Most of the tourist standard hotels are there. From your hotel location, we can see an excellent view of Langtang and Ganesh Himal range.
At the evening time we will see a perfect view of the sunset and the next morning early in the morning we go to Nagarkot viewpoint by private car, it takes about 20 minutes. And there is a view tower from where we can see a nice view of sunrise and excellent view of Himalayas again. Most of the people they want to see Everest from there. But we do not give a guarantee, we say more possible because of the weather. Another thing is it’s really far from here. That’s why we do not see clearly the Everest. But we see many other mountains from here during the time of sunset.
After the delicious breakfast, we walk down to the southern ridge to get to the Changunarayan temple. It is about 13 km passing through the pine trees and the settlement of Tamang Ethnic community can be visited on the way. Locals may say you Lhasso as it is same to Namaste in their language. While walking through the pine trees after Telkot, we might see people coming with pine leaves or grasses hill like the bamboo basket and normally there are people grazing their goats too. Then we reach the famous Vishnu temple, Changunarayan. The temple premise is full of old stone statues which are the masterpieces. Then we will back to Kathmandu by private car.
There are different trails from Nagarkot for the hikers. Dhulikhel is about 18 km on the eastern ridge from Nagarkot and through the panoramic landscape and local villages. If taken to the north-west side, the trail takes us to Chisapani which is also very famous trekking trail. So depending upon the interest and the days, hikers have multiple choice. It will be 2 to 7 days around Kathmandu valley.
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