Nagarkot is a hilltop located just above Bhaktapur with an elevation of 2100m above sea level. This hill is one of the most popular tourist destinations nearby Kathmandu for national and international tourists. Especially during the weekends, local visitors will be there to have a great weekend with their beloved ones. Even a long time back this amazing place used to be the summer place for the royal families. Therefore Nagarkot is one of the popular trekking and hiking destination nearby the valley.
The main attraction of Nagarkot Hiking is the superb valley and mountain views. Valleys like Bhaktapur and Kathmandu can see from Nagarkot at a 360-degree angle view. And the panoramic mountain views include the top of the world Mt. Everest and other peaks like Mt. Manalsu, Dhaulagiri, Langtang, Gaurisabkar, and many more. When the weather is clear the combined view of the mountain and valley is just dramatic. And you can spend hours and hours enjoying the view from the view tower of Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is not only for adventure tourism it’s the place for other activities too. Such as academic seminars, picnic activities, wedding ceremonies, and other parties. And during the winter season, there will be snow and many people will go there to play snow. While people do Nagarkot Hike; some of them will spend overnight at Nagarkot and some of them back on the same day.
But during the summer season, there will be leeches, and not that nice to be there. Although the surrounding scenery will be green and during the clear weather the combination of white mountains and green landscape will be amazing. So that summer is not very good for Nagarkot Hiking and exploring Nagarkot Hill.
Different hiking routes to get to Nagarkot
1 Sundarijal, Chisapani, Nagarkot route
Chisapani Nagarkot Hiking route is the most popular hiking trip near Kathmandu valley. Because it’s 2 night 3 days walking trip and the longest itinerary to reach Nagarkot Hill. Also naturally it’s a very beautiful walking trail because there are chances to witness various things. Such as dense forest, river, wildlife, lake, and the typical lifestyle of the local people who are living in that region.
On the other hand, the panoramic mountain views along the way are another facts that made this route amazing. Not only are the snowy mountain peaks views, but the landscapes and dramatic valley views are also spectacular. The walk starts from Sundarijal after one and a half hour drive from Kathmandu. And it can end in Nagarkot or can walk down to Changunarayan. Changunarayan is the ideal place to end Nagarkot Hike from Sundarijal.
Sankhu Nagarkot Hiking Route
Sankhu to Nagarkot Hike route is another hiking route to get to Nagarkot, this is a day hiking route. Or it can make a half-day hiking route as well because after reaching Nagarkot there is the possibility to drive back to Kathmandu. But better to spend a night at Nagarkot to enjoy the sunrise and sunset view.
Sankhu itself is a great village, a very traditional and historical place in Nepal. Also culturally very rich and surrounded by many popular temples such as Bajrayogini Temple and Santoshi Mata Temple. Buses will stop in various places but the best choice will be stop at Sankhu Bus park and walk. The first part needs to walk on the blacktop road before starting to hike up. The first stop will be at Kartike deurali and then walk up to Nagarkot.
Hiking Route from Changunarayan (Vice Versa)
Another popular hiking trail to go to Nagarkot is Changunarayan to Nagarkot. Changunarayan is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal so this place is very significant in Nepal. Historically also Changunarayan is very very important because it is believed that one of the oldest temples in Nepal. Additionally, Changunaryan is a traditional village that conserves the culture and tradition of the region. Therefore starting the hike to Nagarkot from here is the best way to observe the history, culture, tradition, and nature at the same time.
If someone feels difficult climbing up, then it can be vice versa; can first drive to Nagarkot and then hike down to Changunarayan. Also, it can combine with Chisapani Nagarkot Trek and walk down to the Sankhu valley to make a full day hike. Similarly, this route also offers amazing landscape views, and outstanding mountain views too. So making a hike to Nagarkot is an adventure activity near the Kathmandu valley that has various points to start and end the hike.
Requires permits to do Nagarkot Hike
If you are doing a hike to Nagarkot via Sundarijal and Chisapani you need to pay Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park Permit and then local tax in Nagarkot. And that will cost for Nepali Rs: 100 rupees, for foreigners Rs: 1000 rupees and in Nagarkot Rs: 545 rupees. From the Sankhu side, it’s free to hike up to Nagarkot but you have to pay local tax at the Nagarkot. And if you want to start from Changunarayan; firstly you have to pay Rs: 500 rupees at the Changunarayan to explore the temple area. But it is free of cost for Nepali citizens. Then the Nagarkot needs to pay a local tax of Rs: 545 rupees, however, it is free for Nepali citizens to enter Nagarkot.