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KATHMANDU - SUNDARIJAL - CHISAPANI - NAGARKOT - CHANGUNARAYAN TEMPLE - KATHMANDU

Why Nagarkot Hiking?

  • Nagarkot Day Hiking Highlights:
  • Within a day you have local Cultural Experiences,
  • Visit Nagarkot view tower and enjoy splendid sunrise view over The Himalaya.
  • This short hike helps to collect many experiences for example: Trek in the forest, in the Village, introduce with locals, farming etc.
  • Such a picturesque view of countless green hills,
  • You may see some wild animals inside Sivapuri National park
  • At least for a day you are out of hustle and bustle of Kathmandu,
  • Locally made fresh food and organic vegetable from their garden- you can taste them.
  • If weather is super Crystal clear, you can also observe Mount. Everest.

Nagarkot Hiking Trip Overview:

Nagarkot hiking is a short Journey to the Hill station of Nagarkot Village via Chisapani and Sundarijal. It is a popular short hike near Kathmandu. Hikers who are short on time for them it is best option to observe the Himalaya.

The Nagarkot hiking is a good day walk to experience a lot of unique things. Usually, introduce with local people, visit farms, spectacular valley view and many natural splendors.

From Kathmandu we drive an hour to Sundarjal to the east than we begin our hike. After an hour drive, we trek steep up to Sundarijal. It is a pleasant day passing some typical villages, pine forest and forested rims.
Hike from Sundarijal to Chisapani is all steep, but natural trails. We spent a night at Chisapani in the Lodge. It is set on the best of mountain at 2,150 m.

The next, we follow the wide road along the rims to Nagarkot. Today is the longest day, but mostly we trek on an easy road. The trails today, lets you experience the real Nepal and its charms.
While we trek on the rims of massif hills, we get to see countless green rolling hills, Lnagtang, Ganesh Himal and many other peaks.

Our 4 hours of hiking, takes us to Chauki Bhanjyang which is a best Lunch spot than trek continue to Nagarkot. Today our last 40 minute walk will be steep but gentle.

We reach Nagarkot today. Next morning, we visit Nagarkot view tower for sunrise over the Himalaya.

On third day, after early sunrise view we descent to Changunarayan Temple. It is an old temple of Nepal and a populated area of Newari people. We do a sight walk around for an hour than drive back to Kathmandu.

Nagarkot view point is in Nepal’s popular place to overlook the Mountains.

Nagarkot is a good spot no doubt near Kathmandu. And this short trek provides you such an immense opportunity to collect memories from the villages. It is design shortly, who is limited on time and Budget. Likewise, this hike is suitable for student, researchers and family too.

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Nagarkot Hiking Outline

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel,

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal than trek to Chisapani (2150 m)- 4 hours,

Day 3: Chisapani to Nagarkot(1,750)- 7 Hours,

Day 4: Trek to Changunarayan than drive to Kathmandu.

What's included?

  • Airport, Hotel, Airport picks up and drops by private car or van (it depends on the size of the group),
  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan,
  • Transportation,
  • 1 expert tour guide for Kathmandu valley sightseeing,
  • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) and all accommodations during the trekking,
  • A highly experienced well-trained government license holder guide and porters (1 porter between 2 people),
  • All government taxes,
  • Guide and porters are all expenses.

What's not included?

  • Your Travel Insurance,
  • Nepal entry Visa fees,
  • International Airfare and Airport taxes,
  • Your Travel Insurance,
  • Bar bills and food in the city,
  • Tips for guide and porter,
  • Tip for Guide and porter is Highly Expected.

Day by Day Itinerary

When you arrive in Kathmandu TIA airport our airport representative will pick up you and drop you to your hotel. We will come to your hotel for a short briefing about your trekking and short hike preparation.

When you finish your Breakfast at your hotel our Guide will come to your Hotel to pick up you and drive by private transport to Sundarijal, which is 40-minute drive than we follow a small steep trail along the big water pipe towards the forest. We have to walk through the forest and terrace field till Mulkharka, Where we will stop for Lunch then continue walk through the forest for another 3 hours to Chisapani. We stay at Chisapani today. It is located on the top of the massif rims. Early morning the view will be just magical from Chisapani hill station. Overnight stay at Chisapani.

Chisapani to Nagarkot is bit long day takes about 7 hours. Our first, 3 to 4 hours walk goes through the dense forest, but on a wide road. While walking through the forest today, you may see some wild animals such as wild pigs, deer, monkeys, black bear, etc. We, then trek continue descents to Chauki Bhanjayng via Jhule, it is place for Lunch and rest for few hours. After Lunch again we have a wide road to walk. Finally the last 45 minutes of ascents takes us to Nagarkot.

Nagarkot is on the top of a mountain at 2100 meter high. So, we have already Mountain panorama from here. The next day in the morning we visit Nagarkot view point.

Today is our last day to walk and also an easy day. The trails from Nagarkot goes steeply down through the farm and Tamang villages. It is simple, walk and colorful view in the terrace field and rolling green hills. Our short descent took us to Telkot already then we follow the big road on the ridge of mountains. It is easy to walk through the pine forest and some traditional houses. We reach Changunarayan and visit the Temple. It is A very old Hindu temple build in the 5th century during the Lichhabi dynasty in Nepal. Changunarayan is also a dense residential area of the Newari people where there many traditions to explore. From Changunarayan, we drive straight to Kathmandu. It is a 35 minute drive.

Departure Dates

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Reviews

5 - Excellent Based on 2 Reviews

John terry mess
Malysia

Nagarkot Hiking- Short Hike near Kathmandu

2019

My Nepal trip was truly wonderful because I found a professional guide through the internet. his name is Santosh Gauli I search for him as a freelance guide in Nepal, then found him, he replied to every single email full of trip information so I inspired then booked the trip. another beautiful thing was the budget he offers to me and my team was so much less than other travel agency so thanks to him. he is a good guy try your trip with him – Recommended!!

I did not have a long time so that I just hike 2 nights 3 days near Kathmandu. We went to Chisapani Nagarkot together it was a beautiful trail through the local Village.


Top 3 short hiking near Kathmandu

Tan Chye ling
Malaysia

Short Hike near Kathmandu

2012

In March 2012, I did a 3 days trek in Kathmandu with 3 of my friends in Nepal using the below itinerary. It was a very scenic route going through villages and farmlands giving us an opportunity to observe the local lifestyle. This trek is also very manageable for most people as this is my first time doing such long treks. We had an experienced guide with us, Mr. Santosh Gauli, and a porter named Bhimsen Rijal (or just call Bhim) who also happen to be a guide at EBC but working part-time as a porter during our visit to Nepal. They are both very responsible, entertaining and they definitely made our trekking experience much pleasant and safe. They were also very encouraging during difficult times for example there was a 9 hours trek one day from Chisapani to Nagarkot. I would definitely recommend them for your future trekking trips in Nepal as they have more than 10 years of working experience and very familiar with the mountain routes in Everest and Annapurna.

So, You can hire Mr. Santosh as your guide.

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Sundarijal and hike to Chisapani- 4 hours. We will drive to Sundarijal which takes about an hour and we start our hiking, the trail gradually up with pine and oak forest, this Shivapuripuri National park is a good spot for bird watching and some other wild animals can be seen during the hiking. From Chisapani we will see a panoramic view of the Himalayas and the valley. And this is the resident of the Sherpa ethnic group; this is the nearest place from Kathmandu where we will the culture and the lifestyle of Sherpa indigenous, overnight at lodge. Day 02: Hiking from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,175m) – 5- 6 hours: Morning the northern mountain views attract you our hiking start to Chauki Bhanjag after having breakfast, which takes about 2 and half hours and we will stop here for an hour for our lunch. We continue the charming trails lead 3 hours toward Nagarkot. (Walking 5/6 hrs) Nagarkot, (2,nga175m) is by far the most popular.

In the clear weather the Himalaya range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitor with its awe-inspiring majesty and beauty, overnight at the hotel. Day 03: Hike from Nagarkot to Chagunarayan Temple and drive Kathmandu- 3 hours: We will have a sunrise view early in the morning. Nagarkot lies on top of the hill. This is also a good place to see the Himalayan panorama through a Himalayan river valley. After breakfast, hike for a couple of hours to Chagunarayan temple which is the very old and artistic temple of Nepal that is listed in the old heritage. After visiting this temple, we will drive to Kathmandu, trip finish:


Essential Information

Where is Nagarkot?

Nagarkot is a popular hill station to the east, north of Kathmandu about 32 km drive. It is a popular short hiking spot for travelers and local tourist as it is the beautiful place. The sunrise view in the early morning from Nagarkot view tower will be just indescribable including Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and Mt. Everest if the weather is crystal clear.


How long does it take to go to Nagarkot?

Nagarkot is a close small town near the capital only 32 km to the east, so there is Jigjag road, but a fine road to go via Bhaktapur. There are two options to go to Nagarkot either you go by vehicles or by foot via Sundarijal. If you go through Sundarijal you will have such a spectacular view over the Himalayas and experience of jungle walking. If you go through Sundarijal it takes 3 days Kathmandu to Kathmandu and if you go by vehicles it takes two days including overnight at Nagarkot or if you don't have time to stay overnight where you can go from Kathmandu very early and by sunrise time you will reach Nagarkot and after sunrise view you can come back to Kathmandu.


Lodge/ Hotels and Food:

Nagarkot hiking is a short, easy walking experience trip near Kathmandu, and we spent two nights over there at the lodge and hotel. There are many qualities of hotel accommodation from $15 up to $150 a Night in especially in Nagarkot abut at Chisapani we will have the private room with inside bath but not as good as Nagarkot.

During this short hike every single step you can see the tea shop, and small store I mean there are plenty of places where we can stop for lunch and snacks or tea break. When we reach the lodge/hotel where you can have almost all kinds of food as they have professional cook and have many varieties of foods.