Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike

Overview/Background
Nagarkot Changunarayan hike is an easy adventure you can enjoy with your family and friends on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The hike route is perfect for people of all ages and for those who are looking to unwind and go on a relaxing journey.

The hike combines peaceful nature and recreational physical activity for the ultimate experience of Nepal. The vast jungle hiding different species of animals and birds adds on to the beauty of this hike. The one- day hike rekindles you with nature, away from the bustling city of Kathmandu.

The hike starts with an hour’s drive to Nagarkot. You will see the sceneries gradually change from the crowded city area of Kathmandu to the terraced paddy fields towards Nagarkot. You can feel the cool air flowing from the pine forests as you draw nearer to Nagarkot.

The Nagarkot hilltop at 2100m altitude is your first destination, from where the hike begins. You can view the spectacular sunrise from the hilltop before starting your hike. You will be able to see the beautiful diversity of the landscapes ranging from plain paddy fields to high mountain ranges that touch the sky.

Continuing the journey, the trail follows down towards the Tamang villages. You will come across thatched roof settlement of Tamang people, who still live in tune with nature. They earn their living by farming activities. You are welcomed with a warm smile and rough hands of the hardworking Tamang people.

The rich deciduous forests follow next, connecting you with the beauty of nature, away from the busy streets of Kathmandu. The peaceful chirping of the birds as you travel through the vast expanse of jungles will give you the most relaxing feeling.

In about four hours, you reach the beautiful Changunarayan temple. It was built in pagoda style around the 4th century. The temple is also listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, adding on to its specialty.

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Trip Facts of Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike :
Location: 32 km east of Kathmandu
Geography: Countryside, villages, mid-hills, forests
Duration: 4 hours
Highest altitude: 2100m (Nagarkot)
Grade: Easy
Best season: Throughout the year

Itinerary
You will first start with an hour’s drive to Nagarkot Hill Station from where you can enjoy the beautiful sunrise. You will spend your time on a short excursion around Nagarkot and then carry on with the rest of the journey to Changunarayan. The total trek takes about 4 hours. You can enjoy looking around the Changunarayan Temple. You will take an hour’s drive back to Kathmandu to your accommodations.

Trip Highlights
Connect with nature on the outskirts of Kathmandu
Enjoy the day with nature away from the dust and dirt of Kathmandu
See for yourself the beautiful stretch of lands from the top of Nagarkot Hill Station
Experience the rich culture of the traditional Tamang villages along the way.
Explore the enriched UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Changunarayan Temple
Spend a relaxing time with your friends and family amid nature

Key Information
Be sure to board your vehicle on time. The trip starts early as you do not want to miss the sunrise from Nagarkot Hill Station.
The best time to enjoy the Nagarkot sunrise and sunset tour is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).
You should take a bus to Nagarkot from Bhaktapur if you are planning the trip on a public vehicle.
Carry a liter of water with you. It is better if you carry your own water bottle as it is economical as well as eco-friendly.
One-way taxi from Kathmandu will cost about NRs. 4,000.
You can carry a map of Nagarkot to explore the place.
The itinerary is flexible. However, you should pre-inform your guide about any custom destination you want to visit.
Carry extra money in case of emergencies and to buy snacks as the costs for these are not included in the package.
If you want to extend your stay, inform your guide about it prior to the hiking day.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much time does it take to reach Nagarkot from Kathmandu?
Nagarkot is about 27 kilometers away from Kathmandu. If you are planning to use a local transportation to reach Nagarkot, you will first have to reach Bhaktapur. You can take a public bus to reach Bhaktapur. Then, by taking a local bus from there, you can reach Nagarkot. It will take around one and a half hours to reach Nagarkot.

What are other attractions to visit Nagarkot?
Other attractions of the place include Nagarkot Nature Trail, Nagarkot Everest View Paragliding, and Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail. You can also indulge in other activities like Yoga and Pilates alongside mother nature. Also, you can try mountain biking and feel the cool breeze of air blowing in your face.

What are the other attractions of Changunarayan temple?
On the way to the Changunarayan temple, there is a private museum that has a collection of ancient coins and tools. The museum entrance fee for Nepalese costs around Rs 70 and costs around Rs. 300 for foreigners. You can visit this private museum to know about the history and culture of the place.

What should I wear?
It is recommended to wear comfortable and sun-protective clothes. Wear long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from sunlight. Carry a jacket or windcheater as it can get windy in Nagarkot. If you’re traveling in monsoon, you must carry a raincoat, an umbrella or waterproof jacket.

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