The Nagarkot Day Hike is one of few ways that you can see Mount Everest from within the Kathmandu Valley. This spectacular single day tour leads you to the scenic hilltop village of Nagarkot. At 2195 meters (7201 feet), you are confronted with eye-popping views of the absolute most majestic peaks on the planet. Not the mention, the journey to the top is just as amazing as the view when you get there!
From the precious terraced hillsides that cascade down the rolling hills, the trail leads to an outstanding mountain viewpoint where the Himalayas seem just an arm’s reach away. From the viewpoint, your panorama expands from Dhaulagiri(8167 meters/26,795 feet) in the west to Mount Everest (8848 meters/29,029) in the east, as well as the magnificent Kanchenjunga (8586 meters/28,169 feet). See three of the highest peaks in the world in one sweeping view.
In the morning, we pick you up from your hotel and escape the dust and noise of Kathmandu. Weaving through the hilly roads, we stop at the trailhead and start the hike. The stroll leads through serene landscapes of terraced agricultural fields, dense forests, and fields of wildflowers. Pass Tamang and Gurung villages. Just about an hour from Kathmandu, the lush vegetation and quaint villages make you feel as if you have stepped into another world.
Learn about the typical hilly region culture along the journey to the top. Time moves at a different pace here, and no one seems to be in a hurry. Take a deep breath of fresh air and admire their laidback lifestyle. Further up the hill we go, to ultimately reach the viewpoint. Try to bring some binoculars for an even more clear view of the rugged peaks. We take our time at the top, resting and enjoy the presence of the beautiful Himalaya, before beginning the descent.
During the descent, we stop at Changunarayan Temple, an UNESCO World Heritage site, and is said the be the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley at over 1,500 years old. After learning about the ancient temple, admiring its architecture and history, we take you back to your hotel to enjoy the rest of your evening.
The beauty of the Nagarkot Day Hike is that it is the most accessible hike from Kathmandu, and it is possible for nature lovers of all ages and experience levels. Within a few hours of hiking on the soft trail, be encompassed by pristine peaks. It’s perfect for the whole family, a couple of friends, and the solo traveler.
NOTE: If you would like to turn the Nagarkot Day Hike into an overnight tour package, that is more than possible! Nagarkot is one of the best spots to watch the sunrise/sunset in Nepal! Wake up in the early morning and watch the sun cast a fiery orange-red glow onto the majestic peaks.
Take our Nagarkot Day Hike during any time of the year. Be mindful, though, about the climate of Nepal. The views during the spring and autumn are much clearer than during the monsoon season. Winter is also a great time, and there are fewer tourists. Ashmita Trek and Tours arranges the tour with full management, including transportation, meals, etc. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!