Nagarkot Changunarayan Day Hiking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city
Pick up at 7:30 am from your hotel - drive to Nagarkot and explore - 4 hrs hiking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan - back to Kathmandu by 4:00 pm
Our Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike is an excellent day hiking on the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley. If you have just a day in Kathmandu and looking for an easy adventure activities around the valley. Then this Nagarkot Changunarayan day hiking trip suits best. Mainly to escape away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and to explore the country side at the same time. Surely you will be amazed to see just how much the local villages along the trail remain unchanged. Furthermore it still exhibit their traditional countryside lifestyle even though they are so close to the city.
We organize the pick up from your hotel for an hour drive to Nagarkot through the green fields and climb through terraced fields. The drive is scenic with the green valley views and the fabulous Himalayas. Notably Nagarkot is a hill station at 2100 m is a popular destination of its kind. Undoubtedly it boast the great Himalayan vista of glistening snowy peaks and where your Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike starts.
Hiking along the ridge witnessing the local settlement and their culture
The hiking trail from Nagarkot to Chagunarayan gradually descends through the terraced fields through the 'Tamang Village. The thatched houses, painted are built by with local stone hand - hewn by local craftsmen. In general these houses are 3 storied with a kitchen on the ground floor, a bedroom on the second and a store on the top. A courtyard in front has an adjoining shed for animals. Similarly the garden next to the house supplies all the household seasonal vegetables and fruit. Spring brings color to the village with young goat kids and other young animals as well as beautiful bright blossoms everywhere. Local wine making is pretty common through out the year on this day hike route from Nagarkot to Changunarayan in Kathmandu valley.
Day hiking in Kathmandu for all, group of friends or family
The first part of the hiking is largely a fascinating cultural encounter. Further more the second part is more natural as the trail follows the ridge rich with deciduous forest. The Himalayas appear in the distance totally remote and undisturbed. The walking is easy with gradual downhill and fairly level paths. It will take about 4 hours to reach Changunarayan, the oldest pagoda style Hindu temple in Nepal. We visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and have our lunch at Changunarayan. We take drive back to Kathmandu to end our fascinating Nagarkot Chagunarayan day hiking in Kathmandu.