Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike – 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 hike is an excellent walking day tour on the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley, Nepal. If you have just a day in Kathmandu and looking for an easy adventure activities like day hike in Kathmandu then this Nagarkot Changunarayan day hiking trip is the best option to escape from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and to explore the country side at the same time. You will be amazed to see just how much the local villages along the trail remain unchanged and still exhibit their traditional countryside lifestyle even though they are so close to the city on your day hike in Kathmandu.
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. Nagarkot is a hill station at 2100 m is a popular destination of its kind to capture the great Himalayan vista of all the glistening snowy peaks and it is where day hike in Kathmandu valley starts for you.
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. These houses are normally 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. 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 in Kathmandu valley.
The first part of the hiking is largely a fascinating cultural encounter while 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. After visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site and having our lunch, we take drive back to Kathmandu to end our fascinating day hike in Kathmandu from Nagarkot to Changunarayan.