Nagarkot is located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu. It’s a lovely place to visit where you can enjoy the local life of Nepal and spectacular views over the Himalayas during both sunrise and sunset. People often visit Nagarkot to spend one or two nights to wake up early to see the beautiful sunrise. Nagarkot is actually one of the best places to see Mount Everest and other of the high snow covered peaks of the Himalayan mountain range. If you’re planning on visit Kathmandu during spring – then I can highly recommend you to visit Nagarkot!.
Nagarkot is a village in central Nepal, at the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s known for its views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest to the northeast, which are especially striking at sunrise and sunset. The surrounding scrubland is laced with trails and home to many butterflies. To the west is the ancient, pagoda-style Changunarayan Temple, dedicated to Vishnu and a Hindu pilgrimage sit
Things To Do In Nagarkot
Nagarkot isn’t a destination that offers many actives, but it does provide relaxation, beautiful hiking paths, fantastic sunrise/sunset views of the Himalayas and limited mountain biking.
If you feel like hiking up to Nagarkot from Bhaktapur, then I have good news! There’s one great hiking path from Bhaktapur via the Changunayran Temple, and also one from the small town Sankhu that offers smaller hiking trails and fantastic views of the Himalayas and the green scenery of Nepal. The hiking takes around 3-5 hours, depending on which one you choose!. From your hotel in Nagarkot, you can also hike up via the main road to a high viewing tower that offers spectacular views of the Himalayas. From here you can view Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Shisha Pangma, Dorje Lakpa and Guari Shankar. From this tower, you can even see Mount Everest a cloud-free day!
During the high season, there will be mountain bikes available to rent from tour agents. There’s a great route called the ”loop” that’s popular among mountain bikers that visit Nagarkot. Mountain Biking is a relatively new activity, so it’s not sure that the bikes will be available during low season.
Watch The Sunrise
If you get up early in the morning, then you will be rewarded with one of the best views of the Himalayas. Enjoy a nice cup of lemon tea while watching the eagles circulate over the Kathmandu valley.
Nagarkot is a perfect place for you who seek relaxation. Come here and enjoy breathtaking views, delicious food, and excellent walking paths!
Best Time To Visit
You can visit Nagarkot all year round since it always offers great things to do and lovely views. If you only visit Nagarkot to see the fantastic view of the Himalayas, then I recommend you to visit during spring when the valley is green, nature filled with beautiful flowers and when it’s better to view the Himalayas.
NOTE: When you’re going to change to the bus towards Nagarkot from Bhaktapur it’s good to know that you will find the small bus terminal northeast of Bhaktapur along the main road (the road where you get dropped off by the bus from Kathmandu). It’s also good to know that the roads up to Nagarkot can be pretty narrow. So if you’re afraid of heights, you have to be prepared. The bus drivers know what they’re doing, so there’s nothing really to be scared about. But to be on the safe side, take a taxi if you’re really afraid of heights.
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