Changu Narayan to Nagarkot Hiking is the 1-day itinerary to explore around the hilly arena of Kathmandu Valley. This hiking journey starts from a drive from Kathmandu to Changu Narayan Temple, and then only the actual hike to Nagarkot starts. Changu Narayan is the sacred temple reverenced by Hindu devotees. And Nagarkot is the hill-station at an altitude of 2,195 meters with the most beautiful sunrise view and upside down Kathmandu valley scenery. For this natural and cultural-mixture hike, our company representatives will pick you up from your hotel, after early morning breakfast and transfer to the Changu Narayan Temple early in the morning. Here, we will take a break for about an hour to take around on this 7th-century temple, with a mark on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After exploring around Changu Narayan Temple, the trekking to Nagarkot begins. It will take around 4 to 5 hours to reach Nagarkot from Changu. With the trail to Nagarkot, one will command the mesmerizing vista of around 8 high mountain ranges including Mahalangur Range (Everest Range), Annapurna Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Manaslu Range, Langtang Range, Rolwaling Range, Jugal Range, and Numbur Range along with the appealing natural prospect of Shivapuri National Park and overall Kathmandu Valley. Other appealing factors of this 1-day hike to Nagarkot from Kathmandu remains colorful hills, ancient and unique temples, ethnic villages, and small but freshwater cascades. It is one of the easiest trekking trails in Kathmandu as well as overall Nepal.
Trip Duration: 1 Day
Trip Grade: Easy
Trip Type: Guided 1 Day Hike
Average Hiking: 4 to 5 Hours
Starting Point: Kathmandu
Ending Point: Kathmandu
Minimum Altitude: 1,400 meters (Kathmandu Valley)
Maximum Altitude: 2,195 meters (Nagarkot Hill)
Group Size: Min. 1 and Max. 12
Group Type: Group joining, private or solo
Major Attractions: Hills, temples, cascades, forests, countryside, town, local inhabitant, etc.
“Nepal for all seasons”, keeping the vow on-point, Nepal Trek Adventure & Expedition commands Changu Narayan to Nagarkot 1 day Hiking program in any seasons of the year. Nepal circles four seasons: Autumn, spring, winter, and Monsoon (summer). All these seasons are good-enough for a 1-day hike like this, but alike other trekking routes, the autumn and spring are the best moments to capture appealing high-mountain views, hills, ancient towns, villages, and their cultures, cascades, and a lot more. Likewise, this hiking package is delivered at a most appreciable and cheaper price, with a suitable nutriment service. We recommend this hike for limited time spanners to enjoy natural and cultural Nepal with supplementary appreciativeness and gratification.
Note: Kathmandu to Nagarkot to Kathmandu Hiking can also be done. For this, the trip will start with a drive from Kathmandu Hotel to Nagarkot Hiking-start point, then hike of about 3 hours and then descend back to the same base-point. Here, again private transport will receive you and transfer back to your hotel. This package includes breakfast and lunch. For sure, an additional penny will cost to make this itinerary promising.
06:00 AM: Pick-up from Hotel and transfer to Changu Narayan Temple
After early-morning breakfast, NTA’s representative will transfer you to the Changu Narayan Temple, via means of a private vehicle. The vehicle may be car, jeep or van, which is determined according to the group size of hikers. We will reach this sacred temple at around 1 hour time interval.
07:00 AM: Reach Changu Narayan Temple and explore around
Reaching the primary spot, Changu Narayan temple is followed with 5 minutes’ rest and then exploration around the temple arena. Here, one will observe the oldest Hindu temple with the Pagoda framework, with stone sculptures, carved doors and windows, and ancient-styled houses made of wood, stone, and mud. Horizontal Himalayan and hilly views will also remain noted.
08:00 AM: Start Hiking to Nagarkot
After exploring the ancient holy temple, the actual hiking o Nagarkot starts now. The trail to Nagarkot from Changu Narayan Temple is easier and fairly enough for a short hike in Nepal. It will take around 4 to 5 hours to complete the distance. Rather, the walking pace and endurance capacity will command on early or late reaching the destined point.
12:00 PM: Reach Nagarkot Hill and explore
With some walks on Nepalese hills, one will finally reach Nagarkot hill. From here, the Valley View is more pristine and Mountain Views are additionally superficial. Explore around the arena, click photographs and videos, and have lunch there. View of eight mountain ranges, terrace land, upside-down city arena, forest, and some rugged trails occur eye-catching and attentive.
01:00 PM: Descend down-hills to catch the transport
After some natural excursion, we will descend down-hills, catch the private transport and return back to Kathmandu Hotel. It will take around 1.5 hours (about one hour and 30 minutes) to complete Nagarkot to Kathmandu hotel road distance.
NTA is flexible enough for any kind of treks, tours, and hikes in Nepal. Hence, feel free to have this 1 Day Changu Narayan to Nagarkot Hiking itinerary modified or customized according to your demand. Also, a fully tailor-made itinerary is also accessible.
Group size and age restriction: Group of any number of hikers is allowed for this hiking journey in Nepal. But the minimum of 1 and a maximum of 12 individuals are proved to be more feasible. There is not any age restriction for this hiking. This is the easiest hiking trail, hence, hikers from child to elderly clutch can complete it without added hustles and difficulties.
Freedom of Panorama: There are not any restrictions on hiking and the hill-station, so one can take as many photos as they can. But there is a restriction to click certain photos of statue, stone-sculpture, and some other historically influenced designs in Changu Narayan Temple. So, be careful of not hurting the cultural emotions of Changu locales. Also, while on hiking, be careful of slippery and edged trails, while capturing photographic and video graphic memories.
Nepal rings four main seasons which are autumn, spring, winter, and summer (monsoon). Autumn: September, October, and November; Winter: December, January, and February; Spring: March, April, and May; Summer: June, July, and August. This one day hike can be done in all seasons in Nepal, but the best time is marked as autumn and spring. Other time is also not bad, but hiking in this time allows to have the best perspectives on mountains, hills, forests, local villages and towns, cultural influence, and so on.
Necessary clothes and accessories: Nepal rounds four main seasons, according to which the temperature and climatic changes occur. Keep track of seasonal changes in Nepal, and pack your bag according to the climatic demands. Likewise, it is recommended to pack only the most-essential kinds of stuff. It will reduce the luggage weight and support in hiking freely, without more load to shoulder.
Group Joining and private hike: This day hike in Kathmandu valley can be done solo, with a private group, or with joining the pre-determined group of other hikers. For this, one needs to contact us formerly.
NOTE: For solo hike and private hike, last-minute booking is accessible with no delinquency at all. But for group joining the hike, the last-minute booking remains problematic for finding the groups and cooperating with them. So, if you want a group joining facility, make your booking at least 4 days prior to the hiking date.