Nagarkot hiking is one of the most popular day-activities in Nepal. The hill is located in Bhaktapur district and is 32 km east of the Kathmandu. With an elevation of 2,195 m, it is the 2nd highest hill around the Kathmandu valley. Nagarkot hiking is famous for sunrise and sunset view, as well as panoramic view of Himalayan range. Hence, Nagarkot hill is also known as the international hill station for its unique strategy to visitors.
Nagarkot has the most scenic beauty to offer hiking trails. Most of the Nepalese often visits Nagarkot during holidays and leisure time. 8 out of 13 Himalayan range of Nepal are visible from Nagarkot. And they are Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling range, Everest range and Numbur range. Having said this, Nagarkot Nepal is highlighted as a great spot for mountain lovers. Many hotels and resorts are available with an outstanding view through the room window and/or balcony. Also, you can go to Nagarkot view tower at the south of the village that offers 360 views of the Himalayas along with the scenic view of Kathmandu valley.
Hiking in Nagarkot can be access through different routes. Among the fruitful day hiking, we suggest you start from Sankhu to Nagarkot. Sankhu is an ancient Newari town where you will require a 17km drive from Kathmandu. In this place, you will find Bajrayogini temple which is the identity of Sankhu. The community living here are friendly and negotiable and has a religious ceremony during festivals. The hiking then continues towards the Nagarkot Eco-Trail that takes you inside the deep forest. Here you will observe various flora & fauna plus exciting moments to capture. The trail is basically designed for bird watching and nature lovers. After reaching Nagarkot, chill and refresh with delighted mountain views. Lastly, you will drive back to Kathmandu after a beautiful glance of Himalayan sunset.
You can also spend a night in Nagarkot hotel to capture both sunrise and sunset view that would leave a remarkable experience in Nepal. Upon your arriving Nagarkot from the recent hike, you will check-in the Hotel and get ready for the sunset. You can view from hotel room/balcony, otherwise, get to the top of the hill nearby. After mesmerizing sunset, you could wander around the hills and connect with hospitable local people. The next early morning, after an amazing moment with sunrise, pack your bags and get ready for another exciting hike to Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is a bit further south-east from the Nagarkot and lies in the Kavrepalanchowk district. The village is only 1550 m altitude high which however offers you finest panoramic of snow-capped mountains. After a full day hiking in Dhulikhel, your destination ends here and will drive back to Kathmandu.
Nagarkot is warm and temperate in climate. However, the hill gets snowy during winter while getting down to 2°c. As a result, many visitors gather in favor of snow activities and fun. While lots of rainfall occurs from June to September. So, we recommend the best season to visit is in the October, November, December, March, and April. And not to miss the right timing for sunrise and sunset. You can ask hotel staff for accurate weather as possible.