Changunarayan Nagarkot: Day Hike
Pick up at 7 :00 am from your hotel - drive to Nagarkot - 4 hrs hiking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan - back to Kathmamdu by 5: 00 pm
Our Nagarkot Changunarayan hiking 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 day hike then this Nagarkot Changunarayan day hiking trip is the best option to escape from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. 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.
We organize an early morning pick up as it is an hour drive from your hotel to Nagarkot where you start the day hike. We drive through the green fields and climb through terraced fields towards Nagarkot. The drive is scenic with the green valley views on one side and the fabulous Himalayas on the other. Nagarkot is a hill station from which you can see a great panorama of mountains over 2100 metres. We have time to see all the glistening snowy peaks. The hiking trail from Nagarkot gradually descends through the terraced fields to the 'Tamang Village.' The thatched houses, painted with ochre, 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 colour 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.
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 hiking tour in Nepal.