The hike begins from Sankhu to Nagarkot and to Changu Narayan temple through charming villages, evergreen hills, and refreshing farmlands with the views of breathtaking landscapes and valley of Kathmandu.
Nagarkot, a hill station at an elevation of 2100m provides striking Himalayan panorama and stunningly beautiful landscapes. One of the major highlights of Nagarkot is the grand sunrise view from Nagarkot view tower.
The ancient Hindu temple, Changu Narayan is situated in Bhaktapur, province No.3 of Nepal. This temple is a holy place for Hindu pilgrims. It covers a total area of 62.98 km square. Changu Narayan temple is one of the oldest temples in Nepal. The temple was listed in the world heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. The temple was built by Mandev Lichaibi. It is a place rich in gorgeous stone, metal and wood inscription.
Accommodation during the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike
Nagarkot Changunarayan Hiking package includes 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star standard hotel on the bed and breakfast basis. Accommodation in Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels and resorts, especially in Thamel known as a best touristic hub, there are many hotels, guesthouses, lodges, and resorts are available. Please let us know if you want to upgrade your accommodation in Kathmandu.
During the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike, we will provide the best available lodges on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). On the first day of our hike, we will stay in the famous Nagarkot village. This village has many up to the mark hotels, resorts and guesthouses with great facilities including cozy rooms with attached bathrooms, Internet Wi-Fi, comfortable beds with neat and clean bedsheets and warm blankets. The lodge’s restaurant serves delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The next day, we will hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan temple and drive back to Kathmandu and stay overnight at the same hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals and Drinking Water
In Kathmandu, the hiking package is based on a bed and breakfast. You can enjoy every day’s breakfast at the hotel any time from 6:30 AM to 10 AM. Two bottles of complimentary mineral water is provided in your room. During the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike, the package includes meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and lodge accommodation. Meals during the hike will be mostly the authentic Nepalese dishes like rice, curry, lentil, vegetable, spicy pickles, curd, plain chapatti and etc. Other cuisines like continental, Tibetan and Indian are also available. These meals will be served as per the menu of the lodge. Besides that, you can buy bars, bread, cookies, and hot chocolates, extra on the trail on your own. In Kathmandu, we will offer a farewell dinner at the end of the trip to celebrate the grand success of your great journey.
Regarding the drinking water, the hotel in Kathmandu provides 2 liters of mineral water everyday basis which is included in the package. During the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike, drinking water can be easily found everywhere, every next hour you can buy pure and safe drinking water from the local teashops. Also, you can get hot water from the lodge and fill in your bottle every time it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you not to buy mineral water bottles (plastic) on the way as it will help in preserving the nature of this beautiful region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with you to purify the water.
Difficulty and Physical Fitness
Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike is a short and easy hike in Nepal. We have organized Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike for the people of varied age differences. Even though it is a short and easy trek, you are required to be in good shape and with professional guidance by our crew, anyone with a reasonably fit health will be able to enjoy Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike. Previous trekking or hiking experience is not required for this hike.
Best Season for the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike
Autumn (from September to November) and spring (from mid-March to mid-May) are the best seasons to go on Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike. During these seasons, the weather will be warm and clear with spectacular views. If you want to avoid the rush time and crowds then winter (December to February) will be an ideal time to go on this trek. Monsoon season (June to Aug) makes everything unclear and slippery.
How much luggage can I take during the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike?
Since the hike is quite easy and short, it is not necessary to bring a lot of things for this hike and since the lodges in Nagarkot provide good rooms with warm enough blankets, it is not necessary to bring a sleeping bag. The weight limit for your hiking luggage is 10 kg per trekker, if you are two trekkers there will be one porter from our company and our porter will carry both of your luggage that should be 20kg max. You can carry your daypack on your own, that should be around 5 kg. On your daypack please only carry what are essentials for the hike such as camera, water bottles, and other valuable belongings. You can leave your unnecessary stuff either at your hotel in Kathmandu or at the Alpine Eco Trek store for free and it will be completely safe. Our leader will recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc.) in our briefing time one day before the trip departure.
Gears for the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike
This is one of the easiest, comfortable and shortest hikes in Nepal, also the nearest destination from the capital city (Kathmandu) so that you do not need any special gears for this hike. We, Alpine Eco Trek recommend you to bring a pair of walking shoes (sports will be fine), trousers, socks, one warm jacket, t-shirts and a long-sleeved shirt, Sunscreen, small backpack, torch (flashlight), Camera, memory card and battery charger( spare batteries) and one quick-drying towel.
Extra Personal Expenses on Hiking
In Kathmandu, accommodation and breakfast are included in the package. To buy drinks, lunches, and dinners in Kathmandu and snacks, hot and cold drinks during the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike and tipping your guide and porter it would be wise to bring some extra money (in local currency) which you can exchange in Kathmandu.
USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days.
USD 50 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days.
USD 125 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days.
Regardless of the provision stated in 1(a) and 1(b), travelers with a passport from South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations is not required to pay the visa fee for 30 days. However, Indian citizens do not require a visa to enter into Nepal. More information for Nepal Visa.
Alpine Eco Trek offers the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike in a unique way. We take our guests like family members, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different parts of the world. Our exclusively designed Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike itinerary gives you all of the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike experience. We guarantee you that, with our local team, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with a sweet and beautiful experience and lifelong memory.
Price for the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike?
For the up-to-date and competitive pricing for the Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike, please contact us, we have an attractive discount for a small group of family traveling with senior citizens and kids.
If the above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari or Bhutan tours and Tibet tours.