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Short Nagarkot Trek

Short Nagarkot Trek

Short Nagarkot Hiking is an easy trekking giving full insight of the village life of real Nepal and witnessing some of the great Himalayan views. The program allows one to explore the natural beauty of Nepal and at the same time observing the living culture and traditions. Spectacular views of the mountains like Gauri Shanker, Langtang and Mt. Everest can be spotted during the hike and from Nagarkot, the Himalayan vantage-point just a stone throw from Kathmandu city. Sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas is also equally appreciated from Nagarkot. Initially the trek starts after driving to Sankhu, an old Newari town, then hike towards Nagarkot. Spent a night at Nagarkot then the trail descends down to temple of Changu Narayan, considered the oldest temple of Nepal built around 14th century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Afterwards drive back to Kathmandu. Short Nagarkot Hiking is ideal for those having limited traveling time frame and who are looking into easy hikes around Kathmandu Valley discovering the local culture and observing some of the beautiful Himalayas of Nepal.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy scenic drive to Sankhu, an old Newari town
  • Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living Kathmandu and Nagarkot
  • Explore varieties and floras and faunas
  • Enjoy spectacular views of beautiful peaks including Mt. Everest, Gauri Shanker, Langtang and other Himalayas
  • Experience the Sunrise/Sunset view from Nagarkot
  • Get around Changu Narayan temple
  • View Traditional craft/sculpture/architecture

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Drive to Sankhu, Trek to Nagarkot 3-4 hrs

Day 03 : Trek down to Changu Narayan (3-4 hrs) & drive back to Kathmandu

Day 04 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport transfers by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Transportations from Kathmandu – Sankhu and  Changu Narayan - Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • One nights' accommodation with breakfast at the best avaliable hotel in Nagarkot.
  • Highly experienced, helpful and friendly Government licensed guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
  • Government taxes & service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu/Nagarkot.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet.
  • Personal trekking equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
    Nepal entry visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to a pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : Drive to Sankhu, Trek to Nagarkot 3-4 hrs

After breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Sankhu which takes about 1 & half hours drive.  Sankhu is an old Newari town where Vagrayogini Temple is located.  A big melafor one month is celebrated here during when pilgrims are on fasting and worship the goddess Parvati. Upon arrival at Sankhu, hike to Nagarkot which is an easy hike with the trail passing thru terraces and fields. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Trek down to Changu Narayan (3-4 hrs) & drive back to Kathmandu

At the break of the dawn, witness a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. The first rays of the sun hitting the mountains are simply amazing with the peaks glowing in a multitude of colors like pink, gold and red hues. After breakfast, trek down towards Changu Narayan. The temple was built in 14th century and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Then met the vehicle and drive back to Kathmandu. O/N at Hotel.

Day 04 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes.  You will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful trekking adventure to Nagarkot. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Short Nagarkot Trek with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.

Tour duration
The tour duration is about 03 nights/04 days.

Clothing varies with the type of tour and season. It’s warm in Kathmandu from April to October-end and from November to March-end, days are usually warm but evening colder. Summer clothes are okay during the day time but the evening requires a light jackets. Winter is from December till February so bring along sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. Or you can purchase clothes of your choice in Kathmandu clothing stores too.

Breakfast is included while in Kathmandu and Nagarkot. 

Nagarkot is the closest Himalayan view-point from Kathmandu City located 32 kms towards the east. Some majestic mountain panorama can be witnessed from here in a clear day that includes Annapurna in the west to the mighty Everest in the East. Historically, Nagarkot was a place for the royals of Nepal to escape the scorching heat of summer and a hectic city life. Nowadays, its the popular junction to enjoy the picturesque rural scenery of terraced rice fields, green pastures, the sunrise and sunsets from tourists to locals alike.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure.  In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind.  It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas.  The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks.  The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.

Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you.  It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.

Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help.  Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations.  Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.

What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system.  Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks.  Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.

What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily.  Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.

What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks.  Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.

Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly.  The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee.  You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.

How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain.  On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg.  A camping porter carries up to 40kg.  For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers.  What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 

Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do!  This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world.  Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 04 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Easy

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing Tour

Best Season: All the year round

Max. Altitude: 2,195 meters (Nagarkot)

Transportation: Private vehicles as per itinerary

Daily walking: 3-4 hours per day

Group Size: Minimum 2 pax


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