Trip Highlights

  • Trip Durations 03 Days
  • Trip Destination Nepal
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Accomodation Star Hotel/Tea House
  • Trip Grade easy
  • Best Season Sept-Dec, March-May
  • Max Altitude 2,195m
  • Trip Start Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Trip End Kathmandu

Trip Overview

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Introduction to Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek

Presenting distant views of the Himalayan Mountains, Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek is an easy and short trek that is an ideal trek for the lifestyle, culture, and religion of different ethnic groups in the countryside. Nagarkot and Dhulikhel are the most popular viewpoints near the Kathmandu Valley, from where you will enjoy magnificent mountain views, rice terraces, amazing landscapes, and beautiful villages.

Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek takes you to Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, and Namobuddha, three beautiful viewpoint centers. This trek is a unique and spectacular popular hiking trip for both foreign travelers as well as Nepalese. It also provides an opportunity to interact with the local people and explore their culture, traditions, and way of life.

Nagarkot is the closest famous place from the Kathmandu Valley for sunrise as well as views of the Himalayan Mountains. The trail offers a magnificent view of the eastern and central Himalayas with a height drop of 600 meters from Nagkot (2100 meters) to Dhulikhel (1500 meters). From this viewpoint, you can see the distant view of peaks like Ganesh Himal, Lantang Himal, Gaurishankar Himal, Dorje Lalpa, etc.

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A Short and Easy Trip

This trip is suitable if you have limited time in Nepal and are looking for a short easy trip nearby instead of trekking in a remote area. This Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek is also suitable for those who want to spend a short holiday with their children, families, and students.

Before reaching Dhulikhel, the fresh mountain air inside the pine forest and villages is amazing. The beautiful settlement of Dhulikhel is famous for its local Newar culture and Hindu temples. On the way from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha, you can see the lifestyle of the Nepalese people and their diverse culture and traditions as it is an open museum for trekkers.

Namobuddha, located between Banepa and Panauti, is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site with a magnificent monastery. In the wonderful village of Namo Buddha, one of the most sacred places of Buddhist pilgrimage, people believe this is a perfect place to study Buddhism and meditation. Tourists in Namobuddha also enjoy meditation and yoga activities

The monastery is located at the top of a hill that offers 360-degree views of the valley below which makes it a popular trip for tourists. This newly built monastery is a masterpiece of architecture. Colorful prayer flags, pilgrims around the monastery, and carved stone slabs look very beautiful.

Spring and autumn are the best time for the Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek but with this near and easy trip, you can do it any time of the year. Due to the short and easy trek near Kathmandu, anyone can participate regardless of age and fitness level. If someone is bringing children or is suffering from altitude sickness but wants to experience the beauty of real Nepal, then this short easy trekking is suitable.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 01

Drive Kathmandu to Changu Narayan (an hour) and trek to Nagarkot (4 to 5 hours walk).

Day 02

Nagarkot to Dhulikhel – 6 to 7 hours walk.

Day 03

Dhulikhel to Namobuddha (3 to 4 hours walk) and drive to Kathmandu (2 to 3 hours).

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Each trip is customized to fit the client's needs and group size, so the price of each organized trip is different. Please let us know the service you want and the size of the group. We create trips to suit your taste and travel budget per your requirements. Hope you find our price calculation reasonable according to your needs and preferences.

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Frequently asked questions about this trip

How difficult is the trek?

The difficulty depends on where and how long you want to trek. The short trek is easy while the long trek requires some physical fitness.

What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is normally known as acute mountain sickness. This can happen when people rapidly climb up to an altitude of more than 3000 meters. We ensure minimal risk by adding rest to our trekking itineraries. Most people will feel some effects of altitude, some shortness of breath and possibly light headache, this is normal enough. Acute mountain sickness patients are quite different and usually have a serious headache, sickness, and lose awareness. In almost all possible cases there are sufficient warning signs to take action properly. Descending to a lower altitude is usually enough to prevent any further problems.

What type of accommodation is available during the trekking?

There are mainly tea houses and lodges available for trekking and they are usually made using local materials and are very comfortable. These accommodations are often family-run and usually provide single and double rooms. The dining room is on the ground floor and is often on fire. All food will be cooked in order in the family kitchen. Toilet facilities are sometimes separate and sometimes outside. Most lodges provide mattresses and blankets. It's a good idea to always have a sleeping bag, which can be useful, and perhaps an inflatable pillow.

How long do we walk every day on trekking?

Trekking programs are classified into three different categories: soft, moderate and hard. Soft treks are only about 7 days to 10 days in duration. They generally do not go above 4000 meters; you can expect to walk about 4-5 hours each day. Moderate treks are challenging enough and long treks that go to the high hill country. Physically exhausting, this involves trekking along the cliffs of the mountains for about 6-8 hours. Harder treks are longer treks that go farther away from the general abode of trekkers and tourists. These physically challenging treks involve walking for 7- 9 hours each day.

How much weight do I need to carry on the trek?

You carry some of your personal belongings, such as warm clothing, water, snacks, sun block, cameras and more. Generally, these items will be lightweight, from 5 to 10kg (10 to 20 pounds). Our porters are available for other heavy goods and for your information one porter would be sharing by two people. The maximum weight carried by one porter is total 20 kg. this means 10 kg. per person is allowed for the trek. In case if you wish to carry more than this weight then you need to hire additional porters.

What is the best time for trekking in Nepal?

October and November are considered as the best times for trekking in Nepal due to dry season. December and January are also considered good times for trekking but it is extremely cold at high altitudes.

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