Introduction to Nagarkot Trek
Nagarkot Trek is a short and sweet 3-day trek near Kathmandu. This trip plan is designed for those trekkers in Nepal who have limited time and are looking for short and easy trekking. Staying away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the busy life of the crowds, and interacting with the local people will add another experience to your trip.
With a maximum height of only 2,195 meters above sea level, this trekking is suitable for all age groups where you can get a taste of real Nepal. Not only foreigners but also many domestic tourists come to visit Nagarkot. From the hill station, you can see the panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Gaurishankar Himal, Dorje Lakpa, etc. This place is a famous destination for sunrise views from where the sunrise view looks exciting and enchanting.
This Nagarkot Trek allows you to observe the lifestyle and culture in the area outside the valley. Along the way you cross many villages and forests where you can see waterfalls, green fields, monasteries, Gumbas, temples, beautiful mountains, etc.
The trip starts from Chisapani
After a 45-minute drive from Kathmandu, you reach Sundarijal from where this trip begins. From there, after a 5-hour walk, you reach Chisapani. Chisapani means “cold water” where the weather is always cold and you will enjoy the real gift of nature.
To reach Chisapani, you walk through the lush forest areas of Shivpuri National Park and see some of the beautiful ethnic settlements in the area. Chisapani village is a mixed settlement of Tamang, Gurung, Sherpa, Chhetri, and Brahmins where you will have a good opportunity to interact with the locals and engage with the village lifestyle.
Lodges in Chisapani are family-friendly and have good basic amenities but are not a luxury. On the second night of your trip to Nagarkot, you can find good luxury hotels. You spend one night in Chisapani and then travel to Nagarkot. The road from Chisapani to Nagarkot is already connected but it is not busy.
The next day you start the journey for the UNESCO heritage site Chagunarayan Temple which takes 4 hours. It is the most ancient temple built in the 5th century in the Kathmandu Valley. After visiting Changunarayan, drive to Kathmandu to end the trek.
This is to be an amazing experience for anyone who wants to see the true beauty of nature in a short and easy trek near the Kathmandu Valley. If you have time, trekking can extend to Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha for 1-2 days.
The Autumn and spring seasons are good for the Nagarkot trek. But you can do it throughout the year due to the easy short-distance trek. Normal fitness is enough for the Nagarkot trek and you don’t need any previous trekking experience.
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Frequently asked questions about this trip
Have just returned from my fourth trip to Nepal and as always Odyssey Treks organized everything superbly. We visited Makalu relatively late in the season and were rewarded with empty trails and amazing weather. Karma was as entertaining, friendly, and informative as ever along with Ang Dawa Sherpa who together made the three weeks perfect.
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I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex