Nagarkot Changu Narayan Hike

Trip Overview

This Nagarkot Dhulikhel day hike is a perfect trip for those who are short on time and yet want to be close to nature. Dhulikhel and Nagarkot are two popular tourist spots near Kathmandu valley. Dhulikhel is a cultural center inhabited by ethnic Newari people, whereas Nagarkot is a popular place for mountain views. The hiking trail follows the ridge through thick pine forests, villages, and terraced fields. The path also offers the opportunity for bird watching and observing the village culture and lifestyle. Nagarkot Dhulikhel day hike is one of the best hiking routes within Kathmandu valley. It takes about 5-6 hours to complete this 16 km hike through an ever-changing landscape.

Nagarkot is a small hill station located about 32 km from Kathmandu. Nagarkot, situated at an altitude of 2195 m, provides one of the best views of the snow-capped peaks. For instance, mountain ranges like the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling, and Everest (at a distance) are visible from Nagarkot. Dhulikhel is a small ethnic Newari town with ancient history. The streets are lined with bare-brick houses, carved wooden windows, sloping roofs, pagoda temples, and sacred statues here and there.

Our journey starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot. The road goes past small villages, terraced fields, and forests. Enjoy the fantastic view of the eastern Himalayas at Nagarkot, and then proceed to Dhulikhel. The hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is easy, with a little uphill and mostly downhill. The trail goes through thick forests, villages, and terraced farmlands. This day trip is ideal if you have just a day and is looking for an easy adventure. Shivapuri day hike, Pulchowki day hike, and Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike are some of our similar day hikes.

Nagarkot Dhulikhel Day Hike

Trip Highlights

  • Visit two popular tourist destinations around the Kathmandu valley.
  • Hike through forests of rhododendrons and small villages.
  • Spectacular mountain views from Nagarkot.
  • Encounter with local people and their lifestyle.
  • Experience the rich Newari culture and architecture in Dhulikhel.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-460
  • TRIP NAME: Nagarkot Dhulikhel Day Hike
  • DURATION: 1 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Hiking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: January, February, March, September, October, November, December,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 2175m(Nagarkot)
  • WALKING HOUR 5-6hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Drive to Nagarkot-Hike to Dhulikhel-Drive to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, drive to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is situated 32km east of Kathmandu on a hilltop. Nagarkot provides a spectacular mountain view. Spend some time observing great views of the mountains and then hike to Dhulikhel. The trails descend in the beginning and then ascend and descend repeatedly. You will enjoy spectacular views of mountain ranges along the way. You will encounter diverse flora and fauna, and various species of birds, come across villages, meet the farmers and local people, and interact with them.

What's Included
  • Transfer to Nagarkot and from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu.
  • English speaking local tour guide.
  • All entrance fee.
What's Not Included
  • Personal expenses including tips and gratuities.
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section.


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