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. Dhulikhel is a cultural center inhabited by ethnic Newari people whereas Nagarkot is popular for great mountain views. The trail follows the ridge through thick pine forests, villages, and terraced fields. The trail to Dhulikhel is also popular for bird watching and to observe the village culture and lifestyle of Nepal. This 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 (from a far distance) can be seen from Nagarkot. Whereas, Dhulikhel (1440m) is a small ethnic Newari town with age-old history. Streets are lined with bare-brick houses, carved wooden windows, sloping roofs, pagoda temples, and sacred statues here and there.
To begin with, our journey starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot. If possible we recommend starting very early so that we reach Nagarkot in time for sunrise. After enjoying the sunrise view, we begin our hike to Dhulikhel. For the most part, the hike 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. Similarly, this day trip can be perfect as an escaped to the serene countryside from the chaos of city life.
⇒Popular tourist destinations surrounding the Kathmandu valley.
⇒Enjoy an easy hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel.
⇒Spectacular views of mountain ranges including Mt. Everest.
⇒Diverse flora and fauna along the way.
⇒Experience the rich Newari culture, the housing style, and temples in Dhulikhel.
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 that 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. Along the way, you will enjoy beautiful spectacular views of mountain ranges including Mt. Everest, and the Panchkhal valley to your left. You will encounter diverse flora and fauna along with various species of birds, come across villages, meet the farmers and local people and interact with them. After the completion of our hike drive to Kathmandu from Dhulikhel.
- Transfer to Nagarkot and from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu.
- English speaking local tour guide.
- All entrance fee.
- Personal expenses including tips and gratuities.
- Any aspect not mentioned in the included section.
10th November, 2015
My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.
The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.
14th October, 2015
Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.
We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.
7th October, 2015
Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.
12th August, 2015
Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.
What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.
27th December, 2019
Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.