Changunaryan to Nagarkot Hill Hiking
A great to escape the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city for a day, Everest Vacation provides a day hike in a serene and wonderful environment outside the valley rim a day hike of 3-4 hours to famous touristic spot at Nagarkot with an elevation of 2,100 meters high to the top of Nagarkot where stands the view and observatory tower.
Starting with a short drive from Kathmandu leading North East on the good road passing interesting villages and towns of Timi and Bhaktapur and then heading for a climb with tremendous views of Bhaktapur city and Kathmandu valley green farm lands and spread out farm villages, after an hour climb on the narrow winding road reaching a small medieval period Newari villages as it was for past many centuries, at Changunaryan a short walk on steps with many small souvenir shops and restaurant leading into the an old temple complex of Changunaryan a unique ancient temple one of the oldest in Nepal with history that dates back during Lichiva period.
Changunaryan temple, perched on a hill placed in World Cultural Heritage Sites, a scenic spot situated at the altitude of about 1,700 meters, just above north of Bhaktapur. The temple is believed to be the oldest of all the temples of Nepal.
It is said to have built by King Hari Datta Verma in 323 A.D. And most authentic inscription locates in Changu Narayan dates back 464 AD it is endorsed to the King Lichavi King Mandeva.
After a wonderful time here a nice walk in tranquil surrounding with wonderful woodlands of pines and rhododendron trees and reaching a small farm village of Telkot, from here climb on steps for an hour reaching a nice area with Shiva temple, after a brief stop and rest another 2 hours climb through rural farm areas and villages and then reaching at famous view point of Nagarkot after completing this nice day walk.
Nagarkot is located 30 km to the east of Kathmandu on the valley rim, Nagarkot is the favorite weekend gateway for those who seek Himalayan Scenery and rural serenity. From Nagarkot, you witness the stunning view of mountains that extend all the way from Dhaulagiri in the west past Mt. Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east. The surrounding countryside of Nagarkot is great for walking.
Nagarkot is situated at an elevation of (2,175 m.) and provides a grandstand panorama of the Himalaya. You can see five of the world’s tallest mountains – Everest (8,848m.), Lhotse (8,516m.), Cho Oyu (8,201m.), Makalu (8,463m.) – and many other lesser summits. The snow peaks look especially gorgeous during sunset and sunrise.
Nagarkot, surrounded by terraced hillsides and picturesque farm houses, the hilltop resort is a great escape to enjoy the natural peaceful surrounding.
At Nagarkot optional overnight stop or drive back to Kathmandu the same day with tour of Bhaktapur.