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The Nagarkot hike is a popular and relatively easy hiking route within the Kathmandu valley, spanning approximately 15 kilometers. The hike commences at the ancient Changu Narayan temple and concludes at Nagarkot. Along the trail, hikers will pass through scenic locations such as Trishul danda, telkot, Muhan pokhari, and the Kalamashi dam, also known as Bojine dam. The hike typically takes around 5 to 6 hours to complete and is considered to have a moderate level of difficulty. The maximum elevation reached during the hike is 2175 meters. To reach Changu Narayan temple, it takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Kathmandu. This temple, located in the Bhaktapur District, is one of the oldest temples in Nepal and holds great historical and cultural significance. It is a UNESCO heritage site and a popular destination for devotees, as it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan). The temple is believed to have been constructed in the year 464 C.E. in the pagoda style, under the patronage of King Mandev from the Licchavi dynasty.
After a brief sightseeing, our hike commences towards Telkot, offering breathtaking views of Bhaktapur city to the south and Sankhu to the north. The picturesque paddy fields along the way will captivate you, urging you to pause and admire their beauty. If the weather permits, the majestic Phurbu Gyachu, a mountain in the Jugal range, will grace the northern horizon. Once we reach Telkot, the trail diverges, and we continue our ascent towards Muhan Pokhari. This area boasts three enchanting waterfalls, serving as a vital source of drinking water for Bhaktapur. From Telkot onwards, the path becomes a steady uphill climb through the scenic Bageshowri forest, leading us all the way to Nagarkot. Along the way, we will take a break to marvel at the Kalamasi/Bojini dam, an impressive artificial structure. After reaching the Nagarkot view tower, we will descend towards the main Nagarkot junction, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to Kathmandu. This trek offers a multitude of attractions, including the revered Changu Narayan Temple, panoramic views of Bhaktapur, Sankhu, and the Kathmandu Valley, the Trishul Danda and Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple, the Jalpa Devi Temple in Telkot, mesmerizing waterfalls in Telkot, and the awe-inspiring mountain vistas of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Gaurishankar, and Everest (in favorable weather conditions).
- The day begins at 7:00 AM with a gathering at Bhrikutimandap, where a briefing about the upcoming hike takes place.
- At 7:30 AM, we embark on a drive to Changu Narayan, our first destination of the day.
- By 8:30 AM, we arrive at Changu-Narayan Temple, where we take some time to explore and enjoy breakfast.
- At 9:30 AM, the hike officially begins, and we set off on our adventure.
- Around 11:30 AM, we take a well-deserved break at Telkot, where we enjoy some coffee or tea and have our lunch.
- After recharging, at 1:30 PM, we continue our journey and make a stop at the beautiful waterfall in Muhanpokhari.
- By 3:00 PM, we start our drive back to Kathmandu, taking in the scenic views along the way.
- Finally, at 4:30 PM, we reach the end of our hike, concluding a day filled with exploration and adventure.
- Transportation on shared basis
- Experience the expertise of a knowledgeable trekking guide who will lead you through the breathtaking trails, providing valuable insights and ensuring your safety throughout the journey.
- Treat yourself to a delightful assortment of snacks and a refreshing cup of coffee, perfect for rejuvenating your energy levels during breaks and enjoying a moment of relaxation amidst the scenic surroundings.
- Indulge in a delectable lunch that will satisfy your taste buds and replenish your energy for the remainder of the adventure, offering a delightful blend of flavors and local cuisine.
- Changu Narayan temple by paying the entry fee, which is Rs. 350 for foreigners and Rs. 250 for SAARC nationals, ensuring you has the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and architectural marvels.
- Keep in mind any personal expenses you may incur during the trip, allowing you to plan accordingly and make the most of your experience without any unexpected financial surprises.