Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Day Hiking

If you are wondering about having a trail that lets you experience the wonder of nature as well as the peace away from the crowded city, then this hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is a perfect destination for you.

Nagarkot is the nearest hill station from Kathmandu well known for its views of the Himalayas striking at sunrise and sunset. It is located 32km east of Kathmandu which is about an hour and a half drive from Kathmandu. Nagarkot is one of the popular tourist destinations famous for sightseeing, Hiking, religious place visit as well as exploring ancient culture and tradition. Similarly being close to the Kathmandu valley, the hill station provides a clear view of the entire valley as well. On the other hand, it commands the broadest views of the Himalayas such as Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal, Mahalangur range, etc. Nagarkot is inhabited by the Newari community and you will get to witness some of the ancient Newari culture and tradition as well as religious places during your day hike.

Dhulikhel is another famous place near Kathmandu popular for sightseeing and witnessing the stunning Himalayas views. It is located 30km southeast of Kathmandu and has biome a popular weekend destination for the local as well as the International visitors. This town offers a mesmerizing view of mountains such as Langtang, Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, and Melungtse. Another major attraction of Dhulikhel is its ancient monasteries and temples. Namo Buddha monastery, Narayan temple are some of the religious sites one can visit in Dhulikhel. Besides, it is also an ancient Newari town with traditional Newar craftsmanship.

The hike starts with the early morning drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot. Waking up early, we will set our journey to Nagarkot at 4: 30am in the morning. Then, driving for about one and half hours we will reach Nagarkot and catch the spectacular sunrise view striking over the peak of the Himalayas. After spending some time over here, we will have breakfast and start our hike to Dhulikhel passing through pine forests, farmlands, and a small settlement. The hike lets you experience the lifestyle of the locals. Hiking for about 5 hours takes us to the beautiful town in Dhulikhel. You will visit Namo Buddha, a Buddhist pilgrimage site, Narayan temple, a sacred place for Hindu and old town. Finally, you will drive back from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu


Activities to be done

Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is one of the most popular short-distance hikes close to the capital. This hike lets you witness nature as well as experience the local and traditional lifestyle of the people living outside the city in Village areas. Likewise, it takes you away from the hustle and bustle life of the city to the fresh and peaceful surroundings. Therefore, the hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel has a lot to offer such as:


Sunrise view
The view of the sun rising in the morning is one of the most spectacular views. However, the sunrise view striking over the peak of the Himalayas adds another level of the eye-catching scenario. Thus, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel offer the sunrise views striking over the snow-capped peaks. Whereas, one can witness the early morning sunrise view in Nagarkot and sunset view from Dhulikhel. No matter where you observe the sight from, the view of the sunrise and sunset is always magnificent.


Stunning views of the snow-capped peaks
Nepal is the land of the Himalayas, and home to the world’s highest peak. So, one can witness the mesmerizing snow-capped peaks including the world’s highest Everest during your hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel. Besides Everest, one can have a stunning view of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling, Mahalangur range, etc from Nagarkot. On the other hand, Dhulikhel offers the view of Langtang, Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Sankar, and Melungtse. Therefore, you can have a panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks during your day hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel.


Pleasant easy and a short hike
The hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is about 5-6 hours long and this short hike gives the best memory for a lifetime. The hike passes through several settlement areas, Pine forests, farmlands taking you to an ancient Newari town with the valuable Newari asset which are fine examples of Newari craftsmanship. Besides, the hike is relatively easy and most encouraging for beginners. Therefore, within a short amount of time, you will feel like you have explored the whole country during this hike.


Witness typical village life
On your way from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel, you will pass through several settlements where you will experience the typical village life of Nepalese society. The life of a village is far more different than that of the city. You will find people being engaged in agriculture and everything is fresh and organic here. Besides, unlike the city area, the village area gives the best scenario of natural landscapes. Also, people are found living in a mud house with greenery around.


Exploration of culture and tradition
Another advantage of hiking to this place brings out different sort

Of joy and excitement by exploring the culture that the people are following over here. You will get to know the different forms of culture and tradition. People here considered visitors equal to the god. On your way to Dhulikhel, you will explore several monasteries including the Bank Buddha, which is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Besides, you will pass through several temples that reflect the art and architecture of ancient people.

Nagarkot Sunrise Day Tour from Kathmandu

Nagarkot is located 32km east of Kathmandu, Nepal in Bhaktapur District. At an elevation of 2195m, Nagarkot is one of the most popular spots for tourism. It is known as the most scenic spot in the Bhaktapur district. Nagarkot is the nearest hill station from Kathmandu and an amateur for the spectacular sunrise view. Besides the sunrise view, Nagarkot offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas including Everest as well as other Himalayan ranges. In addition, the hill station is even popular for the view of the Kathmandu valley. During the clear weather, one can witness the view of the sunrise touching the peak of the Himalayan. Nothing can be more pleasing and heartwarming than the view that Nagarkot offers. Therefore, the Himalayan sunrise and a walk to the pristine rhododendron forest, pines, and oaks are the prime sources of attraction of Nagarkot.

Nagarkot is an ideal place for those who want to experience the best of nature. The beauty of this place makes it a very popular hiking route for visitors. It commands the broadest views of the Himalayas including Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal, Mahalangur range, etc. Besides the natural view, you will get a chance for cultural exploration on this tour. You will observe the typical Newari community and their lifestyle who has been a descendant of the Kathmandu valley since long ago. On the other hand, this tour includes a visit to the Hindu ancient temple Changunarayan. This shrine is considered the oldest temple and is dedicated to Lord Bishnu. Moreover, the tour offers an authentic village, culture, and lifestyle of the people around the valley.

Therefore, the view of the snow-capped peaks along with the Newari village and culture will give you the best memory that will be treasured for a lifetime.

To catch the most spectacular sunrise view, you need to get up very early in the morning. Starting your journey at exactly 4:30 am in the morning, we will drive for about 1 and half hours to Nagarkot. Since the cold breeze welcomes you upon reaching the hilltop of Nagarkot. The most awaited moments of witnessing the sunrise view in the peak of the Himalayas adds another sort of excitement to your Journey. After spending some time in the viewpoint, we will have our breakfast and walk downhill to explore the villages.

In addition, we will do a short trek to the village and witness the lifestyle of Typical village life. On the other hand, we will visit Changunarayan temple which is one of the UNESCO listed world heritage. Besides, we will witness the typical Newari culture during our visit. After a day of excursion, we will return to our hotel.


Activities to be done

Nagarkot is one of the nearest and most convenient tourism destinations in Kathmandu. Nagarkot is a perfect place for those who are willing to spend quality time with nature. It is also a place for cultural exploration. Therefore, being a tourist hub, Nagarkot has plenty of activities to offer for visitors.


Sunrise view
One of the major and most famous activities in Nagarkot is the early morning sunrise view. Yearly, thousands of visitors visit this place just to get a stunning view of the sunrise. Likewise, there is nothing satisfying like framing the sunrise view over the peaks of the Himalayas. However, one must travel very early to witness the view from the viewpoint in Nagarkot. Thus, The view is mesmerizing with the sun rising above the peaks.


Witness the panoramic view of snow-capped peaks
The next very mesmerizing thing that the hill station offers is the panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks. One can witness the view of the Highest peak Mt. Everest in case of clear weather. Apart from Everest, the view includes Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling, Mahalangur range, etc. the peaks striking at the sunset and sunrise is worth watching once in a lifetime.


Hike to the villages
Apart from the views, A day tour to Nagarkot even includes a hike to nearby villages. After spending some time watching the sunrise and snow-capped peaks, we will hike to the villages in Nagarkot. Furthermore, a walk to the pristine rhododendron forest, pines, and oaks observing the surrounding beauty is a memory for a lifetime.


Observe Newari culture
You will even explore the typical village life inside the valley. Nagarkot is located in Bhaktapur where the majority of people belong to the Newari community. So during your hike, you will observe the Newari community residing in Bhaktapur and the village around Nagarkot. The culture and tradition of the Newari community are famous within the valley. Moreover, this tour even let you be familiar with the Newari community, their culture, and lifestyle.


Visit Changu Narayan Temple
A two-story pagoda-style Hindu temple located dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is surrounded by ancient carvings and statues. So, the tour to Nagarkot takes you to the oldest temple in Bhaktapur district which is a UNESCO world heritage. It’s built top on the high hills which is 7 miles east of Kathmandu. Therefore, you will get a wonderful opportunity to explore this temple.