If you wish to do an easy adventure activity and know the culture and nature then Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike is a good hiking destination. Nagarkot (2100 meters) being a popular view point offers a pleasurable view of Dorje Lakpa (6988m), Limpo Ghyang (7083m), Gan Chempo (6387m), Langtang Lirung (7226m), Annapurna range and many more. Nagarkot Changunarayan hiking route is a popular short hiking destination of Bhaktapur. Nagarkot lies about 30 km away, which is about an hour drive from capital city Kathmandu. It is one of the most famous and most loved travel sites of Bhaktapur. This day tour is popular among both foreign and local tourists. Apart from view of sunset, sunrise and mountain range from Nagarkot, the view of Kathmandu valley is worth watching.
From Nagarkot we descend down to Changunarayan temple via terrace fields, green hills and Tamang villages. The stone houses and simple life style of the people shows the culture completely different from city areas. You can get glimpses of their daily lifestyles and making of local wine from wheat, millet etc. We can see the villagers producing seasonal vegetables and fruits on their own backyard. This gives the countryside feel yet being so close to the crowded city of Kathmandu. On proceeding further, we walk through green pine forest glancing the scenic beauty of snow capped mountains and valley on either sides. The Nagarkot Changunarayan hiking route is a short and easy hiking route descending downwards and sometime straight. Fresh air and chirping of birds and insects along hike through the green forest makes the tour pleasant and peaceful. After about 4 hours of hike we reach Changu Narayan temple. This temple is the oldest pagoda style Hindu temple in Nepal. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On its vicinity, there is Changunarayan museum where we can view the collection of ancient art, coins, architectures and tools. This temple built on 5th century is listed under UNESCO world heritage site. In the temple premises lies over 1000 year old stone sculpture. Nagarkot Changunarayan Hiking trip is hence the exploration of nature and traditional Nepalese culture in a very short period of time.
Day 01:Hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan.
Day 01Hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan.We pick you up from your hotel after your breakfast. We reach Nagarkot after an hour drive. After glimpsing the panoramic view of view of mountain ranges from Nagarkot we descend down to Changunarayan. On the way we explore the Tamang village and get to know the countryside lifestyle. We will also see the local wine making procedure. You can feel free to taste the local wine if you wish. We then proceed to Changu Narayan Temple after 4 hours walk through deciduous forest. After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site we will then drive back to Kathmandu and finish our Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike.