Nagarkot, the best Himalayan vantage point in the Kathmandu Valley, is located 32 kilometers east of the city. It is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalayas.
“…the best Himalayan vantage point in the Kathmandu Valley”
Nagarkot has earned a reputation as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest as well as other snow-topped peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal from the Kathmandu Valley. It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east.
The narrow mountain paths take you through dense forest and ancient quiet villages while some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas provide a stunning backdrop. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot offers a panoramic view of the valley and an opportunity to observe the rich Nepali culture and traditions at close quarters.
Check out the detailed itinerary for more information.
Day 1 – Kathmandu to Nagarkot – 2195m
Leaving Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu) we take a private car/bus to the medieval city of Bhaktapur to visit its Dubar Sqaure, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which includes the five story Nyatapola Temple and Datatreya Square, some spectacular examples of the ethnic Newari culture.
From Bhaktapur, we travel to the village of Nagarkot and trek along the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, passing steeply terraced farmland and houses that seem to be clinging to the hillside. When we reach the summit and vantage point we will be able to see the Himalayan mountain range and on a good day, Mount Everest.
The sunrise and sunset views are one of the highlights from Nagarkot and so we stay overnight in a guesthouse on the valley ridge.
Day 2 – Nagarkot to Kathmandu
We rise early to enjoy the sunrise and after breakfast we trek farther down the valley among local Nepali’s working in their rice fields, passing through many rustic villages with the Himalayas on the right on clear day. After a lunch picnic in the fields, we travel back to Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Valley Trekking
Trekking in the Kathmandu Valley offers beautiful views of the Himalayan mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gauri Shanker and even the Everest mountain range on clear days. It offers the chance to get an idea of typical Nepal countryside life and ethnic culture. It is best suited for those who are travelling with children or do not have enough time for longer treks.
Travel to and from Trek
A private jeep/car transport is arranged for your departure and return and can take from 1-2 hours depending on the designated start/ finish point. For those on a tighter budget or wishing to experience a more ‘local’ trip you can utilise the local bus transport instead.
Food and accommodation
Guest Lodges, sometimes called Teahouses, along the way provide good accommodation and a considerable choice of well-prepared local and international meals.
Best time to Trek?
March to May is one of the best times to trek with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for trekking and mountaineering.
June to August are wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.
September to November are the busiest trekking months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.
The winter months of December to February are good to trek due to the clean skies and the reduced number of trekkers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.
Safety on the trail and Acclimatisation
Our guides are trained in First Aid and have significant experience in trekking this and many other routes throughout Nepal. Safety is our foremost priority and our staff will be available for any issues and alert to any symptoms of illness that may come up. They are trained to manage the logistics and assess the situation continually to make sure that you have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.
For more information on the trip and on trekking in Nepal, please visit out FAQ section.
Trek Cost: $180 person
Guide with medical kit, all local transport fees (car for more than 2 pax, otherwise bus), packed lunch, Temple and Monastery entrance fees and one night accommodation (for a 2 day trek).
DOES NOT INCLUDE
Soft and alcoholic beverages, personal expenses and insurance.
I highly recommend Umbrella Trekking
Umbrella Trekking Nepal are a lovely company to do business with. From the moment we first made our initial inquiry via the website till the very end of our trip we received a very personal service that was all about creating a trip especially for us to suit our particular needs.
Our email requests were dealt with swiftly and when we arrived in Nepal the team were very accommodating in visiting us at our hotel to discuss our trip. Our guide Bijay was very personable and knowledgeable and ensured all our questions were answered. Additionally the transportation provided was safe and comfortable. And of course it is also good to know that as a result of using Umbrella Trekking we were also supporting the charity that is looking out for some of the more vulnerable children of Nepal.
I highly recommend Umbrella Trekking and hope to be returning to use their services again one day. Happy Trekking!