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Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike is one of the most popular day hike or short trek in Nepal. This is a short trek on the outskirts of Kathmandu city. The trip starts from the beautiful hill station of Nagarkot and ends at Bhaktapur. On one hand, Nagarkot is one of the most beautiful hill stations near Kathmandu. On the contrary, Changunarayan lies in Bhaktapur which is a constituent city of Kathmandu valley that lies 15 km east from Kathmandu. This city is as well famous an an UNESCO world heritage site.

Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike is a perfect getaway from the fast pace of Kathmandu. This hike is a perfect retreat that would help you rejuvenate. Nagarkot Changunarayan Day hike is an easy hike that suits people of all ages. Furthermore, it is non demanding and requires no prior experience. As a result, even novice as well as an expert hiker will enjoy this naturally rich trail. On the other hand, if the weather is at its best you will enjoy wide range on mountain panorama seen from Nagarkot. In contrast, the rhododendron blossoms of the spring is likewise beautiful. The .

This hike can is doable in the same day and return back to Kathmandu by the evening. However, it is not advised to do the same. This hike is best enjoyed when stayed overnight in Nagarkot and trek in the morning. This is because you may not want to miss the sunrise if the weather forecast for the next day is good. This short trek in Nepal is gaining its popularity for downhill mountain biking as well. If you are a nature enthusiast or you are on tight budget or you have no time for longer treks, this trek is for you. If you want to get the glimpse of real Nepal from a short hiking trip like this, please join our next hiking trip !

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Trip Code: BT-123 Total Duration: 1 days
Destination: Nepal Best Time:
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We start as early as possible but not before 8. Having our breakfast we leave on a private vehicle to observe the best of the 3 durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar square. After seeing this 300 year old palace square that consists of different component for around couple of hours we march forward toward Changu. The walking is a warm up for the hiking later in the day. We will spend not more than half an hour in Changu to reach the top of the Temple and get back to the bottom. From Changu we embark on the trails and get Nagarkot bound. The climb is not difficult, not technical but a good workout. You will walk through the pine scented trails and Rhododendron forest that is even more beautiful at blossom. The hike would take around 3-4 hours depending upon your hiking speed and type. However, on a clear day you will see wide stretch of mountain panorama. The vehicle waits for you on the top of the hill and once you are done with the day the vehicle will drive you back to your hotel.

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