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Sankhu Nagarkot hiking is one the best day hikes available in Nepal. Furthermore, this day hike is also famous as one of the best short treks in Nepal. As a result, this hike can be either done in one day’s time or can extend and made an overnight trip as well. Besides, the trails of this short trek in Nepal is on the surrounding hills of Kathmandu.
The trip commences from a beautiful and ancient town of Sankhu. Talking about Sankhu, it lies in the northeast corner of Kathmandu valley. This place is unique for several reasons and out of them let me let you know couple. First, this place is home to ethnic Newari people. Second, despite being very close to Kathmandu, this place looks like an old and abandoned town. This ancient town is our trek put in destination.
Leaving Sankhu behind, the trails enters into the woods of Shivapuri National park. Majority of Sankhu Nagarkot hiking trail is inside the area of National park. Since it is a national park, the chances of you encountering another human is very low. The only settlements you come across are few patches of houses which serves as rest areas. Putting national park aside, this short trek also famous for showing beautiful mountains. In the end, in Nagarkot, awaits the most beautiful view of mountain range. On a clear day you can see Langtang range, Ganesh, Manaslu and even as far as the Everest .
Sankhu Nagarkot hiking is for all nature lovers. Furthermore, this hiking is suitable for beginners trekkers and people with time crunch. This trail is a fantastic option for people who are in Nepal but for a very brief moment of time. Sankhu Nagarkot hiking is of easy grade and yet one of the most beautiful. Come join us on this short trek which is beautiful as well!

trip overview

Trip Code: BT-122 Total Duration: 1 days
Destination: Nepal Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Easy Group Size: 1 - 12
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We would have our breakfast and head for Nagarkot. In between we would observe the 15th century town of Bhaktapur, which is till the preserved to its primitive days. After spending couple of hours observing 2 historical sites in Bhaktapur, we have our lunch. Finally after lunch we head out towards Nagarkot. One hour through the curvy road surrounded by surreal pine trees and we reach Nagarkot. We would rest for a while and go out for a short evening walk to observe the area. Overnight in Nagarkot.

Before embarking on the trails downhill we first hike up to the view point or view tower of Nagarkot. It is a small hill top and the highest knoll in the surrounding which is naturally placed to offer the best view of the mountains. If we are blessed with good weather, we will be blessed with best views. After the sunrise and the view we head down for breakfast. Now we begin walking towards Sankhu. A very short and mesmerizing hike that is encompassed between the forest and sparse settlement. It takes 3-4 hours to reach Sankhu from Nagarkot. It could as well be done very quickly but since we wouldn't be competing and observing the nature, we will take it slow. Once we reach Sankhu our vehicle will pick us up and drop us off in the hotel. Once we transfer you to your hotel this trip comes to end.

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