This is one of the most enjoyable as well as easiest treks in the Kathmandu Valley. Don't let its simplicity discourage you as it offers a rare combination of culture, mountain views as well as the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley.
The trek begins at the top of Nagarkot, famed for its wonderful views of the Himalayas. From on top of Nagarkot, you can see all the way from Mt. Everest in the east to the Annapurna Mountains in the west. Sunrise over the snowcapped peaks is an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We start before sunrise as we plan to arrive in Nagarkot prior to sunrise. Here, from our observation overlook, we can watch the sun come up over the high mountains. The peaks turn from grey to reddish-ornge to finally a brilliant white as you stand there in awe of its ever-changing beauty.
We will have a good breakfast before we start on our tail. The route to the ancient village of Changu Narayan is around four hours and is mostly downhill on a gentle slope. We pass terraced farms and small mountain villages, each of a different ethnic group and caste. There are great views of mountains as well as the Kathmandu Valley below.
We arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Changu Narayan. Originally built by the Licchivi Dynasty that ruled in the 12th century, they were devout followers of the Hindu god Vishnu. They build four Narayans at the four corners of the Valley to protect it from evil,
Changu Narayan is a Newari village. It's stepped streets are not passable by vehicle, but must be walked as you make your way to the top of the hill where the Valley's oldest temple still stands. Along the way, you will see traditional Newari woodcarvers doing their age-old craft still by hand. It is a wonderful little village that you will get a chance to enjoy. We will enjoy lunch here before touring the temple site. There are also two museums to visit while in the village.
After touring Changu Narayan, we will return to your hotel in Kathmandu. Everyone who goes on this trip finds it a real delight. It is ideal for beginners as well as those with young families. Be sure to ask your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about participating in the Nagarkot to Changu Narayan Day Hike.
Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition organizes each of these popular day hikes every day. Please feel free to talk to us so that we could organize the perfect trip for you on the requested dates. For customized departures and additional information regarding all the day hiking trips around either the Kathmandu Valley or Pokhara, you may either call Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition at 00977-98510-01832 (24 hour support) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.