Sankhu Nagarkot Hiking
- Hike in Details
- Itinerary Day by Day
- Cost Info
- Useful Info
Sankhu Nagarkot hiking offers you the real Nepal village hill hiking with the panoramic views of Himalayas. Two day hike from Sankhu to Nagarkot is best way to explore the Nepal’s with its Nature and culture. The Sankhu to Nagarkot hiking starts at the Newar village of Sankhu after drive of about 1-1.5 hrs from Kathmandu. Small and pleasant village of Sankhu is a major pilgrimage site with the temple of Bajrajogini. Now you hike from Sankhu to Nagarkot and it takes about three and half hours. It's a bit difficult climbing the hills but one can do it. One can see beautiful scenes of mountains like GauriShankar, Langtang and the Everest which will be your memorable experience.
The village of Nagarkot is on the edge of the valley and offers superb views of the mountains as well as Kathmandu valley. Very next day morning the sunrise and sunset on Himalayas seen from this hill will be a life time memory for many. From tower at Nagarkot, we can see a few black-spotted mountains as a result of climate change, the greenery around it, one of its few remedies, barely visible scenes and some lovebirds.
The most popular walk leads down from Nagarkot along a ridge to the temple of ChanguNarayan -with views of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktapur to the left. The temple of ChanguNarayan is the oldest temple found till date in Nepal and is dedicate to Lord Vishnu. It is an impressive temple situated on top of a small hill, which is approximately 16 km from Kathmandu.
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Sankhu then Trek to Nagarkot ( 3/4 hour hiking)
After having breakfast, drive for about 1-1.5 hrs to Sankhu. Sankhu is medieval Newar village which is major pilgrimage center for Hindus. The temple of Vajrajogini is situated here where a big mela is organized for one month. People keep fasting and worship here leaving their home for one month here in the name of goddess Parvati. From here we hike to Nagarkot for the night stay. it will be easy hiking through the nice terraces and fields, we will hike about 3/4 hours.
Day 02: hiking from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan and drive back to Kathmandu
This day involves waking up in the early morning hours in order to watch the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayan range. The first rays of the sun firing the peaks glowing a multitude of pink, gold and red hues as it slowly lights up the Himalayas becomes extremely beautiful gracing your honeymoon pursuits.
After breakfast, we will pack up and proceed to will visit the ChanguNarayan Temple-dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was built in the 4th century and has a stone inscription which is the first recorded history of Nepal. Then drive back to Kathmandu.
What’s included in the Cost:
- Twin sharing accommodation during the hiking with breakfast.
- Transportation from kathmandu to hiking start point and finish point to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
- Necessary Hiking permits if applicable.
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.
Extra Cost to Consider:
- Lunch and dinner
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance, tips and gratitudes.
Passport and Visas:
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Get the required visa for Nepal.
You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information
Bring Official Papers
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.
Money & Credit card Info
We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel
Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.
Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here. For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.
Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal
Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list
Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu
It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
How to Book
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip
Trip Facts & Figures:
Duration: 2 Days
Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September - November are the best seasons. Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time, trekking can be done but visibility can be poor due to rain.
Transportation: Private Car/Hiace/Van
Activity: Tour, Walking
Hike Start/Finish: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Trek/Hike Leader and Staffs:
Government certified hiking & trekking Guide
Twin sharing hotel accommodation
Daily Meals on the Hike:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner can buy on the hotel along the trail and in Ngarkot