Nagarkot is a village in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. It is 32 km north east of Kathmandu on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is famous for its Himalayan views, the Himalayan peaks at sunrise being particularly magnificent.

Get in


You have several options if you decide to travel to Nagarkot by road.


If you have more time, trekking is a good way to get to Nagarkot. The village is on the Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trekking Trail. The trail starts in Sundarijal, a short bus or taxi ride from Kathmandu, and continues on to Chisapani (2,150m), 5.5h and then to Nagarkot (2,163m), 5-7.5h.

From Nagarkot, you can continue on the Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trekking Trail to Dhulikhel in about 6h. As you leave Nagarkot, the trail climbs up to the tower of Nagarkot. From the tower there are excellent views of mountains including views of Mt Everest and Kathmandu Valley. The trail descends through rhododendron forests and small villages before arriving in Dhulikhel.

From Dhulikhel, there are several options, one being through Namobuddha and back to Kathmandu. Namobuddha has some interesting Tibetan monasteries.

Mountain Biking

Another way to approach Nagarkot is by mountain bike from Bhaktapur. The route is steep and somewhat tortuous and you may decide instead to leave Nagarkot using this method.

Get around

Everything is within walking distance in Nagarkot.


Nagarkot is a somewhat rustic resort village high on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu valley. Situated on a ridge at the edge of the Valley, it offers great views of Himalayas, attractive mountain scenery and impressive views of those mountains at sunrise and sunset. From Nagarkot, one should have views of the major Himalayan peaks such as Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa (6,975 m), Shisha Pangma (8,012 m), Choyu, and Gauri Shankar (7,146 m). On a clear day, one can even see the tip of Mt Everest (8,848 m) from here. Arriving here in the afternoon and staying at one of the local hotels will give you the opportunity to see both sunset and the early morning sunrise over the mountains. Be aware that the view may be obscured by cloud, even in the fall, when the air is usually clear.


Nagarkot is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees. If you are spending more than one night in Nagarkot, there is a several-hour hiking loop around Nagarkot that goes through Rohini Bhanjyang past terraced hillsides and rustic farmhouses.


From a visitor's perspective, the main raison d'être for Nagarkot is the views of the Himalayas. Other than numerous places to stay and a few places to eat, there is little else for sale.

Eat & Drink

Many of the hotels and lodges have restaurants; many travellers will choose to eat there. A few other establishments are available.


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