- Trip Grade:Easy
- Max Elevation:2175 m
- Ethnic People:Newar/ Brahman/ Chhetri
- Transportation:Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle
- Minimum Pax :2
The Kathmandu – Nagarkot tour allows you to explore the ancient cities of Kathmandu valley as well as beautiful landscapes and views of panoramic mountain ranges from the Nagarkot viewpoint. Kathmandu valley offers sightseeing around some of the historic places like Durbar squares, temples, museums, monasteries, and courtyards. It also allows you to explore the traditions, culture, lifestyle, and cuisines of the Newari community. Similarly, the trip to Nagarkot—a small village towards the north of Kathmandu–will let you to see beautiful view of the terrace field, hills, plain lands, and mountain ranges like Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Gaurishankar (7134 m), Langtang (7234 m), Ganesh Himal (7429 m), and even Everest (8848 m).
Your 5-days-long trip will start with exploring the temples and alleyways in the Kathmandu city. We will visit three religious sites of the seven World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. While Swayambhunath and Boudhanath both are sacred pilgrimages for Buddhists in and out of Nepal, Pashupatinath—the temple of Lord Shiva–holds the same kind of sacredness among the Hindu devotees.
We will also explore the ancient Bhaktapur Durbar Square which is also one of the World Heritage Sites. You will be filled with awe upon noticing the intricate detailing in the ancient architectural monuments. At Bhaktapur, you will get to savor the taste of traditional Newari cuisines, especially the very popular Juju Dhau. En route to Nagarkot, you will find yourself lost among the pine trees. In Nagarkot, you will hike up to the sunrise viewpoint to witness the grandeur of sunrays touching the tip of the Himalayan ranges spread across the horizon.
Independent Trekking Guides Cooperative has been organizing Kathmandu-Nagarkot tour since many years. We value your time and design our itinerary to give you the most in a short period of time. We are determined to give you ace services and to take care of your safety concerns. Our guides are highly experienced and will provide you with ample information about the destination as well as the route. We take care of your requirements throughout your stay in Nepal.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival, and after the visa formalities, our representative will pick you up at the airport and then escort you to the hotel. After freshening up, you will meet the guide and you will be briefed on the tour. In the free afternoon time, you will be exploring the streets of Kathmandu. In the evening Independent Trekking Guides Cooperative will organize an induction program with fellow team members with Nepali dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will be driven towards the west of the valley to reach Swayambhunath stupa which is at the top of the hill. After exploring around, we will then drive towards the east to Pashupatinath temple. Although non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple area, we can get the view of the temple and surround from the other side. We will spend the good amount of time here and then will drive for about 15 minutes towards the north to reach Boudhanath. After spending some time here, we will then return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Bhaktapur sightseeing. Drive to Nagarkot
Today, we will drive to reach Bhaktapur which is about half an hour of drive from Thamel. Naytapola, Golden gate, 55-window palace, Taleju temple, Dattatraya temple, and museums are some of the major places we will visit here. After few hours roaming around the narrow alleys and courtyards, we will now drive to reach Nagarkot. It will take about 30 minutes to reach there. We will check in to the hotel and freshen up and then enjoy the evening walking nearby hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Nagarkot Sunrise view and drive to Kathmandu
We will wake up early in the morning for sunrise. We will hike up for about 20 minutes to the top of the hill. The sunrise view is mesmerizing also the panoramic view of the mountain is an absolute stunner. Spend some time at the top, and then we will return back to the hotel for the breakfast. After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. In the free afternoon time, we will explore some other touristic areas here in Kathmandu. We will also do some shopping as a memoir. After shopping, we will return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05: Final Departure
Today is your final day here in Kathmandu. After the checkout, our representative will take you to the airport to connect you with your flight.
Our trip to Nepal such a memorable one
I am part of a group of 4 girls who coordinated with Jagat for our 'mini' version of the Annapurna Circuit in early September 2017. We wanted to do the circuit badly but did not have enough time. Jagat and his team came up with a customized itinerary for us to start the trek from Jagat and end at Jomsom which we then flew to Pokhara to take a bus back to Kathmandu. The whole itinerary was very flexible and day to day arrangements can be altered by just communicating with our guide, Gopi. He will come up with the best plan to accommodate our wants and needs.
From the moment we landed at the airport in Kathmandu to the moment we flew out of Nepal, everything was extremely well taken care of by Jagat and his team. Our guide, Gopi and porters, Raju and Tej (whom we call Dada) were like family to us during the entire trek. They were always checking on us to see if we have enough to eat, enough drinking water or can we cope with the trek. They even offered to carry our day packs when they saw us struggling. In fact, I think at most times, if not all, our interests were placed above theirs. They will go all the way out just to help you if there is anything you need at all on the trek.
I don't think we'll be able to find another more patient, caring, trustworthy and detailed team of guides and porters. It was our pleasure to be able to trek with them. They had made our trip to Nepal such a memorable one that all of us didn't want the trip to end. Thank you for the great hospitality. I really look forward to visiting and trekking in Nepal again.
I would readily recommend Jagat and his team to anyone planning to trek in Nepal.
Love from Malaysia,
This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable.I recently had the great pleasure of climbing Island Peak in the Khumbu, Nepal. Jagat Lama was a passionate and dependable resource for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. He was on the spot as far as preparation for the trip. This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable. Hiring a light and independent team allowed for a cost-effective, flexible and efficient way to climb in Nepal. His assistance was with me from the airport arrival through to departure. He took care of my every need and allowed me to focus on my goal of the summit of Island Peak. My climbing guide, his brother Lal, was competent, caring and successful. I left Nepal with new friendships. I readily endorse his services and would encourage anybody to go with the Independent Trekking Guides. They are honest, caring and willing to make your holiday the most memorable you have ever had. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my experiences in Nepal.
It was my dream trip come true. 2010
I am 66 years old and have done a lot of hiking in the USA as well as climbing Mt. Fuji, Orizaba and Iztaacchuatl volcanoes in Mexico. We have hiked to the bottom and back of the Grand Canyon at least 25 times on most of the various trails to the bottom. For me, the crowning trek was to hike in the Himalayan range. We contacted Jagat Lama in Kathmandu, Nepal and signed up for our adventure to hike for two weeks with porters and guides. Our group of friends included three men and three women aged from 60 to 75. I'm sure this would be a daunting task for Jagat and his guides.We all hiked from Lukla to Namche which was Bill's goal (he's the 75-year-old). One of the guides stayed with Bill, and we continued with the two outstanding guides, Chet and Chandra. These two guides did everything for us; got all of our bags from the porters and put in our rooms, took our menu selections to the cooks, and discussed the plans for the following day. The guides made allowances for some who were having some altitude adjustment issues and gave positive feedback to everyone. They were very patient with all of us and really tried hard to ensure we stayed healthy and happy. I can honestly say that these were two of the best guides weÃve ever had. On our hikes, the guides had to work around some of us who liked to take pictures but needed to do some additional acclimation at higher altitude. As a result three of us were able to hike all the way to Mt. Everest base camp. It was like a moonscape. We met the Korean team that was going to climb Everest as soon as the weather looked better. The base camp is awesome with tents all over the place with prayer flags, and ice towers and rocks everywhere.
At 5:00 am we were going to climb Kalapathar (5545m.) When we went out it was snowing and foggy. The weather in the valley is usually clear in the morning, foggy in the afternoon, and big clouds in the later afternoon. Chandra said we should start for Kalapathar as he felt it would clear up - and sure enough, the snow stopped and the sun came out. We made it to the summit in snow and ice.From this mountain, we took fantastic views of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We saw an avalanche and heard the cracking sounds coming from the Khumbu glacier. The valley we hiked was very interesting. It surpassed my expectations. I had no idea how many memorials there would be erected for the Everest climbers. It's a sight to see. There were many stupas and monasteries. There are many rock faces that have a Buddha painted or adorned with prayer flags and the rows of prayer wheels to spin. The landscape goes from lush vegetation to flower trees, to pine trees and then the tree line to tundra and almost a moonscape. The children were fun to play with and photograph. As we headed down the valley to Lukla, my wife became sick and we saw that she couldn't hike all the way down. Our great guides arranged for a horse for her to ride so we wouldn't miss our plane. At Lukla, I took my wife to a new, wonderful hospital where she was treated and given medicine. When we reached Kathmandu, there was a strike by the Maoist Communist Party that closed all of the businesses. Jagat again came to our rescue by getting a van and getting us to the airport. He, Chet and Chandra babysat us to make sure we got through the security hassle and on to the right plane. I can't imagine anyone doing anything more or better that Jagat, Chet, and Chandra could have done to make this a wonderful experience that exceeded our expectations. I recommend his services to you if you're planning to go anywhere in Nepal or Tibet. It was my dream trip come true.