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Sankhu to Nagarkot is one the best day hikes available in Nepal. This hike can be either done in a day’s time or can be extended and made an overnight trip as well. Nevertheless, the trip is in the surrounding hills of Kathmandu.

The trip commences from a beautiful and ancient town of Sankhu, which lies in the northeast corner of Kathmandu valley. The trek begins immediately after leaving this ancient town and embarking on the trails in the National park. Majority of this hiking is done in the woods and inside forested area. The only settlements we come across are few patches of houses that is in the national park. Towards the end, in Nagarkot, awaits the most beautiful view of mountain range that even includes the Everest .

The hike is for all nature lovers and can be done by even a novice hiker. This trail has been a fantastic option for people who are in Nepal but for a very brief moment of time or are just nature lovers. Sankhu – Nagarkot hike is of easy grade and yet one of the most beautiful.

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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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