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It's fairly easy to appreciate why Nagarkot is probably the most visited Himalayan viewpoint in Nepal.
Nagarkot is the nearest Himalayan panoramic view point to Kathmandu and easily reached in under an hour (traffic allowing of course) from Kathmandu. No doubt about it, clear views in particular are exceptional. From this wonderful vantage point it is sometimes possible to see from Dhaulagiri in the west, as far as Kangchenjunga in the east. That's around 300km of Himalayas!
So, no prizes for guessing that the main reason people visit Nagarkot is to view the sunset and sunrise. Nagarkot could be described as a mass of hotels and guest houses clinging to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, all jockeying for viewing potential positions. Certainly the number of times we've been up to Nagarkot more than half of the time we've also enjoyed the thrill of being above a sea of clouds. That is seriously cool. But, we can't promise that. Wish we could though. By the way, the fresh air up at Nagarkot is just that......fresh!
However, a good reason (as well as those breathtaking views) to consider spending a night (and we'd suggest one night is enough) up here, is the principle that 'what goes up, must come down', and as far as this part of the Kathmandu Valley rim goes, Nagarkot is about top dog.
If it's mountain biking you're into, then being driven (bikes and all) from Kathmandu up to Nagarkot, watching the sunset and then the sunrise, followed by a serious downhill blast back to Kathmandu can take some beating. Or you could ride up here along trails on a two day biking excursion via the Shivapuri Hills and Chisapani as part of High Octane Himalayas adventure trip.
There are also some very nice ridge line day walks to enjoy, and although Nagarkot itself isn't a traditional place, once you're out of Nagarkot (and it's not a big place) you have rural, hill top Nepal to enjoy, as well as those views to accompany you too. Our short Kathmandu Valley Skyline Trek is a nice way of visiting Nagarkot.
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