Overlooking the snow-topped peaks of the mighty Himalayas, the mountain resort of Nagarkot is on every visitor’s must-see list. But most tours end there, meaning tourists miss out on exploring the picturesque and culturally-rich surrounding regions.
During this immersive hiking tour through the Kathmandu Valley, you’ll still have a chance to tick off Nagarkot’s world-famous sunrise panorama over the iconic mountain chain. But then, prepare to stretch your legs with a gentle trek through local villages and terraced hillsides. You’ll follow your guide on a smooth, downhill hike to the UNESCO-listed temple of Changu Narayan, a hidden gem that is usually overlooked by visitors.
On the way, you’ll pass by red-brick Tamang and Newari homes, getting a slice of local life that most tours miss. You’ll even have the opportunity to stop and sample local delicacies by the tiny, family-run eateries that are scattered en route. Arriving at the temple, you’ll get a one-of-a-kind peek at the local artisans that are keeping stone and wood-carving traditions alive.