Sankhu Nagarkot and Dhulikhel Hike - 2 days

Sankhu Nagarkot and Dhulikhel Hike - 2 days

Sankhu, Nagarkot, and Dhulikhel Hike is a popular short hike on the outskirts of Kathmandu that takes you to the famous viewpoints of Dhulikhel and Nagarkot. Nagarkot sits atop a verdant hill framed by an endless chain of rolling green hills and towering peaks.  Situated at an altitude of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot is famous for the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas.

Sankhu is a beautiful Newari town and is home to Bajrayogini temple. At an altitude of 1,550 meters is another beautiful place this hike takes you to: Dhulikhel. Surrounded by picturesque Hills, Dhulikhel is also popular for its stunning views of the Himalayas.

Sankhu, Nagarkot, and Dhulikhel Hike begins with a scenic drive to Sankhu. During this tour, you can admire the panoramic view of mountains including Langtang, Ganesh, Everest, Annapurna range, Manaslu and surrounding peaks. The next day, you'll wake up early in the morning, at 4 am, and embark on a short hike to Nagarkot viewpoint to enjoy the stunning sunrise from there. You will have a delicious breakfast at Nagarkot and start a short hike to Dhulikhel.

This is a delightful trip to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the beauty of the mountains. This hike is suitable for families with children, couple and senior hikers.

Let’s explore beautiful Nepal on foot! Join us on a remarkable outdoor journey with a wonderful trek through Sankhu, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. An experience you won't forget!

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Mesmerizing sunrise views from Nagarkot viewpoint.
  • Drive Dhulikhel to Kathmandu with views of the surrounding Himalayan range with sunrise.
  • Explore the Newari culture and tradition in Dhulikhel
  • Traverse the beautiful trail of Sankhu village
  • Witness the culture and lifestyle of the Newari and Tamang communities living in Nagarkot

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Drive to Sankhu and Hike to Nagarkot
Day 2 Morning sunrise view, then hike to Dhulikhel, then drive to Kathmandu (5 to 6 hours hike 1:30 hours’ drive)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Drive to Sankhu and Hike to Nagarkot

Today, we will start the day with a short drive to Sankhu by private vehicle and start the hike to Nagarkot. The distance between Kathmandu and Sankhu is around 15km and it is an hour's drive away from Kathmandu. The walk from Sankhu to Nagarkot is short yet rewarding. The trail is easy and entails a gradual climb after an hour of hiking. The route passes through some traditional villages like Chisapani and Mulkharka.

This short hike is a great way to enjoy the views of the Himalayas, cultural richness and catch a glimpse into the local lifestyle. Make sure to take breaks and drink water. Enjoy walking on the tree-lined single track; after some time, you will reach your destination for the day.

Overnight in Nagarkot

Day 2
Morning sunrise view, then hike to Dhulikhel, then drive to Kathmandu (5 to 6 hours hike 1:30 hours’ drive)

You will begin the day with a short drive from your hotel at around 4:30 am to admire mesmerizing sunrise from Nagarkot viewpoint. Nagarkot is a popular hill station in Nepal situated at an altitude of 2,175m.  After breakfast, you will hike to Dhulikhel.

The hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is moderate, and it really lets you relax and enjoy the moment with beautiful landscapes on the horizon. You will be passing through dense pine forests and even rhododendron trees, the national flower of Nepal. You will enjoy lunch in Dhulikhel and depart from Dhulikhel and head back to Kathmandu after a day well spent.

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Based on 6 reviews

Latest Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Patrick Russell
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Mar 01, 2023

Sankhu Nagarkot Hike

Nagarkot Hike is a beautiful hike in the southern part of Kathmandu valley. Third Rock quoted us a good price we couldn't say no. He also managed an expert tour guide, Jayaram. He is among the finest Nepali guides I have met in Nepal. He is open, friendly and attentive. We loved the way they operate the tour and manage everything. We would like to recommend them for any tour and trek in Nepal.
Vienna Brown
Mar 01, 2023

Sankhu Nagarkot Hike

Jayaram is a fantastic tour guide as he is local. He knows the details of the trial as he has been to the Nagarkot Dhulikhel hike more than 25 times, he says. He also knows the people out there so it was easy for us to book rooms and order food. We wake up early not to miss the magical sunrise from the viewpoint at Nagarkot. It was truly magical for us,. We couldn't stop our tears rolling as we saw the colorful hues of sunrise over the Himalayas. This is a must-do hike if you are hiking enthusiasts.
Parker Marcus
Feb 21, 2023

Best Short Hike

Great Hike! It was a memorable journey to Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. It was easy and short hike for a senior hiker like me. I am 54 years old and I chose Third Rock on recommendation. They are professional and operate perfectly. This 2 days hike is no less than trek to the mountains.
Thomas Sim
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Nov 14, 2022

Short Hike to Nagarkot

Nagarkot is a great place to explore near Kathmandu. If you want to enjoy stunning Himalayan views, do this hike. Make sure to get an expert guide like Jayaram. He was an amazing person for this hike. He explained and offered every info for this hike to Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. We absolutely couldn't believe their effort, care and service. Thanks to Naba for extra-care. We are grateful to you and your company for making this hike one of the memorable one.
Cody Duncan
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Oct 23, 2022

Nagarkot Dhulikhel Hike

My boyfriend and I did this hike with Third Rock. The hike was incredible with great scenic views throughout. Even better was our guide, Jay. He made the trip very enjoyable. Overall a 10/10 experience. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Arthur Holland
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Oct 22, 2022

Sankhu Nagarkot Dhulikhel

Sankhu Nagarkot and Dhulikhel Hike is a short scenic hike we did this year. It was an amazing hike that let us enjoy panoramic views of the mountains from the nearest viewpoint called Nagarkot. Highly recommended travel company and hike for couple.

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