Only the best and most experienced mountain climbers can scale Mt. Everest. To the majority of people who can’t, the second best deal is to view the tallest mountain in the world from mount Nagarkot in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is famous for its picturesque sunrise and sunset, and offers one of the best views of the major peaks in the Himalayan mountain range and Mt. Everest, the peak of all peaks.
Nagarkot is only 32 kilometers away from the capital city of Kathmandu. Tourists going to several tourist destinations in the country must pass by the capital, which is also the largest city and the center of all Nepali trade and commerce. International flights from major cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia regularly fly into Kathmandu. Nepal launched its tourism industry only in the 1950s, and the succeeding decades were characterized by political instability and conflicts, which obviously did not help the country’s tourism. Today, Kathmandu is slowly and steadily gaining respect from the international tourism community, despite the fact that there is yet to be a direct flight from the United States to Nepal. The major attractions in Nepal are Mt. Everest in nearby Tibet, the Himalayas, natural treasures and the many ancient relics scattered around Kathmandu Valley.
Nagarkot is located in the district of Bhaktapur, and it is clearly the most picturesque spot in the area. Visitors come here to spend the night in order to catch the spectacular sunrise the next day. And the treat doesn’t end after the sunrise. On a clear day, tourists get to see the snow-capped Himalayan mountains, one of the most majestic and spectacular sites on the planet. The 2,195-meter high Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley and Indrawati River below.
Although Nagarkot is worth a visit any day of the year, many say it is best to come in spring when the valley below is dressed with a magnificent multi-color display of flowers in full bloom against the green, blue and white mountainous background. It is also in spring when the weather is perfect for short treks and picnics on the verdant forests and flower-covered meadows surrounding the mountain and flanked by unusual rock formations. Really, the scenario is what dreams are made of.
The panoramic view can be enjoyed from the cabins and accommodations on top of the mountain. But it can get better. Just an hour away on foot from the accommodation facilities is a viewing tower that offers an even better and clearer view of the mountain ranges and Mt. Everest. It is an hour-long hike to the south of the lodges and definitely worth the trip.
Finally, after taking in the unique natural beauty that only the Himalayas and Mt. Everest can paint, it is time to do the second best thing when in Nagarkot, which is trekking. The trek from the peak can go on for days to a variety of exciting spots such as the different temple complexes of Sankhu, Changu Narayan, and Vajra Jogini.
It is also possible to hike all the way back to Kathmandu City for hikers who are experienced and physically fit to make the long but thrilling and breathtaking walk.