How To Travel From Kathmandu to Nagarkot in 2024?

About Nagarkot

Nagarkot is nestled in the breathtaking hills of Nepal and it is close to the Kathmandu city.

It is a popular destination for travellers who want an unparalleled views and an escape from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city.

Nagarkot is located around 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu. People go to Nagarkot for panoramic views of the Himalayas, including the world’s highest peaks such as Mount Everest and Annapurna. 

As you travel through the twisting paths from Kathmandu to Nagarkot, you’ll be enchanted by the abundant greenery, stepped fields, and authentic Nepalese settlements that create a peaceful setting against the snow-covered peaks.

Whether you’re a passionate hiker in search of excitement or just yearning for peace amidst nature’s magnificence, Nagarkot offers an extraordinary adventure that will astound you with its beauty. 

Most likely you will be travelling to Nagarkot from Kathmandu hence we have put the best option for you to travel from the city to Nagarkot. Let’s go through it.

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Kathmandu to Nagarkot by Car

Most popular and the most comfortable option to travel from Kathmandu to Nagarkot is by a private car with a driver.

Taxis and private cars have long been the go-to transportation options for travelers in need of a reliable ride.

With the private car, you have the option and flexiblity to stop along the way for food or take pictures at your leisure. You can travel at your pace and you can start and return to your hotel when you want. 

Cost: Around USD $60 per car with a private driver for a day. Ask us for an exact price.

Travel time: Approx 1 hour

Taking a local bus from Kathmandu to Nagarkot

You can get a local bus from Kathmandu to Nagarkot. 

They are not the best option as there are not guarantee that you will get a seat in the bus. It is not the most comfortable to travel on a local bus and it maybe overcrowded and hard to breath inside the bus with people being squashed inside the bus.

But hey, if you are looking to save on travelling and want to experience the local bus in Nepal, give it a go.

Cost: Around NPR 100 per person

Travel time: Approx 1.5 hours

Travel By A Tourist Bus 

If you want to save some money on travelling, instead of local bus we recommend the tourist bus.

You should get allocated seat and most of the time, there wont be crowded and there shouldnt be people standing on the bus. 

Cost: In an average, you should expect to pay around NPR 500 per person.

Travel time: Approx 1.5-2 hours 

Trek to Nagarkot

Do you have time to trek from Nagarkot to Kathmandu and back? Are you fit and looking for an adventure?

If yes, then trekking from Kathmandu to Nagarkot could be an option for you.  

You can start your trek from Sankhu, which is a small town on the outskirts of Kathmandu. You will pass through Mulkharka and Tanchok before reaching Nagarkot where you will go through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and lush forests. 

Another option is to begin your trek from Changu Narayan, which is home to an ancient Hindu temple and trek to Nagarkot. This is a popular trek for locals as the Hindu temple has god and goddess that the locals believe in. The temple is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site hence has a significant value for locals and tourists.

Cost: Most of the cost will be accomodation and food along the way. You can expect to spend around USD $30 per person a day if you stay and eat like locals.

Travel time: Approx 2 days on foot

Map Of Nagarkot

We have highlighted some of the places we recommend you should go to while you are in Nagarkot.


Also read:

All about Tribhvan International Airport

Ways to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Best hotels in Kathmandu

3 Days Itinerary Kathmandu

External Link:

Nagarkot Wiki


Distance between Kathmandu and Nagarkot

The distance between Kathmandu and Nagarkot is approximately 32 kilometers (20 miles) by road. 

Is Nagarkot Nepal worth visiting?

Yes, if you have a day, it is worth going to Nagarkot.

You should check the weather before you go so you will be able to see views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest.

The sunrise and sunset views from Nagarkot are also famous so you should be there either for the sunrise or the sunset. 

How is the road from Kathmandu to Nagarkot?

The road from Kathmandu to Nagarkot is generally well-maintained however you should not be travelling in rainy season. 

Can you see Everest from Nagarkot?

Yes, it is possible to see Mount Everest from Nagarkot. It needs to be a clear day hence make sure that you choose the right month and day to travel to Nagarkot. 

What is the cheapest way to get from Kathmandu to Nagarkot?

The cheapest way to get from Kathmandu to Nagarkot is typically by taking a local bus. However, you need to factor in comfort, pickup point and drop of point and that you wont be able to stop to take pictures along the way. You wont have options to choose your own resturants along the way, you will need to eat where the bus stop.

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