Nagarkot is undoubtedly the most famous hiking destination for anybody looking to do a short hike to areas near Kathmandu Valley. It is popular not just among the tourists but also among the locals because it provides unparalleled sceneries of a lot of mountain ranges (Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar) of Nepal, including Mount Everest, and it is just 32 km north-east of Kathmandu. There are also plenty of good hotels and restaurants that make your stay in this place even more enjoyable and comfortable. This ease of traveling and accommodation coupled with unmatched sceneries of the mountains are the primary reason people visit Nagarkot not just once but over and over again every year.
Your can either drive straight to Nagarkot in the morning, which takes about 2 hours, and spend the day hiking around the area and enjoying the sceneries or you can hike from Sankhu to Nagarkot, which takes about 4 hours. This hike takes you through Newari villages, forests, and hills. It begins with a relatively steep hike up the hills and then slowly the trail flattens as you reach towards your destination.
In any case, the sunrise and sunset view from Nagarkot are unmissable, and you should plan your hike accordingly.
Drive from Kathmandu to Sankhu then hiking from Sankhu to Nagarkot. It takes around 1 and half Hours drive and 3 hours hiking. At evening you can see beautiful sunset. Stay overnight at Nagarkot.
Early morning you can see beautiful sunrise than hike down to Changunarayan and drive to Kathmandu. It takes around 3 hours hiking and 1 and half hour drive. You can enjoy the wonderful view of Changunaraya Temple and local culture during the hiking.