The Changu Narayan temple is the historic temple found till date in Nepal and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
The drive from Annapurna hotel to the area where we started the hike was around an hour. From there, we spent half an hour touring a temple and then we started the actual hike. It was mandatory for each of us to have at least one full bottle of water, a snack (a snickers bar was provided for us), and juice. Our group consisted of eight people along with four people from Deerwalk. Then, we started along the trail. Our group had been given two options, to either take the “long way” which was four hours or the “shorter way” which split that time in half. The long (and beautiful) way was unanimously decided upon. We had decided to do a first part and then a second part later after lunch. Even from the start, the soon to be long walk had beautiful scenery. We passed by many shacks with many people sitting on their porches or working around their house. The first trail we walked on was made of concrete and easy to walk on; however later on, the path had dusty areas and rocky areas.
Sunday started out cloudy but by the time the team of highly motivated. Deerwalk hikers made it to the summit at the peak of the centuries old temple it had cleared. Lava took the crew on a side trip to Kathmandu University where they were treated to a nice breakfast of chapatis, parathas and eggs rolls at one of Lava’s old haunts. Although more than 12 years out of university the team heard tall tales of student misadventures and of early morning ascents of Lava through the jungle where cheetahs roamed around.
The road to where we were to begin the walk to Nagarkot was beautiful. The route we took to the mountain on which Nagarkot sits wound through valleys, over hills, past villages, and past a Hindu shrine.
We chose to reach Nagarkot from ChanguNarayan via Telkot. However, owing to an ordinary mistake on choosing road to ChanguNarayan, we reached Duwakot on vehicle at 8.00 and we had to walk half an hour additional to reach ChanguNarayan. Thus, our route became Duwakot- Changunarayan- Telkot- Nagarkot.