We wanted to do a multi-day trek in Nepal seeing as it the mecca of trekking worldwide. Our start point was Nagarkot.
At 2175 meters (7135 feet), it was chilly in the winter to say the least. We spent two days hiking around this mountain town. Even though the air quality was 80 AQI, it was far better than the air quality in the lowlands which ranged from 200-300. 80 was still hazy.
We hiked the panorama trail in two sections. On the first day we hiked along the nature trail then up the road to our hotel, going clockwise around half the trail. On the second day we hiked counterclockwise around the trail. The second day we had amazing views of the Himalayas. Each day we spent about two hours hiking.
This small alpine town was ready for tourism. There were many hotels and quite a few eateries. There were a few roads through town that were a mix of dirt and worn pavement. Most tourists here were Nepalese, as it was a popular overnight destination.
The nights were clear and even though the moon was full, many stars could be seen. Also by looking out across the valley, lights dotted valley and terraced slopes. It made it look like the star show continued past the terrestrial barrier.
Although there was a clear sector of the economy built around servicing tourists, it was also clear that the majority of people lived a less flashy mountain lifestyle. Ongoing construction was everywhere. Whether it was new hotels, or upgrades