Nagarkot Sunrise Tour Day Hiking 1 Days, Easy

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Nagarkot to Changunarayan Temple day hike from Kathmandu

Nagarkot sunrise tour with day hiking to Changunarayan Temple is a specially designed package for nature loving travelers. This Nagarkot hike from Kathmandu is one of the most exciting and popular day tours with fabulous mountain view. The Himalayan sunrise and beautiful walk through the pristine forest of rhododendron, pines, and oaks are the major attractions of this tour. The snow-capped mountain views and Newari villages will give you a precious memory that will stay in your heart for a long time to come.

Max Elevation
2175 meters
Major Attractions
Nagarkot Sunrise, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites
Best Season
Any Season


Everest Vacation provides Nagarkot Sunrise Tour Day hiking in a serene and wonderful environment outside the valley rim. A day hike of 3-4 hours to the famous tourist spot at Nagarkot with an elevation of 2,175 meters high. From the top of Nagarkot, where stands the view and observatory tower you can enjoy the majestic scenic views to your fullest.

We start with a short drive from Kathmandu leading North East on the pristine road passing the exciting villages and towns of Thimi and Bhaktapur. Then we head for a climb with tremendous views of Bhaktapur city and Kathmandu valley’s green farmlands and spread out farm villages. After an hour of a rise on the narrow winding road, we reach a famous viewpoint of Nagarkot. One of the great destinations near the valley that is great for day-hike and sunrise.

Nagarkot is situated at 2,175 meters of elevation, and this ramp provides you with a grandstand panorama of the Himalayas. You can see five of the world’s tallest mountains – Everest (8,848m.), Lhotse (8,516m.), Cho Oyu (8,201m.), Makalu (8,463m.) along with their ranges of numerous small peaks. The snow peaks look striking and fabulous at both sunset and sunrise. Nagarkot: surrounded by terraced hillsides and picturesque farmhouses is a piece of the Zion in the earth.

From Nagarkot start walking downhill passing through several rural farmlands with terraces and then you will reach a nice area with a temple of Shiva. This spot is also in a peaceful environment and a perfect setting for your short rest here. Continue to walk to Telkot, a roadside village, and then leave the main motorable road onto the dirt tracks through the pristine forest of rhododendrons, pines, and oaks. The view of the snow-capped mountain towards the north distance wherever you set your foot.

After a nice pleasant walk, reach a small medieval period Newari village where you can experience village life. Life here is unchallenged and unchanged from modernization as it has been for the past many centuries. These settlements take you towards the Changu Narayan area. A short walk on steps passing many small souvenir shops and restaurants leads into an old temple complex of the temple. Changu Narayan temple is a unique ancient temple, one of the oldest in Nepal with a history that dates back to the Lichhavi period.

Changu Narayan temple, perched on a hill is also in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites list. A scenic spot situated at an altitude of about 1,700 meters, just north of Bhaktapur. The temple is believed to be the oldest of all the temples in Nepal. It is said to have been built by King Hari Datta Verma in 323 A.D., And the most authentic inscription is located in Changu Narayan and dates back to 464 AD. The Changu Narayan temple is endorsed by King Lichhavi and King Mandeva. The wood and stone carvings in the temple are also sublime, and one can analyze the level of artwork of the most exceptional artists of that time. After a wonderful time here and a nice hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan Temple, drive back to Kathmandu the same day with an optional tour of Bhaktapur.

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Day by Day Activities

  • Pickup from your hotel at 4:30AM in the morning.
  • Drive 32KM from Kathmandu to Nagarkot Hill (2175m.)
  • Sunrise views with panoramic mountain
  • Take you at restaurant for Breakfast.
  • Start hiking from Nagarkot Village
  • Complete hike through the pine forest and small Newari villages.
  • Observe Changunarayan Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Monument)
  • Take a lunch and drive back to Kathmandu

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Traveler’s Reviews

Travel time: April 15, 2022

A day hike in Kathmandu- Loved it

I just wanted a refreshment from my hectic schedule and had a day off. My friend helped me book a day hike in Kathmandu. He booked with Everest Vacation and a guide picked me up from my hotel. Dipak was my guide and he was polite and had a good sense of humor. I enjoyed his company and reached Nagarkot for sunrise. I must admit I forgot my stress at once when I observed the sunrise over snow-capped mountains. The green natural views and natural beauty around there attracted me. I felt rejuvenated. We had breakfast and started hiking towards ancient Newari village Changu Narayan. The village was peaceful and very beautiful. One of the oldest temples is listed on the World Heritage site. The history of the place was interesting to hear from my guide. A day hike was incredible. A great thanks to Dipak for making it enjoyable. I loved it.

Diaz Vergara
Travel time: October 23, 2019

Wonderful Time in Nepal

My first time in Nepal and I was amazed to see the raw beauty of this country with Everest Vacation. They planned a fantastic tour for me. Even for a solo traveler, they arranged a local guide and a private vehicle which was impressive. My favorite moment was the hike to Chisapani from Sundarijal and the sunrise view from Nagarkot. The local food as suggested by Umesh was good and I will recommend you to try it as well. I will be coming again and this time I will visit Tibet and Bhutan too with Everest Vacation. I rate this company very highly and would recommend it for solo travelers like me.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

– You can enter Kathmandu by international flight from Europe and other parts of Asia, Australia and USA with stopover and transit on route flight to reaching Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International airport),

– Overland from Delhi, Sikkim, and Darjeeling from India

– To enter from China catch a flight or train to Lhasa (Tibet) and then drive/fly to Kathmandu.

All valid Passports are required with a proper visa for you to enter Nepal. Visa can be obtained from your countries through Nepal Embassy and Consulate, or one can get a permit on arrival at any port of entry at the border or Kathmandu international airport. Minimum visa of a week and a maximum of 1 month can be obtained from here. If you urge to elongate the stay, your visa extension can be done for an extra cost per day or week basis.

Most of the travel agents in Nepal, especially in Kathmandu and other touristic areas, are reliable and certified by the government. Some of these agencies have been running for more than a decade with the utmost experience in travel line. However, as per your taste and duration in Nepal, you can book with us as we provide topnotch services with a flexible period of your journey.

We have an expert knowledgeable local guide with complete training and experience in culture, history of the destination you will visit. With us, you will be able to experience the destinations to your fullest without missing a thing. We keep in touch with you throughout your journey till your departure and aid you in your tour. Similarly, we have a wide range of transport vehicles for your ease and a standby team for any complications during your trip.

Nepal has four seasons including the monsoon (wet months). The climate is not too cold in winter and mildly hot in summer. The country experiences a moderate climate in every other time of the year.

You can experience the destinations differently in each weather, and the memories will be equally delightful. As for sightseeing and cultural tour, You can visit this country at any time of the year. However, the best time will be from the month of March to May and October to November when the views are clear especially of the high snow-capped mountain range.

Depending upon the duration and area of your tours, you can expect something new in every destination. Nepal will surprise you with delights as this place is like no other when it comes to traveling. Famous for numerous historical, cultural monuments which are mostly listed in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, Nepal is a travel lover’s Zion.

Nepal is a melting pot of Hindu and Buddhist with small minority of Islamic, Christians, Jain and Sikh religions.

Most of the monuments temples and monasteries are of Hindu and Buddhist religions, other places of interest are old historical Durbar squares as the palaces of former kings.

Nepal embraces you with its unique Himalayan setting full of mountains, rivers, and thick jungles as well. One can take an elephant safari in one most famous national park of Chitwan to observe wildlife and nature from close. Rare Royal Bengal Tiger, one-horned rhinoceros many different types of deer and other wildlife and 700 species of exotic birds live in these jungles.

The other experience of Nepal is its panoramic scene of snow-capped mountains in the comfort of nice and cozy hotels and resorts and with the warm hospitality of native villagers in homestay facilities.

Whatever your taste and interest are? Nepal is an amazing country with everything you would want in a travel destination.

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