Nagarkot Hiking (Day Trip) - 1 Days

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Nagarkot Hiking (Day Trip)
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Nagarkot is a popular hill station to hike very close to the eastern side of Kathmandu valley. Nagarkot is at 2195 m / 7200 ft. and at an altitude of 217 m and can be reached by driving about one and half hour. This quiet and panoramic hilltop is about 32 km away from Kathmandu. It is very popular as Mountain Viewpoint as you can see a great panorama of mountains over 2100 meters ranging from the Kanchenjunga in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west.

Eight ranges out of thirteen can be clearly seen. This also includes Mt. Everest as a dot on the horizon but with a binocular the view is stunning. The other ranges are the Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, and Gaurishankar. Nagarkot is the best place in Kathmandu from where we can have the broadest views of the Himalayas.

The four-hour long hike starts from the Newari town of Sankhu, passing through the uphill trial walking inside the pine trees, bamboos. It is like you are entering a stress-free zone. The view is pleasing with the green valley views on one side and the fabulous Himalayas on the others. Nagarkot is very popular for its 360-degree view tower (2200 meters).

It will take 4 hours to reach Changunarayan, the oldest Pagoda style Hindu Temple in Nepal. This Temple premises one of the seven World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the very beautiful walk where we explore local Tamang culture with the trail remain unchanged and still exhibit their traditional countryside lifestyle. Nagarkot is also very famous for its spectacular view of sunrise and sunset.

Nagarkot Hiking is an excellent walking day tour on the outskirt of the capital city. If you are looking for the easy day hike and have just a day in Kathmandu then this Nagarkot Hiking day tour is the best option. It will be the memorable experience. A day tour in Nepal always amazes and fosters a love for the authenticity of its people and nature.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas from Nagarkot
  • Panoramic views of 8 out of the 13 Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest (8848 m.)
  • Short hike from Nagarkot to Historical Changu Narayan Temple (UNESCO World Heritage site) / Kathmandu’s oldest temple.
  • Experience authentic hilly region & their culture.
  • Learn about the Gurung and Tamang ethnic groups.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot, passing through the Shivapuri National Park
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    Detailed Itinerary

    • Early Morning Departure (Approx. 4:00 AM): Your private car and guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kathmandu before dawn.
    • Nagarkot (1.5 hours’ Drive): Enjoy the winding roads, lush greenery, and distant mountain views as you travel to Nagarkot, a hill station renowned for its panoramic Himalayan vistas.
    • Witness the Breathtaking Sunrise (Approx. 6:00 AM): As you arrive in Nagarkot, find a comfortable spot to witness the magical sunrise. Watch in awe as the first rays of light illuminate the majestic peaks of the Himalayas, including Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Everest (weather permitting), and many more.
    • Breakfast at a Local Hotel (Approx. 7 to 7:30 AM): After the mesmerizing sunrise, savor a delicious breakfast at a local hotel in Nagarkot.
    • Hike Down to Changu Narayan (Approx. 3-4 hours): Embark on a scenic hike with your guide along a well-maintained trail that winds through villages, farmlands, and offers stunning mountain views.
    • Explore Changu Narayan Temple (Approx. 11:00 AM): Upon reaching Changu Narayan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, delve into the rich history and architectural beauty of this ancient temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
    • Lunch at Changu Narayan (Approx. 12:00 PM): Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant near the temple, enjoying traditional Nepali cuisine.
    • Return to Kathmandu (Approx. 2:00 PM): Board your private vehicle and relax on the return journey to Kathmandu, where your guide will drop you off at your hotel.


    Here are some additional points to consider:

    • Difficulty:The hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan is considered moderately easy, with some ups and downs. However, the total distance is around 6-7 kilometers, so a decent level of fitness is recommended.

    What to Wear: Dress in layers as the temperature can be chilly early morning in Nagarkot. Comfortable hiking shoes and a hat are also essential

    Trip Includes

    • Private Tourist Vechile with friendly driver.
    • A well-experienced Local licensed holder mountain trekking guide.
    • Nagarkot and Chagunarayan entry permit

    Trip Excludes

    Meals : Breakfast, Lunch.

    Taiping for Guide and Driver.

    4 Responses to Nagarkot Hiking (Day Trip)

    • Haribik sen

      Nagarkot sunrise

      “I cannot recommend Mountain Treks Nepal enough for our recent Nagarkot sunrise day trip! The early morning pick-up from our hotel was seamless, and our guide Raj was friendly and informative throughout the journey. Witnessing the sunrise over the Himalayas was truly breathtaking. The colors were incredible, and the mountain views were majestic. After the sunrise, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast and then explored the surrounding area. Our guide shared interesting insights into the local culture and way of life. The car was comfortable, and the entire experience was well-organized. This trip was a definite highlight of our visit to Nepal!”

    • Farnakey

      Memorable Experience with Stunning Views

      “We booked the Nagarkot sunrise trip with Mountain Treks Nepal, and it was an unforgettable experience. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the region, sharing interesting facts and stories along the way. The view of the Himalayas at sunrise was simply stunning. The colors were vibrant, and the mountains seemed to come alive. We were lucky with clear skies, and we could see for miles. The trip was well-paced, with ample time to enjoy the sunrise, have breakfast, and explore Nagarkot. We highly recommend Mountain Treks Nepal for this tour!”

    • Abert

      Nagarkot sunrise trip

      “Mountain Treks Nepal’s Nagarkot Sunrise Day Trip exceeded expectations! The sunrise view was phenomenal, the guide was excellent, and the overall experience was unforgettable.”
      “From the early morning pick-up to the scenic drive and the breathtaking sunrise, Mountain Treks Nepal’s day trip was flawless. A perfect way to experience the beauty of Nagarkot.”

    • Lorence

      Professional and Personalized Service

      “Mountain Treks Nepal provided excellent service for our Nagarkot sunrise day trip. Our guide was professional, friendly, and ensured we had a comfortable and enjoyable experience. They were flexible with our requests and tailored the trip to our interests. The car was clean and spacious, and the drive to Nagarkot was scenic. We especially appreciated the guide’s knowledge of the local flora and fauna, pointing out interesting things along the way. This trip was a perfect way to experience the beauty of Nepal and learn more about the region’s culture.”

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