Nagarkot Sunrise & Hike to Changu


USD 95

Trip Duration

1 Day

Trip Grade


Highest Altitude



Car, Van

Group Size


Best Season

All around the year

Nagarkot Sunrise & Hike to Changu Introduction

This Nagarkot Sunrise & Hike to Changu day excursion starts from your hotel in Kathmandu early morning about an hour & half before sunrise, then you will be driven to the Nagarkot Village for a mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas.  You will be taken to the beautiful viewpoint (2175M) for the sunrise over the Lantgang & many other different mountain ranges. The sunrise & surrounding views are also very beautiful.

After your sunrise time if you wish to have your Himalayan Breakfast we can visit one of the hotels that serves yummy breakfast then we can start our Hike towards Changunarayan. As we start we leave Nagarkot village by passing a small bus station & a very happening village downtown. We descend via dirt road with very little traffic passing numerous different villages that provide great insight into the lifestyles of Nepali village people.

Exploring villages & life of local people living in the small terraces with very basic things. In most of the Nepali villages, their main economy is livestock like Buffalo, cows, dogs, chickens, goats & many more running here & there on their home & farm. The people of Nagarkot & surrounding villages depend on their farms & livestock.  You will be passing through Santi Dada known as Peace Hill where you observe a beautiful Buddha statue on the hill side then pass through villages again to arrive at Jalpadevi temple after playing hide & seek on the Main road. You will Arrive at Tel Kot village after about 2 hours of hiking.

After hiking halfway we are again leaving the main busy road & stat with a dirt road but through nature. Walking through the Jungle provides you peace you 7 trying to see the snow-capped mountains in the north after about  45 minutes we complete the nature part & again and start walking through the villages seeing their lifestyles again & taking another 45 minutes to arrive at the village of Changunarayan where you will be visiting the Old Temple.

After hiking for about 4 hours you will arrive at Changunarayan Temple which was built by King Manadeva around 464AD & it was the oldest capital & royal Palace of Nepal people believe. You are visiting the historic Temple of Changunarayn where you will easily find the written inscription on the Stone known as the First ever written history of Nepal.

This is the best Day trekking (Day Hiking) trip in Nepal which provides you with the best Nature(Himalayas, jungle, mountains & terraces), Culture ( People, life, farm, livestock, temple, terraces) & Adventure(hiking, seeing different lifestyle) making a perfect escape for your Day.


  • Early Morning Pick from your Hotel & Drop after the Hike
  • Drive to Nagarkot viewpoint
  • Witness the most amazing Sunrise on the Himalayas
  • Mountain View & Sunrise
  • Hiking through the villages, Jungle & terraces
  • Visit the beautiful Changunarayan Temple (UNESCO site)

Outline Itinerary

  • Nagarkot Sunrise Hike to Changunarayan

Detailed Itinerary

Nagarkot Sunrise Hike to Changunarayan

Today Early Morning our driver & Guide will Pick you Up from your Hotel about one & half hours before sunrise time. Drive to Nagarkort’s viewpoint through Bhaktapur & surrounding villages. Witness the most amazing sunrise on the Himalayas can see majestic views of different Himalayan ranges like Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Ganesh, Gaurishankar & Everest Range on the clear day.

After your Breakfast & Tea stop at the Nagarkot Village, we start our Hiking towards Changunarayan through the villages, Jungle & terraces. you have multiple options to take the ride or exit from the hike. after about almost 2 hours arrive at Telkot Village and then continue our Walk through the Jungle & dirt road. finally arrive at Changunarayan Temple after almost another 2 hours of Hiking.

Visit the beautiful Changunarayan Temple (UNESCO site). The colorful temple dedicated to the Hindu God Bishnu temple was built here in the medieval era by King Manadeva. our guide brief you about the temple & history before you Come back to your hotel.

We will take you back to Kathmandu & drop you off to your Hotel biding our farewell after a wonderful day hike. Thank You.


  • Private Transportation
  • Pick Ups & Drops before & after the trip
  • Professional Hiking Guide
  • Wonderful sunrise & hiking tour
  • Changunarayan visit


  • Breakfast at Nagarkot
  • Entry Fee for the Changunarayan
  • Tips for Guide & Driver(Expected)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Nagarkot sunrise and Changunarayan hiking day trip?
The Nagarkot sunrise and Changunarayan hiking day trip is a guided excursion that offers the opportunity to witness a breathtaking sunrise from Nagarkot, followed by a scenic hike to the historic Changunarayan Temple.
How long does the day trip last?
The day trip typically lasts around 8-9 hours, starting early in the morning to catch the sunrise from Nagarkot and concluding with the hike to Changunarayan Temple.
What is included in the day trip package?
The package includes transportation to and from your hotel in Kathmandu, experienced local guides, entrance fees to Nagarkot viewpoint and Changunarayan Temple, breakfast at Nagarkot, and lunch during the hike.
What should I bring for the day trip?
We recommend bringing warm clothing for the early morning sunrise, comfortable walking shoes suitable for hiking, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a camera, and a water bottle. It's also advisable to carry some snacks for energy during the hike.
Is transportation provided?
Yes, transportation from your hotel in Kathmandu to Nagarkot for the sunrise viewing, and then to the starting point of the Changunarayan hike, and back to Kathmandu is included in the package. Our experienced driver will ensure a safe and comfortable journey.
Is the hike suitable for beginners?
Yes, the hike from Nagarkot to Changunarayan is suitable for beginners with a reasonable level of fitness. The trail is moderate with some uphill and downhill sections, but our experienced guides will provide assistance and support along the way.
Are there restroom facilities along the trail?
There are limited restroom facilities along the trail, mainly at the starting point and endpoint of the hike. We recommend using the restroom before starting the hike and being prepared for rustic conditions along the trail.
Can I customize the day trip itinerary?
While the standard itinerary covers the sunrise at Nagarkot and the hike to Changunarayan Temple, we can customize the itinerary based on your preferences and fitness level. Please inform us in advance if you have any specific requests.
What is your cancellation policy?
Our cancellation policy varies depending on the circumstances. Please refer to our terms and conditions for detailed information regarding cancellations and refunds
Is the day trip safe?
Yes, the Nagarkot sunrise and Changunarayan hiking day trip is generally safe when undertaken with experienced guides and proper preparation. Our guides are trained in first aid and familiar with the trail conditions to ensure your safety throughout the hike.


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