Nagarkot Sunrise and Day Hiking Tour

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Trip Grade: Leisurely Plus
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Nagarkot, Bhaktapur
  • Trip Style: Active/ Hiking
  • Age Group: 10 or Above
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 1700m
  • Best Season: All Season
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Nagarkot Sunrise and Day Hiking Tour is a pleasant day tour that starts from Kathmandu in the early morning. Our private vehicle takes you to Nagarkot before sunrise. After this, an easy hike up to Changu Narayan completes this tour. Add on some optional sightseeing in Bhaktapur to check out the ancient Newari kingdom. After the hike, we return to Kathmandu to conclude the day. This tour is perfect for anyone who has a free day in Kathmandu and/or wants to spend some time in nature. Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hiking Tour requires you to walk for about four hours on an easy trail. 

Nagarkot is a village in Bhaktapur that's considered one of the best spots within Kathmandu Valley to get awesome views of mountains. Travelers reach there in the early morning or late evening to catch the sunrise and sunset over mountains. Seeing the glowing Himalayan peaks at the start of your day is a kind of beauty that cannot be put into words. 

This easy hike around the valley takes you on a serene trail covered with green forests, small settlements, and terraced farmlands. Changu Narayan is one of the oldest temples in Nepal and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This temple has typical Newari architecture with some similarities of the Shikhara and Pagoda style. Various other temples of Lord Shiva, Ashta Matrika, Chhinnamasta, Kileshwor, and Krishna surround it. Life-sized statues of lions and elephants are kept as guards at the doors of the temple.

Optional sightseeing in Bhaktapur offers you the opportunity to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another world heritage site enlisted by UNESCO. This ancient Malla King’s palace is popular for its amazing architecture and historical significance. There are various other places in Bhaktapur where you can witness some awesome metal, wood and stone arts in the form of buildings, temples, statues, and carvings. 

This tour is a perfect hiking and sunrise tour around Kathmandu which lets you explore gems within Kathmandu Valley in one day.

Nagarkot Sunrise and Day Hiking Tour Highlights

  • Breathtaking sunrise view of the glowing Himalayas from a peaceful hill in the Kathmandu Valley
  • Views of mountains in Dhaulagiri range and Mt. Everest
  • Hike through the serene villages with pine forests
  • Reach Changu Narayan Temple with great historical and religious value
  • Sightseeing in Bhaktapur, an ancient Malla city (optional)

Nagarkot Sunrise and Day Hiking Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1:Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot, hike to Changu Narayan and visit Bhaktapur

Day 1:Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot, hike to Changu Narayan and visit Bhaktapur

    Our representative you pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu at around 4:00 in the morning. On a private vehicle, you will leave for this popular viewpoint for sunrises and mountain views.

    You will reach Nagarkot before sunrise and see the sunrise gradually from behind the mountains. You will have your breakfast while enjoying the golden sun over while mountains.

    Walking through the village of Nagarkot, you will get to see green forests, small villages, and cultivated lands. A few hours of hiking through graveled road takes you to Changu Narayan temple. This temple at the hilltop showcases amazing Malla architecture. 

    After completing Nagarkot to Changu Narayan day hike, you will rest for a while as you have your lunch there. The whole town is beautiful as it is surrounded by other small temples and forests. 

    On the way back to Kathmandu, you have an option to go sightseeing in Bhaktapur. There are other various temples and places of historical importance within Bhaktapur and depending upon the time left and how tired you are, you can visit one or many of these places. While you are at Bhaktapur, you can also try the famous curd named Juju Dhau.

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    Cost Details


    • Transportation:   
      All land transportation with pickups and drops
    • Guides and Porters:
      One tour guide between 6 people 
    • Entry Fees and Permits:
      All Monument Entrance Fee
    • Miscellaneous: 
      Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department


    • Any meals
    • Personal expenses 
    • Nepal entry visa fee
    • Tipping for the Sublime crew

    Nagarkot Sunrise and Day Hiking Tour Reviews

    5.0based on 1 reviews
    • Anisha Syahab
      Anisha SyahabDecember 12, 2018

      beautiful memory of Nepal

      I had come to Kathmandu for my business meeting with my husband for  3 days. We didn't have enough time to visit many places yet wanted to go somewhere to refresh our mind. We googled some nearby places and booked Nagarkot Tour with Sublime Trails. We had been to Nagarkot, early in the morning and the view of the sunrise was spectacular. The mountains look clear and amazing that i could not believe there was this amazing place near Kathmandu! We spent the day around Shivapuri park which was so beautiful. I will always remember this experiene, thank you sublime trails for this amazing experience!! 

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