Key Information

  • Destination:
  • Trip Style:
    Hiking and Off Road Driving
  • Foods:
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle

About Nagarkot Sunrise and Day Hiking Tour

Nagarkot sunrise tour is a day hike tour that starts from Kathmandu. Early morning ride in a private vehicle takes you to Nagarkot to reach there before sunrise. After this, easy hiking to Changu Narayan completes this tour and optional sightseeing in Bhaktapur and return to Kathmandu concludes the day. This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to spend some time in nature and has one spare day to spend in Kathmandu. Nagarkot day hike tour requires you to walk for about four hours on an easy trail. 

Nagarkot is a village in Bhaktapur which is also considered one of the best spots in Kathmandu Valley to get awesome views of mountains. Travelers reach there especially in the early mornings or late evenings to catch sunrises and sunsets over mountains.

This easy hiking around Kathmandu takes you through serene trail covered with green forests, small settlements and terrace farmings. Changu Narayan is one of the oldest temples in Nepal enlisted in UNESCO world heritage sites. This temple is typical to Newari architecture with some similarities with Shikhara and Pagoda style. Various other temples of Lord Shiva, Ashta Matrika, Chhinnamasta, Kileshwor and Krishna surrounds it. Life-sized statues of lions and elephants are kept as guards in the doors of the temple.

An 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.


  • Early morning scenic drive to Nagarkot
  • Views of mountains in Dhaulagiri range and Mt. Everest
  • A mesmerizing view of sunrise over snow-peaked mountains
  • 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 & Map

Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot: 

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.

Sunrise and Breakfast at Nagarkot:

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.

Hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan Temple:

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

Lunch at Changu Narayan:

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. Changu Narayan has an old myth related to its formation according to which

Sightseeing in Bhaktapur (optional):

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.

Drive Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes approx.
Hike Duration: 4 hours approx.


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  • Private vehicle from Kathmandu to Nagarkot and pick up from Changu Narayan temple 
  • Tour guide during this Nagarkot sunrise and day hike tour
  • Breakfast and lunch

Departure Notes

Departure for this trip is conducted daily. If you want are interested, please contact us.

Nagarkot Sunrise and Day Hiking Tour Reviews

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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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