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Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu

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Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Discover Nepal's scenery and culture during a leisurely hiking tour that includes an early morning arrival in Nagarkot for the sunrise. Watch the distant Himalayas catch the morning light, then take a hike to reach Changu Narayan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass through Brahmin, Tamang, and Newari villages along the way, and stop to purchase breakfast and lunch at small restaurants for an authentic local experience. Includes round-trip transport in a private vehicle from Kathmandu.
  • View the Himalayas in first light of day from Nagarkot
  • Follow your guide on an easy hike that is mostly downhill
  • Visit Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Kathmandu
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Transportation (hotel pickup & drop, air conditioned vehicle)
Fees (admission, fuel surcharge, parking, entry)
Food and drinks
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels inside ring road including Boudha area, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot area.

Airports

  • Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu Nepal


Departure Time

4:00 AM
Start your day with early morning pickup at your hotel in Kathmandu, departing the city while the sky is still dark.

Your private vehicle follows the road to Nagarkot Hill where you get the chance to watch the sunrise over the mighty Himalayas. On a clear day, you can see Gosainkunda, Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the Annapurna Mountains.

Stop at a restaurant in Nagarkot for breakfast (own expense), then follow your guide along the trail to Changu Narayan, a route that passes through Brahmin and Tamang villages with terraced farms on hillsides that overlook Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayas. The trek is mostly downhill, offering an easy hike that is suitable for most people.

Hike to reach Changu Narayan Temple, one of the least–visited of Nepal's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Artisans in the Newari village create wood and stone carvings. Have the option to try Newari dishes for lunch (own expense) and experience the hospitality of the local people.

After lunch, a private vehicle returns you to your Kathmandu hotel where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Nagarkot View Tower
You will start the trip to Nagarkot before dawn. The drive is about one and a half hours to Nagarkot View Point. Nagarkot is a hill station which is famous for it's sunrise and sunset view with panoramic scenery. The drive will be through the local settlements surrounded by trees. As you reach the viewpoint, grab a little spot to enjoy the magnificent sunrise over the towering Himalayas. The perspective will give you a glimpse of 8 Himalayan ranges, including many snowy peaks like Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna, and even Mt. Everest from the point. You will observe the bright rays of sun touching the tip of mountains, turning them from bright orange and red to snowy white in color. You can also look below to find the incredible view of the valley and Indrawati river in the east. Take at the moment to observe such beautiful natural phenomena before descending to Changunarayan.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nagarkot Hiking
With such a beautiful mountain view, the trail is filled with a forest of pines, terraced farms of local villagers and a typical small village. The nature walk is fresh and refreshing, with a beautiful atmosphere around you. You will hike peacefully within the womb of nature till you find yourself in the small villages of Brahmin, Newars and Tamang community. You will then gradually cross the path taking on the graveled road and local trail to Changunarayan.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail
After you have enjoyed your moment there, you will follow an excellent path downhill. The trail offers a panoramic view of mountains along the way. You will be refreshed by the fresh mountain air and serene atmosphere along the way. You can see the Himalayan peaks from the corners of your eyes that are shining brightly because of the sun’s rays.
Stop At:  
Nagarkot Buddha Peace Park Hiking Trail
While we go to Nagarkot sunrise view and day hiking, you will visit this small beautiful place of Buddha peace park. One of the small statues of Lord Buddha, a nicely decorated garden with a beautiful view of across jungle is amazing. Take a rest for a while and enjoy taking a beautiful picture of hiking here.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Changu Narayan
The temple of Changunarayan is one of the oldest temples that date back to the Licchavi period of the history of Nepal. The temple is made up of beautiful stone and wood carvings. It is designed in a traditional Nepali style that can be described as neither a Shikhara style nor a Pagoda style. On reaching the Changunarayan temple at the hilltop, you will see yourself surrounded by Champak trees. You will see the temple is surrounded by statues of Lord Vishnu along with other deities inside the courtyard of the main temple. You will see that the four entrances of temples have a pair of life-sized beasts each guarding them. There are beautiful carvings in struts and doors that can be seen which reflects the art and architectural skills of ancient Nepal. You can also see stone pillars with inscription in Sanskrit on western entrance. You can observe many monuments like Historical pillars, Garuda, Chanda Narayan, Sridhar Vishnu, Vishworup, Narasimha, Kileshwor and many more when you visit the temple from the main entrance or east gate. Not only these monuments but you can also see many Tantric sculptures and carvings near the Changunarayan. Then you will move on from Changunarayan.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Thamel
The trip mainly departs from the main tourist hub from Thamel. If the customers are staying out of Thamel we do pick up them from most of the parts like the Lazimpat area, Durbar marg, Patan, Buddha, Bhaktapur, and Nagarkot itself. This trip is unique and amazing. Don't miss out to see Nepal's best sunrise view, the Himalayas including Mount Everest and local Nepali village lifestyle.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • In the event of poor weather or bad traffic conditions, tour itinerary is subject to change without notice. No cancellations or refunds will be issued. See voucher for details
  • We recommend you bring warm clothing during winter
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Himalayan Planet Adventures

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu.

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Traveler Tips


  • "We took a very bumpy ride to Nagarkot (don't expect to nap on the way there!" See review
  • "Nice Hiking and easy one :), we have enjoy amzing views and the traditional life on the village while heading down from Nagarkot." See review

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Amazing views!
Alma_P
, Mar 2020
Had a great time. The sunrise was pure magic. And the walk down the hill was filed with breathtaking scenery and cute baby animals.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, Thank you so much for taking our service and sharing your experience here in Trip Advisor. Hope we will get a chance to serve you again.
star-5
The hike through the village and the views
joecrook88
, Feb 2020
Amazing tour with an amazing guide! Make sure you wrap up warm! The walk is the best bit! Very informative!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello, Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We looked forward to serving you again.
star-5
Great experience
Neal M
, Dec 2019
Great experience. A short hike and temple visit. Guide was super friendly and had great English. Went the extra mile to make sure i enjoyed every minute.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi Neal, Thank you so much for taking a service with us. We are glad that our guide Surendra give you good service and information about the trip. We love to see you again in future. Have a great day!
star-5
Hello Himalayas
phippsnelson1
, Nov 2019
This day trip was the very first thing we did when we arrived in Nepal, and it was one of the very best things we did. Yes - it was a very early start but watching the sunrise was spectacular! After watching the sunrise we stopped for breakfast (very yummy) and then had a short hike across the countryside which was very pleasant indeed! Our guide and driver were exceptional - so knowledgeable- so friendly. Cannot recommend this highly enough!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello, Thank you so much for this great review. It's our great pleasure to serve you here. We looked forward to serve you in the coming days.
star-4
A downhill hike through rural villages
Nari1Nari
, Oct 2019
First and foremost if you book this tour expect a high chance of not seeing the sunrise or even the mountain range. My guide told me that (mid-October) out of the 4 days he did the sunrise tour only 1 of those days was clear enough for a view. I did not set all of my expectations on the sunrise and view so I was not too disappointed. The trip started with the driver and my guide (Madan) picked me up at my hotel at 4:20am. We took a very bumpy ride to Nagarkot (don't expect to nap on the way there!) and arrived about 20-30 minutes before sunrise. As it was foggy, we went into the village and had breakfast (not included in the booking). Madan was nice enough to lend me cash since I didn't have any on me at the time. I paid him back at the end of the day. After breakfast and Madan and the driver took a smoke break, we started the walk. If you're a fast walker, it could take 1.5 hours but if you top and take your time like me to take photos and chat with Madan it could take 2.5-3 hours. I was expecting a hike through a small trail but actually we just walked through the villages the whole time. You get to see how people like in the hills, children going to school, and lots of farm animals! We also stopped at a recently build Buddhist monument with a great view of the hills and valley and afterwards a Hindu temple before meeting up with the driver. Madan and I had some great discussion and he answered all of my questions and was easy to understand. The driver then took us a few kilometers to a more touristic town (Madan paid for the entrance) with Hindu temples. The drive was beautiful and the driver was kind enough to stop when I was taking my photos! If we had more time, you could stop and buy some things but we were all a bit tired at the end so we did not stay long there before heading back to a lot of traffic jams in Kathmandu. They were also kind enough to drop me off near Thamel instead of my hotel when I asked. Overall I would recommend this tour or the tour without the sunrise (if you want a bit more sleep) if you are looking for experience to see how people in the hills live and want to get out of the busy capital for a day. The hike is also very easy!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi Narimane, Thank you so much for taking a service with us and sharing your experience here. Your detail and honest review is highly appreciated. We are extremely looking forward to see you again and hope we can serve you again.
star-5
Easy stroll through nepals mountain villages
whyvonnie1
, Oct 2019
Sunrise was beautiful, then we strolled down hill through mountain villages and got a real glimpse into Nepal village life. A very enjoyable few hours. Bidur our guide was great.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Namaste! Thank you very much for taking a service with us and glad that you enjoyed the trip with our guide Bidur.
star-5
Amazing experience
davidbebbington1965
, Sep 2019
This trek was an an amazing experience. Sunries over the Himalayas with an easy walk down the valley
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi David, Thank you so much for taking a trip with us and giving us valuable suggestion. We try to improvement in our service in coming days. Have a good time! Namaste!
star-4
Good
Ankara M
, Sep 2019
Nice Hiking and easy one :), we have enjoy amzing views and the traditional life on the village while heading down from Nagarkot. Guider has explained us about Nepal's life, culture and religions, it was quite interesting. The only thing i didnt like, it was that the guider was like pushing us too much to go or stop only in specific store for people he knew; even when we understand you guys are supporting each other; sometime the tourists/people just need to make a quick stop for water, regarless is we are close or far from your preferred place. Also we really apprettiated all the religions explanations but for us it was sometimes too much, kind of fanatic and on top not respectfull at all with other belivings, even when we are open minded and not attached to any religion, for any other tourist or people could be offensive and not nice at all. The people working in this touristic field need to understand that we should be open and respectful about other cultures, religions, etc. I like to trave a lot to lear about other culture, reigions etc.; but when the conversation turns into fanatism or lack of respect about others, I completely loose my attention to the guider, as for me is not interesting anymore, specially when you want to demostrate that a culture/reigion is better than another; i will respect your opinion but my interest for your explanation or conversation is gone, as i will not keep same motivation to listen, it's a shame. Appart from that, the experience it was really good.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi Ankara, Thank you very much for taking our service and giving us your feedback here. we highly appreciated and it help us to improve our service in coming days. we respect all religion and be sure it won't happen by our guide again. we love to see you again in our country and have a wonderful time.
star-5
Great day!!
Bianca372
, Aug 2019
The morning view was fantastic and the walk an enjoyable pace. Our guide Shishir was very kind and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour highly!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi Bianca, Thank you so much for your review and taking a service with us. We would love to provide our service again in coming days. Hope to see you again in Nepal.
star-5
Wonderful early morning view over the Kathmandu valley
585erice
, Aug 2019
A great way to start your day with a sensational view and then an interesting 11 k Walk - many thanks to Madan Thapa for taking us
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Namaste! Thank you so much for taking a service with us. We loved to provide our service in hills of Nepal and looking forward to see you again. Have a nice day.

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