Nagarkot Sunrise View And Day Hiking From Kathmandu

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This trip offers mountain views, sunrise at Nagarkot as well as the most interesting of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changu Narayan. The trip includes private vehicle, private guide and entrance fees. Meals are not included. This trip offers a fantastic combination of scenery, culture and heritage. The trek is easy and enjoyable as it is mostly downhill. It is ideal for beginning trekkers who want to try a day hike as well as to enjoy the local heritage.


  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

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The day begins when it is still dark (about 4am 5am depends on season) as a private vehicle leaves the hotel in Kathmandu and makes its way toward Nagarkot Hill about 42Km drive to watch one of the finest sunrises over the mighty Himalayas. On a clear day, you can see the ranges of Gosainkunda, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu and the Annapurna Mountains. The sun's rays first begin to light up the sky, turning the snowcapped peaks from grey to pink before the rising sun turns the snow a most brilliant white. The scene is absolutely breathtaking.

Enjoy then a hearty breakfast about 7am at one of the many fine restaurants at Nagarkot (breakfast not included in price of tour). About 8am the guide will lead you after breakfast on the trail toward Changu Narayan. This trail passes through Brahmin and Tamang villages. Watch the people as they farm the terraced farms that hang on the sides of the hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. On clear days, there are great views of the Himalayas along this trail.

The trek is about 3 to 4 hours to the smallest and least visited of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changu Narayan. Here discover a wonderful little Newari village where they still do wood and stone carvings like they have done over the centuries.

Changu Narayan, because of its location receives the least amount of visitors of the World Heritage Sites, yet is a real gem. The oldest temple in the valley is atop the hill in the village.

There is an opportunity to experience Newari food for lunch in Changu Narayan (not included in price of tour). The people of the village are very friendly and accommodating, demonstrating true Newari hospitality.

The return trip to Kathmandu about 1pm is by private vehicle that goes straight back to the hotel. The day trip concludes here and enjoys your hiking trip with us!

Inclusions for Nagarkot Sunrise View And Day Hiking From Kathmandu

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions for Nagarkot Sunrise View And Day Hiking From Kathmandu

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

If your hotel is out of ring road, client has to pay additional charge for pick up drop

Please note: This tour will depart regardless of weather conditions. No refund will be given in the event that the weather limits views of Sunrise & Mountains

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

Wheelchair is not accessible

Please note that there has been significant damage to some of the sites visited on this tour due to the earthquakes in April and May 2015

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Great hike! The sunrise was breathtaking and so was the hike through Nagarkot. Our guide was very knowledgable and friendly.
    I highly recommend this hike.

  • Had an amazing experience with a beautiful sunrise. Things went perfectly smoothly and our guide Pankaj was knowledgeable and very helpful, would definitely recommend asking for him when booking this tour.

  • The sunrise view was very beautiful. We also enjoyed the buffet breakfast which was an additional NPR1,250 per person. The hike was nice for us, and we walked a total of about 13km. The first part of the walk was through villages where you get a glimpse of local life, while the second part of the walk was through quiet forests. The pick-up and drop-off from the hotel was fuss-free. The local Nepalese guide was also friendly and able to answer our questions on life in Nepal. Overall, we enjoyed our day hiking tour.

  • Tour was great. Driver was very capable. Guide was courteous and spoke good English. Well worth the money and time.

  • Very interesting walk through the small villages - fascinating to see how people live in the country side. Lots of wildlife too - especially exotic birds. Unfortunately it was misty on the day so no views of the mountains - but still very enjoyable.

  • The sunrise spot was lovely, but the weather was a bit too foggy to see anything. The day hiking in the valley was wonderful and i would recommend it. We were able to walk through local villages and see some wonderful views

  • A perfect day. Relaxed and informative - it was so good to meet local people whilst on our walk. Our guide was excellent as was our driver. We were picked up on time and looked after well. Thank you both!

  • Very nice people, but the tour should not be offered during Monsoon season, to be fair, we were stupid to go on it as well. A very early start and a long drive for a view of dense cloud. The walk back down the hill was quite interesting but certainly not worth the price. Our guide and driver were pleasant people.

  • Woke up at 03:30 for the Nagarkot sunrise, but couldn't see it. It was extremely foggy! The trek down was nice though.

  • We were picked up from our hotel at 4:15 AM and the road going up to Nagarkot was very bad. By the time we got to our destination it was daylight and the sky was cloudy. Hence, we didn't see the sunrise. Club Himalaya, the resort hotel we visited was very nice and we took some good pictures. After the breakfast buffet not included in the tour fee we started our hike downhill on a trail passing through village houses. There were some garbage on certain parts of the route and the scenic spots were mostly towards the end. The tour guide Hari was helpful and nice. Since it was election day we had to walk farther to reach our car because the police blocked a portion of the road. It's good we were able to hitch in a car driven by an election staff.

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