Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike

Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike is the perfect way to escape the bustling Kathmandu City and delve into the beauty of nature. It is the perfect blend of adventure and cultural exploration. The mesmerizing journey serves you with an excellent sunrise view from the viewpoint of Nagarkot, along with stunning glimpses of Himalayan landscapes. Through our well-planned hike, you’ll be able to relish the majestic beauty of the region, explore local biodiversity, and sightsee the aerial beauty of the Kathmandu Valley.

Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike is more than just a simple visit to the hill region. It is a holistic experience to the lap of Nagarkot Hill, which is situated 32km from Kathmandu. This journey takes you to an altitude of 2175m above sea level, which includes 700-800 m ascending from Kathmandu. The journey begins with a drive-through that takes you through a cluster of places like Sallaghari, Bhaktapur, Kharipati, and Muhan Pokhari. Along the ride, you’ll be able to catch the stunning beauty of valleys, lush green forests, historical monuments, and significant landmarks.

The journey serves you the excellent beauty of the elevated hills, verdant farmlands, and distinct settlements. Along the way, you’ll also be able to catch the beauty of rivers and cascading waterfalls. You’ll be able to paint your memories with breathtaking sunrises, glancing upon the Himalayan peaks. The outstanding single-day journeys serve you with majestic views of mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, and many more, along with glimpses of the tallest mountains in the world, Mt. Everest.

After relishing the mesmerizing sunrise beauty, the journey takes you to one of the finest hotels in the region for a delectable breakfast. From there, you’ll embark on the exploration of local settlements and culture. You can roam around the local areas and sightsee the beautiful village settlements situated in the lap of Nagarkot Hill. After that, the journey begins with a hike to one of the oldest temples of Nepal, Changunarayan. The trek unveils ancient artifacts and architectural marvels as you hop on the journey and provides you insights into Nepal’s rich heritage.

Highlights of the Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike

Highlights of the Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike

  • Experience the breathtaking sunrise view, glancing at the mountains
  • Glimpses of Everest, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and many more
  • The serene beauty of elevated hills, distinct settlements, lush green forests, rivers, and waterfalls
  • Aerial beauty of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Mesmerizing morning drive through Bhaktapur city
  • Outstanding beauty from the Nagarkot Hilltop that lies at an altitude of 2175m
  • Enjoy a delectable breakfast buffet at Hotel Himalayan Villa
  • Hike to Changunarayan Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Within the confines of the little valley, learn about the abundance and culture of the Nepalese people
  • Ideal opportunity to get away from the bustling Kathmandu City

Appealing factors of the Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike

Nagarkot Hiking

A breathtaking sunrise over the HimalayasThe journey serves you with the aerial beauty of the valley and glimpses of Himalayan vistas. You’ll be able to catch the clear and unobstructed beauty of mountains like Everest, Himchuli, Annapurna range, and many others on a clear and bright day. The journey continues in the early morning to catch the stunning sunrise views. Sunrise above the snow-capped mountains is a captivating sight that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the Nagarkot Day Hike.

Scenic Drive through

The Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike takes you through the scenic beauty of the Bhaktapur and Nagarkot region. Along the way, you’ll catch stunning waterfalls and distinct settlements. You’ll also pass through Kharibot, the army camp where most of the army training is performed. You’ll then gain the vibe of local culture as you continue with your drive and relish the diversity of the region.

Trek through picturesque landscapes

The trekking journey begins after your breakfast at the Himalaya View Hotel. The journey demands about 3-4 hours of walking along the trails towards Changunarayan Temple. The journey presents you with the scenic beauty of the elevated hills and lush green forests. It provides an immersive experience and lets you connect with the serene environment. It builds a sense of tranquility within while traversing through the trail from Nagarkot to Changunarayan.

Visit Changunarayan Temple

The Changu Narayan Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Bhaktapur district to the east of Kathmandu. The temple, which is almost 1,500 years old, is a reminder of Nepal’s rich religious and architectural legacy and provides insight into the country’s past. It is one of the famous Vishnu temples of Nepal that carries extensive religious importance. This temple invites thousands of devotees and visitors and is one of the significant religious heritage of Nepal.

What’s included in the package?

  • Private tourist vehicle with a friendly and fluent driver
  • An experienced guide for the tour
  • Pick up from the hotel
  • Drop off from the hotel
  • Entrance fees
  • Government taxes
  • Complimentary breakfast at Hotel HimalayanVilla

What’s not included in the package?

  • Personal shopping and expenses
  • Beverages like soft drinks, hard drinks, juice
  • Lunch and Meal options
  • Tips for drivers and guides
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Why choose us?


Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike is a single-day adventure through the lush green forests to the lap of Nagarkot Hills. Although the journey can be done without any trekking agent, planning your journey through a licensed and experienced trekking agent like us will let you relish the beauty of the surroundings in peace. Planning the trip through us will let you have an experienced trekking guide and this enhances your trekking experience to the fullest as you’ll be able to navigate the trails and identify distinct settlements and flora of the region. Our services also include first aid supplies and necessary medical kits, which can be useful during any minor injuries or sickness along the way.

Best time for Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike

Best time for Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike

The Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike can be done throughout the year, provided suitable weather conditions exist. The journey is relatively easier and can be done in a single day, which is why it can be done throughout the year. While it is accessible all months of the year, it is important to check the weather forecast before embarking on the trip. This trip also demands trekking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan, which takes around 3-4 hours, and it is important to be alert for rainfall or windstorms.

Rainfall can ruin the event, while it also makes the tracks slippery and invites blood-sucking insects. It is best to avoid the Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike during Monsoon for these reasons. Also, planning the trek during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) can enhance your experience by giving you access to a clear and transparent aerial beauty of the region along with stunning glimpses of Himalayan ranges.


Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot and Hike to Changunarayan

The journey to the top of Nagarkot Hill starts early in the morning, around 4 am, to catch the breathtaking sunrise view. You’ll be picked up by our team from your staying hotel and you’ll begin the mesmerizing trip with a scenic drive through from Kathmandu to Nagarkot. It takes 1 and a half hours to reach Nagarkot from Kathmandu. After relishing the magnificent sunrise view from Nagarkot Hill, you’ll continue towards the Himalayan Villa for breakfast. After your breakfast, you’ll start your hiking journey to one of the oldest temples of Nepal, Changunarayan Temple.

Other things to do in Nagarkot

Other things to do in Nagarkot


This not only provides you with magical aerial beauty of the entire region but takes you flying across the sky. Soaring across the sky with the magical beauty of the Himalayan range and Kathmandu Valley is indeed an outstanding experience. With the assistance of a qualified tour pilot, you can paraglide and catch the magical beauty of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Jugal ranges. The takeoff site is Lapsiphedi, which stands at an elevation of 1905m.

Nagarkot Nature Trail

Nagarkot Nature Trail is about 6km and is the first half of the larger Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail. The trails begin with a coniferous forest with tall pines and through elevated hills, valleys, terraced farms, and distinct settlements. The trail starts from Danda Gaon and ends at Kartike village.

Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail

There is a 12-kilometer hike on the Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail close to Nagarkot, Nepal. With vistas of the Himalayas, the walk takes between three to five hours. It consists of the Tamang Village Walk and the Nagarkot Nature Trail.

Nagarkot Buddha Peace Park

A short hike from Nagarkot takes you to the Nagarkot Buddha Peace Park. The trail is about 8km long and passes through quaint villages, lush forests, and scenic viewpoints. Along the way to reach the Buddha Peace Park, you’ll be presented with stunning panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and pristine Himalayas. There is a massive Buddha Statue that, upon visiting, enlightens your spirituality. Standing atop the central plinth is a golden statue that portrays the “Earth Touching Buddha,” which is another name for the Buddha holding the “Bhumisparsha Mudra.” The moment of Buddha’s enlightenment is symbolized by the right hand reaching toward the ground and the middle finger touching the earth in this stance. The Buddha Peace Park is free to visit and is open 24 hours. It is one of the amazing places to explore and gain insights into Buddhist practices.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking is a unique approach to blending the adrenaline pump with the beauty of nature. This is a unique adventure that is full of thrills as you gear up for an exhilarating ride through rugged terrain, challenging terrains, and local areas while glimpsing the stunning landscapes. This adventure is accessible for both beginners and expert bikers and includes the rental of top-notch mountain bikes, a helmet, and a knowledgeable guide who looks out for your safety and shares insights about the local way of life. This encompasses the adventure from Nagarkot to Bhaktapur or Kathmandu. The adventure encompasses thrilling moments, pure bliss, nature sightseeing, and cultural explorations.

Excursion to Bird Watching

Encompassing forest areas and being rich in biodiversity, another fun activity to do in Nagarkot is Bird Watching. Nagarkot is home to numerous species of birds, and spotting the rare and migratory bird species is entertaining. You can continue your Bird Watching Excursion alongside a guide that will help you to spot and identify the distinct species of birds. For an enhanced experience, bring binoculars and a bird handbook, and take a leisurely stroll to take in the sights and sounds of the local birds.

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Highlights of the Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike

What is special about Nagarkot?

It is a great spot for catching the breathtaking sunrise views over Himalayan peaks. It is a comfortable place for both day and night out, and you have a wonderful time in the presence of nature. It also offers stunning views of the Kathmandu Valley and can be reached by vehicle or trekking. It is the perfect place to escape the bustling Kathmandu City and spend time with your friends and loved ones.

How do I get to Nagarkot?

You can reach Nagarkot by catching a private vehicle or taking a bus from Kathmandu. It takes around 2 hours to reach there at a steady pace. You also have the option to reach there by trekking.

What fun activities can I do in Nagarkot?

Nagarkot is filled with actions and fun activities. You can engage yourself in biking, trekking, photography, paragliding, and visiting local places. Also, you can continue your journey through trails like Nagarkot Nature Trail and Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail and present yourself with a marvelous experience.

Do I need a guide for the Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike?

While you can experience the beauty of Nagarkot by exploring the places on your own, hiring an experienced guide will help you have an amazing experience. Exploring places alongside a guide will broaden your knowledge about the places, give you insights into cultural practices, and assist you in navigating the path.

Can I see Mt. Everest from Nagarkot?

The viewpoint of Nagarkot presents you with the excellent beauty of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. While you can access the views of Everest, it is important to plan the tour during a suitable time when the weather is clear and moderate. On a clear and bright day, you’ll be able to relish the transparent beauty of Mt. Everest.

What should I pack for the Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike?

This is a single-day tour to the Nagarkot that stretches with a hike to the oldest temple of Kathmandu, Changunarayan Temple. For this, you won’t have to be equipped with extensive packing, but you can consider packing warm clothes with proper inner and outer for the morning and evening atmosphere. Along with that, you can be equipped with a camera, powerbank, hiking boots, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water bottle, healthy snacks, dry fruits, and other personal items you prefer. By dusk, you’ll be dropped off at your respective hotel.

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