Mountain view from Nagarkot

Nagarkot Changunarayan Day Hike

  • Trip Duration1 Days
  • Trip GradeEasy
  • Max. Altitude2195
  • Cost Starting FromUS$ 89
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle
  • Max. Altitude: 2195
  • Min. Group Size: 02 Pax
  • Escorted by : Private Guide


  • Spectacular views of the Himalayan range including the top of the world, Mt. Everest 
  • Experience ethnic culture and lifestyle
  • Stunning Sunrise view from the hill station Nagarkot
  • Changunarayan Temple, one of the most ancient temple in Nepal 

Nagarkot Changunarayan Day Hike is a perfect day hiking near Kathmandu valley. This hike offers spectacular mountain view, experience lush forest, typical country life, and pure wilderness.

If you are looking for a day hike near Kathmandu valley to escape this hustle and bustle, Nagarkot Changunarayan Day Hike is a rewarding choice. We can see the spectacular sunrise over the Himalayan ranges from the popular vantage point and magnificent views of Himalayas; Mt. Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang and other numerous peaks. Elevating at the 2195m, the hills afford the views of entire Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National park clearly. These tours give a chance to explore the hillside village where the unique experience of their culture takes your breath away.

After the breakfast, short day hiking to the ancient Hindu temple located at the top hill, Changunarayan Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Enlisted in UNESCO world’s heritage Changunarayan is one of the oldest temple as well the masterpieces architecture of Nepal. The main highlights of this hike are the fascinating trail which passes through lush pine forests, terraced fields, ethnic Tamang and Newar village with typical countryside houses painted with locally found ocher. Taste the local wines made by Newari people on the way and immerse yourself in their cultures and traditions. 

The hiking trail gradually descends through the terraced fields. The first part of the hike involves an amazing cultural encounter of ethnic villages, unaffected by the nearby capital city. While the second part is witnessing beautiful nature along the ridge rich in deciduous forests and sceneries of Majestic Himalayas. This hike is the best option if you are looking for an easy hiking in Kathmandu for a day. The ending point is a UNESCO world heritage listed pagoda temple 'Changu Narayan', one of the oldest temples built by Lichhavi rulers in the 7th Century. We explore this ancient temple spending about an hour and finally drive back to Kathmandu. 


  • Nagarkot offers one of the best sunrise views along the panoramic Himalayas so It will be better if you reach there as earlier as possible.
  • We will have breakfast in Nagarkot and start our hike to Changunarayan at around 8:00 AM.
  • Bring a camera and gear up in warm clothing


  • The hotel pick up time in Kathmandu - your guide will receive you from the hotel early in the morning (4:45 AM) and we begin our drive for Nagarkot.
  • Hotel pickup & drop-off (for Kathmandu City hotels only but additional charges apply for accommodations outside the city)
  •   If you don’t want the sunrise view you can start the trip from 9:00 AM. It will take 45 minutes to reach Nagarkot from Kathmandu as it is 30 KM away from the city (Thamel).
  • Comfortable transportation


  • 85% refund will be issued for cancellations made before the scheduled activity time. Please contact Mount Trails customer service for any refunds
  • No refunds will be issued for no-shows

This private full-day tour that includes day hike and sightseeing around the UNESCO world’s heritage site. If you are looking for other options of longer day hike from Nagarkot, we also offer Nagarkot Dhulikhel Hiking


Day 1Nagarkot Sunrise Tour and Day hike to Changunarayan Temple

what you will do?

  • 5:00 am Pick up from the hotel and drive to Nagarkot

  • Witness the incredible sunrise views along with the views of Himalayas

  • Spend some time enjoying the breakfast with the surrounding views

  • Explore the typical villages and then starts hiking towards Changunarayan temple

  • Reach the ancient temple, Changunarayan and admire the finest architecture with the views of the valley

  • Then take a drive back to Kathmandu
  • Trip Cost Details

    Cost Include

    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by private luxury vehicle
    • Professional Hiking Guide
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Entrance fees

    Cost Exclude

    • Personal Expense
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Tipping and Gratuities (recommended)