Nagarkot Changunarayan Day Hike is a perfect day hiking near Kathmandu valley. This hike offers us spectacular mountain panorama, 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, this 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.
Leave Nagarkot as the tour also offers 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. Enjoy the amazing views and explore the pagoda style temple as you reach at the top hill with an exciting journey.
Nagarkot offers one of the best sunrise views along the panoramic Himalayas. Your guide will receive you from the hotel early in the morning (4:45 AM) and we begin our drive for Nagarkot. It will be better if you reach there as earlier as possible. 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). After breakfast, we start our hike at 8:00 AM. The serenity of the atmosphere, cool breeze, and the mountain panorama will fascinate every kind of travelers in Nagarkot.
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.
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
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