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    Changunarayan to Nagarkot Day Hike


    • Panoramic view of many Himalayan Ranges of Nepal
    • Single-day immersive cultural and natural heritage site visit
    • Nagarkot Hill Station: a popular by-demand hill station around Kathmandu valley
    • Local Newar and Tamang villages, and picturesque landscapes and forest pathways
    • Changunarayan Temple: 7th-century temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site of Nepal
    • Short hiking experience on the natural landscape from Changunarayan temple to Nagarkot View Point
    • Destination
    • Durations
      9 hrs
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy Trip
    • Activities
      Hike and Hiking
    • Meals
      Breakfast or Lunch
    • Vehicle
      Private Vehicle
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    Introduction - Changunarayan to Nagarkot Day Hike

    The Changunarayan Nagarkot Day hike is another way around to visit Nagarkot. Usually, people wake up a few hours before sunrise, drive to Nagarkot for an excellent sunrise view and then hike down to Changunarayan. But it is the exact opposite. If waking up before dawn is difficult for you, then let us hike from Changunarayan to Nagarkot for the same panoramic view of the Himalayas. You can also opt for the Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike.

    In this 1-day hike, you can experience the cultural and natural heritage of Nepal in a single trip which includes private transportation and a nature hike. The journey starts from your hotel or pickup point. You will drive through the ancient village of Bhaktapur to reach Changunarayan temple. Then traverse the temple area. The old temple is on a hilltop surrounded by a champak tree forest. It has sculptures of Lord Vishnu and other deities surrounding it. After you visit the temple, the hike will start to Nagarkot. You will traverse the hills of Nepal with a quaint environment. After you reach Nagarkot, explore the area and have a scenic view of Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Numbur, Jugal, Ganesh Himal, Mahalangur, Langtang, and Rolwaling. The lovely view of Kathmandu valley and a glimpse of Shivapuri National Park is also very eye-catching below the Himalayan foot. The trip ends as you ride a private vehicle back to Kathmandu and reach your drop-off location.

    The single-day hike from Changunarayan to Nagarkot is an excellent trip with a scenic nature view of the vast lands of Kathmandu valley, beautiful forested hills, snowy Himalayan ranges, and the cultural heritage site of Changunarayan Temple. Join us, Himalayan Advisor, on the stunning day trip and hike to Nagarkot.

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    Changunarayan to Nagarkot Day Hike Itinerary

    Day Hike from Changunarayan to Nagarkot

    Note: The exact time given below may vary due to various reasons like high traffic and other factors.

    7:30 am: Pick up and drive to Changunarayan Temple

    Be ready for the trip after your breakfast at 7:30 am. We will pick you up from the hotel or any pickup location inside the new road, Bouddha area, or Bhaktapur. Then we will drive to Changunarayan Temple. It will be an hour's drive through the city area, old Bhaktapur city, and parse villages like the region to the temple of Changunarayan.

    • Duration: 1 hrs drive
    • Distance: about 20km
    • Highest Altitude: 1543m/5063ft


    8:30 am: Explore Changunarayan

    After reaching Changunarayan, we will explore the oldest temple of Nepal before climbing up to Nagarkot View Tour. The Changunarayan temple is an old Nepali architectural, cultural and religious heritage. The style in which the two-floor temple is made is unknown, so it is an ancient Nepali architectural style temple. The main temple has Lord Vishnu as the main deity along with statues of other deities around the temple. There are stone statues of beasts with the historical pillar. The carvings on the walls and windows are intricate and beautiful. So the temple is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal. After exploring the temple, we will hike to Nagarkot View Tower.

    • Duration: -
    • Distance: -
    • Highest Altitude: 1543m/5063ft


    9:30 am: Hike to Nagarkot View Tower

    After the Changunarayan Site visit, we will hike toward the Nagarkot View Tower. We will pass several local Newar and Tamang villages with local family-run eateries. It will take us roughly 4 hours or more to reach Nagarkot viewpoint. It is an easy hike with mostly even trails surrounded by forest. We will have lunch along the way to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is one of the popular demand viewpoints famous for its panoramic views, sunrise, and sunset.

    • Duration: 4 hrs hike
    • Distance: approx. 17km
    • Highest Altitude: 2175m/7135ft


    1:30 pm: Explore Nagarkot and drive back to Kathmandu

    As we reach Nagarkot, we will first wait for our turn to climb up the view tower. It has the most amazing views of the great mountain peaks and Kathmandu valley. You can see peaks like Annapurna, Mt. Everest, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu, which include eight mountain ranges, terraced lands, forests, and eye-catching trails. After spending quality time in the Nagarkot and capturing the beauty of the place, we will descend down-hills to catch our ride back to Kathmandu. We will reach Kathmandu in a few hours. We will drop you at the hotel or pickup point, whichever is convenient for you concluding our day trip.

    • Duration: 1 and half-hour drive
    • Distance: 30km
    • Highest Altitude: 1400m/4593ft
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    Cost Details

    What's Included

    • Transportation (hotel pickup & drop)
    • Entry/Admission - Changu Narayan
    • Entry/Admission - Nagarkot View Tower
    • Professional guide
    • Lunch

    What's Excluded

    • Drinks
    • Personal Expenses
    • Gratuities (Recommended)

    Dates & Availability

    The list of group joining dates is available below. Select the date that matches your holiday schedule and join new people with similar interests. If any of the group joining dates do not match your schedule, CONTACT US and we will make one for you.

    For private trip, go to the "Private Trip" tab and give us the details. We will get in touch with you ASAP.

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    Changunarayan to Nagarkot Day Hike FAQS

    Essential Information

    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Returns to the original departure point
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • The duration of the trip will not exceed 12 hours
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
    • We recommend you bring warm clothing during winter
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Not recommended for people with heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Traveler pickup is offered in any hotel inside ring road including the Bouddha and Bhaktapur areas.
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