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    Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike


    • Panoramic view of many Himalayan Ranges of Nepal.
    • Changunarayan Temple: Least visited World Heritage site in Nepal.
    • Outstanding sunrise view from Nagarkot View Tower in the lap of the Himalayas.
    • Short hiking experience on the natural landscape from Nagarkot to Changunarayan.
    • Nagarkot Buddha Peace Park: A beautiful park with a statue of Lord Buddha and a garden on the hiking trail.
    • Destination
    • Durations
      9 hrs
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy Trip
    • Activities
      Hike and Hiking
    • Vehicle
      Private Vehicle
    • Max. People

    Introduction - Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike

    Nagarkot is a scenic spot in the Bhaktapur district. The hill of Nagarkot is a scenic view spot in the region at an altitude of 2175 meters. Nagarkot is famous for its view tower at the top of the hills. The Nagarkot village is a great place for scenic natural beauty and panoramic views of mountains, so it is a go-to destination for local and foreign tourists. You can see eight Himalayan ranges from the Nagarkot view tower in clear weather conditions. The ranges you can observe include

    • Annapurna Range
    • Ganesh Himal Range
    • Manaslu Range
    • Mahalangur Range
    • Rolwaling Range
    • Numbur Range
    • Langtang Range
    • Jugal Range

    Not only the ranges but you can also see the views of Kathmandu Valley and Shivapuri National Park from the Nagarkot View Tower. Not only is the view of the Himalayas and valley of Kathmandu, but you can also enjoy a nature hiking opportunity from Nagarkot. The main hiking destination from Nagarkot is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Bhaktapur district, Changunarayan Temple.

    The Changunarayan Temple is regarded as the oldest temple in Nepal's history. The temple is at an elevation of 1543 meters. The temple is also called Changu and Dolagiri by the locals. The temple of Changunarayan is located on a hilltop surrounded by Champak trees. The village where the temple is located is also called Changu. The temple was made in a unique style and has not been replicated in other temples. The Changunarayan temple has its unique Nepali-style architecture with sculptures of Lord Vishnu surrounding it.

    The single-day tour to Nagarkot View Tower for amazing sunrise and then hike to Changunarayan Temple can be your lifetime experience in the Kathmandu Valley. You can get to enjoy the scenic view on the way to Nagarkot till you reach Changunarayan and end with a religious and historical heritage site tour along with a nature hike from Nagarkot to Changunarayan. So, join us, Himalayan Advisor on this mesmerizing trip during your stay in Kathmandu.

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    Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike Itinerary

    Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike

    Outline Itinerary

    Stop At: Nagarkot View Tower

    Stop At: Nagarkot Buddha Peace Park

    Stop At: Changunarayan Temple

    Detail Itinerary

    Stop At: Nagarkot View Tower

    You will start the trip before sunrise. Get up early in the morning and freshen up as we will pick you up at 4 a.m. or before so that we will not miss the sunrise. We will drive to Nagarkot View Tower. It will take about an hour and a half to reach the tower. We can see the glistening snowy mountains as the first ray of the sun hits the mountain peaks with the color of the tip of the peaks changing from bright orange to red and snowy white. Not only are the views of mountain ranges and peaks like Annapurna, Mt. Everest, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu, but the view of Kathmandu Valley and Shivapuri National Park is amazing. After spending some time there, we will hike down to Changunarayan.

    Stop At: Nagarkot Buddha Peace Park

    As we walk toward the temple of Changunarayan, we will visit a Buddhist Park. The park is along our path to the Changunarayan Temple. The Nagarkot Buddha Peace Park is surrounded by the beautiful ambiance of hills and terraces. It has a statue of Gautam Buddha with managed garden and prayer flags. The floors are tiled with stone slates. It can be considered a resting spot with a view of the jungle. After spending some time there, we will start the hike toward Changunarayan Temple.

    Stop At: Changunarayan Temple

    As we move forward on the hike, we will pass the local villages of Tamang and Newars and terraced hillsides. We will stop for local foods served by the family-run eateries on the route. After reaching the temple, let's admire the beauty of the temple as many traditional artisans spent many days creating the masterpiece. As we roam around the temple, we can see 4 entrances guarded by stone statues of beasts such as lions, griffins, elephants, and sarabhas. There are temples of other deities like Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna in the vicinity of Changunarayan Temple. The main temple is a two-floor housing Lord Vishnu and his many forms. We can see carvings of snakes, stone pillars with chakras, khadga, kamal, and sankha, and Sanskrit inscriptions. After enjoying the cultural heritage of Changunarayan, we will mark the end of this "tour to Nagarkot and hike to Changunarayan temple" and drop you back at your hotel.

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    Cost Details

    What's Included

    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - Changu Narayan
    • Transportation (hotel pickup & drop)
    • Entry/Admission - Nagarkot View Tower
    • Fees (admission, fuel surcharge, parking, entry)



    What's Excluded

    • Food and 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.

    No group joining date available! you can make a request for private date

    Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike FAQS

    Essential Information

    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • The trip starts at 4 in the morning
    • 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
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • We recommend you bring warm clothing during winter
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Traveler pickup is offered in any hotel inside ring road including the Bouddha and Bhaktapur areas.
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