Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike - 1 day

Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike - 1 day

Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike are one of the best day hikes from the favorite hill stations to the oldest temple in Kathmandu Valley. This 4 to 5 hours hike lets you enjoy the chain of verdant hills, views of the majestic Himalayas, unique culture and tradition, and amazing architecture decorating the religious sites.

The hike starts from Nagarkot then explores a forested path towards Changunarayan before driving to Bhaktapur city and then back to Kathmandu. The major highs of this trip is visiting two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Changunarayan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and hiking from Nagarkot hill at 2,175m in such a short period of a day. Due to the combination of all this adventure, Nagarkot to Changunarayan Hiking is one of the top day hikes around Kathmandu valley.

Trip Facts:

Departure Point

Your Hotel

Pickup Time

4:30 AM (For sunrise view, depending upon the season )


7 to 8 hours

Destination Covered

Nagarkot, Changunarayan, Bhaktapur Durbar Square

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot with views of the surrounding Himalayan range
  • Hike up to Changunarayan, the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley and a World Heritage Site
  • Explore the historical palaces of the ancient Malla kings of Nepal and ancient temples in Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Witness the culture and lifestyle of the Newari and Tamang communities living in Nagarkot and Changunarayan

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Nagarkot to Changunarayan Hike

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Nagarkot to Changunarayan Hike

Pottery Square Bhaktapur Pottery Square Bhaktapur - A man making pots.

Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot (1 hour 30 minutes, 27 km)

You will begin the day by departing at around 4:30 AM to witness the majestic sunrise in Nagarkot on time. The departure time is different depending upon the seasons. From the hotel, you will be driven to Nagarkot along with your guide. Along the way, you can witness the views of cityscapes changing to the green landscape.

Nagarkot is a hill station situated at an altitude of 2,175m on the valley's rim. It is a famous tourist destination due to the lush greenery and the clear views of the surrounding mountains, and the amazing sunrise. As you drive to the serene road of Nagarkot, filled with pine trees, you can also catch a glimpse of the Langtang, Jugal, and Ganesh mountain range on the horizon.

At Nagarkot you will hike up to the tower top to witness the sunrise hitting the milky mountain range. You can then enjoy your breakfast before beginning your hike to Changunarayan.

Hike from Nagarkot to Changunarayan Temple (4 to 5 hours)

From Nagarkot, start your hike a little further up to Telkot village. The village is inhabited by Tamang and Newari communities with terraced farms filled with rice and paddy. From Telkot, you will begin the four-hour hike along the forested trail through a partial dirt road while some of the ways are blacktopped.

Nested in the midst of a green forest on a serene hill, you will reach the hilltop temple of Changunarayan. The two-storied pagoda-styled temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the oldest temple in the valley, dating back to the Lichhavi era from 450 AD to 750 AD. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and popular for the stone pillar, wood and stone carving of ancient gods and goddesses.

Drive from Changunarayan to Bhaktapur Durbar Square (20 minutes), then drive back to Kathmandu

After exploring the ancient temple, you will take a drive from Changunarayan Temple to Bhaktapur city known best for Durbar Square's UNESCO World Heritage site. Witness the temples and statues found in Tamaudhi, Durbar, and Dattatreya Squares. Visit the ancient Nyatapola Temple, Golden Gate, Palace of 55 Windows, and other gems. Make sure you taste their famous Juju Dhau (King curd) before driving back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

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Based on 9 reviews

Latest Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Nicholas Kelly
flagsUnited Kingdom
Nov 13, 2023

Nagarkot Sunrise Hike

This hike is the best hike you can do in Kathmandu. Make sure to do with Third Rock, whose team are unbelievably amazing. They go above and beyond to serve you. Naba will meet you in person and offer you valuable insight on the hike. You will love them. Go with them.
Good Value,
Liam Ryan
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Oct 13, 2023

Nagarkot sunrise and changunarayan Hike

It was amazing hike to ChanguNarayan and Nagarkot. We had amazing time hiking on the outskirt of Kathmandu. Thanks to our guide and Naba for arranging everything perfectly. We couldn't have expected more. Lovely hike
Good Value,
Adam Cutlack
flagsNew Zealand
Oct 13, 2023

Nagarkot Hike

It was a great hike to Changu Narayan and sunrise at Nagarkot hill was magnificient. The Himalayas were colorful in the hues of dawn. Our tour guide was friendly and experienced for this tour. The price was affordable and considering the service, it was more than expected.
Best Destination,
Mateo Moore
flagsUnited States of America
Sep 04, 2023

Nagarkot Sunrise and Chandragiri Hike

Embarking on the Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike with Third Rock Adventures was a truly remarkable experience. The trip exceeded all expectations, starting with the breathtaking sunrise at Nagarkot. Watching the first rays of sunlight paint the Himalayan peaks in hues of gold and pink was a surreal moment that I'll cherish forever.The hike to Changunarayan Temple was equally captivating. Wandering through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and lush forests, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in Nepal's rich culture and history. Our knowledgeable guide provided valuable insights into the local way of life, traditions, and the significance of the temple. The architecture and artistry of Changunarayan Temple left me in awe, a testament to the country's rich heritage. Third Rock Adventures ensured a seamless and well-organized trip from start to finish. The guide's expertise and the team's attention to detail made the journey comfortable and enjoyable. For anyone visiting Kathmandu and seeking a perfect blend of nature, culture, and adventure, the Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike is an absolute must. It's an experience that showcases the beauty and spirituality of Nepal in a single unforgettable day.
Good Value,
Jaiden Ryan
flagsUnited Kingdom
Sep 04, 2023

Had best time with TRA

A must-do experience near Kathmandu! The Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike was a perfect blend of nature and culture. The sunrise view was magical, and the hike provided insights into Nepali traditions. Thanks to the knowledgeable guide and the great team at Third Rock Adventures for this fantastic trip.
Good Value,Best and Selected Tours,
Maverick Clark
Sep 04, 2023

Beautiful Hike

What a beautiful way to start the day! The Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike was a stunning adventure. The sunrise from Nagarkot was a mesmerizing experience, and the hike to Changunarayan Temple was a cultural treat. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, making the entire trip enjoyable
Best Destination,Good Value,
Edward Acevedo
flagsUnited States of America
Sep 04, 2023

Amazing Trip

I had an incredible experience on the Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan Hike with Third Rock Adventures. The sunrise view from Nagarkot was simply breathtaking, and the hike to Changunarayan Temple allowed me to immerse myself in Nepal's rich culture and history. The guide was knowledgeable and attentive, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey. Overall, it was a well-organized and memorable trip that I highly recommend to anyone visiting Nepal.
Best and Selected Tours,
Ben Perry
flagsUnited States of America
Apr 08, 2022

Lovely Hike

It was an energetic early morning hike with an amazing guide. The hike is along a trail in good condition that has a couple of hills but was a pleasant hike. Nagarkot is a perfect place to enjoy lovely views of the Himalayas and lush hills.
Hayden Davies
flagsUnited States of America
Apr 08, 2022

Wonderful Trip

We got to embrace the beautiful sunrise from the top of the tower. Our great guide took us through beautiful villages and helped us with many small details of the places, and people.

Based on 9 reviews
Very good

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