Nagarkot Sunrise and Hiking Tour with Sightseeing - 4 days

Nagarkot Sunrise and Hiking Tour with Sightseeing - 4 days

Kathmandu - Nagarkot Sunrise and Hiking tour with sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sits combines the cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with Nagarkot sunrise and a day hike to Changunarayan temple. This short 4-day tour can be the best excursion tour while you have a limited time frame in Nepal.

You’ll begin this tour with cultural sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Explore 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple) that reflect the epic ancient art and culture of Kathmandu valley. The next day you’ll take an early morning drive to Nagarkot to witness alluring sunrise and awe-inspiring Himalayan panoramas. Likewise, you’ll hike down to Changu Narayan temple. This oldest temple will amaze you with its ancient architecture and fine arts dating back to the 5th century. After exploring the temple, you’ll transfer back to Kathmandu.

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

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Kathmandu valley and visit several religious and historical sites
  • Learn about the history of the ancient city of Kathmandu
  • Enjoy the magnificent Himalayan views and glorious sunrise from Nagarkot 
  • A short hike to ancient Changu Narayan Temple, which is one of the seven World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley 
  • A short-day hike to Dhulikhel from Nagarkot and discover the rural village life 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Kathmandu City Tour -Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple
Day 3 Morning Sunrise from Nagarkot and Hiking tour (Changu Narayan or Dhulikhel)
Day 4 Departure from Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will welcome you. After completing airport formalities, you’ll drive to the heart of the capital city Thamel. Once you reach the hotel, you’ll get some to freshen up.

After resting for a while, you’ll attend a small trip meeting at our head office. Your tour guide will briefly explain the Kathmandu - Nagarkot Sunrise and Hiking tour itinerary. If you have any doubts, you can put them here. Later in the evening, you can explore the popular tourist hub of Thamel.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 2
Kathmandu City Tour -Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple

Pashupatinath Temple Pashupatinath Temple - the holiest temple of Hindus

Today, you’ll explore the Kathmandu Valley and visit UNESCO world heritage sites that hold the historical and cultural significance of the capital city from ancient times. Kathmandu is a beautiful capital city that blends cultural richness with crazy modern aspects.

You’ll begin the Kathmandu city tour with the Kathmandu Durbar Square visit at Basantapur. Within the inner complex of Durbar Square is an Old Royal Palace that has been turned into a museum referred to as the Hanuman Dhokha Palace. The outer complex consists of several ancient temples built in the Newari architectural style, including Jagannath, Mahendreswara, Shiva Parvati, Taleju, Kal Bhairav temple, Kumari Ghar (a house of only living Goddess of Kumari), etc.

Next, you will go to the awe-inspiring Boudhanath Stupa, a sacred pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. In Boudha’s streets, you can explore Tibetan food, beautiful Buddhist monasteries, and traditional Thanka paintings. Finally, you’ll visit the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath temple for evening aarti or Swayambhunath temple (also called as Monkey temple) for the panoramic sunset over the valley, hills, and mountains.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 3
Morning Sunrise from Nagarkot and Hiking tour (Changu Narayan or Dhulikhel)

Early morning, your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel. After that, you’ll head towards Nagarkot for the glorious sunrise. It’ll take around an hour drive to reach Nagarkot. You’ll get stunned by the majestic sunrise view over the ranges of the Himalayas. After watching the early sunrise and creating a lifetime memory, you’ll start a day hike to Changunarayan temple.

At first, you’ll walk downhill to Telkot (Bhaktapur) for an hour. Then the trail goes through picturesque, terraced fields of seasonal plants. Then after a couple of hours, you’ll reach Changu Narayan temple, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a two-story pagoda-style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and surrounded by ancient carvings and statues. After completing your hiking tour, you’ll get back to Kathmandu. Get refreshed and explore the Thamel area.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Note: There is an option for a day hike to Dhulikhel through green forests and lush vegetation. You’ll also get stunning views of the Himalayas. You can end this easy hike at Nala or Banepa, which makes it 1 hour shorter. So, this short hiking trail is wonderful for catching unique landscapes, mountain views, and village life. You can consult with the tour guide. He will set the best itinerary based on your preferences. 

Day 4
Departure from Kathmandu

After breakfast, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport three hours before your departure flight. Besides, if you want to extend your vacation, we offer many trekking and tour pancakes. WhatsApp or contact us to find out the best adventures around you!

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Based on 4 reviews

Latest Trip Reviews

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

Charlie Currie
Mar 24, 2023

Nagarkot Sunrise Tour

This is a great itienrary if you have short days in Nepal. The sunrise is amazing from the nagarkot hill. The company has great service and operation you may never have expected. Just contact Naba and you are all set. Also the price are too good to be true. Just talk with Naba,
Josh Ryan
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Mar 23, 2023

Nagarkot Sunrise

I've no words to explain about this tour. Nagarkot is no less than any trek in Everest region. We reached the viewpoint at the earliest hour to witness and awe at the magical sunrise. The hiking was so pleasant and rewarding. Thanks to my brother Naba, the owner of the company for all his effort.
Lacey Wilkinson
flagsUnited Kingdom
Mar 22, 2023

Great Time in Nepal

We were just back from our India Tour and wanted to fly to Nepal for our last week for great time. We contacted Naba at the midnight and he surprisingly messaged us at the very time. We talked on Whatsapp and finalized the 7-day tour. We included Nagarkot Sunrise and Hiking around Kathmandu and also mountain flight. Naba made the best customized itinerary to which we agreed. Everything was so well. Guess what, we will be doing ABC trek next year with Naba's company
Amir Marks
flagsUnited States of America
Feb 14, 2023

Nagarkot Sunrise View

Third Rock Adventure managed great food, good vehichle, cosy room and expereinced guide for Nagarkot Sunrise Tour. We spent 4 days with TRA and had the best experience. The main highlight was the superb sunrise view from Nagarkot. We are thankful to the team for their great service and support. We will definitely contact them for trek to Nepal in 2024.

Based on 4 reviews
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