Sankhu Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hike with Sunrise - 2 days

Sankhu Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hike with Sunrise - 2 days

Sankhu, Nagarkot, and Changunarayan 2-day hike is one of the best hikes on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Nagarkot sits atop a verdant hill framed by an endless chain of rolling green hills and towering peaks. Nagarkot is famous for its spectacular sunrise and panoramic Himalayan views. Nestled in a wooded hill lies Changu Narayan Temple, one of the most ancient Hindu temples in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal. Sankhu is a beautiful Newari town and is home to Bajrayogini temple.

The trip begins with a short drive to Sankhu and an amazing hike to Nagarkot. This hike will reward you with breathtaking views of the Himalayas from the viewpoint of Nagarkot. On clear days one can even catch a glimpse of the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest. The next day, you'll wake up early in the morning, at 4 am, to admire the mesmerizing sunrise view from Nagarkot viewpoint. Later, enjoy a beautiful hike to Changunarayan and drive back to Kathmandu.

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Trip Highlights

  • Mesmerizing sunrise view Nagarkot viepoint.
  • Walk through a forested trail to the hilltop temple of Changu Narayan
  • Hike up to Changunarayan, the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley
  • Visit Changu Narayan Temple a UNESCO World Heritage Sites -
  • Traverse the beautiful trail of Sankhu village
  • Witness the culture and lifestyle of the Newari and Tamang communities living in Nagarkot and Changunarayan

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Drive to Sakhu and hike to Nagarkot
Day 2 Morning sunrise view, then hike to Changunarayan, then drive to Kathmandu.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Drive to Sakhu and hike to Nagarkot

Sunrise View Sunrise View from Nagrkot

Today, we will start the day with a short drive to Sankhu, an ancient Newari town, and start the hike to Nagarkot. The walk from Sankhu to Nagarkot is short yet rewarding. The trail is easy and entails a gradual climb after an hour of hiking. Make sure to take breaks and drink water. Enjoy walking on the tree-lined single track; after some time, you will reach your destination for the day.

Overnight in Nagarkot

Day 2
Morning sunrise view, then hike to Changunarayan, then drive to Kathmandu.

Changunarayan Temple Changunarayan Temple - a UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal

You will begin the day with a short drive from your hotel at around 4:30 am to admire mesmerizing sunrise from Nagarkot viewpoint. Nagarkot is a popular hill station in Nepal situated at an altitude of 2,175m. Next, we hike to Changunarayan for about 4-5 hours. The hiking trail passes through Telkot village, inhabited by Tamang and Newari communities. You will reach the hilltop temple of Changunarayan, a UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal. After exploring the ancient temple, you will take a drive from Changunarayan to Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Based on 10 reviews

Latest Trip Reviews

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

Caridad Avalos
Feb 27, 2023

Nagarkot was amazing place.

It was a wonderful 2-day tour with Third Rock Adventures. We had great time and specially amazing pictures from Nagarkot's viewpoint. This tour is great if you have 2,3 days left in Nepal. We did this tour after our short Annapurna Trek with Dol guide from this company.
Bajardo Eusebio
Feb 27, 2023

Sanku Nagarkot Changunarayan Tour

Fabulous Tour!!! We loved this tour. Changu Narayan Temple was a new place for me.
Rudy Harrison
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Feb 15, 2023

Great Company

5-star service from the company. We loved their service. Highly recommended travel agency in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Molly Williamson
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Feb 14, 2023

Sankhu Nagarkot and Changu Nrayan Tour

The view from Nagarkot was breathtaking. Thanks to Naba and his team for their relentless effort for ensuring every track and I must say that the service top-notch.
Sofia Harrison
Oct 19, 2022

Sankhu Nagarkot Tour

Finally got to see the view from Nagarkot Viewpoint. We drove to Nagarkot view early in the morning and headed to Changu Narayan Temple perched in the middle of the hills. The short hike was too good. We recommend this refreshening short 2 day tour.
David Edwards
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Oct 12, 2022

Amazing 2 day tour

It was a wonderful experience doing this tour. We loved their service and the guide was an amazing person.
Hayden Riley
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Oct 10, 2022

Sankhu Nagarkot Tour

Nagarkot is truly a must-visit place near Kathmandu. We also hiked up to Changu Narayan Temple and explored village called Sakhu. The short hike was amazing and our room were good. We loved their service.
Olly Newman
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Sep 10, 2022

Amazing time!

Peter and I loved the trip. Our guide was amazing guide. We loved the early morning view from the Nagarkot viewpoint. Our short hike to Changu Nayaran and via Sankhu Nagarkot trial was an extra ordinary experience. Glad that we choose Third Rock Adventures for this trip.
Peter Thompson
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Apr 27, 2022

Beautiful Trip

I am thankful to Naba and his team for this hike with Nagarko Sunrise. Lucky that I got to taste the other side of Kathmandu. It was short and sweet adventure to Changu Nayaran and Sankhu height. Nagarkot is truly a beautiful place to explore if you have a day or two. Hihgly recommended short hike.
Georgina Parry
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Apr 23, 2022

Sankhu Hike

It was a beautiful morning in Nagarkot. We stood in awe at the beauty of the Himalayas. The hiking part was an amazing experience. Reminded me of my countryside areas, greenery everywhere. Thanks to Naba for everything

Based on 10 reviews
Very good

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