Nagarkot Day Tour

Nagarkot day hike
  • Duration1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Activity Driving and Trekking
  • Max. Altitude 2195m/7202 feet
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Best Season March to May and September to November
Group Discount Prices
1 - 3 paxUS$95
4 - 8 paxUS$85
9 - 14 paxUS$75
15 - 20 paxUS$65
Nagarkot Day Tour Highlights
  • Nagarkot and its panoramic views of the Himalayas
  • Views of Bhaktapur and Sankhu along the trail
  • A relaxing trail walk through pines and villages
  • Visit to the world-heritage site of Changu Narayan

Nagarkot Day Hike

For those with limited time and a desire to experience the basics of trekking our Nagarkot Day Hike fits the bill perfectly. Situated 32 kilometers from Kathmandu, an hour’s drive brings us to the town’s lofty perch and its glorious outlook towards the mighty Himalayas and the imposing massifs of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Gaurishankar, as well as the numerous villages scattered across the broad Kathmandu valley. Formerly an ancient fortress strategically built to overlook the various approaches to the valley, in later times it became a favored summer retreat for the royal family, then morphed again into a renowned hill station.

Nagarkot to Changunarayan Hike:

We begin the journey by heading downhill along a ridgeline that offers us a scenic outlook across the valley to Sankhu and the historic town of Bhaktapur and then make our way by several Hindu temples to a rest stop where we pause for lunch and a relaxing opportunity to observe local life. After the break, the trail picks up again and takes us through a wide stretch of pine forest that occasionally opens to reveal fleeting glimpses of the Himalayas before we finally arrive at Changu Narayan.

UNESCO-listed as a world heritage site of major significance to Hindus, Changu Narayan’s temple complex and its glorious Licchavi sculptures are a testament to the stunning artistic ability of the Newar period in Nepal, the intricately carved and lavishly decorated structure a work of art in its own right that complements the extraordinary and famous statuary. Of note is the figure of Vishnu Vikrantha, the six-armed God, as well as the lion-headed statue of Vishnu Narasimha. With a history dating back well over 1,000 years and a level of artistry amongst the finest in all of Asia, Changu Narayan truly is one of the crown jewels of Nepal’s cultural heritage.

Altogether the excursion will take approximately four to five hours depending on your walking pace, and once our visit to Changu Narayan is concluded we’ll drive back to Kathmandu.

Additionally, you may also choose Chandragiri Hill Day Hike, Nagarjun Day HikeChampa Devi Day Hike, Kathmandu city tour, and many more stunning packages.

Useful Information
  • 32 km east from Kathmandu.
  • One hour and thirty minute driving distance from Kathmandu.
  • Best spot for sunrise and sunset views.
  • Panoramic views of the Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Everest Himalayan ranges.



    At 5 am you meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby, then an hour's journey commences to the most beautiful view point Nagarkot. After exploring the sunrise with undisturbed Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Gaurishanker, Everest range, and many more outstanding snow-capped Himalaya surrounding. Likewise, we hike for 4 hrs toward the most interesting UNESCO world heritage site, Changu Narayan Temple. The exciting hike starts gradually downhill through the outskirts of Kathmandu valley and offers beautiful views of local villages, the lifestyle of people, temples, Bhaktapur, Sankhu, and Kathmandu valley. In the last part, the trail leads through the pine and Rhododendron forest and some beautiful picnic spots, which might be the final opportunity to capture panoramic Himalayan Vistas. Ultimately we reach Changu Narayan which is known as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and a major shrine of the Hindu gods Vishnu. In the end, we drive back to Kathmandu.

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    What's Included
    Cost Includes
    • Private Car with Driver
    • English-speaking professional trekking guide with his salary, meal ,and insurance
    • All necessary trekking/hiking permit 
    • Agency service charge & government tax/vat
    Cost Excludes
    • Meal, drinks, tips to guide & driver, etc.
    • Heritage sites entrance fee
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