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Nagarkot
Nagarkot, a small town on the eastern edge of the Kathmandu Valley, is popular for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalaya. On a clear day, it’s possible to see Mount Everest to the northeast and the Annapurna ranges to the northwest. There are many places to stay within Nagarkot and cultural attractions, too.

The Basics
Located just 20 miles (32 kilometers) from central Kathmandu, Nagarkot is a popular day trip for its clear mountain views. On a high ridge at 7,136 feet (2,175 meters), the town is surrounded by thick pine forests, which allow for day hikes or longer treks to surrounding towns. Guided tours often arrive for sunrise and may include a hike. Others visit as part of a longer tour or stay overnight for sunset and sunrise. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Although Nagarkot is not far from Kathmandu, poor roads mean it can take three hours to reach.
  • Some accommodations in Nagarkot have mountain views—request them if that’s your preference.
  • The viewing tower is a great place from which to snap a photo. Arrive well in advance of sunrise or sunset to get a good spot.

How to Get There
Nagarkot is accessible by public bus, but from Kathmandu it requires a change in Bhaktapur. The most direct way is to take a tour that includes transport, hire a taxi from Kathmandu for the day, or arrange for drop-off and next-day pickup with a driver.

When to Get There
The mountain views are clearest in winter (December-February), although it can get cold at the high altitude. November is slightly warmer, and has a high chance of clear views. Avoid Nagarkot during the monsoon (June-August), as views are generally poor and the road condition are particularly bad.

Hike to Changu Narayan
A good day hike from Nagarkot is to Changu Narayan, home to the oldest temple in Nepal. The approximately 4-hour hike is mostly downhill from Nagarkot, through forested hills, terraced farmland, and small villages. For the best experience, join a guided tour with all transportation included, or arrange to stay in Nagarkot overnight and set out for Changu Narayan in the morning. From Changu Narayan, take a bus or taxi back to Bhaktapur or Kathmandu.
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Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu

Discover Nepal's scenery and culture during a leisurely hiking tour that includes an early morning arrival in Nagarkot for the sunrise. Watch the distant Himalayas catch the morning light, then hike for about four hours to reach Changu Narayan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass through Brahmin, Tamang and Newari villages along the way, and stop to purchase breakfast and lunch at small restaurants for an authentic local experience. Includes round-trip transport in a private vehicle from Kathmandu.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Full Day Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu

See the majestic Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, on a full-day tour from Kathmandu to Nagarkot. Hike for four hours downhill among the mountain scenery, visiting villages and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple Changu Narayan along the way. If the skies are clear, you can view the Himalayan mountains. Includes guide, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Kathmandu.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day Hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan with Transfer from Kathmandu

Embark on a privately guided day hike from the hill station of Nagarkot to reach Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set out early for the 45-minute drive east of the Kathmandu Valley and view the sunrise as it crests over the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest and Annapurna. The moderate 4-hour hike from Nagarkot to the pagoda-style Hindu temple takes you past remote villages. Enjoy an authentic Nepalese lunch before return transport by private vehicle.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Nagarkot Guided Day Trek from Kathmandu

Depart from Kathmandu for a full-day of trekking, starting from the small village of Sankhu and journeying to picturesque Nagarkot. Located within easy reach of Kathmandu, your trek takes you past small villages and farms where you see local life up close. Be amazed by stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas (on a clear day), including Mt Everest. Your experienced guide shares informative commentary about the region and the effects of the powerful 2015 earthquake in Nepal as you journey through this incredible landscape.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Nagarkot Sunrise Tour from Kathmandu

Rather than search for transport in the middle of the night, plan ahead to appreciate perhaps Nepal’s most beautiful sunrise. Photographers and Instagrammers will thrill to the serene beauty of the snow-capped Himalayas as seen from the hill-top village of Nagarkot—on a clear day, you can even see the tip of Everest.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private 3-Day Scenic Nepal Trek from Kathmandu

Trek in the Himalayan foothills around Kathmandu with the reassurance of a guide, on this three-day trip. On this private trek you can set your own pace, yet still be motivated along by your helpful guide. This trail includes cultural and natural highlights around the hill towns of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, including beautiful sunsets over the Himalayan range.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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4-Day Kathmandu Valley Trekking Tour Including Bhaktapur

Explore the Kathmandu Valley with an expert local guide on a rugged 4-day tour that includes three days of trekking. Hike through Shivapuri National Park to the medieval village of Bhaktapur where you have free time to explore. Get an intimate experience of Nepali life while staying at basic yet comfortable teahouses with welcoming hosts. Visit small towns and ancient temples, watch magnificent sunrises, and marvel at the majestic Himalayas. This small-group hiking tour operates with a maximum of 12 people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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6-Night Pokhara and Nagarkot Tour from Kathmandu

Discover all that Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Nagarkot have to offer on a 6-night tour of Nepal. This excursion is perfect for travelers who want to skip exhausting planning and focus on the adventure. Forget combing through hotel reviews and bus timetables, as six nights of accommodation and all transportation is included. Highlights of the tour include include Annapurna, the Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake, and spectacular views of the Himalayas.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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