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Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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icon8 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

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.
  • Private Nagrkot sunrise and hiking tour, from Kathmandu
  • View the Himalayas in first light of day from Nagarkot
  • Follow your guide on an easy hike that is mostly downhill
  • Visit Changu Narayan Temple, a World Heritage Site
  • Stop at locally owned restaurants in small villages
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Kathmandu
Start your day with early morning pickup at your hotel in Kathmandu, departing the city while the sky is still dark.

Your private vehicle follows the 27-mile (42-km) road to Nagarkot Hill  where you get the chance to watch the sun rise over the mighty Himalayas. On a clear day, you can see Gosainkunda, Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the Annapurna Mountains.

Stop at a restaurant in Nagarkot for breakfast (own expense), then follow your guide along the trail to Changu Narayan, a route that passes through Brahmin and Tamang villages with terraced farms on hillsides that overlook Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayas. The trek is mostly downhill, offering an easy hike that is suitable for most people.

Hike for as long as four hours to reach Changu Narayan Temple, one of the least–visited of Nepal's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Artisans in the Newari village create wood and stone carvings. Have the option to try Newari dishes for lunch (own expense) and experience the hospitality of the local people.

After lunch, a private vehicle returns you to your Kathmandu hotel where your tour ends.

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A downhill hike through rural villages
Nari1Nari
, Oct 2019
First and foremost if you book this tour expect a high chance of not seeing the sunrise or even the mountain range. My guide told me that (mid-October) out of the 4 days he did the sunrise tour only 1 of those days was clear enough for a view. I did not set all of my expectations on the sunrise and view so I was not too disappointed. The trip started with the driver and my guide (Madan) picked me up at my hotel at 4:20am. We took a very bumpy ride to Nagarkot (don't expect to nap on the way there!) and arrived about 20-30 minutes before sunrise. As it was foggy, we went into the village and had breakfast (not included in the booking). Madan was nice enough to lend me cash since I didn't have any on me at the time. I paid him back at the end of the day. After breakfast and Madan and the driver took a smoke break, we started the walk. If you're a fast walker, it could take 1.5 hours but if you top and take your time like me to take photos and chat with Madan it could take 2.5-3 hours. I was expecting a hike through a small trail but actually we just walked through the villages the whole time. You get to see how people like in the hills, children going to school, and lots of farm animals! We also stopped at a recently build Buddhist monument with a great view of the hills and valley and afterwards a Hindu temple before meeting up with the driver. Madan and I had some great discussion and he answered all of my questions and was easy to understand. The driver then took us a few kilometers to a more touristic town (Madan paid for the entrance) with Hindu temples. The drive was beautiful and the driver was kind enough to stop when I was taking my photos! If we had more time, you could stop and buy some things but we were all a bit tired at the end so we did not stay long there before heading back to a lot of traffic jams in Kathmandu. They were also kind enough to drop me off near Thamel instead of my hotel when I asked. Overall I would recommend this tour or the tour without the sunrise (if you want a bit more sleep) if you are looking for experience to see how people in the hills live and want to get out of the busy capital for a day. The hike is also very easy!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi Narimane, Thank you so much for taking a service with us and sharing your experience here. Your detail and honest review is highly appreciated. We are extremely looking forward to see you again and hope we can serve you again.
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Easy stroll through nepals mountain villages
whyvonnie1
, Oct 2019
Sunrise was beautiful, then we strolled down hill through mountain villages and got a real glimpse into Nepal village life. A very enjoyable few hours. Bidur our guide was great.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Namaste! Thank you very much for taking a service with us and glad that you enjoyed the trip with our guide Bidur.
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Amazing experience
davidbebbington1965
, Sep 2019
This trek was an an amazing experience. Sunries over the Himalayas with an easy walk down the valley
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi David, Thank you so much for taking a trip with us and giving us valuable suggestion. We try to improvement in our service in coming days. Have a good time! Namaste!
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Ankara M
, Sep 2019
Nice Hiking and easy one :), we have enjoy amzing views and the traditional life on the village while heading down from Nagarkot. Guider has explained us about Nepal's life, culture and religions, it was quite interesting. The only thing i didnt like, it was that the guider was like pushing us too much to go or stop only in specific store for people he knew; even when we understand you guys are supporting each other; sometime the tourists/people just need to make a quick stop for water, regarless is we are close or far from your preferred place. Also we really apprettiated all the religions explanations but for us it was sometimes too much, kind of fanatic and on top not respectfull at all with other belivings, even when we are open minded and not attached to any religion, for any other tourist or people could be offensive and not nice at all. The people working in this touristic field need to understand that we should be open and respectful about other cultures, religions, etc. I like to trave a lot to lear about other culture, reigions etc.; but when the conversation turns into fanatism or lack of respect about others, I completely loose my attention to the guider, as for me is not interesting anymore, specially when you want to demostrate that a culture/reigion is better than another; i will respect your opinion but my interest for your explanation or conversation is gone, as i will not keep same motivation to listen, it's a shame. Appart from that, the experience it was really good.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi Ankara, Thank you very much for taking our service and giving us your feedback here. we highly appreciated and it help us to improve our service in coming days. we respect all religion and be sure it won't happen by our guide again. we love to see you again in our country and have a wonderful time.
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Great day!!
Bianca372
, Aug 2019
The morning view was fantastic and the walk an enjoyable pace. Our guide Shishir was very kind and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour highly!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi Bianca, Thank you so much for your review and taking a service with us. We would love to provide our service again in coming days. Hope to see you again in Nepal.
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Wonderful early morning view over the Kathmandu valley
585erice
, Aug 2019
A great way to start your day with a sensational view and then an interesting 11 k Walk - many thanks to Madan Thapa for taking us
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Namaste! Thank you so much for taking a service with us. We loved to provide our service in hills of Nepal and looking forward to see you again. Have a nice day.
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Excellent
nguyenhongyen-hlu
, Jul 2019
It was rainy in that day so we could not able to go to Nagarkot, but Agency arranged us a temples Tour with a so kind and great guider. I do not remember exactly his name, maybe is SOM. Thank you so much for your supports us in Kathmandu. I will recommend you to my family and friends if they come to Nepal. Thanks a lot
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Hi Nguyen, Thank you very much for booking a trip with us and sorry to say we couldn't take you to Nagarkot due to heavy rain your visit. As an option you look happy and we are glad to organize your trip in Kathmandu. Thank you again for recommending your family to visit this beautiful Nepal and we are certainly looking forward to organize a trip again. Namaste!
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Excellent host and tour
Hsr114
, Jun 2019
Our guide, Shishir, was wonderfully kind and knowledgeable on the sites of Nagarkot. He made sure our group was comfortable the entire trip. The hike itself was mostly downhill and not difficult, but we opted out of the 2nd half of the hike due to the heat. The hotel pick up and drop off were also very good. Overall the trip was good and would recommend to any traveler.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Namaste! Thank you very much for buying the service of day hiking with us. Glad that you had a wonderful trip with our guide Shishir. We love to provide any travel service in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan for coming days. Feel free to drop an email for further services.
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Really lovely way to spend the day
NariM1008
, May 2019
I came to Nepal on business, which unfortunately did not leave a lot of time for trekking and being outdoors. This day trip was a really convenient, easy, and straightforward way to experience some of the reasons people come to Nepal. Watching the sun rise over the Himalayas was a magnificent way to start the day, and the day hike was a great opportunity to see country life up-close. Shishir, our guide, was knowledgeable, accommodating, and willing to go above and beyond to ensure we had a positive experience. I highly recommend both him and this day trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hi Narine, Thank you very much for taking short experience in the mountainside of Nepali Hills. Your sounds well and we love to show you more mountains and Himalayas in the coming days. Thanks for sharing your experience with our guide Shishir. Love to see you again. Namaste!
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Should not miss
Dávid S
, May 2019
Amazing trip amongst local villages, beautiful views with a superb guide and staff, I would highly recommend it
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hi David, Thank you so much for taking the service with us. We are glad to organize your beautiful trip to Nepal and looking forward to organizing the trip again in coming years.

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