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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 8-hour Nagrkot sunrise and hiking tour, from Kathmandu
  • View the Himalayas in first light of day from Nagarkot
  • Follow your guide on an easy 4-hour 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

What You Can Expect

Nagarkot Sunrise View and Day Hiking from Kathmandu

Countryside view from Nagarkot.

Start your day with early morning pickup at your hotel in Kathmandu, departing the city while the sky is still dark, around 4am – 5am depending on the season.

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.

Customer Reviews

Chetan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Being short for time on our 3 day whistle stop tour of Nepal we decided to book this tour to give us a taste of the Nepali Mountains and hiking.
The tour did not disappoint. We were collected early morning and driven to watch the beautiful sunrise over the mountains. The driver got us there early so we managed to get a fantastic spot.
We then had a delicious traditional breakfast in one of the mountain villages before heading off down the hill on our Trek. Our gide Hari was fantastic and very patient. This trip really shows you what rural Nepali living is like, you also get to visit some amazing temples and the views are unbelievable. Highly Recommend.

Clara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was amazing! Started the day off with a beautiful, peaceful sunrise over the mountains. After a good 1.5 hours gazing at the sun, had some Nepali milk tea and roti for breakfast which was delicious, and began the hike. I really enjoyed walking through rural villages and ending at the Changu Narayan Temple. Our guide answered our questions and was excited to share his culture with us. Would definitely recommend this hike!

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