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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.

Highlights

  • 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.

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