Escape away from the hustling and bustling Kathmandu city and make your way to the popular scenic destination Nagarkot. Prominent for its outstanding sunrise and sunset vistas, nestled within tranquil surroundings encircled by lush forests, Nagarkot emerges as one of the most sparkling destinations in the vicinity of Kathmandu.

Nagarkot Sunrise Tour proffers a flawless day trip for Kathmandu sightseers searching for a serene escape from the city scurry, and a chance to immerse themselves in the spectacular natural vistas and cultural insights.

Be amazed at the incredible sunrise scenery from the cherished Nagarkot hill station. Also, Nagarkot presents an awe-inspiring outlook enclosing eight lofty ranges: the Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Mahalangur range, Jugal range, and Rolwaling ranges, among Nepal's Himalayan ranges which assuredly make awe for a moment.

Additionally, visitors can relish the bird’s eye views of the entire Kathmandu Valley and Shivapuri National Park from this scenic Nagarkot vantage point. This amazing Nagarkot tour also adds a short hiking experience to the UNESCO world heritage site Changunarayan Temple, devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu and considered the oldest temple in Nepal.

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Key attractions of the Nagarkot Sunrise Tour

  • Enjoy a scenic and comfortable drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot.
  • Mesmerized with the golden sunrise view over the awe-inspiring Himalayas.
  • Capture the magnificent scenery of the Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Mahalangur range, and Jugal range.
  • Walk along the trail filled with serene green woodland of rhododendron, pine, fir, and oaks tree lines.
  • Visit the world’s UNESCO heritage site, Changunarayan Temple.

Itinerary of Nagarkot Sunrise Tour

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Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot viewpoint, and a short hike to Changunarayan Temple and then drive back to Kathmandu.

The main highlights of the journey are the sunrise view and mountain view, in accordance the tours take place early morning around 4 am. You will be picked up by the hotel in Kathmandu and with fresh air enjoy a picturesque drive to Nagarkot passing through green hills, delightful landscapes and the surrounding nature. Upon arrival, be ready to capture the mesmerizing sunrise views along with majestic lofty peaks. Relish on the unbelievable sights and capture everything the Nagarkot Sunrise Tour has to offer – the experience will be amazing!

After that, enjoy breakfast at Nagarkot Hotel and prepare yourself for a short hike to the must-visit destination Changunarayan Temple. Explore one of the world’s heritage sites which showcases the cultural and historical ambience. Interact with the locals and get insights about their daily lifestyle. Later on, head back to Kathmandu retracing the same path.

Immerse yourself in the stunning Nagarkot Sunrise.

Nagarkot Sunrise Tourblends cultural absorption, and beautiful scenery and offers an indelible experience, unveiling Nepal's enthralling landscapes and sprightly heritage. From the lush green hills and mountain scenery to the exploration of cultural Changunarayan Temple, the Nagarkot Sunrise Tour is a complete fun package.

An early morning journey to the scenic vantage points of Nagarkot, where you'll witness the splendid sight of the sun rising over the imposing Himalayas. As the first ray of light elegance, the towering peaks are fascinated by an extensive vista of the world's most incredible mountain range, with the chance of catching glances of Mount Everest in the distance. This serene prominence of natural splendour, enclosed by the peaceful aura of Nagarkot, marks a perfect beginning to a fulfilling day, evincing this tour as a lifetime experience for all travellers to Nepal.

Discover the wonders of the Changunarayan Temple.

Nagarkot Sunrise Tour adds charm with a cultural exploration hike to Changunarayan Temple – considered the oldest temple back to the Lichhavi period in the history of Nepal. Within 3-4 hours hiking from Nagarkot the journey leads to the religious as well as cultural sites of Nepal. Look out on the temple boasts elegant stone and wood carvings, exhibiting traditional Nepali craftsmanship. Its architectural style is unique, neither entirely Shikhara nor Pagoda. On reaching the hilltop of Changunarayan Temple, travellers find themselves encircled by the beautiful Champak trees. Within the temple's courtyard, statues of Lord Vishnu and other deities stand keeper.

Each of the temple's four entrances is guarded by life-sized devils. Intricate carvings embellish the struts and doors, a monument to the artistic and architectural skill of ancient Nepal. Upon entering through the main gate or east entrance, experience varied monuments such as Historical Pillars, Garuda, Chanda Narayan, Sridhar Vishnu, Vishworup, Narasimha, Kileshwor, and more. Tantric sculptures and carvings also flourish near Changunarayan. After exploring the temple's wonders, begin their journey from Changunarayan.

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Embark on a brief hiking Adventure

Tour to Nagarkot sunrise immensely offers a captivating journey through verdant pines, past terraced farms inclined by local villagers, where awe-inspiring mountains varnish the skyline and lush forests gestures. Winding the trail into the charming villages showcases the local’s lifestyles, cultures, traditions as well as customs. Immerse yourself in the serene enclasp of nature as you twist along the path, encircled by a reviving ambience.

As you venture further, pass through the beautiful communities of Brahmins, Newars, and Tamangs, each granting a glimpse into their affluent cultural heritage. Walk in the gravelled roads and local trails, eventually making your way towards Changunarayan, where history and spirituality coincide.

Experience the enchantment of Nagarkot's sunrise and entertain in a day of exploration amidst delightful landscapes, all just a short tour away from Kathmandu.

The Adaptable Nagarkot Sunrise Adventure

Nagarkot Sunrise Tour is a self-guided tour in Kathmandu, Feel free to make whatever decision you adopt. The above-mentioned Nagarkot Sunrise tour is about the mixture of hiking, cultural and natural Nagarkot and Changunarayan tour but it offers another option whether you want to stop at Bhaktapur Durbar square or if you want to hike along the Nagarkot Changunarayan route you are free to do so. It’s an optional side trip on the Nagarkot Tour.

It's your holiday in Nepal, and it's our authority to guarantee the trip is amazing, and tailored to your liking. Consider us your travel partner in Nepal and ready to make your experience memorable.

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People also asked;

What is the distance between Kathmandu and Nagarkot?

Nagarkot lies 30 kilometres to the east of Kathmandu. The tour to Nagarkot is especially safe, meandering through charming villages along the way with a travel time of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

What is the best time to undertake the Nagarkot Sunrise Tour?

Sunrise Tour to Nagarkot can be done all round year but there are some times considered as the best to provide clear and visible vistas of the Himalayas. So, the best time is in the Autumn season and spring season. Embark during this time and have an amazing experience!

Is Nagarkot worth visiting?

Yes, of course, Nagarkot is must must-visit place while travelling in Kathmandu valley. The sunrise you will witness from Nagarkot will take your breath away. Also, the majestic peaks of Annapurna, Manaslu and many others will enhance your experience to be cherished forever.

Can I do the trek solo, or is it a good option to join a group?

Both options are feasible. With utmost confidence, solo trekkers can undertake the journey. But, joining a guided group can provide an amazing experience with valuable insight into local culture, depth knowledge about the mountains and ensure safety.

What is the actual height reached in this Nagarkot Sunrise Tour?

The highest altitude you’ll be reaching in the Nagarkot tour is 2175m. The hike is moderate levels which grant an awe-inspiring scenery of Kathmandu city, encircles Shivapuri National Park and high mountains, including Mt Everest.

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Nagarkot Sunrise Tour offers a memorable experience of witnessing one of nature's most spectacular phenomena while enjoying the tranquil beauty of the Himalayan landscape. It's a must-do activity for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts visiting Nepal.

Witness the great Himalayan sunrise, winding through charming villages, and dig into the region's captivating history. It's an adventure that is sure to charm your senses and leave you in awe of Nepal's natural and cultural grandeur.



Mr Ram Sharan Adhikari is a Managing director of Eternal Himalaya Adventure, Trekking exerts in Nepal. Eternal Himalaya provides exceptional trekking experiences in Nepal’s majestic landscape as well as Tibet, Lhasa, Mount Kailash tours and Bhutan tours. Additionally, we invite travellers to experience the beauty of Nepal Himalayas, cultural immersion, and memorable adventures. Eternal Himalaya offers high-altitude trekking, city tours, hiking, mountaineering, helicopter tours, mountain vistas, and cultural encounters to fulfil travellers’ dreams of inspection and the creation of lifetime memories. send us your feedback!