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.
The trip starts from fascinating hill point of Nagarkot at over 2100m. Nagarkot offers one of the best sunrise views along the panoramic Himalayas. The ending point is a UNESCO world heritage listed pagoda temple 'Changu Narayan', one of the oldest temples built by King Lichhavi in the 7th Century.
The hiking trail gradually descends through the terraced fields. The first part of the hike involves amazing cultural encounter of ethnical villages, unaffected by the nearby capital city. While the second part is witnessing beautiful nature along the ridge rich in deciduous forests and sceneries of Majestic Himalayas. This hike is the best option if you are looking for easy adventure in Kathmandu for a day.
The Nagarkot - Changunarayan route offers an excellent hike on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley. Our guide will receive you from your hotel early in the morning (4:30 AM). Nagarkot is famous for the sunrise view (this package cover breakfast in Nagarkot) so it will be better if you reach there as early as possible. If you don’t want the sunrise view you can start the trip from 8:00 AM. It will take 45 minutes to reach Nagarkot from Kathmandu as it is 30 KM away from the city (Thamel). On fine weather day, you can see sunrays hits on the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Langtang, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Ganesh, etc. After the sunrise view from view Tower, you will back to the restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, you will jaunt around for a few hours and the hiking journey will start at 8:30 AM.
You will walk for the downhill to Telkot (Bhaktapur) within one hour. Along the trail you will pass along the local villages, traditional agricultural fields of mustard and wheat on the terrace (Seasonal), stone built a thatched house, cattle grazing on fields. Then continue hiking down to the Changu Narayan temple; which takes a couple of hour’s leisure walk along the beautiful nature. Around 11:30 AM we will reach the Changu Narayan temple. It will be a unique experience jaunting in the 5th-century temple. After the sightseeing, you will have your lunch there and at 2:00 pm we will drive back to Kathmandu.