Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike

  • Duration 1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Day hike with sunrise tour
  • Best Season All around the year
  • Group Size 20
  • Maximum Altitude 2195 m

Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike is a very popular one-day trek in Nepal. Nagarkot is a charming hill station 32 kilometres east of Kathmandu. Nagarkot is well known for some of the most breathtaking Himalayan sunrise vistas. Nagarkot Day Hike with Sunrise View is one of the best short excursions near Kathmandu Valley. It is the best for those who are looking to experience a spectacular walk on the valley's fringes. Walking through the breathtaking landscape of Nagarkot will also allow you to enjoy the lovely green forests and territory. The hike discovers the culture and customs of the Nepalese people along the way. The pleasant excursion offers dramatic mountain vistas of Langtang, Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Everest to Kanchenjunga.

The Changunarayan Temple, the oldest Hindu temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where the walk comes to an end. It is a masterpiece of architecture devoted to Lord Vishnu. The temple is a must-visit location because of its magnificent sculptures, long history, and peaceful atmosphere.

A wonderful combination of outdoor exercise, cultural exploration, and natural beauty can be found on the Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike. The hike promises an amazing adventure that captures the spirit of Nepal's alluring scenery and rich legacy, from seeing the Himalayan sunrise to strolling through picturesque villages and immersing yourself in history.

The features of Nagarkot Sunrise Day Hike

  • Spectacular sunrise view over the mountains 
  • Experience ethnic cultures and lifestyles.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chagunarayan
  • An elevated viewpoint that offers an unobstructed 360-degree panorama of the surrounding landscape.


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The hike starts with an almost two-hour journey from Kathmandu to Nagarkot in the early morning. The pleasure of seeing the sunrise from this vantage position will flood you as you climb the winding roads. After that, the hike from Nagarkot to the Changunarayan temple takes about 3 to 4 hours. The trail meanders through quaint towns, terraced farms, and thick forests, giving you a look into local culture and engulfing you in the embrace of nature.

Explore the Changunarayan temple's UNESCO region after arriving. Look at the historic sculptures that illustrate Hinduism's elaborate architecture. After finishing our walk, we have lunch in Changunayaran and then take the Araniko Highway back to Kathmandu, which takes us about an hour.

  • MealsLunch
  • Maximum Altitude2195 m


  • Q1. What is the best time to undertake the Nagarkot Sunrise Tour and Day Hike to Changunarayan Temple?

    The best time for this trek is during Nepal's autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. The weather is pleasant, the skies are clear, and you'll get to witness the stunning beauty of nature and culture in full bloom.

  • The hike is considered moderate in difficulty. While there are uphill sections, the trail is well-maintained, and the pace can be adjusted to suit the group's comfort level. Novice trekkers can enjoy the journey as much as seasoned hikers.

  • Both options are viable. Solo trekkers with experience can undertake the journey confidently. However, joining a guided group can provide valuable insights into local culture, ensure safety, and enhance your overall experience.

  • Local Government permits are required for the Nagarkot Sunrise Tour and Day Hike to Changunarayan Temple.

  • Essentials include comfortable hiking attire, sturdy hiking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, snacks, a small backpack, a camera, and any personal medication. Since weather conditions can change rapidly, carry a light jacket or sweater even during warmer months.

  • The trek typically takes around 4 to 6 hours, depending on your pace, the trail conditions, and the number of stops you make for photos or rest.

  • Absolutely! The sunrise view from Nagarkot is a breathtaking experience that's worth waking up early for. The play of colours on the Himalayan peaks as the sun rises is a memory you'll cherish forever.

  • Yes, you can access Changunarayan Temple by road, so if you're unable to undertake the hike, you can still visit the temple to admire its historical and cultural significance.

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