1 Day Sunrise from Nagarkot, with a journey to Changunarayan

"Catch the Sunrise in Nagarkot, Explore the Ancient Beauty of Changunarayan"
Good to Know
  • Duration 1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude 2,175 m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Hiking
  • Best Season September to June


  •  From here, you can see the sunrise over eight of Nepal's thirteen Himalayan ranges.
  •  The Annapurna range, the Manaslu range, the Ganesh Himal range, the Langtang range, the Jugal range, the Rolwaling range, the Mahalangur range (Everest range), and the Number range.
  •  A magnificent morning in a hill station with a direct view of the dawn and mountain ranges.
  •  Visiting the Changunarayan temple. (An old Hindu temple).

Trip Introduction: 01 day Sunrise from Nagarkot, with a journey to Changunarayan

Nagarkot has been a fort since the Lichhavi dynasty in Nepal, and King Pratap Malla welcomed the first Europeans, Father Grueber, and Dorville, who arrived in Nepal in 1661.

Nagarkot (Kangra), located at an elevation of 2100 meters and 30 kilometers from Kathmandu, was an old Kathmandu valley fort intended to watch the exterior actions of neighboring kingdoms. It then became a royal family summer resort before becoming prominent as an international and national hill station. When the weather is clear, Nagarkot is one of the most famous hill stations for its beautiful dawn vista of the Himalayas.
Nagarkot has one of the most expansive vistas of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley (8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 from here). The Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Range, Jugal Range, Rolwaling Range, Mahalangur Range (Everest range), and Number range are among the ranges providing views of Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National Park. Nagarkot also provides a spectacular view of the Kathmandu Valley.

Changunarayan, one of Nepal's most visited temples, is a pygostyle Hindu temple devoted to Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan. It is around 22 kilometers east of the Kathmandu valley. Changunarayan is Kathmandu's most important holy sanctuary in terms of original, religious, social, and historical value.

This holy sanctuary houses a diverse collection of creative Lord Vishnu relics dating back to the fourth century. In Nepal, this area has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Weather and climate
The climate and weather in Nagarkot will have a significant impact on the degree of enjoyment you may receive from the region's panoramas since clouds are frequently observed obscuring some of the greatest views of the hills and farmland. As a result, the months of October, November, March, and April are regarded as the finest months to visit Nagarkot.

Spring (March – April)
The spring season is one of the greatest seasons to visit Nagarkot. The frigid winter temperatures begin to rise, giving place to a nice atmosphere with a colorful and blossoming valley and breathtaking vistas of the hills. Most daytime activities, such as paragliding and hiking, are also popular during these months.

Summer (May-September)
Summers are not the greatest season to visit Nagarkot since the heat makes outdoor activities and exploration difficult, and the monsoon rains make for an unpleasant tourist experience. Even when it isn't raining, the black clouds hang low and thick, blocking much of the views that are meant to be the highlight of a visit to Nagarkot.

 Winter (November-February)
After the monsoons have passed, there is a brief period of chilly weather with a clear sky known as an autumn episode. The month of October has great temperatures and a pure environment, making it ideal for seeing the Himalayas and slopes. However, temperatures begin to fall fast after November; the high levels of humidity that continue all year are responsible for a lot of mist and fog, especially in the mornings, which dramatically impair visibility around the mountains and valleys.

Why should I travel to Nagarkot?
Nagarkot, a tranquil hill hamlet about 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is a welcome respite from the bustle of Nepal's metropolis. It's best recognized for its tranquil ambiance and breathtaking mountain vistas - on a clear day, you can even see Everest in the distance.

Observe the dawn Even if you're not a morning person, it's worth waking up early to view a spectacular sunrise - the scenery will undoubtedly make it one of the most unforgettable you've ever seen!

To obtain the finest view, you'll need to pick a decent place, because if you're on the wrong side of the hill, you'll see very little. Many hotels may provide scheduled tours during peak season, but otherwise, you can inquire locally and it'll frequently be a short walk.

Put down a tree at the Buddha Peace Park. A delightful hour's stroll from Nagarkot gets you to the Buddha Peace Park, which features a big golden Buddha statue surrounded by an open park. It has a beautiful view of the valley and is a great place to relax. They will assist you in planting a tree to honor a lost loved one and to contribute to the environment for a nominal price (about 350-500NPR), adding a special moment to your trip to Nagarkot.

Why should you visit Nagarkot?
Nagarkot will enchant you with its beautiful mountains, wildness, and natural landscapes and scenery. Nagarkot is a spot for high-altitude explorers to acclimate, intellectuals to listen to the sounds of stillness, and couples to romance nature. Nagarkot is a place to unwind your mind and body, reconnect with nature, learn about Nepal, and flee the frantic demands of city life... all in the luxury and elegance of a high-class resort in a spectacular environment.

What makes Changunarayan special?
Changu Narayan is a two-story pagoda-style temple devoted to lord Vishnu, surrounded by antique sculptures and statues. It is considered to be the oldest Hindu temple still in operation in the Kathmandu Valley, having withstood devastation in 1702 and 2015. The temple is devoted to Vishnu and is located on top of a steep hill about seven miles straight east of Kathmandu. It also has temples to Lord Shiva, Ashta Matrika, Chhinnamasta, Kileshwor, and Krishna.

Some of the finest sculptures in the Kathmandu Valley adorn the main temple. Outside of the National Museum of Nepal, the statues encircling the temple are the greatest you'll see. The diagonal beams that support the temple's two pagodas are intricately carved with images of Vishnu's ten avatars and different multi-armed Tantric divinities.

Meanwhile, stone lions, griffins, elephants, and Sarabhai protect the temple's four doors (part-lion, part-bird creatures from Hindu mythology).

The collection's jewels, though, are the sculptures and carvings sprinkled about the courtyard, the oldest going back to the Licchavi period (400 to 750). The statue of Garuda, the fabled bird that served as Vishnu's mount and dated back to the fifth century, faces the temple's west entryway. And nearby lies the Kathmandu Valley's oldest stone inscription, a statement engraved in 464 that recalls the story of how a monarch persuaded his mother not to commit suicide when her spouse died.

Inside the temple, you are allowed to wander the grounds, but only priests are permitted to enter the main temple.

Important Note

  • Every day of the year, trip departures are available.
  • This trip can be completely customized. Please contact us if you want to customize the trip.
  • This trip is available on a fixed departure basis as well as a private group basis.
  • If you are traveling alone or with your family, you can book this trip privately.
  • Have a large group? We can meet all your requirements.
  • We can work with you to make it affordable.
  • We accept online payments and instant bookings.
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  • Max. Altitude/Time2175m
  • 4:30 AM: Start early in the morning and drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot (around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic)
  • 5:15 AM-6 AM: Enjoy the studding sunrise view over the Himalayas.
  • 6:30 AM-8 AM: Morning breakfast at Nagarkot enjoying the vistas of the Himalayas
  • 8:30 AM: Begin the hike from Nagarkot, following the trail towards Changunarayan Temple.
  • 11:30 AM-2 PM: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Changunarayan Temple, and explore its ancient architecture and cultural significance.
  • After 2 PM: Have a tummy full launch enjoying the art and architecture of the oldest city of Nepal.
  • Around 2:30 PM-3 PM: Drive back to Kathmandu (around 1 hour)

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What's Included
  • Kathmandu to Nagarkot and Changunarayan to Kathmandu by private vehicle 
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
  • Pack lunch with a bottle of water 
  • Necessary entrance fees 
What's Excluded
  • Your Nepal Visa fees 
  • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • Your Personal expenses 
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
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Suggested Equipment List

  • Day pack
  • Trekking shoes or Sports shoes 
  • Sun Hat/cap
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer or Raincoat
  • Good quality socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking/hiking shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Camera and batteries
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