Changu Narayan to Nagarkot Hike - 1 Day

Nagarkot
Nagarkot hike
Duration1 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude2175 M
ActivitiesDay Trips
Group Size2
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Best TimeRound of the year

Journey on an exciting day hike from Changu Narayan Temple to Nagarkot and immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Nepal. Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, serves as the starting point for this memorable journey. As you explore the temple complex, marvel at the intricate wood carvings, ancient statues, and religious significance of this sacred site dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.

From Changu Narayan, follow the well-marked hiking trails that wind through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional Nepali villages. Along the way, encounter friendly locals going about their daily lives and witness the rural charm of the countryside.

As you ascend towards Nagarkot, be prepared to be mesmerized by panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. On clear days, you can spot iconic peaks such as Mount Everest, making for a truly awe-inspiring sight. Take breaks to rest and capture photographs of the breathtaking landscapes unfolding before you.

Upon reaching Nagarkot, a picturesque hill station renowned for its stunning sunrise and sunset views, take some time to explore the town's attractions. Visit quaint cafes, browse local shops for souvenirs, and soak in the relaxed atmosphere of this mountain retreat.

Don't miss the opportunity to witness the sunset from one of Nagarkot's designated viewpoints, where the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant colors, casting a golden glow over the snow-capped peaks in the distance.

As the day draws to a close, descend back to Changu Narayan, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences and memories created during your day hiking adventure. Whether you're a nature lover, culture enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, the Changu Narayan Temple to Nagarkot hike offers something for everyone, promising an enriching and fulfilling journey through the heart of Nepal's countryside.

Highlights

  • Changu Narayan Temple: Begin your hike at the ancient Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest Hindu temples in Nepal. Explore the intricately carved stone and wood structures, and learn about the temple's rich history and religious significance.
  • Scenic Hiking Trails: Trek along picturesque trails that wind through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming Nepali villages. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the countryside, with panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range and verdant landscapes at every turn.
  • Cultural Encounters: Encounter friendly locals along the hiking route and experience the warmth of Nepali hospitality. Engage with villagers going about their daily lives, learn about traditional farming practices, and perhaps even sample local delicacies for a taste of authentic Nepali cuisine.
  • Panoramic Views from Nagarkot: Reach the hill station of Nagarkot, known for its breathtaking sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas. Marvel at the panoramic vistas of iconic peaks such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Langtang, and capture stunning photographs of the snow-capped mountains bathed in golden light.
  • Sunset Spectacle: Conclude your hike with a visit to one of Nagarkot's designated sunset viewpoints. Witness the sky ablaze with vibrant hues as the sun dips below the horizon, casting a magical glow over the Himalayan range and leaving you with unforgettable memories of a day well spent in the Nepalese countryside.
Itinerary
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6:00 AM: Departure from Kathmandu

Begin your journey early in the morning from Kathmandu. Arrange for transportation to take you to the starting point of the hike at Changu Narayan Temple.

7:00 AM: Arrival at Changu Narayan Temple

Reach Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take some time to explore the temple complex, admire the intricate wood carvings, and learn about the religious significance of this ancient Hindu shrine.

8:00 AM: Start of the Hike

Begin the hike from Changu Narayan towards Nagarkot. Follow the well-marked hiking trails that lead through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional Nepali villages. Enjoy the serene beauty of the countryside as you trek along the scenic route.

11:00 AM: Midway Break

Take a break midway through the hike to rest and enjoy a packed lunch amidst nature. Find a picturesque spot along the trail to relax, refuel and soak in the surrounding views.

1:00 PM: Continue the Hike to Nagarkot

Resume your hike towards Nagarkot, ascending gradually along the trail. Marvel at panoramic vistas of the Himalayan mountain range and lush valleys below as you make your way towards the hill station.

3:00 PM: Arrival in Nagarkot

Reach Nagarkot, a charming hill station renowned for its stunning sunrise and sunset views. Take some time to explore the town's attractions, including quaint cafes, souvenir shops and viewpoints offering panoramic vistas of the Himalayas.

5:30 PM: Sunset Viewing

Head to one of Nagarkot's designated sunset viewpoints to witness the breathtaking sunset over the Himalayas. Capture stunning photographs as the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant colors, casting a golden glow over the snow-capped peaks.

6:30 PM: Departure for Kathmandu

After enjoying the sunset spectacle, begin your descent back to Changu Narayan. Arrange for transportation to take you back to Kathmandu, reflecting on the day's hiking adventure and cherishing the memories created along the way.

8:00 PM: Return to Kathmandu

Arrive back in Kathmandu and conclude your day hiking trip. Enjoy a hearty dinner and reminisce about your experiences before retiring for the night, filled with memories of the stunning landscapes and cultural encounters encountered during your Changu Narayan to Nagarkot hike.

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Included
  • Transportation: Transport from Kathmandu to the starting point of the hike at Changu Narayan Temple and back to Kathmandu at the end of the day.
  • Guided tour: A guided tour of Changu Narayan Temple, including insights into its history and religious significance.
  • Hiking guide: A knowledgeable guide to lead the hike from Changu Narayan to Nagarkot, ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.
  • Lunch: A packed lunch to be enjoyed during the midway break along the hiking trail.
  • Sunset viewing: Opportunity to witness the sunset over the Himalayas from one of Nagarkot's designated viewpoints.
  • Assistance: Assistance with arranging transportation for the return journey to Kathmandu.
Excluded
  • Personal expenses: Any personal expenses such as snacks, beverages, souvenirs, or additional meals not included in the itinerary.
  • Tips: Tips or gratuities for the guides, drivers, or any other service providers.
  • Travel insurance: Travel insurance coverage for unforeseen circumstances such as medical emergencies, trip cancellations, or lost luggage.
  • Additional activities: Any optional activities or attractions not mentioned in the itinerary that may incur additional costs.
  • Dinner: Dinner upon returning to Kathmandu is not included in the package. Travelers are free to choose their dining options in Kathmandu.
  • Any other expenses not specifically mentioned as included.