Sunrise Hike of Nagarkot - Chagunarayan - 1 Day

Duration: 1 Days   |   Based on 2 Reviews   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Transport: Private Vehicle
  • Group Size: 2+
  • Max Elevation: 3000 m

Sunrise Hike of Nagarkot  - Chagunarayan is a 1-day hiking package, it is specially designed for those who desire to experience a nature walk along with a stunning sunrise view.

Sunrise Hike of Nagarkot  - Chagunarayan trip starts from your hotel. Early in the morning at around 4 am our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the main viewpoint of Nagarkot hill. Nagarkot hill situated at an elevation of 2,195m, is often recognized as a popular scenic spot in the Bhaktapur district. Nagarkot hill offers a mesmerizing sunrise view over the stunning Himalayan ranges including Annapurna, Ganesh, and Mt. Everest. Nagarkot hill is located 33 km east of Kathmandu approx 2 hours drive from Thamel via private car. Nagarkot hill also offers breathtaking views of the entire Kathmandu valley, Nagarkot village as well as green dense forest. After the outstanding views, we’ll return back to the car parking area, there we can take a typical Nepali breakfast then we’ll drive to Telkot, starting point of the hike.

 Sunrise Hike of Nagarkot  - Chagunarayan spreads following the trail that goes through the dense forest, small villages, and paddy fields along with stunning mountain views. Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike is very easy, even children can participate as well as senior citizens. As Changu Narayan temple is the oldest temple in Nepal and is listed as a World Heritage Site UNESCO. It is located in Changu village in the Bhaktapur district. This temple was built in 3500 AD by Lichhavi Dynasty in pagoda style. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is made with local varieties and woods with the various arts of gods and goddesses in the pillars of the temple. 

Just beside the Changu Narayan temple, there is another important temple called Chinnamasta where people use to sacrifice animals like chickens, ducks, male goats, lambs, and many more when their wishes get fulfilled. The river called Manahara flows beside the hill. There are four entrance gates in Temple and the gates are guarded by life-size pairs of animals such as lions, seraphs, griffins, and elephants on each side of the entrance. According to locals, when you perceive the Changu Narayan temple you can discern the absolute cultural development of the Kathmandu valley. It also offers a magnificent view of stunning snow-capped mountains as well as the entire Kathmandu valley. 


  • Mesmerizing sunrise view over the stunning Himalayas
  • Hike to Changunarayan enjoying with various flora and fauna
  • History, culture, and tradition of Changunarayan Temple
  • Stunning view of the entire Kathmandu Valley from the view viewpointagarkot hill
  • Explore the beautiful settlements and lifestyle of Newar Community




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Early in the morning at around 4 am (depends on sunrise time) we shall pick you up from your hotel and drive to Nagarkot sunrise view point. Nagarkot is located 32 km east from Kathmandu approximately an hour of driving. You’ll explore the breathtaking views you’ll drive to Telkot and take a hike to Changunarayan Temple, approx 3 hours of walk. You’ll explore temple along with the culture and tradition of locals. Then we return back to your hotel.

4:30 AM:Drive to Nagarkot.

5:30 AM Arrives Nagarkot.

5:30 to 6:30 AM:sunriswrise view

6:30 am – 8:30 AM:Breakfast and roaming around

8:30 AM -11:30 AM:Hiking from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan Temple.

11:30AM to 2:00 PM: Visit around Changu Narayan temple and lunch

2:00PM: Drive back to kathmandu

  • Altitude: 1300m
  • Place: Kathmandu
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What to Expect

  • Luxury private car during this tour
  • Nagarkot and Changunarayan entrance fees
  • Bottled Watar 
  • Experienced, English speaking, friendly and helpful guide
  • Salary for Guide and Driver 
  • Parking Fees for Vehicle 
  • Meals and drinks throughout the hike
  • Tips for guide and driver

Useful Information

Shepherd Holidays will provide you with a private vehicle for this trip. 

Guides and Porter:
Shepherd Holidays will provide you well experianced guide for the trip. 

We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness, then we will do our best to take you to the nearest health post or hospital possible. However, you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place during the evacuation process. So, it is best for you to be properly insured before the trip.

Trip Extensions:
If you like our service and would like to explore Nepal more or take part in any other adventurous activities in Nepal, India, Tibet or Bhutan, please feel free to contact us for further details.

Custom Itinerary:
If you'd like to suggest a different itinerary or plans for the given trip, feel free to contact us, so that we can make the best out of your custom-made trip upon your request.

For more information, check out the blog on Nagarkot Changunarayan Hike.


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    Laura Nagy, Hungary


    We took this Nagarkot trip after coming back from Chitwan and Pokhara visit. The hike was awesome and the sunrise view over the snow capped mountains was breathtaking. The guide was informative and friendly, we enjoyed a lot.

  • Earvin Garcia
    Earvin Garcia, Philippines

    Hiking in Nepal

    Hiking in Nepal is superb. The sunrise view from the top of the hill was really breathtaking and the walk up was also scenic.  We enjoyed it a lot, also love the mountain views and walking via dense forest exploring the varied landscapes with an informative guide was awesome.