Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Day Hiking & Walking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Group Size: 1
  • Max Elevation: 2175 m

Highlights

  • Stunning Sunrise and Sunset view at Nagarkot admired tourist hill station near Kathmandu
  • 8 Himalayan Ranges view Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Range, Jugal Range, Ro[waling Range, Mahalangur Range (Everest Range), Numbur Range.
  • Sankhu- the ancient Newari town of Kathmandu
  • Changu Narayan Temple- UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Trails exploring nature, cultural diversity, ethnic groups such as Newar, Tamang
  • A professional and experienced guide

Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 2 Days hiking is specially focused to let hikers enjoy the breathtaking moment at Nagarkot during Sunset and Sunrise.

The hike is easy since Nagarkot lies in the eastern part of Kathmandu which is not far from Kathmandu yet there is no sign of the hustles and bustles of Kathmandu. When you have one spare night and want to relax with nature, observe the culture, and cherish the hilly areas, you can choose the Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 2-day option from Hiking in Nepal operated by Nepal Adventure Team.

Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 2 days of hiking lets you enjoy the ancient town of Sankhu, the admirable hill station Nagarkot, and the charming Changu Narayan temple.

Nagarkot

In ancient times, Nagarkot was a fort of Kathmandu Valley built to monitor the external activities of other kingdoms. It was also a summer retreat for the royal family before being established as a pleasing hill station. Nagarkot lies on the eastern side of Kathmandu Valley.

Nagarkot is a hill station loved by travelers for the wide view of Himalayan ranges, greenery, and the ease of restaurants and hotels. Mainly, Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the Himalayas in Kathmandu Valley as 8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 are visible from Nagarkot. The ranges include the Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Range, Jugal Range, Rowling Range, Mahalangur Range (Everest Range), and Numbur Range. The view of Kathmandu Valley and Shivapuri National Park is also observed from Nagarkot.

A large number of visitors visit Nagarkot to enjoy the stunning view of sunset and sunrise accompanied by mountains, ridges, hills, and valleys.

Sankhu – the Ancient Town in Kathmandu

Sankhu town is enriched with Newari people and culture along with unique culture, values, and traditions showcased through gates and temples. Sankhu area is also named as Shankarapur Municipality. It is believed to be named Shankharapur for its famous ancient Sankha-shaped town structure where Sankha means a conch shell of ritual and religious importance in Hinduism.

Sankhu consists of four caves which are believed to be used by Siddha (refers to perfected masters who have achieved a high degree of physical as well as spiritual perfection or enlightenment.) of India for meditation. Additionally, Sankhu consists of two temples with high religious values: Bajrayogini Temple and Swasthani Temple

There are 5 Gates Around Sankhu Town:

  1. Bhau Dhwakha (Bride Gate) - This is the main entry gate of Sankhu. In local tradition, this gate is used whenever a new bride is introduced to the town.
  2. Sangal Dhwakha or Mhyamachaa Dhwakha (Daughter Gate) - It is the gate to bid farewell to a daughter who is married off.
  3. Dhunlla Dhwakha or Dya Dhwakha - This gate is important for the Bajrayogini festival. All kinds of ritual processions including the chariot of Bajrayogini enter through this gate.
  4. Mahadyo Dhwakha or Si Dhwakha: Dead bodies from Sankhu are taken out to the funeral through this gate.
  5. Naari Dhwakha: During the Shalinadi (Shali river) festival, the Holy god Madhav Narayan along with the devotees are taken in and out of the town through this gate.

Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan Temple is the temple of Hindu god Vishnu who is also called Narayan and the temple was established at (Champak Hill) thus, it is named Changu Narayan Temple. It is a milestone in Nepali temple architecture with rich embossed works and leads to being on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple is surrounded by Champak tree forest, a small village named Changu, and also the Manohara river flows behind the hill. Due to this environment, the visitor feels sound and spiritual. The temple also has the stone, wood, and metal cravings of the Lichhavavi period ranging from the 4th to 9th centuries.

Changu Narayan Temple is built two-tiered in a unique Nepali style as it is neither pagoda nor shikhara style, the main shrine guarded on all sides by pairs of real as well as mythical beasts: lions, elephants, ram-horned griffins, and Sarabhas (part lion part bird). See more

Guide for Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 2 Days Hiking

A guide will lead you from Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot for 2 days of hiking as the trails may be misleading. The number of guides depends on the number of individuals registered for Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot for 2 days of hiking. Each group of 4-5 pax is assigned one guide.

The guide with a Nepal Government-certified license is only assigned to lead Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 1 One-night stay. Additionally, the guide is also trained in first aid and eco-tourism. Usually, an English-speaking guide is available but on request, Chinese and other language-speaking guides can be made available. A guide will lead as well as inform you about the locality, culture, rules, and importance. Overall, the guide will have the features of friendliness, leadership, communication expertise, and jolly nature.

Transportation from Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 2 Days Hiking

Early in the morning after you have your breakfast, the guide assigned by the Nepal Adventure team will come to pick you up for the hike. You will have a short drive from your pick-up point to Sankhu. Similarly, you will be driving back to your station from Changu Narayan. A private vehicle, such as a car or van, will be used for your transportation as per the group size.

Food and drinks from Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 2 Days Hiking

2 times Lunch and 1-time Dinner will be provided from Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot and 2 days hiking along with 1-time breakfast. Lunch/dinner includes typical Nepali food: Dhaal(lentil soup), Bhat (Rice), Tarkari (Vegetable/Chicken curry), and pickles. Breakfast consists of food items of American Breakfast or Continental breakfast.

A Mineral water bottle is handed to you before the hike.

Nepal Adventure Team arranges Sunset to Sunrise at Nagarkot 1 Night stay with various options as Sunrise at Nagarkot Day Hike and Nagarkot Day Hike via Sankhu to Changu Narayan. There are other relative options for hikers under Hiking in Nepal. You can also customize or change the itinerary as per your requirements.

Starting point: Sankhu Bazzar, Shankarapur Municipality, Kathmandu District

Ending point: Changu Narayan Temple, Changu Narayan Municipality, Bhaktapur District

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Hike to Nagarkot via Sankhu
  • Day 02Hike to Changu Narayan from Nagarkot
  • Day 01 Hike to Nagarkot via Sankhu

    After you have breakfast, the guide assigned by the Nepal Adventure team will come to pick you up at your hotel. You will have a scenic drive to the Sankhu area. Sankhu is filled with ancient Newari culture and lifestyle and also has popular local sweet shops. You will explore the ancient town, its architecture, and monuments.

    From Sankhu, you will begin your hike towards Nagarkot. You will pass through the Sankhu town, their settlements, and climb up on hills. Gradually, you will experience the freshness in the air, vibrant surroundings,s, and a bird’s eye view of valleys. After 4-5 hours of walk, you will reach Nagarkot. Nagarkot has a view tower to facilitate travelers to enjoy the view of the valley, mountain, hills, ridges, and tiny villages. You can enjoy the charismatic sunset view accompanied by mountains and hills. The colorful sky will make you forget the hard climb and revive your energy. You will have to sleep early to enjoy Sunrise's view on the next day. 

    • Meals: Lunch, and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Nagarkot
  • Day 02 Hike to Changu Narayan from Nagarkot

    You will rise early to meet up with the sunrise view from Nagarkot Viewpoint. The sky turns to be golden making mountains shine more brightly and luring each visitor. The rays of the sun create a breathtaking moment. Then, you will have breakfast and move downhill towards Changu Narayan Temple. You will walk through another trail to reach Changu Narayan which gives the pleasure of greenery and tranquility.

    Changu Narayan Temple is also located on a hilltop supplying a beautiful view of the Sankhu area and Bhaktapur area. You can have a detailed observation of the architecture, statue, and arts of Changu Narayan Temple. Then, you will drive back to your hotel. 

    • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1350m

What's Included

Included

  • Private car/jeep transportation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional Hiking Leader/Guide Service.
  • 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner during the hike with tea/coffee.
  • Accommodation at 3* Hotel
  • First aid Medical kits
  • Entry fees for sites
  • All the paper works, Government tax, and service charges

Excluded

  • All bar bills like soda, beer, bottled water.
  • Tips to the guide, driver
  • Travel Insurance

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesStatusPriceNote  
23 Jun, 2024 - 24 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUS$ 165
30 Jun, 2024 - 01 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUS$ 165
30 Jun, 2024 - 01 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUS$ 165

Useful Information

Checklist for Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 2 days Hiking

  • Light and Comfortable shoe
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (moisture-wicking/ quick-drying cloth is best)
  • Lightweight fleece or jacket/ windproof jacket
  • Sunglasses and Hat/ Cap to cover the face from direct sunlight
  • Hiking stick and bag (optional)
  • Umbrella or waterproof jacket
  • Sunscreen of 60 SPF +
  • Snacks, juice, and energy bar (if you want)
  • Water bottle/ water purifier/ water chemical treatment (if you prefer)
  • Hand sanitizer, toilet paper
  • Power backup for camera/phone

Booking and payment for Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 2 Days Hiking

For the day hike, the cost is minimal so full payment is requested for booking Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot for 1 Night stay. Even at the last moment, Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 1 Night stay can be booked. For any cancellation, the amount cannot be refunded as the amount will be allocated for the preparation of the hike.

You can make the payment in cash and credit card where a 3% - 4% additional charge is imposed if you pay through the card. You can also pay through the following services:

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Tipping

An experienced and certified guide will be leading your Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 1 Night stay. Usually, tourists and hikers tip guides as an appreciation for their polite and loyal service towards them. So, you may tip the guide as per your satisfaction with their services. The tipping guide is not compulsory. It is not forced by the company and it is solely your decision.

Request by Nepal Adventure Team:

Nepal Adventure Team believes in and practices responsible for tourism. We request each traveler to maintain a clean area. You are also requested to care for flora and fauna you encounter from Sunrise to Sunset at Nagarkot 1 Night stay

Client Reviews

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    Rating Review by: Nora G, United States

    Pre-trek Hiking at Nagarkot

    The 2-day hike to Nagarkot with Jeeban was wonderful! The days were not too long or strenuous, and Jeeban was a great leader throughout the hike. Unfortunately, visibility was not good during our trip, so we were not able to see much of the mountains, but the sunrise and sunset at Nagarkot were still beautiful. We stayed in a very comfortable hotel with delicious food as well! We made up for the lack of mountain views by visiting other cool sites like a suspension bridge, a Buddhist peace park, and the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu Valley. Highly recommend!

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    Rating Review by: Emile, Canada

    Awesome Time at Nagarkot

    Jeeban was a really wonderful guide! I had a great time on the overnight trek through Nagarkot and really enjoyed the suspension bridge and Changu Narayan temple. I appreciated Jeeban’s encouragement throughout the hike and all the stories and knowledge he shared!

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    Rating Review by: Bhaskar Banarjee, Bangladesh

    A hidden gem

    The serene trails wind through lush forests, revealing breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas at every turn. As a nature enthusiast, I found solace in the peaceful ambiance and the opportunity to connect with the stunning landscape. Nagarkot is truly a gem for those seeking a rejuvenating outdoor adventure amidst awe-inspiring scenery.