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Nagarkot Sunrise Day Tour

Trip Cost: USD 110

Trip Highlights

1. 1:30 hours driving from Kathmandu. 

2. Nagarkot Tower (2175 m) suggests Mount Everest & Sunrise view.

3. Telkot-Changu Narayan hiking (1:40 hour).  

4. The World Heritage Changu Narayan Temple tour.

5. Today's Nagarkot Sunrise time with accurate weather.


The ancient Mandapgiri, border of Bhaktapur (20 km away) and Kavrepalanchok (35 km away) district Nepal, Nagarkot (2000 metres) is a tourist destination for breathtaking views of the Himalayas, serene atmosphere, hiking, trekking, and cycling experience with the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Nagarkot incorporated in Madandeupur Municipality Ward Number 2 (population 2692/households 2776/Tamang Brahmin/Chhetri/Gurung/Damai) northwest of Kavrepalanchok district and Changunarayan Municipality Ward Number 6 (9.61 sq km/4926 population/1833 households/Tamang/Brahman/Chhetri) north of Bhaktapur District. 

The historical Bhangeri and Putali Durbar are the retreats of Nepal Royal families. Public buses, taxis and private cars access the Nagarkot from Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Duration of Nagarkot tour and hiking depends on tourist interests, fitness level, and the specific activities in Nagarkot view tower, nearby temples and panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas last from 4 to 8 hours, including transportation from the Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Nagarkot offers hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels that last 2 to 4 hours through the traditional villages with your plan preferences, physical capabilities, weather conditions and season. 

Nagarkot Sunrise Day Tour offers a thrilling 7-hour journey from Kathmandu to Nagarkot, allowing you to witness breathtaking sunrise and panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas on a clear day. Located 32 km east of Kathmandu on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot (Bhaktapur) is an ancient fort, tranquil hill station, resort village, and the historical summer retreat of the Rana Dynasty (1846-1950).

Nagarkot Tower is at an altitude of 2175 meters and offers eight breathtaking views out of 13 Himalayan ranges. From there witness numerous splendour mountain peaks, such as Numbur (6956 m), Mount Everest (8848.86 m), Gaurishankar (7134 m), Choba Bhamare (5933 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Shishapangma (8013 m), Langtang (7246 m), Ganesh Himal (7406 m), Manaslu (8163 m), and Annapurna (8091 m). 

Besides the awe-inspiring mountain vistas, Nagarkot offers enchanting views of the sunset, nearby villages, lush forests, the Kathmandu valley, Shivapuri National Park and the meandering Indravati river valley. Nagarkot has a diverse range of flora and fauna, including pine, alder, chestnut, zanthoxylum, Himalayan cherry, Mahua, stinging nettle, as well as various bird and animal species such as eagles, owls, doves, barking deer, wild boars, yellow-throated martens, Gallus gallus, jackals, porcupines, mongooses, and squirrels.

Nagarkot Sunrise Day Tour presents an exciting experience of driving, nature walking, and heritage site visits by a knowledgeable English-speaking guide. Nagarkot bus stop lies 4 km northwest of the Nagarkot view tower, reached in 10 minutes by car or an hour's walk. Nagarkot boasts a picnic spot, helipad, Mahadev Pokhari, Ratnachudeshwar Mahadev temple, 35 hotels, restaurants, an army camp, and a school. Moreover, alternative hiking trails lead to Changu Narayan, Dhulikhel and Sankhu.

Telkot village, situated at an elevation of 1600 meters, marks the beginning of an hour and 40-minute hike to Changu Narayan at 1541 meters altitude. Along with the track, hikers enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountain peaks, the picturesque sight of terraced fields and the charming rural lifestyle. As you venture through the natural surroundings, come across diverse flora and fauna, including vibrant butterflies, melodious birds, and enchanting orchids. The trail also showcases the presence of box myrtle, hog plum, and other fascinating plant species. Additionally, you may encounter friendly goats, water buffaloes, and cows, adding to the authentic rural experience.

Changu Narayan Temple, dating back to 323 AD, is the oldest temple in Kathmandu Valley and holds the prestigious title of being a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historical site is a living museum showcasing ancient art and artefacts. Among the notable features is the first stone inscription from 464-506 AD, which details the story of a Prince whose Queen Mother did not participate in the Sati System by joining her father's funeral pyre. Additionally, visitors can admire sculptures such as Vamana Tribikram, Garud-Narayan, the Man-lion from the 7th century, the Man-bird Garuda from the 5th century, Pati, a stone elephant, Kileshwar Mahadev, Chhinnamasta Temple, and a festival chariot.

Nagarkot with Bhaktapur Durbar Square suggests a 6-hour alternative day tour. Bhaktapur Palace Square, Taumadhi, Dattatreya, and Pottery Square, dating back to the eighth century, were designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1979. The Medieval Palace Square boasts a 55-window palace, a golden gate, Taleju, Shiva, Nyatapola, Bhairabnath, and Dattatreya temple. September to May is the best time for Nagarkot sunrise tours, hiking, cycling, meditation and overnight stays. Local travel agency Yeti Trail Adventure provides Nagarkot tour reservations with a guide and transportation via WhatsApp at +9779847688421.

Nagarkot Tour Cost for 2024-2025

Nagarkot Sunrise and Telkot-Changu Narayan Hike: 7 Hours

Group Size: 1 pax tourist - $110

Group Size: 2-3 pax tourists - $70 Per Person

Group Size: 4-6 pax tourists - $60 Per Person

Group Size: 7-12 pax tourists - $50 Per Person

Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur Durbar Square Tour: 6 Hours

Group Size: 1 pax tourist - $120 

Group Size: 2-3 pax tourist - $80 Per Person

Group Size: 4-6 pax tourist - $70 Per Person

Group Size: 7-12 pax tourist - $60 Per Person

Nagarkot Sunrise Tour: 5 Hours

 Group Size: 1 pax tourist - $100 

Group Size: 2-3 pax tourist - $60 Per Person

Group Size: 4-6 pax tourist - $50 Per Person

Group Size: 7-12 pax tourist - $40 Per Person

1: Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot - 1:30 hours

2 : Drive to Telkot, hike to Changu Narayan - 2:20 hours

3: Drive from Changu Narayan to Kathmandu - 1:00 hour

1: Drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot - 1:30 hours
The Nagarkot day tour departs from Kathmandu at 4 a.m., 1.5 hours before the sunrise. You have a professional guide and driver throughout the tour. The driving route will take you through Kathmandu Jamal, Singha Durbar, Babarmahal, Koteshwor, and Bhaktapur-Nagarkot road. Along the way, you will enjoy breathtaking views of mountains, terraced fields, villages, seasonal crops, and pine forests. After the car ride, a short 5-minute walk will lead you to Nagarkot Tower (2175 m), where you can witness a mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas. From Annapurna to Mount Everest, the views are truly stunning. Enjoy a 10-minute drive that will take you to Nagarkot town (4 km), where you can enjoy a delicious hot breakfast.

2 : Drive to Telkot, hike to Changu Narayan - 2:20 hours
Travel a distance of 25 minutes from Nagarkot to Telkot, passing through forests and villages. The Changu Narayan hiking trail (lasting 1 hour and 40 minutes) begins in Telkot, winding through the village and pine forest. On a clear day, the view of the Himalayas is truly breathtaking. Finally, explore the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site, Changu Narayan Temple.

3: Drive from Changu Narayan to Kathmandu - 1:00 hour
Ultimately, return to Kathmandu within an hour by following the driving route through Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur, Koteshwor, Baneshwar, Bhadrakali, Ratnapark, and Thamel.

Trip Cost Includes

1. Private car with driver

2. Professional guide

3. Breakfast

4. 13 % government tax

5. Changu Narayan Temple entrance fee

Trip Cost Excludes

1. Tip to guide and driver

2. Lunch


Three Different Nagarkot Tour Itineraries 
1. Nagarkot sunrise with Telkot-Changu Narayan hiking - 7 hours
2. Nagarkot with Bhaktapur Durbar Square tour - 6 hours
3. Nagarkot sunrise tour - 5 hours



Trip Facts

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Departure Date: Everyday at 4/5 AM
  • Views: Sunrise & Mt. Everest
  • Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude : 2175 m / Nagarkot Tower
  • Best Season: September to May
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Activity: Driving and hiking
  • Supportive: Tour Guide and Car