Day Hiking  from Kathmandu--Nagarkot 2200m

Day Hiking from Kathmandu--Nagarkot 2200m

Nagarkot and Changu Narayan day tour exploring the turning hills of Nagarkot, one of the beautiful area situated to the  east of the Kathmandu Valley, Learn about different type of  cultures and hike up to ancient buildings and remote villages. Pick up an early morning drive to the amazing place to witness a most popular sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped mountains chain. Try not to stare through at the glorious Himalayan sun as it vertex the snow-capped mountain chain. Journey on a hike that will lead you to remote villages to learn about the lifestyles of ethnic groups like the Tamangs and the Newars. Visit Changu Narayan Temple, one of the oldest temples in Nepal, built by Lichhavi King Mandev and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nagarkot and Changu day  tour is an excellent walking day tour on the boundary of the Kathmandu Valley. You will be amazed to see just how much the local villages along the trail remain unchanged and still exhibit their traditional countryside lifestyle, even though they are so close to the city. Nagarkot is one of the best sunset viewpoints located northeastern site of the Kathmandu valley. Nagarkot and Changu Narayan day tour beautiful offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas range of  Dhaulagiri in the west and Mt Everest in the east, to Annapurna, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and Lantang Lirung, Mt Shisa Pangma, Mt Gauri Shankar, and many more. Nagarkot and Changu Narayan day  tour starts out with a drive to Nagarkot from your hotel. Drive through the green fields as the road climbs through terraced fields towards Nagarkot. The drive is scenic with green valley views on one side and the excellent  Himalayas on the other. Nagarkot is a hill station from where you can see a great panorama of mountains over 2100 meters tall. From here, one can see all the flashing snowy peaks. Then, start the hike as the trail gradually descends through the terraced fields to Tamang Village. Here, local wine making is pretty common throughout the year. Enjoy an authentic lunch accompanied by sightseeing over the Nagarkot hilltop.The first part of the hike is a largely interesting cultural encounter, while the second part is more about nature as the trail follows the ridge, which is rich with deciduous forests. The Himalayas appear in the distance totally remote and peaceful. The walking is easy with some gradual downhill descents, but fairly level paths. It will take about 4 hours to reach Changu Narayan, the oldest pagoda style Hindu temple of Lord Bishnu in Nepal. After visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy an authentic lunch at the Changu Narayan hilltop. Then take drive back to Kathmandu to end our interesting day tour in Nepal.

Nagarkot is 32 km N/E of Kathmandu on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is famous for its Himalayan views- the Himalayan peaks at sunrise are a magnificent sight to behold. Many wish upon arrival they would have planned for more than one day to stay. Nagarkot is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees which give you an idyllic scene.

It is a rustic resort high on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu valley. It is an outstanding hilltop that offers great views of Himalayas, breathtaking mountain scenery and the most impressive views of sunrise and sunset.

Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley (8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 from here). The ranges include Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range (Everest range) and Numbur range with views of the Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National Park. Get in

Entrance Fees

Nagarkot's municipal government charges non-SAARC tourists a fee of 339 rupees per person simply to enter the town. The fee is levied at any of several roadblocks on roads leading to Nagarkot from Kathmandu. The first roadblock is west of town not far after you pass Talkot, and there are two others as you come up the final hill into the main part of Nagarkot.


The simplest and cheapest way to get here from Kathmandu is to take a bus at the "Bakhtapur Bus Terminal" located east of Ratna Park to Bhaktapur (25 RP/ 40-50 minutes trip) and from there another Nagarkot (50 RP /1.5 hours, nice trip although buses are very overcrowded).

There is also a tourist bus which goes directly from Kathmandu. Departs Kathmandu at 13:30 from Shorakhutee Tourist Bus Park Nayabazzar. And from Nagarkot at 10:15 (RP 400 per person).

But please check first if it still operates, phones for inquiries and reservations:

01-4262602, 4700424 in Kathmandu; 01-6680137, 6680150 in Nagarkot.

For some people, it is best to travel by private-hire cars and taxis to Nagarkot. From the international airport, it should take about 40 mins and from the city center, about an hour. A scenic drive via the ancient city of Bhaktapur and tiny villages along meandering mountain roads is a journey by itself

Hiking in and around Nagarkot

Nagarkot is a great place for active, energetic and health conscious travelers who live life to discover. It is the place to enjoy the Himalayan vistas, of course weather permitted, with lots of spectacular hiking trails and beautiful nature walks. Nagarkot offers a green escape from bustling capital of Kathmandu and is blissfully calm and laid-back. This is a place to relax after the chaos of Kathmandu and recharge your batteries with fabulous food and leisurely wandering. The hikes around Nagarkot will take you in the lush green countryside of northern Nepal and deliver you stunning mountain views, serene pine forests, peaceful villages.

1. Nagarkot View Tower

Nagarkot view tower is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nagarkot. It is situated around 2100 metres above sea level and can be hiked by physically fit hikers in about one hour. You will have a 360 view of the himalayas one of the broadest views of himalayas along with kathmandu valley, lush greenery of national parks, rolling hills,etc. Lots of people they wake up early and do sunrise hiking to Witness the magnificent sunrise along with the grandeur and magnificence of the himalayas. What makes the sunrise hiking very special is with morning sunrise changing colours of the snow capes himalayas. It’s like fire on ice. Still it is a very scenic walk to the view tower during daytime with the stunning views of the unobstructed landscapes, rolling hills, thick pine forests and charming villages.

2. Nagarkot Panoramic hiking Trail

Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail is a very refreshing walk with stunning views of the majestic Himalayas. This panoramic Hiking Trail is perfect enough for good 3 to 3.5 hours ideal for everyone from young travelers to family with children as it is pretty easy hike. This hike includes Nagarkot Nature Trail + Tamang Village Walk (starting from kartike village) + Panoramic Hiking Trail with 180 degree views of the stunning landscapes with lush greenery. You will enjoy the time in nature and burn some good calories in this trek. Perfect to enjoy the stunning mountain views in quiet and with fresh mountain air. For details

Mountain Biking

The way from Bhaktapur to Nagarkot is steep and adventurous yet many tourists enjoy mountrain biking and it may be one of the way you can get to Nagarkot.

Nagarkot is plenty of choices of accommodation of any kind.

From around 400 RP to 35 USD or more for a double room.


Trekkers Inn Homestay

(1.3km from the Nagarkot bus stop on the way to the Nagarkot View Tower),

 ? 9841604668, 9808846877.

Experience Nepalese culture with Kishor and his family. Clean and simple rooms with free wifi and separate hot shower. A peaceful location in the trees with great views over the valley, you will want to stay longer once you arrive. US$10 including traditional organic dinner and breakfast

Himalayan Guesthouse,

(Nagarkot Naldun-8, Kavre Chowk)

, ? 981.865.2137 (

 It is a nice and clean place. Toilet/Bathroom outside the room. The owner (Raju) used to work in Cruise Ships, so he knows about "other standards". Simple but very decent, only 6 rooms. Good view from the terrace and also from some of the rooms. They also serve good and cheap food.

From 500 RP for Doube Room

Madhuban Hotel

, Nagarkot, ? 9841-232017. checkout: 12:00.

8 basic detached houses for rent. It has some good views. Serve good food for moderate prices. Try their delicious specialty - Cheese tomato Rosti with mushroom sauce. Rs600 for house without bathroom, Rs1000 - with attached bathroom  

Hotel Elephant Head, Nagarkot.

 Some basic rooms. Although they have spectacular views over the mountains. Free WiFi connection. There is also a restaurant. Rs1200 for double room

Lost Horizon Hotel, Nagarkot.

Some 5 minutes from the main road located this isolated hotel run by local family. They have power generator used in case of power cut offs, and also there is street lighting all the way to the hotel. 5 rooms only. Views from its rooms are simply stunning, perhaps one of the best in Nagarkot.

 Rs1100 for double room, Rs1500 for small 2-store house  


Hotel at the End of the Universe

 9771-6680011, 016226500 (

While viewing Kathmandu valley from above, you just turn your head for the great views over the Himalayas- from sunrise to sunset. You have your own room with attached bathroom (with hot shower). Though the type of the rooms vary (suites, cottages and standard rooms), the style can be summarized by ‘cozy’. Most of the rooms have splendid views over the Himalayas and attached bathrooms with hot shower.The restaurant is a comfortable place to eat, drink, relax, discuss, read. A Nepali- Western style pervades the whole hotel, including the kitchen. The tariff ranges from $ 24- 60 $ per night. The suite is beautiful but the glass (not double glazed) means it can get quite cold so is perhaps not a good idea in winter. 


Peaceful cottage & café du Mont,

 + 9771-6680077 (, [3]. is a simple but well-run place with just 10 rooms. It is a mountain resort located at the heart of Nagarkot Hill station. Surrounded by thick pine trees around and far away from the noise and pollution, you can savour your holiday in nature in peace. The octangular tower of the resort commands 360 degree Killer panorama of himalayas and the kathmandu valley. The rooms are simple but neat, clean and very acceptable. The tariff ranges from $ 30- 45 $ per night. 

Club Himalaya

 +9771-4410432 (

2175 meters or 7200 ft. above sea level (ideal for acclimatization before trekking in high altitudes or going to Tibet). Atop Windy Hills with 360o unrestricted view of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Sankhu, Changu Narayan in the West; Mt. Annapurna in the North West; Mt. Everest in the North-East; Indrawati Valley in the East; and the Nagarkot Hill on the South. 

Nagarkot Naldum Village Resort, Nagarkot (At the end of the north road)

 + 6215715 (

 It has outstanding views from the rooms. Some rooms are quite nice. Free Wifi. There is also a restaurant. 15$ simple house, 20-30$ double rooms [Aug 2013]. 

The Fort Resort.

The Fort Resort has great views, well-kept rooms (ask for a room in the cottages) and the grounds are lovely. 

Country Villa. Good-looking rooms with air-con and views. WiFi.

Somehow overpriced as it's possible to find the same quality accommodation for 1/3 of a price. At the time of our visit there was 2 major construction sites nearby [Aug 2013] (Please, remove this note once it's over). 80$  

Stay safe

There were at least 2 cases when tourists were robbed in Nagarkot area. Furthermore, some locals behave slightly aggressive after consuming alcohol. However, in vast majority of hotels work nice people.

Get In:

Changunarayan temple  to Nagarkot 2200m Hike - small village and home to the ancient temple of Changu Narayan which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kathmandu Valley. This hiking route is one of the most popular hiking route around the kathmandu valley. It is a very beautiful walk where we explore local tamang culture with their local settlements for the half way whereas the half way is through the lush pine forests before reaching the temple of Changu narayan temple. It is a 15 kms walk with an altitude drop of around 450 metres and we arrive in a Changu Narayan temple premises, one of the seven World Heritage sites in the kathmandu valley. This temple is a very artistic temple with excellent wood carving and stone carving of lord vishnu, the god of preservation in hinduism and the temple is well known for artistic beauty rather than religious importance. Changu Narayan temple is located around 6 km from bhaktapur and this hike is ideal for those going back to bhaktapur with a very scenic views of the village, mountain views, valley views with fresh mountain air on the way. It is an easy trek which can be done with family travellers with children and older travelers as well.

 After reaching, trekkers have a decent lunch in one of the restaurants though they offer a limited choice of menu. The entrance fee to the temple is 100 Rs. and the return fare back to Bhaktapur from Bus stop of Changu narayan takes around 30 minutes with around Rs. 30 fee.

Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Hike Is a village about 40 km from Kathmandu, nice place for lunch and a view of the mountains. The village offers a nice quiet setting to wander the streets and see the 'non-tourist' side of Nepali life. Nagarkot to Dhulikhel hiking is an excellent choice for those planning to be in close with nature with a fresh mountain air inside a pine forests and villages before reaching the hillstation of dhulikhel. It is a good 18 km walk with an altitude drop of more than 800 meters and will take around good 5 hours to complete this trekking with ever changing landscapes. The first part of the hike will go through the pine forests for around 10 km with sounds of birds chirping inside and the second part will be pass through terraced farmlands and villages of local people cultivating different vegetables for the remaining 8 km before reaching the hillstation of dhulikhel. It is a part of kathmandu valley cultural trekking trail and is one of the best hiking routes within kathmandu valley. It is an ideal choice for trekkers who have limited time in nepal however want to have a taste of trekking and also an ideal hiking to do acclimitazition before heading up to the himalayas. This hike can be done with family with children. There are no restaurants on the way so, it is highly recommended to carry enough water and packed lunches to eat on the way. As it passes through thick pine forests, we can get easily lost inside the forests, so, it is highly advisable to hire a guide to accompany for safety and security of the guests.




 07:00 AM Pick up from  Your Hotel/School/Collage and Drive to Saliriver bank on the way to Sankhu

08-09:00 AM Hiking to Changu Nayaran Temple from  Saliriver Bank  about 1 hours hike

09-10:00 AM  Breakfast /Lunch  with Dal Bhat at Changu Narayan Village

10:00 AM-02:00  PM   Hiking toward Nagarkot 2200m via Telkot pass 

02-03:00 PM  Snacks /drinks and rest at Nagarkot

03-05:00 PM Return  abck to Kathmandu by bus/Car/ Van




Package Cost


Group Size Stident Adult Status
10+ Rs 2000/-  RS3000/- Package
20+ RS1500/- RS 2500/- Package

 Mid Range

Group Size Sutudent Adult
10+ RS3000/-  RS3500/-
20+ RS2500.00 RS3000/-

 Cost includes:

  • Transportation, Guides 
  • Lunch +Dinner+ Breakfast
  • One over night  accommodation in Nagarkot

Cost does not include:

 Entrance fee (see instruction) and Tips.

Alcohalik Drinks


Day Hiking Checklist

Intentionally comprehensive so you don’t forget anything, our checklist for day hikers starts with the required Ten Essentials. Adapt those and the remaining items on the list based on weather and the remoteness of destination, as well as the hiking experience and preferences of your group.

The Ten Essentials For safety, survival and basic comfort bring these on every hike:

1. Navigation

•  Map (with protective case)

•  Compass

2. Sun protection

•  Sunscreen

•  SPF-rated lip balm

•  Sunglasses

3. Insulation

•  See Clothing options, below

4. Illumination

•  Headlamp or flashlight

•  Extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

•  First-aid kit (see our First-Aid Checklist)

6. Fire

Fire-starting gear:

•  A lighter or matches in a waterproof container

•  Firestarting material

7. Repair tools and kit

•  Knife or multi-tool

•  Repair supplies

8. Nutrition

•  Food for the day, plus extra food

9. Hydration

•  Water bottles or hydration reservoir

•  Water filter or other treatment system

10. Emergency shelter

• Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket









When packing, avoid cotton and adjust each layer based on the forecast; always prepare, too, for the chance that conditions will turn colder, wetter and windier.

  1. Wicking T-shirt or long-sleeve top
  2. Wicking underwear or long-underwear bottoms (women’s, men’s)
  3. Socks
  4. Quick-drying pants or shorts
  5. UPF-rated shirt
  6. Sun hat and/or rain hat
  7. Insulating hat or headband
  8. Insulating fleece or soft-shell jacket or vest and pants
  9. Bandana or Buff
  10. Mosquito net clothing
  11. Rain jacket
  12. Rain pants



  1. Hiking boots or shoes
  2. Gaiters
  3. Water sport sandals


  1. Toilet paper
  2. Sanitation trowel
  3. Menstrual and urinary products
  4. Waste bag(s)
  5. Hand sanitizer


  1. Multifunction watch
  2. Cellphone and waterproof case
  3. GPS
  4. Camera and accessories
  5. Two-way radios
  6. Satellite messenger
  7. Personal locator beacon

Other Recommended Items

  1. Daypack
  2. Energy beverages or drink mixes
  3. Lunch utensils
  4. Drinking cup
  5. Quick-dry towel
  6. Insect repellent
  7. Whistle
  8. Binoculars
  9. Trekking poles
  10. Route description or guidebook
  11. Interpretive field guide(s)
  12. Outdoor journal with pen/pencil
  13. Bag for collecting trash
  14. Post-hike snacks, water, towel, clothing change
  15. Two itineraries: 1 left with friend + 1 under car seat

 Everey weekend 

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