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$30 Outdoor Activities

Kathmandu to Nagarkot for Sunrise and Changu Narayan Hike Tour

Our guide will receive you from your hotel early in the morning while the sky is still dark, around 4 am – 5 am depending on the season. Your private vehicle follows the 42-km (27 miles) road to Nagarkot Hill in about 45 minutes. From the hill station of Nagarkot, you get the chance to watch the sun rise over the mighty Himalayas. On a clear day, you can see the sun rays hit the Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang and the Annapurna Mountains.After the mesmerizing sunrise, stop at a restaurant in Nagarkot for breakfast (own expense). Revitalizing yourself, you could jaunt around for some moments. Then follow your guide along the trail on hill that overlooks the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas, to Changu Narayan. You will pass along the local villages, traditional agricultural fields of mustard and wheat on the terrace (Seasonal), stone built a thatched house, cattle grazing on fields.The trek is mostly downhill, offering an easy hike that is suitable for most people. You will hike down to Telkot (Bhaktapur) in an hour. Then three more hours to enjoy hiking before you reach Changu Narayan Temple. This world heritage site was created by artisans in the Newari village with wood and stone carvings during the era of Lichhivi King, Mandev. After the sightseeing of the 7th century heritage, you will have your lunch there. You have the option to try Newari dishes for lunch (own expense).After lunch, a private vehicle returns you to your Kathmandu hotel where your tour ends.

$180 Day Trips & Excursions

Kathmandu to Nagarkot, Changu Narayan Private Full-Day Hike

Hiking Nagarkot Changu is an excellent walking day tour on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley. If you have just a day in Kathmandu then this is the best option to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. 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 lying on the northeastern rim of the Kathmandu valley. This beautiful hillock also offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas ranging from 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.This 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 fabulous 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 glistening 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 fascinating 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 undisturbed. 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 fascinating day hiking tour in Nepal.Itinerary:4:30am: Early in the morning, the tour guide assists you at your hotel and you start the drive to a beautiful country side hill named Nagarkot to get an early view of the sunrise over the snow capped mountains. It will take about a 45-minute drive via car.8:00am: Have a breakfast of pre-packed food or eat at a selected restaurant. Then, enjoy some sightseeing on the Nagarkot hilltop and begin the long hike to the ancient Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way, one can enjoy the beautiful Nepalese landscape and observe the typical local lifestyle of the ethnic groups like the Tamangs and the Newars.2:00 pm: Lunch in the Changu Narayan area and then some sightseeing of the historical area with the natural beauty of the surroundings.4:30 pm: Your vehicle will assist you at Changu Narayan and transfer back to your hotel.

$50 Private & Custom Tours

Patan Darbar square, Bhaktapur darbar square and Changu Narayan Temple in 1 day

Patan Durbar Square: Located in 7 Km south east of Kathmandu and founded in the 3rd century AD, Patan is the oldest among the 3 cities in the valley. Patan, historically known as Lalitpur  (city of fine arts), has fascinating Hindu and Buddhist monuments with finest craft since time immemorial. The royal palace square, surrounding shrines and courtyards are praiseworthy monuments during your trip in Nepal. The palace, a number of pagodas,  Shikhara style Krishna temple made of stone, classic craftsmanship, nearby five– storied Kumbheshwar temple and the golden temple are some of the main highlights of Patan. Though we can see ancient temples, Stupas and monasteries in the city, Durbar square consists of monuments from 16th and 17th century in general.Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This Square is an open museum holding exciting palace, courtyards, royal bath, sculptures, pagodas, Shikhara style temples and Buddhist monastery along with exclusive architecture. In other words, this is the most beautiful Durbar you visit in your Nepal tours. Though 1934 earthquake brought bad luck to its structure, still the remaining monuments are the finest examples of the medieval excellence. Just near the square, you will visit the traditional painting School, the dying art of Nepal which is the best souvenir from Nepal.  Besides palace complex, five storied temple with most appreciated architecture, the Pottery Square, Dattatraya Square and Peacock window are some other things to see in Bhaktapur.The hilltop temple of Changu Narayan, located 4 kilometers north of Bhaktapur, is the oldest Vishnu shrine in Kathmandu Valley. Founded as early as 325 AD, it is one of Nepal’s most beautiful and historically important structures. Reconstructed in 1702 following its destruction by fire, the two-storey temple has many intricate carvings of the ten incarnations of Vishnu and different multi-armed Tantric goddesses. Changu Narayan’s true gems, however, are the Lichhavai period (4th to 9th centuries) stone, wood, and metal carvings in the courtyard surrounding the main temple.Apart from the main temple there are other shrines dedicated to Shiva, Chinna Masta (Kali), Ganesh and Krishna found in the courtyard. A pilgrimage to the temple of Chinna Masta, considered to be the mother goddess worshipped at the site in prehistoric times, is held here each year in the Nepali month of Baisaakh (April-May).The Changu Narayan Temple is one of seven structures cited by UNESCO as demonstrating the historic and artistic achievements that make the Kathmandu Valley a World Heritage Site.

$99 Outdoor Activities

Kathmandu Hiking Tour

Himalayan Glacier offers its clients two route choices for hiking:1. Hiking from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan Temple (3-4 hours)We take a one-hour drive early in the morning to Nagarkot located 32 km east of Kathmandu Valley  at an altitude of 2100m. Locals believe it to be one of the best places to watch the morning sun as it caresses Mt. Everest and the ever-soaring Himalayas. We then enjoy an authentic breakfast in the hills of Nagarkot, descend further and pass through beautiful villages with locally-built stone houses painted with ochre. After walking for 3-4 hours, we reach the Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, where we are greeted by idols over 1000-years-old. We then end our journey by driving back to Kathmandu.2. Hiking in Shivapuri Hills (4-5 hours)We take breakfast and drive to the Shivapuri Hill located 9 km north of Kathmandu. Situated at an altitude of 2563m, it is the second-highest hill around the valley.  The 2-3 hours hike begins with a visit to the Narayanthan Temple where you will be greeted by a big statue of Lord Vishnu resting atop a bed of serpents. We also pass through Shivapuri Conservation area and visit the Nagi Gumba, a Buddhist monastery for nuns, and upon reaching the top of the hill we get to witness the picturesque view of snow-capped Himalayas surrounding the valley. Next, we hike downhill for about 2 hours and reach the Kopan Monastery, a Tibetan-styled monastery established in 1975. We then end our journey by driving back to Kathmandu.3. Other Hiking choicesApart from the hiking options recommended above, we are also happy to provide you with other choices mentioned below: • Hiking in Nagarjuna Hills • Hiking from Nagarkot to DhulikhelDeparture time: Daily at 8:00amDeparture place:  Every day from Himalayan Glacier Trekking Pvt Ltd. ( Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal)

$94 Outdoor Activities

Nagarkot to Changu Narayan Day Hike

At 7:30am, our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and we head to Nagarkot in a private car. The drive takes about 1 hour. Nagarkot is a hill station situated at 2100m above sea level, 32 km east of Kathmandu in the Bhaktapur district. At the Nagarkot view point, we will enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh himal, Langtang, Rolwaling and Everest (from far distance) as well as views of the Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National Park.After admiring the splendid view, we start hiking down gradually to Changu Narayan. The hike takes about 4 hours. We will pass through terraced fields and local villages (Tamang and Newar ethnic groups) as well as green forests until we reach one of the oldest temples in Nepal - the Changu Narayan Temple. It was built in the 4th century during the Lichhavi King Mandev period. It was subsequently destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1702. We will have lunch in a local restaurant here before returning to your hotel in Kathmandu by private car. The drive takes about 1 hour.

$49 Outdoor Activities

Nagarkot Changunarayan Easy Day Hike for Family from Kathmandu Nepal

Our professional trekking guide will pick up you from your hotel lobby. Then, We drive about an hour to Nagarkot located 32 km east of Kathmandu Valley  (2100m). One of the best place to see perfect view of Mt. Everest (8848 Meters) and the more panoramic view of Himalayas. We then, start our hike descend further and pass through beautiful villages with locally-built stone houses, painted, amazing landscapes, interact with the locals. After walking for 3-4 hours, we reach the Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site. We will visit the temple and it's architecture - our guide will explain for the same. Then we will drive you back to Kathmandu and drop to you hotel.

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