• Duration: 1 Days
  • Diffculty: Leisurely Plus 
  • Best Time: Sept - May
  • Max. Altitude: 2000 m

Nagarkot Changunarayan Day Hiking to Escape from the Hustle and Bustle of the City

Our Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike is excellent on the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley. Suppose you have just a day in Kathmandu and looking for an accessible adventure activity around the valley. Then this Nagarkot Changunarayan day hiking trip suits you best. Mainly to escape away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and explore the countryside simultaneously. Surely you will be amazed to see how much the local villages along the trail remain unchanged. Furthermore, it still exhibits its traditional countryside lifestyle even though they are close to the city.

Pick up at 7:30 am from your hotel - drive to Nagarkot and explore - 4 hrs hiking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan - back to Kathmandu by 4:00 pm

We organize the pick-up from your hotel for an hour's drive to Nagarkot through the green fields and climb through terraced fields. The drive is scenic, with green valley views and the fabulous Himalayas. Notably, Nagarkot, a hill station at 2100 meters, is a popular destination. Undoubtedly it boasts the grand Himalayan vista of glistening snowy peaks and where your Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike starts.

Hiking along the Ridge, witnessing the Local Settlement and their Culture

The hiking trail from Nagarkot to Chagunarayan gradually descends through the terraced fields of the 'Tamang Village. The thatched houses, painted, are built with local stone hand-hewn by local craftsmen. These houses are generally three-storied with a kitchen on the ground floor, a bedroom on the second, and a store on the top. A courtyard in front has an adjoining shed for animals. Similarly, the garden next to the house supplies all the household seasonal vegetables and fruit. Spring brings color to the village with young goat kids, other young animals, and beautiful bright blossoms everywhere. Local winemaking is typical throughout the year on this day hike route from Nagarkot to Changunarayan in Kathmandu valley.

Day Hiking in Kathmandu for all, Group of Friends or Family

The first part of the hiking is essentially a fascinating cultural encounter. Furthermore, the second part is more natural as the trail follows the Ridge rich with deciduous forest. The Himalayas appear in the distance, remote and undisturbed. The walking is easy with gradual downhill and fairly level paths. It will take about 4 hours to reach Changunarayan, Nepal's oldest pagoda-style Hindu temple. We visited this UNESCO World Heritage Site and had our lunch at Changunarayan. Finally, we drive back to Kathmandu to end our fascinating Nagarkot Chagunarayan day hiking in Kathmandu.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Day hike tour while in Kathmandu
  • Day hike from Nagarkot to Changunarayan temple
  • Witness the Himalayas vista and local culture
  • Best Price with hassle-free tour arrangement
  • Experienced hiking guide with private transportation
  • Customize Tour as per your time in Kathmandu
  • Recommended by Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet



Pick up at 7:30 am from hotel to Nagarkot drive, 4 hrs hiking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan and back to Kathmamdu by 4:00 pm Sameday.

  • MealsLunch
  • Altitude2000 m

Day Hike in Kathmandu itinerary:

What's Included
  • Private transportation to day hike starting from your hotel in Kathmandu
  • English-Speaking tour guide with all expenses
  • Heritage entrance fees
What's Excluded

All personal expenses while on day tour including drinks and tips to guide

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