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  • Duration1 Day
  • Price from$105/ person
  • Difficulty LevelEasy
  • Max Altitude(2,195 M) 7,202 ft

Within the Kathmandu Valley, there is one way to see Mount Everest (8848 meters), the highest peak in the world. Hike with us to Nagarkot, a scenic hilltop villages that lies at 2195 meters / 7201 feet. Just a short 32 kilometer winding drive from Kathmandu leads us to a peaceful place to see not only Everest but the Annapurna and Ganesh Himal mountain ranges as well.

Leave from Kathmandu and head towards Changu Narayan in Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is said to be the oldest active Hindu temple in the valley. Not only that, but it was built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma, making it one of the oldest (if not the oldest) temple in the valley. We take some time to explore the detailed wood and stone-carved medieval buildings and shrines – true works of art. 
Explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the Newari architecture, art, and heritage while wandering in and around the ancient palace. Fuel up on some traditional Newari cuisine so you have the energy for the hike. You could spend weeks in Bhaktapur and still not see all that the city offers.

Time to begin the hike! Enjoy passing through village after village, nestled in the lush jungle-covered hills. Villagers carry out traditional practices and live much simpler lives than those who live in Kathmandu. Time seems to move a bit slower here. Surround yourself with natural and cultural beauty from the moment the hike begins until the moment you are back in Kathmandu.
Escape the dust and noise of the capital city and immerse yourself in the natural and cultural wonder of Nepal’s middle hills. Let your mind relax as you listen to the birds chirping and the sound of the wind in the trees. You will feel at peace as you watch the sunset next to the most majestic peaks in the world.
Arrive in Nagarkot by sunset to see the glorious mountains take on a red-orange glow. Watch as the last sunrays of the day strike Everest and its neighboring peaks. This just might be the most memorable sunset for you. Afterward, we take a peaceful drive back to Kathmandu and drop you at your hotel.
If you are limited with your time in Nepal but do not want to leave without seeing the mountains, the Nagarkot Bhaktapur Day Hike is the way to go! The hike is perfect for people of all ages and abilities and can be taken all year around.
If you want to extend your trip for a night to see the sunrise in Nagarkot, we can arrange that. Or, if you would like to start at Nagarkot and end at Changu Narayan, we can arrange for that. The hike itself takes approximately 3.5 hours, and we return by private vehicle to Kathmandu. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

What makes this tour very interesting

  • The Best view point Nagarkot.
  • One of the best day hike place around Kathmandu.
  • World Heritage sites visit, Changunarayan & Bhaktapur.
  • Mountain People, Amazing Landscapes.
  • Panoramic Himalayan view from Nagarkot including Mt. Everest on a clear day. 


  • Day: 1
    Kathmandu - Nagarkot- Kathmandu

    Nagarkot day hike starts at 8; 00 am in the morning. Our guide will come to pick up at your with the vehicle and drive up to Changunarayan. Short scenic drives up to Changunarayan temple and starts hiking towards to Nagarkot. After a hike and short Bhaktapur tour drop to your hotel.

    • NA
    • 5-6 Hour Hike
    • Lunch
    • 2195 M
    • Kathmandu

What's Included

  • English speaking trekking guide
  • Lunch
  • Transportation from the beginning to end
  • Kathmandu valley map.

What’s Excluded

  • Snacks, water
  • Tips for Guide.
  • Personal expenses

Useful Information

  • Nagarkot Bhaktapur Day Hike can be organized all around the year.
  • We can switch the hike routes either Changunarayan - Nagarkot or Nagarkot Changunarayan.
  • For group rates contact Rugged Trails Nepal.
  • If you want to stay overnight in Nagarkot then let us know.
  • Love to see the sunrise from Nagarkot? then could be a sunrise Hike but you have to wake up early.  


  • Nagarkot Day Hike Overnight Tour

    - Susannah Leftley, Ireland

    The tour of Bakhtapur and hike with Dinesh were great! He is very knowledgeable and friendly, and he really took good care. The hotel was nice but too cold at night, even with the heater on, and had a light that didn’t switch off! I did tell them! My room was 108. It had the best view but was not so good with being so cold. Kapil was on time and drove me back to Kathmandu very nicely.

    Thank you!, Thanks for arranging it

  • Great way to get out from Dusty Kathmandu.

    - Christopher, Canada

    Nagarkot is a nice place to get the fresh air. Weather wasn't good but the guide made a day with his funny jokes. Price was expensive but worthy.
    His English was fluent and very knowledgeable about cultures. Before doing Nagarkot i had booked dhampus hike with another company and price was less but guide barely speaks English. Don't roam around these guys are best in the town!

  • Love the sunrise from Nagarkot

    - Mandy, Austria

    I booked sunrise and hike down trip with rugged trails nepal.I love the concept of sunrise and a hike down to changunarayan. There was nothing mentioned about the sunrise but Nirajan suggest me and it was my best morning. Bhim is a great guide so helpful. I will come back again with Rugged trails.