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Nagarkot Hiking

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  • Duration7 Hours
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max Altitude 2195 M
  • Group Size Max 15
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu

The more common way to see Mount Everest from Kathmandu is by taking the short, sweet Nagarkot Hike.  Nagarkot, at 2195m, is a quiet and scenic hilltop about 32 km from Kathmandu.  It is an outstanding mountain view point. You also get to experience typical village life found in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas.  The Nagarkot hiking trail is quite easy, but exciting nevertheless.
After the 1 and half hour's drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot, we begin our Nagarkot Hike. For people who have limited time in Nepal or would like something more relaxed than a high mountain trek, this is perfect for you.  From Nagarkot, you can see a panorama view of the Himalayas, ranging from the Dhaulagiri in the west to Mount Everest in the east, as well as the magnificent Kanchenjunga (at 8586m, it’s the 3rd highest mountain in the world.)  Try to bring some binoculars for the best view of Everest!  We will be far from the noise of Kathmandu for the day, immersed in the relaxed lifestyle of the villagers. 

Before traveling to Nepal, many people ask, “Can I see Mt. Everest from Kathmandu?”

The answer is yes!

  • You can see Mt. Everest from Kathmandu in two ways
  • The quick way is by taking a 1 hour Everest View Flight from the Kathmandu domestic airport. This is an experience of a lifetime that allows you to see the world’s highest mountains within 1 hour.

Within a short drive and a few hour's hike, you will be amazed to see the difference between valley life and the landscape of Kathmandu.  The way that the villagers are living seems unchanged through the passing of time. If you’d like to extend your trip for a night, we can arrange that. The sunrise and sunset on the Himalayas seen from this hill would be a lifelong memory for you. After passing through jungles and villages, our Nagarkot hiking trail will end at Changunarayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the oldest temple in Kathmandu, constructed over 1,500 years ago.  After we visit the temple, we head back to Kathmandu.

Your Nagarkot Day Hike can be organized all around the year which gives you the amazing experience of the local village life of Nepal. Even during the winter, the views are just as crisp, and there are less tourists. Also, it is a perfect hike for all ages.  It is truly the best day hike inside the Kathmandu valley and it’s a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Come check out our Nagarkot Hike and experience the village cultures firsthand, while also being surrounded by stunning views of the highest mountains in the world.

3 Options for Nagarkot Bhaktapur Day Hike ( Choose which you want)

  • Morning sunrise from Nagarkot, hike to Changunarayan from Nagarkot. (Bhaktapur sightseeing before driving back to Kathmandu, optional but includes in package cost) Breakfast on your own, our guide will show you the restaurants.
  • Drive to Changunarayan and hike up to Nagarkot after lunch drives back to Kathmandu. If you want to visit Bhaktapur included it in your trip cost.
  • First Bhaktapur visit (if you want to visit), drive to Changunarayan and hike up to Nagarkot and drive back after the Sunset View. 

Or no hikes just a sunrise tour or sunset tour write us.

Another highly recommended village hike from Kathmandu is: Ranikot Village Day Hike

  • Stunning Himalayan Peaks.
  • World's tallest Mt. Peaks, and ranges.
  • Farming, local villages lifestyle.
  • Amazing Landscapes, scenery.
  • Peacful hiking though forest, birds, animals.
  • UNESCO sites "Changunarayan Temple" visit,
  • If time permits Bhaktapur Durbar Square visit.


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The Nagarkot day hiking trip starts 8; at 00 am in the morning. Our guide and driver will come to your place to pick you up and after the tour drop at your place.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,175 M
  • You will visit: Nagarkot - Bhaktapur
  • Walking Hour: 5

Route Map

Nagarkot Hiking map
Cost Details
  • Private vehicle pickup from hotel and drop to your hotel.
  • Local government license holder guide.
  • Lunch at Nagarkot hotels.
  • Nagarkot - Changunarayan VDC entrance fees.
  • Assistant to carry your day pack bag (If needed).
  • Changunarayan temple monuments sightseeing. 
  • If time permits Bhaktapur Durbar Square sightseeing.
  • Salary and allowance for Guide and assistance.
Add-ons & Options

Mount Everest Flight

Dates & Prices

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Trip DateSep 25, 2023 -Sep 25, 2023
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Trip DateSep 28, 2023 -Sep 28, 2023
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  • Nagarkot Day Hiking departs every single day from Thamel, Kathmandu.
  • If you are in a group contact the Day Tours Nepal Tour officer for the best deals.
  • Nagarkot Day Hike is also a private tour, we will organize a single private hike.
  • We are offering 3 optional plans for the Nagarkot trek, check the overview and pick one of them. 
  • We accept 2023 and 2024 bookings, email us. 

Note:  Since the Nagarkot day hiking trip departs every day, we are not able to put the daily departure dates on our site. Anytime Anywhere we will reach out for this tour. 

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Festival and Events

We are suggesting some of the biggest and most interesting festivals of Nepal which are celebrated in the capital city Kathmandu and in various parts of Nepal. You can plan a Nepal vacation or the Nagarkot Day Hike accordingly so you can experience more Nepalese cultures and participate the festive events. 

  • Dashian Festival "Inside Nepal"

The longest and most significant celebration in Nepal is Dashain. The ten-day event honors the triumph of good over evil. Equal numbers of Hindus and Buddhists participate in the holiday. Dashain is a time for gathering with family and friends to rejoice. It's a joyful, peaceful, and joyful time.  Festival Dates Oct 15, 2023 – Tue, Oct 24, 2023.

  • Indra Jatra Festival Kathmandu

Indra and his mother Dagini are honored during the eight-day joyful festival of the Newari community in the Kathmandu Valley in order to obtain their blessing for the upcoming harvest. The chariots of living goddess Kumari, Ganesh, and Bhairav will be the main attraction of the festival also the Lakhey and many cultural mask dances around Kathmandu Durbar Square. Lord Indra is a particularly revered deity in Hindu societies where a good harvest is crucial since he has an avatar as the god of rain. Festival dates are 28 September 2023 to 2nd October 2023

Nepal Festival Tour - Nagarkot Day Hike

Nagarkot Hiking FAQs

  • Nagarkot is Popular viewpoint for a Sunrise / Sunset view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest ranges as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley and a perfect for nature hike.

  • All around the year it's a perfect place to visit Nagarkot however the best month to visit Nagarkot is from October to April so that you can have a clear view of the Himalayan Peaks. In clear mornings with the most stunning views of Himalayas at sunrise. We "Day Tours Nepal" has daily departure trip to Nagarkot for sunrise and also a day hiking trip from Thamel, Kathmandu. 

  • Nagarkot - Bhaktapur or Changunarayan is the most popular day hiking trip from Kathmandu. During the winter Nagarkot gets frequent snowfall and people love to go there for snow activities.

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