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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 nonetheless.

Highlights of Nagarkot Day Hike

  • Stunning Himalayan Peaks
  • The world's tallest peaks and mountain ranges.
  • Farming, local village lifestyle
  • Amazing landscapes and scenery
  • Peacful hiking through forests, birds, and animals
  • UNESCO sites "Changunarayan Temple" visit,
  • If time permits, visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

After the 1 and a 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 travelling 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 an 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.

Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail can be organised all year, which gives you an amazing experience of the local village life in Nepal. Even during the winter, the views are just as crisp, and there are fewer 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 Trek and get a firsthand look at the village cultures while taking in the breathtaking views of the world's highest mountains.

Nagarkot Bhaktapur Day Hiking Package: Sunrise

We are giving you two options for the Nagarkot Day Hiking Trip. Normally, the Nagarkot Day Hiking Package is in the afternoon, either from Nagarkot to Changunarayan or from Bhaktapur Changunarayan to Nagarkot. However, we are also offering the Sunrise Day Hike from Nagarkot, which is more popular with us. Most of our airline crew members from Korean Air, Salam Air, Singapore Air, and Qatar Airways enjoy the sunrise hike and recommend it to everyone.

To experience the sunrise hike, you will need to wake up early in the morning. Our pickup time is 4 AM. However, the experience is worth it. The weather is usually clear in the morning, so you will have great views of the mountains. On the Nagarkot Changunarayan Bhaktapur Sunrise hike, we will provide a buffet breakfast at Hotel Country Villa, where you can enjoy the beautiful mountain views.


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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 the hotel and drop-off at your hotel
  • Local government license-holder guide
  • Lunch
  • Changunarayan Temple monuments, sightseeing, and entrance fees
  • If time permits, visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
  • Salary and allowance for guide and driver
  • Tipping.
  • Mineral water and drinks
  • Bhaktapur entrance fee: USD 15.
Add-ons & Options

Mount Everest Flight

Dates & Prices

Nagarkot Day Hike Departure Dates for 2024

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. We are offering three optional plans for the Nagarkot trek. Please check the overview and pick one of them. Pickup is included, so while booking the Nagarkot Day Hike, please write your hotel details and room number.

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. 

Good to know

Nepal Festival and Events

We are suggesting some of the biggest and most interesting festivals of Nepal, which are celebrated in the capital city of 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 in the festive events. 

Dashian Festival "Inside Nepal"

The longest and most significant celebration in Nepal is Dashain. The ten-day event honours 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.  Dates of the Festival: October 10, 2024–October 15, 2024

Indra Jatra Festival Kathmandu

Indra and his mother, Dagini, are honoured 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 the living goddess Kumari, Ganesh, and Bhairav will be the main attractions of the festival, as will 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. For more details on Indra Jatra Festival dates and events, click on the link above.

Holi Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal

Holi is a festival celebrated for the final victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring after the festivals of Dashain and Tihar. Foreign and domestic visitors will throw coloured water and dry powder at one another during this vibrant celebration to convey their heartfelt greetings and best wishes.

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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