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Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike is an easy and excellent day hiking around the Kathmandu valley. If you would like to see the panoramic range of the mountains and sunrise above the mountain range then you should do this hike which offers all the things. The Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike is a perfect option to get relief from the crowd of Kathmandu and enjoy nature. The Hike is very easy and downhill but it starts from the hilltop. Nagarkot is a hill station which is located on the top of Nagarkot hill. The hill has separated the Kathmandu valley and outside of Kathmandu. It is elevated at an altitude of 2100 Meters. Nagarkot is a place from where you can see the breathtaking view of the Himalayas, green hills around the valley, deep valleys below the Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is one of the top viewpoints of Nepal from where you can see the astonishing views of the Himalayas. Nagarkot itself is a romantic place where you can feel a chill environment because of the cone trees around the place, peaceful environment and cold environment. People say you can see the Many 8000 meters mountains, yes but normally you can not figure out but there are some mountains which can be clearly seen from the Nagarkot. From the top of Nagarkot visitors can take the marvellous view of the Gauri Shankar(7,134 m), Numbur peak(6,958 m), melungtse (7200), Dorje lakpa (6,966 m), Langtang Ri (7205 m), Phurbi Chyachu (6,722 m), Gur Karpo Ri (6,874 m), Gyaltsen Peak (6,705 m) if the weather is very good. It is very good to go there early in the morning for sunrise time. The sunrise here is purely good things that should not be missed.
Nagarkot is one of the best hillocks in Nepal. Nagarkot offers a magnificent view of the Himalayas with the fabulous sunrise over the Himalaya. That is the reason why the Nagarkot Sunrise tour is so popular. It is located in the east of the Bhaktapur and it is on the 32 KM distance from Kathmandu. The hill station Nagarkot is elevated at the Altitude of the 2175M. Due to the elevations, you will see mostly the pine trees on the top and around Nagarkot. Usually, Nagarkot gets a lot of tourists because of the best sunrise view over the Himalayas.
Nagarkot Sunrise tour and Changunarayan hike are best for the travellers who wish to see the Himalayas and take the trekking experience to arrive at the world heritage site Changunarayan temple. If the weather is very good then, travellers can enjoy the splendid sunrise over the Himalayas with the fantastic landscapes. You can see uncountable snow-capped mountains along with some mountains that we have mentioned above in the explanations. Nagarkot Sunrise and Changunarayan hike start early in the morning around 4 o’clock by the drive to Nagarkot. Reaching Nagarkot you will spend some time in the viewpoints and take the photos before you come down to the hotels where you will take breakfast. Having breakfast you will start to walk down to the Changunarayan temple.
Nagarkot is a 32 KM drive from Kathmandu. Till Bhaktapur the road is good from there the road making process is going on. So there might be some dust on the way to Nagarkot early in the morning. We need to go to Nagarkot 4.45 Am for the sunrise view over the Himalayas. It takes around 1.20 minutes to reach Nagarkot. Once you reach there you will spend some memorable time of sunrise over the Himalayas. The Himalayan views are truly mesmerizing. Once you are ready we will bring you to the hotels in Nagarkot for breakfast before the hike. Once you do the breakfast we will start hiking to go down to Changunarayan temple. The Nagarkot Changunarayan hike goes through the green terraced fields and local villages. The hikes always go down till the Changunarayan temple. It is 3 hours downhill hike.
Changunarayan is the oldest Vishnu Temple of Kathmandu valley dated back to 7th century. The temple is built by the king Mandev. The temple is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The temple is in a hillock and surrounded by a forest of Champak trees. On the way to the temple courtyard, there is a settlement of the locals where they sell the souvenirs to the tourists. You can also find small-sized hotels, restaurants. There is an ancient stone tap located on the way to Changunarayan courtyard. They believed that this tap was built in the Lichhavi period of Nepal. The temple is a milestone in Nepali temple architecture with rich embossed works of wood and stone. There are some stone sculptures which are very unique and can not find elsewhere. The two-story temple stands on the plinths above the grounds. There are 24 wood sculptures of lord Vishnu incarnations underneath the roof of the temples which hold the roof. The Kileshwor Mahadev temples are also attractions.
4.45 AM – Pick Up from the hotel and drive to Nagarkot.
6:00 AM – Sunrise view from Nagarkot early in the morning for 1 Hour.
7:00 AM – Breakfast in the hotels.
8:00 AM – Start Hike to Changunarayan.
12:00 PM – Changunarayan temple Sightseeing and watch around there.
1:00 PM – Drive to Kathmandu
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