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Trip Overview

Nagarkot Changu Narayan Hike is an excellent day hike on the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley. The trail follows the ridge through the thick forest past terraced fields and Tamang villages with traditional houses built with stone and mud. The hiking trail is a gradual descent over a fairly wide path. Moreover, the hike is easy and mostly downhill, with great views. Also, Changu Narayan Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Nepal that dates back to the fourth century.

Nagarkot lies about 32 km east of Kathmandu valley, at 2175 m. Nagarkot provides one of the best views of the snow-capped peaks, such as the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling, and Everest (at a far distance). For instance, this day trip is ideal if you have just a day and is looking for an easy adventure around Kathmandu valley. On the other hand, this trip can also be perfect as an escape to the serene countryside from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Our guide and vehicle will pick you up from your hotel and drive towards Nagarkot. It takes about an hour to reach there. Enjoy the beautiful mountain view from Nagarkot. After admiring the splendid view, we then hike downhill to Changu Narayan. The hike will take about 4 hours. We will pass through terraced fields and local villages along the way and reach the Changu Narayan temple. The Changu Narayan Temple was built in the 4th century during the period of the Lichhavi King Mandev. Explore this temple for some time, and then drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Nagarkot Changu Narayan Hike

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a 180º view of the Himalayan ranges.
  • Hike through lush forest.
  • Explore the villages on the way and interact with the locals.
  • Experience ethnic culture and lifestyle.
  • Visit one of the oldest temples in Nepal.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-836
  • TRIP NAME: Nagarkot Changu Narayan Hike
  • DURATION: 1 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Hiking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • MAX ALTITUDE 2175 m(Nagarkot)
  • WALKING HOUR 4-5hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Nagarkot-Changu Narayan

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Drive to Nagarkot-Hike to Changu Narayan

    Our guide will pick you up from the hotel around 8:00 am and drive you to Nagarkot. The drive goes through forests and terraced fields past small settlements. From Nagarkot, we can enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges and the Kathmandu valley. We shall spend some time admiring the mountain view and then start the hike to Changu Narayan. From Nagarkot, it is a gradual descent through forests, terraced fields, and across Tamang villages. Here we get the opportunity to explore the local Tamang culture. Changu Narayan temple is one of the oldest temples in Nepal. The hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan takes about 4-5hrs. Explore around the temple and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.

What's Included
  • Pick up and drop to and from the hotel.
  • Guide service.
  • Entrance fee.
What's Not Included
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Any meal(breakfast or lunch).
  • Any kind of beverages.
  • Tips and gratuities.


EDhan (America)

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston (America)

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori (America)

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.