Trip Overview

Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike in Kathmandu outskirts to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Pick up at 7:30 am from your hotel – drive to Nagarkot and explore – 4 hrs hiking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan – back to Kathmandu by 4:00 pm

Our Nagarkot Changunarayan day hike is an excellent walking day tour on the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley, Nepal. If you have just a day in Kathmandu and looking for an easy adventure activities like day hike in Kathmandu then this Nagarkot Changunarayan day hiking trip is the best option to escape from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and to explore the country side at the same time. You will be amazed to see just how much the local villages along the trail remain unchanged and still exhibit their traditional countryside lifestyle even though they are so close to the city on your day hike in Kathmandu.

We organize the pick up from your hotel for an hour drive to Nagarkot through the green fields and climb through terraced fields. The drive is scenic with the green valley views and the fabulous Himalayas. Nagarkot is a hill station at 2100 m is a popular destination of its kind to capture the great Himalayan vista of all the glistening snowy peaks and it is where day hike in Kathmandu valley starts for you.

The hiking trail from Nagarkot to Chagunarayan gradually descends through the terraced fields through the ‘Tamang Village.’ The thatched houses, painted are built by with local stone hand – hewn by local craftsmen. These houses are normally 3 storied with a kitchen on the ground floor, a bedroom on the second and a store on the top. A courtyard in front has an adjoining shed for animals. The garden next to the house supplies all the household seasonal vegetables and fruit. Spring brings color to the village with young goat kids and other young animals as well as beautiful bright blossoms everywhere. Local wine making is pretty common through out the year on this day hike in Kathmandu valley.

The first part of the hiking is largely a fascinating cultural encounter while the second part is more natural as the trail follows the ridge rich with deciduous forest. The Himalayas appear in the distance totally remote and undisturbed. The walking is easy with gradual downhill and fairly level paths. It will take about 4 hours to reach Changunarayan, the oldest pagoda style Hindu temple in Nepal. After visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site and having our lunch, we take drive back to Kathmandu to end our fascinating day hike in Kathmandu from Nagarkot to Changunarayan.

Outline Itinerary

  • Every Day : Pick up at 7:300 am from hotel to Nagarkot drive
  • Every Day : Pick up at 7:300 am from hotel to Nagarkot drive

    Pick up at 7:30 am from hotel to Nagarkot drive, 4 hrs hiking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan and back to Kathmamdu by 4:00 pm SAME DAY.

Cost Includes

  • Private transportation to day hike starting and ending to Kathmandu
  • English Speaking tour guide with all expenses
  • Heritage entrance fees

Cost Excludes

All personal expenses while on day tour including drinks and tips to guide

“Excellent cultural & natural experiences throughout the trip.”

- Paul / Lisa / Luke / Chris Hewitt, | 31 Aug, 2016

“Helpful staff always cheerful + willing to help, part of our team, of course lots of other things were memorable, too numerous to mention.”

- Jane / Adrian Roberts, | 31 Aug, 2016

“Good reliable Food (No stomach upset!). Getting away from main trek route plus Great local knowledge of Trek leader.”

- Ian & Linda Parker, | 31 Aug, 2016

“We really enjoyed our experience and are so glad we did not attempt to organize the trip ourselves as everything ran so smoothly and was stress free. Thank you.”

- Emma-Louise Barlow, | 31 Aug, 2016

“Good service by porters, staff and climbing Sherpa.”

- Gulper Marchel, | 31 Aug, 2016

“I absolutely loved the trek & would love to do the twenty-day trek to Everest Base Camp when I’m older.”

- Christopher Hewitt, | 31 Aug, 2016

“I really enjoyed getting to know the staff. They were all really lovely people + made my trip very enjoyable.”

- Brooke Robinson, | 31 Aug, 2016

“The whole trek was awesome. Everything was done extremely professionally.

- Bradley + Michael Levitt, | 30 Aug, 2016

“The trek was very personalized, the company was a fantastic experience, the staff were excellent and we were looked after very well. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Mountain Monarch. Will highly recommend to anyone and hope to return in the not too distant future.
Thank you.”

- Gidon, | 11 Aug, 2016

“Everything about the trek was great .The way that we were put at EASE by the staff. The different terrain/ habitats that were experienced.”

- Ross Cant, | 11 Aug, 2016

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