Sankhu Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hike with Sunrise - 2 days

Sankhu Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hike with Sunrise - 2 days

Sankhu, Nagarkot, and Changunarayan 2-day hike is one of the best hikes on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Nagarkot sits atop a verdant hill framed by an endless chain of rolling green hills and towering peaks. Nagarkot is famous for its spectacular sunrise and panoramic Himalayan views. Nestled in a wooded hill lies Changu Narayan Temple, one of the most ancient Hindu temples in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal. Sankhu is a beautiful Newari town and is home to Bajrayogini temple.

The trip begins with a short drive to Sankhu and an amazing hike to Nagarkot. This hike will reward you with breathtaking views of the Himalayas from the viewpoint of Nagarkot. On clear days one can even catch a glimpse of the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest. The next day, you'll wake up early in the morning, at 4 am, to admire the mesmerizing sunrise view from Nagarkot viewpoint. Later, enjoy a beautiful hike to Changunarayan and drive back to Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights

  • Mesmerizing sunrise view Nagarkot viepoint.
  • Walk through a forested trail to the hilltop temple of Changu Narayan
  • Hike up to Changunarayan, the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley
  • Visit Changu Narayan Temple a UNESCO World Heritage Sites -
  • Traverse the beautiful trail of Sankhu village
  • Witness the culture and lifestyle of the Newari and Tamang communities living in Nagarkot and Changunarayan

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Drive to Sakhu and hike to Nagarkot
Day 2 Morning sunrise view, then hike to Changunarayan, then drive to Kathmandu.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Drive to Sakhu and hike to Nagarkot

Sunrise View Sunrise View from Nagrkot

Today, we will start the day with a short drive to Sankhu, an ancient Newari town, and start the hike to Nagarkot. The walk from Sankhu to Nagarkot is short yet rewarding. The trail is easy and entails a gradual climb after an hour of hiking. Make sure to take breaks and drink water. Enjoy walking on the tree-lined single track; after some time, you will reach your destination for the day.

Overnight in Nagarkot

Day 2
Morning sunrise view, then hike to Changunarayan, then drive to Kathmandu.

Changunarayan Temple Changunarayan Temple - a UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal

You will begin the day with a short drive from your hotel at around 4:30 am to admire mesmerizing sunrise from Nagarkot viewpoint. Nagarkot is a popular hill station in Nepal situated at an altitude of 2,175m. Next, we hike to Changunarayan for about 4-5 hours. The hiking trail passes through Telkot village, inhabited by Tamang and Newari communities. You will reach the hilltop temple of Changunarayan, a UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal. After exploring the ancient temple, you will take a drive from Changunarayan to Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Based on 3 reviews
Very good

Olly Newman
flagsUnited Kingdom
Sep 10, 2022
Amazing time!
Peter and I loved the trip. Our guide was amazing guide. We loved the early morning view from the Nagarkot viewpoint. Our short hike to Changu Nayaran and via Sankhu Nagarkot trial was an extra ordinary experience. Glad that we choose Third Rock Adventures for this trip.
Peter Thompson
flagsUnited Kingdom
Apr 27, 2022
Beautiful Trip
I am thankful to Naba and his team for this hike with Nagarko Sunrise. Lucky that I got to taste the other side of Kathmandu. It was short and sweet adventure to Changu Nayaran and Sankhu height. Nagarkot is truly a beautiful place to explore if you have a day or two. Hihgly recommended short hike.
Georgina Parry
flagsUnited States of America
Apr 23, 2022
Sankhu Hike
It was a beautiful morning in Nagarkot. We stood in awe at the beauty of the Himalayas. The hiking part was an amazing experience. Reminded me of my countryside areas, greenery everywhere. Thanks to Naba for everything
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