Kathmandu-Changu-Nagarkot Sunrise Tour

The Kathmandu Valley is a wonderful place to visit. Its name alone is one of mystery and intrigue. It is a place steeped with temples and culture along with incredible mountain views. The Valley is ringed with low hills that rise up to nearly 3000 meters. The Valley is divided by the Holy Bagmati River which drains the fertile valley. It is said that it was once a vast lake when one of the gods took his sword and cut a narrow gorge to drain out the lake.

Legend has it that the Kathmandu Valley has 1000 temples, and it is truly a good possibility. The valley does contain seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient temples and cities of Buddhist and Hindu origins.

There is also an incredible sunrise over the High Himalayas from Nagarkot, which is on the rim overlooking the Valley. Here on a clear day you can see snowcapped mountains all the way from Mt. Everest in the east to the Annapurna Range in the west. From this spot you can see several of the highest peaks in the world.

Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks is pleased to be able to offer this wonderful, five day package that explores the Kathmandu Valley. You will see a wonderful sunrise from Nagarkot; explore the quaint village of Changu Narayan with the oldest temple in the valley, plus the other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Trip Details

CodeABT-108 FrequencyEveryday Duration5 Group Size2 Best Seasonall year round Altitude- mts. SupportYes DifficultyEasy

Brief Itinerary for Nagarkot Sunrise Tour and Changu Narayan Hiking

DAY 1– Arrival in Kathmandu, transport by private vehicle to your Deluxe Hotel.
DAY 2 – Full Day Guided Tour of the Kathmandu Valley, Soyambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
DAY 3 – Kathmandu to Changu Narayan with a short Hike to Nagarkot for a magnificent sunset over the High Himalayas. (elev.2100m)
DAY 4 – Sunrise at Nagarkot, then a tour of the city of Bhaktapur, along with Patan Durbar Squares.
DAY 5 – Final Departure Day

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu - Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by a representative of Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks and taken by private car to your Deluxe Hotel. There will be welcome drinks and a short briefing about your trip by your guide. Spend the night in the hotel.

DAY 2 – Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Kathmandu Valley - Kathmandu is a delight to see, and this day will focus on some of the main UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This includes the famed Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple). This is a Buddhist holy site that dates back over 2000 years and from the top offers a great view of the Kathmandu Valley. From here we will go to Boudhanath, which is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the third largest in the world. Here you will find an active community of Tibetan refugees. Then it is a short trip to Pashupatinath, the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world. Feel free to ask questions of your guide as you are transported by private vehicle to each location. We will return to your hotel for the night.

DAY 3 – Kathmandu-Changu Narayan-Short Hike to Nagarkot (elev. 2100 m): On this journey, we will go to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Changu Narayan, which features the oldest Hindu temple in the Kathmandu Valley. This village sits on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, and is an outstanding place to visit. It is the least visited of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its location; it is probably the most impressive and natural in settings. From here, we will do a half day trek to our destination of Nagarkot, arriving in time at our Deluxe Hotel to enjoy a great sunset over the Himalayas. From here, you can see all the way from Mt. Everest to the Annapurna Ranges on a clear day. Even when visibility is poor, it is still a magnificent place to view a sunset and see the incredible high peaks of the snowcapped mountains. Spend the night at Nagarkot in a Deluxe Hotel.

DAY 4 – Nagarkot-Bhaktapur-Patan-Kathmandu: We will be up early to watch the sunrise over the mountains, and then sit down to a good breakfast before heading back down the mountain. Our first stop will be the city of Bhaktapur, known as the City of Devotees. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once its own kingdom and we will see its royal palace plus many impressive temples. The streets are narrow as they wind their way down the hill. From here, we will then go to the city of Patan to visit its famous museum plus see its royal palace and temples at its Durbar Square. Patan was also its own kingdom once and it famed for its art. From here it is back to your hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, we will enjoy farewell dinner.

DAY 5 – Final Departure: All good things must come to an end, and this short trip is no exception. Your representative at Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks will escort you by private vehicle to the airport to see you off to your next destination. Before leaving, why not discuss a return trip to Nepal to explore other parts of Nepal.


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