2 Day Chagunarayan Nagarkot Hiking

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The hike, from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan is a two-day trek in Nepal that offers views of the Himalayan range and provides insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley. This trek is located near the Kathmandu Valley. Even though Nagarkot is a small area it allows you to experience village life, hike through hills, enjoy mountain vistas, and explore the country's cultural history. We will introduce you to Nepal's culture and beautiful natural surroundings.

From the captivating charm of Changu Narayan Temple to the views offered by Nagarkot every step along this trail unveils a fusion of cultural richness and mesmerizing landscapes. It promises an adventure for trekkers who seek an encounter, with Nepal's heritage and natural beauty.

If you have limited time in Kathmandu and are seeking an activity around the valley then this day hiking trip from Nagarkot to Changunarayan is perfect for you. It serves as an escape from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu while allowing you to explore the countryside. Despite its proximity to the city it still showcases the lifestyle of rural Nepal.


  • Discover the Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned, for its wood and stone carvings that vividly depict captivating tales from Hindu mythology.
  • Embark on a captivating journey from Kathmandu to Changu Narayan, where you'll witness the enchanting shift from bustling city life to the picturesque landscapes of the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Marvel at the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas from Nagarkot treating your eyes to breathtaking panoramas of  Langtang, Lirung, Gaurisankhar, and Ganesh Himal.
  • Engage with locals in villages along your trekking route gaining firsthand experiences and profound insights into the rich traditions and customs that define rural Nepal.
  • Delight in the flavorsome delights of Nepali cuisine as you relish every bite of meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients that truly capture the essence of this vibrant culture. 


Start your journey, from Kathmandu towards Changu Narayan via a scenic drive. Take in the landscapes and glimpses of local life along the way. When you arrive at the temple you'll be greeted by stone lions guarding its entrance setting the stage for a dive into Nepal's cultural history. Begin your exploration with a walk through the temple courtyard. Each step reveals woodcarvings that adorn windows, struts, and pillars depicting captivating stories from Hindu mythology. 

The main temple structure houses Lord Vishnu depicted with four heads offering an opportunity for introspection and providing a glimpse into centuries of devotion. You can also take part in rituals conducted by temple priests to immerse yourself in an experience. Adjacent to the temple is the Chagu Museum which showcases artifacts and sculptures from this region providing context and insights. As you explore this site panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and surrounding hills unfold before your eyes adding a touch, to this culturally enriching journey.

The trail leading from Changu Narayan to Nagarkot offers a captivating experience as it takes you through terraced fields, charming villages, and vibrant forests. As you ascend be prepared to be mesmerized by breathtaking views of the Kathmandu Valley and the distant hills. The villages, along the way, showcase a variety of styles providing an immersive cultural encounter with the locals. Despite being close to Kathmandu Valley this journey offers glimpses into the beauty of Nepal. 

You'll also have the opportunity to catch glimpses of mountains that enhance the magnificence of your adventure. Notable peaks that can be seen along this route include Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, and, on days the distant Annapurna Range. Ultimately your journey will culminate in Nagarkot where you witness the captivating sunset as the sky transforms into a panorama painting. It creates a peaceful evening experience that will stay with you.

Experience the captivating morning spectacle of the sunrise, over the Himalayas by waking up and heading to Nagarkot. Be mesmerized as you witness the sky transform with hues casting a glow on the snow-capped peaks and creating a mesmerizing panorama.

Embark on a journey from Nagarkot as you descend through enchanting forests and quaint villages. While returning from Nagarkot take a path that offers perspectives of the landscape allowing for plenty of opportunities to capture stunning photos, along the way. As you approach Changu Narayan savor the glimpses of the surrounding hills and valleys before bidding farewell to this experience.

Return to Kathmandu by driving in a vehicle enjoying the views, along the way. Use this time to reminisce about the trek and exchange stories with trekkers. Appreciate the landscapes as you make your way back to the lively city.

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Best Time to hike to Nagarkot

The Changu Narayan to Nagarkot hiking trail has been carefully planned to offer an experience throughout the year with something to offer in every season. In the spring months of March, to May the trail becomes vibrant with a burst of colors as rhododendrons and other wildflowers bloom. The weather during this time is pleasant and moderate creating trekking conditions. Clear skies also ensure that trekkers can fully appreciate the views of the Himalayan range.

During the summer and monsoon months from June to August despite rain showers, the trail transforms into a green paradise. The hills and valleys come alive with life creating a unique and vibrant landscape. One advantage of trekking during this time is that the trail is less crowded allowing for a connection, with nature.

Autumn, which stretches from September to November is known for its skies making it a perfect time, for trekking. The trail offers views and trekkers have the added benefit of immersing themselves in festivals and cultural celebrations which brings a special cultural touch to their journey.

During the winter months of December to February, the trail transforms into an equally captivating experience. Snow-capped peaks become an attraction creating a backdrop, for trekkers. While temperatures may be chilly the air feels refreshing and pure offering trekkers a winter wonderland adventure.

Why is the Changu Narayan to Nagarkot Hike Perfect for Novice Hikers?

The Changu Narayan to Nagarkot hike is a choice for those who are new, to hiking because it offers several factors that make the trek manageable and enjoyable.

  • Gentle climb

The trek is known for being suitable, for people of varying fitness levels and hiking experience. The trails are clear. Not excessively steep or difficult making it accessible for beginners to gradually enhance their hiking abilities.

  • Short Distance

Each day's distances are manageable ensuring that beginners can easily complete the planned route without feeling overwhelmed. The itinerary includes plenty of opportunities for breaks and rest allowing hikers to pace themselves and fully relish the journey, at their rhythm.

  • Elevation Increase;

Although there is some ascent, during the hike it is gradual and not too steep. This makes it easier for novice hikers to adjust to changes in altitude.

The summit of Nagarkot offers breathtaking vistas without exposing hikers to altitude-related difficulties.

  • Helpful Guides;

Having supportive guides is an aspect of the trek. Guides can provide aid and share insights about the region. Encourage beginners, throughout the adventure.

Packing List for Chagunarayan Nagarkot Hiking

  • Clothing:

Moisture-wicking base layers

Insulating layer (fleece or down jacket)

Waterproof and windproof jacket

Trekking pants

Comfortable hiking boots

  • Gear:

Trekking poles

Headlamp or flashlight

Sunglasses with UV protection

  • Personal Items:

Personal identification and necessary permits

Basic first aid kit with medications

Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap)

Water bottles or hydration system

Snacks and energy bars

Sunscreen with high SPF

Lip balm with UV protection

  • Documents:

Passport, permits, travel documents


Our accommodations are strategically located to offer views of the Himalayan range. From these vantage points our clients can witness the mesmerizing panoramas of Everest, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal. We take pride in providing appointed rooms that come with amenities, like hot water facilities, Wi-Fi, and room service to ensure a comfortable and rejuvenating stay.

Ensuring hospitality is our priority when selecting accommodations. Our clients can expect friendly staff who go above and beyond to make their stay memorable. The personalized service adds a touch of warmth to the hospitality experience. Moreover, our on-site restaurants can indulge in a range of international cuisines that perfectly complement their overall experience, in the region.

About Meal

  • Changu Narayan;

Around the area of Changu Narayan, you can find eateries that serve traditional Nepali dishes. These delightful options may include lentil soup with rice known as dal bhat, mouthwatering dumplings called momos, and a unique dish made from fermented leafy greens called gundruk.


  • On the Trail;

During your trekking adventure in villages and scenic spots, along the trail, you'll often come across stalls selling delicious snacks like roasted corn, nuts, and locally made sweets. Some villages might have eateries where you can enjoy flavorful meals. These meals usually consist of variations of rice, lentils, vegetables, and pickles. The local restaurants in these villages offer a range of Nepali and Tibetan dishes that will give you a hearty meal to recharge for your journey ahead.

  • Nagarkot;

In Nagarkot hotels and resorts provide an array of dining options to cater to trekker's diverse preferences. You can not only savor authentic cuisine but also indulge in international dishes as well. The establishments here often offer buffet-style meals that combine both flavors and continental delights.

  • Local Specialties;

Due, to the richness of the region trekkers might have the opportunity to experience Newari cuisine during their journey. There are some specialties to try such, as Yomari ( dumplings) and a variety of pickles.

  • Beverages and drinks

When it comes to staying hydrated during the trek tea houses and stalls provide a range of beverages, including teas and bottled water ensuring that trekkers can quench their thirst, along the journey.

Absolutely this trek is considered moderate. Is perfect for beginners who have a level of fitness.

The best time would be during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) as the weather conditions are most favorable then.

Nagarkot offers a range of accommodations from boutique resorts, to guesthouses that provide stunning views of the majestic Himalayas.

Certainly, we can make arrangements for transportation and the journey from Kathmandu to Changu Narayan offers an experience.

Absolutely! You'll find eateries, tea houses, and restaurants serving a range of delicious traditional Nepali and international cuisines.

You'll need items such as clothing, trekking gear, personal belongings, and specific items based on the weather conditions. Please refer to the packing list, for information.

Yes, you can find guides who are highly recommended for an immersive experience particularly if you are new to trekking in the area.

Absolutely! The itinerary is flexible. We can make arrangements to suit your individual preferences.

While there is some ascent of around 500 meters reaching an altitude of 2175 meters at Nagarkot it doesn't pose significant challenges related to high altitude.

You'll find restroom facilities in villages and accommodations throughout the trek. However, it's important to be prepared for amenities during the journey.

As you traverse landscapes along the trail keep an eye out for bird species captivating flora like rhododendrons and possibly other wildlife that may cross your path.

Yes! You can expect some phone signal and access to internet connectivity along your journey especially when you reach Nagarkot.

Although there are no age restrictions it is important for participants to be, in overall health and have a reasonable level of fitness.