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Nagarkot (2100m) - Changunarayan Temple (1600m) 1D

Changunarayan Temple

Changu Narayan, 18 km east of kathmandu is 1541 meters above sea level. This place is named as Dolagiri, Dolparvat, Dolasikhar, Chapakaranya, Champapur Mahanagar, and Champak Narayan. Changu Narayan is worshipped by Hindus as Lord Bishnu and Hari Hari Hari vahan Lokeshwor by Buddhist. Stone inscription of king Mandeva back from the (464 AD) 3rd centruy is said to the be 1st written histroy of Nepal with archeological evidence. Garuda (Holy mount of Lord Bishnu), Statue of King Bhupalendra Malla and Queen Bhuvanlaxmi back from the 17th century, statue of Chanda Narayan (Garuda Narayan) back from the 7th century depicted in Nepalese RS 10 Note, Statue of Sridhar Vishnu with Laxmi and Garuda from 9th century, Vaikuntha Vishnu back from 16th centruy, Chinnamasta Temple, Living elephant, statue of Vishworup from 7th century, Statue of Vishnu Vikrant from 3rd century, statue of Lord Narasimha dated back to 7th century, and Kileshwor Mahadev temple and the major highlights of Changunarayan. Being an ancient holy place with masterpieces of stone carvings as well as an open meseum Changunarayan was listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in the year 1979.



Nagarkot anciently known as Mandapgiri is located 32 km east of Kathamndu 2000 m above sea level. This is one of the famous touristic destination where breathtaking panoramic view of snow-capped mountains are presented. 8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 can be seen from here . The ranges include Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range (Everest range) and Numbur range with views of the Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National Park.


  • Transportation throughout the day.
  • Entrance fees. 
  • An experienced English speaking cultural guide. 


  • Lunch
  • All beverage hot and cold. 
  • Tips to guide and driver (tips are accepted but not mendatory).


4 hours hiking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan Temple is the most scenic and picturesque short hike to admire and experience Tamang villages, agricultural fields, tradtional houses, domestic animals, pagoda temples and of course snow-capped Himalayan ranges. Out of 13 Himalayan Range, we can admire 8 Himalayan Ranges during this amazing hike.