Viewing sunrise is one of the best things you can do on vacation. Seeing the sun rising and lighting helps you to feel relax. And the act becomes more rewarding in the Himalayas. Just imagine World’s highest snow-capped peaks turn into celestial gold in front of your eyes. The sight strikes you with awe and takes your breath away.
Here are the five best places where you can watch sunrise in the Nepal.
Nagarkot (2,195 m)
Lonely Planet recommend Nagarkot, the popular hill station of Nepal as the best sunrise view point of the Himalayas. Out of 13 Himalayan ranges of Nepal, you can see eight of them from Nagarkot. At sunrise, be mesmerized when snow-white peaks, all the way from Everest (8,848 m) in the east to Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) in the west, pick up red and yellow shades.
When and how to go: October to April is the best time to visit Nagarkot. As for how, road transportation is available up to the village. It’s a two-hour ride. Go there a day before for overnight stay. Or you can trek to get there. You need two days.
Sarangkot (1,600 m)
A must if you visit Pokhara (900 m). Situated on a mountain ridge, this hill station offers a panoramic scene of Himalayan peaks like Annapurna II (7,937 m), Machhapuchhare (6,997 m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) above the Pokhara valley. You will have a breathtaking view when the sun rays give these peaks a touch of golden glow.
When and how to go: October to April is the perfect time. To reach Sarangkot, you can either use road. It’s half-an-hour ride and after drop-off point, you have to walk for another half an hour. Or you can trek which can be covered just within 3 hours.
Poon Hill (3,200 m)
Poon Hill is the best viewpoint in the Annapurna region. The hill provides you a stunning panorama of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri peaks. The sights are closer and clearer than from Sarangkot.
When and how to go: Spring, autumn and winter. There is no road transportation. Walking on two legs is the only means of reaching there. To do Poon Hill Trek, you need at least five days.
Kala Patthar (5,643 m)
Kala Patthar is the most accessible point to view Everest (8,848 m). You can’t see the peak from its base camp. At dawn, you will be dazzled when you will see the sun rising behind the world’s highest peaks: Everest, Nuptse (7,861 m), Changtse (7,543 m) and Lhotse (8,516 m).
When and how to go: Spring and autumn. To reach Kala Patthar, you have to do Everest Base Camp Trek. At least 12 days are needed to reach there and return.
Antu Danda (1,977 m)
Antu Danda isn’t as much famous as the above places. But in recent years its popularity for sunrise viewing has been growing. It is the first place of Nepal to receive sunlight and the sunrise views from this place are truly spectacular. Plus, a trip to this place means you get to see the famous tea gardens of Nepal.
When and how to go: February to May and August to December. You can use road to get there. It’s a twelve-hour ride. Or you can take flight up to Bhadrapur (91 m) and then it’s about two-hour ride from there to Antu Danda.
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