Viewing sunrise is one of the most beautiful things to do on vacations. You feel more relaxed when the sun rises and shines. Nepal is a beautiful and scenic country, and seeing sunrise in Nepal is a must-watch bucket list thing for many people.
Just imagine the sun rays touching and spreading over the snowcapped mountains. The painting of red, yellow, and oranges rays on white mountains becomes even more mesmerizing.
Nepal holds the best vantage points for sunrise views. You will be able to capture the breathtaking moments with your mind and cameras. The snowy towering peaks and sun rising above the mountains are purely out of the world.
Here are some of the best-picked viewpoints for sunrise views that leave a hypnotic effect.
• Nagarkot (2195 m)
With an eminent altitude of 2195 m, Nagarkot is a popular hill station of Nepal lying 2km east of Kathmandu valley. Renowned for its splendid peaks view, Nagarkot offers you with the spectacular sunrise view. Far from the dust and noise, this place lets you explore the aspect of enormous mountain ranges of Nepal. The best time for visiting Nagarkot is in March and October.
• Poonhill (3200 m)
Poonhill is one of the most majestic and famous viewpoints of Annapurna region among the trekkers. Located at the altitude of 3200 m, Poonhill trek offers you an excellent vantage point for sunrise viewing. You will enjoy the sight of panoramic Mt. Dhaulagiri, Dolpo, Manaslu, and Machhapuchhare. The most favorable go time is between March and June and September and December as the sky becomes more clearers weather becomes more comfortable for trekking.
• Sarankot (1600m)
Situated in the hill station of Pokhara, Sarankot offers a panoramic scene of Himalayan Peaks of Annapurna Himal, Machhapuchhare Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal above Pokhara Valley. You will witness the breathtaking sunrise view when sun rays spark these peaks with a golden glow. Many tourists travel from October to April to explore the surreal beauty of the Sarankot sunrise. Sarankot is just an hour away from the Pokhara you can either go hiking in the afternoon or catch the sunrise on the same day.
Kalapatthar is the best place for standing in between the mountains and witnessing the sunrise. The enchanting moment when the sunrays kiss the towering peak of the earth, including Everest, Lothse, Nuptse is irresistible. After making through the alpine forests, Kalapatthar trek offers the magnificent views of the Everest region.
The best go-to time is between summer and autumn. You have to include the Everest base camp trek of 12 days to reach the Kalapatthar.
• Gokyo Ri (4750 m)
Often overlooked Gokyo Ri is a wonderful opportunity to see the sunrise over the Everest. As the trek over Gokyo Ri is more challenging after reaching the Gokyo Ri the overwhelming sunrise at an altitude of 4750m will be breathtaking. For reaching the Gokyo Ri, you have to travel around the perfect lakes and good looking glaciers. The sunrise view in the Gokyo Ri will be one of your most memorable travel adventures. The best time to travel Gokyo Ri is between summer and autumn.
• Antu danda (1823 m)
Situated in the eastern part of Nepal Antu danda is known as a tea garden. With the 12 hour ride from Kathmandu, Antu Danda is an excellent place to outlook sunrise with following the majestic views of Mount Kanchenjunga. It is the first place to receive the sunlight, and the sunrise view from this place are genuinely spectacular. February to May and August to December is the best period to visit Antu Danda.
About the Author: Aksharika, is a traveler and a travel guide from Nepal who loves to travel and write her experiences on travel blogs.