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From Kathmandu: 1 hour Panoramic Everest Flight

1. From Kathmandu: 1 hour Panoramic Everest Flight

Take off from Kathmandu airport in the early morning for a spectacular mountain flight to discovery the majestic scenery of the Himalayas. For those who can’t go trekking in the mountains themselves, get panoramic view of the Himalayas in just an hour-long flight. As the aircraft takes off and heads towards the east, you won't have to wait long to find out what's in store for you. First to your far left you will see Gosaithan, also called Shisha Pangma, standing at the majestic height of 26,290 feet (8,013 meters). Immediately to the right of Gosaithan, you will Dorje Lhakpa appear (22,000 feet or 7,000 meters), a mountain that almost looks like a figure 8 lying in the snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Chyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley. As the plane glides along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is Buddha Air Mountin Choba-Bhamare, the smallest mountain of the lot, but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also in its spirituality, Gauri-Shanker. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, which was first successfully climbed only in 1979. The mountains of Melungtse and Chugimago are next on the tour, the latter of which is still waiting to be climbed. Numbur and Karyolung, an intensely white mountain, will gleam with the rising sun as we carry on deeper into the mountain range. We will then pass Cho-Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, reaching a height of 27,000 feet (8,201 meters). Gyachungkang, Pumori and Nuptse, each over 22,000 feet (7,000 meters) in height, will mark our path towards the highest mountain of them all: Mount Everest. Known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans, this unbelievable mountain stretches 29,021 feet (8,848 meters) into the sky. Much has already been written about Everest, but to actually witness it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms there in front of the eyes, it remains a remarkable place, this highest spot on earth. The spectacular mountain flights from Nepal Social Travel and Tour are offered by a number of airlines.

Everest Base Camp: 3 Hour Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

2. Everest Base Camp: 3 Hour Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

This aerial tour of the Everest region will provide you with breathtaking views of the region and memories to last a lifetime. Each participant gets a window seat while flying to Everest Base Camp. Fly east from Kathmandu towards the beautiful Sherpa village and the gateway to Everest, Lukla. After fueling in Lukla, fly towards the Everest Base Camp at Kalapathar. The flight goes over the Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep and Khumbu glaciers to reach the Everest Base Camp. You will be given a maximum of 5 minutes landing time at the Base Camp due to the altitude threat. Located at approximately 5644m, it provides unbelievable views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Changtse and Lhotse. Indulge in an exclusive breakfast at the Everest View Hotel, located on a ridge. Watch the changing landscape as clouds drift past the peaks and reveal forests and small villages on the mountain sides. You will then fly back to Lukla for fueling and then to Kathmandu to end this amazing experience.

Kathmandu: Full-Day Mountain Biking Tour

3. Kathmandu: Full-Day Mountain Biking Tour

Enjoy spectacular views of the Nepalese Himalayas on a full-day mountain bike tour, with options tailored to your level of experience and fitness, from an easy 19-mile (32-kilometer) trek to a challenging 37-mile (62-kilometer) bike ride. You will be cycling in a delightful world of wooded slopes, small villages, hidden temples, and views of the giant mountain peaks, from Makalu to the Annapurnas. Each route is available daily and includes a mix of trails and technical challenges. Kathmandu-Tolkha-Kathmandu Tour This is a great beginner’s ride that includes an easy climb away from Kathmandu before a thrilling ride back downhill through typical villages and farms. There will be some chances to test your skills on sections of single track. Visit the ancient temple at Tolkha for a picnic lunch, before returning to Kathmandu. • Grade: Easy • Distance: 19 miles (32 kilometers) Kathmandu-Jamcho-Kathmandu Tour Enjoy a challenging 27-mile (45-kilometer), 3-4 hour bike ride, climbing through the National Park jungle, with breathtaking views and a brilliant descent along a rough-and-ready trail as the reward for hardcore mountain bikers. • Grade: Difficult • Distance: 27 miles (45 kilometers) Kathmandu Scar Road Tour This is one of the most talked about and challenging rides in the Kathmandu Valley. Start with a 20.5-mile (34-kilometer) climb along a winding paved road to Trishuli and the heart of Langtang. Once at the top, go off-road and climb the last 3-mile (5-kilometer) steep section for stunning views of the Himalayas on clear days. Once inside the National Park the trail becomes narrow and technical. Traverse the jungle with a cliff drop on one side, and test your technical riding with some fast and furious downhill stretches. Be sure to keep your eyes on the trail and not the mountains! • Grade: Difficult • Distance: 37 miles (62 kilometers) Kathmandu-Chobar-Lele-Godwari- Kathmandu Tour Enjoy a longer, scenic ride of the southern end of the Kathmandu Valley. Suitable for intermediate riders, the tour combines a mix of jeep tracks, country roads, and trails. The 28-mile (47-kilometer) trail undulates through the countryside and small villages of the Newar and Tamang people, before making a sharp ascent to Dhanda, where views of the Kathmandu Valley open up before your eyes. There is the option of a challenging single track, or a switch back jeep track to get down to the valley. • Grade: Difficult • Distance: 28 miles (47 kilometers)

Kathmandu: White Water Rafting Trip on Trishuli River

4. Kathmandu: White Water Rafting Trip on Trishuli River

Embark on a rafting adventure trip down the Trishuli River that offers the best class of rapids for the rafters in Nepal. The Trishuli River is a popular destination in Nepal. Most time of the year the river has a steady water flow but during the monsoon, the size of the river gets bigger and consists of big waves. The river flows between the high and small hills have a perfect sensation of water for the rafters. Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure with Trishuli River Rafting a perfectly built recreation place for adventure lovers. After breakfast set out for your journey towards the Trishuli River and enjoy the en-route natural scenery. A drive of 3-4 hours through the main trail will take you to the launch site Charaudi. From here you will start rafting the river for about 4 hours. Experience the beauty of perfect scenery of jungles, small charming villages, and sight of cable car coming back and forth to the famous Hindu temple (Manakamana). Enjoy your lunch on the bank of the river along with the breathtaking scenery. After rafting head towards Kathmandu retrieving the same trail for a few hours drive by bus. Finally, tour staff will drop you off at your hotel.

Kathmandu: 14-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

5. Kathmandu: 14-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

Upon your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be met by your tour representative before being transferred to hotel. The following day, you will fly to Lukla (2,850 meters) before trekking to Phakding (2,640 meters 4-5 hours). Your trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters will take between 6-7 hours). Your 4th day will consist of rest and acclimatization at the Namche Bazaar, where you will enjoy a 2 to 3-hour excursion. On day 5 you will trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 meters) over the space of 5-6 hrs. Day 6 will involve you trekking from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 meters) for 5-6 hours once more.   You will continue to acclimatize further at Dingboche on day 7, before trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 meters) on day 8. On day 9, trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 meters) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters) before returning back to Gorak Shep. On day 10 you will hike to Kalapathar (5,545 meters) from where you will trek to Pheriche (4,371 meters). You will continue to descend for the next 3 days, before arriving back in Kathmandu on day 13 where you will spend a final evening before your departure the next day.

Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour

6. Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour

See the sights of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal on a 6-hour tour of an area that covers 218 square miles (350 kilometers). Kathmandu Valley contains 3 fabulous cities of great historic, religious, and cultural interest: Kathmandu (Kantipur), Patan (Lalitpur), and Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur). The Kathmandu Valley has often been described as an open-air art gallery with thousands of sacred shrines in brick, stone, metal, and wood scattered throughout it. On your tour, you will not be able to see the entire valley, but you will be taken to some of the most important and monumental sites. Many of these are squares or temples that are also designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square This square is home to a house full of woodcarvings of different gods and goddesses. In this 3-story palace you will also find the living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists venerate her, and she serves as an illustration of the harmony between the Hindu and Buddhist people. One of the popular temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Kashamandap, locally known as Maru Sattal. It is believed that the name of Kathmandu City is derived from the name of this temple, and it is said that this temple is built by one single Sal (sorea robusta) tree. At the center of this temple, one can see the statue of a Hindu god Gorakhnath and in the 4 corners of the temple one can see Ganesh statues. The most visited temple of Kathmandu is Maru Ganesh. The people of Kathmandu Valley believe that the 4 Ganesh statues in the 4 corners of Kathmandu Valley protect the people living in Kathmandu. Every day people go to worship this temple, and especially on Tuesdays, you can see a long line of people waiting for hours to worship. Other interesting things to see here are Mahadev Temple, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Old Palace, Saraswoti Temple, Krishna Octangular Temple, Big Drums, Kal Bhairav, Jagannath Temple, and Tal. Swayambhunath/Monkey Temple Swayambhunath / Monkey Temple is a 2,500-year-old Stupa situated overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Its name comes from the holy monkey living in part of the complex. The painted eyes on 4 sides symbolize the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, and the site is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Pashupatinath Temple Pashupatinath is a temple of Lord Shiva and the most sacred of the 275 Shiva temples worldwide. It is also the oldest temple in Kathmandu. The Bagmati River runs alongside the temple, and is the site not only of pilgrims who bathe in the river, but also contains a special area where members of the royal family are cremated. Boudhanath Stupa Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the biggest in the world. It is the most important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists, who come here by the thousands during the winter festival to pay their respect. Patan Durbar Square Patan Durbar Square is home to the former Patan Royal Family. The most photographed of Kathmandu’s 3 Durbar Squares, it features a remarkable display of Newari architecture. Its main attractions include the Krishna Temple, with its 21 golden pinnacles, Rudra Varna Mahavihar, a Buddhist Monastery that houses local treasures, and the central courtyard of Mul Chowk.

Everest Base Camp: 12 Day Trek Start/End at Kathmandu

7. Everest Base Camp: 12 Day Trek Start/End at Kathmandu

Trekking in the Everest region is a lifetime dream of many people. This classic Everest trek is the perfect chance to take in this majestic mountain and the splendid beauty of the region’s scenery. This trek winds, climbs, and descends its way through lush lowland and alpine forest, past Buddhist monasteries and authentic Sherpa Villages. You'll have the opportunity to explore the lifestyle of the Himalayan people, their religion, customs and traditions. Marvel at alluring birds like the golden eagle, snow pigeon, and red- and yellow-billed choughs, and discover flora like rhododendron, magnolias, blue pine, chir pine, juniper and hemlock.  Itinerary: Day 01: Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Trek to Phadking (2700m) Day 02: Phadking to Namche Bazaar (3420m) Day 03: Acclimatization in Namche (3420m) Day 04: Namche to Tengboche (3850m) Day 05: Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m)/Dingboche (4350m) Day 06: Pheriche/Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m) Day 07: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5160m) Day 08: Site trip to Everest Base Camp (5400m) Day 09: Pheriche to Tengboche Trek back to Tengboche and overnight at Tengboche Day 10: Tengboche to Namche Trek back to Namche and overnight at Namche Day 11: Namche to Lukla Trek back to Lukla and overnight at Lukla Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu

From Kathmandu: Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour

8. From Kathmandu: Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour

Patan and Bhaktapur were separate kingdoms in early times and are filled with age-old palaces, temples, shrines, monasteries, and courtyards. These two medieval cities boast otherworldly views and extensive historical centers, and are both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Patan Durbar Square, the main attraction, comes equipped with a museum, palaces, Hindu temples, and ancient courtyards, whereas Bhaktapur, about 12 km from Kathmandu city, has retained its medieval spirit.   Within the centuries-old atmosphere of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, find Nyathapole Temple, Golden Gate, 55 Window Palace, and a fascinating museum. Enjoy a pleasant drive back to your accommodation.

Kathmandu: 1-Day Private UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

9. Kathmandu: 1-Day Private UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

Discover 4 different UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley including the Pashupathinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Learn the history from an English-speaking guide and embark on a 6-hour sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square Begin the tour at Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the royal palaces and known as one of the cultural and political hubs of Nepal. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is also one of three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley. Though a few buildings collapsed after the devastating earthquake on April 25th, 2015, you can observe the spectacular art and architecture of the ancient Malla and Shah dynasties. Swayambhunath Temple Continue the tour and head to the Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the “Monkey temple”. Situated on a small hillock on the west of Kathmandu city, it is a sacred place for Buddhist pilgrimages from all over the world. The painted eyes on the 4 sides of the main stupa represent wisdom and compassion. One can still observe the art and architecture at Swayambhunath which is believed to date back to the beginning of the 5th century. Boudhanath Stupa Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world and a sacred site for Buddhist pilgrimages. Boudhanath is located on the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of the Kassapa Buddha. Pashupatinath Temple On the last stop of the tour, you will visit the Pashupatinath Temple. The sacred Hindu shrine Pashupatinath is located on the bank of the Bagmati River on the eastern side of Kathmandu. The main temple of Pashupatinath was built using Pagoda-style architecture with four main doors. Though some of the buildings in the Pashupati area were damaged, the main building remained intact during the 2015 earthquake.

Private Nagarkot Sunrise and Hike to Dhulikhel Day Tour

10. Private Nagarkot Sunrise and Hike to Dhulikhel Day Tour

Start with pickup from your Kathmandu hotel, before your private guide takes you on a scenic 90-minute drive to Nagarkot. Along the winding roads, pass by small villages, teahouses, forests, and mountain panoramas in the distance. Nagarkot sits about 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Kathmandu. Enjoy the sunrise and see the Everest Range, Annapurna Range, the Langtang Range, the Mansiri Range, Rolwaling Range, and other Himalayan mountains in the distance. Follow your guide down a walking trail to the village of Rohini Bhanjyang, which offers more mountain views. Continue through the hamlets of Kankre and Tanchok to Tusal, then ascend uphill through farmland to Opi. An hour further down the road, walk into Dhulikhel, a picturesque hill station surrounded by natural beauty. Take some time to relax and snap photos in Dhulikhel before your private driver collects you and your guide. Relax on the one-hour return drive to Kathmandu where your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the early evening.

Frequently asked questions about Kathmandu

What top attractions are a must-see in Kathmandu?

Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get Around Kathmandu?

    The easiest way to get around short distances is by hiring a bicycle rickshaw. You can also hire a taxi or rent a bike. Make sure to negotiate fares at the beginning of your journey.

  • When to go to Kathmandu?

    The best time to go to Kathmandu is October through November as the sun shines the most often. During the summer your plans are likely to get rained out--it's monsoon season. The second best time to visit is February through May, when winter is over but the rain has not yet begun.

  • What to Eat in Kathmandu?

    Many say Kathmandu has the most varied cuisine available in Asia. While you're in Nepal, be sure to sample some local fare. We recommend you try daal (lentil soup), with bhat (rice), or a vegetable curry. Another staple is a Momo, which is a Tibetan style dumpling that uses Nepali spices.

Good to know

  • Language
    Nepali
  • Currency
    Nepalese Rupee (Rs)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+05:45)
  • Country Code
    +977
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Kathmandu is in the fall. You'll find the best weather Kathmandu has to offer, with comfortable temperatures in the 70s.

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What people are saying about Kathmandu

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 228 reviews

What an incredible company to work with. Pretravels the communication was excellent. Always got a response to all my questions. Upon arrival pick up and hotel registration went very smooth. The hotel was in a great location and was very clean. The actual tours where 5 star. I had a knowledgably Sherpa during my trek that was fantastic and I felt safe during my entire travels. Outshine is a great company to tour with. Everything went smoothly and they went beyond my expectations to meet my needs. I recommend 100%.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour!! Kathmandu Valley is breathtaking but our guide, Bharat, made it so much fun. He was full of information and just a joy to be around. We were completely comfortable from the moment we met him and we learned so much! Highly recommend. :)

My guide Sagar was great. We encountered a few blocked roads, but Sagar found new routes. If I were to do it again, I would try to get further out of the city and spend more time in nature, but it was a great adventure! Thank you!

Amazing experience and great cabin crew. Approved. Final rating ---> 8+ out of 10.

All good, I would have liked to know more about the monuments.