Top attractions in Kathmandu
Our most recommended things to do in Kathmandu
1. From Kathmandu: 1-Hour Flight Over Mount Everest
Fly over the roof of the world on an amazing flight above the Himalayas mountain range and experience Mount Everest from a different perspective. Get panoramic views of the highest mountain peaks on earth as you traverse the snow-capped mountains in 1 hour. Take off from Kathmandu Airport and cruise about the magnificent massifs of rock and ice as you make your way east. Look to your far left to see the summit of Gosaithan (also known as Shishapangma) towering 8,013 meters above sea level. Gaze in awe at the pyramid-shaped peak of Dorje Lhakpa in the Langtang Himal area. Cast your eyes to the right to admire the snow-capped summit of Phurbi-Chyachu in the Kathmandu Valley. Soar like a bird over the town of Namche Bazaar and get amazing aerial views of the village of Tengboche and Ama Dablam mountain.
2. Night Out at Dulikhel Hillstation with Bhaktapur, Namobuddha
Enjoy a night at Dulikhel hillstation. Dhulikhel is one of the more popular places from which to observe the high Himalayas. Admire stunning panoramas of peaks unfolding in front of your eye. You can also enjoy a side trip to the sacred stupa at Namobuddha, a 12km drive or three-hour walk south. Panauti is one of oldest towns in Nepal, with many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. You can admire its many temples, stupas, and statues - plus the added charm of the green paddy fields in the area. You will also go to Namobuddha, with the old Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery - an important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. Stop at Bhaktapur Durbar Square, located 15 km from Kathmandu, which is a museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculptures, woodcarvings, and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses.
3. 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 ...
Had a very experienced guide who spoke good English and looked after me extremely well. Would definitely recommend, especially if this your first time trekking in Nepal.
4. From Kathmandu: Ghorepani Poon Hill 5-Day Trek
• Day one: Kathmandu arrival (4,265 feet) Meet your group at the meeting point in Kathmandu or get picked up from your hotel, where you will be warmly welcomed by a tour representative. Head to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: welcome dinner. • Day two: Fly to Pokhara (2,900 feet); drive to Nayapul (3,510 feet); trek to Tikhedhunga (5,053 feet) After breakfast in the hotel, the tour starts with a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu Airport to Pokhara. In Pokhara, visit the deep, narrow gorge of roaring Seti River and then drive to Davi’s Falls and further to Gupteswar Cave and the Bat Cave. Laze by the Phewa Lake and take a leisurely row on its sparkling waters. Drive 25 miles to Nayapul for the start of the trek. A steep trail from Nayapul directs trekkers down to a bridge over a small stream to get to Birethanti, a l...
5. From Kathmandu: 2-Day Wellness Retreat in Osho Tapoban
Leave the bustle of Kathmandu behind and take some time to unwind at the thriving spiritual community of Osho Tapoban. The sanctuary lies in the forest of the Nagarjun Hills, giving you the chance to be surrounded by mother nature. Embrace the tranquility of the space, away from hectic everyday life. Take part in workshops for yoga, meditation, and other types of therapy. Attend a Satsang, a group activity where a guru will give a speech on a certain subject. Embrace spiritual fulfillment as you discuss interpretations of the meaning of life and other subjects. Outline Itinerary: Day 1 - Be driven to Tapoban and explore the place. Take part in meditation and overnight at the spiritual community Day 2 - Early morning meditation and yoga. During the afternoon listen to a prabachan (an eloquent reciting of text), visit the library and browse the books. Set off to return to Kath...
6. Kathmandu: Full-Day Changu Narayan Nagarkot Hiking Tour
You will begin with breakfast at 8:00AM in the morning. From there your friendly guide will pick you up from your hotel in Thamel or Kathmandu, and following a one-hour drive you will reach the Changu Narayan Temple. The Changu Narayan Temple gives you the opportunity to learn a lot about Nepalese culture. You will also encounter old-style houses, and will learn about the lifestyle around Changu Narayan. Following that, take a 4-hour hike from the Changu Narayan Temple to Nagarkot, the place from where the Himalayas appear like white diamonds. You can also check out the incredible views over Langtang, Shisapangma, Mount Everest, and Gauri Shankar from this location. Your guide will help you to learn more about the beautiful Changu Narayan Temple, along with Nagarkot. Your tour will later end after around 8-9 hours, at which point you will be returned back to your hotel to rest.
7. Kathmandu: One-Way Arrival or Departure Airport Transfer
For the airport arrival pick-up process, upon arrival and after your visa issued, head out to the Arrival Area to meet your driver, holding a name sign. Pack your luggage and transfer to your hotel. For the hotel to airport departure, your driver will meet you at the hotel's lobby as per your given timing, then transfer to the airport and drop you off at the Departure Gate for your onward flight.
8. Mount Everest: 15-Day Base Camp and Kalapathar Trek
All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia, and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time. Mount Everest Base Camp is the most popular destination for trekkers in Nepal. Its popularity has grown since the first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950s. The trek takes off from Lukla. First, take a 40-minute morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and we land its tiny at Lukla Airstrip then our trek start to Khumbu Region. The trek follows the Dudh Kosi valley route with an ascent up to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you traverse along a high path from where you have the first good view of Everest. Head towards Thyangboche Monastery located on top of a mountain ridge and th...
9. One-Way Flight Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Benefit from a convenient and comfortable one-way flight transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Avoid the hassle of a long car or bus ride and travel in style aboard an excellent local airline. The estimated flight time is 25 to 30 minutes from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Select your preferred starting times from the airport and reach Nepal’s second-largest city by plane. In Pokhara, you’ll have fantastic opportunities to view the Annapurna Mountain and embark on adventurous activities such as paragliding. Escape the bustle of Kathmandu and visit the Lake City of Nepal via an easy and quick transfer.
10. Kathmandu: 3-Day Chitwan Safari Tour
Day 1: Your first day will begin with you traveling from Kathmandu to Chitwan. Once having arrived to Chitwan, you will be taken to your respective accommodation by your staff. You can then refresh yourself with cold drinks before having some time to rest. Following this rest break, visit the Chitwan National Park where you can explore the wildlife, history, and essence of the park. You will later enjoy an exotic sunset from the Rapti River, before a village tour around the Tharu Village including participation in a Tharu dance program. Day 2: You'll start with breakfast at 7:00AM, after which you will go on a canoe ride along the Rapti River. You will get to see a rare species of crocodile after a small jungle walk, following which you will have time to savor a quick delicious lunch. After lunch, go deep inside the jungle by Jeep where you will be...
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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.
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- 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
The Himalayans Mountains are beautful and majestic. The snow capped peaks and rugged outline is just breathtaking. Even though Everest is in the distance her beauty is regal with the wispy cloud draping her shoulders. Worth the early rise and I will be eternally grateful we had good weather first attempt.
Simply sensational! We were picked up on time, but then had to wait a relatively long time (quite a delay) until we were allowed on board, but the flight made up for everything: super nice crew, you were even allowed to go into the cockpit for a short time and the view was indescribably beautiful!
A great time with many impressions, landscapes, good food, an excellent guide Ramesh ... if only the rubbish were not everywhere. I had to get used to that. I was a solo traveler and would not want to miss this experience
Organization and implementation were perfect. Our guide was easy to understand and we had a great day in Kathmandu.
The guide was very well informed and was able to convey the knowledge in an interesting way