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Kathmandu: 14-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

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

2. 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 to 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.

Kathmandu: Panauti and Bhaktapur Day Trip

3. Kathmandu: Panauti and Bhaktapur Day Trip

On this full day trip from Kathmandu, explore the city of Bhaktapur and the village of Panauti. The tour begins with sightseeing at Panauti village, a historical Newari town which is around 32 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu on the confluence of the Rosi and Punyamati rivers. In Nepali society, such rivers are considered to be sacred. Panauti, once a major trading center with its own royal palace, today consists of a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments, and is considered to be one of the area's most important medieval sites. Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal, with many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. Visit the Indreshwar Temple, one of the largest and tallest pagoda style temples in Nepal dating back to 13 century. Next, visit Brahmayani Temple, another important monument constructed in the 17th century to honor Brahmayani, the goddess of the town. Stroll around the complex and admire the beauty of the historic architecture, and watch the locals paying respect to their idols. Finally, visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculptures, woodcarvings and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses. Witness a unique culture here, and admire some of the finest displays of craftsmanship. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal that has remained untouched by western culture. 

Kathmandu: Full-Day Bhaktapur Tour with Breakfast at Sunrise

4. Kathmandu: Full-Day Bhaktapur Tour with Breakfast at Sunrise

Witness the best sunrise in Kathmandu and immerse yourself in Nepalese culture on this full-day tour. Start your excursion before dawn as you rise early to watch the spectacular Himalayan sunrise from Nagarkot. Have breakfast at a hilltop resort before heading to the medieval town of Bhaktapur. In Bhaktapur, where time stands still, enjoy a guided tour through its narrow brick-paved streets. Immerse yourself in the village's centuries-old beliefs and traditions that provide hidden treasures around every corner. Spend the day soaking up the atmosphere of Bhaktapur. Admire the woodcarvings, pottery, and cloth weavings for which the village is renowned before heading for lunch. Afterwards, get dropped off back at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour

5. 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.

Kathmandu: Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour

6. Kathmandu: Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage of the Kathmandu Valley on this guided tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here, marvel at the architecture of the Royal Palace and admire several other buildings of religious and cultural importance including 3rd-century temples and courtyards. Continue your tour with a visit to Swyambunath Stupa. Here, get up close and personal with the site's resident monkeys and admire a range of shrines and temples before heading to your next stop, Bouddhanath Stupa. At Bouddhanath, pay your respects at the temple, which is considered to be the holiest temple in the world outside of Tibet, and marvel at the architecture at one of the world's largest stupas. Finally, visit Pashupatinath temple, which is one of the biggest Hindus temples in Nepal and believed to be the oldest in the country. Here, immerse yourself in Hindu traditions and learn more about why this temple is frequented by up to 7,000,000 devotees each year on the day of the Mahashivratri Festival. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

Everest Base Camp Trek

7. Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport Upon arrival at the airport, enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu before receiving all the necessary information about the trek from your guide. Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu See the sights of Kathmandu with your expert guide in a private car.  Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla After your flight to Lukla, enjoy an easy trek to the upper region of Phakding where you will spend the night. Over the next few days, you will get the chance to explore the Sagarmatha National Park, a World Heritage Site, getting a closer look at world famous Buddist monasteries and meeting friendly Sherpa people. Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar Following the Dudh Koshi valley, climb up to Namche Bazaar, the ideal resting spot for tourists and local Sherpas alike. Enjoy panoramic views of the Everest Region with its rhododendron forests and snow-capped peaks. Day 5: Rest day in Namche Bazar to acclimatize Day 6: Trek to Tengboche From Namche Bazaar, trek through high altitudes and chilly weather. After two hours of climbing, you will reach Tyangboche Monastery which is located at an altitude of 3,867 meters and resides on top of a ridge. Here you can enjoy delightful views of Sagarmatha. Day 7: Trek to Dingboche From Tengboche, continue towards your destination passing through the villages of Imja Khola, Pangboche and Pheriche, before reaching Khumbu glacier after a few hours of trekking. Get an insight into the local way of life of the Sherpa villagers and their cultures as you pass through their hometowns. Day 8: Day trip to Chhukung Valley and back to Dingboche Enjoy a day trip to Chukung Valley, which has been described as one of the world's best hikes, before traveling back to Dingboche to spend the night. Day 9: Trek to Lobuche Today, trek to Lobuche where you can rest for some time and admire the exquisite design of nature. Day 10: Hike from Lobuche to Gorakshep  From Lobuche, head towards Gorakshep, a small settlement on the shores of a frozen lake, your departure point towards Everest Base Camp, and resting place for the night after completing your Everest hike. Day 11: Early morning hike to Kalapathar and Pheriche Rise early to make the most of the fantastic views from Kalapathar before heading back to Pheriche. Day 12: Trek back to Namche Bazaar Begin your descent down the mountain, stopping again at Namche Bazaar to acclimatize.  Day 13: Trek back to Lukla Day 14: Flight back to Kathmandu Rest for the night in a hotel in Kathmandu to recover after your fortnight of hiking before beginning your journey home the following day. Day 15: Transfer to International Airport for your final departure

From Kathmandu: Half-Day Guided Tour of Bhaktapur

8. From Kathmandu: Half-Day Guided Tour of Bhaktapur

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Bhaktapur, known for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. Meet the local Newari community and learn about their culture and customs. Admire the incredible architecture of the palaces and temples around Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Get picked up form your accommodation in Kathmandu and drive for about an hour to Bhaktapur. Discover Bhaktapur Durbar Square with your experienced guide, who will tell you the history of the 30 meter tall Naytpola Temple, the 55 Window Palace, and more of what you see in the old city. Admire the 55 Window Palace with its unique architectural design and beautiful details on the handcrafted wooden windows and doors. Meet the Newar community living here and learn about their culture and traditions.

Kathmandu: Spa Package with Massage and Facial

9. Kathmandu: Spa Package with Massage and Facial

Treat yourself to a visit to the spa which is a fantastic way to relax and de-stress, offering a great opportunity to separate yourself from life’s everyday stressors and have some precious ‘me time’. Let your body unwind with a 1-hour body massage and 30-minute facial and spa facilities. Facials are known to help delay and prevent the onset of wrinkles by stimulating skin cells and hydrating the skin. Additionally, generally giving yourself time to relax and de-stress is a great anti-aging technique in itself.  General aches and pains are a common occurrence for many, with exercise, sleeping on an unsupported mattress, and sitting for long periods of time at a desk all contributing to them. A great way of relieving these aches is via a relaxing massage, either full body or one that focuses on your problem areas, which helps to fully relax the muscle and tissue. Massage can also help to improve your blood circulation and regulate your blood pressure if you have them regularly

Kathmandu Walking Tour

10. Kathmandu Walking Tour

Start your tour by walking from your hotel to the nearby busy Ason, the oldest market place in Kathmandu, where you can witness the daily lives of the locals. As you walk, pass along busy streets, shops, squares, and ancient temples. Next, head to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historical and religious location where many temples, palaces, shrines are located. Take a trip to the nearby famous Freak Street, the most popular junction during the Hippy era. Afterward continue to the Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the top of a hill that will give you the most spectacular panoramic view of the entire Kathmandu Valley. Then, walk back to Thamel or alternatively, you can take a taxi from Swayambhunath to Thamel.

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based on 49 reviews

Wonderful experience. Organization was perfect. Our friend "Nawa" informed us very well, the bus ride there and back, pick up from the hotel was well organized by him. The safari itself, just as described. A great experience. Crocodiles, rhinos, bears, deer and an amazing world of birds awaited us. Our guide took a lot of time for us, he was able to answer all of what we felt like 1000 questions. The bus ride is very long (about 7 hours), but also very varied, there is a lot to see, no problem for us. The hotel could be better, the grounds are great, rooms and food, well, but it's fine for 2 nights. The actual experience counts more, was more important for us. We would do this activity again anytime.

This was an amazing experience. Our guide, Nabin, was so knowledgeable and friendly and had some amazing stories to tell. We saw rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, peacocks, monkeys, a boar, a porcupine, and we might’ve even caught a glimpse of a bear. Everyone at the hotel, Safari Club, was so friendly and the food was delicious. The pool was refreshing after hot days. My favorite part was the jungle walk - it was so fun to be going through the jungle trying to search out animals. The entire experience was incredible and I recommend it to everyone. I only wish we could have stayed longer to have Nabin take us on a full day jungle walk!

I had an absolutely wonderful tour! My guide Kapil Pandey was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. And the driver Bishal Baniya was great at navigating us around Kathmandu. Next time I’m back in Nepal I will definitely be setting up another tour with them!

Absolutely great tour, the local agency takes care of everything very well. The guide was super nice and knowledgeable. We recommend.

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