Things to do in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

1. Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Discover the majesty of the imposing Himalayas on this helicopter flight from Kathmandu. Stop near the Everest base camp and travel to the Hotel Everest View for an unforgettable breakfast on this thrilling mountain adventure. Be collected from your Kathmandu accommodation between in the early morning and transfer to the Tibhuwan International Airport's domestic area. Following about 30-40 minutes of preparation time, the helicopter will take off. Begin your 45-minute flight over beautiful hills and valleys to the famous Lukla Airport (Tenzing Hillary Airport), which sits at an elevation of 2,860 meters. Land for 10-15 minutes for refueling at the Lukla Airport, before taking off again. Soar for 25-minutes over the Everest region Fly over the colorful settlements of Namche Bazar, Pheriche, the Tengboche Monastery, and Gorakshep. Make your way up to the famous landing spot of Kalapatthar, which is 200 meters above the Everest Base Camp. Have roughly 10 minutes to look around, take photographs, and absorb the magnificent views of snow-capped mountains from a close distance. Glidethorugh the skies for 12 minutes to Hotel Everest View, at an elevation of 3,880 meters. Sit at an open terrace for a delicious breakfast with breathtaking views. After this refreshing break of roughly 45 minutes, the helicopter will take another 80-minute flight from HEV, Syangboche, to Lukla Airport and to its final stop at Kathmandu Airport. Transfer from the airport back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

From Kathmandu: 1 hour Panoramic Everest Flight

2. 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.

From Kathmandu: 12-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

3. From Kathmandu: 12-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel and travel to Tribhuvan Internation Airport to take an early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, be transferred to the starting point and begin the trek to Phakding. Stay overnight at a tea house lodge. Day 2: Make your way from Phakding to Namche Bazar, located at an altitude of 3,440 meters. Stay overnight in the town of Namche Bazar. Day 3: Take a rest day to acclimatize to the altitude in Namche Bazar. Relax and enjoy a second overnight stay in the town. Day 4:  Depart from Namche Bazar and hike to Tyangboche located at 3,867 meters. Stay in Tyangboche overnight. Day 5: Leave Tyangboche and hike through a beautiful rhododendron forest. Cross a suspension bridge at Imja Khola, and head towards Minlinggo. Enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Stay overnight in Dingboche, located at 4,260 meters.  Day 6: Spend a day acclimatizing to the altitude in Dingboche with an overnight stay at a tea house lodge. Day 7: Head towards Lobuche from Dingboche on a 5.5-hour hike. Stop for lunch in Dugla, and then arrive in Lobuche for an overnight stay at 4,930 meters.  Day 8: After breakfast at Lobuche, begin the trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep. This is one of the most rewarding sections of the entire excursion. Follow the trail up the rocky paths with great views of the Khumbu glacier. Visit the famous Everest Base Camp located at 5,364 meters in altitude. Make your way back to Gorakshep where you will stay the night. Day 9: Hike from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar located at 5,545 meters, and then to Pheriche at 4,243 meters, where you will stay overnight in a tea house lodge. Day 10: Start your descent with a hike from Pheriche to Tyangboche located at 3,867 meters, then Trek- Pheriche to Namche Bazaar. (Altitude: 3440m)where you will spend the night. Day 11: Make your way back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar and a last night at lukla. Day 12: Early morning, board a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to hotel by our tour representative. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu: 3-Day Chitwan Safari Tour

4. 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 able to observe the real beauty of the wildlife and vegetation. You will encounter many different mammals which are considered the wealth of Nepal throughout this safari, before returning back for dinner at the resort’s restaurant later that evening. Day 3: Your final day's wake-up call will be 6:30AM, with breakfast being served at 7:00AM. Following that you will travel to the bus station for a drive back to the capital city Kathmandu.

Kathmandu: Mount Everest Flight

5. Kathmandu: Mount Everest Flight

Early morning we pick you up from your hotel and drive to Kathmandu domestic airport, take-off from Kathmandu airport in the early morning for an hours worth of spectacular mountain scenery. As the aircraft lifts up and heads towards the east, passengers’ don’t have to wait long to find out what is store for them there they are-the mountains as they always have been. First to their far left visitor see Gosaithan, also called shisha pahngma, standing at the majestic height of 8,013 m immediately to the right of Gosaithan there appears Doreje Lakpa (6,966 m),a mountain that looks like the number 8 lying down and covered with snow. To the right Dorge Lakpa is phurb-Ghyachu, which looms over the kathmnadu valley. As the plane moves along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is choba-bhamare , the smallest one of the lot at 5,933 m but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also in spiritually-Gauri-shankar. Lord shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134 m and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri-shankar is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight. after you will see, 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.

From Kathmandu: 8-Day Tibetan Excursion Fly-In Drive-Out

6. From Kathmandu: 8-Day Tibetan Excursion Fly-In Drive-Out

Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp is the most demanding and popular tour to Tibet, where you’ll be embarking on a journey on a 920 kilometers stretch of road, known as the Friendship Highway between Lhasa to Kathmandu. Tibet with Everest Base Camp Tour allows you on several detours to the highlights of the Tsang Province and natural exploration of the central part of the Tibetan Plateau surrounded by mountains of 5,500 meters of a forgotten world. Explore various settlements along the way towards the Tibet Everest Base Camp which offers a spectacular view of Mt. Everest from the southern side with other endless rows of mountains, get insight into the life and culture of the friendly Tibetan people, discover ancient monasteries, observe the sacred chanting of the monks, hiking along the tranquil shores of the Turquoise Lake Yamdrok Tso. This Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp is designed as an opportunity to learn about various traditions and cultures of people along with natural wonders. Day 1: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m) Get picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu and taken to the airport. Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and arrive at the Gonngar Airport. Transfer one hour to Lhasa and enjoy a full night's rest for acclimatization at a hotel. Day 2-3: Two days of sightseeing in Lhasa Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung Monastery, and the Sera Monastery with a guide. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 4: Lhasa - Gyantse (3,950m) - Shigatse Drive to Gyantse via Yamadroke Lake and the high passes, Kora LA (5,010m) and Kamba La (4,794m). After breakfast, enjoy some sightseeing in Gyantse with visits to Pholkor and Kumbum Monastery. In the evening, take a 1.5-hour scenic drive to Xigatse through the typical Tibetan countryside. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 5: Shigatse - Xegar (4,200m) Wake up and head off to visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. Then drive to Xegar, crossing over Gyatchula, a pass of 5,200m. Settle in for an overnight at a hotel. Day 6: Xegar to Ronbuk (4,980m), 90 kilometers  Embark on a scenic drive to Ronbuk through the beautiful Tibetan countryside. Explore Ronbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, and enjoy an overnight at a guest house.   Day 7: Ronbuk - Everest Base Camp - Kerong Hike up to Everest Base Camp and explore the surrounding area. Travel back to Ronbuk and then drive to Kerong for overnight at a hotel. Day 8: Kerong to Kathmandu Head toward the Rasuwagadi border and, after necessary border formalities, drive to Kathmandu on the magical Friendship Highway to conclude the tour with hotel drop-off.

Kathmandu Valley Private 6-Hour Tour

7. 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.

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.

Spiritual Nepal: Expert insight into Hinduism and Buddhism

9. Spiritual Nepal: Expert insight into Hinduism and Buddhism

Meet up with your guide and fellow travelers at the meeting point and hop in for a ride in a cab (local taxi for up to 2 people, private cab for more than 2 people) to the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal: the Boudhanath Stupa. Rotate the prayer wheels along with the locals as you circumnavigate the magnificent white spherical dome and offer prayers to Lord Buddha by lighting a traditional butter lamp. After this spiritual experience, walk for around 15 minutes to Pashupatinath Temple, the largest Hindu pilgrimage site of Nepal. At Pashupatinath, go on an insightful spiritual journey of Hindu beliefs, the cycle of birth and death, and the stories of Sadhus - Hindu Holy Men, who renounce their hedonistic social life to devote their life to Shiva (Hindu God of Destruction). You can also get your future read by a local palm-reader! Witness one of many cremations along the banks of Bagmati River, and interact with soot-smeared, saffron-clad, dreadlocked Sadhus. As the sun goes down, brace yourself to be overwhelmed by throngs of locals as they gather around on the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern side of Pashupatinath Temple. Watch along with them the mesmerizing everyday ritual called “Aarati,” which is an offering of lights to Lord Pashupatinath. Make sure you keep near your guide and your group lest you get lost in the crowd of locals! Return a transformed person after this divine (and truly local) experience!

Kathmandu: 14-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

10. 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.

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Overall rating

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Had a wonderful ride (chose the easy route). Milan, the guide was amazing and considerate. We had to navigate through heavy Kathmandu traffic to get to the valley which turned out not to be too difficult due to Milan's guidance. Due to roadwork, the traffic in the park was unusual. But the views were great and I enjoyed myself immensely.

The folks on the plane were very helpful showing us the mountains and their names. Of course, I wished we could fly closer. Perhaps next time I'll fly to base camp!! . Also pick up drivers were on time and friendly!!! Thank you everyone.

The hiking was nice, with great views while being in the nature and interacting with local people from small villages. Our tour guide was friendly and always happy to answer all our questions.

Sujan is so amazing! Next time only with him! 100% perfect service! Thank you for everything! He was always available and approachable!

Pick up/drop off was easy & accommodation was great. Activities/itinerary were all very organized and timely! Fantastic trip!