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Kathmandu: Mount Everest Flight

1. 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: 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.

Everest Base Camp: 3 Hour Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

3. 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 Valley Private 6-Hour Tour

4. 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: 12-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

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

Day 1 Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding Drive about 15 minutes early in the morning to Tribhuwan International Airport. After a 30-minute scenic flight to Lukla (2804 meters), begin your trek to Phakding (2610 meters) for 3 hours of easy walking. Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 2 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3535 meters). Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 3 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Take a walk around the valley to adjust to the thin air. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway of Everest. Opt to go to a museum on the same day. There, discover the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Take in a fine view of Everest and other mountains from this place. Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 4 Trek to Tengboche (3850 meters) In reaching Tengboche, you will visit a monastery known as Tengboche monastery, where your guide will take you to observe the prayer ceremony, whether in the evening or morning. Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 5 Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters). Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 6 Enjoy another day for acclimatization. First, take a trip to Chhukung valley, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Afterward, go to Chhukung Ri (5546 meters) from there, and observe the 5th highest mountain, Mt. Makalu. Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 7 Trek to Lobuche (4950 meters). Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 8 Trek to Everest Base camp (5400 meters) and return to Gorakshep (5160 meters). Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 9 The day starts with a hike up to Kalapathar (5545 meters), an excellent viewpoint to enjoy views of Mount Everest and other spectacular mountain landscapes. Then trek back to Pheriche (4280 meters). Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 10 Trek back to Namche Bazar. Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 11 Trek to Lukla. Overnight at guesthouse, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 12 After breakfast, fly back to Kathmandu. Pick up service and transfer to your hotel.

Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

6. 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.

Private Nagarkot Sunrise and Hike to Dhulikhel Day Tour

7. 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.

Kathmandu: Half-Day UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

8. Kathmandu: Half-Day UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

Visit four of Kathmandu's top attractions on a private half-day tour. Start by traveling in your comfortable private vehicle from your hotel to the traditional heart of the medieval town. First, visit Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then watch the monkeys frolic around Swayambhunath temple. Next, take in the sacred prayer wheels and incense as you explore the Pashupatinath Temple and then Boudhanath stupa, one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal with roots going back to 600 AD. All along the way, hear informative commentary from your guide on a comprehensive tour of four unmissable sights in the city.

Nepal Nagarkot Hiking

9. Nepal Nagarkot Hiking

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel. Start your tour at 4:30 in the morning to catch the sunrise. Afterwards, hike to Changunarayan Temple takes about 3 hours and then drive back to Kathmandu. Nagarkot is a village development committee located at 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone. It is an international tourist destination with spectacular views of the whole Langtang range, sunrise on the mountains and sunset views. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a very popular hiking route for tourists. Located approximately 7000 feet (2000 meters) above sea level and 28 kilometers from Kathmandu International Airport, Nagarkot is a world-famous hills station commanding breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas, rolling hills, deep valleys, lush pine forests in a quaint rural atmosphere. Considered as the best viewpoint spot to enjoy the magnificent sunrise and sunset with spectacular Himalayan vistas, Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the snow capped Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley (8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 from here). The ranges include Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range (Everest range) and Numbur range with splendid views of the Kathmandu valley and shivapuri national park. Situated in a strategic location, Nagarkot was an ancient fort of the Kathmandu valley to monitor external activities of another kingdoms. Later, it became a summer retreat for the royal family before becoming popular as an international hill station.

Kathmandu: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

10. Kathmandu: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

In the morning you’ll be picked up from your hotel for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “city of glory.”  First stop is Durbar (Palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life. The square is full of temples and old buildings in the Newari architectural style, such as the Hanuman Dhoka and Taleju Temple.  Afterwards, you’ll visit Swoyambhunath Stupa. Said to be one of the oldest Buddhist shrines in the world, it is set high on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.  Next stop is Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River.  Finally visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist shrine said to be one of the largest in the world. This massive structure stands tall with four pairs of eyes, each facing the four cardinal directions.  At the end of the day you’ll be dropped back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

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What people are saying about Kathmandu

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 228 reviews

A professional service and a reliable tour!….In August, I first experienced Bungee Jumping and then 3-4 days of Shivapuri climbing. I came to Nepal alone, but both my tour operator and my guide never made me feel alone. Experiencing trekking in Shivapuri even if I don't have much time. and seeing the scenery in Nagargot was an amazing experience. Before that, I did Bungee jumping as a daytrip. I definitely think it is something that should be experienced in Nepal. My tour operator Sujan was very helpful both before and upon arrival. The whole trekking with Pemba was a lot of fun. He was almost like a Map about the roads. Thank you both very much. I can't wait for my next trip

We absolutely loved the whole tour, very well organized and professional from start to end, our tour guid Prashant is very knowledgeable and courteous, gave us amazing advices and information, this is my second tour and I can’t even begin to describe how this one was much better than the first, thank you Arjun for connecting with us and welcoming us personally to Nepal

she was very very heloful and guided us in our Rhythm. She explained a lot about culture in Buddhism and Hinduism. thanks a lot for the very nice Tour! It was amazing!

A fantastic hike, wonderful scenery and a breathtaking view of Mount Everest. First-class organization. I recommend this tour and the company.

Convenient pick up with arrival name card at the airport