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Kathmandu: Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour

1. 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.

From Kathmandu: 12-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

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

Day 1 Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding Early in the morning, you will drive about 15 minutes to Tribhuwan International Airport. After a 30 minute scenic flight to Lukla (2804 meters), begin your trek to Phakding (2610 meters) - 3 hours easy walking. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Day 2 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3535 meters). Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Day 3 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Have a fine walk around the valley to adjust to the thin air. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway of Everest. You can go to a museum too on the same day. There, see the traditional custom of the Sherpa people. Besides, a fine view of Everest and other mountains can be viewed from this place. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Day 4 Trek to Tengboche (3850 meters) By reaching Tengboche, visit a monastery known as Tengboche monastery. Then you will be taken to observe the prayer ceremony whether in the evening or morning. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Day 5 Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters). Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Day 6 Acclimatization day. Today, enjoy another day for acclimatization. Have a trip to Chhukung valley, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Go to Chhukung Ri (5546 meters) from there, and observe the 5th highest mountain, Mt. Makalu. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Day 7 Trek to Lobuche (4950 meters). Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Day 8 Trek to Everest Base camp (5400 meters) and return to Gorakshep (5160 meters). Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Day 9 Hiking to Kalapathar (5545 meters), then trek to Pheriche The day starts with a hike up to Kalapathar (5545 meters), an excellent viewpoint to observe Mount Everest and innumerable spectacular mountains views. Then trek back to Pheriche (4280 meters). Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Day 10 Trek back to Namche Bazar. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Day 11 Trek to Lukla. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Day 12 After breakfast, fly back to Kathmandu

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: Panauti and Bhaktapur Day Trip

4. 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: Pharping, Dakshinkali and Chobar Tour with Lunch

5. Kathmandu: Pharping, Dakshinkali and Chobar Tour with Lunch

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Kathmandu before traveling 19km south to the town of Pharping. Pharping is known as the sacred site of Yangleshö, famous for both Hinduism and Buddhism where Guru Padmasambhava attained the level of a Mahamudra Vidyadhara. There are two major practice caves in Pharping blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, the Asura cave and the Yangleshö cave. Wander around the caves and explore the Vajrayogini temple located here. After the caves, head to Dakshinkali temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali. The name itself composed of “Dakshin” meaning south and “kali” meaning black female. Devotees sacrifice chickens, goats, sheep and many more as an offering to the goddess. On the way back to Kathmandu from Pharphing, visit the breathtaking Taudha Lake and Chobar Gorge. Measuring at least 1250 meters, Chobhar caves are the second largest in Nepal. According to Swayambhu Purana and legends of the region, Kathmandu Valley was once a lake and it is believed that the Buddhist deity Manjushree drained away the waters to establish a habitable land.

From Kathmandu: Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour

6. 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 Walking Tour

7. 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.

From Kathmandu: Bungamati and Khokana Village Tour

8. From Kathmandu: Bungamati and Khokana Village Tour

Visit Bungamati, a classical medieval village that lies across the Bagmati River from Chobar with its famous Rato Machhindranath temple. Explore local woodcarving and pedestrian-only streets before tourists crowd in. Explore Khokana Village, a traditional and tiny Newari village about 8 kilometers south of Kathmandu on the outskirts of Patan. Khokana has long been known for the production of rich mustard oil. In the Rato Machhindranath Temple, learn all about the deity that is believed to have been brought to Kathmandu from Kamaru Kamakhya. Next, see the Karya Binayak Temple, which is widely revered as a protector deity of Khokana town. Other sights to visit around the village are the Bungamati Culture Museum, Dey Pukha central pond, and Karya Binak Temple on the way to Khokana Village.

Kathmandu: 5-Day Trip to Nagarkot with Everest Sunrise Views

9. Kathmandu: 5-Day Trip to Nagarkot with Everest Sunrise Views

Visit the most important historical, cultural, and religious sites in the countryside around Kathmandu. Visit Nagarkot and capture its stunning views of the Himalayas and Mount Everest at sunrise and sunset. Day 1 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport and take a transfer to the hotel. Participate in an orientation program at 5:00 PM. In the evening, socialize at a welcome dinner and spend the night at the Himalayan Suite Hotel. Day 2 After breakfast, venture off on a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu in a private vehicle. See attractions such as Swaymbhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Patan Durbar Square. Spend your second night at the Himalayan Suite Hotel. Day 3 Have breakfast and drive to Bhaktapur, around an hour-long drive. Enjoy sightseeing in the oldest city in Nepal for around 2 hours. Then drive to Nagarkot to see breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range. Nagarkot is one of the best places to enjoy the sunrise, sunset, and stunning views of the mountains of eastern Nepal, including Mount Everest. Spend the night at Hotel Himalayan Villa. Day 4 Enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas early in the morning. Have breakfast and drive back to Kathmandu at around 10:00 AM. Relax during some free time in Kathmandu and roam around Thamel in the evening. Spend the night at the Himalayan Suite Hotel. Day 5 Your trip ends after breakfast at 8:00 AM. After your meal, you will be transferred to the airport or your desired address.

From Lhasa: 14-Day Tour with 3-Day Trek Around Mount Everest

10. From Lhasa: 14-Day Tour with 3-Day Trek Around Mount Everest

Spend 14-days in the region surrounding Mount Everest. See towns, monasteries, lakes, and sacred sites around Mount Everest. Spend 3-days trekking through the region. Itinerary: Day 1 Be picked up at your hotel in Lhasa and spend the day exploring the city. Visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Spend the night at a hotel. Day 2 Spend the day in Lhasa and enjoy a tour of the city. Visit the Drepung and Sera Monastery. Spend the night at a hotel. Day 3 Depart Lhasa and head to Yamdrok Lake. See Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Afterward, head to Shigatse. Spend the night at a lodge in Shigatse. Day 4 Travel from Shigatse to Tingri. At an elevation of 4300 meters, the town is a common starting point for those climbing Mount Everest. Spend the night at a lodge in Tingri. Day 5 Head to Rongbuk Monastery. At 5009 meters above sea level, Rongbuk Monastery claims to be the highest-elevation monastery in the world. From Rongbuk Monastery, head to the Everest Base Camp. Spend the night at a lodge or camp at the Everest Base Camp. Day 6 Spend the day at the Everest Base Camp and Saga. Spend the night at a lodge or camp in Saga. Day 7 Depart Saga and head to Lake Manasarovar. See the freshwater lake and its surroundings before heading to Darchen. Located in front of Mount Kailash, the town is a popular starting point for pilgrimages in the area. Spend the night at a lodge or camp in Darchen. Day 8 Day 8 is the first day of the trek. Trek for 20km from Darchen to Drirapuk. Spend the night in a lodge or camp at Drirapuk. Day 9 Day 9 is the second day of the trek. Trek for 18km from Drirapuk to Zuthuphuk. Spend the night in a lodge or camp at Zuthulphuk. Day 10 Day 10 is the third day of the trek. Trek for 14km from Zuthuphuk to Darchen. Spend the night in a lodge or camp at Darchen. Day 11 After your 3-day trek, travel from Darchen to Saga. Spend the night at a lodge in Saga. Day 12 Travel from Saga to Shigatse. Spend the night at a lodge in Shigatse. Day 13 Depart Shigatse and head to Lhasa. Spend the night at a hotel in Lhasa. Day 14 Be dropped off at the airport.

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What people are saying about Kathmandu

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 20 reviews

All it was ok. The guide take me in my guest house with a motor bike. We have seen a lot of things. It was really fantastic day of excursion. With a lot of details. Really a good and well prepared guide speaking a good english. All it was good and fun. Really highly recommended.

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!

A great trip worth recommending. Takes you away from the noisiness and squalor of Kathmandu and even the landmarks are better than the ones currently available at Kathmandu Durbar Square. Both our guide and driver were amazing.

Very nice experience through history and cultures. We had a great time.

Pick up on time! Very nice guide and explained everything! Great!!!