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Kathmandu: Full-Day Mountain Biking Tour

1. 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: Nepali Cooking Class with Hotel Pickup

2. Kathmandu: Nepali Cooking Class with Hotel Pickup

Join an experienced chef who will lead a cooking class to prepare a traditional Nepali meal while also learning about the food culture of the region. This activity also includes a visit to a local market to pick up the ingredients needed to cook your meal.  After your prick up from your hotel, visit a typical local market of Kathmandu-Ason on a rickshaw to have an authentic experience. Meet local merchants and see the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping hub in Kathmandu. After the market visit, it is time to start the cooking class. Learn about various local delicacies of Nepal and how they are cooked and what type of ingredients are used. You will make beloved and traditional foods like momo, varieties of yummy curries, a unique bread that includes roti and the absolute favorite Sel roti which is slightly similar to American donuts. Have fun as you listen to Nepalese folk music during your class and at mealtime and also learn some Nepalese phrases as well.

From Kathmandu: Nagarkot Sunrise and Dhulikhel Day Hike

3. From Kathmandu: Nagarkot Sunrise and Dhulikhel Day Hike

Enjoy a complete package experience that combines a gorgeous sunrise viewing with a 4- to 5-hour hike through the mountains of Nagarkot to Dhulikhel. You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu or Lalitpur (Patan) at around 5:00 AM for the 1.5-hour drive to Nagarkot. Once arrived, take in the exotic mountain views and embrace the stunning beauty of the sunrise, which will be sure to soothe your soul and get you ready for the day. Learn all about Nagarkot (the “Angel’s Place”) from your guide.   From here, embark on a 4- to 5-hour hike through the forested mountains between Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. If you’re lucky and it’s a clear day, the intensely blue sky makes a perfect backdrop for views of the amazing landscapes, high mountains, and village life. Admire the biodiversity of the region and learn about cultural aspects of Dhulikhel from your guide. It’s a long hike, but nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment and peacefulness when you reach Dhulikhel.   Your tour ends after this full day with a return to your hotel via bus, during which you can reflect on the amazing day and prepare for tomorrow.

Kathmandu: 1-Hour Mount Everest Flight

4. Kathmandu: 1-Hour Mount Everest Flight

You will be picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu. After a short drive, you will reach the TIA from where the plane takes off. The mountain flight usually lasts from 50 minutes to an hour, and there are a variety of options for the flight times. During the flight, you can witness the bewitching beauty of the tallest Himalayas of the world including Everest, Gauri Shankar, and Langtang Lirung. A total of 20 mountain peaks are summoned in this Everest flight from Kathmandu. Starting from Langtang Lirung Peak to Everest and Chamlang Peak, you will get to explore everything from the air. The cool air will refresh you like never before, and on your return back to Kathmandu you get to take a second look at all of the beauties previously witnessed. This experience will provide you with a fantastic insight into the geography of Nepal, and following your return to TIA, you will be taken back to your hotel.

10 Days Nepal Adventure Tour from Kathmandu

5. 10 Days Nepal Adventure Tour from Kathmandu

The trip begins with cultural sightseeing of heritage monuments in Kathmandu. On the following days you experience exciting whitewater rafting in Trishuli River, jungle safari in Chitwan National Park and soft trekking/ hiking to Ghandruk village inside Annapurna conservation area with stunning views of Himalayan range, mountain people, culture and lifestyle. It ends with the taste of Nepalese cuisine with show of folk dances and music. Nepal Adventure Tour Itinerary Day 1 Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport. Meet our representative. Transfer to the hotel. Orientation of the tour program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Day 3 Drive to Chitwan National Park. On the way rafting in Trishuli River. Arrive Chitwan National Park late afternoon. Briefing of jungle activities by Nature Guide. Evening cultural show of local people. Overnight at hotel in Chitwan National Park. Day 4 Full day jungle activities inside national park (elephant ride, canoe ride in the Rapti River, jungle walk, bird watching, elephant bathing etc.). Overnight at hotel in Chitwan National Park. Day 5 Morning drive to Pokhara. Sightseeing tour of Davis fall, Shiva cave and Tibetan Refugee Camp. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara. Day 6 Morning drive to Nayapul (1 hr). Start hiking/ trekking to Ghandruk. Overnight at mountain lodge in Ghandruk. Day 7 Hiking from Ghandruk to Pothana. Overnight at mountain lodge in Pothana. Day 8 Hiking from Pothana to Phedi via Dhampus. Drive back to Pokhara (1/2 hour). Overnight at hotel in Pokhara. Day 9 Morning drive back to Kathmandu (6 hrs). Rest at the hotel. Evening farewell dinner at typical Neplease Restaurant with cultural dance and music. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Day 10 Preparation for your departure. Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for your onward journey.

Kathmandu: 4-Day Bhutan Experience

6. Kathmandu: 4-Day Bhutan Experience

Day 1: Bhutan arrival and sightseeing tour of Paro Enjoy an amazing vista of the Himalayas as you approach Bhutan. The Alpine Club of Himalaya representative will receive you at the airport and drive you to your accommodation. After checking into the hotel, head out on a guided tour of Paro. Visit various sites around the city including Dungste Lhakang, a 15th-century temple, Rinpung Dzong a fortress monastery, the National Museum of Bhutan, and Kichu Lhakhang, Bhutan’s oldest temple. Stay overnight in Paro. Day 2: Paro to Thimphu and hike Tiger's Nest Head towards Paro Taktsang also known as The Tiger’s Nest built on a sheer cliff in the late 17th century, this monastery is where Guru Padmasambhava meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours in the 8th century. The hike to the monastery takes around four to five hours. Lunch will be served at the restaurant located halfway up the mountain. Enjoy enchanting views of the Paro Valley before retracing your way down and heading towards Thimphu on a short drive towards Bhutan’s capital city. Stay overnight in Thimphu. Day 3: Thimphu sightseeing tour After breakfast head out to explore the city. Some of the landmarks are the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutan’s traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, and a paper-making factory. Later head out towards the Zilukha Nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. Afterward, in the evening drive towards Trashichhoe Dzong also known as the “fortress of the glorious religion” which is the center of government and religion. Explore the monastic fortress and witness the monarch’s throne room and the throne of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Later head towards Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, which was reconstructed in the 1960s in a traditional another iconic site of Bhutan. Overnight at Thimphu. Day 4: Thimphu departure Today you’ll be leaving Bhutan. The Alpine Club of Himalaya representative will drop you at the airport approximately 1-hour before your flight. If you have any inquiries or require assistance and further information about this trip or any other trips, please feel free to contact Alpine Club of Himalaya – Walk of the Himalaya.

Kathmandu: Leisurely 12-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

7. Kathmandu: Leisurely 12-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

Over the course of an exciting 12 days, travel with your guide all the way from Lukla Airport to the Everest Base Camp - at 5,450 meters above sea level, and back again. Take in an array of unforgettable highlights during this nearly two week trek, taking part in an experience that will supply you with memories to last a lifetime. During your trip, walk an average of 5 to 6 hours each day. With this in mind, it is important that participants are in good physical condition. While this trek does not involve technical aspects, any previous mountain trekking experience is definitely a plus. Your tour begins with one of the most exciting and scenic flights in the world: Kathmandu to Lukla. Although only 35 minutes, take in all that makes the Himalayas so incredible. Once you arrive to Lukla, your long trek immediately begins. Make your way through several great locations on the way to Everest Base Camp, some of which include Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, Tengboche, and Lobuche. After you’ve experienced the wonderment of Everest Base Camp, take in the fantastic view of the great peak at Kalapattar. Afterwards, begin your journey back to Lukla, from where you enjoy the same scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Kathmandu: Full-Day Changu Narayan Nagarkot Hiking Tour

8. 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.

Everest: 16 Day Trek to Everest Base Camp

9. Everest: 16 Day Trek to Everest Base Camp

Seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come within viewing range of the world's highest peak, as you trek to the viewing point of Kala Patthar, 18193 feet above sea level. Enjoy the more relaxed pace of a trek designed for first-time trekkers, on this incredible 2-week expedition through some of the world's most spectacular scenery. Absorb the incredible landscape of remote valleys, roaring rivers, and glaciers, while you savor the astonishing views of dazzling peaks along the route. Experience the local way of life as you visit Sherpa villages on the journey, and enjoy complimentary meals and refreshments as you gently acclimatize to the altitude. Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 meters/ 4593 feet) Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu (1,400 meters/ 4593 feet) Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2860 meters/ 9383 feet) trek to Phakding (2610 meters/8562 feet) Day 4: Trek to Namche (3440 meters/11286 feet) Day 5: Acclimatize at Namche (3440 meters/11286 feet) Day 6: Trek Pangboche (3985 meters/13074 feet) Day 7: Trek Dingboche (4410 meters/ 14468 feet) Day 8: Acclimatize Dingboche (4410 meters/ 14468 feet) Day 9: Trek Lobuche (4940 meters/16207 feet) Day 10: Trek Gorak Shep (5164 meters/16942 feet) and Everest Base Camp (5364 meters/17598 feet) and back to Gorak Shep Today’s trek is long, and tuff so starts early, the first part of the trek takes you past high Himalayan pasture lands and grassy terrains with rocky and scattered boulders, all along you’ll witness views of snowy walls of lofty mountains ahead. The 60 meters/200 feet ascent takes you to the top of the lateral moraine wall of the Changri glacier, to a leveled spot called Thangma Riju from where you’ll witness a spectacular 360-degree panorama view of the Himalayan giants of Taboche, Lobuche, Pumori, and the rest of Mahalangur Himal peaks, along with views upto Tibet and Nuptse on the eastern horizon. The trail from here crosses the moraine of the Changri glacier and later joins the Khumbu glacier from the west, you’ll have to traverse on the steep stony slopes to reach Gorak Shep so take extra caution. As you reach Gorak Shep you’ll catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar. From Gorak Shep leave your heavy backpack and move towards Everest Base Camp walking alongside the banks of shallow blue waters of Gorak Shep lake, with views of the Changtse peak, and the Lho La peak in close proximity. Cross through glaciers, icefalls, frozen pools of meltwater, exposed icy walls, and large boulders towards the Everest Base Camp. After exploring the base camp descend back to Gorak Shep for the night. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 11: Trek Kala Patthar (5555 meters/18225 feet ) and return trek to Pheriche (4371 meters/14340 feet) Day 12: Trek back to Tengboche (3860 meters/12664 feet) Day 13: Trek back to Namche Bazzar (3440 meters/11286 feet) Day 14: Trek back Lukla (2860 meters/ 9383 feet) Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400 meters/ 4593 feet) Day 16: Departure

From Kathmandu: Gokyo Valley 15-Day Trek With Accommodation

10. From Kathmandu: Gokyo Valley 15-Day Trek With Accommodation

Gokyo Valley Trek is a fine alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek which climbs the valley to the west of Everest to the village of Gokyo and five sacred lakes on the moraine beside the Ngozumpa Glacier. This two week spectacular climb almost as high as the Everest Base Camp Trek offers similarly jaw dropping Everest views, but the trails are less crowded and quieter with traditional Sherpa villages serving local meals to legions of hungry trekkers. The trail follows the Dudhkoshi River to its source – a series of emerald green lakes. Gokyo is a Sherpa village that lies besides the largest of these lakes. From Gokyo we climb to Gokyo Ri (5360m) for a heart stopping view over Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche. As Everest Base Camp Trek has Kala Patthar at an elevation of 5545m , Gokyo Valley Trek has Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5360m on the north side of Dudh Pokhari which is an epic vantage point , offering the kind of view over Everest that is normally reserved for balloonists or mountaineers. In this trek as well, we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and start our trek onwards to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), the trading center of Khumbu Region. We take a days rest for acclimatization in Namche. From Namche Bazaar, 3 days trek will take us to Gokyo, where we take another day of rest for acclimatization and exploring around. The next day we climb Gokyo Ri (5360m) for the superb views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche, with the Ngozumpa Glacier cutting across in front like a massive tear in the landscape. We then walk downhill to Gokyo (4750m). The Gokyo Valley Trek is specially designed for those who prefer a less crowded trail with only basic lodge facilities and in this trail one will miss out most of the famous monasteries of Khumbu region. Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft) Day 2 Acclimatize KATHMANDU- City Tour Day 3 Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187ft); trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563 ft)- 4 Hrs trek; 200m descent, 50m ascent Day 4 Trek to NAMCHE (3420m/11221ft) 5-6 hours/1000m ascent, 100m descent-7 Hrs Day 5 Acclimatize at NAMCHE Day 6 Trek to PHORTSE THENGA (3680m/12074ft ) -6 hours Day 7 Trek to MACHHERMO (4410m/14469ft)- 6 hours Day 8 Trek to GOKYO (4750m/15585ft)- 7 hours Day 9 Explore Around GOKYO Day 10 Trek to GOKYO RI (5360m/17586ft) & Back to GOKYO -6 hours Day 11 Trek to DOLE (4090m/13419ft)- 6 hours Day 12 Trek to NAMCHE via KHUMJUNG- 5 hours Day 13 Trek to LUKLA – 6 hours Day 14 Fly back KATHMANDU Day 15 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

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What people are saying about Kathmandu

Mountian biking tour lasted approximately 5 hours, it was just the two of us and our guide. The tour was nice allowing us to see more of Kathmandu. We are both fit and it was comfortable, I think they would adapt for your level of fitness. The bikes were in good condition and we experienced no problems. The guide was friendly and managed to take us on another route when our initial route was blocked for a festival. We were given a bottle of water on the trip and also offered dinner when we returned. I would book with this company again.

Good guide nice ride...

Good ride out of Kathmandu up to the rim where you have some options. I chose to ride around the valley and then back into town. Nice views of the valley and the terraced rice fields and the chance to ride like a local through the city streets. ***Good bikes that were well tuned and ready to roll....

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!

Make sure you are prepared

The mountain biking tour was great, but not for beginners. The tour guide was great, and makes sure you are doing OK during the ride.

Great time!

Excellent time riding in Kathmandu - and nice further assistance and advice with my further trip