Welcome to Kathmandu

For many, stepping off a plane into Kathmandu is a pupil-dilating experience, a riot of sights, sounds and smells that can quickly lead to sensory overload. Whether you’re barrelling through the traffic-jammed alleyways of the old town in a rickshaw, marvelling at the medieval temples or dodging trekking touts in the backpacker district of Thamel, Kathmandu can be an intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place.The... Read More

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$95 Tours & Sightseeing

Full Day Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu

Your guide will pick you early in the morning (10am) from your hotel (city Center). You will arrive after one hour drive to Nagarkot and enjoy the Himalayan view of Langtang, Shishapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shakhar and Mount Everest in a clear weather. Hike to Changunarayan (approx 4hr), on the way enjoy the localities, Nepalese culture, Kathmandu view and Himalayan view in the back drop. Your car will be waiting in Changunarayan.You will experience some of Nepalese culture, old style houses, local life style and localities along the trail. The view of Kathmandu is interesting. Changunarayan temple (UNESCO world heritage site) is one of the master pieces of Nepalese architecture. Nagarkot, located 20 miles east of Kathmandu, is a very popular tourist destination due to the amazing views of the Himalayan mountains. The top of Nagarkot commands amazing views in all directions. Encompassing more that 200 miles of snow capped peaks, from Annapurna in the west to Everest and beyond in the east, sunrises and sunsets create a spectacular light show on the mountains.

$81 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour

Meet your guide at the centrally located Kathmandu Guest House and hop on a local bus to Pashupatinath, a significant Hindu temple devoted to the god Shiva. Your expert guide will explain the Hindu spiritual beliefs surrounding the cycle of birth and death. You’ll also have the chance to interact with the colorfully dressed Sadhu monks. Learn why the holy men give up worldly goods to signify devotion and liberation. Outside the 17th-century temple, along the banks of the Bagmati River, cremation ceremonies regularly take place. Respect mourning families by refraining from photos or watching the ritual. Next, travel by local transport for a short distance to Bodhnath. The shrine is an important religious site for Tibetan Buddhists, and one of the only places in the world that you can see the daily routines of Tibetan monks. The stupa sits along a historic trade route that stretches across Lhasa, Tibet, Nepal and India. Today, people still come to Bodhnath to pray before undertaking a daunting journey such as climbing the Himalayas. Marvel at one of the world’s largest stupas as your guide explains Tibetan traditions. You might even see pilgrims spin prayer wheels as they circle the stupa. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk with resident monks about Buddhism and the practices you witness at Bodhnath. After wrapping up at Bodhnath, enjoy a relaxing lunch at a nearby rooftop restaurant with a fantastic view overlooking the stupa (own expense). Then walk to the home of a renowned astrologer who will do a reading for you (own expense), if you wish! After an enlightening day exploring Kathmandu’s spiritual side, your guide returns you to your hotel.

$95 Tours & Sightseeing

Kathmandu Full Day Tour

We will first visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is situated in the heart of old Kathmandu city at Basantapur, it never fails to impress first time visitors with its ensemble of palaces, courtyards and temples built during the Malla period. The Durbar Square includes the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the historic seat of the royalty; the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; Ashok Vinayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh, a temple without a filial ; and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. The capital takes its name from the giant pagoda of Kasthamandap, which is said to have been built out of a single tree. Since the time of the Malla kings, the Durbar Square has been the city’s social, religious and political focal point.We will then visit Swayambhunath, which is located on a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu, it is one of the holiest Buddhist Chaityas in Nepal. It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises.In the afternoon we will drive to Pasupatinath Temple which is located 5 km east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva is considered one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The two-tiered pagoda with golden roofs and silver doors houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple existed before 400 A.D. Near the Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River lies Guheswari, where, according to mythology, a portion of Sati Devi, Lord Shiva’s consort, fell when a grief-stricken Shiva wandered aimlessly across the earth carrying her dead body on his shoulders following her self-immolation.Last place we will visit will be Bouddhanath Stupa which is located 8km to the east of downtown Kathmandu, Bauddhanath is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu, visible as soon as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. It is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley and is the center of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Flight Over the Himalayas including Mt Everest from Kathmandu

Choose your morning departure time upon booking and enjoy a hotel transfer to the Kathmandu airport. Then board your plane and prepare to be wowed by spectacular panoramic views of some of the world’s highest mountains during your 1-hour flight over the Himalayas. (Note: Passenger capacity varies from plane to plane; please see Additional Information.)Listening to onboard narration while your professional pilot takes off toward the east, you’ll watch several stunning peaks quickly come into view. Grab your camera to capture Gosaithan, also called Shishapangma, which towers 26,290 feet (8,013 meters) above sea level. Immediately to its right, the snowy crags of Dorje Lhakpa and Phurbi-Ghyachu loom over Kathmandu Valley.As the larger-than-life mountains appear even closer, your pilot points out Choba Bhamare, the smallest in the group at ‘just’ 19,465 feet (5,933 meters). Learn about the visually and spiritually prominent Gauri Shankar, whose two sharp peaks the Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect. While the plane soars toward the eastern Himalayas, you’ll find a succession of glorious ridges through your prime viewing window. Melungtse, a plateau-like mountain, stands as the highest of the Rolwaling Himal, while Chugimago still waits to be climbed. Fly past Numbur and Karyolung, whose white slopes sparkle against the rising sun, and marvel at the astounding height of Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth-highest mountain at 26,906 feet (8,201 meters).Next up is Gyanchung Kang, considered extremely difficult to climb, flanked by Pumori and then Nuptse, which means West Peak — signifying its direction from magnificent Mt Everest. Reaching a stunning 29,029 feet (8,848 meters), the crown jewel of the Himalayas, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans, is your final showstopper.After you observe the enigma of Mt Everest from your window seat, your plane returns for its descent into Kathmandu, where you’ll be returned to your hotel. Now you’ve earned bragging rights for getting as close to the highest spot on Earth as you can without actually climbing it.

$69 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kathmandu Evening Tour by Rickshaw Including Durbar Square

As the sun goes down, meet your driver and guide in Thamel, a popular tourist spot, to begin your evening rickshaw ride through Kathmandu. Sit back, relax and feel like a local as your driver expertly navigates through the backstreets and narrow lanes. Your guide will tell you about the places to see, and you'll be impressed by the myriad sights, sounds and smells of this energetic place as you pass bustling local markets and shops selling everything from pastries to pashminas. Your rickshaw seat provides the perfect platform to do a bit of window-shopping along the way!Cruise past Asan, a popular vegetable and spice market and the oldest in Kathmandu, and arrive at Durbar Square, filled with centuries-old temples, palaces and shrines that are sure to enchant you.Hop off your rickshaw and stroll through the square, find a spot on a bench to people-watch, or hang out in one of the hippie-era pie shops on Freak Street. Sip some warm chai tea or, if you’re feeling bold, sample fiery rakshi (a local brew similar to sake) at one of the local food stalls or taverns (own expense). There’s never a dull moment in this area.After your time here, hop back on the rickshaw for your return ride to Thamel. By the end of your tour, you’ll surely agree that a rickshaw is the best way to experience Kathmandu!

$84 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kathmandu Day Trip: Budhanilkantha and Hike Through Shivapuri National Park

Rendezvous in Thamel in the morning and walk 15 minutes with your guide and small group to the nearest bus stand, where you’ll jump on board and travel like a local 30 minutes to Budhanilkantha.This holy site is home to sleeping Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Observe the magnificently carved stone idol of sleeping Vishnu from the outer periphery of the pond (non-Hindus are not allowed inside), on which Vishnu seems to float. Be sure to have your camera ready as your guide tells the interesting story of this venerated religious figure. You’ll then embark on a moderate 9-mile (15-km) hike into the surrounding farmlands and through Kathmandu’s nearest forest reserve, Shivapuri National Park. After registering at the park entry gate, take a pleasant 2.5-hour walk through the woods to a hidden Buddhist monastery, Nagi Gompa. Hike uphill 2.5 miles (4 km) to reach this site and pause to enjoy sweeping views of the Kathmandu valley below. This spot is great for bird watching, and on a clear day, you may be able to see the snow-capped Himalayas! You may also purchase snacks here, or feel free to enjoy your own pre-packed lunch. Once you’ve snapped some unforgettable photos, descend down the hill and continue hiking 1 hour through the woodlands, past waterfalls and out of the forest until you reach Sundarijal, where you’ll visit a local bazaar. After your hike, hop back on the bus and begin your 1-hour journey back to Kathmandu.