The swimming pools at the Annapurna, Shanker and Radisson hotels are open to non-guests for around Rs 1000. The Hyatt charges Rs 1250 for its pool, or Rs 1700 for its pool, gym, tennis court and sauna. Add tax to all these.

For golf near the capital, head to Gokarna Forest Resort Golf Course.

Adventure Sports

An increasing number of adventure operators offer mountain biking, climbing, canyoning, rafting and kayaking trips from Kathmandu.

Mountain Flight

A popular activity from Kathmandu is to take an early-morning scenic mountain flight (US$199) along the spine of the Himalaya for close-up views of Mt Everest and other peaks from a distance of just 9.3km. Major airlines like Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines offer the hour-long flights and each passenger on the six- to 30-seat turbo props is guaranteed a window seat.

The quality of the views depends on weather conditions. If the flight is cancelled due to bad weather, airlines offer a full refund or a seat on a later flight. In 2011 a Buddha Air mountain flight crashed outside Kathmandu, killing 19 people.

Hash House Harriers

The Nepal branch of these ‘drinkers with a running problem’ meets for a run every Saturday afternoon. Check for details.