How to Spend 48 Hours in Kathmandu

The bowled shape capital standing at an elevation 1,400 metres has a reputation for being overcrowded and polluted. However beyond that there’s grace. Kathmandu is the center of Nepal’s history, art, culture and economy. Despite the chaos Kathmandu charisma shines in the ancient temples and Buddhist stupas ; listed in World Heritage Sites.

Touch Down

Tribhuvan International Airport is an international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. The airport is about six kilometres from the city centre, in the Kathmandu valley. It is the sole international airport in Nepal.

Hire a local driver or taking a taxi is the best way to reach your accommodations. If you have booked your trip from any local trekking company or Hotel than usually there will be someone to pick you. (Free Pick Ups)

People of these countries do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal:

1. Nigeria 2. Ghana 3. Zimbabwe
4. Swaziland 5. Cameroon 6. Somalia
7. Liberia 8. Ethiopia 9. Iraq
10. Palestine 11. Afghanistan 12. Syria

Visa are available on arrival

US $ 25 for 15 days Visa ; $40 for 30 days Visa ; $100 For 90 days Visa

Kathmandu City Map

Day One

“Local History and Culture”

Hike to Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple)

swayambhunath-temple

Swayambhu is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. The Swayambhu complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. The site has two access points: a long stairway with 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the southwest entrance.

Entry Fee: NPR 200 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 50 [6am to 7pm]

Stroll Around the Medieval Towns

Despite no longer being a Kingdom evidence of its royal past is an important part of the heritage for the Country. Kathmandu has three durbar square ; public places outside the historic palaces, all listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square

kathmandu-durbar-squar

The Kathmandu Durbar Square held the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds quadrangles, revealing courtyards and temples. It is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square.

Kumari, the living goddess, resides in Kumari-ghar. Before noon or after 4pm, she might even grace you with an appearance at her window.

Entry Fee: NPR 750 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 200 [7am to 7pm]

  • Patan Durbar Square

patan-durbar-square

Patan Durbar Square is situated at the centre of the city of Lalitpur is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newa architecture. The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square built by the Newa People.

Entry Fee: NPR 500 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 100 [7am to 7pm]

  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square

bhaktapur-durbar-square

The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square),the whole area is informally known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley.

Entry Fee: NPR 1100 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 200 [7am to 7pm]

Note: Most of the ancient monuments were destroyed during the April 2015 earthquake. Renovation and reconstruction work are being done. The above picture

End The Day in The Hippie Town Thamel

Hotspot for tourist Thamel boast a different lifestyle in comparison to the other part of Kathmandu.Dominated by tourist bars, narrow streets and neon lights you will find many traveller in thamel with whom you can swap adventure stories.

Day Two

Peaceful morning in Boudhanath Stupa

boudhanath-stupa

Located about 11 km (6.8 mi) from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.  Dominating  the skyline the ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world and one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area.

Entry Fee: NPR 200 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 50 [7am to 7pm]

Pashupatinath Temple

pasupatinath-temple

5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu Valley the Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath. The site is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and contains a collection of shrines, ashrams and traditional inscriptions. Guides will explain the colorful history and myriad legends associated with this special place which is still used for rituals and ceremonial cremations.

Entry Fee: NPR 500 and for SAARC Nationality NPR 50 [7am to 7pm]

The principal seat of the reigning Monarch Narayanhiti Palace

narayanhiti-palace

Narayanhiti Palace built in 1961 is a palace in Kathmandu,which long served as residence and principal workplace of the reigning Monarch of the Kingdom of Nepal, Located in the capital city of Kathmandu, the palace was often the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. The palace complex is located towards east  Thamel.

Summer, 11am-4pm daily except Tuesday and Wednesday; to 3pm in winter

Walk in the Park Gardens of Dream

garden-of-dreams-nepal

The Garden of Dreams also known as the Garden of Six Seasons, is a neo-classical garden just a minute’s walk from the tourist hub thamel, built in 1920. Designed by Kishore Narsingh, it consists of 6,895 square metres (74,220 sq ft) of gardens with three pavilions, an amphitheater, ponds, pergolas, and urns. A joint Nepali-Austrian restoration project began in 2002 and today it’s a graceful, romantic oasis of palms, wisteria, bougainvillaea, fountains, moats and a lotus pond in the centre of Kathmandu’s chaos.

Open daily, 9am to 10pm, Entree Fee NPR 160

Add Ons

A contender for the world’s most scenic Mountain Flight is a trip in a turboprop plane past Everest. Buddha Air (buddhaair.com) and Yeti Airlines (yetiairlines.com) both offer one-hour trips from the domestic terminal at Tribhuvan. Tickets cost US$183 and about 20 flights leave daily (6.30am to 10am)

Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalaya when the weather is clear. Visitors often travel to Nagarkot from Kathmandu to spend the night so that they can be there for the breathtaking sunrise.

Chandragiri Hill, seven kilometres from Thankot, lies on the South-West of Kathmandu Valley and is 2551 metres from sea level. Soaring peaks and breath taking views of whole Kathmandu Valley covered with lush green blanket of flora makes Chandragiri truly a great bountiful and pristine landscape. The panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley & Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest makes anyone feel like seeing whole Nepal from this hill.


Sightseeing activities are popular among tourists for various reasons, least because they are time and cost convenient. Nepal Vision Treks and Expedition has a variety of sightseeing options for you. You can choose to take these services separately or mix them with your trekking holidays. Either ways, the sightseeing in Nepal will offer you unique windows to experience the natural, cultural and architectural beauty of Nepal.

read more


Free Advice From Our Outdoor Experts

Rough Guide: Nepal 2nd Of The Best Place To Travel in 2017.

Rough Guides a London Based leading travel magazine and reference information has recommended Nepal (placed 2nd among 10 countries)as one of the top best places to visit in 2017. [Source: rough guide]

manaslu-circuit-pass

Trekkers Crossing Larkya La Pass – Manaslu Circuit Trek

Whether trekking in the Himalayas, meditating at a far-flung monastery, spotting rhinos in the steaming jungles of Chitwan or gorging on street food in frenetic Kathmandu – Nepal is an intoxicating, beguiling and endearing destination.

Tourism is the lifeblood of Nepal’s economy, and though the country is working hard to rebuild itself after 2015’s devastating earthquakes, it is still struggling to recover. Nepal needs all the tourism it can get, and we’re glad to see so much support with the country ranked as the second-best place to visit in 2017.


Top 6 Destination for 2017

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

langtang-gosaikunda

Trip Length

Max Elevation

Difficulty

Read More

14 Days

4,380m/14,370ft

Moderate to Strenuous

Jungle Safari in Nepal

jungle-safari

The Southern belt of Terai is covered with dense subtropical forests that are rich in diverse wildlife and flora. The Terai of Nepal has some of the most exciting jungle safari destinations of Indian subcontinent. You can ride on elephant’s’ back or take a four-wheeler inside the forest to closely experience the wildlife. [More on Jungle Safaris in Nepal]

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

annapurna-base-camp

Trip Length

Max Elevation

Difficulty

Read More

15 Days

4,130m/13,549ft

Moderate to Strenuous

Makalu Base Camp Trek

makalu-base-camp

Trip Length

Max Elevation

Difficulty

Read More

25 Days

5,000m/16,404ft

 Strenuous

Island Peak Climb

island-peak-climb

Trip Length

Max Elevation

Difficulty

Read More

21 Days

6,189m/20,305ft

 Strenuous

Everest Panorama Trek

everest-panoram-trek

Trip Length

Max Elevation

Difficulty

Read More

12 Days

3,867 m/12,684

 Leisurely to Moderate


Free Advice From Our Outdoor Experts

5 Trekking Destinations in Nepal That Have Been Ignored For Far Too Long

Travelers worldwide consider Nepal as one of the most loved tourist destinations. The world knows Nepal by its collection of some of the tallest mountains, medieval monuments and range of adventure activities Among these activities, Trekking in Nepal makes the top half of the adventure seekers everywhere.

Here are 5 of those trekking destination in Nepal which have been ignored far too long.

Dolpo

Dolpo is a high-altitude culturally Tibetan region in the western Himalaya of Nepal. Situated in the Trans-Himalaya of Nepal, bordering with Tibet (China) in the north Dolpo offers an exquisite adventure-travel experience of remote and rugged mountain terrains of Nepal.

Duration Max Elevation Trek Style Best Months
20+ Days 5,190m/17,023ft Camping Mar-Oct

Still largely unexplored it is one of the remotest and least exposed areas of northern Nepal offering rare opportunities to explore many unseen parts of the region. [More on Upper & Lower Dolpo]

Tsum Valley 

Isolated from the modern world, the Tsum valley was opened for tourists in 2007. The name ‘Tsum’ came from the Tibetan word called ‘Tsombo,’ meaning vivid. Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal, against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal and Boudha ranges.

Duration

Max Elevation Trek Style

Best Months

16+ Days

5,093m Tea House Mar-May & Sep-Nov

Least known to the outside world, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. Many religious and archaeological relics still intact and unexplored at many places. [More on Tsum Valley Trek]

Manaslu Circuit

Manaslu Circuit Trek (Traverse trek) is a popular trek in Nepal. The best all-round trek in northern Nepal , Manaslu circuit trek can certainly be a great alternative to Annapurna circuit trek.

Duration

Max Elevation Trek Style Best Months
17 + Days 5,135m/16,847ft Tea House

Mar-May & Sep-Nov

Still relatively unexplored, Manaslu trek leads to high Himalayan passes through ethnic Tibetan villages, with the spectacular views of snow-peaks and campsites.  Officially opened in 1991, officials grants permit to access this restricted to limited number of trekkers each year, therefore, adding further appeal to the trek. [More on Manaslu Circuit Trek]

Rolwaling

Rolwaling trek can be a great adrenaline rush trek in Nepal. Crossing over one of the highest passes of the world, Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m/18,881ft), to get into the Khumbu Valley has made this trek popular among adventurers.

Duration

Max Elevation Trek Style Best Months

25 Days

5,755m/18,881ft Camping Mar-Jun & Sep-Dec

Rolwaling valley is located in the east-central region of Nepal, along the Tibet border, containing several ethnic Sherpa villages scattered in the region. Rolwaling Himalayan range includes Melungtse (7,181m/23,559ft) and Melungtse II (7,023m/23,041ft) and Gauri Shankar (7,134m/23,405ft), with some other 50 additional peaks. [More on Rolwaling Trek]

Makalu Base Camp

Makalu Base Camp Trekking opens windows to enjoy both the high Himalayan Mountains and the cultural life that thrives on their laps.

Duration

Max Elevation Trek Style

Best Months

25 Days

5,000m/16,404ft Camping

Mar-Jun & Sep-Dec

The trek offers some of the most outstanding sceneries of lush tropical greens of Arun Valley, Makalu and its tributaries as well as Khumbakarna mountain range. The highlight of the trip will be the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest, which can be seen from the Makalu base camp. [More on Makalu Base Camp Trek]


Free Travel Advice

Know Before You Go! Tips for Travelling in Nepal

Nepal the beautiful South Asian country is an ideal travel destination for both adventurer and relaxation seekers. However it is most important to be fully prepared before you go and know about the place you are going.

First thing first Nepal is not limited to only highlands and High mountains. The country is gifted with uniquely diverse landscape with hills in the north and flat expansive plains to the south. So you are not just limited to trekking and climbing mountains, array of options lies ahead of you to choose from like adventure sports, tours, jungle safaris, cultural tours and many more.

The first thing that pops in your head and a must know before traveling anywhere is WHEN TO GO? In case of Nepal:

Month’s Highlights Remark
Oct – Dec Good weather, sunny warm days, cool evenings Peak tourist season.
Jan – Feb Sunny but cool ; Off season Off season so you can get good deals
Mar – May Good weather ; Tourist season Not as busy as Oct – Dec
Jun – Sep Rainy ; July & Aug is Monsoon Not the best time to come. (End of Sep. is starting to get nice.)

Visa and Customs

Nepal has only one international airport so if you are entering Nepal by air than your entry point will be Tribhuwan International Airport. The Visa and Customs are easy and are issued upon arrival; here are the list of things you will need.

  1.  Carry a pen to fill out the forms (none available in the airport).
  2. Two passport size photos; latest (bring plenty as you will need these for trekking permit, visa extensions, and any other official document in Nepal.)
  3. US dollars or any other convertible currency
    • 15 days is $25
    • 30 days is $40
    • 90 days is $100
  4. Address and contact of where you will be staying.

A bit of BASIC NEPALI LANGUAGE will come in handy and ease your stay in Nepal. Learn how to say Hi or Hello in Nepali language to break the cultural barrier with the locals.

English

How to say in Nepali

Hello

Namaste

Thank you/Welcome

Dhanyabaad/Swagatam
How much does it cost?

Esko kati parcha?

Rupees

Paisa

I am Happy

Ma khusi chu

See you

Pheri bhetaula

What time is it?

Kati bajyo?

The traditional manner of greeting in Nepal involves placing your palms together in a prayer style and saying “namaste” or “namaskar“. Address anyone older than you with respect using the terms “dai” for men and “didi” for women.

The another tough decision is WHAT TO PACK for Nepal. Just to make it clear you can get anything in Nepal which you get in the west so just pack light. Here are some things you might want to bring depending on your planned activities:

  1. A good pair of trekking shoes, climbing shoes well broken in.
  2. Good camera – Nepal is a photographers dream and does feast your eyes with its surreal beauty.
  3.  A pocket size good flashlight, there are always powercuts.

Don’t worry about bringing your trekking and climbing gear all the way from your home, just head straight for Thamel ” the tourist mecca” where you can find everything you want.

Do’s and Don’ts

Dress and Attire

Nepalis are innately conservative in their attitudes to clothing. T-shirts are perfectly acceptable for men and women, while many guide books which says no shorts for women than they are outdated, moderate shorts are fine.

However things are different when visiting a temple or monastery. Men should always wear a shirt and long trousers if possible. For women skirt that hangs to mid-calf level or trousers are acceptable.

If you ever want to take a dip in the stream or bath in the village tap than men should wear shorts or underwear whereas women can wrap in a sarong as the village women does.

[2016 update: The clothing norm is changing in many cities and frequently trekked routes of Nepal. You can fine Nepali girls with short in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara]


Taking Photos

Most Nepalese don’t mind being photographed “they have the best smile”. However it is polite to ask first, especially if photographing ceremonies or older people.

Beggars

Just DON’T give candy or money to beggars but instead you can donate to a school, monastery or hospital. Dealing with beggars is a part of traveling in Nepal so you need to quickly learn to ignore them.

Some More of Do’s and Don’t

  • Use two hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money to show appreciation and respect.
  • Don’t eat with your left hand.
  • Remove your shoes when entering a home, temple or monastery.
  • If you take a sip from someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips.
  • Don’t eat off someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.

Safety Cautions

  • Never trek alone : If you run into trouble no one will know. The best option is trekking with an agency which assures the greatest security.
  • Security: Take care of your personal gear carefully in lodges and on the trail. Always lock your room or baggage.
  • High Altitude Sickness: Find out more from your agent or the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) about this sickness and helicopter rescue options. Always register your trekking plans with your embassy, consulate or HRA.
  • Drinking Water: Drink only after water is boiled or iodized. Always wash your hands before eating.

Nepal in Pictures


Not many countries in the world offer as many environmental and cultural diversity as Nepal does. The topographical diversity of Nepal allows it to offer a variety of adventure tourism packages.

The tourism packages are never short of ancient cultural and natural marvels that offer visitors breathtaking adventures. This diverse country has a surprise for you stored in every corner. [Explore the adventure tourism packages]


Free Advice From Our Experts

NORTH VS SOUTH: EVEREST BASE CAMP

Did You Know? the international border between Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal runs across Everest’s precise summit point. There are two base camp on opposite sides of Everest, South Base Camp in Nepal and North Base Camp in Tibet. These camps are used as temporary campsites by the used by mountains climbers for ascents and descents.

North Everest Base Camp

north everest face tibet
Located in the remote southern region of Tibet, the northern base camp is trekked lesser than its southern counterpart in Nepal. The desolated landscape, its Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan architectures gives an exotic cultural flavor to the tour, making it culturally significant.

  • Activities: Culture Tours, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 5,150m/16,892ft at Everest Base Camp
Permits

A visit to the North Base Camp currently requires a permit from the Chinese government, on top of the permit required to visit Tibet itself.

Recommended Trips
  1. North Everest Base Camp Via Lhasa
  2. Lhasa Tour Via Everest Base Camp
  3. North Everest Base Camp Explore Trip
The Base Camp

The “tourist Base Camp” is located about halfway between Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest buddhist shrine in the world. Whereas the actual climbers’ Base Camp is at the foot of Rongbuk glacier.

Transport

You can either fly to Lhasa from any major city China or hire a 4WD from Lhasa to Rongbuk Monastery.

Major Attraction

north everest base camp trek

Ranked at the top of CNN’s ‘Great Places to be a Recluse’ in 2011. Rongbuk Monastery claims to be the highest monastery in the world  at 4,980 metres.

Food and Lodging

There are tent hostels for travelers and climbers, offering beds and food (simple chinese Food). Guesthouses around Rongbuk Monastery also provide rooms for travelers.

Scenery

The sunrise at Mount Everest is one of the top highlights of the China side. The sun rising from the east shines on the summit, making a golden triangle.

South Everest Base Camp

south everest base camp nepal

The Everest Base Camp on the south side is one of the most popular in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands each year.

  • Activities: Trekking
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 5,550 m/18,204 ft
Permits

To Visit the South Base Camp you need to have a TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management Card) and pay the Entry fee for Sagarmatha National Park.

Recommended Trips
  1. Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. Everest Base Camp Via Gokyo
  3. Jiri to Everest Base Camp
The Base Camp

The South Everest Base Camp is at an altitude of 5,320m (17,500 ft) where many climbers and travelers camp there for acclimatization to reduce the risks of altitude sickness. The base camp is mostly dotted with colorful small tents and yellow-roofed huts during climbing seasons otherwise gray/white landscape of the Khumbu Icefall sits on the background.

Transport

Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, which saves time and energy before beginning the trek to this base camp. A private Heli ride is also in the list if you are not into trekking.

Major Attraction

Tengboche Monastery everest base camp trekTengboche Monastery is located on a hill at the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Imja Khola rivers, three days away from lukla. Built in 1961  the Tengboche Monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Mani Rimdu is a traditional festival celebrated in Solukhumbu, especially at the monasteries in Tengboche, Chiwang and Tame. This sacred festival is celebrated for mani rimdu everest base camp treknineteen days; the most special and elaborate of them all are the last three days. Those three days are marked by public festivals.

Fooding and Lodging

There are numbers of tea houses and hotel between Lukla and Ghoreshep which offers bed and food. Most of them serves Nepalese food: fried rice, small potatoes, or fried noodles.

Scenery

 

The sunset is the biggest highlight from the South Base Camp. Stunning picture of gold and pink light on white snow, the breathtaking highland scenery and the mighty Everest.  


Travel Tips

  • Know about Altitude Sickness and its symptoms.
  • Study about the best season to see Everest and pack accordingly. [Mar – May & Sept – Nov is considered as the best month]

Free Travel Advice From Our Expert