Soar across magnificent snowcapped peaks in the Himalayas with this flight trip around Everest. It's perfect for the majority of us who'll never make the arduous climb to the summit. The flight – aboard Buddha Air, Yeti Air or Simrik Air – covers the incredible mountain ranges, glaciers and gorges of the Himalayan region, so you can expect to spend an hour in awe over these striking sights. See the top Everest, the world's highest mountain, and spot as many as 16 neighboring peaks on your airborne adventure: Kangchenjunga, third in the world; Lhotse, following at fourth; Makalu, the Annapurnas, and many more.
See one of the most incredible sunrises from atop Nagarkot Hill. Situated east of Kathmandu at over 2,000m above sea level, this spot is known best for its panoramic views of the rising sun. Begin your day in the dark and drive up to Nagarkot Hill Station, where you'll also see the rest of the Himalayan Range including, yes, Mt. Everest. Then wait as the early splinters of light cuts through the horizon – it's an experience for the books you're sure to treasure for a long, long time.
Nepal is one of the best places in the world to go trekking, and this route is a great place to start for those unused to heavy hiking, preferring a leisurely walking journey. Begin your day early and drive up to Nagarkot, famed for its sunrise views. Take in the spectacular Himalayan range and glimpse the majestic Annapurna mountain range to the west and Everest to the east. After breakfast, you'll be led on a scenic trek down to the Nerawi town of Dhulikhel, passing through farming terraces, picturesque rural villages and stunning panoramic views.
In Kathmandu Valley are three ancient cities, once independently ruled by their respective Malla kings: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. In this day trip, visit Patan and Bhaktapur, home to cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites that hark back to Nepal's rich past. You'll learn to appreciate Patan's name in Sanskrit, Lalitpur, which means ‘City of Living Art.' (Hint: it's home to the valley's finest sculptors and craftsmen.) Over in Bhaktapur, experience what it's like to wade slowly back in time, with streets and architecture retaining their olden, brickmade charm. All throughout, pay close attention to their shared religious heritage. Of Buddhist and Hindu backgrounds, both Patan and Bhaktapur are wealthy with temples, shrines, idols and sculptures in honor of their gods – giving you an endless count of sights over which to marvel.
They say one of the best ways to know a culture is through its cuisine – so expect to enjoy a slice of authentic Nepali life in this authentic, local cooking class! Opt for a morning or afternoon class which includes a visit to a local market where you'll get an authentic experience shopping for the freshest ingredients. Hop on a fun rickshaw ride back to the cooking school where you'll learn to whip up everyday home-cooked meals, featuring authentic local foodstuff like dhalbhat, a savory rice special served with lentils, curry meat or fish, and various spices; momos, the local version of Japanese gyozas; and sel roti, the sweet bread treat. You'll also pick up some Nepali phrases along the way!
Ride downhill on a mountain bike from the 2,732m-high ridge of Kakani. Wind through Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, home to the valley's water supply and over 170 winged species and rare orchids. The forest is among the last of Kathmandu's woodlands. From there you'll visit Budhanilkantha, an area off of tourist routes and reserved for devotees of Buddhism and Hinduism. See the reclining black stone statue of Vishnu, resting upon the coils of Ananta, the 11-headed snake god, who you might glimpse en route to Kathmandu city.
Get off your feet and enjoy an authentic Ayurvedic Massage experience at Samsara Spa in Kathmandu. You can opt for a one hour or one and a half hour of treatment, though both packages will be handled by the expert masseuses that staff Samsara Spa. The treatment is designed to help renew both your body, mind and spirit in ways that ordinary massages do not. It promotes blood flow, better internal systems, and more. You'll feel the stress and anxiety slipping away from your worst strains, both in your muscles and in your mind, and you can enjoy the utter relaxation that the treatment provides.
Venture into the ancient villages of Kathmandu Valley in this exploration of Bungamati and Khokana. Because of their relative inaccessibility, visiting the towns is akin to going back in time – a time when locals gather in main squares and the call of everyday work intermingles with communal life. Such sights are what you'll see on this journey, with Bungamati's resident woodcarvers and craftsfolk hard at work. The place is home to the shrine of Rato Macchendranath, patron god of Patan, alongside other religious monuments. You can expect a similar ambience in Khokana, where locals live largely off of their agriculture. Learn about their renowned produce, mustard oil, and the unique way it is harvested, then pay a visit to the landmark three-storey temple dedicated to Shikali Mai, the local mother goddess.
Uncover the wonders of Nepal in this day trip to two UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites. Explore Durbar Square, once the kingdom throne of the capital's rulers, and take in the ancient beauty of its numerous temples, shrines and idols. You'll also visit the Swayambunath Stupa, known as the most important Buddhist shrine in all of Nepal. Nicknamed Monkey Temple, the Stupa is situated atop a hillside that can be reached through a monkey-populated forest. Spend half a day getting to know this mountainous country through its rich, ancient history, as you thread landmark sites of religious and cultural landscape.
Kathmandu's bazaars are a thing of beauty: it's the moving pulse of the locals in action, full of color, sound, and culture. Experience the bazaars for yourself with this two and half hour walking tour with the help of a local English speaking guide! Meet up with the guide at the Electric Pagoda Cafe for some refreshments to strengthen you for the journey ahead. First walk along the Asan Tole and Indra Chowk bazaars, two of the largest in the city.
Limited time in Kathmandu? This half day morning tour while riding a rickshaw is a wonderful, authentic way to discover this city of enlightenment and see many of what it has to offer. It starts with an early meet up with your English speaking guide at the Electric Pagoda Cafe to enjoy light snacks and refreshments before the tour officially begins. Hop on your rickshaw and prepare to explore, with a first ride from Thamel to Swayambhu Stupa. In this area, you'll see some of the most famous temples on the route.
Every city seems to transform before your very eyes during the evening, and Kathmandu is no exception. Discover a whole new side to the city when you tour it via rickshaw in the evening! Starting with a meetup at the Electric Pagoda Cafe for some light refreshments, you and your English speaking guide will head to through the bustling streets of Thamel, Indra Chowk, and Asan Tole to the marketplace. See how the locals crowd the evening marketplaces shopping for nearly everything anyone could need, from food to clothing and trinkets and more!