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.
Fly from Kathmandu City to Pokhara (or vice versa) with ease via leading local airlines - Simrik Airlines, Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines – and add some much-deserved convenience to your trip. Those with tighter itineraries will appreciate the swift transit of these one-way flights. Bringing both cities within easy access of eachother, hopping aboard a plane is a great way to optimize your Nepal stay!
From the moment you arrive in Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy the utmost convenience as your professional driver greets you in the arrival hall and takes you safely and swiftly to your chosen Kathmandu city hotel. Whether you’re a couple or a big group of up to 8, these private transfers will comfortably accommodate you and your luggage. You’ll also be able to take in the first sights of Kathmandu in the exclusivity of your vehicle without having to navigate the public transport system or wait for a taxi. Begin and end your time in Kathmandu with these stress-free transfers by choosing a round trip, simply make a second booking for your chosen route.
The trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 8-10 hours long (yes, you read that right!) and we all know just how tiring long-haul transfers can be! No need to worry, because now you can enjoy a comfortable journey from Kathmandu to the beautiful city of Pokhara via a tourist bus for an affordable price. No wonder this is recognized as one of the best ways to travel between Kathmandu and Pokhara! For just a little bit more, you can sit back and relax in a spacious tourist bus while enjoying the changing sceneries.
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.
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.
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 a taste for the famed river rafting spot in Nepal: the Trisuli River. With origins in the Himalayas, snaking through to the nation's southern plains, the river is rife with scenic gorges, rock formations and local villages, as well as flocks of native and migrant birds. Savor a rush of adrenaline as you paddle through foamy white water and feel the power of the rapids, fascinatingly named: Ladies' Delight, Monsoon, Upset and Surprise! Those trying out whitewater rafting for the first time need not worry, as the Trisuli offers the perfect rapids for beginner to intermediate participants. It's also the better way to get from Kathmandu to Pokhara – instead of taking a flight or drive, why not enjoy an exhilarating waterborne journey from one city to the other?
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.
Singing bowl therapy has been around in Northern Asian regions since ancient times but it is only recently that the rest of the world has been exposed to it and its medicinal benefits. In Samsara Spa, you'll be able to experience this method of treatment for yourself and discover the benefits that have been enjoyed by Nepalese people for generations. This vibrational therapy is partly a performance, as it is done through 'playing' a set of Tibetan bowls as your body absorbs this vibration.