Day Tour Around Kathmandu Valley
Asian Mystery Treks offers Optional a day tour around Kathmandu Valley. Please go to our program section in the website and choose your right Adventure.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Group Size Small Group
Kathmandu is one of the most picturesque capital city of small landlocked country in the world. The word Kathmandu is derived from word “Kasthamandap”, an imposing wooden pagoda near Hanuman Dhoka Palace. This city is a perfect mixture of the ancient, traditional and modern vibes. This city is also known as open museum because of ancient old temples and shrines more than thousands are located in different alleys of the city. The best time to visit Kathmandu is from September to November and February to May.
The main places in Kathmandu valley are, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Kumari temple, Royal palace, Pashupatinath temple and Shivapuri National park, etc. The old marketplace and shopping areas are worth to visit. The most fascinating thing you will ever see is the living virgin Goddess named Kumari. Kumari are of tender child age and once they hit puberty period they are replaced by another young Kumari. Swayambunath also known as monkey temples is located on the hilltop at the west of the city that has a beautiful views of Kathmandu city, green hills surrounding the valley and high snow capped mountains. This is one of the oldest historical sites listed on world heritage site of more than 2500 years old Buddhist religious site with huge high dome shaped stupa.
Another highlight of the city is located on the east of Kathmandu city is Pashupatinath Temple. One of the major pilgrimage sites for Hindu Devotees. Non-Hindu or tourist are not allowed to visit inside the temple premises but you still can roam outside of the temple and overlook temple from the bank of Bagmati river and you can also watch Hindu devotional and cremation from there. After a fascinating and lovely historical and cultural tour return back to respective hotels.
- Accommodation on Double sharing basis with breakfast in Kathmandu as per the hotel list
- English Speaking tourist guide.
- All transportation
- All necessary permits.
- Personal equipment for Trekking.
- Personal travel Insurance.
- Emergency Rescue evacuation.
- Personal expenses/Bar bills.
Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Hiking
This hiking for those people who couldn’t have a much time to do for longer day trekking around mountain and who want to take enjoyable trekking around Kathmandu valley. From Nagarkot you will get excellent mountain Panorama in a clear day. The hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is mostly downhill and easy path. On the way to Dhulikhel, There are few options for food and water, so that we recommend that you carry enough of both with you for the hike. Early morning your guide and drive will come to your hotel, drive to Nagarkot, after 1:30 hour’s drive you will drop Nagarkot. You will follow the rugged little used jeep track until you come to a flat spot of land and couple of farm houses at Rhonnie Bhangyang. From Rhonnie you will find another main jeep track which you need to follow to your right and uphill to Tusal. The trail meets Nepal China Highway 1 kilometer from the main town of Dhulikhel. After small rest at Dhulikhel you will drive back to Kathmandu.
day hiking at Shivapuri National park
Shivapuri National Park situated at an altitude of 2575m north of Kathmandu is 2nd highest hill around the Kathmandu valley. Early morning your guide and drive will come to your hotel, drive to Budhanilkantha. From Budhanilkantha you walk through Shivapuri national park area, you start your hike from the southern boundary of the area where the army check post is located, after few minutes’ walk from check post you will get at Nagi Gompa, Nagi Gompa is situated at 2330m north from Kathmandu. At Nagi monastery the Nuns practice Buddhism and foreigners often come there for meditation. From monastery it is a steep uphill hike through narrow and dusty trail for about half an hour and two hours gradual uphill trial to Shivapuri. After lunch and strolling around for some time, we take a short cut down hill trail to Kopan for about two hours and drive back to Kathmandu. Good for cycling also, or the bird watching and Jungle walk.
Day hiking at Phulchowki
Phulchowki (2782m) is the highest hill in the south of Kathmandu valley. This is one of the most beautiful hiking in terms of vegetation in Kathmandu valley. Early morning your guide and drive will come to your hotel, drive 15 Kilometer from Kathmandu about 50 minutes to place called Godavari village. From Godavari you start your hiking gradually uphill all the way through sub- Tropical thick forest. The view from eastern part of Annapurna range to Gaurishankar in the east can be seen from here on clear day. This area as usual famous for bird watching.
Day hiking at Namobuddha
Namobuddha situated an altitude of 1750m east of Kathmandu. It is very important of Buddhist pilgrim; the stupa built in this lovely little hillside a very ancient holy side significantly enough where a legendary prince name Mahasattva offered himself to a starving Tiger’s with it several underfed cubs. Early in the morning your guide will come to your hotel and drive to about one and half hours to Dhapasi, the trails heads northeast and become narrow as you move future. You will cross on a suspension bridge and many small villages to huge rice, potatoes etc fields, which gives you a chance to see how local people plant and harvest the crop. The trails goes steep uphill about an hour nearby reaching to Namobuddha. After small rest at overhear you will drive back to Kathmandu.
Nepal is under a constant cloud of political uncertainty as has been for years. The U.S. Department of State and other governments urge caution when traveling to Nepal, often in the form of official travel warnings. Travelers should read these warnings and exercise caution as they would before traveling to any other country.
After significant due diligence before my recent trip to Nepal, I came away reasonably confident that Nepal is safe for trekkers. A number of knowledgeable people were unequivocal in their opinions that trekking in Nepal is mostly unaffected by politics. I booked our tickets after hearing from two fellow Coloradans who were in Kathmandu preparing for a trek when the King was overthrown. Their advice was to go and that, “everything will be fine…just don’t burn tires in front of the Royal Palace.”
As with any foreign country, use good judgment and do your part to ensure that you have a safe trip. Solo trekkers are most at risk for a number of reasons and it’s best to go with a guide. Don’t walk around the streets of Kathmandu late at night (taxis are extremely cheap) and avoid large crowds. Petty theft can occur at lowland villages including from the tents of unsuspecting trekkers.
For those who decide to make the trip, the number of people trekking in Nepal remains relatively low compared to years past and it’s a great time to go.