Whether you're in the air or on the ground, Kathmandu provides some of the most breathtaking sights in Nepal. We asked our Nepal Destination Manager Steve Wroe for his top five tips on making the most of magical Kathmandu.
Delve into the heart of old town
Take your time to explore Kathmandu’s old town. Walk from Thamel through the old town to Durbar Square and soak up the intoxicating atmosphere. Don't miss the temples and hidden treasures while you're here. Durbar Square is the traditional heart of the old town, and displays Kathmandu’s most striking legacy of traditional architecture.
Explore a UNESCO World Heritage site
Traffic-free Bhaktapur is a UNESCO World Heritage listed town, situated about an hour outside of Kathmandu and well worth a visit. Cobblestone streets link temples, courtyards and monumental squares while the side streets are home to shrines, water wells and tanks. Centuries-old traditions are still alive with potters, wood carvers and weavers dotted throughout the vibrant streets.
See Mt Everest from the air
Take a scenic flight over Mt Everest. Need we say more really… this spectacular sight is worth every penny. Not only will you take in the unforgettable views of mighty Everest itself but you will also witness the majestic Himalayas from a vantage point unlike any other.
Shop til you drop
Whether it’s colourful prayer flags you’re looking for or striking Nepalese jewellery, the markets of Thamel will not disappoint. Make sure you have your haggling skills up to scratch and ready to go!
Sample the local fair!
Start the day at Mike’s Breakfast, take a rickshaw and enjoy American-style breakfasts in the leafy surrounds of an old Rana House. When you’re ready for lunch head to Thamel House Restaurant for a traditional Nepali feast. At dinner time stop by Rum Doodle, a popular meeting place among mountaineers for decades, made clear by the signed yeti footprints on the walls and ceilings!