We especially enjoyed meeting the business people in Kathmandu and the professor in Paro which we could never have done on a regular tour.
Sprawling among the foothills at the base of four major mountains (Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri) and annexed by eight rivers, Kathmandu is not only the capital of Nepal, but also its largest, densest, most populated urban center, a city that constitutes the very heart of Nepal. An intersection of diverse languages and religious beliefs, Kathmandu is permeated by historical landmarks, among them Buddhist and Hindu temples, even as modernity creeps closer with each passing day.
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Wander the narrow streets and alleyways of Kathmandu's Old Quarter, with its myriad tiny stalls and its colorful street life. Visit the many different markets including the famous bead market, and the Indrachowk carpet and textile market.
Visit the Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, a complex of monasteries of all faiths started in 460 A.D. by King Mana Devi of the Licchavi era, on the western fringes of the city. The imposing structure is recognized as a major landmark of Kathmandu and is distinguished by its population of freely roaming monkeys.
Visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, which is located in the old city and whose construction dates to the 11th century. Four different kingdoms added buildings over the centuries, including the Kasthamandap Hindu pagoda, erected by a Malla dynasty king in the late 16th-century, and from which the city takes its name. Today, approximately 50 temples and palace structures remain around the square. Your guide will describe the unique architectural styles and structures you see, and why they have been protected (and, more recently, called endangered) by UNESCO.
Tea with the Locals
Have tea with a family living in one of the historic bahals around a common courtyard in the old part of town. Chat with your hosts about their lives and livelihoods, and hear about a way of life so very different from your own.
Helicopter to Everest
Fly by private helicopter from Kathmandu around the legendary Mt Everest, which stands at an altitude of 29,029 feet (8,848 meters); your pilot will land the chopper near Everest Base Camp, situated at about 18,000 feet (5,486 meters). Since you are not acclimated, you can only stay up there for about 15 minutes before flying back down to 13,000 feet (3,962 meters), where you will have lunch at an upscale trekker's lodge.
Afterwards, return by helicopter to Kathmandu to cap what will have been one of the most memorable days of your life.
One of Kathmandu's most compelling sites is the Bhasmeshvar Ghats, the largest cremation center in the greater Kathmandu area. Like India's Varanasi on the Ganges River, Hindus bring the bodies of their loved ones to these ghats, or steps, on the banks of the Bagmati River, to be cremated and to scatter their ashes to guarantee immortality. The main Pashupatinah Temple is off-limits to non-Hindus, but you can wander the tranquil grounds and observe the activities of the temple from across the narrow river.
Visit Boudhanath Temple, another of Kathmandu’s UNESCO sites, and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Located about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the center of Kathmandu on the northeastern outskirts of the city, the stupa of Boudhanath dominates the skyline. Throughout the day, pilgrims can be seen circumambulating the stupa chanting mantras, some completing the circuit while prostrating themselves at each step. The pilgrims continue to circle into the night when the temple is illuminated by butter lamps. Anyone is free to join in, but remember to walk around the stupa in a clockwise direction and also to spin the prayer wheels clockwise.
Spend 10 action-packed days exploring the best Nepal has to offer. You’ll pass over the stunning Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake by plane, explore ancient UNESCO-listed palaces and temples, trek through Chitwan National Park on the back of an elephant, and stay at some of Nepal’s best hotels, including the luxurious Dwarika’s.
Bike through the Himalayas on a classic Royal Enfield, with this week-long trip covering a loop from Kathmandu to some of the region’s most spectacular spots. Catch the sunset at Sarangkot, take to the sky in Pokhara and trek through the jungle on an elephant, all before you roll back into the capital seven days later.
This trekking journey to Everest Base Camp is the experience of a lifetime. Trek through stunning mountain panoramas and alongside Tibet’s Yamdrok Lake. Feel a sense of accomplishment unlike any other when you reach the base camp. You’ll switch between camping and luxury hotels like the St. Regis Lhasa.
See the legendary Mt. Everest from up-close on this challenging and rewarding 15-day luxury adventure. You’ll trek through dense forest and lush valleys, walk alongside roaring rivers, lunch in small towns, and capture unrivaled views of Mt. Everest from various breathtaking viewpoints on your hike to Base Camp.
Explore the world’s most majestic peaks on this 22-day Himalayan adventure. You’ll trek through China, Nepal, Bhutan and India, staying at luxury hotels and lodges like the Amankora or Uma by COMO. You’ll walk along the Great Wall of China, visit the ancient Potala Palace, and search for Bengal Tigers in Chitwan.
This twelve-day guided tour takes you on a journey of enlightenment through one of the world’s most mysterious places: Tibet. Starting from the capital, Lhasa, you’ll pass over breathtaking mountain roads, explore spiritual monasteries and witness quaint, untouched village life that has barely changed over hundreds of years.
Trekking the Himalayas is not the only way to get active in Nepal while experiencing the famous scenery; golf, too, has become a hugely popular activity nationwide. This five-day tour takes you to some of the best courses, from the capital of Kathmandu to the towering snow-capped peaks of Pokhara - and back again.
Take a thrilling 8-day luxury adventure into the majestic Himalayas, exploring Nepal’s famous Everest region on foot. You’ll take in sights of incredible natural beauty as you trek through lush forests, walk along suspension bridges, and trace rushing rivers on this thrilling trip from Khumbu region to Namche Bazaar.
Embark on an unforgettable journey across one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. On this 10-day adventure, alight from your helicopter at the base camps of eight of the highest mountains on the planet, before venturing onwards to make natural and historic discoveries in Chitwan and Kathmandu.
This nine-day tour of Nepal finds a perfect balance between sightseeing, trekking, and mountain road trips. Get to know the capital of Kathmandu, then move onto the country’s second largest city of Pokhara. Fly to Jomsom, with trekking and road expeditions heading out to some of the Himalaya's most spectacular spots.
Take an exciting 6-day tour of Nepal’s stunning great outdoors. You’ll stay in some of the country’s most luxury hotels, visit ancient temples and palaces in Kathmandu, trek through the lush forest of Chitwan National Park, and enjoy a sunset boat cruise on Phewa Lake.
The legendary voyage to Mustang needn’t take weeks - with this 4-day luxury tour, you’ll take in the best Mustang has to offer in a short amount of time. You’ll helicopter in to Mustang, sit down with local royalty, explore the area on foot and horseback, dine with monks, and stay in the luxurious Dwarika’s hotel.
Gain fascinating insight into Nepal’s past on this exciting 8-day luxury journey. You’ll step back in time as you walk through the passageways of Nepal’s ancient and UNESCO-listed sites, trek through the lush Chitwan National Park, and stay in some of the country’s best hotels, like the Dwarika’s.
Move across mountains as you spend 19 days trekking through some of the highest peaks in Nepal and Bhutan. You’ll visit unforgettable sites like the Monkey Temple and Gangtey Monastery, ride an elephant through Chitwan National Park, see Mt Everest up-close on a helicopter tour, and stay in luxury Amankora hotels.
Head out of the Nepalese capital on two wheels, hitting the dramatic winding road stretching to the hilltop resort of Dhulikhel. Good for both pros and beginners, there's chance to check out temples, sacred Buddhist sites and sleepy mountain villages as you complete the loop back to Kathmandu via Panauti and Banepa.
Step into the wilds of Nepal on this challenging and rewarding 15-day luxury journey. You’ll explore some of Nepal’s most remote regions on foot, scale high mountain passes, take in the largest lake in Nepal at Rara National Park, explore ancient ruins in Sinja, and stay in some of Nepal’s most luxury hotels.
Embark on the thrilling Jomsom to Muktinath trek, exploring Mt Everest’s lesser-known cousins and taking in Nepal’s truly epic outdoor beauty. Your circuit will take you from Pokhara, tracing the Kali Gandaki River, to reach your two majestic mountain destinations, as you stay in luxury hotels along the way.
This action-packed seven-day itinerary will take you into the heart of Nepal, where you can experience village life, visit local temples, spot different types of wildlife in Bardia National Park and Pokhara’s lake district, and get up-close and personal with the majestic Himalayas. It’s a week you won’t soon forget!
Home to eight of the world’s ten highest mountains and unsurpassed natural beauty, Nepal is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. This action-packed 11-day Nepalese adventure will take you on some of the world’s most incredible hikes, as well as to cities and towns rich with history and culture.
This 11-day itinerary traverses the arid, mountainous terrain of the Upper Mustang region of Nepal.Starting in Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a few nights in luxury before fully immersing yourself in wild Mustang terrain, trekking on foot or exploring the region’s remote villages by car. At the end of your journey, enjoy a breathtaking private helicopter trip back to Kathmandu.
Take this exciting, challenging trek to the incredible Annapurna Sanctuary, on this 17-day luxury journey. You’ll stop in remote Himalayan mountain villages, capture scenes of unimaginable beauty from generous viewpoints, watch the sunrise from 11,000 feet above sea level, and stay in luxury accommodation.
Spend an incredible 24 days exploring Nepal’s stunning backyard in the Annapurna Mountains. You’ll make friends with local villagers, capture stunning panoramas, plant a pine in the forest, spot unique Nepalese wildlife, sit down to a picnic on the edge of a waterfall, and see Chitwan National Park on elephant back.
Located just outside Kathmandu, near Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred mountain, Dwarika’s is the recipient of a prestigious World Heritage Award given for outstanding historical preservation. The 74 guest rooms and suites are decorated with intricately carved wood and terracotta work in the traditional Newari style and are equipped with wi-fi access. Krishnarpan, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, offers six- to 22-course authentic Nepali meals, Toran has Chinese and Indian specialties, while Fusion has live blues and jazz in a bar setting. Dwarika’s has no spa, but does offer massage treatments and a swimming pool. The business center is fully equipped with broadband Internet access and secretarial services. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport in Kathmandu.
Hotel Yak & Yeti
Originally a royal palace built over 100 years ago, the Yak & Yeti is now a gorgeous colonial-style hotel, with a brand new wing added to the original structure. It is now a blend of modern comfort and traditional Nepali architecture & heritage.
The Yak & Yeti has 270 rooms & suites across both wings of the property. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, International Direct Dial telephones, color television and a fully stocked mini bar. Facilities on the Club Floor include 24-hour butler service, a private lounge for breakfast and cocktails, a boardroom, and in-room outlets for fax machines and computers, which can be rented.
Leisure facilities include tennis courts, swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and a fitness centre, complete with state-of-the-art gymnasium and spa. There are several choices for dining including the Sunrise Cafe, the Russian-style Chimney, and The Pub.