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    Ideas for Day Trips from Kathmandu

    by into-thin-air Written Jun 19, 2015

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    1) Hire Mountain Bikes out and negotiate with a microbus heading for Daman to put these on the roof, then ride up there on the microbus and bike back down to Naubise (Practically all downhill) and then pop your mountain bikes on a bus roof for the short uphill run back to Kathmandu – This would be a god day trip – I did a two day version of this a few years ago and wrote up more details on

    2) Arrange with an agent to leave Kathmandu on a Pokhara Tourist Bus to the put in point on the Trisuli River, have ½ days rafting, then ride the cable-car up to Manakamana Temple, then bus back to Kathmandu – This would be a full day out – Early morning until late evening

    3) Take a Buddha Air Mountain Flight (but during the monsoon season there is a fair chance that the flight wouldn’t take off, so you might end up wasting the entire morning hanging around the airport) – If you decide to give this a go then the best flight to book is the first one of the day, this is scheduled to depart at around 06.30, so it does mean an early start – Get the agent that you buy the ticket from (or your hotel) to arrange an early morning taxi to pick you up from your hotel to take you to the airport as taxis can be difficult to find in the early morning – Take a coffee at your hotel while awaiting your taxi as last time I was in the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Tribuvan Airport, the coffee was both very expensive and practically undrinkable - The reason that I Always suggest people should take the first available Everest flight is that if the morning is clear, you get the very best of the mountain views, and if it isn’t then flights take off in their original flying order, so the first flight of the day is always the scheduled first flight of the day, even if it is 2 or 3 hours late !! – OK, This might end up with you hanging around the airport for a while, but better that then booking a later flight and having to go back the next day to try your luck again !!

    4) Finally, although not exactly a day trip, arrange transportation up to Nagarkot in the late afternoon, you should try to be there for sunset, then overnight in a lodge o the ridge and with luck you will be greeted with a spectacular sunrise, then after breakfast take the old trekking route back down towards Bhaktapur and arrange to be picked up at a convenient point of your own choosing to suite the time you have available – I haven’t heard any post earthquake reports from Nagarkot, so you might want to take some local advice before going ahead with this idea !!

    Good Luck and Happy Safe Travels


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    6 day itinerary with short trek

    by into-thin-air Updated Apr 8, 2015

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    Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu, settle into hotel, Pop into your agents. Meet your guide / porter/guide and get him to take you on a visit Durbar Square so as to access his suitability.
    Day 2 –Tourist bus to Pokhara, then taxi to Kande and trek to Australian Camp and overnight there.
    Day 3 – Continue your trek through Dhampus and down to Phedi and catch a taxi / bus back into Pokhara, afternoons sightseeing including Devi Falls and boating on Fewa Tal
    Day 4 – Private car to Kathmandu, visiting Bandipur en-route, then take the cable car to Manakamana, lunch there, then back down on the cable car and continue your journey to Kathmandu
    Day 5 – Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley and overnight at Bhaktapur
    Day 6 –Last minute shopping and flight home

    Australian Camp Boating on Fewa Tal Early Morning Bandipur The road to Bandipur Pashupatinath
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    Alternative 12 day itinerary with Trek,

    by into-thin-air Written Apr 7, 2015

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    Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu and settle into your chosen hotel – Depending on what time your flight arrives then maybe, meet your agent and trekking staff followed by a little sightseeing at Durbar Square or Swayambhunath.
    Day 2 – Morning Tourist Bus to Pokhara, then transport by private jeep to Ghandruk – Overnight
    Day 3 – Trek to Tadapani
    Day 4 – Trek to Ghoropani
    Day 5 – Sunrise on Poon Hill and Trek to Tatopani
    Day 6 – Morning in Hot Springs, then transport back to Pokhara (Either jeep or jeep/bus combination)
    Day 7 - Sightseeing and Relaxing in Pokhara
    Day 8 - Tourist Bus to Chitwan, afternoon activities and overnight
    Day 9 - Full day’s activities at Chitwan
    Day 10 – Either flight or Tourist bus to Kathmandu – Afternoon sightseeing
    Day 11 – Mountain Flight to see Everest am, then afternoon sightseeing and overnight in Bhaktapur
    Day12 – Depending on what time your flight departs, maybe after a leisurely breakfast before you visit to Boudnath with a last lunch in a rooftop cafe overlooking the stupa before heading to the airport for your flight home.

    Something as above will give you a nice taste of trekking as well as time to relax a little, see some wildlife at Chitwan and see most of the world heritage sights in and around Kathmandu
    More details on most of the things I have mentioned can be found in the tips sections and travelogues in the rest of my Nepal blog
    Good Luck and Happy Safe Travels

    Sunrise at Ghandruk
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    Manaslu Trekking

    by sirejol Written Feb 27, 2015

    I did a trekking to MANASLU around , which I have enjoyed with my friends its a right destination to be hidden of the Manaslu 8156 m. Towards the north of Gorkha, this new Himalayan itinerary, that is only open since some years, driven through enormous steep valleys, over snow-covered passes and the ebullient rivers. This treks is as alternative of Around Annapurn Trek , but frequented a lot less, this trek permits to cross regions populated again of Gurung and Tibetans preserved of the tourism; it is especially addresses to do with Maximum Altitude: 5212 m

    01 Katmandu 1400 m Bus Arughat 670 m
    02 Arughat 670 m 6 h 30 Labu Besi 880 m
    03 Labu Besi 880 m 4 h Khola Besi 950 m
    04 Khola Besi 950 m 5 h Jagat 1410 m
    05 Jagat 1410 m 6 h Ngyak 1530 m
    06 Ngyak 1530 m 5 h Ghap 2040 m
    07 Ghap 2040 m 5 h Lho 3100 m
    08 Lho 3100 m 6 h Sama Gompa 3500 m
    09 Sama Gompa 3500 m 5 h Samdo 3860 m
    10 Samdo 3860 m 6 h Refuge de Larkya 4500 m
    11 Refuge de Larkya 4500 m 5 h Larkya La, Bimtang 5212 m
    3850 m
    12 Bimtang 3850 m 5 h 30 Tilije 2400 m
    13 Tilije 2400 m 5 h Syamje 1350 m
    14 Syamje 1350 m 5 h Bhulbule 1000 m
    15 Bhulbule 1000 m 4 h Besi Sahar 750 m
    16 Besi Sahar 750 m 8 h Katmandu (bus) 1400 m
    How ever you can drive back from Syamje to Kathmandu also , to save the time

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    8 Day Nepal Driving Tour Itinerary

    by into-thin-air Written Feb 14, 2015

    This Itinerary is best done using a private car and driver – it’s a lot cheaper finding them once you are in Nepal as opposed to trying to book something in advance on the net so I have left day 1 free for arriving in Kathmandu and sourcing a god car and driver

    Day 2 - Leave Kathmandu around 6 am and drive to Lumbini – You will arrive there early / mid afternoon – Sightsee and overnight
    Day 3 – Breakfast and drive to Pokhara via Tansen (if there is good weather then the viewpoint from the ridge above Tansen will make the ideal lunch stop) overnight Pokhara
    Day 4 Sightseeing in and around Pokhara, take your pick from the activities including Trekking up to The World Peace Pagoda (Awesome views and a nice little day walk)
    Visiting "Gupteshwor Mahadev cave
    Micro-Light Flights
    Sunrise at Sarangkot (Then if you like it’s a pleasant downhill walk back to Pokhara)
    The New Zip-Wire
    Devi Falls
    The Tibetan Refugee Camp
    Overnight Pokhara
    Day 5 Drive to Bhaktapur stopping at Manakamana (Cable car Ride) - overnight Bhaktapur
    Day 6 Morning sightseeing in Bhaktapur, Drive to Nagarkot visiting Boudnath and possibly Kopan Monastery on the way – With luck a nice sunset at - Nagarkot overnight Nagarkot
    Day 7 Sunrise at Nagarkot, Drive to Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath on the way, afternoon sightseeing including Kathmandu and Patan Durbar squares and sunset at Swayambhunath - overnight Kathmandu
    Day 8 – Last minute shopping and sightseeing and transport to airport for flight home

    The ridge above Tansen
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    Suggested 7 night none trekking itinerary

    by into-thin-air Updated Feb 12, 2015

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    The First thing that I would Strongly “Advise” is to get back to Kathmandu at Least 24 hours before your international flight departs as delays on the roads / internal flights are very common in Nepal and you wouldn’t want to miss your flight home

    Arrive Kathmandu and settle into your chosen hotel – Depending on what time your flight arrives then maybe a little sightseeing at Durbar Square or Swayambhunath.

    Start off on your first full day with a Tourist bus from Kathmandu to the put in point on the Trisuli River and ½ days scenic rafting
    From there onto Chitwan for a 2 night package (packages includes transportation from either Kathmandu or Pokhara by Tourist Bus and Includes accommodation with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as well as All your activities (National Park Entrance fee, Elephant Ride, Dug Out Canoe Trip, Jungle Walk, Cultural Show, Bird watching / Village Walk etc)
    Day 3 – Tourist bus to Pokhara (Included in package price) afternoon sightseeing and overnight
    Day 4 – Morning Paragliding and maybe a boat over Fewa Tal and walk to the World Peace Pagoda in the afternoon
    Day 5 Maybe a sunrise at Sarangkot and afternoon flight back to Kathmandu
    Day 6 Full days sightseeing around Kathmandu and the valley
    Day 7 – Last Minute sightseeing, shopping and flight home

    Details of most of my suggestions can be found in the tips sections on here

    Happy Travels

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  • Buddha Air - Mountain Flight

    by vbhargava71 Written Dec 15, 2014

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    The supposedly best local airlines cheated us with lies. Our primary motive to go for this flight was for photography. Me and my friend reached airport early to get the best seats for good photography and when we spoke to guys on the counter, they assured us that all seats are same.
    We were given the worst seats in the plane with propeller covering most of the view.
    I will not recommend this airlines to anyone and anyone who goes on these flights should ensure that they don't get these seats.
    But these liers cannot be trusted so please beware !!!!!

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    Alternative 3 day / 3 night itinerary

    by into-thin-air Written Oct 31, 2014

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    Lots depend on what time your flight lands on day one and departs on your last day – But assuming your stay is for 3 nights and you have an afternoon landing and have to be back at the airport around midday on your last day then my idea would be something more like this –
    Arrive in Kathmandu and transport to your hotel - Settle in and visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and possibly Patan Durbar Square and/or Swayambhunath. – Overnight Kathmandu
    Day 1, Mountain Flight and transport to Nagarkot, possibly visit Kopan Monastery on the way – Overnight Nagarkot – With Luck, a spectacular Sunrise – Overnight
    Day 2 – Sunrise then trek down towards Bhaktapur, get picked up and taken to visit Pashupatinath and Boudnath and transport to Bhaktapur – Overnight
    Day 3 – Morning sightseeing in Bhaktapur and transport to airport.
    The above itinerary is doable but you will need a private car to smooth things out and transport your luggage – If the flight timings are significantly different to my guess, then you might have to juggle things around a bit
    Good Luck and Happy Safe Travels


    Boudnath Pashupatinath Bhaktapur Kathmandu Kathmandu Durbar Square
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    by davidjo Written Jul 27, 2014

    In Nepal is the only Hindu State in the world comprising of around 80% of the population and during your time there you will almost surely see some type of God being carried along the streets followed by throngs of devotees, so get your camera ready. There are countless gods in the Hindu religion and certain times of the year, during festivals people can be seen carrying the gods around the streets from place to place. Each God is worshiped, the most famous being-
    Shiva the Destroyer
    Vishna the preserver
    Ganesh for luck
    Saraswati for knowledge
    Lakshmi for wealth
    Hanuman for protection

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    Wildlife in abundance.

    by planxty Updated Dec 11, 2013

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    Any trip to Nepal should really, in my opinion, include a visit to the Royal Chitwan National Park area.

    When I visited, some years ago, there was a wide variety of stays available to suit most budgets. We stayed in very comfortable two-man tents erected on permanent flooring and with a toilet / shower block between two tents. Meals were taken in a communal area which included a bar, and there were various activities laid on by the friendly staff.

    We went on a number of treks, both on foot and on elephant back, and were lucky enough to see a family of rhino amongst other animals.

    I even got to bathe an elephant in the river, long an ambition of mine! Great fun.

    Sunset at Chitwan, Nepal.
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    Up close and beautiful.

    by planxty Updated Dec 11, 2013

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    If your budget will stretch to it, taking a mountain flight over the Himalayas is a great experience.

    We had a trip of just over an hours duration which took us to view the major ranges, and afforded some great views of Everest. We were even allowed on the flight deck for a short period, although I suppose that practice has probably stopped given current aircraft security regulations.

    The trip departed from and returned to Kathmandu airport.

    Given that I am unlikely ever to climb Everest, I suppose this is about the closest I'm likely to get!

    Everest from the air, Nepal.
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  • Katmandu for insiders

    by Shona-Tim Written Nov 21, 2013

    We found the following electronic guidebook provided some really special insights for our trip to this ancient city: Tiny Little Insider's Guide to Kathmandu.
    It gave us a whole new perspective and away from the crowds. Hope you enjoy, too!

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    Food Fever!!

    by mamtap Updated Nov 5, 2013

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    Whenever I travel, I am very much eager to taste the local cuisines. I have tried different types of food in different places and also cooked some of the cuisines at my home. I am uploading some pictures of the foods I have tried in Nepal so far and will continue to upload more in future.

    Khaja Set!!! FAV from Nepal!!!! Sandwich...Nepali Version! Sukuti (Jerky in spices)!!!In Nepal.. Nepali home made Local snacks!!
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    by jorgejuansanchez Written Oct 22, 2013

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    Coming from a long travel around India, Kathmandu looks an idyllic place. Nepalese do not ask you so many questions about your family or your university qualification, or if you are married, as the Indians use to do.
    I would spend no less than a week in Kathmandu. I found an excellent hostel at a fair price in Thamel area.
    One of the excursions that I made on a hired bicycle based on Kathmandu was to the Valley. Every day I used to explore a new place, such as Patan (the old capital), Bhadgaon, Bodhnath, plus Kirtipur and the Monastery of Kopan, where I expected to find the Spanish boy (born in Granada, Spain) Osel Hita, supposed to be the reincarnation of the Lama Yeshe. But he had recently moved to Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh, India) and could not see him.
    The excursion that impressed me more was the one that I made to the holy Pashupatinath, the Nepali Benares. I saw how they burned the dead. It was a tragic vision.

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  • Meet the Changemakers

    by catrinfroehlich Written Oct 13, 2013

    Visit, learn from and be inspired by Social Entrepreneurs, Artists, Activists or other Changemakers. The tours feature visits to innovators and passionate boat-rockers who create decent jobs, educate, provide health services, preserve nature, restore cultural heritage and more. They do all that based on business models, not charity. Visiting them is a motivational experience particularly for those (and only those should really go on such a tour) who want to create change themselves. Networking events are included and will connect you to other awesome people of your choice. Last but not least, the organizers love to share their experiences and contacts if you like to invest, partner, volunteer, learn..

    Hidden Journeys Nepal Overview Evening Networking Session Women Power tour 'Inspecting' production education, agribusiness, renewables, handicrafts
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