- Trip Duration : 4 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 1350 m
- Difficulty : Easy
- Season : Jan-Dec
- Activity : Tours
- Trip Grade :
Essence of Kathmandu
This tour is designed for the people who have got limited time and want to experience the best of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Nepal as you know, known for its majestic himalaya and Highest of them Mt. Everest. This tour is for people who have got limited time and want to experience the best of Kathmandu, Nepal. The trip takes you to the inner part of Kathmandu to some of the UNESCO Heritage sites and gives you unforgettable experience flying over the majestic Himalaya including Mt Everst close enough to touch.
|Day 01 :||Your Arrival in Kathmandu|
|Day 02 :||Temples, monks and local narrow alley|
|Day 03 :||Mount Everest, Old villages and oldest Buddhist town of patan|
|Day 04 :||Free time for shoping until its time for us to drive you to the airport to catch your next flight home|
Day 01: Your Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport we will greet you and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Temples, monks and local narrow alley
After breakfast we will have visit to two most popular Buddhist pilgrims site for Buddhist monks.
After lunch we will visit to ancient royal palace complex knows as Kathmandu durbar square where the world's only living goddess could be seen followed by walking tours through the narrow streets full of local markets and shops.
Located at the top of the hill approximately 4 km./2.5 miles west from Thamel (touristic hub). It is also known as The Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west. It is an ancient religious complex consists of a stupa, variety of shrines and temples surrounded by forest. The stupa has a cubical structure present with eyes of Buddha, looking in all four directions with the word "unity" in the main Nepali dialect between them. The stupa is said to be 2000 years old.
This stupa is located 8 km. East of Kathmandu city. It is one of the largest stupas in Nepal and listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It stands with four pairs of eyes in four cardinal directions, watching for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. The Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva by the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.
Kathmandu Durbar square:
"Kathmandu Durbar square" also known as Kantipur, the capital of The Kingdom of Nepal. Here you will visit the temple of the living goddess, who greets the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence, Kastamandap temple, the origin of the name Kathmandu, which is supposed to be built from the wood of a single tree and Durbar Square, the ancient palaces of the Nepalese Royalty. The square is filled with temples and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 3: Mountains, Old villages and oldest Buddhist town of patan
This morning you have the option of taking an early morning mountain flight before breakfast. The one hour flight is a truly spectacular along the Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest.
After breakfast we visit to some most popular old town near by Kathmandu city where the ancient tradition and culture are still surviving.
Khokana is tiny traditional village lies about 8 km from south of Kathmandu which has hold its own tradition and culture. The village is popular for its oil pressing center where mustard seeds are pressed using traditional methods. Traditional weaving done by elderly ladies, men crushing seeds on the street and courtyards are the daily activities that could be seen in this farming communities where they depends on agriculture.
Bungamati is also known as a winter home of the Red Machhendra god of Patan who inhabit every winter in a big temple in Bungmati. Its large courtyard is often used for spreading grain to dry in the sun at harvest time. The long array of local houses attached to each other with similar style can be seen together with hanging red chilies in threads. If you walk between these alleys then the whole setting seems to be painted red.
The cities in the Kathmandu Valley are made up of 3 ancient cities and Patan is located across the Bagmati River to the south of Kathmandu city. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, the city of fine arts. According to legend the founding of Patan dates back to Pre-Christian times. As opposed to the Malla cities of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur that were mainly influenced by the Hindu religion, Patan was for many years a major Buddhist city. It is believed that it was founded in the third century B.C. by the famous Buddhist emperor, Ashoka, who visited the town while on a pilgrimage from Northern India and built four stupas that enclosed the center of the old town. This would make it the oldest continuing Buddhist town in the world.
Day 04: After breakfast at your hotel, you are free for shopping or just relax at your hotel until it is time for us to transfer you to the airport on time for your flight home.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In main seasons spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. In autumn the air is clean by the monsoon thus the visibility is high and great views over the Himalaya and in spring it's the time for flower to bloom.
Travelling from June- August, its monsoon period and could get very hot and humid in lowland of Nepal. The temperature varies from one part to another because of its geographical location so be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
What to bring:
As you are going into the country of Himalaya and the weather is subjected to change anytime. Autumn (September to November) the days are pleasant but the temperature drop in the night so a pair of warm cloths are needed for night time. In spring the days are hot and humid but for the night a pair of normal jakcet is recommended. June- August its monsoon time with rain, hot and humid so rain jackets and a pair of normal jacket are recommended. For winter (December-February), the days are pleasant when sun come up in the sky but as soon sun move apart its get chilly and could get below 0 degree so warm cloths are the most.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the tour and please arrange it according season wise.
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Normal/warm woolen socks
- Comfortable shoes
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
The flight to and from mountain section of Nepal are with small aircraft and the flight depends on the weather condition, so there are chances of flight being delays for hours or even cancelled due to the weather. You will only be allowed to carry 10kg as luggage and 5 kg as a hand bag and extra charge will be charge by airlines for excess baggage. Therefore it is always recommended to have some extra day just incase if your flight got cancelled due to the weather or likewise then you still could catch your flight back to your next destination.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
In Kathmandu and major cities it is possible to get Nepalese rupees from your visa/credit card in ATM machine or in Bank. If you are carrying cash USD/EURO or like wise then there are plenty of money exchange counter in major touristic area or you can exchange it in Banks.
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
You have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.