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Kathmandu: 1-Day Private UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

1. Kathmandu: 1-Day Private UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

Discover 4 different UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley including the Pashupathinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Learn the history from an English-speaking guide and embark on a 6-hour sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square Begin the tour at Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the royal palaces and known as one of the cultural and political hubs of Nepal. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is also one of three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley. Though a few buildings collapsed after the devastating earthquake on April 25th, 2015, you can observe the spectacular art and architecture of the ancient Malla and Shah dynasties. Swayambhunath Temple Continue the tour and head to the Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the “Monkey temple”. Situated on a small hillock on the west of Kathmandu city, it is a sacred place for Buddhist pilgrimages from all over the world. The painted eyes on the 4 sides of the main stupa represent wisdom and compassion. One can still observe the art and architecture at Swayambhunath which is believed to date back to the beginning of the 5th century. Boudhanath Stupa Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world and a sacred site for Buddhist pilgrimages. Boudhanath is located on the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of the Kassapa Buddha. Pashupatinath Temple On the last stop of the tour, you will visit the Pashupatinath Temple. The sacred Hindu shrine Pashupatinath is located on the bank of the Bagmati River on the eastern side of Kathmandu. The main temple of Pashupatinath was built using Pagoda-style architecture with four main doors. Though some of the buildings in the Pashupati area were damaged, the main building remained intact during the 2015 earthquake.

Private Half Day Kirtipur Trip With Newari Food Tasting

2. Private Half Day Kirtipur Trip With Newari Food Tasting

Kirtipur, located on a hill to the southwest of central Kathmandu is one of several ancient kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley that were once independent, but now make up part of greater Kathmandu. Kirtipur is thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the valley. It’s a prime destination to learn about the Newar people, who are one of Nepal’s many distinct ethnic groups and the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley. Come to Kirtipur for exquisite architecture, hilltop temples, and sweeping city views. Wandering around its winding streets feels like walking through a traditional Nepali village, yet Kirtipur also offers some of the finest views of sprawling Kathmandu and the hills and mountains beyond. It’s full of cobblestone streets, old brick houses with elaborately carved door and window frames, and multitiered pagodas. During this tour, you will visit Bagh Bhairab temple, Chilancho Stupa shrine, Uma Maheshwar temple, and a Theravada Buddhist monastery. Enjoy a Newari lunch, before you return to your hotel.

Kathmandu: 15-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

3. Kathmandu: 15-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

Enjoy a 15-day trek to Everest Base Camp - the ultimate trekking experience which combines everything Nepal is famous for including culture, scenery, and the world's best mountain views. Depart from Kathmandu and head into the Kathmandu Valley where it is possible on a clear day to view Everest as a small speck in the distance.  Itinerary Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport. Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu for an overnight stay. Day 2: Take an early morning flight to Lukla (2840m), admiring views of Mt Nupla, Kusum Kanguru and the Kwongde Range along the way. Take an easy 4-hour trek to Phakding Village (2,610m). Stay overnight at the tea house with time to relax and explore the village. Day 3: Follow the Namche Bazaar trail for 6 hours up the Dudh Koshi Valley, hiking through pine forest, crossing the river twice via small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo (3,440m). Stay overnight at the tea house there. Day 4:  Spend a day acclimatizing to the altitude at Namche Bazaar (3,440m). Enjoy the afternoon walking around town - set in a beautiful natural amphitheater. Stay overnight at the tea house.  Day 5: Follow an interesting path that traverses around the hillside high above the Dudh Kosi River to Tengboche (3,860m). After walking for around 1 hour, arrive at Phungithanga. Stay overnight at a tea house.  Day 6: Spend an additional day and night here to aid the acclimatization process. Stay overnight at the tea house.  Day 7: Enjoy a rest day in Dingboche (4,410m) and spend the afternoon walking around. Follow another steep descent over the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier. Admire great views of Mount Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde, Kongma-Tse and the great wall of Nuptse. Stay overnight at the tea house.  Day 8: Trek to Lobuche, walking around 4.5 hours. Stay overnight at the tea house.  Day 9:  From Lobuche, follow the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain walls. Make a detour to the edge of the moraine to look over the Khumbu glacier. Arrive at Gorak Shep (5,140m) and take an afternoon visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m). Stay overnight at the tea house.  Day 10: In the early morning, climb 2km to Kalapatthar, hoping for a clear day. Then, trek to Pheriche (4,270m), walking for a total of around 5 hours. Stay overnight at the tea house.  Day 11: Enjoy a lovely relaxing day of downhill trekking when you are fully acclimatized. Arrive in Tengboche (3,860m) after about 5 hours of walking. Stay overnight at the tea house.  Day 12:  Trek To Namche (3,440m), walking for around 5 hours. Stay overnight at the tea house.  Day 13:  Trek To Lukla (2,840m) walking for around 6 hours. Stay overnight at the tea house.  Day 14: Take a 40-minute scenic flight to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at the hotel. Day 15: Depart Kathmandu where your tour ends.

Kathmandu: 3-Day Trek through Shivapuri National Park

4. Kathmandu: 3-Day Trek through Shivapuri National Park

Take in breathtaking views of the Himalayas while exploring the fertile landscapes of Shivapuri National Park. Watch the sunrise over Nargarkot, marvel at the terraces en route to the Changu Narayan Temple, and keep an eye out for interesting local flora and fauna.  Travel hassle free with full board and private transfers from Kathmandu and learn about local traditions from a professional, English- speaking guide.     Day 1: Meet the group in central Kathmandu for the private transfer to Sundarijal. Embark on the 4.5-hour trek to Chisapani (7,545 ft/2,300 m) and enjoy views of the surrounding jagged peaks from Shivapuri National Park. Along the way, pass through the village of Mulkharka, home to the Tamang people. Overnight in lodge.   Day 2: Trek 2.5 hours to Chauki Bhanjag where the group will pause for lunch with the snow-capped mountains as the backdrop. In the afternoon, descend 3 hours to Nagarkot, where on a clear day you can see the Himalayas stretching from Dhaulagiri in the West all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the East. Overnight in hotel.   Day 3: Trek 3.5 hours to Changunarayan. The most popular walk around Kathmandu, this route leads down from Nagarkot along a ridge to Changu Narayan Temple.  Built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma, Changu Narayan is richly decorate with sculptures and carvings and is said to be the oldest temple in the valley. From the temple, take in views of the village of Sankhu and the Bhaktapur area. In the afternoon, the group travels by private transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group in the city.

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