The Kathmandu Valley is a wonderful place to visit. Its name alone is one of mystery and intrigue. It is a place steeped with temples and culture along with incredible mountain views.
The Valley is ringed with low hills that rise up to nearly 3000 meters. The Valley is divided by the Holy Bagmati River which drains the fertile valley. It is said that it was once a vast lake when one of the gods took his sword and cut a narrow gorge to drain out the lake.
Legend has it that the Kathmandu Valley has 1000 temples, and it is truly a good possibility. The valley does contain seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient temples and cities of Buddhist and Hindu origins.
There is also an incredible sunrise over the High Himalayas from Nagarkot, which is on the rim overlooking the Valley. Here on a clear day you can see snowcapped mountains all the way from Mt. Everest in the east to the Annapurna Range in the west. From this spot you can see several of the highest peaks in the world.
Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition is pleased to be able to offer this wonderful, five day package that explores the Kathmandu Valley. You will see a wonderful sunrise from Nagarkot; explore the quaint village of Changu Narayan with the oldest temple in the valley, plus the other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is all here and an amazing experience.
Plan to join in this short tour to appreciate the culture and heritage of the Kathmandu Valley. You can also combine this with other tours, or even a trek if you so desire. No matter what you choose, this tour is an ideal way to get to know and appreciate the Kathmandu Valley.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transport by private vehicle to your 3 Star Hotel
DAY 2 – Full Day Guided Tour of the Kathmandu Valley, including Boudhanath and Pashupati UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
DAY 3 – Kathmandu to Changu Narayan with a short hike to Nagarkot for a magnificent sunset over the High Himalayas. (elev. 2100 m)
DAY 4 – Sunrise at Nagarkot, then a tour of the city of Bhaktapur, along with Patan and Kathmandu Durbar Squares.
DAY 5 – Final Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu – Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by a representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition and taken by private car to your Three Star Hotel. There will be welcome drinks and a short briefing about your trip by your guide. Spend the night in the hotel.
DAY 2 – Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Kathmandu Valley – Kathmandu is a delight to see, and this day will focus on some of the main UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This includes the famed Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple). This is a Buddhist holy site that dates back over 2000 years and from the top offers a great view of the Kathmandu Valley. From here we will go to Boudhanath, which is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the third largest in the world. Here you will find an active community of Tibetan refugees. Then it is a short trip to Pashupatinath, the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world. Feel free to ask questions of your guide as you are transported by private vehicle to each location. We will return to your hotel for the night.
DAY 3 – Kathmandu-Changu Narayan-Short Hike to Nagarkot (elev. 2100 m): On this journey, we will go to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Changu Narayan, which features the oldest Hindu temple in the Kathmandu Valley. This village sits on a hillock overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, and is an outstanding place to visit. It is the least visited of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its location; it is probably the most impressive and natural in settings. From here, we will do a half day trek to our destination of Nagarkot, arriving in time at our 3-Star Hotel to enjoy a great sunset over the Himalayas. From here, you can see all the way from Mt. Everest to the Annapurna Ranges on a clear day. Even when visibility is poor, it is still a magnificent place to view a sunset and see the incredible high peaks of the snowcapped mountains. Spend the night at Nagarkot in a Three Star Hotel.
DAY 4 – Nagarkot-Bhaktapur-Patan-Kathmandu: We will be up early to watch the sunrise over the mountains, and then sit down to a good breakfast before heading back down the mountain. Our first stop will be the city of Bhaktapur, known as the City of Devotees. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once its own kingdom and we will see its royal palace plus many impressive temples. The streets are narrow as they wind their way down the hill. From here, we will then go to the city of Patan to visit its famous museum plus see its royal palace and temples at its Durbar Square. Patan was also its own kingdom once and it famed for its art. From here it is back to your hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, we will enjoy a cultural show and farewell dinner.
DAY 5 – Final Departure: All good things must come to an end, and this short trip is no exception. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will escort you by private vehicle to the airport to see you off to your next destination. Before leaving, why not discuss a return trip to Nepal to explore other parts of this great nation. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can put together all kinds of vacation packages for your next holiday.
While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please note that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is necessary due to any safety concerns. We leave no stone unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but we can’t guarantee that it will not be necessary to make changes if conditions so warrant. Some of these factors include extreme weather conditions, health conditions of any of our group members, etc, can all be contributing factors necessitating changes. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition’s Trip Leader will try to ensure that the trip runs as per plan, but we kindly request that you be flexible if need be.
All accommodations for Kathmandu -Changu -Nagarkot Tour are on twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs and are chosen based on standard hygiene, standard of service and food, location and more. There are accommodations during the trip. We will spend nights in 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu-Nagarkot. Solo travelers may share a room with someone of the same sex, or if requested, we can arrange for a private room for an additional fee. We at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will do all we can to make your trip as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.
During the tour, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, drinks and snacks. Dinner and breakfast will be served at the tour where we will spend the night. A farewell dinner with cultural show and breakfast will be served in our stay in Kathmandu as well as breakfast served in Nagarkot.