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Kathmandu valley is miniature Nepal with nature, culture and adventure

The 257 sq. miles lush valley in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal has everything to experience Nepal in concise. For those on a business trip or taking a short escape from their work, Kathmandu valley offers beautiful short treks, White water rafting, Paragliding, Bungee jumping and cultural immersion tours. In additional day or two over weekend, one can even plan quick peak climbing or heli – trek in the nearby national park.
Himalayas seen from the short trek around Kathmandu valley
Himalayas seen from the short trek around Kathmandu valley 2017-08-24 22:29:36
Kathmandu valley is located at the altitude of 1,350 m in the hilly region of central Nepal. The valley is surrounded by lush hills rising up to 2,700 m and overlooking at the widest Himalayan range. Newar’s the aboriginals of Kathmandu, were recognized artists craftsmen during the ancient and medieval period. The valley is teeming with beautiful palaces, pagodas, stupas, pavilions and shrunken water spouts bedecked in century old art and crafts of Newars. Some writers truely said “There are more festivals than the days in the calendar and there are more temples than the houses.” The seven groups of monuments of Kathmandu valley were recognized as UNESCO Heritage Site in 1979.

Things to do in and around Kathmandu

Short trek and hikes

Kathmandu valley is surrounded by lush hills rich in flora and fauna. Most of it is being preserved as Shivapuri National park. The park is famous for a scenic and short Kathmandu valley trek. There are beautiful day hikes to Nagarkot, Shivapuri, Namobuddha, Champadevi and Phulchoki hills. The day hikes and treks in Kathmandu valley provides true insight into country side lifestyle and landscape with panoramic view of central Himalayas.

Kathmandu sightseeing

The UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu are known as living heritage for they are still part of people day to day life even after hundreds of years. It takes two full days to visit all of those seven groups of monuments. Each of them are different and overwhelming. Out of the seven, three of them are medieval palace squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. They are at least 500 years old and exhibits rich architecture and wooden crafts. Pashuatinath and Changunarayan is temple complex with beautiful sculptures. Pashupatinath is the most preferred cremation site for Hindus. Here one can observe people from different walk of life carrying on the colorful rituals. Similarly Boudhanath and Swyambhunath are two biggest and must to visit pilgrimage sites for Buddhists.

A day rafting trip

Trishuli is the most popular white water rafting river in Nepal. Being short drive away along the highway to Chitwan and Pokhara, there is group joining rafting trip everyday throughout the year. The river is moderate in grade and is suitable for both beginners and intermediate.

Bungee jumping

About 80 km northeast of Kathmandu, one can get the adventure of 160 m bungee jumping. This is second highest jump in the world but for sure is the most exciting. There is a fixed departure package trip with round trip transportation and lunch that individuals can join.

Everest sightseeing Flight

Mt Everest is about 100 miles east of Kathmandu valley. Even though you will see the range with Mt Everest in one of the day hike or short trek around Kathmandu, it is quiet far to distinguish with naked eyes.

However ‘Mountain Flight’ or ‘Everest sightseeing Flight’ is the best way to see Mt Everest while you are in Kathmandu. There are fixed wing regular flights leaving from as early as 6:00 am for the sightseeing of Himalayas east of Kathmandu till Mt Everest. Window seat is guaranteed and they also allow you to have cockpit view of Mt Everest.

This is guaranteed flight that refunds you 100% in case of bad weather or Everest being not visible.

Helicopter sightseeing and Heli-trek

It is also popular among tourists to take private Helicopter to Everest base camp, land there and fly back after having breakfast in ‘Everest view Hotel’ the hotel at the highest point in the world.

It is also possible to fly to higher and inner valleys in the Himalayas and just do short, scenic final part of the popular treks.

Quick climbing trip from Kathmandu

With the extension of dirt road, it is possible to drive further north from Kathmandu and climb some of the pristine peaks. One of such trip is climb to 3,800 m ‘Ama Yangri Peak’. It just takes 2 – 3 days round trip from Kathmandu. The base village Tarkeyghang is at 2,500 m is about 5 hrs drive away from Kathmandu. Spending a night in the village it takes about 6 – 7 hrs to climb the peak next day.

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