Kathmandu City Tour - 5 days

Activity type(s): Cultural and Spiritual Tour
Trip Duration: 5 day(s)
Trip Grade: Comfort
Max Altitude: 1300m at Kathmandu
Accommodation: Standard hotels
Meals Arrangment: Breakfast and Welcome dinner
Transportation: Comfortable vehicles, Private
Group Size: 2-12 People
Best Season: February - May, September - December

Drop down the material quest that leads nowhere and look to the eastern culture and civilization. The hope of future, the prosperity of human civilization, the peace of mind and the attainment of enlightenment are not like chasing a mirage. The way is spirituality that takes you beyond the worldly pleasure. Through the path of spiritual quest you will be in the world where you can enjoy peace of mind, attain ultimate happiness, and feel nirvana-the path Gautama Buddha went through.

Kathmandu city tour takes you to those sites around Kathmandu valley where you can experience the touch of spirituality. Places like Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha, Changu Narayan, Namo Buddha and DakshinKali are spiritually significant to invoke your sense of existence and consciousness of being. Start an inner journey – the journey from mind to soul with us. Beyond self realization, this spiritual tour explores ancient sacred sites, mystical and magical locations, fascinating places, and holistic wellness centers around Kathmandu valley.

Trip Highlights

  1. Exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  2. Strolling around spiritual sites around Kathmandu Valley
  3. Reaching at Dakshinkali, Chobar, Pharping and Kirtipur
  4. Discovering Temples, Gompas, and Buddhist monasteries around the valley
  5. Searching peace of mind – spirituality
  6. Witnessing traditional art and architectures of Kathmandu valley

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Day 03: Sightseeing Tour of Changunarayan and Namobuddha
Day 04: Sightseeing Tour of Dakshinkali, Chobar, Pharping and Kirtipur
Day 05: Final Departure from Nepal

Service includes
  • Regular transfers to/from airport and hotel
  • Accommodations in a hotel in Kathmandu on a shared twin/double room basis on B.B basis
  • English speaking professional tour guide inclusive of their salary, insurance, meals and accommodation
  • World Heritage sites/monuments all entrance fees
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • All transportation in a private vehicle by car/van/Hiace or bus as per the itinerary
  • Company services and all required government taxes/royalties
Service does not include
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • International flights
  • Most meals (Lunch/Dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical/Emergency evacuation
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottled water, etc.)
  • Tips and gratuities to the guide/porters

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative. After the completion of immigration formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel. Depending on your choice, you can either take leisure rest of the day or visit our office site where you can meet with your tour guide or stroll around the streets of Thamel - a tourist hub in Kathmandu. In the evening you will attend a welcome dinner which will be supported by Nepalese cultural musical program. Overnight in Kathmandu. (D)

Note: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Your true spiritual journey begins today making a sightseeing tour of three prime spiritual sites of Kathmandu.

Initially, start your trip by visiting Swayambhunath. Swayambhunath, is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. Its complex structure represents different symbolic spiritual meanings. The dome at the base represents the entire world. When a person awakes from the attachments of the world, the person reaches the state of enlightenment. The thirteen pinnacles on the top symbolize that conscious beings have to go through the thirteen stages of spiritual realizations to reach enlightenment. Overall, Swayambhunath takes to the spiritual height to those who are suffering from the attachments.

Next to Swayambhunath, you pay your visit to Boudhanath. The awesome structure of Bouddhanath is indeed inspiring. A vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha is the primary pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the planet. With countless monasteries surrounding it, Bouddhanath really awakens your inner realization.

At the evening time, you have to manage your time for Budhanilkantha Temple - another spiritual site in the north of Kathmandu. The deity at Budhanilkantha is about thousand years old. Lord Vishnu is about five meter long and lying in a thirteen meter long tank, as if floating with his legs. His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu, the Shankha as conch shell, Chakra as disc, Gadha as club and Padma as lotus flower. This site has spiritual meaning attached to Hindu mythology. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)

Day 03: Sightseeing Tour of Changunarayan and Namobuddha
At this juncture of your tour, you are heading for Changunaranyan temple - an excellent showcase of traditional Nepalese architectural craftsmanship. The Changunarayan temple - a UNESCO Heritage site, stands majestically above the rice fields of Bhaktapur. Dedicated to Vishnu, the Preserver the temple’s origins go back to the 4th century. After enjoying this majestic piece of Nepalese art, this tour also covers Namobuddha monastery. A two hour drive will take us to this to Buddhist monastery. This monastery too has spiritual significance. It is widely believed that the Lord Buddha during his 7th reincarnation offered his body to a hungry Tigress and its cubs. This is considered a great act of mercy and kindness to be learned in the present time. At the evening we return back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)

Day 04: Sightseeing Tour of Dakshinkali, Chobar, Pharping and Kirtipur
It will be another fantastic day for roaming around spiritually significant sites of south of Kathmandu Valley. At first, we directly head for Dakshinkali. Dakshinkali is the temple of goddess kali located 22 km outside Kathmandu, and about 1 km outside the village of Pharping. There is a popular belief that Goddess Kali came in the dream of a Malla king, the ruler of 14th century and commanded the king to build a temple dedicating her in a very unknown strange place. The stone image of Kali is said to be found on the same spot Goddess Kali had commanded to build the Temple. Over her head a gilded canopy is kept erect with four golden serpents. Here wishes are made in front of the goddess with sacrifice of animals particularly of cockerels and uncastrated male goats.

On return drive, we visit the Chobar Gorge which lies at the foot of Chobar village. The legend about the birth of Kathmandu Valley speak of the Buddhist deity Manjushri cutting the hill at Chobar into half with a mighty sword, letting out the water of a lake and opening the fertile vale for habitation. From Chobar, we drive along a high ridge to Kirtipur, one of the oldest settlements in Kathmandu valley. In Kritipur, we visit the ridge top Bhag Bhairav temple. A number of shrines populate the temple compound, one of which houses Earth Goddess. Pregnant women flock to Earth Goddess, praying for safe pregnancies. At the end, we come back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)

Day 05: Final Departure from Nepal
Today the Kathmandu city tour formally ends. Hence, before 3 hours of scheduled flight, Himalayan Pleasure's representatives will take you to airport. On your way to home, we hope, you will have plenty of time to plan your next trip in the Himalayas. Or you can extend your Nepal stay for few more days. (B)

Useful Info

Health Requirements

You are preparing to trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence, during this the physically demanding mountain trek you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Himalayan Pleasure strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung, and blood diseases make known to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements

The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in every day basis and at times it even exceeds to 8 – 9 hours. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit for few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance

Himalayan Pleasure does not sell or arrange insurance. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise during the trip. Your insurance must cover medical issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur during the trip. In such cases, you have to take the facility like air ambulance, helicopter rescue, clinical attention and so many others.


Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers. The more you go higher altitude the lesser will be availability of Oxygen. Therefore, your body requires many days to adopt the newer situation in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Himalayan Pleasure’s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem. With our expert team you can easily cop with altitude sickness problem.

Trekking Crew Arrangement

To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Himalayan Pleasure has arranged most hospitable, more professional and long time experienced crew members. Your local trip members will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive Wilderness First Aid, Trekking Guide, Eco Trekking, English Language, Conservation and Biodiversity trainings.

Meals Facilities

During the trek in the mountains you will be served with typical Nepali food along with Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian dishes. You will have access to hot chocolate, breads, drink, and snack as well. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea houses or at the local lodges where you spent the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnight sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails. The lunch will be prepared with your team member. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements

During your stay in Kathmandu, you will enjoy the best class hotel accommodation where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses. You too can request for single room but it costs around USD 250. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible.

Porter Care

We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate travelers’ adventure dreams in the Himalayas. It is our serious-concern that the porters should be paid well and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situation, we give equal rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude. Besides, we too are concern about Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of protecting the rights of porter. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 15 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly.

Environmental Concerns

Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural order, to conserve environment, and to love nature. Himalaya region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalaya region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby ecotourism.

Trekking Group Arrangement

Himalayan Pleasure generally provides one leader for the trip operation and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers there will be one assistance guide. In case of porters there will be one porter for two trekkers. This arrangement helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at time as well.

Best Season

The best seasons for travelling in the Himalayas are Autumn and Spring. Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking the Himalayas even in the Winter and Summer seasons. In the Winter season, cold slightly affects the trips. But, travelling in the Summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist. 

For More Information

If you are in need of more information regarding this trip, please contact us at info@himalayanpleasure.com. Or you can even place your inquiry at our official webpage.


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