Kathmandu and its surrounding hills offers many day tours and weekend trips like sightseeing, hiking, day rafting trip, paragliding, Everest sightseeing flight, Bungee jumping, mountain biking and more. Kathmandu valley is prefect combination of culture and nature to offers a day trip and active weekend holidays to see Himalayas and immerse in its culture.
For those on a business trip, conference or volunteering, there are ample outdoor activities or weekend trips in and around Kathmandu. The seven groups of medieval Newari architecture together make Kathmandu an UNESCO Heritage site. A day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu gives a good perspective into the cultural life, spiritualism and history of civilization across Himalayas. The Shivapuri national park and other lush hills make perfect day hike or short trek for the weekend in Kathmandu. The glacial Rivers like Trishuli and Bhotekoshi make great White-water rafting day trip both for beginners and veteran rafters. For those with very limited time, it just takes one hour in the morning for ‘Everest sightseeing flight’.
Itour Nepal hooked us up with an amazing experience in the Namo Buddha Monastery and a hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan temple. After a car trip and a gorgeous 1 hour walk through mountains and forest alleys, we arrived at the Monastery in the afternoon. The view was amazing and the meals and morning prayer with the monks an unforgettable experience. The next day took us by car firstly to Bhaktapur for a city visit and then to Nagarkot for an overnight stay in the lovely mountain area. On the third day, our 5 hour hike to the temple began. The trek was really lovely, with the landscape alternating between forest, rice field and mountain terraces and was manageable with 35l Backpacks. We passed by many small villages and had the chance to see the locals going about their daily work in the rice fields. The temple was just as magnificent as the rest of the journey. Overall, it was a great experience, from the stunning views of the Monastery and spending time with the monks to the trekking through the landscapes, we had an amazing time. - Franzi S - UK - 8 Nov More reviews >
Price: US $ 60 / person / day Price includes a private transportation, tour guide (English speaking) and entrance fees Departure time: 9:00 AM Back to Hotel: 4:00 PM TA - Tour A: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swyambhunath and Pashupatinath TB - Tour B: Bhaktapur and Patan Tour
Price: US $ 90 Price includes a private transportation, tour guide (English speaking) and park fee or other local fees
Shivapuri day hike
Difficulty: Difficult with altitude gain of 900 m from the base that takes about 8 hrs to the top and back. Rugged trail with occasional stone steps in the forest with only one shop in Nagi Gumba (monastery) Maxim altitude : 2,732 m
View of Ganesh Himal, Mt Manaslu, Langtang and Jugal Himal Range from the top
Walk thorugh the well protected evergreen forest.
Hermitage, monastery and spiritual site of Bagdwar.
160 m high jump from a bridge connecting a deep cut Himalayan gorge is one of the longest free fall in the world. The scenic journey northeast of Kathmandu on the highway to Lhasa, Tibet makes a day bungee jump trip even exciting.
520 sq. km Kathmandu valley is located in middle hill with Himalayas just about 18 km crow flying. While the medieval and ancient civilization of Kathmandu make it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, lush green hills and countryside in the outskirt provides model Himalayan trekking.
There are several short trips / treks you can do from Kathmandu for weekend break or in less than a week. Kathmandu shares its northern border with Shivapuri National park which connects with Langtang National park. Extension of road have made it possible to drive to the base of some of the great walking peaks like Ama Yangri (3,300 m) and Surya Peak (5,145 m) – Godaikunda (4,380 m). Contact us for inquiry or visit Short Treks in Nepal .
Kathmandu is not only about historical monuments. Lush hills around Kathmandu offers best day hiking with panoramic view of the Himalayas and countryside lifestyle. Kathmandu Day hiking >
Nepali cooking & Homestay
Stay with Nepali family in Eco home and learn Nepalese cuisine. Walk to the local market, know Nepalese herbs and spices with Ayurvedic significance and cook the best traditional Nepalese dinner with local family. More >
A Day Rafting trip in Trishuli
A day trip of White Water Rafting to Trishuli be planned from Kathmandu. Trip could be custom made to suit novices as well as the experienced ones. Float on a raft through fascinating valleys, gorges, rolling rapids and pools. Check details >