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Exploring Kathmandu in Four Days: A Comprehensive Itinerary

Explore Kathmandu: A 4-Day Adventure in Nepal's Cultural Heart

We’ll be there to greet you at the airport and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel. Your first day in Nepal is all about immersing yourself in the country’s rich culture, and rest assured, we’re here to make it a memorable experience.

Our adventure begins with a visit to Kathesimbhu Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, followed by a journey to Swayambhunath, one of the region’s most sacred sites. Our next stop is Pashupatinath, where you can marvel at a remarkable array of Buddhist shrines and temples. Finally, we’ll wind down the day at Patan Durbar Square, home to some of Kathmandu’s most ancient and captivating temples.

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Begin your adventure at an enticing price of only $1,450 per person, and for those who cherish their solitude, we offer a complimentary single supplement upgrade. Additionally, rest assured that the majority of your meals are covered throughout your journey in Nepal and Bhutan. (Refer to our detailed day-by-day itinerary below for comprehensive information.)

Feel free to reach out to us to explore payment plan possibilities, particularly if your departure date is more than six months away.

When planning your visit to Nepal, it’s essential to arrange your flight to Kathmandu, which boasts excellent connectivity with various international destinations. You can easily find flights to Kathmandu from major cities in the USA, UAE, India, and South-East Asia. In India, you can catch flights to Kathmandu from Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, and Kolkata. Additionally, there is a convenient connection option through Druk Airline if you’re coming from Bhutan.

When seeking a convenient one-stop flight option from the United States to Nepal, Qatar Airways emerges as an excellent choice. This renowned airline offers service departing from both New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX).

Emirates presents another exceptional alternative for those planning to travel to Nepal from the US. Emirates’ extensive service network includes departures from Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

For travelers considering a two-stop flight from the US to Nepal, American Airlines offers comprehensive coverage. Their routes encompass Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Miami International Airport (MIA), New York Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

Nepal offers a splendid travel experience, with the optimal time for a visit spanning from October through December. During this period, you can relish clear azure skies, breathtaking vistas, and predominantly dry weather that persists until roughly April. Although temperatures fluctuate across different regions, it’s worth noting that January and February, especially during the night, can be quite chilly.

Here's our day by day itinerary. Want to make a few changes? No Problem. We are always ready to customize our trips just for you. Do note there are limited flights from Kathmandu to Bhutan.

Day 1 | Welcome to Kathmandu: Once you’ve arrived at the airport and cleared immigration, head on out of the airport to meet your attentive guide. 

You’ll be picked up from the airport by our private car and driven to your hotel for a warm welcome. After checking in and breakfast, we’ll lead you on a tour of Kathmandu’s historic sites and neighborhoods—all while learning about their culture and history as well as local cuisine. During this time with us, feel free to ask any questions about what we’re doing today or tomorrow—we’re happy to answer them!

  • A visit to Patan Durbar Square, which is one of the best-preserved historic sites in Nepal

  • Lunch at Swayambhunath Stupa (one of two stupas in Kathmandu) where you can view Buddhist art and artifacts from ancient times. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

  • You’ll also see Pashupatinath Temple (dedicated to Shiva), where people come for prayer and offerings during festivals such as Dashain and Tihar.


Day 2 | Exploring the outskirts of Kathmandu: The day is finally here. Your hotel is ready, and you’ve made the trek to Nagarkot for an incredible day of guided explorations and learning about sustainable living practices practiced for generations. But first, a little drive out of town to hike through the hills and valleys of Nepal before exploring Nepali villages in search of sustainable living practices.

The Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail is a 12 km hike near the community of Nagarkot, Nepal. It is about a 3 to 3.5 hour walk, with views of the Himalayas. It includes the Nagarkot Nature Trail and the Tamang Village Walk.

The trail begins at the entrance to Naga Khata National Park, which has been set aside for conservation by locals and other Nepalese people. On this trail, you’ll pass through forests, along lakes and streams, through fields filled with wildflowers and ferns, and over rocky terrain. There are benches along the way where you can rest and enjoy your surroundings.

After your hike, visit an old village where many people still make their living from farming or raising livestock. You can shop for handcrafted wares or taste local food made with ingredients from the area around Naga Khata National Park.

Day 3 | After breakfast you will be chauffeured to your hotel before heading over to explore the ancient streets of Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, housing some of the oldest temples in Nepal. The city was established during the 8th Century AD, when a Hindu king named Vishwakarma built the first temple and started worshiping Buddha. You will see many different temples and shrines as you wander through this ancient city.

Your guide will take you on a walking tour through Bhaktapur, pointing out landmarks as you go. You’ll visit some of the oldest temples in Nepal including Pashupatinath Temple, which houses an important Buddhist image of Buddha; Boudhanath Temple, where pilgrims come from all corners of the world; and Gyaneshwor Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Stopping by local shops along the way will allow you to buy souvenirs from Bhaktapur before continuing on your journey back to Kathmandu!

After a busy day, it’s important to take time to relax and unwind. That’s why we’re offering a Leisurely Day & Cooking lesson in Kathmandu, where you’ll enjoy a relaxed start and time for self exploration before leading over for lunch for a Cooking Class at Hotel Green Eco Resort. The class will teach you how to cook a set meal (rice, dal soup, vegetable, pickle and chicken) for dinner tonight. This will be a great way to relax after your busy day!

Fly back home: We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay in Nepal!

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the hotel for final departure and a quick check-in before we head home. Your flight will be departing from Tribhuvan International Airport at noon, so please keep an eye out for our driver who will be waiting outside to escort you to the airport. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Confirm your spot. Book your flight. Get your insurance. Complete Visa paperwork and be on your way to two amazing countries. 

Holiday Season

Dec. 22 - Jan. 4, 2021
$ 1,950
Per Person
  • Nepal Bhutan return airfare.
  • Domestic Flights.
  • Guided Activities
  • Most Meals

11 Days

10 Nights
$ 1,650
Per Person
  • Nepal Bhutan return airfare.
  • Domestic flights
  • Guided activities.
  • Most Meals


6+ Travelers
$ 1,450
Per Person
  • Nepal Bhutan return airfare.
  • Domestic flights.
  • Guided activities.
  • Most meals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, US citizens do need visa for Nepal in order to enter. And yes, you can I get a Nepal visa at the airport. However, it is important to know that if you have already entered the country and landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) (KTM) in Kathmandu, you will need to apply for a visa in advance. 

*A visa is one of the requirements for entry into the country. 

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport of Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival.

Yes, all US citizens must have a visa to travel to Bhutan. This is required before you can purchase a plane ticket to this destination – but it can only be obtained through a licensed tour operator and a pre-booked tour. 

The first step to going to Bhutan is to get your passport validated. Your passport must be valid for at least six months following the date of your arrival to Bhutan. You need a Bhutanese visa to enter and exit Bhutan. All visitors, including those on official U.S. government business, must obtain visa clearance from Thimphu before traveling to Bhutan.

Nepal is a wonderful country to visit, but the best time to visit is between October and December. The skies are clear blue, the views spectacular, and the weather dry until about April. Temperatures vary between regions—but on average, January and February can be very cold, especially at night.

Nepal is an incredible destination for adventure, but you must know when to go. Nepal is a country of incredible beauty and adventure. It’s one of the most remote places in the world, with mountains that reach more than 7,000 meters (22,000 feet), and it’s home to some of the highest-altitude valleys in Asia. But while you’ll find plenty of opportunities for hiking or trekking here during springtime, there are also some things you should know before going. 

Nepal is a country of the Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world, and it’s also the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. As well as being a popular destination for adventure tourism and ecotourism activities, there are many other reasons why this region is so popular with those who visit it from different parts of Asia. For example: Adventure Nepal is a country with a rich culture and natural resources. It has many beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes. The people there live in peace and harmony with no war or violence. Nepal is known for its adventure tourism and ecotourism because it has many beautiful places to visit such as Mount Everest Base Camp, Langtang National Park or Kathmandu Valley. Many tourists come here every year to experience these adventures first hand!

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