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Kathmandu Valley Adventure

  • 5 Days
  • 12 People Max

    This trip has a maximum of 12 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and a team of local porters.

  • Activity Level 1
    • Activity Level 1

      What's The Rush?

      I'm active and in decent shape and not looking to experience a place just through a bus window. I'm happy to slow down on the trail, soak it in and breathe in the fresh air.

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  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
Kingdoms of Kathmandu Valley

Roam ancient temples, explore amongst stunning terraced fields and enjoy warm Nepalese culture on our Kathmandu Valley Adventure.

Starting and finishing in the bustling city of Kathmandu, you'll learn about a vast array of unique cultures and exquisite temples on our 5-day Kathmandu Valley Adventure. We've used our years of experience venturing in Nepal to craft this short but encompassing 5-day trip. As you're led by a local and a native English-speaking guide, you'll enjoy a perfect introduction to Nepalese culture, people, and landscapes through well-known and well-hidden spots. You'll explore the diverse Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, wander Patan Kingdom, the 'city of beauty', and watch the sunset over the Himalayas from Mystic Mountain Resort. If you're keen to get well away from the buzz of the city, you'll especially love hiking along broad ridgelines to Nala. Endless adventures await in the Kingdoms of Kathmandu, and we're here to share our favourites.

Kathmandu Valley Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Kathmandu Trip End: Kathmandu
  • Day 1Arrive Kathmandu

  • Day 2Visit local school, explore Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

  • Day 3Journey to Patan Kingdom and onto Nagarkot

  • Day 4Hike to Nala, explore Bhaktapur

  • Day 5Depart for home

  • Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu. You’ll be met at Kathmandu Airport by a friendly face from Active Adventures Himalayas who will accompany you to our hotel. If you arrive early, you can head out to explore the city’s labyrinth of back street courtyards, colourful market stalls and ancient temples on your own for your first taste of Nepal’s culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your guide will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, we’ll take you out for dinner at a local restaurant, for your first experience of Nepalese dining - a culinary crossroad between the influences of China, India and Europe which makes for some really delicious flavour combinations. 
    Marriott Hotel, Kathmandu (Dinner)

    Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

  • Day 2

    Visit local school, explore Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

    Today you’ll see Kathmandu from a new perspective as we wind our way up out of the valley that defines the capital city. There’s an option here to visit a local school, where children are always happy to greet us and show us their environment. After a tea break we’ll enter the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, in the foothills on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley - at this altitude the vegetation transitions from subtropical to temperate and the park is home to a diverse range of wildlife. After our hike, we’ll journey onto Bouldhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on the ancient trade route from Tibet. For many centuries Tibetan merchants have rested here and offered prayers. Later, we’ll head back to the Marriott Hotel and out for another delicious meal nearby.
    Marriott Hotel, Kathmandu (All meals)

    Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

  • Day 3

    Journey to Patan Kingdom and onto Nagarkot

    Patan (or Lalitpur, ‘city of beauty’), now a part of greater Kathmandu, was once the capital of a powerful independent kingdom. You’ll notice as we explore this area, a calmer vibe - the craftspeople here, many of whom are Buddhist, have created exquisite temples and other works of art which give the area a distinct artisan feel. After lunch we’ll ascend on a classic Nepali road northeast to Nagarkot. It’s refreshing to once again leave the bustling Kathmandu Valley behind as we begin our hike among terraced fields on our way to Mystic Mountain Resort. We’ll have plenty of time this afternoon to check in to our rooms and relax next to the pool, with views of the Himalaya.
    Mystic Mt Resort, Nagarkot (Elevation: Nagarkot - 2195 metres (7200 feet)) (All meals)

    Hiking Distance:
    Up to 5 kilometres (3 miles)

  • Day 4

    Hike to Nala, explore Bhaktapur

    By now you’ll be nicely adjusted to Nepal time, making an early wake up for an epic mountain sunrise all the more appealing. Add coffee and an excellent breakfast and it doesn’t get any better! Full of energy, we’ll hike a stunning ridgeline and jungle path to Nala. Mostly descending, we’ll pass typical Tamang villages learning about subsistence living and the challenges these people face - you wouldn’t know it though, as we’re greeted with beaming smiles around every corner. We’ll stop at a local home to share some masala tea and show you what a typical Tamang home interior looks like. It’s a short drive onwards to Bhaktapur for lunch, and a chance to explore another of the medieval city-states of the Kathmandu Valley. You’ll see here in the ‘City of Culture’ some of the devastating damage caused by the 2015 earthquake. But there’s plenty still standing including many pagodas, shrines, carved wood columns and temples.
    Marriott Hotel, Kathmandu (Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)) (All meals)

    Hiking Distance:
    7 kilometres (4.3 miles)

  • Day 5

    Depart for home

    Today is the final day of your Nepal cultural exploration. If you have extra time after your trip, we’re happy to give suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great hiking and adventures you’ve had with us!

Kathmandu Valley Adventure Departure Dates

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  • 1 year
USD $2999/pp
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What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 12 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and a local guide.

Where does the trip start?

If you arrive on the first day of the trip, we’ll meet you at Kathmandu airport (KTM), whenever you fly in, and take you to our hotel. If you’re already in Kathmandu, you’ll meet your trip leader and the rest of your group in the lobby of Marriott Hotel at 5pm.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Kathmandu Airport in time for flights departing any time or anywhere in the Central Kathmandu downtown area after breakfast.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: If you’re flying into Kathmandu on the first day or your trip then we recommend arriving in Kathmandu before 4pm.

Note: If you have booked your accommodation through your Travel details to stay at the Marriott Hotel prior to your trip starting, a friendly face from the Marriott Hotel will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in the city.

Departure: On the last day of the trip, you can fly out at any time that suits. If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, we’re happy to help out booking extra hotel accommodation.


What do I need to bring to the first night trip briefing?

Please meet us in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel at 5pm for a pre-trip briefing and our first dinner together! The Marriott Hotel is a 15 minute drive from the Tribhuvan International Airport, and is located at Manakamana Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal, ph +977 1-4443040.
Please bring along your passport, a photo copy of your passport and a copy of your travel insurance document.

How fit do I need to be for this trip?

As an Activity Level 1-2 trip, you’ll need a good level of fitness for this trip. While you don’t have to be extremely fit, you should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, ideally involving some up hills, down hills and steps. Advance preparation means you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more.

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

We’ve selected the accommodation for the unique character and adventuresome feel – this trip isn’t designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in Nepal. We prefer to stay in quaint, comfortable B&B’s and lodges, all with private, ensuite bathrooms.

The best time to do laundry will be during your stay at the Marriott Hotel. While there may be other opportunities to do laundry elsewhere if need be they won’t be as convenient. Self-service laundries are rare, so you’ll probably need to use on-site hotel laundry services or off-site lavanderias, though we recommend hand-washing technical fabrics yourself.

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You'll need one piece of luggage plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a good quality trekking daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) is required for the days on the trail.

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is accepted in Nepal (and appreciated!). Your loose change (or 5%) is fine in cheaper places; around 10% in more expensive restaurants. Round up the fare for taxi drivers. Most people do choose to tip their Active Adventures guides at the end of an awesome trip. Up to US$100 each for your Active Adventures trip leader and Nepali leader and up to US$100 (10,000 Nepali rupees) to be shared amongst your Nepali porter team seems to be the norm, however less, more or not at all is also fine too. Tips are gratefully accepted in either their local currency or US dollars.

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