Nepal + Kathmandu Modules | Customize Your Trip!

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Nepal!
An ancient land of diversity, peace and contrasts, rich cultures, Himalayan peaks, trekking and mountaineering, soaring Himalayan peaks and verdant rice paddies,  jungles and wildlife parks, steamy terai and mind-boggling beauty, encapsulating much of Asia and the Himalaya in one exotic country.

Nepal is a ancient land quickly modernizing, where adventures such as trekking, mountain biking, cycling and white water rafting can be combined with spa get aways in tranquil retreats for the perfect vacation! Nepal is renown for its world class Himalayan trekking in regions such as Everest, Upper Dolpo, Upper Mustang, the Annapurnas, Manaslu & Tsum Valley, Humla, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Langtang. Nepal's National Parks such as Chitwan and Bardia are visited year round to photograph rare wildlife, and for jungle safaris. Himalayan 8000-meter peaks such as Everest and the Annapurnas are the backdrops of traditional Sherpa, Rai, Tamang and Bhotia villages, Buddhists and Hindus live happily together in the vibrant, ancient capital of Kathmandu, gilded temples, stupas and monasteries adorn every street corner and hill top, colorful festivals are celebrated throughout much of the year. Turquoise lakes drain into some of Asia's best rafting and kayaking rivers, and Himalayan trekking and bicycling are perfect ways to experience Nepal's remote villages, valleys and mountainous regions. And Nepal is emerging as one of Asia's top bicycling and mountain biking destinations.

Kathmandu features some of Asia's top luxury and boutique hotels and spas, so travel in style!

Customize your ideal journey in amazing Nepal by combining our specially created trip modules, Kamzang Journey's picks of 'BEST OF' getaways in Nepal and Asia. While in Nepal, why not take advantage of other Asian destinations, further customizing your trip to include Bhutan, Tibet, Kashmir, India or Burma? Or go on a yoga retreat? Or pamper yourself at one of Asia's most exotic resorts in the hills?

Enjoy creating your dream trip!


Kathmandu

Kathmandu Valley Cultural Treks + Tours
Our Kathmandu Valley Cultural treks and walks are boutique journeys along the historic Kathmandu Valley rim, short treks following old trade routes through some of the Kathmandu Valley's most idyllic landscapes, staying in some of the valley's boutique resorts & hotels. You will trek through traditional Nepali villages, and are treated to sublime Himalayan panoramas, diverse cultures and diverse topography with a maximum altitude of just over 2000 meters.
Kathmandu Valley | Cultural Treks + Tours

Royal Treatment | Kathmandu + Pokhara
Pamper yourself at the incredible Himalayan Front Resort or Temple Tree Resort + Spa in Pokhara, where you can spend the day at the infinity pool, having massages or indulging in various spa treatments. The Himalayan Front Resort is situated in Sarankot, and features some of the best Himalayan panoramas from the windows of your room. Temple Tree Resort + Spa is on Lakeside in town, close to shopping, paddling and restaurants, bars and cafes. And to top of your trip in royal style, spend a few days in the ultra five-star and stylish, one of a kind Dwarika's in Kathmandu!

Dwarika's Kathmandu + Dhulikhel
Celebrate life with Dwarika's super luxurious boutique retreats, spas, cleanse, yoga & revitalization packages!

Kathmandu | World Heritage Sightseeing
Enjoy exploring Kathmandu's many World Heritage sites, to decompress at your hotel or the spa, to head out shopping or to embark on a tour of the Kathmandu and the beautiful Kathmandu valley, surrounded by Himalayan snow-peaks.

Explore the Kathmandu valley's many World Heritage sites with a local, English speaking guide in a private vehicle. We recommend beginning with Pashupatinath in the early morning, and moving on to Boudhanath mid-morning. There are wonderful spots for lunch at Boudhanath (Roadhouse Cafe has wood-oven pizzas and a breathtaking view of the stupa and colorful Nepals circling it), and it's a good place to learn the technique of thanka painting and purchase a thanka (Buddhist mural). See also Bhaktapur for more options for shopping for thankas.

After lunch, wander through the many temples, pagodas and the museum at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a timeless gathering spot and another UNESCO World Heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar Square, including the old royal palace, is a 'Palace Square', is a showcase for the world renown artisans and craftsmen of Kathmandu. The Malla and Shah kings ruled over the Kathmandu Valley during the centuries of the building of the layers of this Durbar Square. Along with their opulent palaces, the square surrounds numerous courtyards and temples, all works of art with intricate and often erotic carvings. Kathmandu Durbar Square is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is filled with World Heritage sites and sacred destinations, crowded with traditional neighborhoods and colorful festivals. Spend a few days exploring Nepal's exotic capital and the history-laden Kathmandu valley. We can arrange sightseeing guide, vehicles and guides as required.
Kathmandu Heritage + Happenings

We recommend beginning with Pashupatinath in the early morning, and moving on to Boudhanath mid-morning. Hindu Pashupatinath on the sacred Bagmati river and its sacred temple complex is one of Nepal's most important sites, a powerful cremation site and Nepal's most important Hindu temple. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating, when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees. Local guides can explain the significance of the complicated ceremonies. Please be respectful when taking photos.

Boudhanath, in the midst of traditional monasteries (gompas) and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the iconic stupa. The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. There are wonderful spots for lunch at Boudhanath (Roadhouse Cafe has wood-oven pizzas and a breathtaking view of the stupa and colorful Nepals circling it), and it's a good place to learn the technique of thanka painting and purchase a thanka (Buddhist mural). See also Bhaktapur for more options for shopping for thankas.

Wander through the many temples, pagodas, courtyards and the museum at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a timeless gathering spot and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar Square, including the old royal palace, is Kathmandu's 'Palace Square', a showcase for the world renown artisans and craftsmen of Kathmandu and a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist palaces, temples, stupas and statues. The Malla and Shah kings ruled over the Kathmandu Valley during the centuries of the building of the layers of this Durbar Square. Along with their opulent palaces, the square surrounds numerous courtyards and temples, all works of art with intricate and often erotic carvings. Kathmandu Durbar Square is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace. The social, religious and urban focal point of the city, Durbar Square is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies such as Teej. Some important structures are Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju Temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.

In the evening (take the interesting back streets from Durbar Square) climb the many steps to the gilded Swayambhunath stupa (known as the monkey temple) which rises from the Kathmandu valley floor at 1420 meters and is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. . Swayambunath, the 'self created’  stupa, was founded over 2000 years ago at a time when the Kathmandu valley was filled by a large lake, with a single lotus in the center. Mythology says that Manjusri, a bodhisvatti, drained the lake with one cut of his sword and the lotus flower was transformed into the stupa. From its commanding views of Kathmandu, circumambulate Swayambunath's white-washed stupa, painted with distinctive Buddha eyes, the complex a unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. Another interesting time to visit Swayambunath is in the mornings, when Nepalis visit the temple dedicated to the God of Smallpox to with colorful offerings for the goddess.

Stop to photograph reflections in Kathmandu's many pokhari's, or ponds, including the beautiful Rani Pokhari (queen's bath) near New Road, and the Naga Pokhari (pond of the snake gods of the underworld) just beyond the palace gates. The many bathing ghats, square enclosures with steps leading down to water spouts, often decorated with naga heads, are also interesting and colorful gathering spots.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour +$75
+ Entrance Fees for Single Traveler Not Included

Kathmandu | Optional Sightseeing Tour Bhaktapur
One more day in Kathmandu, with an optional sightseeing excursion by private vehicle to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur which translates as 'Place of Devotees’ and is also known as Bhadgaon, is an ancient Newar city approximately 15 kilometers east of the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur is one of three ancient capitals of the Kathmandu valley, the capital of the Newar Kingdom and a city of artisans and craftspeople famous for its art and architecture: intricate carvings, sculptures, paintings, thankas, pottery, statues and temples, or pagodas. Bhaktapur has a well-preserved ‘durbar square’, or palace square, and has been named a World Heritage site by UNESCO because of its incredible temples, pagodas, wood carvings, stone carvings and metalwork. Bhaktapur is also famous for its yogurt, called curd in Asia, a taste which hasn’t been duplicated anywhere.

Spend a full day exploring Bhaktapur and its rich cultural heritage, where a majority of enthnic Newaris live in traditional ways, and life seems to stand still. There are many great restaurants and cafes to rejuvenate, and it's possibly the best spot in Kathmandu for purchasing a thanka after watching the technique, as well as shopping for endless other locally produced crafts. Bhaktapur is home to countless local festivals, so if you are lucky and arrive on a festival day, enjoy the timeless and colorful events unfold.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Bhaktapur (+$100)
+ Entrance Fees not Included for Single Person

Kathmandu | Optional Sightseeing Tour Patan
Visit the third of Kathmandu's ancient capitals, known as 'The City of Fine Arts', best if you have an extra day in hand as Patan is also rich in cultural heritage, has many lovely roof-top cafes for lunch and world-class museums. Some of the highlights of Patan are its Durbar Square, the Krishna Temple within the palace complex of Patan (entirely made of stone, with 21 distinctive spires), and Hiranya Varna Mahavir, or the Golden Buddha Temple.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Patan (+$50)
+ Entrance Fees not Included for Single Person

Kathmandu | Optional Everest Sightseeing Flight
An hour long extravaganza of the world's 8000 meter peaks, including airport transfers. (+$270)

Kathmandu | Optional Extra Days at Shivapuri Heights Cottages
A wonderful get away 20 km north of Kathmandu, Shivapuri Heights Cottages are stylishly designed and personal cottages built around a 'common house', where you can breakfast overlooking the stunningly beautiful Kathmandu valley. Massages available on request. (+Inquire for Price)

Kathmandu | Optional Cycling Trip in Kathmandu Valley
Many options for day trips, or extended trips, in the Kathmandu Valley. We can customize a cycling trip for you in partnership with one of our knowledgeable partners in Kathmandu. (+Inquire for Price)

Kathmandu Photos
Kathmandu Photos

Kathmandu Valley Cycling + Hiking Photos
Kathmandu Cycling+Hiking Photos

Everest

Everest Treks
The Everest region offers a variety of shorter treks for those wanting to see the world's most magnificent Himalayan views but have limited time or trekking experience. We can also customize a trek for you.

Everest Trekking (Solu Khumbu)
Everest Trek Options

Everest Trek Photos
Everest Photos

Why Trek with Kamzang Journeys?
Kamzang Journeys | Why Trek with Us?

Pokhara+Annapurnas

Annapurna Foothills Luxury Trek
This wonderful luxury Annapurna Foothills trek is the perfect introduction to the diversity and excitement of trekking. The sub-tropical forests come alive with an immense variety of bird life, waterfalls thunder down from steep cliff sides and monkeys chatter from the tree tops. Trekking higher into the green, terraced hills we wander through ancient, mossy rhododendron forests to reach the cooler Buddhist and animistic middle hills, where Buddhist chortens and prayer flags send prayers out to the gods and the Gurung and Magar inhabitants are more Tibetan than Nepali. Terraced fields and tropical fruit trees surround the neat, white washed Gurung villages of the higher regions, leading the eye to vistas dominated by some of the Himalaya's most majestic peaks. The Annapurna region is truly the heart of the Nepal Himalaya. Accompanied by views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and Lamjung Himal, we trek through the heart of the Annapurnas.

We stay at the wonderful Ker & Downey lodges, the premiere luxury lodges in the Annapurna region. The collection of lodges is spread out within the Annapurna Conservation Area, separated by picturesque terrain and a moderate half-day hike. Each lodge offers a unique view and new perspective on the region, overlooking its hidden villages and shadowed by its towering peaks. Private baths with hot running water come standard in all of the guest rooms, with cozy blankets and down bedding warmed nightly by a hot water bottle.
Annapurna Foothills Luxury Trek - Nepal

Annapurna Peaks + Villages Boutique Trek | Annapurna Foothills Trek
Explore historic Kathmandu's World Heritage sites in style, indulge yourself with a spa day + an infinity pool in balmy, lakeside Pokhara and enjoy eight days of beautiful, low-altitude trekking in the Annapurna region to Poon Hill. Kamzang Journeys has crafted three price options for this trip, from traditional boutique to deluxe to cater to all types of travel.

This wonderful journey is the perfect introduction to the diversity and excitement of trekking. We start our Nepal hike in steamy Hindu villages, where water buffalos wallow in the rivers, colorful, sari-clad women sit and weave by thatched huts, and villagers perform ancient rituals to appease their local deities. The sub-tropical forests come alive with an immense variety of bird life, waterfalls thunder down from steep cliff sides and monkeys chatter from the tree-tops. Trekking higher into the green, terraced hills we wander through ancient, mossy Rhododendron forests to reach the cooler Buddhist and animistic middle hills, where chortens and prayer flags send prayers out to the gods and the Gurung and Magar inhabitants look more Tibetan than Nepali. Terraced fields and tropical fruit trees surround the neat, white-washed Gurung villages of the higher regions, leading the eye to vistas dominated by some of the Himalaya's most majestic peaks. The Annapurna region is truly the heart of the Nepal Himalaya.

Accompanied by views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and Lamjung Himal, we trek in the heart of the Annapurna circuit. From Deurali, the amazing mountain views begin, and we contour through traditional villages to reach the bustling Gurung villages of Landruk and Gandruk. At Poon Hill, near Ghorepani, we are treated to a 360-degree sunrise Himalayan panorama. Back down through golden, terraced villages dominated by Machhapuchhre, the 'Fish Tailed' mountain, we continue to hike through Ulleri to the end of the circuit at Naya Pul and drive to Pokhara. This is a classic tea-house trek run in our special Kamzang-style; instead of camping out in the cold, we enjoy the dining-room stoves and famed hospitality of the local people of the Annapurna region, our gear is carried by porters, and we have local guides to explain the various cultures, mountains and sights to us along the way. Finishing back in Kathmandu, it's been a wonderful journey through diverse regions and landscapes of one of the most spectacular regions of the Himalaya!
Annapurna Peaks + Villages Trek (Poon Hill) - Nepal

Incredible Nepal | Kathmandu + Annapurna Trek  + Pokhara + Chitwan Tour
Kamzang Journeys has put together a specially crafted journey to visit some of Nepal's most incredible sights. Explore historic Kathmandu, its World Heritage sites and ancient capitals, and wander through its fascinating back alleyways, where timeless crafts exist side by side with some of Asia's best hotels and restaurants. Embark on a low altitude Annapurna trek, hiking through traditional Nepali villages while being treated to sublime Himalayan panoramas.

Pokhara's sub-tropical, relaxed environment invites massage and spa treatments, casual strolls, boating on Phewa Lake, a hike to Shanti Stupa and of course a bit of shopping for local crafts! Or you can opt for the adventurous option and try paragliding, zip lining, trekking or bicycling. Chitwan National Park is home to the Bengal tiger and Asian one-horned rhino as well as a large variety of rare bird and wildlife. Nepal's most popular national park is populated by the Tharu ethnic group, and is a serene and beautiful get away. Ride an elephant and spot Kingfishers through the morning mist on a private canoe tour. Enjoy charming, traditional Bandipur village, a Newari village half way between Pokhara and Chitwan, and The Old Inn a relaxing place to experience Nepali village life with Himalayan views.
Incredible Nepal | Kathmandu, Pokhara, Trek + Chitwan

Amazing Nepal | Chitwan Wildlife Safari, Kathmandu, Pokhara + Bandipur
Looking for a more inclusive journey in Nepal? Kamzang Journeys has put together two specially crafted journey to visit some of Nepal's most incredible sights. Explore historic Kathmandu and its World Heritage sites, and wander through its fascinating back alleyways, where timeless crafts exist side by side with some of Asia's best restaurants. Fly to Chitwan National Park, home to the Bengal tiger and Asian one-horned rhino as well as a large variety of rare bird and wildlife. Nepal's most popular national park is populated by the Tharu ethnic group, and is a serene and beautiful get away.

Bandipur is a charming Newari village half way between Pokhara and Chitwan, a relaxing place to experience traditional Nepali village life with Himalayan views. Chitwan National Park, home to the Bengal Tiger and Asian one-horned Rhino as well as a large variety of rare bird and wildlife, is one of Nepal's best National Parks, populated by the Tharu ethnic group, and a truly peaceful retreat. Pokhara's sub-tropical, relaxed environment invites massage and spa treatments, casual strolls, boating on Phewa Lake, a hike to Shanti Stupa and of course a bit of shopping for local crafts! Or you can opt for the adventurous option and try paragliding, zip lining, trekking or bicycling.
Amazing Nepal | Chitwan, Tharu Villages, Kathmandu + Pokhara

Annapurna Royal Trek + Rupkot Resort
The perfect introduction to trekking in the beautiful Annapurna region, with a luxurious stay at Rupakot Resort en route, followed by time for relaxation or adventures in Pokhara. Options for a Chitwan Wildlife Safari after the trip.
Annapurna Royal Trek + Rupakot Resort

Royal Treatment | Pokhara + Kathmandu in Style
Pamper yourself at the incredible Himalayan Front Resort or Temple Tree Resort + Spa in Pokhara, where you can spend the day at the infinity pool, having massages or indulging in various spa treatments. The Himalayan Front Resort is situated in Sarankot, and features some of the best Himalayan panoramas from the windows of your room. Temple Tree Resort + Spa is on Lakeside in town, close to shopping, paddling and restaurants, bars and cafes. And to top of your trip in royal style, spend a few days in the ultra five-star and stylish, one of a kind Dwarika's in Kathmandu!

Pokhara Photos
Pokhara Photos

Annapurna Photos
Annapurna Photos

Why Trek with Kamzang Journeys?
Kamzang Journeys | Why Trek with Us?

Shivapuri, Bandipur+Nuwakot

Shivapuri Heights Cottage Get Away
Enjoy amazing views over the Kathmandu valley any time of the year, staying at the boutique style Shivapuri Heights Cottage about 10 kilometers north of Kathmandu. Highlights are a gourmet breakfast on the hotel deck overlooking the Kathmandu valley, local walks in Shivapuri National Park, hiking and cycling options, spa and massage treatments and just total relaxation! A break from the chaos of Kathmandu. Customized trips according to your schedule.
Shivapuri Heights Cottage

Bandipur
The Old Inn

Nuwakot
The Famous Farm

Wildlife Safaris

Chitwan National Park | Wildlife Safari
Maruni Sanctuary Lodge, owned and operated by the Kathmandu Guest House. Chitwan National Park is home to the Bengal Tiger and Asian one-horned Rhino as well as a large variety of rare bird and wildlife, and a lovely national park surrounded by traditional Tharu villages. If you have an extra day on hand we will adjust so that you have time to sit on the breezy deck with a book, rent bikes to explore the traditional thatched hut Tharu villages, where water buffaloes laze under tropical skies. Or to continue with the river paddles, spotting more varieties of Kingfishers.
Amazing Nepal | Chitwan, Tharu Villages, Kathmandu + Pokhara

Chitwan Wildlife Photos
Chitwan Photos

Birdwatching Tours
Details to Come

Bardia National Park
Details to Come

Adventure

Last Resort Adventures, Spa & Relaxation

Day Trip Package
Include 2-way transportation by private bus, lunch + activity of your choice.

Overnight Package
Include 2-way transportation by private bus, meals, taxes + tented accommodation at Last Resort

Report to Last Resort office on Mandala Street in Thamel at 5:45 AM. You’ll leave Last Resort just after 4:00 PM, and arrive back in Thamel by about 8:30 PM. Video, Photos + T-shirt Package = $25

Pokhara Multi Sport Adventures
Paragliding
Zip Lining
Kayak Lessons
Bicycling
Hiking Shanti Stupa

Cycling

Get out and enjoy some of Asia's best biking!

Mountain + Road Biking in Kathmandu
Details to Come

Cycle Trip | Lhasa to Kathmandu
The Great Lhasa Kathmandu Bicycle Journey

Bicycle Trip | Pokhara to Kathmandu
The Pokhara to Kathmandu Trail - Mountain Biking

Bicycle Trip | Bhutan to Assam, India
The Great Bhutan Bicycle Journey | Bhutan to India

Deluxe Retreats

Dwarika's Kathmandu + Dhulikhel
Celebrate life with Dwarika's super luxurious boutique retreats, spas, cleanse, yoga & revitalization packages! We get a small discount from one of Asia's best hotels, and often a few perks ...
Dwarika's Spa, Yoga & Wellness Retreats

Dwarika's Boutique Luxury Accomodation
Dwarika's Rooms

Dwarika's Culinary Experiences
Dwarika's Restaurants

Dwarika's 5-star Spa
Dwarika's Spa

Dwarika's Added Extras
Dwarika's Facilities

Yoga+Spa

Pranamaya Yoga Retreats
This Kathmandu massage tour is the ultimate day of relaxation, indulgence and Vespas! We pick you up on vintage Vespa and cruise through the streets of Kathmandu, through the colourful bazaar and onto our first sanctuary of calm and relaxation in the Gokarna Forest. Here we enjoy a full hour body massage and morning tea in our tranquil surroundings. This is a stunning setting for your Kathmandu massage experience, with a striking difference between the bustling streets and your serene forest hideaway. We then head to the pioneering pancha-karma centre in Nepal, for an ayurvedic head and feet treatment. Nepal has a special place in the history of Ayurveda. It is thought by many that the original knowledge of Ayurveda was obtained in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. We then discover the modern day Nepal with a late lunch at a local cafe, opened by a group of young Nepali entrepreneurs.

Enjoy morning and afternoon sessions of yoga, explore Yoga theory and philosophy, revive with wonderful food, relax with a favourite book and new friends among the beautiful grounds, find peace with a guided evening meditation, and take an introduction into Buddhism from the monastery’s highest teacher. On this retreat we will experience how different sequences of poses influence our body, mind and energy and explore the art of sequencing poses to enhance our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. We will see how our breath changes our mental state and how we can use breathing techniques to pause our reactions, taking time to make all of our decisions come from a calmer, more settled place inside ourselves.

Take this time to become aware of your thoughts and how you can affect your thought patterns. Become more aware of your body and how its movements affect your mind. Gently work with your mind and body to overcome your limitations, to experience your true nature and to feel truly present and alive. Whether you are a beginner or practice yoga regularly, come and enjoy the powerful energy, peace and surroundings of the retreat and take away a new practice to develop and treasure, including:

  • What Yoga is from the perspective of its philosophical roots
  • How our thought-patterns and actions influence the health of body and mind
  • How mindfulness can reduce stress and change your everyday life
  • Yoga poses under expert guidance through plenty of asana practice.

Date + Time
Weekly (Mon - Wed)
Meet at Last Resort office in Thamel Monday at 10:30 am
Return Wednesday at approximately 7 pm

Price - $295
Single Supplement - $335
Maximum 16 participants

Included

  • Transportation from Thamel to the monastery and back.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the lovely, modern and comfortable hotel in the grounds of the exquisite monastery
  • All the delicious vegetarian meals, tea and water
  • Expert guidance from experienced and inspiring international retreat leaders
  • Use of yoga mats and yoga props
  • Diary & pen

Book through Kim (kim@kamzang.com)

Vespa Tours

Vespa Valley | Kathmandu Vespa Tours
Enjoy a quirky day touring Kathmandu on a vespa, with a guide who can show you all the secrets of exotic Kathmandu!

Vespa Indulgence
This Kathmandu massage tour is the ultimate day of relaxation, indulgence and Vespas! We pick you up on vintage Vespa and cruise through the streets of Kathmandu, through the colourful bazaar and onto our first sanctuary of calm and relaxation in the Gokarna Forest. Here we enjoy a full hour body massage and morning tea in our tranquil surroundings. This is a stunning setting for your Kathmandu massage experience, with a striking difference between the bustling streets and your serene forest hideaway. We then head to the pioneering pancha-karma centre in Nepal, for an ayurvedic head and feet treatment. Nepal has a special place in the history of Ayurveda. It is thought by many that the original knowledge of Ayurveda was obtained in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. We then discover the modern day Nepal with a late lunch at a local cafe, opened by a group of young Nepali entrepreneurs.

Start 9:00 am (5 1/2 hours)
Price - $

(Not Your Standard) Kathmandu City Tour
So we’re heading out to see all the big UNESCO sites of the city. Patan, Pashupati and Boudha. WOW! Incredible places to see and definitely not to be missed in any Kathmandu city tour. Touring in style on two wheels, we’ll be on the vintage Vespas, ensuring you really feel part of the city. On the way we stop in at some of our other favourite places: the best sweets and pastries in Kathmandu, cups of tea “local style” and lunch with an amazing Stupa view. It’s all the stuff you’ve read about Kathmandu, plus all the stuff you haven’t! This Kathmandu City Tour is for anyone wanting an ‘up close and personal’ experience of the city. You’ll encounter locals using the city space for their daily needs; bustling around and finding spiritual peace and solitude.

Start 10:00 am (6 1/2 hours)
Price - $120

Nepali Food Safari
So much more than dal bhaat, discover the wonder of Nepali food and in particular the cuisine native to the Kathmandu Valley, Newari food. We take you on a progressive tour of street stalls, local shops and restaurants, tasting along the way. Meet the entrepreneurs behind these small businesses to find out what makes Nepali food special. Best of all, your ride for the day is a vintage Vespa which is sure to turn heads as we weave in and out of the local streets of Kathmandu. Between tasting stops, you’ll be transported through the streets of Kathmandu, through the bustling local bazaar, past temples which provide a quiet oasis from the busy city streets and around the back alleys and courtyards. Please note this tour can also be adapted to dinner – please enquire here for availability.

Start 11:00 am (5 hours)
Price - $75

Villages of the Valley
Get out of the city for a day and step into village life of the Kathmandu Valley, where your daily routine involves tending to the animals and crops, harvesting food for your family and producing goods to sell at the local market. We can see mustard seeds being pressed for their oil and other traditional farming techniques being used, depending on the season. We’ll stop along the way to help with harvesting the rice and plowing the fields and we’ll enjoy a local lunch, made from local village produce. Feel the freedom of the roads, fresh village air in your hair and see the local side of the Kathmandu Valley, up close and personal via vintage Vespa! The Kathmandu Valley is known for its unique fusion of culture, religion and ancestry. This tour highlights the difference between city and village life, the difference in pace and various industries that keep both city and village supported.

Start 10:00 am (4 1/2 hours)
Price - $70

Bhaktapur + Back
Bhaktapur is one of the three ancient cities of Kathmandu which has been incredibly preserved. You get a real sense of how the city functioned in ancient times. We pick you up on vintage Vespa from Kathmandu, weaving through the back streets we make our way out of the city. See and feel the streets as you never have before, on our Vespas, wind in your hair, especially once we hit the open road to Bhaktapur. Once in the ancient city, we pass the local potters who occupy a whole square with their handiwork, the working thanka artists and living museum of wood carvings in the local buildings.

Start 10:00 am (5 1/2 hours)
Price - $115

Book through Kim (kim@kamzang.com)

Himalayan Views

Nepal's 10 Best Himalayan Views + Boutique & Luxury Hotels
We can book you rooms and transport to any of these amazing locations, in hotels of your choice.

Nagarkot
Dhulikhel
Chobar
Kakani
Shivapuri
Daman
Bandipur
Hetara
Sarankot
Godavri
Phulchowki

Buddhist Nepal

Kopan Monastery
8-day Buddhism + meditation courses ($80)
10-day courses ($110)
1 month courses ($450)

Lumbini Pilgrimage Tour
Details coming ...

Pranamaya Yoga Retreats
Weely (Mon - Wed)
Drop & pick-up included
Book Here

Photos
Tibetan Buddhist Murals Photos

Bhutan

Bhutan Boutique Tour + Trek
Bhutan Shangri La | Jhomolhari Trek, Phobjikha & Bumthang

Bhutan Luxury Tours
Live it Up in the Clouds | Luxury in Bhutan

Cycle Trip | Bhutan to Assam, India
The Great Bhutan Bicycle Journey | Bhutan to India

Bhutan Trekking + Cycling Photos
Bhutan Photos

Tibet

Tibet Cultural + Everest Base Camp Jeep Safaris
Lhasa to Kathmandu (Everest Base Camp) Jeep Safari

Cycle Trip | Lhasa to Kathmandu
The Great Lhasa Kathmandu Bicycle Journey

Tibet Photography Tour
Lhasa & Kathmandu Winter Photography Journey

Tibet Christmas Journey
Lhasa & Kathmandu Christmas Journey

Tibet Photos
Tibet Photos

India

Kashmir Houseboat Tours
Kashmir + Srinagar | Floating Worlds - India

Indus Valley Monastery Tour
Leh, Indus Valley Monasteries & Salt Lakes - India

High Salt Lakes of Ladakh Tour
Leh, Indus Valley Monasteries & Salt Lakes - India

Rajasthan Boutique Tours
Coming

Kerala Luxury Houseboat Tour
Coming

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Kamzang Journeys Contact
Kim Bannister
kim@kamzang.com
Mobile: +(977) 9803414745
On-Trek Satellite Phone: +88216 21277980 (Nepal)
On-Trek Satellite Phone: +88216 21274092 (Tibet & India)

Kathmandu Office Contact
Khumbu Adventures
Office: +(977) 01 4488352
Lhakpa Dorji Mobile: +(977) 9841 235461, 9813 371542
Doma Mobile: +(977) 9841 510833, 9803 675361

Kathmandu Boutique Hotels
Kathmandu Guest House

Kathmandu Guest House | Room Prices
Standard Single - $80
Standard Double - $100
Garden Single - $120
Garden Double - $140
Deluxe Single - $200
Deluxe Double - $220

Kamzang Journeys | Room Prices
Standard Single - $55
Standard Double - $75
Garden Single - $80
Garden Double - $100
Deluxe Single - $160
Deluxe Double - $180

Includes breakfast + 25% taxes
Book with Kamzang Journeys + save on room rates

Kathmandu Luxury Hotels
Dwarika's
Yak & Yeti
Shangri-La
Hyatt

Kathmandu + Kathmandu Valley Boutique Hotels
Swota Traditional Homes | Patan
Thagu Chen Boutique Hotel | Patan
Milla Guest House | Bhaktapur
Peacock Guest House | Bhaktapur
Kantipur Temple House | Kathmandu

Pokhara Hotels
Temple Tree Resort + Spa
Himalayan Front
Lake View Resort
Barahi Hotel

Chitwan Hotels
Chitwan Maruni Sanctuary Lodge

Arrival Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu
You will be met at the airport by a representative from Dwarika's or Kamzang Journeys and transferred to Dwarika's where your Heritage Room has been booked for you. Enjoy your welcome drink while we collect your insurance details, a visa sized photo and a copy of your passport from you.

Visas
You can get your Nepal visa either at the airport (or any land border) when you arrive in Nepal, or before you leave home.
Nepal Visa

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Himalayan Photos
Himalayan Wildlife Photos

Himalayan Bird Photos

Himalayan Flower Photos

Market + Street Food Photos
Asian Markets + Street Food

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Temperatures + Clothing
Kathmandu during trekking season, in the spring and autumn, is usually warm (t-shirt, sandals, light pants or skirts) during the day, and gets chilly (light fleece or windproof top) in the afternoon. Nights can be cold enough for a sweater or light jacket, or warm enough for t-shirts. Summer is hotter and wetter; you’ll need a rain jacket and umbrella. The winter months (November – March) are chilly in the mornings and evenings, cold enough that you might start the day in a down jacket, but often warms up enough to wear a t-shirt by mid-day. Nights get cold enough for a down jacket if you’re sitting outside in the spring and autumn, and much colder in the winter when you won’t leave the hotel without your down jacket. It never snows in Kathmandu, leave your snow boots behind. Keens or lightweight sandals great for wandering around Kathmandu, and for trekking in lower altitudes.

Trekking is a mixed bag of temperatures. LAYERS are the key as hot can change quickly to freezing crossing the passes and snowfalls are common. We often have some rain below 3000 meters in the spring and early autumn, and it can rain hard in the summer. Have a wide range of layer-able trekking clothes for summer to winter temperatures. Keep a lightweight down jacket or synthetic jacket with you at all times, available inexpensively in Kathmandu. A lightweight rain poncho and umbrella for trekking recommended spring and summer. Be prepared! See our GEAR LIST for full details on gear, shoes, clothing, electronics and meds for the trek.

There are lots of real gear shops (North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Gear) and of course many fake ones in Kathmandu, so if you don't think you have the right gear starting the trip it will be easy to pick-up stuff once in Kathmandu. We have sleeping bags, duffel bags down jackets to rent.

Dress conservatively in Kathmandu and on the trail as a rule. Shorts are okay if they aren't too short, mini skirts aren’t recommended. Sleeveless t-shirts are absolutely fine, but perhaps avoid tank-tops on the trail. Super tight doesn't go over so well with the village elders. Many of the younger generation in Nepal wear modern Indian or Western-influenced clothes, but remember that you haven't signed up for a beach or surf vacation. Use your good judgment, be an ambassador for western tourists! Please ask Kim or your guide if unsure about appropriate clothing.

Duffel Bags
We have North Face style duffel bags with Kamzang Journeys logos for sale (XL, orange). They are (mostly) waterproof, mid to lightweight (lighter than North Face) and good quality. Price 4000 NRP ($40)

Cultural Issues
Nepalis are very open and welcoming, but there are a few issues you should be aware of to make your stay in Nepal more fulfilling. Use your right hand to pass things, shake hands or do most anything. Left hands are somewhat taboo. Nepali's often place their left hand on the right forearm when passing things to others, a sign of respect. Best not to pat kids on heads, or point feet ahead of you at monasteries. Don't walk over someone's legs or feet, but put your hand down in front of you to signal them to pull their legs to the side. Take off shoes and hats when going into Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples, don't use flashes inside monasteries or temples in general, be respectful of a puja (prayer ceremony) if attending one. You can talk, all religious are very tolerant, but be aware of your level of voice.

Nepalis don't anger quickly, so try not to raise your voice if exasperated or angry as it only will make a situation worse. Do bargain at shops, with taxis and rickshaws, but don't fleece them. They are poor and making a living, generally.

Give small donations on the streets if you choose, but try not to encourage begging too much. Be aware of who you are giving money to, and please only give small amounts. If you do want to donate to a cause, ask about our Kamzang Fund or other responsible organizations.

Pampering Yourself in Kathmandu
We’re happy to book your rooms before or after the trek (or upgrade during the trek) at other boutique or luxury hotels in Kathmandu. We recommend Dwarika’s, Shangri-La, Yak & Yeti or Hyatt. We can also direct you to wonderful spa & massage centers in Kathmandu.

Tips for Staff
We recommend at least $200 per person to go into the tip pool for the staff. Please bring Nepali Rupees (NRP) with you on the trek for the tips. It’s nice to buy the staff drinks on the last night. Or any other night that you feel like getting them a bottle of Kukure Rum!

Tips in General
Tips are always appreciated but they don’t need to be extravagant. 100 NRP to carry bags to/from your room is fine. The women who clean your room will be happy with 100-200 NRP when you leave, and 100 NRP is good for drivers to/from the airport. Round up taxi fares. A larger tip would be expected for a daytrip in a car, perhaps 500 NRP. 10% is included in most restaurant and hotel bills in Nepal, and if it’s not included it’s still expected. Check your bills, and still round up at restaurants. Feel free to give out small change to the beggars in the streets (5, 10, 20 NRP) but try not to give it out to the street kids who use it for glue to sniff.

Cash + ATMs
You’ll want some cash with you on the trek for drinks, snacks, beer, sodas, etc. There are often  chances to during the trek, and usually local crafts to buy en route. (You’ll want your tip money in NRP as well). There are ATMs in KTM but they don’t dispense large amounts of cash (usually 10-20,000 NRP) so you’ll be best with currency or TCs to change.

International Medical Center Kathmandu
CIWEC

Kathmandu + Kathmandu Valley Information
Our personalized 'Insider' list of things to do, places to go, what to visit, the most happening restaurants + the best hotels in Kathmandu and the beautiful Kathmandu Valley.
Happenings in Kathmandu

Namaste & Tashi Delek!

© Kim Bannister

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