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How to Spend 1 Week in Nepal

How to Spend 1 Week in Nepal

With one week in Nepal, you’ll have enough time to enjoy the cultural treasures of Kathmandu, get out into the surrounding hills and villages, and even take a scenic flight along the Himalayas. Here’s how to get the most out of a week in Nepal.

Days 1–3: Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Kathmandu Valley contains several UNESCO World Heritage sites, which should be a top priority when visiting the Nepalese capital. On your first day, visit the sites closest to the central Thamel neighborhood: Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple and cremation ground; the Boudhanath Stupa, a Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage site; and the hilltop temple of Swayambhunath Stupa. Continue the cultural exploration on days two and three by traveling to Patan and Bhaktapur, once separate kingdoms but now on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Home to the Kathmandu Valley’s indigenous Newar people, Patan and Bhaktapur are each full of temples, palaces, shops selling local handicrafts, and plenty of atmosphere. 

Days 4–6: Day Trips Outside the Kathmandu Valley

For a glimpse into rural Nepali life, strike out to nearby towns such as Nagarkot, Namo Buddha,  Panauti, and Dhulikhel. Nagarkot is especially famous for its sunrise views of the Himalaya; Namo Buddha has equally good mountain views and a Buddhist pilgrimage site; Panauti is one of the best-preserved Newari towns in Nepal; and Dhulikhel also has good views and many trekking trails. You can hike or mountain bike through the steep terraced farmland and forest, or just experience local village life, clear mountain views, delicious food, and Nepal’s diverse cultures. Visit all four towns or chill out in one or two, either staying at small guesthouses or homestays or returning to your Kathmandu accommodation each night. 

Day 7: Scenic Flight and Himalayan Views

Get up early to take a flight along the mighty Himalaya, including the highest mountain in the world, Everest. Travelers on a more generous budget can take a helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp, a truly memorable experience. Alternatively, check out the cable car at Chandragiri Hills in the southwest of the Kathmandu Valley, with sweeping views of the capital and, when the weather is clear, the Himalayas beyond. Take the cable car up and down, or hike one way. End the day—and your week in Nepal—at one of Kathmandu’s finest Nepali restaurants. There are many options in Thamel, as well as at some of the smarter hotels in other parts of Kathmandu. 

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Private Full-Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Private Full-Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Take in Nepal's rich heritage on a private full-day tour of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. Your private guide takes you to the Durbar Squares, Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple and more. Learn about the history and significance of each place as you explore the Buddhist and Hindu sacred sites with your guide. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Kathmandu. Entrance fees are at your expense.
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  • 7 hours
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$55.00
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Everest base camp Landing Helicopter Tour

Everest base camp Landing Helicopter Tour

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Live out the dream of visiting Mt. Everest's base camp with this half-day helicopter tour from Kathmandu. If you're not the climbing type or just don't have a ton of time in Nepal, this tour allows you to see the majesty of Everest or Kalapathar in just a short half-day. Learn about the history and geology of the region through guided commentary and get unparalleled photo opportunities from the windows of the helicopter.
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  • 4 hours
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$1,340.00
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$1,340.00

Nagarkot Full-Day Hiking Tour from Kathmandu

Nagarkot Full-Day Hiking Tour from Kathmandu

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Hike from Changu Narayan Temple to Nagarkot on a full-day tour from Kathmandu that provides a memorable experience of rural Nepal. Your guide leads you on a walk that takes you from UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changu Narayan, and through small villages and scenic countryside. Soak in sweeping views of the Himalayas during your moderately challenging hike, which takes about four hours. Eat lunch at a restaurant near Nagarkot, and have free time before watching the sunset over the mountains. Includes guide, and hotel pick-up and drop-off.
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  • 11 hours
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$110.00
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Mountain Biking Day Trip to Surrounding Hill near Kathmandu

Mountain Biking Day Trip to Surrounding Hill near Kathmandu

Go mountain biking over the rugged terrain of Nepal’s lower Great Himalayan Trail — a mountain biker’s dream adventure come true! This private tour departs Kathmandu on a cycling journey to the village of Chobhar with your own personal guide. Spend an hour sightseeing before continuing on to Kirtipur via the old trail. Have lunch with hilltop views of the stunning peaks of the Himalayas, then visit a temple and Kirtipur Bazaar before retracing your ride back to Kathmandu.
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  • 6 hours
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$170.00
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Private Half Day Panauti Tour in Kathmandu Nepal

Private Half Day Panauti Tour in Kathmandu Nepal

Escape the Kathmandu hawkers and get off the beaten track—for now!—on this door-to-door private half-day tour of the little city of Panauti. Discover the picture-perfect Newari temples which line the banks of a sacred spot where two rivers and an invisible river come together, with a guide to explain their meaning and significance.
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  • 5 hours
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$65.00
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Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha Day Hiking Trip from Kathmandu

Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha Day Hiking Trip from Kathmandu

Experience Nepali culture and nature on a full-day tour to Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha. Courtesy transportation conveniently begins and ends at your Kathmandu accommodation. After a visit to the Kali Temple, hike through rural villages and rolling hills to Namo Buddha, which offers an unparalleled vista of the surrounding area. Cap off your cultural experience with lunch at a local restaurant, before return to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$108.00
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Bhaktapur Half Day Tour

Bhaktapur Half Day Tour

Bhaktapur is one of Nepal’s most stunning and best-preserved medieval cities, but visiting the UNESCO-listed heritage site usually involves a costly taxi ride. Skip the hassles on this private guided tour of all the standout sights, from pagoda temples to centuries-old Malla palaces. Listen to detailed commentary on the history of Nepal’s monarchies, topped off by a tasty local lunch.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour to Nagarkot Sunrise & Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Private Tour to Nagarkot Sunrise & Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Nagarkot is one of the best places near Kathmandu to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. On this handy private tour you won’t have to worry about hailing a taxi early in the morning to get you to Nagarkot in time. You’ll be picked up early so you reach Nagarkot for the sunrise. A bonus of this tour is that you’ll also visit the must-visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square afterwards.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$140.00
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