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Kathmandu Valley and Nagarkot

5 days 4 nights

Code NP-KN3

Category Nepal Classic Tours

  • Group Size 1-16
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 7.200 ft.
  • Trip Starts From Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends At Kathmandu
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Tours
  • Season Spring, fall and winter
  • Destination Kathmandu Patan Nagarkot Bhaktapur
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Enjoy the serene nature of Nagarkot along with the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley! Nagarkot, situated at an elevation of 7,200 ft., lies 20 miles (32km) north east of Kathmandu and is renowned for gorgeous mountain and valley panorama views.

In this trip, we visit the UNESCO recognized Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and the durbar squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. We stroll through the narrow alleys of the medieval cities and take scenic drive on the winding road through the terraced fields and village to Nagarkot where we spend a night, enjoying the nature! 


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrival in Kathmandu

Kathmandu altitude (1300m/4260 ft.)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, clear immigration and custom process and you will be met by our representative at the arrival gate and transfer to your hotel in the city. You will have time to settle in before your guide will take you on the tour.

First, visit the 2000 years old, legendary Swayambhunath Stupa, also nick-named as "Monkey Temple" due to a good monkey population in the area. Besides the main shrine, there are two active Buddhist monasteries and several other shrines. The stupa sits atop a hill 80m (262 ft.) above the valley floor and provides a good view over the valley. 

Next, we visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the old capital of Nepal where we visit the old Royal Palace complex and cluster of temples. Parts of the palace and some temples have been damaged due to earthquake of Apr 2015. We visit the temple of Kumari - the Living Goddess of Nepal, among others.

Now, we take rickshaw ride through Indrachowk and Asson - the traditional business hub of medieval Nepal. The streets are vibrant with the activities of vendors and buyers.

In the evening, enjoy Nepali welcome dinner hosted by our local representative. 

Overnight at hotel.


Meals : Dinner
Day 02~Kathmandu

Patan is famed as the City of Arts and Crafts. Visit the Durbar Square area where you will visit the main courtyard of the palace, Krishna Temple, Golden temple and many others. Walk along the narrow streets of Patan, abundant with craft shops, silver jewelries and sounds of hammers and chisel from the craft work-shops.

From here, return to your hotel and take rest or if you want, the driver will drop you at Thamel, the famous tourist hub for handicraft shopping. You can wander about on your own and take a cab back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Nagarkot

Nagarkot altitude 6,560 ft.

Make a separate pack for one-night outing in Nagarkot and leave the rest of the luggage at the hotel.

First, we visit some major attractions before heading to Nagarkot. Boudhanath Stupa will be our first stop. This claims to be the biggest Buddhist stupa in Nepal! This is also among the most revered Buddhist shrine for Buddhist people. Besides the main shrine, there is a number of Buddhist monasteries associated with different Buddhist schools. The area is predominantly Tibetan and reminds of Barkhor Square of Lhasa.

Our next stop will be at Pashupatinath Temple - the holiest Hindu Temple of Nepal. The temple is situated on the bank of sacred Bagmati River a tributary of holy Ganges. The main temple sanctum is reserved for Hindu worships and rituals and non-Hindus are not allowed inside but we will be still able to view the temple and rituals inside from other side of the river. The river also provides sites for Hindu funeral services.

Now, we continue to Bhaktapur - the smallest of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley, but the best preserved in its original form! Bhaktapur served as the capital of United Nepal before it split in to three (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur) in the mid-14th century. We visit the former palace complex with beautiful Golden Gate, the palace of 55 windows, the royal bath tank,etc. We take leisurely stroll on the cobbled street and visit the 5-storied Nyatapola Temple, Duttratraya Temple, and Pottery Square among others.

Now, we take 45 minutes long scenic drive on the winding road that goes through the villages and terraced fields to Nagarkot.

Overnight at Nagarkot.



Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Kathmandu

Early morning, enjoy the spectacular sunrise view over the Himalaya! On a clear weather day, we will see a 180-degree view of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalaya! We don't have this luck during the monsoon season but we will definitely enjoy the views of the lush and verdant valley.

After breakfast, take a light walk to the village and hills of Nagarkot and later you are transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the airport for flight back home or to your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • Daily breakfast at your hotel.
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • Sightseeing admission fees (except camera and museum entrances).
  • All transfers and tour by a private vehicle.

Trip Does Not Include

  • Airfares and airport taxes.
  • Lunch and dinner.
  • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Any extra expenses or loss caused due to nature and unforeseen events.

Trip Difficulty Level, Road and Transport.

This is basically motor vehicle based tour suitable for travelers of all ages with regular health condition. The highest altitude that we attain in this trip is 2000m (6,560 ft.) at Nagarkot and so we can stay worry free about altitude sickness. Sightseeing involves no significant hiking. A typical sightseeing day would be 6-7 hour long with 1 hour lunch break. We provide good condition vehicles which are mid-size sedan car or SUVs or vans, depending on the group size. Drivers may speak little or no English. Chances of getting flat tires and mechanical breakdowns cannot be declined due to weather and road conditions but our drivers are capable of taking the situation under control. We just need your cooperation and flexibility, when something unexpected happens during the tour.


We provide choice of accommodations from 3 star in the budget category, 4 star in the first class and 5 star in the deluxe category. Rooms are well furnished and you will have TV, refrigerator, phone etc.


The tour includes daily breakfast only and one Nepali welcome Nepali dinner. All the hotels do have on site restaurants and also in walking distance. Budget $10-15 for a meal, depending on selection of your restaurant.


Our guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Most importantly they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services. Guide and driver is not the same person.

International and internal airfares

You will book your international airfare on your own and provide us your flight information. We can also help you find good fares through our air ticket consolidator on your request. We will take care of internal airfares-flight from Bangkok to Paro or on the return from Kathmandu back to Bangkok. If your trip starts from Delhi or Kathmandu, we can book your internal airfare accordingly. All internal airfares are booked locally. Local airport taxes may or may not include in the fare.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel and there should be enough blank pages for entry and exit seals. You can obtain Nepal visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or you can obtain it from nearest Nepali embassy abroad. Nepal visa costs US$ 25 for 15 days with multiple entry provision. A passport size photo has to be affixed on the application and if you want to apply visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, please pay visa fee in cash US$.

Best time for this trip

This trip can be undertaken throughout the year but definitely October and November are the best months when temperatures are mild, skies are clear and we have clear visibility. The second best season is from March through early May. Temperatures are still mild and we have rhododendrons and other wild flowers in bloom during this season.

Booking and payment schedule

US$ 300 is requested at the time of booking. Balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. Balance payment by credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee.


Kathmandu: Holy Himalaya

Nagarkot: Country Villa

Kathmandu: Hotel Shambhala

Nagarkot: Club Himalaya

Kathmandu: Soaltee Crowne Plaza or Yak and Yeti

Nagarkot: Club Himalaya

Hotels subject to availability.

Add Ons

Chitwan Jungle Safari

US$ 170

Chitwan Jungle Safari

A 2 nights and 3 days jungle safari package in Chitwan National Park proves great scope of jungle safari rides and its worthy taking this trip as an add on to your trekking or cultural tour of Nepal Himalayas.

Ride on elephant back or drive your four-wheeler to view wild animals in their natural habitat or you might escape for a canoe rides on the jungle rivers. One can also have a memorable nature walks, bird watching excursions, village and cultural tours.

Chitwan National Park stands today as a successful testimony of nature conservation in South Asia. The park covers a pristine area of 932 sq. km and rich in flora and fauna. Situated about 160 km (100 miles) Southwest from Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park has been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1984. The national park is home to the Great One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, 4 species of deer and many other mammal, reptiles and birds.

Package Price

River View Jungle Camp or similar: US$ 180 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package.

Jungle Villa Resort or similar: US$ 250 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package

Barahi Jungle Camp: US$ 550 per person for 2 nights/3 days' package.

Package includes:

2 nights' accommodation on double occupancy basis, full board, national park fee and jungle safari activities.

Package does not include:

Transportation, personal expenses such as drinks, tipping, laundry etc.


Everest View Flight

US$ 215

Mountain Flight

Buddha Air and other major domestic airlines of Nepal operate one hour daily mountain flight over the Himalayas - a wonderful opportunity to view Mount Everest and other majestic peaks without venturing into a laborious trekking. Of the fourteen peaks higher than 8000 meters, eight are in Nepal. Although there is no denying that walking up and down the hills for a close up view of the Himalaya is very much worth the effort, this we have to confess is not for everyone, due to the physical and time requirements. Buddha Air’s Everest Experience is meant especially for those who don’t want to leave Nepal without touching the sacred and majestic Himalaya. To get the best of the weather conditions in the mountains where strong winds start blowing gathering clouds and raising snow plumes which block the view as the day progresses ahead, mountain flights take place early in the morning. Mountain flight is something you don’t want to miss while you are traveling in Nepal.


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