One Day Activities

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:01 day
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Easy
  • Transportation: Private vehicles
  • Best Time:March to May and Sept to Dec

Overview

DAY ITINERARY

Option 1(5-6 hours)

 Swayambhunath
Earlier Kathmandu valley was a lake, but later Bodhisattva Manjushree came from China and cut a gorge in a southern hill. Manjushree drained the water to worship a lotus which was in the Swayambhu hill. After that only settlement has increased in Kathmandu valley, so the history of Kathmandu valley begins from the Swayambhu temple. Tibetan monks, Brahmin priests and Newar nuns are the major worshipers here. Most of the monasteries have huge prayer wheels, fine Buddhist paintings and special butter lamps all add an elegant touch to the Swayambhu. You can see a pleasant view of whole Kathmandu valley with a Green surrounding of hills from every side.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan (Lalitpur),a city of fine arts especially for art lovers and enthusiasts which is the home of Nepalese arts, architecture, traditions, and crafts drawing mainly from religious customs. . Enclosed within four Buddhist stupas set on the four corners of the outer boundaries of this ancient city which are said to have been built in the 3rd century A.D. by Emperor Ashoka. Patan Durbar has many famous sites and unique architectures –  Krishna Mandi, Bhimsen temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabhihar are just a few among the temples offering you an ecstasy of paintings, wood, and metal carvings.

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. There are linga images of Shiva along with statues, shrines, and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A temple dedicated to Shiva existed at this site in AD 879. However, the present temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1697. A gold-plated roof, silver doors, and woodcarvings of the finest quality decorate the pagoda construction. Guheswari Temple, restored in AD 1653, represents the female “force”. It is dedicated to Satidevi, Shiva’s first wife, who gave up her life in the flames of her father’s fire ritual.
A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eighth-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. Some other places to visit are Rajrajeswari Temple, built in 1407, Kailas with lingas more than 1,400 years old, Gorakhnath temple, and the courtyard of Biswarup
The Bagmati River flows close by and the Arya Ghat cremation grounds are here. We strongly advise photographers not to take photos of cremations and of bereaved families. Sadhus, sages who follow the lifestyle of Shiva, may be seen covered in ashes and loin-cloths. They ask for money in case you want to take their photos. The main Pashupatinath courtyard may be entered by those of the Hindu faith only.

Boudhanath
Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath. They established many gompas, and the “Little Tibet” of Nepal was born. This “Little Tibet” is still the best place in the Valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle. Monks walk about in maroon robes. Tibetans walk with prayer wheels in their hands, and the rituals of prostration are presented to the Buddha as worshipers circumambulate the stupa on their hands and knees, bowing down to their lord. Many people believe that Bouddhanath was constructed in the fifth century, but definite proof is lacking.

Drive back to the hotel,  Refresh and take rest for a while. In the evening be ready for dinner with cultural shows (if you like) and overnight.

Option 2(5-6 hours)

Nagarkot
A vehicle will be waiting for you at the airport to take you towards the north-eastern rim of the valley that is Nagarkot. Nagarkot is about 25 km and approximately 01 hours drive from the airport. Nagarkot offers enchanting views of mountains and rural serenity. Nagarkot, situated at the height of 2175m, provides a view extends all the way from Dhaulagiri in the west past Mt. Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east. You will be enjoying a warm delicious Breakfast with the panoramic view of mountains, terraced hillside, and farmhouses.
You will take a short walk from Nagarkot along a ridge to the world heritage site Changu Narayan temple – with views of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktapur to the left to experience a short hiking. You will reach to Changu Narayan Temple.

Changu Narayan Temple
Changu Narayan is believed to be the most ancient monument signifies the artistic, religious, cultural, historical and archaeological viewpoint. Changu Narayan is one of the world heritage sites, listed on the UNESCO’s world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley in 1979 to view ancient arts this temple is just to see. The temple has more than sixteen hundred years of Nepalese art history presenting some of the best samples of stone, wood and metal craft. Mainly, there is a statue of Lord Vishnu (Narayan) and others things we can see in the temple are the historical pillar, the statue of Garuda, Malla king and queen, Chandra Narayan, a temple of Chinnamasta, Kileshwor and an ancient stone steps, spouts as well as pounds.
Again, drive from Changunarayan to Bhaktapur Durbar square. It will take about 15 minutes and will reach Bhaktapur Durbar Square and you will enjoy a lunch over there.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar square is a large and more spacious conglomeration of stone art, metal art, wood carving, terracotta art, and architectural showpieces. Tourists visiting the square also take the time to relax and observe other wonderful happenings in the square like temple yards, busy and color-full open markets, women’s making clay-pots, weaving, sun-drying crops, and vegetable products. The main attraction of the square is the Golden Gate, 55 window palace, Vatsala temple, Rameshwar and Kedarnath temple, stone Temple of Siddhilaxmi, octagonal structure etc.

Optional activities in the early morning;

Early in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel at 05:30 am, drive to the domestic airport for your day tour starting with refreshing panoramic Mountain View that’s the world’s best mountain flight. Flying at 7:30 am within a few minutes after takeoff the highest peak of the world Everest greets you. You will be able to glance and capture the spectacular view of numerous dangling mountains from a reasonable height in your camera. The scenery and conversing of the Snow River, avalanche and white glittering snowcapped peaks will enchant you and take you to the world of frantically making your journey a memorable one. The helpful air hostess will be standby to brief you about the passing by peaks. Mountain flight will be about one hour. 

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Reviews

Amazing trek with this company!! I wouldn’t do it with anyone else. Our guide Nirmal was the best!

This company goes above and beyond! They think of every detail and take care of all the trekking needs including accommodations, food, water tablets, medical emergencies, etc. Our guide Nirmal was extremely familiar with the trail, he was attentive - making sure everyone was taken care of, made us laugh the entire way, gave great advice/tips/recommendations for a successful trek, generous (carried some of the day packs up when they were feeling tired), encouraged us and more! I was so impressed with how well thought out everything was and I loved that I didn’t have to worry about the details and all I had to do was show up. The other guides and porters were all just as fun, thoughtful, and accommodating. I would highly recommended these guys for the EBC trek!

Jessgemza,
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Best trek in the world

In March i completed the Everest High Pass trek with Trekking Planner and had all the support i needed from Trekking planner from planning the trip, to arriving in Nepal and then completing the trek. I had an amazing guide in Gyeljen, whose knowledge of the area was the best! This meant I was able to make it over the passes when many other groups didn't due to the weather. He helped with all the accommodation and provided great advice to help me deal with the altitude and very cold weather as these were a new challenge to me. The whole team and Dipak were very welcoming and funny and this meant the trek and then the visit to Chitwan afterwards was one of the best experiences of my life! Would highly recommend and planning to return sometime soon.

Sam B,
TripAdvisor

Best Guide for trekking in the Himalyas

Everest Base Camp is such an amazing trek, but to have the best, kindest and funniest guide, who encouraged our team all the way and back, made my trek extra special. Nirmal Lamichhane your knowledge of all the mountains are incredible and you knew everyone on the trek. Watching you interact with the rest of the guides, they clearly have great respect for you. You are a natural leader. You are ambitious and know where you want to be in the future and I applaud you for studying while doing treks and taking people up into the mountains.

I enjoyed your stories and games along the way especially the last 2 hours before reaching Namche when it was up, up and up (your way of saying it is very steep). When I fell ill and gotten worse you were there all the way alongside me to help and encourage. The morning after reaching Base Camp when I was faced with being evacuated from Gorakshep, you told me that you believe that I could finish the trek and you would be there all the way if I choose to do so. Seeing the helicopter leave was hard but you believed in me and it made all the difference. Thank you so much.

Nirmal carried my bag on our decent in order for me to be able to breath better (I had bad flue, borderline bronchitis). Out of his own pocket, he bought us Fanta, lollypops, gum .... anything to lift moral on the last day down to Lukla. Our group had such fun with Nirmal.

If ever you need a guide, Nirmal is the perfect man for your trek. He does varies treks into the mountains, not only to Base Camp. Mountain expert, clued-up with flights to/ from Lukla, knows everyone and teahouses, can help with last minute gear, great knowledge about altitude sickness and knows how to take great photos (and how to pose, lol).

TrakkingPlanner and Travel Her Way are very lucky to have Nirmal as a guide.

The organising of my trip was great. Before leaving the UK, all my emails were answered promptly. Collecting from the airport, great accommodation in Kathmandu and the tea houses we stayed at on our trek was great. We were taken to a welcoming dinner at a local Nepali restaurant. What an experience. They also arrange for a farewell dinner back in Kathmandu - all included in the price. The care and detail was appreciated. Fruit and biscuits at dinner while on the trek- and the guides carried all of it all the way. Taking our oxygen levels after every meal to make sure we were in great shape.

All in all I had the best experience! Thank you Trekking Planner.

Janettie W,
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I have just had the best travel experience of my life.

What a trip!

What a great buch of guys at Nepal Trekking Planner!

Dipak and his team made my trip so easy, simple and enjoyable - I can't still hardly believe it.

I felt totally safe and fully supported - which was a big thing for me as I was unsure how the high altitude would affect me. I needn't have worried as my guide Ananta and porter Ganesh were brilliant - really helpful, patient and firendly. Every night my blood/oxygen saturation was checked which gave me real confidence. Not many of the guides from different agencies were doing this which suprised me a little.

I had 16 days in the mountains and enjoyed every minute. As things became harder or easier, my intinery was flexible with Ananta very willing recommmend alternatives and to make changes to suit. This made a real difference and I really felt that I got the most from my trek.

I'm not one for recommending and over-praising but Dipak, Ananta and Ganesh all went the extra mile to make it all very special indeed.

Well done guys and (funds permitting) see you next year!

phil4868,
TripAdvisor

Brilliant service

Just finished the EBC trip with Trekking Planner. Brilliant service from Prajol in Kathmandu who covered my every need with cheerfulness. My guide on the trek, Sudip, was excellent throughout ensuring I made it to Kala Pattar despite a severe headache. He was great fun and was ably supported by Damact (?) as my porter. All in all I really aprecated the service from Dipak and his team and recommend them wholeheartedly.

Graham H,
TripAdvisor Cockermouth, United Kingdom

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