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Explore the Best of Kathmandu during Trekking: Uncover Unforgettable Experiences!

Published: 31st Oct, 2023


Greetings from Nepal's thriving capital city, Kathmandu! Don't pass up the chance to check out some of this magical city's most captivating sites as you set off on your trekking trip. In addition to its amazing mountain peaks and exhilarating hiking routes, Kathmandu has a rich cultural past that enthralls tourists. To make sure you have an amazing and fulfilling experience, we will walk you through the top activities to do in Kathmandu during your trekking adventure in this blog post. With activities ranging from shopping expeditions to sightseeing trips, Kathmandu has something for everyone to enjoy.

Kathmandu: A Wealth of Cultural Treasures

It's important to understand the core of Kathmandu before diving into the many things it has to offer. The historic city of Kathmandu exhibits a striking blend of Buddhist and Hindu traditions. There are several temples, monasteries, and UNESCO World Heritage sites across the city, and they are all quite captivating and will definitely enthrall you. As you stroll through the energetic streets, you'll be met with friendly faces, busy marketplaces, and a dynamic atmosphere that reflects the city's rich historical legacy, making your trip genuinely unforgettable.

Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour 

To truly appreciate Kathmandu's cultural heritage, we recommend booking a sightseeing tour that includes visits to Patan and Bhaktapur. This tour of Patan/Lalitpur and Bhaktapur provides an enthralling combination of two nearby cities that are tucked away in the Kathmandu Valley. Lalitpur, another name for Patan, means "city of fine arts and crafts," whereas Bhaktapur means "city of devotion." With their identical castle buildings and regal courtyards, both cities are wonderful travel destinations.

They differ in their historical and religious roots, despite these commonalities. They were autonomous kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley in the past, ruled by the Malla dynasty from the ninth to the seventeenth centuries. They weren't united into the modern-day nation of Nepal until much later, during the Shah reign. Today, tourists may see the ruins of this fascinating past, which includes historic structures with extraordinary architectural skill. 

Travel to Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you'll be mesmerised by the 55 Window Palace's and Nyatapola Temple's captivating architecture. You can fully immerse yourself in the minute details of these historic marvels with our guided excursions, which provide an in-depth overview of the history and artistic legacy of the area. You may obtain a profound understanding of the region's creative tradition by exploring Durbar Square and its rich cultural tapestry, which brings together the tales of Nepal's past. 

Experiencing the magnificence of Nyatapola Temple and the sophisticated architecture of 55 Window Palace is more than simply a sightseeing excursion; it's a trip through time that reveals the historical significance and architectural genius of these famous sites.

Kathmandu Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Kathmandu boasts an astonishing seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, each offering a unique glimpse into Nepal's rich cultural tapestry. An intriguing way to discover Kathmandu's historic and religious places is to take a full-day sightseeing tour. Despite being a semi-modern metropolis, it still has the old mythological grandeur and old historical context. The powerful sword of the saint and angel Manjushree once drained a massive lake. who arrived from Tibet and China to let the water out, transforming the valley of Kathmandu into a lush one. 

The full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu includes important historical, religious, and cultural sites, such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa, offering a comprehensive exploration of the city's heritage.  Below is the comprehensive description provided:

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

The following morning, by no later than 8:30 a.m. You will be met by our city/cultural guide and taken for a brief drive to Hanuman Dhoka, the city center. In Kathmandu, Old Durbar Square is a lively center of culture, featuring old buildings, monuments, and stores. The architectural prowess of the Malla dynasty, which ruled from the seventh to the nineteenth centuries, is demonstrated by this historic square. One of its most famous sights is the Kasthamandap Temple, an amazing building made entirely of one tree that never fails to astound tourists. The Living Goddess's customary dwelling, Kumari Ghar, is another fascinating location in the plaza that evokes mystery and tradition. The captivating sight of Kal Bhairab, which enhances Old Durbar Square's charm, should not be missed. A well-known monument perched atop a hillside, Swayambhunath, is only a short drive away. This location is very significant both culturally and religiously, in addition to providing expansive views of Kathmandu. Discovering Swayambhunath is essential since it offers not only breathtaking views but also a thorough look at Kathmandu's rich culture and spirituality. 

Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple):

Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, is a massive stupa dome. The Swayambhunath forest is home to a huge population of Rhesus species monkeys. Perched atop a hill, the Stupa is a patchwork of tiny Chaitiya and pagoda temples, each representing one of the main five Mahayana (Lamaism) and one Hinayana (Therbadist). There's a significant Buddhist shrine nearby called Manjushree. 

Pashupatinath Temple:

Pashupatinath is a sacred Hindu temple with a golden pagoda roof that is devoted to Lord Shiva. Four cardinal sides of the shrine are sculpted in silver. The entire Hindu population regards the temple, which is located on the banks of the sacred Baghmati River, as a sacred place. Additionally the focal point of the Shiva-Ratri pilgrimage on that day. The Hindu Lunar calendar dates the auspicious day of Shiva's birth anniversary to be in February.

Boudhanath Stupa:

Huge dome monuments at Bouddhanath Stupa are just a short journey north after seeing the Hindu Pashupatinath temple. Because so many people who visit and live in Bouddhanath are of Tibetan descent, the area is sometimes referred to as Little Tibet. Built by King Man Deb in the sixth century A.D., the ancient Chorten is the largest Buddhist stupa in Asia. Take a moment to stroll around this magnificent structure and soak in the tranquil atmosphere while spinning the prayer wheels.

Enjoy lunch following an interesting tour and a visit to the monasteries that encircle the Stupa. There are numerous top-notch rooftop eateries in the area that overlook the stunning Bouddhanath Stupa.

Visiting these UNESCO heritage sites will transport you through centuries of history, providing a deeper connection to Nepal's cultural heritage.

After our fantastic full-day tour of Kathmandu, we head back to the hotel via car.

Shopping Haven: An Exploration into Kathmandu's Retail Therapy

A trip to Kathmandu wouldn't be complete without going on a fun shopping spree. The city is a shopaholic's paradise, with vibrant marketplaces and secret gems just waiting to be discovered. Everything from distinctive handicrafts to traditional clothing is available to suit every taste and inclination. Here are a few shopping hotspots to explore:


Located in the heart of Kathmandu, Thamel is a vibrant district teeming with shops, cafes, and guesthouses. Thamel is a treasure trove of magnificent items, not just a place to shop. Numerous handicraft stores may be found throughout the region, each providing a distinctive example of Nepal's rich artistic legacy. Enjoy the detailed artistry of Thangka paintings, peruse shelves filled with medicinal items, and find a variety of teas that encapsulate the spirit of the Himalayas. Explore a universe filled with gems, statues, and stones, each with a unique tale to tell. Savor the refinement of genuine Pashmina goods, wrap yourself in the cosy winter attire, and prepare for adventures with the best hiking gear. Take a rickshaw tour through its narrow lanes to get a different viewpoint of this bustling neighbourhood.When night falls, Thamel becomes a hive of activity where people may enjoy the lively nightlife of the city. Pubs and clubs welcome guests.

Durbar Marg:

Durbar Marg offers a varied shopping experience that suits all preferences, perfectly capturing Kathmandu's blend of elegance and heritage. Fashion fans are welcome to explore the newest trends or take a leisurely stroll in this affluent area, which features a harmonious blend of local boutiques and worldwide brands. Durbar Marg offers a plethora of restaurants that entice the senses and create an opulent, welcoming ambiance, making it more than just a shopping destination. Along with the bright casinos and bustling nightlife, the neighborhood is also teeming with excitement. Durbar Marg is a thriving center for entertainment, leisure, and indulgence. Five-star hotels like as Hotel Annapurna and Hotel Yak & Yeti provide opulent lodgings, while clubs are alive with the sounds of music and excitement.

Ason Bazaar:

Asan Bazaar is more than a marketplace; it's a sensory adventure, where the colorful sights, lively sounds, and enticing scents create an unforgettable journey. Here, you can not only buy spices, herbs, and traditional Nepali handicrafts but also indulge in the genuine warmth of Nepali hospitality, leaving you with cherished memories of your shopping escapade in this vibrant market.

Take Part in the Exciting Asan Tour with Our Knowledgeable Guides

Asan Bazaar stands as a bustling shopping haven in Kathmandu, renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and cultural offerings. This market, bustling with crowds, is a testament to Nepal's rich heritage, where traditional attire often outweighs Western clothing, catering to the cultural preferences of the local people. Asan Bazaar is not just a shopping destination; it's an experience. The market offers affordable clothing options, making it an ideal spot for budget-friendly shopping.

 With our knowledgeable guide by your side, you'll have the opportunity to fully explore Asan Bazaar, delving into its unique offerings. One of the market's highlights is the vegetable section, where local farmers sell their homegrown produce. This glimpse into Nepali agriculture adds a touch of authenticity to your shopping experience. Visiting Asan Bazaar is not just about making purchases; it's about immersing yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Nepal's culture. The warmth and hospitality of the market's people create an atmosphere filled with positive energy, making you feel welcome and cherished. 

To avoid overwhelming first-time tourists, we strongly advise touring Asan with a guide that we give. Our expert guides will ensure that you experience the true essence of Asan, from tasting local delicacies to discovering hidden treasures.

Remember to sharpen your bargaining skills and embrace the art of negotiation as you interact with friendly local shopkeepers.


Don't miss the chance to discover Kathmandu's incredible cultural legacy while trekking across the area. Whether you choose to take guided tours, see UNESCO World Heritage sites, indulge in retail therapy, or explore the vibrant Asan bazaar, Kathmandu offers a plethora of enlightening experiences. Take in the lively atmosphere of the city, mingle with the hospitable inhabitants, and make lifelong memories that will remain long after your trekking excursion. Let us help you explore the hidden treasures of Kathmandu; we'll make sure your visit is not just remarkable but incredibly satisfying. 

Please contact Treklanders Adventures with any other questions you may have about tours and trekking. Our commitment is to always be available for you and to immediately attend to your needs. Our first priority is to give our clients excellent service. You may be confident that we put your satisfaction first. Please contact us by email at, via Viber, or WhatsApp at +977 9851019683, or by joining us today. We're excited to be of assistance to you on your next trips!

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Anshu Thapa

Anshu Thapa is the Managing Director of a Treklanders Adventures Pvt.Ltd. She is a highly experienced and accomplished trekking and mountaineering professional with ex...

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