Top 10 Things to do in Kathmandu

Are you traveling to Kathmandu in Nepal? Here’s a list of our favorite attractions and the top 10 things to do in Kathmandu as a tourist!

The spring and summer season is typically the best time to visit Nepal, and it’s a favorable time to go hiking in the areas near Kathmandu as well as trekking the Annapurna and Mount Everest. 

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Swayambhunath Temple

This superb temple complex is located on a hill in the west of Kathmandu and is also known as the “Monkey Temple”, thanks to the sacred monkeys living in the north-western parts of the temple complex. A must place to visit when traveling to Kathmandu!

Kopa Temple

A gated community of Buddhist monks and nuns, where you have the chance to learn meditation and yoga. Try to come here as early in the morning as possible to see morning rituals.

Trekking / Hiking

Many who travel to Nepal come here to hike in the Himalayas. From Kathmandu many of the guided tours are available, and it is also here that it is best to book different hiking packages. There is also the opportunity to walk on your own, and some of the certificates need to be fixed in Kathmandu. Other permits can be fixed along the way.

Whichever you choose, Nepal has some of the most scenic trails of varying heights and difficulty levels. But it’s a good idea to read up on a few things to know before you travel to Nepal.

Garden of Dreams

A beautiful green oasis in the center of Kathmandu, which gives you the chance to get peace and quiet in the usually hectic traffic and the crowd. The air quality in Kathmandu is often quite poor because of all the traffic, take the opportunity therefore to get some fresh air in this wonderful garden.


Thamel is according to many the heart and soul of Kathmandu’s chaos. If you are unsure of what to do in Kathmandu, so you always have something to do in Thamel. Shops and markets here are open from morning to evening. In the alleys around the Thamel you can find nice and cheap bargains.

Boudhanath Stupa

This is one of the Buddhist most sacred buildings. Buddhists come here from all over the world to show their respects. We suggest getting here in the morning between 7 and 8 when the monks and locals perform their morning prayers.

Durbar Square

A historic square with temples, shops, stalls full of people in a great atmosphere. A stroll here is one of the must things to do in Kathmandu.

See sunrise/sunset in Nagarkot and Dhulikhel

Two of Nepal’s most popular places to see the Himalayas from a distance. It’s especially beautiful at sunrise or sunset. During the summer months when visibility is clear these locations are offering some of the world’s most powerful views without a doubt.

Pashupatinath Temple

Visit one of Kathmandu’s most important Hindu temple and take the chance to see the ancient traditions and rituals. Just as in many other places in the world that differs from our own Western world, you have to have an open mind. Pashupatinath offer an unforgettable experience and is often a highlight for many visitors in Kathmandu.

Take a flight over the Himalayas and Mount Everest

A common activity where you depart from Kathmandu in a private aircraft to fly over the Himalayas and its peaks, including Mount Everest. The flights are very cheap compared to what it would cost in other parts of the world. If you have no plans to climb a mountain in the area, then we can recommend this to come as close as possible and to experience some of the best views in the world.

Travel to Pokhara

Pokhara is a hiker’s heaven and the gateway to Annapurna Circuit. There’s also a beautiful lakeside district and the landscapes are truly something magical. The easiest way to reach Pokhara is by flight from Kathmandu, and when you arrive you’ll notice that there are many things to do in Pokhara.

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