Itinerary Details

Upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative and you will be transferred to your hotel, where you can relax, before embarking on your first exploration of Kathmandu.

In the afternoon, you will head to a hill on the west side of Kathmandu to visit the Swayambhunath complex (also known as the Monkey Temple). The complex has been in use since the 5th century and consists of a magnificent domed stupa and a variety of shrines and temples. Each temple is extremely ornate and richly Decemberorated with gold and vibrant prayer flags. However, it is not only the spiritual décor that draws the visitors’ attention, since a large community of friendly monkeys promise to entertain you.

You will end the day with a welcome dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurants with traditional ethnic music and dance.

Accommodation: Aloft Kathmandu or similar.

You will start the day with an invigorating morning yoga session at the hotel (approx. 1 hr).

Then, after breakfast, you will head to Budanilkantha (a 40-min. drive) to embark on a hiking adventure in the Shivapuri National Park. The park is on the north of the Kathmandu Valley and offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature while remaining relatively close to the city. There, you will see many hiking and mountain biking trails, and on a clear day you may see the snow-capped mountains on the north. The meditative setting of the forest will also become the space for one more yoga session, before you return to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Duration of the hike: 3-4 hrs.
Difficulty level: easy-moderate
Duration of yoga session: 1 hour.

Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the vibrant neighborhood of Thamel at your own pace.

Accommodation: Aloft Kathmandu or similar.

After another morning yoga session (approx. 1 hr), you will check out and head to Changunarayan (approx. a 2-hr drive) and Changu Narayan Temple: a sacred temple revered by Hindu devotees. From there, you will begin your hike to Nagarkot: a hill station at an altitude of 2,195 meters with amazing views of the Kathmandu valley surrounded by imposing mountain peaks. During the hike, you will explore colorful hills, ancient and unique temples, ethnic villages, and small but freshwater cascades. It is one of the easiest and most enjoyable hiking trails in Kathmandu and Nepal.

Duration of the hike: 3.5 hours.
Difficulty level: Easy-moderate

Upon arrival at your hotel, you will check in and relax before another yoga session in the evening (approx. 1 hr.), enveloped by the tranquil mountain atmosphere.

Accommodation: Hotel Club Himalaya or similar, Nagarkot.

After an early morning yoga session (approx. 1 hr) and breakfast, you will head to the Nagarkot 360 View Tower for breathtaking views. Nagarkot is one of best and most famous viewpoints, especially for sunrise and sunset views.

You will spend the morning hiking on the village’s trails (approx. 3 hrs), before returning to the hotel to relax.

You will wrap the day with an evening yoga session at sunset (approx. 1hr).

Accommodation: Hotel Club Himalaya or similar, Nagarkot.

After a morning session with views of the (approx. 1 hr), you will depart from Nagarkot, heading to Bhaktapur Durbar Square (40-min drive) to explore its rich cultural heritage. Spread over an area of 6.88 sq km, 12 km south-east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur (or Bhadgaon) showcases the splendor of the Golden Age of Nepali art and architecture. Built by King Anand Dev Malla in the 9th century, the city was Decemberlared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It has remained a model for heritage conservation since then. At the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you will find many fine examples of sculpture, woodcarving and pagodas dedicated to different gods and goddesses, for example the Nyatapol and Dattaraya Temples, the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 windows etc.

Afterwards, you will return to Kathmandu to relax and prepare for a New Year’s Eve celebration in Thamel.

Accommodation: Aloft Kathmandu or similar.

After breakfast, and depending on your departure details, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.