After breakfast we have arranged a walking tour of this fascinating historic city, visiting the bazaar and temples of old Kathmandu, accompanied by a local Nepali guide.
Much of the day to day life of Kathmandu takes place in the local bazaar: a fascinating mixture of people selling spices; potters spinning their wheels; rickshaw wallahs honking their horns and the ever present sacred cow wandering amongst it all.
We end up in Durbar Square at the heart of the city. There should be free time this afternoon to visit nearby Patan.
In the morning there is the opportunity to take a flight to see Mount Everest (optional, weather permitting) which gives outstanding views of the Everest region. Local airlines operate this flight every morning. It lasts 1 hour and offers outstanding views of Mount Everest before turning back to Kathmandu. There will be views from both sides of the aircraft as those on the left get good views on the outbound leg and those on the right get them on the return.
Afterwards we plan to visit the temple of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River, the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal, and also to visit Bodnath, the largest stupa in the country and a destination for Buddhist pilgrims from all over Nepal. The afternoon is free for sightseeing or shopping.
During the afternoon, there is the opportunity of an optional visit to Bhaktapur, two beautifully preserved cities within the Kathmandu Valley, both of which have retained much or their medieval character and contain some notable 17th century art.
© Gary Bennett