Kathmandu Travel Guide

Kathmandu is now a hub for travelers. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains like Phulchoki, Shivapuri, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. You will observe the exciting view of the magnificent and glorious ancient temples. Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan each have their own distinctive character. The three cities altogether is known as the Kathmandu Valley. It is the city of temples, art, culture, architecture and festivals.

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, the world’s finest historical, cultural and artistic city blessed by the Living Goddess Kumari. Since 1985, Kathmandu has been home to the headquarters of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).

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History of Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu was known as “Nepal Mandala”, “Kantipur” in olden days. It was known as “Nepa” or “Nepal” in the past before unification of Nepal. Even today in rural areas Kathmandu valley is known as Nepal among old generation. After unification of Nepal it became the capital city of Nepal. Aadhikabi Bhanubhakta Acharya, the great poet of Nepal has mentioned Kathmandu as Kantipur Nagari.

There is an interesting fact regarding name of Kathmandu. It comes from Kasthamandap, kastha means “wood” and mandap means “pavilion” in Sanskrit language. Kasthamandap which also known as Maru Satta in Nepalbhasa is located at Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is three-storey structure made entirely of wood without using iron nails and all the timber used to build the pagoda was obtained from a single big tree.

UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu

Kathmandu valley comprises of 7 UNESCO world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square has amazing architecture that showcases the skills of the Newa artisans of centuries ago. The old royal courtyards, city centers, temple grounds and general meeting places dating from the Malla era. All 15th and 16th-century stuff. These are popular tourist places in Kathmandu.

  1. Kathmandu Durbar square
  2. Patan durbar square
  3. Bhaktapur durbar square
  4. Swayambhunath
  5. Boudhanath Stupa
  6. Pashupatinath temple
  7. Changu Narayan Temple

Kathmandu Durbar square

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal, showcasing a stunning blend of historic palaces, temples, and courtyards. This ancient square is a cultural and architectural gem, reflecting the city’s royal history and serving as a focal point for festivals and ceremonies.

Patan durbar square

Patan Durbar Square, located in the city of Lalitpur, Nepal, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its exquisite medieval architecture, including palaces, temples, and courtyards. The square is a living museum, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural and artistic heritage of the Newar community and its historical royal palace.

Bhaktapur durbar square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal, is a stunning ensemble of medieval architecture, temples. The square preserves the rich cultural and artistic legacy of the Malla dynasty, showcasing Newa craftsmanship and serving as a captivating historical center.

Swayambhunath

swayambhunath stupa is an important center of Buddhism to the people around the globe, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Swayambhunath is worshiped by both the Buddhists and the Hindus.

Pashupatinath temple

Pashupatinath means Protector and Lord of all animals, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pashupatinath, is one of the most sacred temples in Nepal.

Boudhanath Stupa

It lies about 8 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. The stupa’s massive mandala and the watchful eyes of Buddha painted on its pinnacle symbolize enlightenment and wisdom. Surrounding the stupa are monasteries, shops, and a vibrant atmosphere where visitors can experience the rich Buddhist traditions.

Changu Narayan Temple

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site Changu Narayan Temple is a two-story pagoda style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Changu Narayan temple is the oldest temple in the Kathmandu valley, situated on a hilltop. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple displays intricate wood and stone carvings that showcase exceptional craftsmanship and artistic detail. Changu Narayan offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and serves as a peaceful retreat, attracting both pilgrims and tourists.

Hiking in Kathmandu and near by

The Kathmandu Valley Trek – A superb short spring trek but with more distant and at times hazy mountain views. However, rhododendrons and other spring flowers are in bloom and the trek offers a fine cross-section of village, culture and scenic beauty with excellent views over the foothills to the north and back into the beautiful Kathmandu Valley stretched out far below to the south. The sacred area of Shivapuri is visited before descending back into the valley via a Buddhist monastery and reaching the valley floor at the road head at Buddhanilkantha which has the temple of the reclining Vishnu. From here it takes half an hour’s drive back to Kathmandu.

Manichud hiking – It lies in the Shivapuri-Nagarjung National Park and the distance between Kathmandu and Manichud is 24 km.

Hiking in Nagarjun – It is one of the shortest destinations for hiking in Kathmandu inside the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.

Baghdwar hiking – Baghdwar is the origin of the holy Bagmati River. For Hindus and Buddhists, it is a sacred pilgrimage site.

Tarkeshwor hike – As mentioned in Swasthani barta katha, it is said that Tarkeshwor is the place where Sati Devi’s right thigh fell. Tarkeshwor Mahadev temple is located inside Shivapuri National Park near Pancha manae.

Hiking in Kakani – Kakani is popular for strawberry production and a hill station, located approximately 29 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu in the Nuwakot district.

Hiking in Nagarkot – From the Nagarkot, you can see the fantastic mountain views of the Khumbu ranges, Langtang ranges, Manaslu, Dorje Lakpa, Sisa Pagma, Choyu, Gauri Shankar, Mt Everest, etc.

Hiking in Namo Buddha – Namo Buddha is a very sacred place for the Buddhists. There is an amazing legend related to the Buddha.

Hiking in Dhulikhel – The main attractions are snow-capped mountains, landscapes, temples, viewpoints and Newari culture.

Phulchowki Hiking – The hill station is located 20 km from the city. It is located at an elevation of 2750 m and popular for one day short hiking to see the snow-capped Himalayas.

Things to see in and nearby Kathmandu

Free walking tour

Free walking tour is a great way to explore a city and it is different from traditional guided tour packages.

Popular places

Thamel – Thamel is a vibrant place in the heart of Kathmandu. It is renowned for its bustling streets filled with handicraft shops, restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. It is a popular destination for both locals and tourists, offering a diverse range of cultural experiences and a hub for shopping and entertainment.

Chandragiri Hill – It is a prominent hill located southwest of Kathmandu, Nepal. It has gained popularity as a recreational and tourist destination, offering panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayan mountain range situated 2551 m above sea level. Attractions and activities – Bhaleshwor Mahadev temple, zipline, view tower, horse riding, swing, wall climbing, resort, amusement park, hiking, and free fall.

Daman – Located in the southwest of Kathmandu, Daman presents visitors with possibly the most lavish see-through of the Himalayas. It is situated at an altitude of about 2,322 m.

Nagarkot – A hill station near Kathmandu offering breathtaking sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas.

Sundhara – Sundhara is a historic area in Kathmandu, Nepal, known for its ancient water spout and tap, providing a traditional source of freshwater to the locals.

Freak Street – Freak Street is located to the South of Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is a small street. Once upon a time in Kathmandu, this tourist place near Durbar Square was a heaven for the hippie. It was the hippie trail of the 1960s and 1970s. This is no less than any other ordinary street in Kathmandu but it has got a good share of history and heritage attached to it. You can find a number of restaurants, tattoo shops, handicraft shops, coffee and residences by the side of this road.

Kirtipur – A medieval town with historical sites, temples, and a unique cultural atmosphere.

Museum

Narayanhiti Palace Museum, National Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Nepali Art, Museums at Kathmandu Durbar Square, Natural History Museum (Prakriti Vigyan Museum)

National Museum of Nepal – Close to Swayambhunath, this National Museum has some of the most interesting treasures on display, which makes Chhauni Museum a tourist place in Kathmandu worth a visit. You will see Judda Art Gallery which is home to exquisite metal, terracotta, stone statues of Nepali deities, manuscripts, leather cannons and there are fabulous cloth paintings as well. This place has a statue over 1800 years old, discovered in 1992.

Natural places to visit in Kathmandu or near KTM

Chitlang – Ancient trade route, a haven for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful escape from their busy routines.

Namo Buddha – It is located in the Kavrepalanchok District of Nepal. It is a sacred pilgrimage site associated with the life of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became the Buddha. According to legend, the compassionate Prince Siddhartha encountered a starving tigress and her cubs while on a journey. Moved by compassion, he offered himself to the tigress, and she spared his life. This selfless act symbolizes the Buddha’s commitment to compassion and self-sacrifice.

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park – It is a protected area renowned for its natural beauty, biodiversity, and cultural significance. It is home to various species of flora and fauna, including deer, monkeys, and numerous bird species. The park is named after Shivapuri Peak, one of the highest points in the area, offering panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayan mountain range. Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts, hikers, and birdwatchers.

Pharping – Pharping is a historic and culturally significant town located in the southern part of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Pharping Hydro Power Project is the first hydro-power project of Nepal, established in 1911 A.D. It is also the second in South Asia. It was declared a Living Museum by the government of Nepal in 2010. Pharping Hydro Power was established by Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana as Chandrajyoti Hydro-electric power station. It was inaugurated by King Prithvi Bir Bikram Shah.

Sundarijal – It is known for its natural beauty and water resources. It is a popular starting point for treks and hikes. Sundarijal is also the gateway to the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, known for its biodiversity and hiking trails. The presence of the Sundarijal Waterfall, surrounded by dense vegetation, adds to the charm of the area.

Kakani – It is a hill station that offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range on clear days. Renowned for its pleasant climate and lush landscapes, Kakani is a popular destination for day trips and short getaways from Kathmandu. The area is surrounded by terraced fields, villages, and pine forests, providing a serene and refreshing environment for visitors.

Dhulikhel – It is a place of beauty and paradise for nature lovers that lies 30 km east of Kathmandu on a top hill attached to the B.P.Highway and Arniko Highway.

Godavari Botanical Garden – A peaceful garden with a diverse collection of flora, located at the base of Phulchoki Hill.

Ponds

Rani Pokhari (Queen’s Pond) – Located in the heart of Kathmandu, Rani Pokhari is a historic artificial pond built during the Malla period, surrounded by a beautiful garden.

Rani Pokhari
Rani Pokhari

Taudaha Lake – The lake holds cultural and ecological significance, with myths and legends associated with its formation. It is believed to be connected to the ancient Kathmandu Valley. Taudaha is also known for its rich birdlife, providing a habitat for various species, including migratory birds during certain seasons.

Nag Pokhari – Situated near the famous tourist hub of Thamel and Narayanhiti Palace Museum, Nag Pokhari is another ancient pond known for its religious significance.

Kamal Pokhari – Historic pond Kamal Pokhari is located in Hattisar, Kathmandu near the City center building. This is a popular recreational pond located in the midst of the city. It’s a common spot for locals to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Gahanapokhari – It is located in Handigaun. This pond is famous for a festival to search for jewelry known as “Tundaldevi Gahana Khojne Jatra” in Nepali.

Kamalpokhari of Pharping – Kamalpokhari is a beautiful place in Pharping. People often come here to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and relax by the pond. The name “Kamalpokhari” means “Lotus Pond” in English.

Ikhapokhari – It is located in Chhetrapati near Chhetrapati Nishulka Chikitsalaya. It is spread across around 7 ropanis of land. Its origin is known but it is believed it was used as a recharge pond to recharge underground water. It is infornt of kanya mandir school at Nhyokha. One can reach there from Nhyokha or Chhetrapati.

Parks

Sankhadhar Park (Ratna Park) – One of the oldest and largest parks in Kathmandu, Ratna Park is centrally located and serves as a recreational area for people of all ages.

Garden of Dreams – It is a European-style garden located near the Thamel tourist hub. It is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the bustling city. The garden features several pavilions, fountains, and ponds.

Balaju Park – It is located in Balaju, Kathmandu. It is a popular destination for families and friends to enjoy picnics and leisurely walks. With its serene atmosphere and beautiful surroundings, Balaju Park offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is also known as Baisdhara as there are 22 waterspouts.

Bhrikuti Mandap Park – Bhrikuti Mandap Park was named in honor of a Nepali princess who married a Tibetan Prince. Bhrikuti Mandap Park also hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, attracting locals and tourists alike.

Bhugol Park – It is located in Newroad in front of Bishal Bazar shopping mall. It is a public park and one can enter for free.

Buddha Park – It is located in Swayambhu and it is also known as Swayambhu Park. There are three giant golden statues of the Buddha. One can enter for free.

Kathmandu Fun Park – Kathmandu Fun Park is an exciting amusement park located in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal, offering fun-filled activities for people of all ages. With thrilling rides such as roller coasters, bumper cars, and merry-go-rounds, as well as games and attractions, the park provides a memorable experience for families and friends seeking entertainment. Visitors can also enjoy delicious snacks and refreshments available within the park premises. With its vibrant atmosphere and array of recreational options, Kathmandu Fun Park is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike to spend a day filled with laughter and excitement.

Narayan Chaur (Nandikeshwor Bagaicha) – It is located at Naxal, officially known as Nandikeshwor Bagaicha. It is near to Nag pokhari. It is a small park popular for morning walks.

Shankha Park – Shankha Park is located at Dhumbarahi near Chappal Karkhana. It is a public park.

Shankhamul Park – It is located on the bank of Bagmati River. There is a big Shankha in the park.

Tribhuvan Park – It is located at Thankot. It is a popular park and a picnic spot established by King Birendra in the name of his grandfather King Tribhuvan in 1972.

Market

Thamel: Thamel is a vibrant tourist district famous for its narrow streets lined with shops selling trekking gear, clothing, jewelry, handicrafts, and souvenirs. It’s also a hub for restaurants, cafes, and nightlife.

Asan – Asan Bazaar is a well-known marketplace in Kathmandu with a lively atmosphere and diverse shops.

Basantapur: Basantapur is home to several markets and shops selling traditional Nepali handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs near the historic Basantapur Durbar Square.

Durbar Marg: Durbar Marg is a bustling street in the heart of Kathmandu known for its high-end boutiques, fashion stores, and upscale shopping centers like Civil Mall.

New Road: New Road is a commercial area in Kathmandu with a mix of traditional shops, department stores, and shopping malls like Kathmandu Mall and Sherpa Mall.

Bishal Bazar: Bishal Bazar is a bustling market in Kathmandu, Nepal, where you can find a wide variety of goods ranging from clothing and accessories to electronics and household items. With its vibrant atmosphere and numerous shops, Bishal Bazar is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike to shop and explore.

Labim Mall: Located in Pulchowk, Lalitpur (close to Kathmandu), Labim Mall is a modern shopping complex with a variety of stores, restaurants, a supermarket, and a cinema.

City Center Mall: Situated in Kamal Pokhari, City Center Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in Kathmandu, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants, a supermarket, and entertainment facilities.

Kathmandu Mall: It is a modern shopping center in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal, offering a diverse range of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options under one roof. With its convenient location and wide selection of amenities, Kathmandu Mall is a popular destination for both locals and visitors to enjoy shopping and leisure activities.

Civil Mall: Civil Mall, located in Sundhara, is another popular shopping destination in Kathmandu with a diverse selection of stores, food courts, a cinema, and entertainment options.

Movie theater

QFX Cinemas: QFX Cinemas is one of the largest cinema chains in Nepal with multiple locations in Kathmandu, including QFX Kumari, QFX Civil Mall, QFX Jai Nepal, and others.

Big Movies Nepal: Big Movies Nepal is another prominent cinema chain with theaters located in the City Center, KL Tower, and Cityscape.

Things to do

Skywalk Tower Kathmandu – This sky walk in Kathmandu is located at Kamaladi near Ghantaghar and Rani pokhari. This 256 feet tall tower is a tourism infrastructure at the heart of the city.

Bungy jump – Bungy at “The Last Resort” into the BhoteKoshi River gorge in Nepal is the most spectacular Bungy Jump on the Planet. It is a 3 hours drive by car.

Zipline – Ziplines in Kathmandu and near Kathmandu are Chandragiri Zipline, Yoyo Zipline, Bhaktapur, Durbar Adventure Zipline, Nuwakot, Dhulikhel Zipline, Nagarkot Superman Zipline and Gadhi Zipline or Hetauda Zipline.

Paragliding in Chandragiri – Paragliding minutes west of Bhaleshwar Temple.

Golf Courses – Royal Nepal Golf Club, Gokarna Forest Resort / Gokarna Golf Course

Wall climbing (rock climbing) – Indoor climbing wall located at Thamel near Chhaya Center.

Religious sites in and nearby KTM

Four Binayak – Four Binayak are Ashok Vinayak, Chandra Binayak, Surya Binayak and Jal Binayak.

Bagh Bhairab temple Kirtipur – Bhairab, the most terrifying and awful form of Shiva is the destroyer on one hand and the guardian on the other.

Dakshinkali Temple – Goddess Dakshinkali is situated near Pharping. It is 18 km south of Kathmandu Valley.

Budhanilkantha Temple – It is a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The main attraction of the temple is a magnificent statue of Lord Vishnu in a reclining position on the coils of the cosmic serpent. The temple premises are surrounded by a pond, and the statue of Lord Vishnu lies in the center of the pond.

Kathesimbhu Stupa (Shree gha)

Kathesimbhu Stupa is one of the most popular 17th-century pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu, located near Thamel. This stupa was built using the leftover materials from the Swayambhunath temple complex. In the northwestern corner of the courtyard, there’s a beautiful pagoda dedicated to Hariti, the goddess of smallpox. This place is open for the public entire day throughout the week and there is no admission charges for entry into the stupa complex. People also mispronounce this place as shegal.

Kathesimbhu Stupa Shree gha
Kathesimbhu Stupa Shree gha

Seto Machindranath Temple – Seto Machindranath Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kathmandu that is situated in Jana Bahal. As per the belief, the temple was constructed around the 10th century and is home to the idol of Seto Machindranath who is also known as Janabaha Dyo. The best time to visit this place would be in the month of Chaitra because this time you’ll see three days long procession festival. Timing: 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Other – Tarkeshwor mahadev, Doleshwar Mahadev, Guhyeshwari, Budhanilkantha, Shesh Narayan, Jal Vinayak, Bhaleshwor, Manakamana, Akash Bhairab, Bhadrakali, Vajrayogini etc,

Geography

Kathmandu lies within 27°27′ to 27°49′ north latitude and 85°32′ east longitude. The total are of Kathmandu is 545 sq km.

Geographically, Kathmandu can be categorized into two regions:

  1. Hilly region: Budhanilkantha, Changragiri, Nagarjun, Shivapuri, Dahachowk and The Mahabharat range.
  2. Valley region: The plain area between the Bagmati river and Manohara river.

Surrounded through the green hills, Kathmandu Valley is about twenty-five km from east to west and 20 km from north to south. All the rivers drain in the direction of the center with the valley and join the Bagmati River.

Climate

The Kathmandu Valley has a nice climate for the majority of the year. Between October and March, it can grow to be fairly chilly in the evening as well as the days turn into brief, although it’s sunny and warm in mid-morning and afternoon.

Summer/Spring Season – Spring in Kathmandu is mild and pleasant. March starts with cooler temperatures, while April and May are warmer. Average daytime temperatures range from 20°C (68°F) to 35°C (95°F), while nighttime temperatures can drop to around 10°C (50°F). Spring to early summer is the best time to visit Kathmandu for hiking and sightseeing.

Monsoon Season – The monsoon season begins from June to August and receives heavy rainfall. Outdoor activities are less popular during monsoon season but waterfalls and forests are beautiful during clear skies. Waterfalls near Kathmandu are crowded during clear days. There are popular waterfalls like Jhor, Sundaijal waterfall, Mohini jharana etc.

Autumn – Autumn is considered the best time to visit Kathmandu from September to November. The weather is mild, average daytime temperatures range from 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°F), while nights can be cooler, around 10°C (50°F). During autumn the weather is mild, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. This is a pleasant season ideal for hiking and trekking. It is also the peak tourist season in Nepal.

Winter – Winter (December to February) in Kathmandu has a pleasant climate. Daytime temperatures range from 15°C (59°F) to 20°C (68°F). During the winter season, temperature does not go down below freezing point in Kathmandu. Winter in Kathmandu has a pleasant climate. Clear skies are common during this season, making it suitable for sightseeing and cultural exploration.

How to reach Kathmandu?

By air – Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Gautam Buddha international airport and Pokhara international airport.

By road – Travelers can also reach Kathmandu from India and China via road. You can take the train from Jainagar in India to Janakpur in Nepal. Janakpur is popular for Janaki Temple and from there you can reach Kathmandu by bus, car or jeep.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

People

People today living right here speak Newari and Nepali mostly. In Kathmandu, you can find people from all around Nepal. Because of the open border, you’ll find many Indians in Nepal and also Nepalese people in many parts of India.

Water resources

Small lakes – Tau daha, Indra daha of Dahachowk etc.

Bagmati – The origin of Bagmati is Bagdwar in Shivapuri hill. It is located at 2650 m from the sea level. Holy river Bagmati is the longest river in Kathmandu. Salmati and Nagmati river meets near Sundarijal and through Gokarna it flows by the Pashupatinath temple.

Bishnumati – Bisnumati River originates at Tokha on Shivapuri Mountain. It lies at the north of Kathmandu and flows through the western part of Kathmandu city along with Sobha Baghwati, Kankeshowri temple.

Manohara – This fiver flows from Thule lek in Sankhu and it is the border between Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.

Popular things

Dress – Haku patashi: It is traditional dress of Newa people. It is a black saree with red border.

Meat – The people of Kathmandu mostly eat buffalo meat. There are many varieties of buffalo meat, among them choila and kachila are the most popular. Choila is spiced grilled buffalo meat with lots of chilly which is best for breakfast, dinner, lunch, or with alcohol. Choila with beaten rice is very popular in Nepali community but it’s not sure that foreigners will like it as Choila is too hot and beaten rice is hard and dry.

Another popular meat is Kachila. It is uncooked meat mixed with spices. It is eaten uncooked. It sounds something odd and unhealthy but is very tasty. It is better when taken with bara or with rice beer.

Besides these two items, there are many others made from buffalo meat like daykla, bhutan, mana choila, sapu mhicha, chu-la, takha la, sukuti (dry meat), sannya khuna and also chow-hie made after steaming certain portion of buffalo blood.

Which is better Pokhara or Kathmandu?

Choosing between Pokhara and Kathmandu depends on your preferences. Kathmandu, the capital, is bustling with heritage sites, vibrant markets, and diverse culture. On the other hand, Pokhara offers a naturally beautiful valley with stunning lakes and views of the Himalayas.

Is Kathmandu expensive city?

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is generally considered more affordable compared to many other cities around the world. The cost of living in Kathmandu is lower than in some major international cities. However, prices can vary depending on one’s lifestyle and choices.

Is it safe to walk around Kathmandu?

Yes, generally, it is safe to walk around Kathmandu. However, like in any city, it’s essential to take common-sense precautions. Stick to well-traveled areas, be aware of your surroundings, and avoid poorly lit or isolated areas, especially at night. Keep an eye on your belongings to prevent theft, and be cautious when crossing busy streets.

Is Kathmandu safe for solo female?

Kathmandu is generally considered safe for solo female travelers, but it’s important to take some precautions, just like you would in any city. Kathmandu can be a safe destination for solo female travelers, being cautious and taking basic safety measures is always a good practice.

Can you get altitude sickness in Kathmandu?

It’s not very likely to get altitude sickness in Kathmandu because it is at a lower altitude compared to high-altitude areas like the Himalayas. Altitude sickness usually occurs at elevations above 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) when the body doesn’t adjust well to the lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes. Kathmandu’s altitude is approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 feet), which is relatively moderate.

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