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Kathmandu: Nepali Cooking Class with Hotel Pickup

1. Kathmandu: Nepali Cooking Class with Hotel Pickup

Join an experienced chef who will lead a cooking class to prepare a traditional Nepali meal while also learning about the food culture of the region. This activity also includes a visit to a local market to pick up the ingredients needed to cook your meal.  After your prick up from your hotel, visit a typical local market of Kathmandu-Ason on a rickshaw to have an authentic experience. Meet local merchants and see the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping hub in Kathmandu. After the market visit, it is time to start the cooking class. Learn about various local delicacies of Nepal and how they are cooked and what type of ingredients are used. You will make beloved and traditional foods like momo, varieties of yummy curries, a unique bread that includes roti and the absolute favorite Sel roti which is slightly similar to American donuts. Have fun as you listen to Nepalese folk music during your class and at mealtime and also learn some Nepalese phrases as well.

Kathmandu: Private Cooking Class with Transfers and Lunch

2. Kathmandu: Private Cooking Class with Transfers and Lunch

In the half day cooking class, three different menus are offered, each containing four traditional Nepali dishes, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy. Foodies and enthusiastic cooks will especially enjoy this activity, but you don’t need to have cooking experience. A meal and hot drinks are included. Learn more about Nepali food than you would just eating in a restaurant A fun, family-friendly activity Learn new skills that you can use later at home. Our chef will take you to step by step through the entire process. You cook one course and then eat it, so your food is fresh and hot and because you cook it yourself, you can add as much or as little of the individual ingredients – if you love chili, add more! Don’t like spicy food? No problem, just don’t add much or any! We have 3 different menus, each with 4 different traditional dishes – there’s plenty of variety. We know how much visitors love Momos, so no one misses out on what they are on each menu. Come hungry, there’s lots of food.

Kathmandu: Private Traditional Nepali Cooking Class

3. Kathmandu: Private Traditional Nepali Cooking Class

You will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to cooking school. Your cooking teacher will welcome you and take you to kitchen. Before start cooking, you will have a short briefing about today's program. Once you are ready, you will wear apron and start doing activities. You will be ask to participate actively to understand and enjoy. She will teach how to cook, volume of the fire or timing. You will know how to cook plain rice (the quantity of rice, water and cooking time) You will know how to prepare Dal Soup (lentil soup) the quantity of dal, salt, spices, water and timing. Chop the seasonal vegetable and learn how to cook (quantity of oil, salt, vegetable, the spices, water and timing) Achar pickle preparing (there are many different spices in Nepalese cuisine) You will learn one of them with tomato, sesame seed, lemon and green coriander. Fried Chicken in Nepalese way You can take photos, short videos and can ask many questions with your teacher about cooking or etc. Once food is ready you will try Yummy Dal Bhat with your teacher. After taking lunch, you can take picture with your teacher and take some time free. Before you leave, she will offer you a Nepali tea (Masala Tea). Good bye for this time.

Private Half Day Kirtipur Trip With Newari Food Tasting

4. Private Half Day Kirtipur Trip With Newari Food Tasting

Kirtipur, located on a hill to the southwest of central Kathmandu is one of several ancient kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley that were once independent, but now make up part of greater Kathmandu. Kirtipur is thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the valley. It’s a prime destination to learn about the Newar people, who are one of Nepal’s many distinct ethnic groups and the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley. Come to Kirtipur for exquisite architecture, hilltop temples, and sweeping city views. Wandering around its winding streets feels like walking through a traditional Nepali village, yet Kirtipur also offers some of the finest views of sprawling Kathmandu and the hills and mountains beyond. It’s full of cobblestone streets, old brick houses with elaborately carved door and window frames, and multitiered pagodas. During this tour, you will visit Bagh Bhairab temple, Chilancho Stupa shrine, Uma Maheshwar temple, and a Theravada Buddhist monastery. Enjoy a Newari lunch, before you return to your hotel.

From Kathmandu: Chitlang, Kulekhani, and Markhu 2-Day Tour

5. From Kathmandu: Chitlang, Kulekhani, and Markhu 2-Day Tour

Chitlang is a small village located in the Makwanpur district of Nepal, about 27 km from Kathmandu. It is a beautiful and peaceful destination that offers a perfect getaway from the bustling city life. Chitlang is a great destination for those looking for a peaceful and authentic Nepali experience. Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu To Chitlang 2 hours drive from Kathmandu to Chitlang. Upon reaching Chitang, guests will be transferred to the hotel/resort. They will have some time for refreshment and rest at the hotel. They can also go out for sightseeing around the village. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. Campfire and dance programs will be organized for entertainment. Dinner at the hotel, Sightseeing, Observation of local village area and nearby places, and Overnight at Chitlang Resort. Day 2: Chitlang Sightseeing and Drive To Kathmandu Breakfast will be served to guests on the second day of the trip. After breakfast, guests will be taken to the goat cheese factory, Saat Dhara and Majhgaon. Lunch at the resort and drive to Markhu. Boating in Kulekhani lake and departure to Kathmandu. Breakfast at the hotel, Sightseeing of Goat Cheese Factory, Saat dhara and Majhgaun, Man made lake Indra sarowar and Boating at Kulekhani lake

Kathmandu: 14-Day Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

6. Kathmandu: 14-Day Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Embark on an unforgettable journey to one of the world's holiest lake. See the place that numerous Hindu pilgrims from Nepal, India, and other countries visit to pay their homage to the Gosainkunda Lake every year. This 14-day tour takes you through an area that has gained popularity but is still one of the best ways to explore the Himalayas away from the crowds. Discover its natural beauty and magnificent views over the great Himalayas. Seize the opportunity to travel through some of the most enticing landscapes the Himalayas has to offer. From Kathmandu follow the trail to Dhunche and from Dhunche along the ridge through beautiful rhododendron and juniper forests up to Gosainkunda Lake and back to Kathmandu. Itinerary Day 1 Meet your guide at your hotel and then relax on a 7-hour bus ride until you arrive in Syabrubesi (1,610 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 2 5.5-hour trek from Syabrubesi To Lama Hotel (2,480 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 3 5-hour trek from Lama Hotel To Langtang Village (3,541 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 4 4-hour trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,830 meters). Stay overnight at the mountain lodge Day 5 7.5-hour trek From Langtang Village to Chorkari Ri (5,050 meters) and back to Kyangjn Gompa. Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 6 6-hour trek down To Lama Hotel (2,480 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 7 5.5-hour trek From Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2,200 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 8 5-hour trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3,580 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 9 5-hour trek from Sing Gompa To Gosainkunda (4,380 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 10 6-hour trek over the Lauribina Pass (3,600 meters). Descend to Phedi (3,420 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 11 Trek From Phedi To Thadepati (3,690 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 12 Trek from Thadepati to Kutumsang (2,470 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 13 Trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani (2,215 meters). Stay overnight at the guest house. Day 14 Trek To Sundarijal (1,460 meters) and drive back to Kathmandu.

From Kathmandu: 16-Day Langtang Valley Trek

7. From Kathmandu: 16-Day Langtang Valley Trek

DAY 1 ARRIVAL On this day, with the first sight of Nepal, our team will pick you up from the airport, escort you to the hotel where a warm welcome will be waiting for us to devour, and then discuss the trek, its requirements, and precautions briefly. DAY 2 KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING Kathmandu is the place where you witness modernization, tradition, culture, history, and monumental perseverance co-existing. The hospitality and richness of the diversity of Kathmandu are unmatched by other cities. We will try and visit as many UNESCO world heritage sites as possible before the sun goes down. DAY 3 KATHMANDU TO SYABRU BESI Our day starts with breakfast then we prepare and leave the chaos of Kathmandu behind and head to Syabrubesi surrounded by picturesque views all along. DAY 4 SYABRU BESI TO LAMA HOTEL Once we reach the Lama hotel and have breakfast, you will start exploring attractions nearby, like Ghopcha Khola, a dense forest of oaks, maple, etc. The trek further consists of crossing a suspension bridge above Langtang river, with astonishing waterfalls. In case you are a lucky fellow Himalayan white langur monkey, yellow-throated martin, and red panda might also come into sight. We return back to Lama hotel to spend the night. DAY 5 LAMA HOTELTO LANGTANG VILLAGE The trail of this day’s Langtang valley trek is steeper and ascends up. We start trekking after breakfast. First, Langtang Lirung greets you, which is situated at an altitude of 3140 m. Then, you pass through Ghoda Tabela and Thangshyap and finally arrive at Langtang village, which offers 180 degrees view of glorious mountains. You will spend the night in a teahouse. DAY 6 LANGTANG VILLAGE TO KYANGJING GOMPA After breakfast, we trek through Mundu village and Singdunanda's wide green pastures, where Yaks graze. Before arriving at Kyagjing Gompa, you climb through mountain passes. The village has Buddhist Gompa, a cheese factory famous for Yak cheese, and beautiful scenery. The accommodation will be arranged at a teahouse. DAY 7 A DAY REST IN KYANGJING GOMPA The day will be for acclimatization to get our body used to weather conditions, thinner air, and lesser atmospheric pressure. It is good to do light physical activity while acclimatizing, so on this day of the Langtang valley trek, we explore the destinations around. You will get to visit the monastery and cheese factory, and if you want to, then climb the Kyangjing Ri ( viewpoint) at 4350 m and behold a panoramic view of the Himalayas. Then you can march forward to see Mountain ridges and glaciers from the moraine. We return back to the hotel and rest overnight. DAY 8 KYANGJING GOMPA TO LAMA HOTEL On this day, we trek to the Lama hotel once again, following the downhill trail. Enjoying the view around and walking for a few hours through an easy path, you will reach the Lama hotel to spend the night at a teahouse. DAY 9 LAMA HOTEL TO THULO SYABRU Thulo syabru lies between Lama hotel and Gosaikunda ( holy lake), so we first trek to Thulo syabru. Through a few small but colorful villages, you arrive here before sunset and stay overnight at a teahouse. DAY 10 THULOSYABRU TO SING GOMPA After breakfast, the Langtang valley trek leads us to Sing gompa, which is an uphill walk through a forest of Rhododendrons, bamboo, oak, and pine trees. Small villages and green hills beautify the trail. By the end of the day, you reach Chandan Bari, Sing Gompa. At night we rest in a Sing Gompa (teahouse). DAY 11 SING GOMPA TO GOSAIKUNDA We visit the most famous attraction of the Langtang valley trek on this day, Gosaikunda lake, which is an uphill trek via Lauribinayek with a magical view of Mt.Ganesh, Mt. Langtang Lirung, Manaslu range, Him Chuli, and the Tibetan peak’s vista and forest of pine and rhododendron. On this night, you will stay beside the Gosaikunda lake. DAY 12 GOSAIKUNDA TO THAREPATI Today we trek through the highest point of the Langtang valley trek, Surya Kunda lake ( 4500 m ). To reach Tharepati, you pass another beautiful lake called Bhairav Kunda and walk across Juniper, pine, and rhododendron forest. Ascending through mesmerizing views, Tharepati greets us, and you spend the night there in a teahouse. DAY 13 THAREPATI TO KUTUMSANG After breakfast, we begin an easy trek to Kutumsang of Helambu district. The path to Kutumsang has green meadows, beautiful fields, and stunning views of Langtang mountain. Through a scenic trail, we arrive at Kutumsang village and stay in a teahouse for the night. DAY 14 KUTUMSANG TO CHISOPANI After breakfast first, the Langtang valley trek takes us to a pass situated at an altitude of (2470 m) in a large beautiful Tamang village called Pati Bhanjyang, we walk for approximately 2 hours to reach Chisapani. You will accommodate at a teahouse. DAY 15 TREK TO SUNDARIJAL ( DRIVE TO KATHMANDU ) The day starts with the golden sunrise of Chisapani trek leads us to Sundarijal, then you pass through Shivapuri National Park and walk for about 2 hours to reach Kathmandu. Our team will transfer you to a hotel in Kathmandu for an overnight stay. DAY 16 DEPARTURE On the last day of the Langtang valley trek, our team will look after all the necessary requirements for your departure from hotel check-in to airport check-out.

From Kathmandu: 11-Day Langtang Valley Trek with Porter

8. From Kathmandu: 11-Day Langtang Valley Trek with Porter

Day 01: Kathmandu (1,320m)  Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) where you will be received by a representative and transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at 3-star hotel. Day 2 : Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (2,581m)  Take an early drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi via Dhunche (1,966m). Drive through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. The first part of the drive up to Trishuli Bazar is quite smooth. Syabru Bensi is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline and is the starting point of your trek. Overnight stay in Syabru Bensi at a teahouse lodge. Day 3: Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2,470m) Trek from Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2,470m). The trail goes along the ridge of Syabru Bensi’s main street, drops to the Ghopche Khola (2,050m), and then to Pairo (1,810m). From this point, the trail goes to Rimche (2,400m) through Bamboo (1,960m) and finally ends at Lama Hotel. Along the way, you may see red pandas, monkeys, and bears. Overnight stay at teahouse lodge. Day 4: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,430m) After having lunch at Lama Hotel, trek to Langtang village (3,430m) via Ghore Tabela (3,000m) which takes about 6 hours. See the grazing grounds of yak on the way where local people bring their livestock in the high pastures during the summer months. Pay a short visit to a monastery before reaching the destination of Langtang village. Overnight stay at teahouse lodge. Day 5: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)  Trek from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m). It takes about 3 hours to reach the destination. Overnight stay at teahouse lodge. Day 6: Kyanjin Gompa Excursion Day  Acclimatize at Kyanjin Gompa and go for an excursion to utilize your time. Walk up the moraine to see the spectacular icefalls and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung, or ascend Kyanjin Ri (4350m). Overnight stay at teahouse lodge. Day 7: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,470m) From Kyanjin Gompa, have lunch at Ghora Tabela then trek the steep descent to Lama Hotel. Overnight stay at teahouse lodge. Day 8: Lama Hotel to Sybru Bensi (1,460m)  Trek from Lama Hotel to Sybru Bensi (1,460m). Along the way, see red pandas, monkeys, and various species of bird. You may also be fortunate to experience the rich culture of the Tamang people and see how they weave clothes. Overnight stay at teahouse lodge. Day 9: Syabru Bensi to Kathmandu (1,320m)  Drive back to Kathmandu from Syabru Bensi, passing through the rural settlements on the way back to the hotel. Overnight stay at 3-star hotel. Day 10: Sightseeing in Kathmandu  Enjoy sightseeing in Kathmandu, including Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight stay at 3-star hotel. Day 11: Transfer to Kathmandu Airport You’ll be dropped off at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) where the tour will officially end.

Night Out at Dulikhel Hillstation with Bhaktapur, Namobuddha

9. Night Out at Dulikhel Hillstation with Bhaktapur, Namobuddha

Enjoy a night at Dulikhel hillstation. Dhulikhel is one of the more popular places from which to observe the high Himalayas. Admire stunning panoramas of peaks unfolding in front of your eye. You can also enjoy a side trip to the sacred stupa at Namobuddha, a 12km drive or three-hour walk south. Panauti is one of oldest towns in Nepal, with many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. You can admire its many temples, stupas, and statues - plus the added charm of the green paddy fields in the area. You will also go to Namobuddha, with the old Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery - an important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. Stop at Bhaktapur Durbar Square, located 15 km from Kathmandu, which is a museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculptures, woodcarvings, and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses.

Kathmandu: 14-Day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

10. Kathmandu: 14-Day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Beginning from Kathmandu, make your way to the Annapurna Sanctuary where your 14-day trek will commence. Throughout your trek there will be a leader, an assistant leader, and porters for carrying luggage. This arrangement ensures that even in the event that anybody in the group becomes sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Your day-to-day itinerary is as follows: Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu (1,300 meters) Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2,050 meters) Day 4: Ulleri to Ghorepani, 4 to 5-hour trek (2,750 meters) Day 5: Ghorepani to Tadapani, 6 to 7-hour trek (2,700 meters) with a visit to Poon Hill (3,210 meters) Day 6: Tadapani to Chhomrong, 6-hour trek (2,170 meters) Day 7: Chhomrong to Bamboo 4 to 5 hour-trek (2,310 meters) Day 8: Bamboo to Deurali 3 to 4-hour trek (3,230 meters) Day 09: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp, 5 to 6-hour trek (4,130 meters) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 meters) Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo, 7 to 8-hour trek Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda, 5 to 6-hour trek (1,760 meters) Day 12: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara, 6-hour trek Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu Day 14: Final Departure

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A lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed Bit disappointed with the market visit as it was just a local shop and felt it wasn’t quite a full morning as back at Hotel by 11.30 The chef was very competent but was however a local student here in Kathmandu