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From Kathmandu: 1 hour Panoramic Everest Flight

1. From Kathmandu: 1 hour Panoramic Everest Flight

Take off from Kathmandu airport in the early morning for a spectacular mountain flight to discovery the majestic scenery of the Himalayas. For those who can’t go trekking in the mountains themselves, get panoramic view of the Himalayas in just an hour-long flight. As the aircraft takes off and heads towards the east, you won't have to wait long to find out what's in store for you. First to your far left you will see Gosaithan, also called Shisha Pangma, standing at the majestic height of 26,290 feet (8,013 meters). Immediately to the right of Gosaithan, you will Dorje Lhakpa appear (22,000 feet or 7,000 meters), a mountain that almost looks like a figure 8 lying in the snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Chyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley. As the plane glides along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is Buddha Air Mountin Choba-Bhamare, the smallest mountain of the lot, but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also in its spirituality, Gauri-Shanker. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, which was first successfully climbed only in 1979. The mountains of Melungtse and Chugimago are next on the tour, the latter of which is still waiting to be climbed. Numbur and Karyolung, an intensely white mountain, will gleam with the rising sun as we carry on deeper into the mountain range. We will then pass Cho-Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, reaching a height of 27,000 feet (8,201 meters). Gyachungkang, Pumori and Nuptse, each over 22,000 feet (7,000 meters) in height, will mark our path towards the highest mountain of them all: Mount Everest. Known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans, this unbelievable mountain stretches 29,021 feet (8,848 meters) into the sky. Much has already been written about Everest, but to actually witness it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms there in front of the eyes, it remains a remarkable place, this highest spot on earth. The spectacular mountain flights from Nepal Social Travel and Tour are offered by a number of airlines.

Kathmandu: Full-Day Yoga, Body Massage and Pedicure Package

2. Kathmandu: Full-Day Yoga, Body Massage and Pedicure Package

Get picked up from your accommodation in Kathmandu and begin your day of self-care. Start with yoga, one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. Learn about body posture and follow your instructor step by step. Heal your body and mind with yoga's physical, mental, and spiritual exercises. After your yoga lesson, have a 1-hour Swedish massage and relieve your body of any stress and pain. Swedish massage also helps oxygen level in blood, circulation, flexibility, and reduces muscle toxins. After relaxing your entire body, head to your pedicure. Enjoy a 45-minute deep cleanse and cosmetic treatment on your feet and toenails. With your feet feeling smooth and refreshed, end your retreat day in Kathmandu ends by being dropped off back at your hotel.

Everest Base Camp: 3 Hour Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

3. Everest Base Camp: 3 Hour Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

This aerial tour of the Everest region will provide you with breathtaking views of the region and memories to last a lifetime. Each participant gets a window seat while flying to Everest Base Camp. Fly east from Kathmandu towards the beautiful Sherpa village and the gateway to Everest, Lukla. After fueling in Lukla, fly towards the Everest Base Camp at Kalapathar. The flight goes over the Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep and Khumbu glaciers to reach the Everest Base Camp. You will be given a maximum of 5 minutes landing time at the Base Camp due to the altitude threat. Located at approximately 5644m, it provides unbelievable views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Changtse and Lhotse. Indulge in an exclusive breakfast at the Everest View Hotel, located on a ridge. Watch the changing landscape as clouds drift past the peaks and reveal forests and small villages on the mountain sides. You will then fly back to Lukla for fueling and then to Kathmandu to end this amazing experience.

Kathmandu: White Water Rafting Trip on Trishuli River

4. Kathmandu: White Water Rafting Trip on Trishuli River

Embark on a rafting adventure trip down the Trishuli River that offers the best class of rapids for the rafters in Nepal. The Trishuli River is a popular destination in Nepal. Most time of the year the river has a steady water flow but during the monsoon, the size of the river gets bigger and consists of big waves. The river flows between the high and small hills have a perfect sensation of water for the rafters. Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure with Trishuli River Rafting a perfectly built recreation place for adventure lovers. After breakfast set out for your journey towards the Trishuli River and enjoy the en-route natural scenery. A drive of 3-4 hours through the main trail will take you to the launch site Charaudi. From here you will start rafting the river for about 4 hours. Experience the beauty of perfect scenery of jungles, small charming villages, and sight of cable car coming back and forth to the famous Hindu temple (Manakamana). Enjoy your lunch on the bank of the river along with the breathtaking scenery. After rafting head towards Kathmandu retrieving the same trail for a few hours drive by bus. Finally, tour staff will drop you off at your hotel.

From Kathmandu: 1-Hour Flight Over Mount Everest

5. From Kathmandu: 1-Hour Flight Over Mount Everest

Fly over the roof of the world on an amazing flight above the Himalayas mountain range and experience Mount Everest from a different perspective. Get panoramic views of the highest mountain peaks on earth as you traverse the snow-capped mountains in 1 hour. Take off from Kathmandu Airport and cruise about the magnificent massifs of rock and ice as you make your way east. Look to your far left to see the summit of Gosaithan (also known as Shishapangma) towering 8,013 meters above sea level. Gaze in awe at the pyramid-shaped peak of Dorje Lhakpa in the Langtang Himal area. Cast your eyes to the right to admire the snow-capped summit of Phurbi-Chyachu in the Kathmandu Valley. Soar like a bird over the town of Namche Bazaar and get amazing aerial views of the village of Tengboche and Ama Dablam mountain.

Private Nagarkot Sunrise and Hike to Dhulikhel Day Tour

6. Private Nagarkot Sunrise and Hike to Dhulikhel Day Tour

Start with pickup from your Kathmandu hotel, before your private guide takes you on a scenic 90-minute drive to Nagarkot. Along the winding roads, pass by small villages, teahouses, forests, and mountain panoramas in the distance. Nagarkot sits about 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Kathmandu. Enjoy the sunrise and see the Everest Range, Annapurna Range, the Langtang Range, the Mansiri Range, Rolwaling Range, and other Himalayan mountains in the distance. Follow your guide down a walking trail to the village of Rohini Bhanjyang, which offers more mountain views. Continue through the hamlets of Kankre and Tanchok to Tusal, then ascend uphill through farmland to Opi. An hour further down the road, walk into Dhulikhel, a picturesque hill station surrounded by natural beauty. Take some time to relax and snap photos in Dhulikhel before your private driver collects you and your guide. Relax on the one-hour return drive to Kathmandu where your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the early evening.

Nepal Nagarkot Hiking

7. Nepal Nagarkot Hiking

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel. Start your tour at 4:30 in the morning to catch the sunrise. Afterwards, hike to Changunarayan Temple takes about 3 hours and then drive back to Kathmandu. Nagarkot is a village development committee located at 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone. It is an international tourist destination with spectacular views of the whole Langtang range, sunrise on the mountains and sunset views. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a very popular hiking route for tourists. Located approximately 7000 feet (2000 meters) above sea level and 28 kilometers from Kathmandu International Airport, Nagarkot is a world-famous hills station commanding breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas, rolling hills, deep valleys, lush pine forests in a quaint rural atmosphere. Considered as the best viewpoint spot to enjoy the magnificent sunrise and sunset with spectacular Himalayan vistas, Nagarkot commands one of the broadest views of the snow capped Himalayas in the Kathmandu valley (8 Himalayan ranges of Nepal out of 13 from here). The ranges include Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Mahalangur range (Everest range) and Numbur range with splendid views of the Kathmandu valley and shivapuri national park. Situated in a strategic location, Nagarkot was an ancient fort of the Kathmandu valley to monitor external activities of another kingdoms. Later, it became a summer retreat for the royal family before becoming popular as an international hill station.

Kathmandu: Panauti and Bhaktapur Day Trip

8. Kathmandu: Panauti and Bhaktapur Day Trip

On this full day trip from Kathmandu, explore the city of Bhaktapur and the village of Panauti. The tour begins with sightseeing at Panauti village, a historical Newari town which is around 32 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu on the confluence of the Rosi and Punyamati rivers. In Nepali society, such rivers are considered to be sacred. Panauti, once a major trading center with its own royal palace, today consists of a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments, and is considered to be one of the area's most important medieval sites. Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal, with many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. Visit the Indreshwar Temple, one of the largest and tallest pagoda style temples in Nepal dating back to 13 century. Next, visit Brahmayani Temple, another important monument constructed in the 17th century to honor Brahmayani, the goddess of the town. Stroll around the complex and admire the beauty of the historic architecture, and watch the locals paying respect to their idols. Finally, visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculptures, woodcarvings and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses. Witness a unique culture here, and admire some of the finest displays of craftsmanship. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal that has remained untouched by western culture. 

From Kathmandu: Bungee Jumping Day Trip

9. From Kathmandu: Bungee Jumping Day Trip

Day 1: Bungee Jumping Bungee Jumping, Most exciting and longest free-fall in the WORLD! Beyond expedition to awe-inspiring Himalayan, Nepal is also famous for myriad layers of one-day outing excursion. Traveling either within Kathmandu at UNESCO World Heritage Sites or visiting beyond Kathmandu, the one-day excursions are packed with numbers of travelling itineraries. Therefore, Bungee Jumping in Nepal thrills the intrepid traveler to its ultimate rush. First bungee jumping in Nepal site is located 160 meters over the wild Bhote Kosi River which is situated close to the Nepal-Tibet border, it is a three-hour bus ride from Kathmandu. This remarkable 500ft (160m) drop into the Bhoti Kosi River Gorge is the longest free-fall in the world and is also the most spectacular on the entire planet. The jump takes place on a 166m wide steel suspension bridge over the Bhotekoshi River Gorge. The bridge is Swiss designed and considered safety of dives. We invite the bold passionate to join Alpine Club of Himalaya’s one day trip to The Ultimate Rush to dive into the gorge of Bhoti Koshi River. The bungee jumping in Nepal experience at the fall will be beatable the unbeatable and remained spectacular. Enjoy an unbeatable bungee jumping experience in Nepal. Feel the thrill as you step off a steel suspension bridge over the Bhote Kosi River and free fall for 160 meters.   Meet in Kathmandu early in the morning, then relax on the 3-hour bus journey to the bridge. Admire the beautiful views of the mountainous landscape on route to Nepal’s first bungee jumping site, located close to the border with Tibet.   Get the ultimate rush as you take the leap and experience the longest free-fall in the world. The Swiss-designed bridge was built with safety in mind, and all measures are taken to ensure a fun and safe trip. After your jump, enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to Kathmandu in the comfortable air-conditioned bus. Departure time: Daily at 6am Departure place: Alpine Club of Himalaya ( Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal)

Kathmandu: Pharping, Dakshinkali and Chobar Tour with Lunch

10. Kathmandu: Pharping, Dakshinkali and Chobar Tour with Lunch

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Kathmandu before traveling 19km south to the town of Pharping. Pharping is known as the sacred site of Yangleshö, famous for both Hinduism and Buddhism where Guru Padmasambhava attained the level of a Mahamudra Vidyadhara. There are two major practice caves in Pharping blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, the Asura cave and the Yangleshö cave. Wander around the caves and explore the Vajrayogini temple located here. After the caves, head to Dakshinkali temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali. The name itself composed of “Dakshin” meaning south and “kali” meaning black female. Devotees sacrifice chickens, goats, sheep and many more as an offering to the goddess. On the way back to Kathmandu from Pharphing, visit the breathtaking Taudha Lake and Chobar Gorge. Measuring at least 1250 meters, Chobhar caves are the second largest in Nepal. According to Swayambhu Purana and legends of the region, Kathmandu Valley was once a lake and it is believed that the Buddhist deity Manjushree drained away the waters to establish a habitable land.

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3.3 / 5

based on 5 reviews

OMG I cannot describe the feeling of flying to Kalapatthar and seeing the glorious Mount Everest !!! The trip started off with the uncertainty of the weather but we finally departed a bit later! The pilot of our aircraft MR Prakash was brilliant!! After we left Kathmandu and ascended over the valley I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! The experience of seeing us fly into Lukla and the take off again and then the landing at Pheriche was just surreal.We were split into a group of two and got around 15-20 minutes at Pheriche ….the feeling of being in the lap of the Himalayan mountains was just magical Then we flew to Kalapattar our pilot pointed out everything to us …the peaks …the Kumbhu ice falls ..the camps…then we landed at Kalapatthar…the view of Everest ,Nuptse were incredible….we just were so happy!!!we missed out on landing at Everest hotel as it started snowing but we can’t complain…we flew back safely and happy ….pl do this it is a dream come true !!A huge thanks!!!

Something you have to experience! Hotel pick-up and drop-off went smoothly. Flight was postponed by about 1 hour due to bad weather (safety first and not unusual in the mountains). Modern plane and very friendly staff who provided information about the mountains. Each passenger had a window seat. The view of the mountain range and Mount Everest is pure goosebump feeling.

Great experience overall! We booked the panoramic flight in the early morning incl. pickup from our hotel - everything worked perfectly: pickup was on time, we both got a window spot, the staff on board was really helpful and explaining us which peaks we see. Overall great and I would recommend it to everyone!

Amazing experience and great cabin crew. Approved. Final rating ---> 8+ out of 10.

Good crew, excellent views and great flying experience.