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City Guide Kathmandu, Nepal

Visiting Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the centre of everything in Nepal – tourism, restaurants, hotels and, as it is where the majority of tourists travel to, it is the gateway to the Himalayas. Travelling from the west, it can be a bit of a shock on first arrival as the diversity between both cultures is instantly noticeable.

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Kathmandu City Reviews

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Great place for trekking

    I was in Nepal for about two weeks for Everest trekking. In Kathmandu, they don't have traffic lights. They have traffic police to manage the intersection. So, traffic is quite chaotic.

    Insider Tip:Some shopping tips if you're going to trek: 1. Get a travel insurance. 2. I came from the states. I found that it's cheaper to just get your trekking gear from the states. You can save money by buying quality gears from used stores such as Goodwill or Ebay/Amazon/Craigslist. 3. Chocolate candies are also more expensive here than in the states. Nepal imports them from other countries.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Crazy, works as central point to trekkings

    The city is very poluted, traffic is crazy and people don't usually speak English (mostly the ones that work with tourism). Good city to stay a couple of days and then head to the trekkings.

    Insider Tip:Traditional food like Mo Mos, Dal Bah and Panan are really good. If getting a taxi, need to bargain with the taxi driver.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Kathmandu is a tricky city. You will love it if you approach it with courage, energy, and an open mind. It is hectic and dirty and busy and occasional very hot and stinky. Many travelers spend two days shopping in Thamel and flee. To each their own, but I encourage you to really get to know this city. Be sure to visit places lik Pashupathinath, Swoyambhunath, Boddhanath, and be sure to take the time to walk around nearby neighborhoods. Allow yourself to feel overwhelmed and in awe.

    Insider Tip:Don't get stuck in Thamel! There is so much to that city. One of the best things to do is walk to your destination! Thamel to Swoyambunath takes less than 45 minutes, and you see so much of the city you otherwise miss. If you're in Nepal you'll probably go trekking anyways, so it's best to warm those legs up.

  • 70%

    evangraham6365

    Chaotic city good for a few temples before starting trekking

    City can be extremely dirty and chaotic, but does offer cheap eats and some good bargains if you hunt.

    Insider Tip:I'd only stay for 2 days to see the different temples before heading onwards. Definitely preferred Pokhara over this busy and dirty city.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Thamel is for the tourist people and for nightlife

    Kathmandu have a nice places to visit with good energy but overall it is difficult to find this places as it is not so many from them. Thamel is the center for tourist but it is more for shopping and nightlife.

    Insider Tip:Buy ear plug and cover for your mouth because of the cars horning and the pollution.

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