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%


    Come to Kathmandu!

    Come to Kathmandu! A lot of people are scared to venture into Nepal because of the earthquake earlier this year and now the petrol/gas shortage caused by tensions with India, but I will say that neither I nor any tourist I met (there were a lot, I spent 3 weeks in Kathmandu and doing the Everest Base Camp trek) was affected by either of those conditions. I found Nepalis to be incredibly friendly and helpful and I was so impressed by how smoothly everything was running despite these challenges!

    Insider Tip:La Bella Cafe: delicious, reasonably priced food (the meat is safe to eat!) Free fast wifi! Himalaya Java: AMAZING coffee (waaay better than any American coffee shop), their banana smoothies are to die for! Also free fast wifi! There's an awesome cellphone and photo shop where Thamel Marg (the main street) meets Tridevi Sadak/Thabahi Road), they were super professional, fast, and helpful. I got an Ncell SIM card from them that was immediately activated and visa photos within an hour.

  • 80%


    Great atmospheric city

    Very friendly population. Beautiful city. Easy to get around. Bad pollution sadly. Great atmosphere. Very safe, also after the earthquake.

  • 70%


    Dirty, dusty City

    Katmandu is another Asian city, it's very dusty. Some roads are nothing more then dirt tracks, I'd advise any one coming here to buy a dust mask before coming! Saying that the back packer seen is good, easy to find and feel safe.

  • 90%


    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%


    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.

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