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I arrived early in Kathmandu. Oh no, oh no, what will I do?

Nepal is a great place, so if you forgot about those pesky time zones and arrive early or want more time to explore we’ve gathered some information that will be helpful to you.

While we are excited for you to join us, we are only able to pick you up from the airport and provide your accommodation on the arrival date of your expedition. If you have further questions beyond our recommendations below, don’t hesitate to call us.

Nepal is the land of Mt. Everest and the other ginormous Himalayan Mountains. Everything in Nepal must be at really high elevations that will take time to acclimate to right? Well, not quite. You may think arriving in Kathmandu a few days early to acclimate is beneficial, but Kathmandu is actually situated at 4,600ft, that’s lower than the mile high city, Denver! You will be heading up to elevation on your trek, and time is built into every trek to allow for acclimatization.

Here are some great things to do in Kathmandu if you arrive early!

  • Garden of Dreams: A neoclassical historical garden, the Garden of Dreams was created early in 1920. The garden is comprised of pavilions, fountains, decorative garden furniture and includes European inspired features such as birdhouses, varandas and urns. More information available on TripAdvisor here.
  • Pashupatinath Temple: One of the wold’s most significant temples dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva. Only born Hindus are allowed to enter the temple, but there is plenty to view around it. More details available on TripAdvisor here.
  • Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur is the third largest city in Kathmandu Valley and a former capital of Nepal. It is a World Heritage as dedicated by UNESCO for its culture, temples, wood, metal and stone work. Find out more about Bhaktapur here.
  • Durbar Square: Durbar Square is a general term for a square in Nepal, but the one in Kathmandu is in front of the old royal palace of the Kathmandu Kingdom. See what others have to say about Durbar Square on TripAdvisor here.

After all the fun, you’ll need a place to crash. Here are some of our recommended partners:

On the scheduled start day of your trip, we can arrange to pick you up from your guesthouse. Just let us know where to pick you up.

You can do that here.

Kathmandu is a world away from your life in the West, so if you are arriving early or staying late, take them time to stroll the streets and be immersed in the sights, smells and sounds. You never know what you will find around the next corner!