Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel in Thamel.
Day 02: Kathmandu, day for free spending. Maybe in the morning a mountain flight? During this mountainflight, which lasts an hour, we look forward to powerful Himalayan peaks, including the Mt Everest, which we can see very close.
Day 03: After breakfast we leave the busy streets of Kathmandu and drive towards Buddhanilkanta. Here is a 5th century temple with a resting Vishnu. Here we see a black Vishnu resting on a snake bed.
Day 04: We start with a 7km climb to the Shivapuri Reserve. We drive today over parts of the Helambu trekking path. Shivapuri is a 144-square-foot reserve with wildlife, birds and butterflies. Shivapuri is the second highest peak of the Kathmandu Valley with 2732m and is therefore a beautiful viewing point. The panorama on the Himalayas is overwhelming.
Day 05:Today we drive to Nagarkot. A short steep climb leads us to this famous village in the northeast of the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is at an altitude of 2000m and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding white Himalayas at clear weather. 8 of the 10 highest Himalayas in Nepal can be seen, from the Annapurna to Mount Everest. We spend the night in a nice and luxurious hotel.
Day 06:Today we get up early. On clear weather, we see a spectacular sunrise from our hotel's rooftop terrace. The rest of the day is for free use. Explore the numerous trails around Nagarkot, take a day trip to Bhaktapur or visit the Changu Narayan Temple.
The atmosphere in the ancient royal city of Bhaktapur takes place in the Middle Ages and on the many squares, beautiful pagoda-style temples can be seen. There is also a lively and colorful street life .
Bhaktapur has remained the most original of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Here is the movie Little Buddha recorded. Bhaktapur is famous for its pottery square, where thousands of pots are allowed to dry. An attraction is also the Sun Dhoka, the golden gate. The Nyatapola Temple is Bhaktapur's largest temple. The 30 meter high pagoda roof is 5 storeys high above all other buildings in the city. Two to two images of watchmen flank the stairs to the temple.
The silversmiths and jewelers in the city are beautiful souvenirs for sale. Immediately outside of the city, Nepalese country life begins to have changed for centuries. Changu Narayanis a building dating back to the 4th century and it is one of the masterpieces of Nepalese architecture.
Day 07:This day we start with an exciting descent. Through hilly areas we drive past rice terraces and through nice villages to eventually reach the Indrawati River. After reaching a total of 1000m, we arrive on Freedom Highway, the main road to Tibet. We lunch in a hidden spot along the river and climb back to the valley hill. You can of course choose to make the long and tiring climb in our car.
Day 08:Today we start with a climbing over Namo Buddha across a wide jeep track. We are rewarded with stunning views of the Ganesh Himal. Namo Buddha is a pilgrimage where Buddha once offered his body to feed a tiger mother and her cubs.
After visiting Namo Buddha, we cycle to the old town of Panauti. Here the time is literally quiet. There are very beautiful old houses and numerous temples to see. One of these temples, Indresara Mahadev, is probably Nepal's oldest. (1924 AD) For the evening we climb to a hilltop top of the Kathmandu Valley. From here we can see a beautiful sunset and rise.
Day 09: We discover the valley south of Kathmandu. We visit Bungamati, a picturesque village with many buildings dating from the 16th century. Later in the day we drive to Dakshin Kali, a temple complex located between 2 hills. Here, blood sacrifices are offered twice a week from male animals to the goddess Kali (Shiva Gemalin).
Day 10: Today we also pass many nice villages. We drive through a hill back to the south until we reach the Kulekhani dam. Here is a beautiful little lake.
Day 11: Along Kulekhani Lake we drive over a wide path to Palung from where we head up to Daman. Daman is surrounded by beautiful rhododendron forests. The village is also known as the most beautiful viewpoint of the valley. This is the only place in the world from which 8 mountains above 8000m can be seen !!
Day 12: We descend to Naubise and reach the road that was the only one in the Kathmandu Valley until the 50's. The construction of the Ttibhuvan highway only changed. On the way back we stop at Swayambhunath for lunch.
Swayambhunath is on a hill and is reached through an endless staircase occupied by beggars and countless monkeys. The temple is therefore known as the monkey temple. Upstairs you have a wide view of Kathmandu and in the distance you can see the hills of the Himalayas. The stupa is similar to that of Bodnath in structure. The Buddha's eyes look out over the entire Kathmandu Valley.
Day 13 and 14: Kathmandu. You can visit the world famous Bodnath stupa with its countless prayer flags and prayer mills.
Bodnath's stupa is a stunning building of about 40 meters high and 100 meters in diameter. The stupa has a beautiful white dome and is decorated with thousands of prayer flags. Beyond the white dome, Buddha's eye-catching eyes look through you. Especially in the evening, Buddhists walk around the stupa's around, and light bulbs can be lit. In the vicinity of Bodnath there are a number of Buddhist monasteries worth the effort of a visit.