People come to Nepal for many reasons, mostly religious and cultural, but those who love nature and adventure come for trekking in Kathmandu. The capital city is blessed with a number of treks and paths that center around the trekking hubs of Pokhara.
From the center of Kathmandu, the tiny city Pokhara is about 5 to 8 hours away on land or 30 minutes by air. It is a pleasant lake city that is most popular as a hub for treks, rafting trips and other Nepali adventure activities. Several tourist accommodations and entertain centers have been established here, making it a major tourist destination in Nepal, next to the capital city of Kathmandu.
The developing country of Nepal in South Asia is far from the most economically stable country in the region. The country is, in fact, plagued by political and social turmoil. National instability has been driving away foreign tourists, especially Americans. For this reason, the local government of Kathmandu is doing its best to improve the peace and order situation within the capital city, at least, in order to maintain the steady influx of tourists. Kathmandu is the springboard to all tourist attractions and activities in Nepal, including trekking and mountain climbing activities in the Everest region. From Kathmandu, Everest and Tibet is just a short flight away. Tourists, adventurers and mountain climbers pass through the Nepali capital before enjoying the scenic beauty of snowcapped mountains while watching yak caravans pass by. In addition to trekking, Kathmandu and the surrounding areas also offer adventures in rafting, jungle experience and extreme sports.
Nepal is best known for the Himalayas. Visitors to the capital city can enjoy the majestic view of the Himalayas by engaging in a one-day or two-day trek that takes tourists out of the Kathmandu Valley. A view of the mountain ranges is to die for, and the trek is relatively less intense. Included in this trek is a climb up Nagarkot Mountain, which offers a spectacular view of the mountain ranges, especially at sunrise or sunset. The most visible Himalayan peaks are Manaslu, Langtang, Ganesh, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Ssisa pagma, Gauri Shankar and Choyu. On clearer, the snow-capped tip of Mt. Everest is visible from Nagarkot, making one’s trekking experience in Nepal even more memorable.
The leisurely climb of Nagarkot may take a couple of days through Sundarijal and Snakhu or Bhaktapu and Changunarayan. Mountain biking to Nagarkot is also a great idea, although the paths are steep and dangerous for the inexperienced mountain biker. All the treks and other attractions in Nagarkot, which include lush valleys, thick forests and pine trees, are within walking distance.
In addition to trekking in Kathmandu, tourists may also enjoy participating in traditional fairs and festivals, observing religious pilgrimages, viewing museums, sampling sumptuous Nepali dishes, and visiting ancient temples and palaces. The most important tourist attraction in the city is Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a home to a number of centuries-old streets, statues, stupas, temples, and palaces.