Most visitors to Nepal, and everybody heading for the mountains, fly to Kathmandu, the (earlier!) kingdom’s capital and its only international airport - Tribhuvan Airport. Nestled in a large valley that – according to legend – was once a huge lake, Kathmandu offers an amazing variety of restaurants and accommodation as well as an array of exquisite monuments, temples and statues. Even if you plan to head directly to the hills, you’ll probably need to spend a day or so in Kathmandu to organising your trek. Either before or after the trek you should set aside a few days for exploring the bazaars and temples of Kathmandu and the nearby cities of Patan and Bhaktapur.

Save some space in your bag as even the reluctant shopper will go mad. On top of that comes a huge variety of fantastic food and great socializing.

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