The Kathmandu Valley tour

7 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
Min 2
5-star Hotel in Kathmandu + 2-star Guesthouse in Bhaktapur
Best Season
Jan-May and Sep-Dec
Trip Route


    • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
    • Patan Durbar Square
    • Pashmina factory visit
    • Pottery square visit
    • Paper factory visit
    • World’s highest Shiva Statue visit, at Sanga
    • Narayanhiti Old Royal Palace, Bhatkapur and Patan Museum visits
    • Swayambhu Monkey Temple
    • Boudhanath Buddhist Stupa 

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet and greet at the airport
  • Hotel transfer by private vehicle and check-in
  • Welcome drinks + meeting with your tour guide
  • 06:00 pm Welcome dinner
  • Overnight at your hotel
  • 07:30-08:30 am Hotel breakfast
  • 09:00-09:30 am pick-up by your tour guide
  • 10:00-10:30 am arrival at Bishal Bazaar and start walking tour
  • Explore around Kathmandu Durbar Square and Asan market
  • 12:00-12:30 pm pick-up at Bishal Nagar and drive to Garden of Dreams
  • 01:00 pm Lunch at Garden of Dreams
  • 01:45 pm pick up and drive to Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
  • 02:15-02:30 pm arrival Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
  • 03:30-03:45 pm pick-up at Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) and drive to SK Pashmina
  • 04:15 pm arrival at SK Pashmina
  • 05:15 pm pick-up at SK Pashmina and transfer to your hotel
  • 05:30-06:00 pm arrival at your hotel
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel
  • 07:30-08:30 am Hotel breakfast
  • 09:00-09:30 am pick-up by your guide and drive to Narayanhiti old Royal Palace Museum
  • 10:15 am Narayanhiti old Royal Palace Museum visit 
  • 12:15 pm Pick- up and drive to Boudhanath
  • 12:45 pm lunch at Boudhanath
  • 01:30 pm sightseeing at Boudhanath
  • 03:30 pm pick-up and transfer to hotel
  • 04:30 pm arrival at the hotel
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel
  • 07:30-08:30 am Hotel breakfast 
  • 08:45 am drive to Bhakatpur
  • 09:45-10:15 am arrival Bhatkapur hotel 
  • 12:00 pm lunch
  • 01:00 pm guided tour Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Durbar/museum, pottery square, and paper factory
  • 05:00 pm back to the hotel
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel
  • 06:30 am Early wake-up call
  • 07:00 am hotel breakfast
  • 07:30 am pick-up + check out
  • 08:15 am Sanga visit
  • 09:00 am pick up at Sanga & drive to Patan
  • 10:30 am Patan sightseeing
  • Durbar Square
  • Wood hand carving
  • Museum
  • 12:30 pm Patan museum café lunch
  • 01:30 pm pick-up and drive to your hotel
  • 02:30 pm arrival and check-in to your hotel
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel
  • Customer review
  • Check-out
  • Our team will transfer you to the airport approx. 3hrs before departure
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Welcome to the Kathmandu Valley tour organized by Royal Himalayan Holidays. A luxury tour in Nepal of seven days that takes you sightseeing through Kathmandu’s ancient 3 kingdoms, with some unique and exciting activities! The Kathmandu Valley tour is made for you to enjoy the cultural and architectural wonders of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan, the ancient 3 kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley. Providing only luxury accommodation and transportation during the entire Kathmandu Valley tour you’re sure to enjoy the best of the best during your stay in Nepal with royal Himalayan Holidays! 

Royal Himalayan Holidays’ Kathmandu Valley tour starts with an amazing welcome dinner in one of Kathmandu’s authentic Nepalese restaurants. During this welcome dinner a spectacular show of the different ethnic groups in Nepal will be shown by live music and dance, truly a show you don’t want to miss! The first sightseeing point during the Kathmandu Valley tour is a visit to the local bazaar followed by a small tour around Kathmandu’s old Durbar Square. Durbar Squares are old palace and temple sites from the time that the Kathmandu Valley was ruled by 3 smaller kingdoms; Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. In the end, Kathmandu became the victor and named the entire valley Kathmandu. Having enjoyed the sights of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square we head off to the famous monkey temple Swayambu. The views of the Kathmandu Valley are incredible from Swayambu’s top point and after a few hours exploring around the Temple, we head to a Pashmina factory to end our first day in Kathmandu. Pashmina is a unique luxury product that can only be found in the Himalayas! Having to get a look behind the scenes at how this product is handmade into luxury shawls and clothes is truly fascinating. After our first day of cultural sightseeing, the Kathmandu Valley tour takes you to the Narayanhiti Old Royal Palace Museum. This unique palace museum is located in the old palace of the previous king of Nepal and exhibits the art, culture, and tradition of Nepal. Continuing on we take a short drive to the Boudhanath Stupa. This amazing and famous Buddhist Stupa is visited by pilgrims from all over the world who wish to walk around the huge white dome of the Stupa and say their prayers for prosperity and peace. With the Stupa being surrounded by charming rooftop restaurants it’s also the ideal place to enjoy lunch!

The next day we wake up early to beat traffic and leave Kathmandu behind to visit the second kingdom on the Kathmandu Valley Tour, Bhaktapur. The drive can take about 1 hour and offers some scenery of the sub-urban in the Valley. After arriving at our hotel we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur’s Royal Durbar Square. There are many fascinating things to see in Bhaktapur such as the uniquely handmade potteries at pottery square, a visit to the Durbar Square museum, and a look behind the scenes of one of Nepal’s oldest paper factories. Having enjoyed the culture and sights of Bhaktapur, we have an early wake up the next day as we prepare to drive to the last of the 3 kingdoms, Patan. Before driving to Patan we make a quick stop at Sanga, where one of the highest Shiva statues rests. At Sanga, we can enjoy the views as the place is located up high on a hill, and after a good hour, we depart for Patan.

Arriving at Patan’s Durbar Square you can directly see the difference between Bhaktapur and Kathmandu’s Durbar Squares, as Patan has more Hindu Temples and is most famous for its Krishna Temple. We explore around Patan’s Durbar Square, visit the uniquely hand-carved woodshops and enjoy a well-deserved lunch at Patan’s Museum Café! 

Ending our Kathmandu Valley tour, the last day is reserved for you to relax and enjoy your last day in Nepal, with Royal Himalayan Holidays.


    • All ground transportation as per itinerary
    • 5-star Hotel in Kathmandu
    • 2-star Guesthouse in Bhaktapur
    • All government and local taxes as per the itinerary
    • All entry fees as per the itinerary
    • All official expenses as per the itinerary
    • Welcome dinner
    • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/leader
    • 1 basic medical kit per group

Frequently Asked Questions

Booking with RHH has never been easier! Just use our easy-to-use website, select your package for Nepal, Bhutan, or Tibet and click Book Now to fill up your booking form. After receiving your booking form by auto email, our team will contact you back via email, to finalize your booking. It’s that easy!

Yes, all of our packages are based on luxury trips and can get pricy for the average budget trekker. We do however can change this during your booking should you wish. By lowering the accommodation type and switching to the public instead of private transport you can enjoy trips or treks with RHH without the luxury element. But then again would you sacrifice comfort for the price during a holiday? Enjoy the best of the Himalayas with our luxury packages. 

If you wish to book a budget trip with Royal Himalayan Holidays, you can just make any booking, but the request for a budget trip. Then after receiving your request our team can send you a budget itinerary for that package with a new and lower calculated rate per person. 

Almost all of our trips are family and child-friendly. Of course, you’ll need to see a bit yourself, we think it’s logical that you can’t book a hard and strenuous trek while bringing children with you. For family and child-friendly trips or treks, we do recommend any of our tour packages or one of our short treks in Nepal that don’t reach too many high altitudes. 

No, Royal Himalayan Holidays do not have any hidden or additional fees after booking a trip. With us, full transparency is an important part of our customer relations! Hence, all rates are included within your package, of course, these do not include your personal expenses, such as drinks, souvenirs, tips, etc. 

Yes with RHH you have the option to book a non-English guide for your trip. If you would like to have a different language guide during your holiday we do insist on mentioning this during your booking so we have the time to organize, find, check and hire said guide for your trip. There are French, German, Dutch, and Spanish-speaking guides available.

Royal Himalayan Holidays does take great care of booking your accommodation during your holiday in Nepal. We book only the best available 4 to 5-star category hotels. These hotels are based on All-Inclusive plans and have luxury rooms as well as other facilities available for you to enjoy during your holiday. During treks, accommodation is limited to standard guest or tea houses, but at some overnight locations where there is luxury accommodation available, we plan to stay at those. 

Well, since ATMs don’t exist up high in the mountains we do recommend bringing some additional cash with you, preferably Nepalese Rupees or US Dollars. Calculate a 15 to 25 USD per day in the Himalayas. This way you can use extra facilities in the guesthouses such as WIFI usage. 

Yes, with RHH you have the option to tailor-make or customize an itinerary before booking a holiday. If you want to change a part of your itinerary during your holiday then RHH can organize it for you, but at additional cost depending on the changes that have to be made. 

No, international flights are not included in the package rate. With so many flight options nowadays we give you the freedom of choosing the best available flights from and to Nepal yourself. If you do require international flight tickets we can arrange this, but by experience, we found that our customers can get better international flight rates by themselves from their own respective countries. 

So Nepal has 4 seasons. Starting with spring, followed by the monsoon or rainy season going into fall/autumn, and ultimately winter. The best times to book a trip or trek in Nepal will either be during spring or fall/autumn. Spring starts in March and ends at the end of May. During this season the winter cold is gone and the skies are clear blue with a few clouds here and there. Perfect for seeing those incredible mountain and valley views! Fall or autumn starts in September and runs until the end of November. This season is extra special in Nepal, not because of the clear skies and comfortable weather, but due to being the festival season. In October the biggest festival takes place in Nepal, namely Dashain and Tihar. To get the best experience in Nepal we do recommend booking either for the spring or fall/autumn seasons.

Almost all guesthouses have WIFI available and phone reception. Do note that this is not high-speed WIFI or perfect reception, you’re still in the remote Himalayas. During the trek, there will be areas with no reception or WIFI, meaning you’ll be completely cut out from the world and surrounded by nature! Exactly what a trek should be.

While tipping is not mandatory in Nepal, due to being a low-income country many of the workers do depend on it as a secondary income. Hence we do ask our travelers to give some gratuities at the end of your trip to your guide or driver. Common tips in Nepal for a service well performed are about 5 to 10USD a day. But once again it is not mandatory.

Yes with RHH you can extend or add extra days on your holiday to enjoy your trip further. We do also provide assistance in VISA extension should it be required as well as helping you choose new and different activities. You can even combine multiple tours or treks with each other, as well as do additional activities such as hiking, or adventure packages such as rafting or paragliding. 

With Royal Himalayan Holidays you can even hold a special event such as a birthday celebration, company team building, anniversary celebration, marriage proposal and even hold a traditional Nepalese wedding. Do request us during your booking if you want us to organize such an event during your trip to Nepal. 

With the thousands of travel and trekking agents to choose from in Nepal, why book a holiday with Royal Himalayan Holidays? Well first off, at RHH we take care in organizing any type of tour, trek, or adventure activity in Nepal. Furthermore, we provide a unique service by hiring only local and licensed guides. But the real reason you should book with RHH is, because of that touch of luxury that we provide in Nepal. All of our packages come with an All-Inclusive package, giving you more time to just enjoy your holiday. We provide luxury holidays in the Himalayas!

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