Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Kathmandu

Stunning Himalayan vistas, big-city bustle, centuries-old temples, an array of vibrant colours, intoxicating aromas and friendly smiles all come together in the eclectic metropolis that is Kathmandu. Nepal's capital is an emerging cosmopolitan city, yet it remains steeped in cultural, artistic and religious traditions. Kathmandu offers visitors an assortment of unique sights and experiences. Independent travellers and trekking groups alike will find no shortage of things to do.

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Amitabha Monastery Hike

From Swayambhu to the Amitabha Monastery (in Nepali 'Seto Gumba' you will master an approximately 15 km (9.3 miles) long, 4-5 hour hike, with beautiful panoramic views over the Kathmandu Valley and the chance to admire a breathtaking sunset or sunrise, if you time your journey right. For inexperienced hikers, it is recommendable to join a group or to hire a guide for the trek.

Hike to Kakani

From Kathmandu to the small village Kakani — this hiking path leads you through the sub-alpine forests of Nepal. The trek itself is graded easy with only a slight incline. Keep in mind that the walk might take up to 5-6 hours, though. It is recommended to hire a local agency for secured transport and experienced guides along the way.

Hanuman Dhoka

Dedicated to the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman, this impressive palace complex was constructed between the 4th and 8th centuries and then expanded considerably in the 17th. Spread over 5 acres, it contains the Royal Palace and many beautiful temples and courtyards. Unfortunately, the complex was severely damaged during the 2015 earthquake and reconstruction is still underway.
Adresse: Durbar Square, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4258034
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–5pm

Durbar Square

Kathmandu's central square is a breathtaking sight, packed with palaces, temples, shrines, and pagodas. The colours, sounds and smells are intoxicating as what seems like the whole city passes through on any given day. It is the centre of spiritual and cultural life in Kathmandu and cannot be missed. Kathmandu Durbar Square in front of the old royal palace is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Adresse: Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Kwa Bahal (Golden Temple)

Dating back as far as the 12th century, this unique Buddhist monastery gets its name from the many decorative gold plates covering much of the facade. It is located in Patan, to the south of the city, and the doorways and courtyards hold shrines dedicated to Buddhist gods and elaborate statues of the temple's mythical guardians.
Adresse: Kwa Bahal, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 5534595
Åpningstider: Daily 5am–5pm

Boudhanath Stupa

This temple, located northeast of central Kathmandu, is the largest stupa in the country and the most important Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. After the Chinese occupation of Tibet, thousands of Tibetan refugees fled to Nepal and settled in the area around this temple, making it an important haven for Tibetan culture.
Adresse: Gangalal Way, Kathmandu

Swayambhunath Temple

West of the city of Kathmandu lies this cluster of temples, shrines and other religious structures, one of the oldest and holiest places in the whole country, revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike. Also known as Monkey Temple, because of its many resident monkeys, devotees and visitors flock here, often preferring to tackle the 365 step ascent, rather than driving up.
Adresse: Swayambhunath, Kathmandu

Garden of Dreams

The ideal place to escape the hectic rhythm and constant bustle of the city, the Garden of Dreams provides a refuge for nature lovers. This small garden with its beautifully decorated gates, fountains and pavilions is a great place for a picnic and a spot of people watching, as young local couples often come for a romantic day out.
Adresse: Garden of Dreams. Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 1 4425340
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 9am–10pm

Kumari Ghar

This red-brick building is the home of the Kumari — a young girl chosen as the city's 'living goddess', a charge she occupies until reaching puberty. Inside is a wonderful courtyard (considered by some to be the most beautiful in all of Nepal) where the Kumari herself may be seen from 9 am to 11 am, though photographing her is forbidden.
Adresse: Kumari Ghar, Kathmandu

National Museum of Nepal

Nepal's National Museum houses wonderful treasures, ranging from Buddhist art (statues, paintings and gigantic manuscripts) to stone, metal and terracotta statues. The highlight is the statue of Sukhavara Samvara, with 34 intricate arms and 10 faces. Another favourite is the collection of weapons belonging to national heroes such as Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founder of Nepal. National Museum has three exhibition buildings — the Historical building, the Juddha Jatiya art gallery, and the Buddhist art gallery.
Adresse: Museum Road, Chhauni, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4271478

Panoramic Everest Flight

Of course, not every trip to Nepal must include the arduous and dangerous hike to the world's tallest mountain. However, you can embark on a mountain flight in from Tribhuvan Airport for a panoramic encounter with the highest peaks on earth. Witness majestic views of Mt. Everest, as well as Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantega, Lhotse and Nuptse. A short but memorable flight over the clouds. Mark the occasion with a glass of sparkling wine.

Kopan Monastery

Just outside Kathmandu, in the village of Kapan, lies this Buddhist monastery. It is the perfect destination for a day-trip, or even a few nights in one of the guest rooms. The monastery is famed for its beautiful setting and peaceful, relaxing surroundings. Many visitors come here to attend courses in search of a spiritual experience.
Adresse: Kopan Monastery, Kapan, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4821 268

Krishnarpan Nepali Restaurant

Krishnarpan is located within the charming Dwarika’s heritage hotel and serves traditional Nepali dishes in a welcoming upmarket atmosphere. Enjoy the award-winning architecture, rustic earthenware and the local dress worn by the staff. Meals here are anything but fast: the "slow dining" meals range from six to 22 courses. This is further enhanced by traditional earthenware and the local dress worn by the waiters. The ingredients are sourced from Dwarika’s own organic farms.
Adresse: Battisputali Road, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4479 488
Åpningstider: Daily 6pm–11pm

Third Eye

Established in 1989, Third Eye restaurant offers a reflective of unique Royal Indian and Nepalese cuisines. The walls are adorned with original oil paintings by Nepalese artists. Their dining room designed to enhance your dining experience. Order a thali set according to your preferences. Vegetarian options are quite popular, and you can adjust the level of spiciness.
Adresse: J.P. Road, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 5360 289


This vegetarian restaurant is popular with tourists and locals alike, offering light Middle Eastern dishes in a stylish and intimate setting. Patrons must take off their shoes at the entrance, and all seating is on cushions on the floor, which gives OR2K an authentic feeling to accompany the delicious food.
Adresse: Mandala Street, Thamel, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4422097
Åpningstider: Daily 11am–10pm

Yangling Tibetan Restaurant

In a small street next to Paknajol there is Yangling — a family-run restaurant that serves some of the best momos in Kathmandu. Try these traditional Nepalese dumplings filled with meat, vegetables and cheese along with some mix fried rice and super paneer chili. The orange chilli sauce that accompanies every order is just what you need to wake up your taste buds. For a really substantial meal, get some thukpa — a traditional hot noodle soup with meat and vegetables. To finish the meal, try the rich Tibetan butter tea.
Adresse: Kalhara Marg, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4257 408

Le Sherpa

Le Sherpa offers one of Kathmandu's best fine dining experiences. This relatively new restaurant brings contemporary European cuisine to the city, offering specialties like the Sherpa soup and rabbit tortellini, as well as a formidable wine selection, in elegant surroundings with a green open-air courtyard.
Adresse: Ramalaya, Pani Pokhara, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4428 604
Åpningstider: Mon noon–10pm, Tue–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat & Sun 8am–10pm


Utse claims to be the first modern restaurant in Kathmandu, dating back to 1979. Locals and visitors alike gather here to try the famously delicious Tibetan specialties, like gacok — a stew made of meat, vegetables and mushrooms cooked over many hours. Booking a table may come in handy, as it tends to get quite busy.
Adresse: Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4257 614

Saigon Pho

Award-winning Saigon Pho is the only Vietnamese restaurant in Kathmandu, and is deservedly a favourite in the city. Serving delicious Vietnamese and South Asian cuisine, including pho, shrimp rice wraps, papaya salad, and much more, visitors will want to arrive early to get a table on the outdoor terrace to enjoy the view.
Adresse: Lazimpat, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4443 330
Åpningstider: Daily 11am–9pm

Cafe Swotha

Swotha is a small cafe adjoining the boutique and B&B of Traditional Homes Swotha. Small and quaint, it is perfect for romantic dates and quiet afternoons with a book. Have a moment of rest in the back garden. The menu is not long, but you are sure to find something appetizing. Fresh sandwiches and salads, quiches, filling divine soups and strong coffee — what's not to like?
Adresse: Traditional Road, Lalitpur, Nepal
Telefon: +977 1 5551 184

Roadhouse Cafe

Roadhouse Cafe is not just great for coffee. It's also famous for their wood-fired pizzas, a variety of wines and diverse world cuisine, including pasta, salads and burger. Mosaic-covered walls and wooden furniture give Roadhouse a rustic welcoming atmosphere.
Adresse: Chaksibari Road, Thamel, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 5367 885

Upstairs Cafe

Upstairs is an excellent choice for breakfast and brunch. Airy and cosy, the cafe is located on the fourth floor, high above the hustle and bustle of the streets, facing a quiet courtyard. Popular dishes here include Pad Thai, Hot and Sour soup, Farm House Vegetables with cashew and rice. Refreshing and filling!
Adresse: Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4700 035

The Bakery Cafe

This great local chain has outlets throughout the city and serves up snacks and fast food, as well as delicious coffee drinks. The Bakery Cafe is famous for hiring deaf employees who would otherwise have difficulty finding stable work, and is thus a favourite among the local community.
Adresse: Teendhara Marg, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4169 247
Åpningstider: Daily 11am–9pm

Kathmandu Guest House

The Kathmandu Guest House is part of a great chain of hotels in Nepal, founded by Karna Sakya, hailed as the father of tourism in the country. Not only is it a great place to stay, once a favourite among mountaineers, but it also boasts some of the best coffee in Kathmandu. Other beverages are also available to enjoy in the lovely courtyard.
Adresse: Thamel, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4700 632

Himalayan Java Coffee

Hailed as serving some of the best coffee in the whole country (they roast their coffee in-house), local and travelling coffee lovers flock here for the high-quality coffee drinks and the relaxed vibe. It provides a very relaxing environment despite the bustle of the city streets just outside its walls.
Adresse: Tridevi Sadak, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 442 2519
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–8:30pm

Rosemary Kitchen and Coffee Shop

A Kathmandu favourite, the menu at Rosemary Kitchen offers a bit of everything: dishes from all over the Asian continent, from India to Thailand, via Mongolia, Italian specialties, fine wines and homemade bread. It gets busy, so reservations are recommended, especially for garden seating, but the interior is elegant and comfortable as well.
Adresse: Thamel Marg, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4226 066
Åpningstider: Daily 7:30am–10pm

LOD — Lord of the Drinks

LOD regarded as is the biggest and loudest club in Kathmandu. The club is frequented by local celebrities, VIPs, VVIPs. Even Nepal's ex-royal family visits this club for their weekend hangouts.
Adresse: Thamel Marg, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 984 3948 991
Åpningstider: Daily 6pm–4am

Moksh Bar

Moksh is a popular music venue and, allegedly, a destination for a more "posh" and "refined" crowd. It's a whole new concept for art, music, and food lovers. Every Tuesday and Friday you can catch a music show here. The bar is built like an extension to an existing building in the form of a long narrow veranda, which serves as a place for interaction and seating. Exposed concrete and local clay tiles are used along with teak louvers. True modern architecture with local flair.
Adresse: Gyan-Mandala, Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur
Telefon: +977 1 5428 362

Rum Doodle

The ceiling of Rum Doodle is covered with foot-shaped notes, left there by every Mt Everest summiteer who has visited the bar. One of the most iconic bars in the city and a real hub for the mountaineers since the 70s. Come for a drink and stay for the home-style food and the atmosphere of camaraderie.
Adresse: Bhupi Road, Naxal, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4421 420

Tom & Jerry Pub

A long-standing favourite among backpackers and trekkers, Tom & Jerry is a rowdy and noisy little place that doesn't lack for charm. Groups of trekkers make it lively after weeks of traversing the mountains, and for the more relaxed crowd, there are pool tables on the second floor.
Adresse: Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 985 1072 794
Åpningstider: Daily 4pm–3am

New Orleans Cafe

For a bit of live music, be sure to visit New Orleans. It is an extremely popular place for a drink due to its intimate vibe set to candlelight and soft tunes, and the courtyard hosts live blues and rock covers almost every night. The far-reaching menu has excellent and varied options, too. Book ahead or arrive early to be sure to get a table.
Adresse: Sagarmatha Bazar, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4700 736
Åpningstider: Daily 7:30am–11pm

Electric Pagoda Bar & Cafe

Quickly becoming one of the best places to eat, drink, and party in Nepal, Electric Pagoda provides a great environment for travellers. The primarily Mexican-inspired menu is top-notch, the bar is fully stocked with international spirits, and the resident DJs pump out an eclectic mix to satisfy all tastes. The courtyard is green, the decor tasteful, and the company is always cheerful.
Adresse: Saat Ghumti Marg, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4700 123
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–midnight

Jai Nepal Cinema Hall

For a more relaxed evening, the Jai Nepal Cinema offers a convenient option for cinema-lovers. The selection is usually limited to Bollywood movies (mostly Hindi, but also some local Nepali films) with no English audio or subtitles, but that only makes it a more interesting experience, and it takes nothing away from enjoying the music and the dances.
Adresse: Narayanhiti Marg, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 444 222 0

Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre

This handicraft centre showcases the beautiful, elaborate carpets that fuel much of Nepal's textile industry. It is a Tibetan refugee cooperative, and visitors can watch as more than 1,000 refugee employees work at their craft before heading to the shopping area to take one home. Other options include cashmere and yak-hair shawls.
Adresse: Ekantakuna Road, Patan
Telefon: +977 1 5527 047
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm

The Paper Park

The Thamel area boasts several great shops that showcase Nepal's wonderful handmade paper products, and The Paper Park might be the best place to buy it. Visitors can find photo albums, paper lamps, notebooks, paper hangings and much more, made from the country's special paper that comes from the lokta plant.
Adresse: Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4700 475
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–5:30pm, Sat closed, Sun 10:30am–5:30pm

Tibetan Thangka Gallery

Thangkas are traditional Tibetan Buddhist scroll paintings on cotton or silk that usually depict Buddhist deities, religious scenes or mandalas. The thangkas on display here are beautiful and a great bargain, as they usually end up on sale at tourist hotspots for much higher prices. Pop in, watch the artists at work in the workshop and take home a unique souvenir.
Adresse: Boudha Road, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4428 863
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–6pm

Baber Mahal Revisited

The Baber Mahal was originally a Rana palace that dates back to 1919, but has now been redesigned and repurposed into a chic and beautiful shopping centre hosting clothing stores, galleries and some fine restaurants and bars. The quality of the products here is high and clearly aimed at tourists and the local elite, so expect higher prices than you might find elsewhere in the city.
Adresse: Tanka Prasad Ghumti Sadak, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4248 747
Åpningstider: Daily 11am–7pm

Shona's Alpine Rental

Explorers and adventurers need to look no further for their one-stop outdoor gear shop in Kathmandu. Shona's sells and rents out everything trekkers might need to battle the elements and brave the mighty Himalayas, including backpacks, sleeping bags (they make their own) and warm down jackets.
Adresse: Amrit Marg, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 984 3688 910
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10am–5:30pm

Best Time to Visit

October to December is the best time to visit as the clear skies make for spectacular views. The weather is dry until April, and in May, heat and humidity levels increase until the Monsoon season arrives in June. Religious festivals are celebrated all year long.

Passport / Visa

Obtaining a travel visa for Nepal is relatively simple. Tourist visas for 15, 30 and 90 days are available on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport or at any of the land borders that accept foreigners. The cost for the visa is 30 USD (15 days), 50 USD (30 days) or 125 USD (90 days) paid in cash on the spot. You can fill in the visa details online beforehand or at the border you enter through.

Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

The Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) is situated about 6km east of Kathmandu, right in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley. It is the country's only international airport, serving approximately 30 airlines with service to Asia and the Middle East, as well as Istanbul. It also functions as the hub for Nepalese airlines. Getting from the airport to the city can be done by taxi, buses, hotel shuttles or rental cars. Buses run regularly from dawn till dusk from just outside the airport gate, are very affordable and take approximately 30 minutes to reach the city. Passengers wishing to take a taxi are recommended to order one from the pre-paid booth inside the terminal.
Adresse: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4113 033

Public Transport

Public transport in Kathmandu can be confusing, as there are no proper signboards. However, buses have a cashier or attendant who can let travellers know where the bus goes and let them know when they have arrived at their destination. Buses are usually quite old and not very comfortable, but traveling with the locals can be very pleasant, and they are always very friendly and helpful. Blue and green buses go in circles along the Ring Road.


Taxis can be found just about anywhere along major streets in Kathmandu. They are metered, but drivers will try not to use it in order to ask for higher prices. Either demand to use it or agree on a price before getting in. Note that rates rise after 9pm. An alternative in Thamel is to take rickshaws, which can often be seen around this tourist-heavy area.

Post Office

Adresse: General Post Office, Sundhara Marg, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4432 891
Åpningstider: Sun–Thu 10am–4pm, Fri 10am–3pm, Sat closed


Adresse: Ritika Pharmacy, Chhetrapati Chowk, Kathmandu
Telefon: +977 1 4260 792


Country code: +977 City code: 1


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