Authored by Marie Pottiez
It may be hard to get to Nepal, but you’ll likely find that it’s even harder to leave.
We only stayed 10 days. But in this time we completely fell in love with this wonderful country.
With two days in Kathmandu before hitting the Himalayan trails, ten days is a very short amount of time. But it’s enough to get an idea of the country, discover Kathmandu, see the beauty of the mountains, meet the people, and discover the Nepalese culture.
If you’re working off a similar time-frame, we highly recommend making time for the following.
How to Spend 10 Days in Nepal
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Katmandhu’s Beautiful Chaos
Barely having arrived from the airport, you’ll dive straight into that chaotic atmosphere specific to Nepal.
Kathmandu is a super intense city. It’s big, polluted, traffic jammed, colorful, authentic, busy, noisy, and all brightened up by stunning old temples, smiling local people and traditional markets.
There is so much to see, you won’t even know where to look. Two eyes and two ears aren’t enough!
Nepalese Treats (Momo Crave!)
We heard a lot of things about Nepalese food before we traveled. “You’ll always eat the same stuff”, “it’s no good”, and so on.
We were glad to see how wrong people were.
There are MANY delicious specialties to taste in Nepal. Starting with a plate of momos accompanied by a local beer. It’s a kind of dumpling filled with cheese, veggies or meat. And it’s delicious – especially after a seven hour hike in the cold!
Luxurious Garden of Dreams
In the middle of busy Kathmandu is a hidden paradise with a well-deserved name: the Garden of Dreams. Leaving the traffic behind you as you push through the tiny door of the garden, you’ll enter into a peaceful little world where time has stopped.
It’s superbly restored, flowery, colorful and quiet. Quiet. Silence is priceless in Kathmandu! It’s the perfect spot for a nap in the shade of a tree.
The restaurant here is far from cheap, but the food is scrumptious. It’s the perfect way to get some strength up before a trek too.
Vertiginous Bodnath Stupa
The Bodnath Stupa is one of the strongest symbols of Nepal. And there is something unreal about being there. You feel as though this place should only exist in books and movies.
But it’s real, and it’s massive. A pure beauty with a strong sense spirituality.
This is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. Everyday you can see monks and people ritually walking around the stupa, captivated by their prayer while circulating clockwise.
The Vibes in Durbar Square
Durbar Square’s medieval architecture is so spectacular you could easily spend hours there, strolling from temple to temple, taking incredible pictures and meeting the locals.
Red brick walls, art exhibitions on the streets, thousands of pigeons, many tuk tuks, colorful saris – this is Kathmandu exactly as you’ve pictured it.
Take your camera and let yourself get lost, to simply soak up the atmosphere.
It’s crazy how simple it became to plan a trek in the Himalayas; there are now countless options, from one day to one month expeditions, with or without guide.
Obviously, the more time you’ve got, the more remotely you’ll go. We chose the Langtang Valley for many reasons’ it’s one of the closest trekking options from Kathmandu, it’s not too popular therefore not too crowded, and it’s neither too hard nor easy.
It was breathtaking. A truly unique experience. Trekking in the Himalayas is something everyone should live at least once in their lifetime.
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Image credits: Photos from Nepal by Marie Pottiez. Bio photo of Marie Pottiez © Ju Redondo Photography.