Where to Stay in Kathmandu: Before and After your Trekking

By Sierd van der Bij

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Where to Stay in Kathmandu: Before and After your Trekking
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When planning your trekking in Nepal, whether it be the Annapurna or the Everest Region, you are likely to touch ground in Kathmandu first and last. Whether you seek comfort or the most affordable option, in Kathmandu you can always find something that suits your needs. Kathmandu is the gateway for trekking in Nepal and most places know how to cater for trekkers. This means that you can, for example, leave excess luggage behind until after your trek.

While out trekking, your accommodation is sorted and you are likely to stay in guesthouses or teahouses. In Kathmandu, however, your options are still open. In this blog post, we want to share our recommendations.

In which district should I stay?

As most trekking operators are situated here and because there is just a great vibe hanging, we always recommend people to stay in the Thamel district. Ever since the 70s this has been the main tourist area of Kathmandu. There are lots of places to eat and drink, you can find plenty of shops for last-minute trekking gear and you always have easy access to other parts of the city. When staying in Thamel, you are very likely to be around the corner of your trekking company. This will be convenient for your pick up.

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Partner Choices in Kathmandu

Our partners in Nepal can, upon request, add accommodation in Kathmandu to a trekking package. The following hotels are frequently used by the trekking companies we work with in Kathmandu.

1. Alpine Hotel

The Alpine Hotel is partially owned by our partner Alpine Club of Himalaya. Alpine Hotel offers comfortable rooms with a clean feel at affordable rates. From the rooftop terrace you can enjoy splendid views of Thamel and the rest of Kathmandu. High-speed internet, baggage storage, airport transfers and free brekafast await you.

1. Alpine Hotel

2. Hotel Nepalaya

If you want to add some yoga to your list of activities for your holiday in Nepal, you should consider staying at Hotel Nepalaya. There is a designated yoga room in this comfortable hotel, so why would you use all the extra services like free high-speed WiFi and room service? The perfect place to stretch your legs either before or after your trekking in Nepal.

2. Hotel Nepalaya

3. Samsara Resort & Hotel

The Samara Resort & Hotel is the number one choice for our partner Outfitter Nepal. This hotel is located in the heart of Kathmandu and is only a 5-kilometer drive from Kathmandu International Airport. Rooms come with complimentary WiFi and there is a restaurant that serves food around the clock.Fitted with wooden flooring, air-conditioned rooms offer cable TV and 24-hour room service. Private bathrooms come with bath and shower facilities.

4. Hotel Access Nepal

This is a popular choice of one of our other partners, Nepal Eco Adventure. Hotel Access Nepal is conveniently located a 5-minute walk from the city centre and provides spacious hotel with views of the city. The on-site restaurant offers a selection of Indian, European and Chinese dishes.rooms and suites offer city views and feature a flat-screen TV, personal safe and tea/coffee making facilities. The en suite bathroom comes with shower facilities and a hairdryer.

5. Hotel Tranquil

Complimentary breakfast every morning, the greatest views from the rooftop, a sociable owner, HD tv, free WiFi and an in-house restaurant. Hotel Tranquil has everything to make your stay in Thamel more comfortable. The hotel was started by a retired Police officer who traveled all over the country and stayed in many different hotels. Being a frequent hotel guest himself, he knows how to look after his guests.

5. Hotel Tranquil

6. Baber Mahal Vilas

Are you looking for something more up-market? At Baber Mahal Vilas you can relax in style. This 4-star hotel allows guests to stay in an atmosphere that illustrates the grand lifestyle of the Rana era mixed with the original architectural heritage of Newar, Mustang and Terai cultures. Baber Mahal Vilas comes with a rooftop pool and a gym in case you haven't had enough movement in the mountains yet.

6. Baber Mahal Vilas

7. Hotel Buddha

Offering free pick up from Kathmandu International Airport and located a 10-minute drive from the Central Bus Station, Hotel Buddha provides cosy rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, and provides laundry and currency exchange services. Hotel Buddha is a 30-minute drive from Kathmandu International Airport. Popular tourist sites like Kathmandu Darbar Square and the Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath Stupa) are located within 5 km of Buddha Hotel. The rooms are air conditioned and well equipped with a satellite TV and free toiletries.

8. Hotel Jampa

Discover great hospitality and a warm welcome at Hotel Jampa, a 3 star establishment that offers a blend of lush and authentic cultural settings that pay tribute to both Nepalese and Tibetan culture.

This sophisticated Hotel offers 38 well-appointed rooms in different categories to suit your budget, conveniently located in picturesque Thamel neighborhood, making it just steps from the sights of Durbarmarg (King’s way), Souvenir shops and Restaurants.

8. Hotel Jampa

9. Kathmandu Suite Home

The Kathmandu Suite Home is managed by an experienced team. This centrally located hotel in Kathmandu provides a full range of amenities to fully satisfy the needs of their precious clients. Having accommodated facilities of luxurious rooms with Free Wi-Fi, soothing bathtubs and open balconies for a scenic view of the city, the staff makes sure that you feel right at home the minute you enter our hotel.

Offering complimentary hospitality throughout your stay, you will find your stay at our hotel a very pleasing one. With built-in modern conveniences of elevators, an underground parking area & a topped off 24-hour open reception, The hotel staff welcomes you to the delightful Kathmandu Suite Home.

9. Kathmandu Suite Home

Backpacker Accommodation in Kathmandu

If you wish not to stay in a hotel but would like to meet more people and hang out in the very center of Kathmandu, it can be great to stay in one of the local hostels and backpacker lodges. Although our partners do not make use of these, we can definitely recommend them.

1. The Sparkling Turtle

Located 7 km from Tribhuvan International Airport and just 1 km from Swayambhunath Temple, The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel features cozy rooms and free Wi-Fi in public areas. The hostel is 4 km from Gangapur Bus Stand and just 200 m from Buddha Park. Pashupatinath Temple is 6 km away. The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel offers luggage storage facilities. This is a great option if you want to visit the famous Monkey Temple.

2. Zostel

In a colorful building within the city center, this lively, funky hostel features vivid murals and mountain views. It's 14 minutes' walk from the Garden of Dreams and 7 km from Tribhuvan International Airport. Located in Thamel, Zostel captures the essence of the city. It consists of a rooftop bar, a garden cafe to soothe your hunger pangs and a huge rooftop hammock to soak in the sun making new friends.

If you need any advice to arrange accommodation in Kathmandu or would like to add accommodation to your trekking package, you can get in touch with our trekking experts. Also, make sure to check our travel guide for trekking in Nepal. If you want to find out all you need to know about trekking in the Himalayas, don't forget to read our long-read article about hiking in Nepal!

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