Where to Stay in Kathmandu – Before and After your Trekking
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.
Partner Choices in Kathmandu
Our partners in Nepal can, upon request, add accommodation in Kathmandu to a trekking package. The following three hotels are frequently used by the trekking companies we work with in Kathmandu.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
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.