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Sydney to Kathmandu Travel Course Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much should a trip from Sydney (SYD) to Kathmandu (KTM) cost?

    Flight prices change a lot more than the majority of routes from Australia for SYD to KTM. They range anywhere from $581 to $4,021. Remember, the sooner you book, the more you'll be able to save.

  • How many days should you spend in Kathmandu?

    Over the next two months, passengers from SYD to KTM are planning on staying for 23 days on average.

  • When is the best time to visit?

    Peak travel is Feb–Apr. Monsoon season runs Jun–Sep.

Exploring Kathmandu

Flying into Kathmandu, visitors instantly know that they are in for one memorable travel experience. If you are sitting on the right side of the plane, you will get treated to the most stunning of views: one long uninterrupted wall of the highest mountain range in the world—the Himalayas.

The first stop for most travellers to Nepal is the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. The sprawling city of Kathmandu lies within a valley, the largest piece of flat land in the Nepal Himalaya. Outside of it is a crumpled landscape of valleys, lakes and, of course, some of the highest peaks on Earth, including the highest one of them, Mount Everest.

While many who come to Nepal invariably explore the outdoors, it will be worth nothing that its gateway, Kathmandu, is worth a few days of exploration, too. Some of the oldest, most fascinating religious and cultural sites of the Himalayas can be found in this valley. The whole valley is, in fact, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hotels in the city centre include the five-star Radisson, or the older Yak and Yeti, sited on Durbar Marg.

Sights nearby

Culture and religion are displayed prominently in the streets of Kathmandu. Temples and palaces are worth seeing here. Then, there's also activities such as trekking, meditation and massages.

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is the first temple anyone in Kathmandu should visit. Hindus believe this is where the national deity, from whom the name of the temple is derived, resides. The Bagmati River, a river regarded as sacred by the locals, passes through here. Thus, the temple is also the site of fluvial rituals and cremations. The upscale Hyatt Regency is located here.

Boudhanath
Boudhanath, with its large white mound and thousands of prayer flags, is one of the most prominent structures in a city dotted with hundreds of other towering religious temples and stupas. This Buddhist site is a very important one as it is situated along the ancient route that facilitated trade between Tibet, Nepal and India.

Durbar Squares
The urban sprawl of the Kathmandu Valley covers not only Kathmandu but also Patan and Bhaktapur. Each of the three cities has its own Durbar Square in the city centre. A durbar square is a plaza in front of ancient royal palaces often riddled with a number of pagodas and religious structures.

Trekking
Treks close to the Kathmandu Valley are very much doable. The area of Nagarkot is popular because of its proximity to the valley and the Himalayan views it offers. There are mountain lodges here for those wishing to spend a night or two.

Meditation and Massages
Courses on meditation and yoga are also popular in Kathmandu and many schools, like the Bikram Yoga College of India and Pathik Foundation, are right within the city. Massages and spas are great places to spend a day relaxing, especially if you just came from a multi-day hike in the mountains near Kathmandu. One of the most noteworthy institutions is The Himalayan Healers in Lazimpat.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Exciting nightlife awaits visitors staying in the tourist district of Thamel. This chaotic little district north of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is home to dozens of cafés, restaurants, guest houses and bars, all of which become very busy during the trekking seasons of spring and autumn. Local favourites such as the Nepali vegetarian curry dal baht or the aromatic tea chai masala as well as restaurants serving Western and Asian cuisines are available. The long established Kathmandu Guest House is a great place to stay here, and has its own restaurant. Clothing, silver wear, pashmina, carpets, and cultural artefacts are among the top buys here, with Thamel and Durbar Square home to tourist-friendly shops.

Public transport

The only international airport in Nepal is Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. It is well-connected to several flight hubs in Asia such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong and many others. For tourists, getting around the city can be done via taxis and rickshaws. Most of the taxis and rickshaws in town, however, are not metered, so negotiating a price is advised.