Every trip we offer to Nepal includes a tour of Nepal’s historic capital
Kathmandu has a rich history and an ancient culture. Each tour we offer starts and finishes in Kathmandu, which makes tours through the ancient city a must-do.
Depending on time, weather, or a myriad of other factors, tours of Kathmandu may include some or all of the following locations:
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Patan Durbar Square
- Swayambunath Stupa
- Buddhanath Stupa
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
For more information: Kathmandu tour locations.
Nepal is the meeting place between two world powers: the China (Mongoloids) and India (Indo-Aryans). Both China and India have had and often still have great influence over Nepal.
Although Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. Buddha, was born in Nepal, his influence actually spread north to China. Interestingly enough, when his influence came back to Nepal, it was vastly different from its original form. China (or more specifically, Tibet) brought Tibetan Buddhism to the higher elevations of the Himalayas when Tibetan monks crossed high mountain passes into Nepal, fleeing oppression. It is this form of Buddhism that you’ll find while trekking through the Himalayas.
India brought Hinduism’s influence, which is widespread and widely practiced. Hinduism’s influence can be found all over Nepal, and interestingly, fully encompasses Buddhism, since Hindu’s believe that Buddha is a reincarnation of Vishnu. Most of the monuments throughout Kathmandu are significantly influenced by Hinduism.
Being religious or spiritual is not a prerequisite to visiting Nepal. A simple curiosity will suffice.
Traveling through Nepal can be a transformative experience since there are seemingly limitless opportunities to learn about and experience a rich culture, tasty food, and numerous adventure opportunities. It is almost guaranteed that you’ll find or learn something new while visiting Nepal, not to mention the great potential of walking away a better person than when you arrived.
“We just returned from the trip of a lifetime — Annapurna Base Camp — with Volant Travel. John’s guiding expertise and his superior knowledge of Nepal set us up with the ideal itinerary, and his can-do, make-it-work approach ensured the trip was a success by all measures. We were looking for a guide who had on-the-ground experience in the Himalayas and who could advise us culturally — what luck that we were referred to Volant Travel!”
V. R. – California
“Trekking in the Himalayas is a huge task. Volant, and it’s owner John, were up to the challenge. John has experience in the Himalayas, knows the trails, knows the guest houses, knows the medical and rescue personnel, and knows the system. This was a great comfort when one of our companions became ill and had to be evacuated from the mountains by helicopter. John handled all the arrangements quickly and our companion was taken to an excellent clinic in Kathmandu. John kept tabs on our companion’s condition while we continued trekking to the top of the world. John was also encouraging, helpful, and informative. He pointed out the cultural significance of what we saw, educated us, and delighted us with conversation and interest. It was an excellent adventure that was greatly enhanced by John and Volant.”
R. P. – Utah
“Our trip to Everest base camp was totally worth it. Having great weather also helped. Experience of a lifetime. One may wonder why not just go directly with a Nepalese trekking company. I checked a few online and, by the typos and the broken English, I got the impression of some lack of professionalism. I’d hate to also get a guide who cuts corners and makes the trip unsafe (yes, we witnessed somebody from another group being flown down because of altitude sickness, they had apparently skipped the acclimatization day). With John and the local guide he picked, we always felt we were in good hands. John also adds contingency days and we actually used one when the flight to Lukla was canceled due to bad weather. Both John and the local guide always went the extra mile to accommodate our needs and to make the trip a great experience. I can only recommend traveling with Volant.”
R. L. – Utah
“Travelled with Volant in Nepal, it was awesome! Highly recommended! professional, informative, and really fun! John knew all the cool stuff to see and do, and his Nepali partners got us the best deals! Will definitely use Volant again!”
J. C. – Utah
I spent a couple of weeks in Nepal and ran into John at one of the tea houses during my trek to Annapurna Base Camp. After talking for a bit, we continued to trek together. He was very helpful and friendly and made my trek way better than I could have imagined due to his knowledge and skill. We also continued on to Chitwan to ride and bathe with elephants, something I had not planned to do but because of John’s expertise, he made it happen! I highly recommend Volant Travel!
I. J. – Saudi Arabia
I met John this past spring while I was hiking up to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. Both he and his business partner Dal could not have been more helpful people to have run into on this hike. From helping us find accomodations for multiple nights, to giving us advice on how to go about hiking the trail, John and Dal were unbelievably helpful people to have met on the trail. They both never stopped working, and I know with certainty that our trip would not have been nearly as enjoyable or easy going, had we not met them. After completing the trek, we met back up with John and Dal and travellled with them to Chitewan National Park in southern Nepal, where they organized excellent transportation to and from Chitewan, along with a jungle safari and elephant bathing experience for us. I would highly recommened Volant travel to anyone interested in doing any sort of guided travel to one of the locations they travel to.
C. E. – Washington
Chitwan National Park
Annapurna Conservation Area
Sargamatha (Mt. Everest)
Lumbini : Birthplace of Buddha
Lumbini : Birthplace of Buddha