What would you do if you have only 2 nights and 3 days holiday in Nepal?

It might be a common question for short time travelers to Nepal. The answer is you are still going to explore the city and a few places nearby Kathmandu with Nepal Itinerary 2 Night 3 Days.

In 3 days Nepal itinerary, you have more flexibility than 1 night 2 days Nepal itinerary. You will be able to cover the major world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and a bit of the Nepali countryside. Just a few hours of driving away from the principal capital, Nepal already gives you a splendid view of the Himalayas and typical countryside life in Nepal.Things to see in Kathmandu City Tour Map

Following this itinerary, you can plan 2 nights 3 days in Nepal. The standard route that every tours and travel company offers to their customer:

  • Day 1 in Kathmandu
  • Day 2 in Bhaktapur and Nagarkot.
  • Kathmandu Pokhara Tour 

However, based on my experience, suggesting hundreds of emails every week and the result that my customers like my idea here is exactly in my word.

Kathmandu 2 nights 3 days trek
Ganesh Himal range from Nagarkot

Option 01: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Nagarkot (Nepal Itinerary 2 Night 3 Days)

Day 01: A full day  (6-8hour) Kathmandu sightseeing in 5 iconic world heritage (Like it is shown in the first image)
Day 02: A full day Kathmandu to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot day tour.
Day 03: Departure

Option 02: Kathmandu city & 1 day Nagarkot hiking (Nepal Itinerary 2 Night 3 Days)

In this itinerary, you will visit all the world heritage sites in Kathmandu and hike to Nagarkot.  You will make a night halt at Nagarkot and watch the sunset and sunrise from the beautiful mountaintop lodges there. On a clear day, it is Mt. Everest is visible from Nagarkot, including many other smaller peaks.
On the way back, Bhaktapur sightseeing could be done shortly after or just before heading to Changunarayan.  In this respect the itinerary would be as following:

Option 03:

Day 01: Bhaktapur sightseeing, drive to Changunarayan and 3-4 hours of hiking to Nagarkot Overnight spend in Nagarkot.
Day 02: Drive back to Kathmandu and a full-day World heritage site tour. Overnight spend in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Departure

Option 04: Kathmandu & Pokhara (Nepal Itinerary 2 Night 3 Days)

This option allows you to visit two major cities, Kathmandu and Pokhara. However, due to the short time frame, you are recommended to take the flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu.  Although it might be a bit expensive, it saves your time to see these two historic places just in 2 nights and 3 days.

Day 01:  Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and a full-day (4-6 hour) Pokhara tour. Same-day in the late afternoon sunset view from the stupa. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 02:  Early sunrise view from Sarangkot and fly back to Kathmandu and full day Kathmandu sightseeing.

Day 03:  Final departure or the last day of the tour.

The above itinerary is a rough guideline only for your short vacation in Nepal. You should know We might be able to suggest more activities precisely if you would let us know your arrival and departure date?. If you have any questions about Nepal Itinerary 2 Night 3 Days, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help plan your travel itinerary and answer your questions. Adding just one or two extra days making it up to 4 night 5 days Nepal itinerary will allow you to explore more places in Nepal.

Visiting Nepal or spending your time in Kathmandu is not just about mountains, sunrise, sunset, or heritage site visit. You can always try many other things from casinos to street food or you could also:

1. Take a rickshaw tour around Local’s market

It could be a lifetime memory from Nepal. The best way to roaming around Thamel, Asan, Indra choke, and Kathmandu Darbar Square. This area would be on foot. However, in a short time, you may not have enough time to adequately cover more places on your own, in which case the “rickshaw” ride would be an ideal option. If you take a 1-hour tour by rickshaw, that would already be the right amount of travel rather than by slow pace walk.Infographic Map of Thamel and Place to go around

2. Shopping around Thamel

If you love handicraft items, Pashmina clothes or some souvenir for family and friends.  The singing bowl, knock-off trekking, and hiking gears or genuine North Face or Mountain hard wear gears are available cheaper than your hometown. You might be tempted to try.

3. Try some local food

If you walk around Thamel Street, there are plenty of Nepali cuisine restaurants serving typical “Thakali Kitchen” that provides authentic Nepali Dal Bhat. Northwest from Thamel is a local Momo center called “Everest Momo Center.” Here you get the most mouth-watering famous local Momo flocked by the locals. All you need to do is get inside and grab a seat. One plate of Momo is already in order while you enter.

For the first time when I tried Momo in that place, I was only 8 years old, and up to now, this is my favorite place for Momo.  This place is widely known and recommended by traveler’s guidebook, such as a lonely planet, trip advisor, etc. You always find many tourists eating Momo with the locals in this place, and the price is only NRs. 70 per plate (10 Pieces). Which is less than $1.

4. Visit the “Dreams of Garden

Located in Kaiser Mahal (Palace) across the street from the former Royal Palace at the entrance to the Thamel touristic area, the Garden, also known as “Garden of Six Seasons.” It was created for Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana (1892–1964), in early 1920. It’s a tiny garden in the middle of the busy area. It only cost you Rs 100 ($1) entry fee per person.

5. Travel Nepal during “Off-Season”

If you are traveling in Nepal only for 1 night 2 days or even for  2 nights 3 days, you probably spend time around the city alone. There is another advantage of Offseason traveling in Nepal.  Most of the hotels offers offseason discount offer accommodations, and also if you buy anything in the shops, they provide a good discount.  Accommodation costs can go as cheap as half (50%) only.  However, you don’t travel a long distance to enjoy a small cut, and therefore we still recommended visiting in peak season time (October, November- March, April).

6. Try to experience “Flying over the Mount Everest.”

Ever thought of how it looks from the top of the world? Flying over the Mt Everest is one of the extraordinary experiences in Nepal. A couple of air Travel Company operates “Mountain fights in Nepal” daily. Usually, the flight takes off around 06:00 – 08:00 am for about 2-3 hours.

The cost would be roughly USD 200 per person. This flight will guarantee that you will be able to see Everest.  In case of bad weather and not able to see the Everest, the company will refund 100% money back into your account. You can purchase a ticket from any travel agency(s). Depending on the season, some company also provides 10-20% discount on the card (Contact us for the discount flight rate). Don’t worry, even if you have to do sightseeing in the afternoon, Everest’s flight will not be going to affect the itinerary.


All 6 options recommended above are possible to be incorporated even if you choose any one of the options. We might be in a better position to suggest you if would let us know your arrival and departure. If you have any questions about how to plan Nepal Itinerary 2 Night 3 Days, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help you plan your travel itinerary and answer your questions. If you enjoy reading this article, don’t forget to rate us below. Or leave a comment below.
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Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say I know my way well enough in the Himalayas, especially in some of the off-the-beaten-trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and Mustang!

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!). I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of working with multinational companies which taught me how to deliver quality customer service in the business. As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

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