Soak up the city sights
Your trekking adventure will likely begin and end in Kathmandu, a city as charismatic as it is utterly chaotic that has taken the hand that tourism dealt it and raised it by disconcerting speed. Though Thamel is a headache of hotels, knock-off sportswear and tourist tat, the Old City is a more authentic blend of temples and Buddhist architecture that’s really quite beautiful, if a little blighted by beggars that roam there through incense so strong you can taste it. Nearby Patan was once a powerful stand-alone kingdom and has retained much of its distinct personality. A grand and proud town, Patan’s buildings are an interesting blend of artisan metalwork, dusty pink pagodas and intricately carved temples adorned with religious art.