Staying in Kathmandu
Base your travels in the heart of Thamel
The tourist haven of Thamel has had a lot of practice catering to trekkers, right from the early days when tie-dyed soul-searchers came knocking at Kathmandu's door. Thamel's narrow streets are chockfull of quality eateries, mountaineering shops and, of course, friendly and affordable lodgings.
Take your pick of dozens of hostels and guest houses right in the heart of Kathmandu, many of which offer serene gardens and terraces so you can escape the commotion outside. Don't let the name fool you – the Hotel Backpackers has spacious, stylish rooms on the cheap, while the Chill Out Resort and Kathmandu Resort Hotel also offer rooms comfortable on the hip-pocket.
Kathmandu's upmarket accommodation
If you're looking for one last lap of luxury before you embark on a Himalayan adventure or have conquered the mountain and deserve a reward, Kathmandu has a number of swish stays where you can enjoy some R&R. Soak in Nepal's elegant heritage at the Hotel Shanker – the former palace still retains its regal edge, promising an oasis amid this modern metropolis.
Another option for travellers seeking special treatment is the Hotel Annapurna, with a range of sophisticated heritage, deluxe and corporate deluxe rooms or suites to choose from. Alternatively, opt for the royal treatment at Dwarika's Hotel, where each room has been individually designed to blend tradition with contemporary luxury.
Budget options for spendthrift backpackers
One of the best things about a Kathmandu accommodation is that it won't break the bank! Even high-end hotels are a fraction of the cost you would expect to pay back home. A popular destination for those who don't mind roughing it or are keeping close eye on their expenditure, Kathmandu has a wide scope of budget-friendly stays.
Among the best guest houses perfect for the easy-going backpacker is the Hotel Lucky Star on Thamel's Z-street. If you're not quite ready for the hostel life but are still looking to sleep on the cheap, book a Deluxe Room at the Hotel Himalaya or the Hotel Shangri-La.