Free Walking Tour Kathmandu

  • Duration3 - 4 Hours
  • Max. Altitude1427 m


Trip Grade:Easy/Mild (*)

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Do you want to have a great walk in Kathmandu and discover the secrets of this amazing city with a local?

Then join us for the first Free Walking Tour Kathmandu!

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is the perfect way to connect with other travelers and explore it with a local guide!

Your guide, Shiva Dhakal is an expert guide and most of all, a local who has spent most of his life in Kathmandu. Everyday (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at 9:00 am, the first shift in the morning and at 2:00 pm, the second shift in the afternoon, he walks through the city showing visitors the most exciting places of his hometown.

Morning Shift : 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Shift : 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

You will learn about the history, culture,rituals,religions,iconography and more about the local areas. Feel free to ask any questions and if you are interested in any special topic, he will try to include your interests in the tour! The tour starts from Thamel, just in front of the main entrance of Garden of Dreams and it will finish at Monkey Temple.

Our intention is you to explore Kathmandu in easy way with local expert guide. We believe in supporting local communities and encouraging self-employed guide who has unique style of explanation of mixing history and charismatic storytelling and myths, legends and the iconography.

Our mission is:

  • to ensure that everyone, regardless of their budget, is able to experience the Free Walking Tours in Kathmandu
  • To support local communities and give opportunity to self-employed, an experienced local guide
  • To make our guests believe in quality service

Please, to confirm you need to send a facebook message, send an email or call the following number.

Email: [email protected]
Number: +977 9841376470

For more information, trekking, visit other cities or any other questions around Kathmandu and the area, just check our homepage or connect with us on facebook!

***Please, take note, that Free Tours Kathmandu is a tips-based model which means you award the time and experience the guide is sharing with you, with a tip and this tip must be according to if you liked the tour or not.***

Thank you very much


Trip Highlights

  • Any aged group from child to old aged people can join the tour
  • We can organize the tour for those who has physical disabilities too
  • Budgeted traveler can explore with an experienced guide
  • Visiting local temple, stupas and biharas
  • Get more an authentic information about the sites, ritual activities
  • Guided by a government licensed holder guide
  • Visiting bustling local market of Kathmandu
  • Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square and Monkey Temple

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:3 - 4 hours walk through local street in Kathmandu

Cost Include

Free Walking Tour through Kathmandu

English speaking tour guide

Cost Exclude

Entrance fees

Detail Itinerary

Day 013 - 4 hours walk through local street in KathmanduWe begin Free Walking Tour from the front gate of Garden of Dreams, a beautiful Garden in the east of Thamel, close to Narayanhiti Museum sharp at 9:00 am in the morning, and at 2:00 pm in the afternoon in every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You are given pre-departure information about the route, timing and the way we return back to Thamel again. We head towards the southern part of Thamel, and visit around Thahity. Then, after visiting Katheswoyambhu and Bangemudha, we take you to the local market area. We pass through oldest and liveliest, bustling markets like Asan and Indrachowk: visiting glass beads shops, cross the road and we will go to the northern gate of Kathmandu Durbar Square. From there, we go through typical Newari residential area named Yatkha and visit a local temple dedicated to mother goddess, Kankeshwori Chamunda where there we see a local cremation place for the local community. We walk again 45 minutes to the hill, the Monkey Temple, walk around and get back to Thamel the other way. This is how we offer you Free Walking Tour Kathmandu in two important heritage sites within 3-4 hours, depends on your pace.

Trip FAQ

1) What does Free Walking Tour mean?

Free Walking Tour means the tour that is organized free of charge where the participants evaluate the tour guide and they could tip as an honorarium.

2) Which company does organize Free Walking Tour in Kathmandu?

Himkala Adventure, run by professional guide for 20 years, Mr. Shiva Dhakal organizes Free Walking Tour Kathmandu.

3) Is Himkala Adventure the first company to organize Free Walking Tour in Kathmandu?

Yes, it is.  Himkala Adventure is the first company that offers the Free Walking Tour Kathmandu everyday (Sunday, Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) from the front gate of Garden of Dreams. Please we humbly request you to make confirmation before the tour.

4) Where is the meeting point? At what time?

The meeting point is the famous garden in Thamel – The Garden of Dreams built by the late Kaiser Shumsher in 1920, now handed over to Nepalese Garden, well built in European style, known as the garden of six seasons. The guide from Himkala Adventure stands outer gate so that the participants can see him and the tour begins sharp at 9:00 am in the morning and at 2:00 pm in the afternoon (Booking for the tour is expected!!!)

5) What should we do to book the tour?

For the participants, the approach is simple. You could check Free Walking Tour Kathmandu, our page or simply type in Google then fill the quick inquiry form for booking. Or you do not require pre-booking, you could join at once, but message or call would be expected to manage accordingly.

6) Is Himkala Adventure, an authentic tour company?

Yes, it is. Himkala Adventure is a government registered company. We have been registered in many other departments like TAX office, Department of Tourism, Small and Cottage Industry, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and so on.

7) What does Himkala mean? What other things does it do?

Him means "the snow" and Kala means "art". So, Himkala stands for the snow art. Himkala Adventure offers any kinds of tourism related services like, many days tour, trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rafting, bungee jumping, village tours, and any other adventurous activities.

8) Why is Free Walking Tour Kathmandu organized?

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is not for cheap publicity. We want to bring drastic change in our traditional touring system, quality based tour in the historical and cultural city like Kathmandu. Most importantly, Free Walking Tour Kathmandu does not set charge and tourists show their appreciation by leaving tips and reviews at the end after the service, depending on their satisfaction and resources. So, Our Free Walking Tour is beneficial for them who are travelling on a budget.

9) Why Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is good?

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is exceptionally good tour because the experienced guide tries his level best to make the tour qualitative, more informative and of great fun because it is organized by a professional guide who had worked as a guide from different companies in the past. This experience and the desire to get good feedbacks/ reviews and obviously good tips from the participants, the guide shows his great motivation, patience and flexibility.

10) How is the guide in Free Walking Tour Kathmandu? Is he/she a certified guide?

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is organized by a government licensed holder guide from government organization NATHM- Mr. Shiva Dhakal. He traveled to Europe in 2014 and impressed with the growing trend of Free Walking Tour in Europe

11) How long does it take? What about the route?

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu takes 3-4 hours. We are very flexible in the sense that we have covered two places, in case you would not like to go further, you could return back from one site. So, it depends on your pace. But we have covered two places like around Thamel including Kathmandu Durbar Square and The Monkey Temple (Swoyambhu)

12) How is Free Walking Tour Kathmandu different than any other tours simply operated by tour operators?

We have got this quote that if people have paid up front something, they tend to complain about stuff. This is entirely FREE OF COST. Anyone could enjoy our service and evaluate how quality service we could provide. This is completely Free or pays – what – you – want tours to see local areas, culture, and ritual activities. We want to be different than the traditional operators and touring system and bring out changes over cut throat competition in between tour operators in Nepal.

13) Is it very tiring?

We can make our route plan as per your interest, walking around, or going inside the Heritage Site or to have a bit long walk. Generally, it is of 3 -4 hours, really not tiring.

14) How will you be benefitted?

You could see the touristy market Thamel, narrow alleys, courtyards, old houses, backstreets inside, and local temples, stupas, Durbar Square, Freak Street and finally the walk towards the Monkey Temple. You will witness the ritual activities on the way.



Trip Note

Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is an entirely a new event, being offered by Himkala Adventure. Mr Shiva Dhakal, is a government licensed holder city tour guide since long. To make this event more organized, quality based and more informative we would like you to advise us.Here are some of the information about the tour in brief:

  • Free Walking Tour Kathmandu is organised everyday from the front gate of Garden of Dreams, Thamel, sharp at 9:00 am in the morning and at 2:00 pm in the afternoon.
  • We expect your prior confirmation.
  • The tour takes about 3 - 4 hours that goes through southern part of Thamel, visiting local markets, local temples, stupas to the Monkey Temple
  • We can guide you inside the Kathmandu Durbar Square upon your request.
  • The entrance fees in Kathmandu Durbar Square and at Swoyambhu (The Monkey Temple) will be of your own.
  • Please take permission while taking pictures in some local ritual activities.
  • Walk around the temples and stupas clockwise.
  • If anyone can not walk up to the Monkey Temple, we can shorten the tour as per your interest.
  • If anyone is physically unable to climb the stairs, steps, we can organize for them too but should be informed beforehand.
  • Free Walking Tour is gratuity based modal, you could encourage guide for his time and experience if you like the tour.


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