I spent 26 days in Nepal during the post-monsoon season of 2012. I had never been there before and I certainly don't go there every day so I thought I should get the best of this first trip. After many months of research and planning I set on an ambitious goal: to do one of the longest treks in the Everest area and also climb Island Peak (6189m / 20,285 ft).
Due to flight delays, lost luggage and other unexpected events it is always a good idea to spend a few days before and after the trek in Kathmandu. We had three days on the way there and two days on the way back - good enough to see the main attractions in the Valley: Durbar Square, Bodhnath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur and Patan.
Below are some of my favourite pictures from Kathmandu and its surroundings. More can be found in the Kathmandu Valley album.