My favorite thing in the world is talking about Nepal so you have come to the right person oh my god. Okay well, will you be trekking? Trekking season is in October so it’s an ideal time to get into the Himalayas. Everest region has great treks, albeit crowded in October, and I did most of my trekking in the Annapurna region anyway, which is not as crowded and is stunning. So look into that and you can customize a trek for however many days/weeks you want! Besides hiking, there’s tons of rivers for stellar rafting (again, anywhere from day trips to week-long trips). I guided on the Kali Ghandaki a few times so I give thumbs up to that. And paragliding in Pokhara is a must. Also be sure to head to Chitwan for a little bit to see the jungle and play with elephants in the rivers! (Though I do not recommend riding the elephants because A. It’s uncomfortable and cramped and B. The elephants are abused, so). But you can do jungle safari to see tigers and leopards and, did I mention swim with elephants in RIVERS?!
Now hostels- in Kathmandu you’ll (portably) stay in the neighborhood Thamel, which is the backpacker hotspot and is lively and a hell of a lot of fun. Everything I was in KTM I changed hostels so I have no particular one to recommend, though I’d say the Alobar1000 hostel was the best and excellent for meeting people. In Pokhara, STAY AT THE CELESTY INN. It’s, like, $5 a night for a private room with a hot shower and wifi and TP and the man who runs it, Narayan, is seriously the sweetest man on this earth. You’ll have to tell him that Tate from 2013 says a big hello and namaste!
Food is amazing too. You can eat as westernized as you want or as local as you want in the same walking distance. Best breakfast in Pokhara is at David’s Restaurant which is down the road from Celesty Inn. But Pokhara (specifically Lakeside which is the backpacker neighborhood) and Thamel are overrun with amazing food and bars. There is NEVER not something to do or people to meet.
Nepal is a playground for a traveler. Have fun and run with every opportunity. Spend a night at Bodhnath, which is a massive Buddhist stupa in Kathmandu, and it is stunning. Explore the medieval streets and markets of Bhaktapur. See the sunrise come up over Mount Everest at Naragkot and over the Annapurna Range at Sarangkot. Rent a motorcycle in Pokhara and ride it around the fields of wildflowers and see the sun go down over Lake Phewa. Visit a Tibetan refugee camp. Have drinks and dance at Club Amsterdam (Lakeside) and Purple Haze (Thamel). Do a meditation retreat in Lumbini, which is the birthplace of Buddha.
Have a fantastic time. Nepal changed my life. It really is magic.And if you need more help, look at my tag “Nepali things”