Hot air ballooning has over recent years become very popular with tourists, it affords the most spectacular bird's eye view of the Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayan ranges towering in the background. On a clear day it's a superb way to view the Himalaya (from over 6000m up), and the view of the valley is equally breathtaking.
There are daily hot balloon flights from different locations in the valley, weather permitting, from the first week of October through to the end of April. The take off is soon after sunrise as the winds are usually at their calmest then. Flights are organised in the summer months as well but that is even earlier in the morning. Five people can travel comfortably in the basket but it is not advisable to bring very small children along. Wear sturdy shoes, sun glasses, gloves and a cap. It does not get any colder in the balloon than on the ground