Whether you have only one day or several weeks, Nepal offers the best mountain viewing options in the world. From day hikes to see the Himalayas to up-close, personal encounter with the enormous masses of stone and ice, from mountain flights to world-class trekking to the Everest or Annapurnas; from the time you are preparing to land in Nepal, you will be blessed with gorgeous views.
The Himalayas form the northern border of Nepal and Kathmandu is approximately 65 km in a straight line distance from the border so it is possible to get many fantastic views of the greater Himalayan range within a short driving distance from your hotel in Kathmandu.
From Kathmandu a short drive to Nagarkot will take you to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, with plenty of hotels to choose from and you could stay overnight to witness the incredible sunset and sunrise, this visit could be combined with a short tour of Bhaktapur, south of Kathmandu the area of hills known as Hattiban will again prove wonderful views of the greater Himalayas, being further to the south the horizon extends to the Annapurna massif to the west and Jugal range to the east.
From Dhulikel, approximately one hour’s drive east of Kathmandu there are fine views to be had of the Langtang range, there is also opportunity to stay overnight to witness the sunset and sunrise.
If you intend to visit Pokhara then a short ride to Sarangkot will provide spectacular views of the Annapurna range, or if you take a jeep then you could overnight at Dhampus, again witnessing the sunrise and sunset over one of the best mountain vistas in Nepal.