Best post-mountain massages in Thamel | Nepal

by Vanessa Wanders Miles

Candle at Kathmandu Spa. Post mountain massages in ThamelThamel is awash with massage and spa places and with the crazy signage and spaghetti junction of electrical wires, you can easily walk past the centres. So if you’re a trekker looking for the best post-mountain massages in Thamel, here are some of my experiences, however, if you have any recommendations for the next time I go trekking in Nepal, do comment below!


Deep tissue massage @ Seeing Hands

I was looking forward to trying this unique concept called Seeing Hands after my Everest Base Camp disappointment. It’s a social enterprise providing training and employment opportunities in massage therapy for visually impaired people.

With only 3 options on the massage menu, it makes it a lot easier to choose.
My masseur was called Ganga, “like the river” he said. He was a chatty chap and immediately put me at ease especially asking all the right questions about any injuries and which number of vertebrae I had my slipped disc.

So I wanted the Deep Tissue Massage and this guy has strong hands, he managed to find knots I didn’t know existed. It’s evident that he had been well-trained and for the price compared to other massage places in Thamel, it’s a top deal! They have female masseurs too if that is your preference.

What you need to know about Seeing Hands

Sports Massage: 60mins 2000 rupees / 90mins 2900 rupees

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Masseur in Seeing Hands, social enterprise for the visually impaired. Post mountain massages in Thamel, Kathmandu

Masseur in Seeing Hands, social enterprise for the visually impaired

Traditional Nepali massage @ Kathmandu Spa

This place has a big menu of services from Ayurvedic, Swedish, Thai, Body Scrub, facials, manicures and pedicures as well as a sauna and steam room, it’s a one-stop spa! I opted for the Nepali traditional massage, or Pinda Sweda, which is a type of Ayurvedic massage. It reduces lower back pain, depression, and anxiety and improves sleep, just what I needed.

The Nepali Traditional Massage started with a full body massage into all the muscles with extra attention to the back. The masseur even knelt on my butt and massaged me with her knees. After that, the mix of 40 herbs inside a cloth bag was applied with hot essential oils, left on certain points of the body, and massaged into the body. This is a strong rejuvenating massage that I’d be happy to repeat!

Not content with just a massage, I went for a Gold Facial, just one of the 9 available. I was told this would give me glowing skin and that it did. She even gave me a little leg massage as the cream was working its magic, she works hard for her rupees! I bartered on the price and gave it to the masseuse as a tip.

What you need to know about Kathmandu Spa

Traditional Nepali Massage: 60mins 3500 rupees / 90mins 4500 rupees // Gold Facial: 1800 rupees

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Massage room in Kathmandu Spa. Post mountain massages in Thamel.

Massage room in Kathmandu Spa

Deep tissue massage @ Zen Spa

Zen Spa is situated nearly opposite Kathmandu Guest House and came recommended by the staff there so I thought I’d give it a go! As my trek from Changu Narayan to Nagarkot and Dhulikhel was moved to a day later I’d have no time for a post-mountain massage in Thamel before my flight so I decided to sneak one in before. Not sure a deep tissue massage the day before trekking was the best idea!

The massage was thorough, the guy knew how to work those muscles and got the pressure just right. Herbal tea was served and the place had a serene and professional feel.

What you need to know about Zen Massage

Click for the location of Zen Massage in Thamel – you’ll find it nearly opposite Kathmandu Guest House.

Zen Massage street sign. Post mountain massages in Thamel, Kathmandu

Zen Massage street sign



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