Koto is the starting point of the rugged Nar Phu Valley trek. At around 140 miles (230 kilometers) from Kathmandu, it's a challenging but scenic journey from the capital. Here's what to expect from the journey from Kathmandu to Koto.
By Private Transfer
Duration: 12 hours, depending on road and traffic conditions
Starting early from Kathmandu, the first part of the journey heads west along the Prithvi Highway, the same way you would go if traveling to Pokhara. At Dumre (the highway town where most travelers turn left to go up to Bandipur), turn right, off the Prithvi Highway, to travel up to Besisahar. You should reach there by early afternoon.
Besisahar is the end of the road (the sealed road, that is). Here, you'll need to change to a four-wheel drive vehicle. Spend the rest of the day driving along the old Annapurna Circuit route, the way trekkers used to walk before this Jeep track was constructed. The drive is likely to be uncomfortable, but it is very scenic, with mountain, river, gorge, and waterfall views in store. Arrive in Koto by early evening. You'll probably be starting your trek the following day, and your body will thank you for the exercise after the overland journey!