Some of Kopan's kitchen staff

The Monastery kitchen provides nutritious and plentiful vegetarian meals.

If  you are staying at Kopan, you will take your meals in our guest dining room. People can sit inside and on the verandah, which has the most magnificent view over the Kathmandu valley and mountain range. 

For course participants, all meals are included in the cost of the course.



Breakfast: milk tea, hot water, coffee (instant), rice or wheat porridge, chapatti with jam or peanut butter spread.

Lunch: rice or pasta, choice of vegetables Nepali style, dhal, boiled vegetables, salad, fruit, hot water, herb tea.

Dinner:  soup (vegetable, or noodle), occasionally fried rice or chow mien, bread, butter, jams, hot water, herb tea.

Special Dietary Needs

Sorry, the kitchen is not able to cater for special dietary needs, such as no-wheat, no-dairy, lactose or gluten free diet. The wide variety of food offered gives plenty of choices for everybody. 

Filtered water

This is available any time outside the dining room. Bring your own bottle for refills.

Meal times

Breakfast: 7.30 – 8 am

Lunch: 11.30 – 12.15 pm

Afternoon tea: 5 pm

Dinner: 6.30 – 7 pm

Lunch and dinner meal times may vary during courses.

The dining room is closed at other times.

Please be on time for the meals

Our kitchen staff prepares and serves a large number of meals every day and they appreciate their break times.

Kopan Cafe

The Kopan Café is available for snacks, soft drinks, fruit joices and meals during from 8 am to 7 pm, as well as for a variety of coffee.

It can also help with special meals for children and for people with dietary needs.


Kopan Monastery
Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa

Kopan Monastery FPMT pending affiliation
Foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition