Some of Kopan's kitchen staff

The Monastery kitchen provides the meals for our resident guests.

If  you are staying at Kopan, you will take most of your meals in our guest dining room.  It seats around 100 people inside and on the verandah, and has the most magnificent view over the Kathmandu valley and mountain range. The terrace on the floor above is a silent area during courses for those who wish to keep silence throughout the course.

The meals served are vegetarian, nutritious and plentiful. Find the most delicious receipts in the monastery cookbook for sale in our library. 

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

If you are here for a private stay, you will be charged for room and board as a package.taken


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, 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.

The Kopan Café is available for snacks, soft drinks, fruit joices and meals during the day, as well as for a variety of coffe in our cofee bar. It can also help with special meals for children and for people with dietary needs.


Kopan Monastery
Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa

Kopan Monastery is affiliated with FPMT
Foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition