The song refers to the city
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, although there is no evidence that Seger visited Kathmandu prior to 1991. After the  Nepali earthquake of 2015, Seger said his “heart went out” to the city.
Katmandu was written and recorded by American rock artist
Bob Seger. It was initially released on his 1975 studio album , which became the first of ten consecutive platinum albums for Seger. Beautiful Loser The song was later featured on his live album  . The single edit reached number 43 on the US Top 40, becoming Seger’s most successful single since “ Live Bullet Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man“.
The song was featured in the soundtracks of the 1985 film
, the 16th episode of Mask , the tenth episode of the eighth season of Freaks and Geeks , and in the 2009 documentary Supernatural . Journey to Everest
Seger said of the song:
That’s kind of like “
Turn the Page.” It’s an exasperated song. It’s like: “I’m never gonna make it, I’m just gonna go to Katmandu”. I’d always loved the group Little Feat. They were on Warner Brothers, and that’s why I wanted to be on that label. I was on the label for two years. Since then I’ve bought the catalogue back from them. Talk about getting lost in the woods. They had so many acts on the label that you just got lost in the shuffle. I felt like a number. Katmandu was written at the end of that nine-year or 10-year period where I was going nowhere fast. Glenn [Frey] and Don [Henley] told me that the Beautiful Loser album was the first little step in the right direction for me. Then the next step after that was Live Bullet, which was a huge step. And the next step was Night Moves, which was an even huger step. By 1980 both records were at six million, and they kept selling continuously. Beautiful Loserwas a transitional album, and in the song “Katmandu” I still had some of that defeatist mentality and you can hear it in there. Wiki