Namobuddha Day Hike

Day Hike

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US$ 90 P/P

Trip Info

  • Duration

    1 Day

  • Max. Altitude

    1750 m

  • Difficulty

    easy

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Drive

  • Region/Type

    Day Hike Around In Kathmandu
  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

Namo Buddha Day Hiking is one of the famous and loved day hiking trips in Nepal. It is an excellent opportunity to get a glimpse of vast Nepali cultures, religions, and landscapes.

The major highlight of the Namobuddha day hiking is the monastery of Namobuddha which is also called Thrangu Tashi Yangtse. It is a Karma Kagyu traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery known for its history and serves as a school for novice monks of all ages. Legends state that a prince named Mahasattva (7th reincarnation of Lord Buddha) offered himself to starving Tigress and its several under feed cubs. This episode is depicted in a very nice stone slab and is placed right next to the stupa. 

The Namobuddha monastery is positioned atop a hill at an altitude of 1750 meters with 360-degree views of the valley below, making it a popular day trip for both local and foreign visitors. On a clear day, the visitors can get spectacular views of many snow-capped Himalayan peaks from the Langtang and Gaurishanker Himalayan Ranges. 

Along with a beautiful Buddhist pilgrim site of great religious significance, this day-long journey also captures the historic and ancient towns, the locals, and their traditional way of life, lush forests, verdant farms, and terrific landscape.  

The ancient Newari towns of Dhulikhel and Panauti are worth exploring when traveling to this area. 

Our hiking start-point, Dhulikhel, is a place of spectacular beauty situated 30 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu in the Kavre Palanchowk district. The area is famous among locals for picnics and short hikes because of its natural beauty and ancient traditions. The town is equally rich in landscapes and gorgeous natural views, and also in the cultural aspects of the traditional residents. Many Hindu temples may be found in the neighborhood, adding to the area’s cultural legacy.

The list of cultural monuments that one can visit to have a fantastic feel of the culture in Dhulikhel includes Shiva Temple, Kali Temple, Ganesh Temple, Chandeshwori Temple, Gita Temple, and Bhagwati Shiva Temple. On a clear day, the Himalayan ranges can be seen from the twin crests of Mt. Langtang in the west to Mt. Everest in the east. 

Panauti is another wonderful place that will be our ending point for this hiking. The townhouses a series of temples such as that are worth visiting such as Indreswari Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Pashupati Temple, Tola Narayan Temple along with Panauti Museum and Panauti Durbar Square complex. 

Namobuddha Day Hike Highlights

  • Namobuddha Monastery (Thrangu Tashi Yangtse - a Karma Kagyu tradition Tibetan Buddhist monastery)
  • Panoramic Himalayan views of Gaurishanker, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Rolwaling Himalayan range, etc. 
  • The ancient Newari town of Panauti
  • Beautiful Dhulikhel settlement
  • Picturesque terraced fields

Itinerary in Details

Drive to Dhulikhel & Hike to Namo-Buddha

We will pick you up at your hotel around 7/9 am in the morning and drive for an hour to Dhulikhel, where the hike will begin. 

The hiking trail from Dhulikhel goes through the jungle and other smaller settlements. We will reach the monastery, eat our lunch, and explore the surroundings. 

After that, we will hike down to Panauti, another typical ancient Newari town. We will travel through the forest and through the magnificent rice fields. After spending some time touring the area, we will return to Kathmandu before the sunsets. 

Note: You can either return to Kathmandu by the end of the day or stay in the monastery guest house for the night or at Panauti Village.

Includes

  • Private Transfer to Dhulikhel from Kathmandu
  • Private Transfer to Kathmandu from Namobuddha
  • Experience English Speaking Guide
  • Local Park Entry Fees/ Monuments Entrance Fees
  • Bottled Water
  • First Aid Kit/Hiking Poles ( refundable)
  • Tea/Coffee, Snacks, and Lunch
  • Applicable government taxes

Excludes

  • Accommodations and Meals ( Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Personal expenses such as Drinks, Shopping, etc
  • Personal Clothing and Hiking Gears
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Tipping and Gratitude
  • Any Other Services which is not mentioned

Accommodations during Namobuddha Day Hike

Since day hikes are single-day trips, it doesn’t require accommodations so it is not included in the package. However, we offer 3-star category accommodation with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis. But the accommodation can be modified as per the traveler’s interest, budget and availability. Luxurious resorts, standard hotels to comfortable guesthouses, lodges, and homestays are available in Kathmandu.  

Meals on Namobuddha Day Hike

Generally, if the location we are hiking towards consists of restaurants or cafes then we will have our meals and tea/coffee in those local restaurants/cafes. But if the destination doesn’t have any restaurants then our guide will take a packed lunchbox both veg and non-veg as per the traveler's choice, and a water bottle with him/her. We will enjoy the hygienically packed lunch overlooking the mesmerizing scenery seen from the hilltop. 

GearList

Clothing/Equipment/Gear for Day Hike to Namobuddha

Kathmandu Valley is surrounded by beautiful hill stations around its perimeter. So it is of no surprise that Kathmandu is really popular for day hikes. Phulchowki is the highest hill surrounding Kathmandu Valley located at an altitude of 2750 meters above sea level. To help you pack efficiently, we have prepared a gear list for Phulchowki Hike based on seasons. Nepal has four primary seasons:-

Winter: Winter in Nepal falls in January and February. It starts getting cooler after Christmas. The temperature is usually 0-4°C in the morning, 10-12°C at noon, and -1 to 0°C at night. So if you are planning to hike here any time after Christmas to the end of February then we suggest you wear long-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies or sweater/fleece, windproof and preferably waterproof jackets because Phulchowki has temporary snowfall during winter. Similarly, we suggest wearing beanies/hats, gloves, trousers, sports shoes/hiking hoots, and thermals if you prefer an extra layer of warmth. Carrying a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking poles would be ideal.  

Spring: March to May are spring in Nepal. The temperature in these months during the morning ranges from 10-12°C, 22-24°C at noon, and 14-16°C at night. Since the weather is pleasant during spring, apart from the basic essentials mentioned below, all you need is some casual shirts, shorts or trousers, a couple of long sleeves, sports shoes/hiking boots, a water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat/cap, sunglasses, and an overall/light jacket because it might get a bit chilly at the top. 

Summer/Monsoon: June, July, August, and September are summer months in Nepal. But we have a summer monsoon that occurs from Mid-June to Mid-September. The temperature of Kathmandu ranges from 18-20 °C in the morning, 28-32°C at noon, and 16-18°C at night. We do not suggest you hike while raining but apart that that, Summer Hiking in Phulchowki is ideal too.  So, besides the regular items mentioned below, casual cotton wears, sunglasses, a sun hat/cap, an umbrella, or a raincoat are some essentials for the summer. Because this hike takes place in a lush forest, there might be some leeches if it rains the previous night. These leeches aren’t harmful but might cause nuisance so the trick is to carry salt and if leeches try and stick to your body then you could sprinkle salt.  

Autumn/Fall: October, November, and December are autumn in Nepal. It is the best time for the Phulchowki hike due to the delightful weather and visibility of beautiful vistas seen along the way and from the hilltop. The temperature of Phulchowki during fall ranges from 8-10 °C in the morning, 22-25°C at noon, and 5-7°C at night. December is comparatively cooler than the other two months. While hiking around Kathmandu during fall, you would be good to go with fleece/sweater or hoodies, hat/beanie, shawl/scarf, trousers, long-sleeved shirts, light jackets, or overalls, a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking boots or sports shoes. 

Reviews

Vivian

Australia

Namobuddha Valley & Monastery

My husband & I and a friend we made on a G Adventures tour from India to Nepal did the day trip from Kathmandu to Namobuddha Valley with guide Sujan.
We had experienced some wonderful sites throughout India & Nepal and this day trip was a fantastic way to end our holiday in Nepal.
Sujan & the driver met us promptly at our hotel in a nice air conditioned four wheel drive.
Sujan spoke excellent English, he was very friendly & informative. He had bottled water & tadt apples for us. He was from the Namobuddha Valley so he knew the area very well & we had a beautiful lunch in a small restaurant with amazing views cooked by his aunts.
The views were spectacular. We were blessed with a clear day.
The monastery was beautiful.
The driver was very safe, made sure we were comfortable with the air conditioning & took a great detour home (after checking eith us) to avert traffic.
The company has other tours. I would use them again. Sujan told us of homestay trips which we are keen to try.

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