Day Hike

Namobuddha Panauti Balthali Trip

Nepal

Namobuddha Panauti Balthali Trip

Durtation: 2 Days

Price: US 225 All Inclusive

Namobuddha Balthali hike via Panauti is one of the most popular hikes around Kathmandu Valley. This beginner-friendly hike is perfect for enthusiastic travelers who wish to relish the tranquility of nature, majestic view of almighty Himalayas, terraced fields, the wilderness of lush green forest, ancient Nepali architecture, the typical lifestyle of locals, their cuisine and culture but have a limited timeframe. The total duration of the trip is 1 night 2 days. Our trip starts after 1 and a half hours drive southeast from Kathmandu to Namobuddha and then starts the hike towards Balthali via Panauti. 

Namobuddha is a hill station located at Kavre District at an altitude of 1800m above sea level. It is very popular for the ancient Buddhist Namobuddha Monastery. Situated amidst the lush forest, this place is rich in exquisite flora and fauna and has immense religious values. Many travelers around the world visit the monastery for its unique architecture, peaceful and clean environment far away from the hustle and bustle of life, and the mesmerizing view of meadows, fields, and the snow-capped Himalayas including Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Langtang, Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Kanchenjunga. It also holds great importance for Buddhist pilgrims as the Namobuddha Monastery is also a school for learning Karmapa Buddhism. And it is believed that the jungle of Namobudhha is where Bodhisattva, the antecedent of Lord Buddha sacrificed himself to the starving mother tiger to save the tiger cubs. His bones are buried in the forest and on top of it, a Chorten is built. Likewise, there are also caves where the great Buddhist philosophers had meditated in this region.

Located in between the junction of two holy rivers Rosi and Punyamati, Panauti is one the most popular ancient town located near Kathmandu Valley. This town dates way back to the Lichhavi dynasty. And during the reign of the Malla dynasty, King Bhupatindra Malla gave this town as a dowry to his sister. Panauti is rich in distinctive wood-craft and architecture. There are many small temples, typical houses, museums, Indreswor Temple built by King Harisingh Dev, and the King’s palace Panauti Durbar Square. The town is well-known not only for its architect but also for a wide range of cultures and traditions of diverse ethnic groups Newar being the majority followed by Tamang, and Magar communities. 

Balthali is a picturesque village surrounded by hills, located close to Kathmandu Valley. This hiking destination is renowned for homestay tours. The travelers get a wonderful opportunity to stay in a homestay with welcoming locals experiencing their lifestyle, culture, festivals, and cuisine. This place is vibrant and lively because of the terraced fields, green meadows, rhododendron, sal and magnolia forests, mustard fields, sparkly rivers, and waterfalls. Walking through small winding trails decorated with Mother Nature’s hand-picked flowers and the glorious golden sunrise flaunting its beauty peeking through the Himalayas makes the trip more worth it. Balthali is also popular for exploring wildlife and birdwatching. 

Likewise, Khopasi, a typical Newari village is a nearby destination in between Panauti and Balthali. Travelers will get to see plenty of cultivated lands, terraced fields, and beautiful landscapes on the way.

Namobuddha - Panauti - Balthali Hike Route

We will drive to Namobuddha through Banepa and Dhulikhel. The travelers who prefer a bit longer hike can start the hike from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha. After visiting the monastery and strolling around the forest, we will hike to Balthali via Panauti. We will spend some time exploring the arts and artifacts of Panauti Valley then proceed our journey towards Balthali. The travelers will spend overnight in a homestay and will return to Kathmandu Valley the next day.

Note:This trip can also be customized as a day trip for travelers who have a very limited timeframe. 

Best time for Namobuddha to Balthali hike via Panauti

This trip can be done any time of the year except for the heavy rainfall during the Monsoon. Although Spring and Autumn are considered ideal. 

 

 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Drive Namobuddha and hike to Balthali via Panauti

1:30 Hrs Drive & 5/6 Hrs Hike

1,800 m

We will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and then drive for 1 and a half hours to Namobuddha through Banepa and Dhulikhel overlooking the beautiful valley and landscape. Dhulikhel is an old town and a popular touristic spot. There are many monasteries and temples here with the backdrop of the Himalayas. En route lies Sanga Valley where the tallest statue of Lord Shiva lies. If we start our trip fast then we could also stop for tea and visit the Shiva temple. After reaching Namobuddha, we will visit the monastery, and stroll around.
Then we hike towards Balthali. After 2 and half/3 hours of hiking. We will stop in Panauti to explore the town, visit temples, places, and museums and enjoy lunch. Then we will further hike for around 3 hours towards Balthali village. We will stay in a homestay in Balthali. There also are a couple of resorts and lodges but if the travelers want to experience authentic culture and hospitality then staying in a homestay is the best option.
 

Lunch, Dinner

Resort/Homestay

Day 02

Hike to Khopsi and Drive Back to Kathmandu via Panauti

1 Hrs Hike & 2 Hr Drive

1,300 m

On the next day, we will wake up early and hike up to a small hill to enjoy the gorgeous view of the sunrise along with the Himalayas and colorful terraced fields. After having breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu which will take around 2 hours.

Note: If the travelers cannot stop by Panauti on the first day because of time, weather, or other conditions, it can be customized for the next day because Panauti lies en route on the drive from Balthali to Kathmandu. Your guide will advise you on the best suggestion
 

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Comfortable lodges, luxury resorts, and homestays are available in Balthali. But Himalayan Trekkers will arrange any of the accommodation as per your budget, interest, and availability. 

 

Meals

Snacks, tea/coffee, water, lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the next day are included in the package. 

 

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Pick Up Drop Off from Hotel/Your Location
  • Professional local guide 
  • 1 meach each of Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 1-night twin sharing accommodation
  • All taxes

 

 

Whats Not Included

Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu

Any Other Activities like City Tours and other activities

Personal Expenses such as Donation, Beverage

Tips for guide and driver (Tipping is not mandatory)

Travel Insurance

 

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

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