Namobuddha Panauti Balthali Trip - 2 Days

View seen from Namobuddha Monastery

Trip Info

Trip Duration

2 Days

Max Altitude

1800 M m



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Namobuddha Panauti Balthali Trip Overview

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, the majestic view of the 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 and 2 days. Our trip starts after 1 a half hour drive southeast from Kathmandu to Namobuddha and then starts the hike towards Balthali via Panauti. 

Namobuddha is a hill station located in the 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 value. 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 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 woodcraft 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 architecture 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 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. 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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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Drive Namobuddha and Hike to Balthali via Panauti
1:30 Hours Drive & 5/6 Hours Hike
Max Altitude: 1800 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.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay
Day 2: Hike to Khopsi and Drive Back to Kathmandu via Panauti Town
1 Hour Hike & 2 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 1300 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

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included


  • Private Transfer to Namobuddha
  • All Entrance fees as per Itinerary
  • A Professional Hiking/Cultural Local Guide
  • All Wages and costs for Guide
  • Sightseeing and Hiking as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 01 Night Homestay Accommodation
  • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner as per Itinerary
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Hiking Poles( Refundable) if required
  • Private transfer to Kathmandu from Khopasi via Panauti Ancient Town
  • All taxes

Note: In this Package and Price A Locally run Homestay is included. However,  Accommodations Can be upgraded at extra cost if required


Any Activities in Kathmandu 

Add On Tour can be organized at extra Costs if Required

Accommodations and Meals in Kathmandu

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In this Package above mentioned prices and packages are Included Best Available Homestay run by locals with the purpose tom experiencing authentic hospitality. However, A Few Hotels/resorts are also available in this(Balthali) place at extra cost. 


01 Lunch in Namobuddha and Dinner in Balthali with Next Morning Breakfast is included. Tea/coffee will be served in Local Cafe during the trip and homestay. We are Also Happy to Offer you some Fresh Fruits and Casual Snacks during the hike:)

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