Panauti Namobuddha Day Hike

Day Hike

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US$ 125 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

Panauti Namobuddha Day Hike is an excellent way to explore a holy site as well as explore a traditional village up-close to the southeast of Kathmandu city. It is one of the most magnificent day hikes in the valley, full of discovery and adventure, where you will be able to enjoy the beauty of culture, religion, and nature all in one day.

This Panauti Namobuddha Day Hiking will allow you to visit one of Nepal's oldest settlements named Panauti and one of the four most important Buddhist sites in Nepal named Namobuddha. This 6/7 hours-long journey is one of the greatest chances to learn about old Newari culture and Buddhism practices and get the feeling of strolling through old Nepal.

Panauti is a beautiful town located in the Kavre district & the people here have been able to protect their traditional culture despite the fact that it is easily accessible, about an hour drive on a local bus from Kathmandu. Despite its proximity to the capital with modernization, Panauti has managed to preserve its ancient culture and numerous Hindu temples.

On this day hike, we get to observe the traditional lifestyle of Newar communities who mostly occupy the area. Apart from the Newars, other communities of Tamang, Magar, and a few Aryan communities have also made a home in the area as well.

Cultivating potatoes, corn, and soybean are the daily routine of the household in this locality. It is worth noting that people make a special type of homemade liquor esp. the Tamang people; & you are very welcome to give it a try!

The most unique thing about this town is that people residing here strongly believe the town stands on one single rock and thus, is not affected by disasters like earthquakes. People here have preserved the culture and tradition in a very sensitive way.

Every 12 years, Panauti hosts a fair which is very famous by Panauti Mela. The ins and outs of the fair start in a temple and the devotees from almost every corner of the country come here to observe the festive environment.

All in all, Panauti is a very beautiful place to visit and look at the culture as well.

The ultimate endpoint of our Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking is the Namobuddha Monastery which is also called Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery on the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley on the south-east side.

Namo Buddha, the name itself suggests something related to Lord Buddha. And, certainly, there is - a well-preserved and beautiful monastery situated on a hilltop. Prayer flags, wheels, and statues adorn this lovely monastery. The area is quite peaceful & you can even feel the positive vibes flowing all around the monastery. In addition, this place offers stunning views of the surrounding areas and mountains while relaxing on the hilltop.

One of the monastery's most remarkable sights is monks praying for soul restoration. The monks here pray and chant Mantras and are fully devoted. It feels so reviving to see the monks chanting and devoting themselves in full & if you listen carefully with closed eyes, you might get some kind of spark hit that fulfills the empty soul. Thus, NamoBuddha is a lovely place to visit.

This one-day Panauti NamoBuddha trek across Kathmandu valley is an easy and lovely trip appropriate for all trekkers and is perfect for those with limited time. The trip has natural, cultural, and religious significance throughout, making it a religious hike to see both Hindu and Buddhist cultural sites close to Kathmandu's major city.

We will pass through picturesque villages, rice fields, monasteries, temples, and forests along the way, with a panoramic view of the Himalayas and Kathmandu Valley. All of this combines to make the Panauti Namobuddha Day Hike that takes you into Nepalese rural life away from the rush and bustle of city life.

Panauti Namobuddha Day Hike Highlights

  • One of the best ways to observe the Traditional town near Kathmandu
  • Namobuddha, a peaceful Monastery on the hilltop
  • Admire both the natural and cultural beauty of Panauti Village
  • Experience the hike along the trails passing through the forests

The Best time to Do Panauti Namobuddha Day Hike

The Panauti Namobuddha hike is possible all year. However, the spring season (March to April) and the autumn season (September to December) are regarded as the greatest. 

Spring is regarded as one of the greatest seasons for trekking and climbing in Nepal, not only because of the pleasant weather but also because of the beautiful scenery. Fresh flowers carpet the trail, Rhododendron blossoms, in particular from March. 

Autumn in Nepal brings mild temperatures and good hiking and climbing conditions, capped off by breathtaking views made possible by the monsoon clearing the air of dust and pollution. The autumn season showcases vivid colors of joyousness as it is also the time of year when Nepal celebrates the important festivals of Dashain and Tihar.

The summer months of May to August are often avoided for trekking/hiking in Nepal due to significant heat and moisture surges, scorching temperatures, clouds, haze, and rain. The clouds of monsoon obstruct views and the heavy rain pour generates muddy pathways along with some season insects and bugs. Other than that, the landscape view after the heavy rainfall is outstanding and clear.

While winter is not recommended for the high altitude and multi-day trekking journeys, it is a good time to do a one-day Panauti Namobuddha Hike. The winter in Kathmandu valley is relatively mild making it a suitable location for shorter walks at a lower altitude. Over the top, the Himalayan vistas are stunning (when the weather is clear) in the winter months. 

Despite the pleasant winter weather, the Kathmandu Valley is less overcrowded in the winter, and the valley's spectacular attractions are less crowded and easier to observe. The treks are also considerably more pleasant and serene without the masses of people.

Itinerary in Details

Panauti Namobuddha Day Hike

Your hiking guide will pick you up at the hotel in the morning after breakfast to start the Panauti Namobuddha Day Hiking. From Thamel or your hotel location, we will drive to Panauti village along the Araniko Highway. Our drive from Kathmandu to Panauti offers wonderful window views of the Kathmandu city, the Bhaktapur town, and their landscapes along the road. 

After approximately one hour of driving, we reach the town of Panauti. In the town, we will explore some of its important and ancient landmarks such as Indreshwar temple (The tallest pagoda style temple in Nepal), Krishna Temple, Ahilya Temple, and Unmata Bhairav Temple, Panauti Durbar, and Panauti Museum. We will also observe this ancient Newari city and its lifestyle. 

Finally, our hiking starts soon after exploring the ancient city of Panauti. We follow asphalt paved roads for the first 2.6 kilometers. We will be passing through small, picturesque towns and admiring the beautiful vistas of the valley before you.

The first glimpse of the Namobuddha monastery with hundreds of thousands of prayer flags fluttering above the monastery's bright golden domes can be seen from the halfway point. We will arrive at the Namobuddha peak after a four-hour hike. 

While at the top, we may take in the tranquility of the Monastery's surroundings. Seeing monks pray is such a heartwarming experience. Aside from that, the peaceful views from the summit are captivating. The panorama includes the Namobuddha region's entire terrain as well as distant mountain peaks.

After there, we'll take the same road back to Panauti to return to Kathmandu.

Includes

  • Private Transfer to Panauti from Kathmandu
  • Private Transfer to Kathmandu from Namobuddha
  • Experience English Speaking Guide
  • Local Entry Fees / Heritage 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 the Panauti Namo Buddha 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 for Day Hike to Panauti Namo Buddha

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 Panauti 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.

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