Kathmandu Dhulikhel Balthali Panauti Tour caters to your interest in exploring richness in cultures, heritage sites, traditions, rituals, and festivals that has been followed centuries ago. This short and sweet tour can also be joined before or after your trekking in Nepal schedules. It would be a great opportunity for any travel lover looking forward to having an amazing delightful holiday in Nepal.
We start our journey after your arrival at Kathmandu and go for a short drive towards the UNESCO world heritage sites of Changu Narayan Temple. It is believed to be an architectural masterpiece holding great religious importance to Hindus. We set off to one of the resorts at Nagarkot hill and capture beautiful sunset in the evening and magical sunrise views over the Himalayas the next morning. On the same day, we further head towards beautiful Dhulikhel and hike towards Namo Buddha monastery, Balthali hike, explore the village, sightseeing around monasteries, discover beautiful Panauti village, and drive back towards Kathmandu.
Being a short and easy tour, it can be embarked on by all regardless of fitness level, weather, altitudes, and other issues. Join Kathmandu Dhulikhel Balthali Panauti Tour during any time of the year with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. Contact us now for booking and further inquiries.
If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement or if you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time-frame and budget limits.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,365m)::
Your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport shall mark the commencement of the exciting, stunning, and stirring experience in the Himalayan nation of Nepal. After completing the formalities at the customs you shall be greeted by a representative of Nepal Mountain Trekkers and shall be transferred to the hotel of your stay, comfortable accommodation with all the necessary facilities. Get rest to your jetlagged body and relish the cuisine and hospitality of the hotel. In the afternoon, you can go out and explore the surrounding streets. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Kathmandu to Nagarkot (2,175m) via Changu Narayan (1,500m)::
After breakfast, we shall drive to Changu Narayan (1,500m) which is situated approximately 20 km east of Kathmandu. Changu Narayan is said to be the oldest temple of Kathmandu valley and is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage monument list. It is said to have been built by King Hari Dutta in 323 AD and said to be the oldest temple in the valley. We shall then trek to Nagarkot (2,175m). Walking through the pine forest along the ridge through the villages with splendid views of the valley and mountains we arrive at Nagarkot. It is one the most panoramic destinations of Nepal for landscapes, mountain views including Mt Everest, and magnificent sunrise and sunset view. Stay overnight at Nagarkot.
Day 3 : Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1,440m)::
Early in the morning, we would have the sunrise view from the hotel. After having breakfast, we would start a gentle walk for the first hour and go through the pine forest downhill enjoying the landscapes. Afterward, we would walk through paddy fields and small villages which offer us some knowledge about the people and their lifestyle. An approximate walk of five to six hours will take us to Dhulikhel (1440m); an ancient town situated 30 km east of Kathmandu. The Newar town of Dhulikhel offers a traditional atmosphere along with spectacular views of the Himalayan range – with views of peaks like Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Gauri Shankar (7,145m), and Langtang (7,324m). We can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west. The old part of this town is an interesting area to wander around with some fine old Nepalese buildings and several interesting temples. From there you can also take a day trip to the Tibet border or Tatopani, a place which is famous for its hot sulfur spring. Stay overnight at Dhulikhel.
Day 4 : Dhulikhel to Balthali (1,730m) via Namo Buddha (1,982m)::
After having our breakfast at Dhulikhel, we shall walk to a place called Namo Buddha (1982m), situated on a hill above Panauti. It takes about three hours to reach from Dhulikhel to reach Namo Buddha. There is an amazing legend related to the Buddha, which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a stupa with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Later, we shall walk another three hours and reach the enchanting Balthali village offering excellent mountain views at an altitude of 1,730m. Stay overnight at Balthali.
Day 5 : Balthali Village Sightseeing::
Today you have a whole free day to spend at Balthali so today you shall have a look around the Balthali Village. You shall visit a typical Tamang village, Dada Gaun, where a Buddhist Community lives. It is a very traditional place and quite secluded from the modern world. Here people and animals live together side by side. We shall then walk to Pada Gaun (2,100m), from where one can have extremely good vistas of the whole Himalayan range to the north and the beautiful green forest of Mahabharat. And later on, we shall also take a walk along the Karnali River, a hamlet of nature, and follow the banks of the Ladku River back to our resort for the night. Stay overnight at Balthali.
Day 6 : Balthali to Panauti and then to Kathmandu::
Today, we shall take a leisurely walk to the thriving Newari village of Panauti situated around 1,400m. Panauti is wedged between the Punyamata and Roshi streams. Panauti forms the shape of a triangle with a serpent (naga) idol standing at each of its three corners to protect from floods. Pride of this place goes to the massive, three-tiered Indreshwor Mahadev. Some authorities believe this to be the original structure that was raised here in 1294 AD, which would make it the oldest surviving structure in Nepal. The shrine area at the sacred confluence called the ‘Khware’ which is one of the tranquil spots that can intercept a dreamer for hours on. On the way, one has an opportunity to come across the lovely temples and interesting old houses, particularly beautiful areas with some fourteenth-century wooden temple struts. Having taken about six hours on foot journey, we shall then drive back to Kathmandu today. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 7 : Farewell Day::
Our exciting and adventurous Kathmandu Dhulikhel Balthali Panauti comes to an end today. We hope that the memories of this tour persuade you to be back for further adventure and traveling experience in this Himalayan nation. A representative of Nepal Mountain Trekkers shall transfer you to the airport 3 hours before the flight schedule for your respective destination. We thank you for joining us for this wonderful tour experience. Hope to see you soon in Nepal for some other adventurous or touristic activity.