Namobuddha Trekking

Trip Duration 5
Max Altitude 1750m
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Time for Visit All Around the Year

Trip Overview

Namobuddha Trekking Overview

The Namobuddha Trekking is also a moderate trek that takes you through the beautiful Nepalese countryside, offering stunning views of the Himalayan mountains, traditional villages, and sacred Buddhist sites. The trek typically takes 3-4 days to complete and is accessible to most hikers with a reasonable level of fitness. The highlight of the Namobuddha Trekking is also the revered Namobuddha Stupa, a sacred Buddhist site where legend has it that Lord Buddha once offered his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. The serene ambiance and spiritual significance of this location make it a profound destination for reflection and meditation. The trek typically starts from Dhulikhel, a charming town with panoramic views of the Himalayas. The trail also winds through lush forests, terraced fields, and rustic villages, allowing trekkers to witness the traditional rural lifestyle of the Nepali people. Along the way, encounter warm smiles and friendly greetings from locals, contributing to a genuine cultural experience. From Namobuddha, the trek continues to Balthali, a picturesque village known for its traditional Nepalese architecture and peaceful surroundings. The final day of the trek also takes you to Panauti. It is a historic town that's home to several temples and traditional Newari architecture. As you ascend, the trek rewards you with awe-inspiring views of the Langtang and Everest mountain ranges, adding a touch of grandeur to the journey. The moderate difficulty level of the trek also makes it suitable for trekkers of various fitness levels, including beginners.

Conclusion and Summary

Overall, the Namobuddha Trekking is also a great option for those who want to experience trekking in Nepal without undertaking a more strenuous or time-consuming trek. It offers a chance to explore traditional Nepalese villages. It learns about local culture, and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayan mountains.The Namobuddha Trekking encapsulates the essence of Nepal's natural beauty, cultural heritage, and spiritual significance. It's a short yet fulfilling adventure that leaves trekkers with lasting memories of stunning landscapes, genuine interactions, and a deeper understanding of Nepal's rich cultural tapestry.

 Trip Highlight

  • 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
  • Embark on short treks between villages with spectacular Himalayan views
  • Stay in some of the finest hotels & lodges in the Kathmandu area
  • Gentle hiking & comfortable accommodations make this a perfect family trek


Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, you’ll be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel in Dhulikhel, an hour or two’s drive from the capital. Located just outside the Kathmandu Valley, the primarily Newar town of Dhulikhel sits at an altitude of 5,085 feet (1,550 m). On a clear day, you can observe the towering Himalaya to the north, with spectacular views at sunrise and sunset. You have the option of staying at Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, one of Nepal’s premier resorts, or at one of the simpler guesthouses around the town if you’re on a smaller budget.

After a lazy morning and a late breakfast with stunning views, you’ll lace up your walking boots and set out towards Namo Buddha, one of the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist sites in Nepal. Along the way, you’ll break for a picnic-style lunch along the trail. While the day’s trek is gentle and appropriate for inexperienced hikers and most families, you can also arrange for children under four to be carried in a comfortable porter’s basket.

After a three-hour walk, you’ll reach the Namo Buddha Resort around mid-afternoon—giving you plenty of time to get settled in and enjoy the amenities. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing, or head to a lookout point close by for a stunning sunset before dinner. The sustainable, eco-friendly resort is famous for its excellent cuisine, all organic and grown on-site. Day-trippers come from Kathmandu just for the food!

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning, then begin your penultimate day of trekking with a short walk downhill to the famous Namo Buddha stupa (shrine). This small site is extremely important to Tibetan Buddhists, as it commemorates Siddhartha Gautam’s act of offering his body to a hungry tigress, which is said to have contributed to his ability to achieve enlightenment and, ultimately, Buddha-hood. A short walk above the stupa is the newly built Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched on the hilltop.

From here, continue walking through fields and orchards to the quiet village of Balthali, enjoying a picnic lunch along the way. Here we again you’ll be met with amazing mountain views as you get settled into the beautiful Balthali Resort. If you feel like exploring in the afternoon, the steep hike back down into Balthali is worth the effort to experience the charm of village life.

After a final breakfast in the mountains, shoulder your pack for one last day on the trail. Most of today’s route follows a rural dirt road, passing beautiful small villages, terraced fields, and amazing views. Your adventure comes to an end in the Newar town of Panauti, where you can spend some time exploring after a delicious local lunch.

Panauti is one of the best-preserved towns in the country and has been spared any earthquake damage over the years because of the popular belief that it is built upon a single, large rock. The town is designed in the signature Newar style, with pink brick and carved wooden temples beside the river. After exploring, give your feet a well-earned rest by hopping into a car for the drive back to Kathmandu.

En route, stop at Bhaktapur, one of the three ancient cities within the Kathmandu Valley. Lying 8 miles (14 km) east of the capital, Bhaktapur was founded in the 9th century, and the old city plan is shaped like a sacred conch shell. With its famous carved peacock windows and excellent museum, Bhaktapur is regarded as the center of traditional Nepalese wood carving.

After touring Bhaktapur, continue to Kathmandu and check into one of the nicest hotels in town—Dwarika’s Hotel. Practically a museum of traditional arts and crafts, each room is adorned with unique antique furniture and fittings. If you’re on a tighter budget, there are numerous other boutique hotels around the city that offer a similar charm without the price tag.

Dwarika’s is conveniently located a short walk from the Pashupatinath Temple. Head there for dusk, to see local Hindus performing their evening puja (prayer), before heading out for a final celebratory dinner in the city.

It’s time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a final stroll through the narrow alleys and temples, or some souvenir shopping. A driver will be waiting for you at your hotel to take you to the airport for your return flight home. Safe travels!

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel.
  • Three night accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis ( 3 star category hotel) on twin sharing as mentioned in itinerary
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Government license holder trekking Guide.
  • Trekking porter /sherpa who will carry your bag pack during the trekking.(two person will get one trekking sherpa/ porter)
  • Kathmandu Bhaktapur telkot overland transportation by private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary
  • Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Desert /fruit after having diner as company provide
  • Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS)
  • Shivapuri  National park permit
  • Namobuddha to kathmandu overland transporation by private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing tour with HJT tour guide as mentioned in itinerary
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary
  • All program as mentioned in itinerary
  • Overland transportation
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. ( Trekking guide,  and porters)
  • Guide and porter fares and taxes.Government Tax and office service charge.
  • Airport drop

Price Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay
  • International flight ticket
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu.
  • Disembarkation Airport Tax in Nepal –  approx. US$ 24. al equipments
  • High risk medical insurance
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
  • Alcoholic beverage and telephone calls
  • Hot drinks, Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
  • Purely personal nature expenses
  • Tipping /Tips(Tipping is Expected).

Gears And Equipment


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.


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.

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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