Balthali Village Trek

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Trip Overview

Balthali Village Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that offers a combination of cultural and natural experiences. The trek usually takes around 3-4 days and takes visitors to the beautiful Balthali village, which is located about 40 km southeast of Kathmandu. The trek starts from the town of Khopasi, which is located about 2 hours' drive from Kathmandu. From there, visitors will trek through several small villages and lush forests, with stunning views of the Himalayas along the way. The trek is relatively easy and suitable for trekkers of all ages and fitness levels. Balthali village is a beautiful and peaceful village that offers stunning views of the Himalayas, including Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, and Gaurishankar. The village is surrounded by lush forests and terraced farmland, and visitors can experience the traditional lifestyle, culture, and hospitality of the Nepalese people. During the trek, visitors can take a nature walk around the village and explore the beautiful surroundings, including the ancient temples and monasteries, which offer a glimpse into the local culture and religion. Visitors can also participate in traditional farming activities, such as plowing and harvesting, and learn about the local customs and traditions. The best time to do the Balthali Village Trek is from September to November and from March to May when the weather is clear, and the skies are usually blue. During these months, the temperatures are also mild, making for ideal trekking conditions. Overall, the Balthali Village Trek is an excellent option for those who want to experience trekking in Nepal and get off the beaten path of traditional tourist destinations. The trek offers a chance to experience the unique culture and traditions of Nepal's mountain villages, as well as the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Trip Highlights

  • A short gateaway trip from the hustle and bustle of the valley,
  • Visit the Namo Buddha monastery,
  • Mesmerizing vistas of mountains like Manaslu, Langtang, Ganesh Himal range, Dorje Lakpa, and Everest,
  • Learn and observe the conventional lifestyle of the Balthali and Panauti villages,
  • Observe the forests in the Mahabharat range,
  • Get a chance to see birds as well as vegetations like rhododendrons, sal trees, magnolia, etc,
  • Find many old, fascinating Newari architecture and temples in Panauti.
  • Excellent spot to go if you want to get away from the city’s noise and pollution.
  • Hiking and trekking trials lead to nearby villages and temples.
  • Camping and homestay options.


Day 01: Drive to Panauti and trek to Balthali Village (approx 3 to 4 hrs Walk)

Drive from Kathmandu to Panauti takes about an hour and half, offers views of the lush green hills of the Kathmandu valley. There are also traditional villages, terraced fields, and tiny towns with local markets to view. Beautiful temples and monasteries along the way highlight Nepal’s rich religious and cultural heritage. Panauti village features an 800 year old Hindu temple with statues of lord Bishnu,  the Sun God, and Chandra(the Moon God). There is an option to explore the local Ghats (cremation grounds), along the riverbank. Walk to Balthali through paddy field. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Explore Day at Balthali and Walk to Namobuddha (approx 3hrs Walk)

Today, after breakfast, go exploring the village’s natural beauty, tranquil environment, and traditional Newari and Tamang culture. There are various temples and monasteries to view, including the Balthali Raj Temple, a major pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. You can also learn about the local culture and lifestyle by seeing the daily lives of farmers, weavers, and other traditional craftspeople. We then go to Pada Gaun for a spectacular vista of the Himalayas. Following that, we will proceed to Namobuddha. Namobuddha is regarded as one of Nepal’s most revered Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Namobuddha Monastery visit. From here, one can see the breathtaking views of mountains like Gaurishankar, Manaslu, and others. Spend the night at the monastic lodge.

Day 03: Namobuddha to Dhulikhel (approx 3hrs Walk) and back to Kathmandu

We’ll leave for Dhulikhel after breakfast. We hike from Namobuddha to Dhulikhel for panoramic vistas of the Himalayan range, including Mount Everest, Langtang, Gaurishankar, and many others. We will also see traditional Newari village with wooden houses and traditional temples, which will highlight the local culture and architecture. After exploring the area, we will  drive back to Kathmandu from dhulikhel.

Price Includes

  • Kathmandu to Panauti and Dhulikhel to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license-holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance
  • 02 guests = 01 porters with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
  • Best Available twin/double shearing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Safe drinking water.
  • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant.
  • First aid kid box.
  • Friendship World Trek’s a sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffel bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos).
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight).
  • Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary.
  • Guest Personal expenses like ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.
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