Balthali Village Trek-03 Days
Balthali Village Trek is one of the best short trekking routes in Nepal. This treks is an ideal idea for families or people with short time frame looking for easy multiple day hikes around the Kathmandu valley. This easy trek a stunning village trek with beautiful views of and experiences of local villages near the valley. Started and ended within the Kathmandu valley the trek will take you through beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas throughout the trail. No doubt that the trek will take you to rural hamlets of isolated and untouched villages even it’s very close to town. Balthali village trek terraced rice fields and dusty red colored thatched farmhouses. In between, glimpses of the snowy Himalayan peaks in the horizon and swathes of bright-green forest will welcome you gladly. Be sure that this is relaxing short multiple day hiking not far from Kathmandu.
As the trail is mostly uncrowded which will make sure that your journey is peaceful. Balthali village trek can be trekked all round the year however it is recommended to avoid rainy July and August and super cold December through January. Balthali Village Trekking is listed as one of the best multi-day low altitude treks by Lonely Planet website; one of the largest travel sites in the world. Starting and ending in Kathmandu valley, Balthali trekking takes a trekkers via Buddhist shrines, rural hamlets and the stunning Balthali village situated on a plateau surrounded by terraced rice paddies and local houses. Balthali village trekking gives unbeaten glimpse of snowy Himalayan peaks of Manaslu, Langtang and Everest in the north and evergreen forests. Balthali village is one of the culturally rich villages just Kathmandu valley. Even during the busiest touristy season in Nepal, Balthali village trek remains calm and quiet offering peaceful experience for anyone visiting this area. Overall saying, Balthali village trek is a relaxing trekking for people looking for easy and low altitude trekking route near Kathmandu valley.
This 3 day trek starts just a short drive from Kathmandu city on the edge of the valley rim. It takes us Panauti villages where we get the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of local people, and through the beautiful scenery of lush green forests, ancient temples and rich terraced fields.
Day 1: Drive to Panuati, Trek to Balthali
Day 2: Trek to Namobuddha
Day 3: Trek to Dhulikhel and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 01: Drive to Panauti- Walk to Balthali Village Resort, approx 2 hours walk.
An hour drive to Panauti from Kathmandu and promenade around this town here you can see the 800 years Hindu temple of statues of the Bishnu, the Sun God Surya and the Moon God Chandra Along the river bank is an opportunity to visit the local Ghats, cremation ground. Panauti has been totally restored by donations from France. A scenic drive of about 4 km takes you to Khopasi where your luggage will be transported to the resort by our porters. Either, you can then walk for about an hour up to the resort, or for those who like walking, a three-hour stroll through the paddy fields up to the resort can be arranged from Panauti.
Overnight at Balthali Village Resort (http://www.balthali.com)
Day 02: Excursion around Balthali- walk to Namobuddha.
Today after breakfast, explore a typical Tamang village, Dada Gaun, where a Buddhist Community lives. It is very traditional and secluded from the modern world. Here people and animals live together side by side. We then walk to Pada Gaun (2100m), from where one can have tremendously excellent views of the whole Himalayan range to north horizon and beautiful green forest of Mahabharat and trek to Namobuddha, one of the pilgrimage sites of Buddhists in Nepal. It is believed that the ancient Buddha was born here as a Prince (see Namobuddha Pilgrimage Tour) Nepal. From here you have wonderful views of Gauri Shankher and many other magnificent Himalayas. Stay overnight in monastery lodge.
Day 03 Namobuddha – Dhulikhel/1440m, 3-4 hours walk – Drive to Kathmandu.
Today, after breakfast we Trek to Dhulukhel. In the beginning we follow the unealled road to Kavre Bhanjyang the hike up to the top of Dhulikhel Mountain view, there we will see a giant statue of Lord Buddha. Explore the surroundings and enjoy view of Dhulikhel Town then head down to city and Drive to Kathmandu.