Balthali Village by Foot! -

5 days, 4 nights
Visit : Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namo Buddha, Balthali

The Balthali Village Trek is one of the best short trekking routes in Nepal. The trek starts and ends within the Kathmandu valley, and will take you through beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas along the trail. There is no doubt that the trek will take you to rural hamlets of isolated and untouched villages, even if they are very close to town. The Balthali village is situated o ...

The Balthali Village Trek is one of the best short trekking routes in Nepal. The trek starts and ends within the Kathmandu valley, and will take you through beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas along the trail. There is no doubt that the trek will take you to rural hamlets of isolated and untouched villages, even if they are very close to town. The Balthali village is situated on a plateau surrounded by terraced rice paddies and dusty, red-coloured and thatched farmhouses. In between, glimpses of the snowy Himalayan peaks in the horizon and swathes of bright-green forest will welcome you gladly. Be assured that this is a short and relaxing multiple-day hiking trip that is not far from Kathmandu.

The uncrowded trail will ensure you have a peaceful journey throughout the valley. Even during the busiest tourist season in Nepal, this trek remains calm and quiet. Balthali village can be trekked all around the year, however, it is recommended to avoid the rainy months of July and August, and the super cold months of December and January. Balthali Village Trekking is listed as one of the best multi-day low altitude treks by Lonely Planet, one of the largest online travel platforms in the world.

This 5 day trek starts just a short drive from Kathmandu city on the edge of the valley rim. It takes us past small farming villages where we get the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of the local people, and through the beautiful scenery of lush green forests, ancient temples and rich terraced fields. Add to this the stunning snowy peaks visible in the distance and this is the perfect introduction to trekking in the Himalayas!

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • This trek is an ideal excursion for families or people with a short time frame looking for easy, multiple day hikes around the Kathmandu valley. This easy, stunning village trek offers beautiful views of and a chance to really experience life in the local villages near the valley. In general, you should be in an overall healthy state before opting for this, as it requires a fair amount of walking every day.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • You will have breathtaking views of Mt. Everest from Nagarkot, a beautiful mountain getaway!
  • Experience divine peace and a lovely sunset in Namobuddha, a place sacred to the Tamang Buddhists.
  • Have the opportunity to learn and explore the Tamang Buddhist culture by interacting with the local people in the villages.
  • Visit a newly built Tibetan Buddhist monastery that is perched on a hill above a stupa.
  • Wander through Panauti, one of the most historical cities in Nepal and get acquainted with its picturesque architecture!
Start of Tour

Dhulikhel

End of Tour

Balthali

  • Day 1Kathmandu - Jhule - Nagarkot
    • Your trekking guide will meet you after breakfast and take you on a jeep out to the edge of the Kathmandu Valley. Once you reach Jhule, you commence your trek of the Kathmandu Valley Rim, which will take you to some well-known places that are famous for their incredible mountain views, as well as some places off the beaten path, but arguably more beautiful than the famous locations! Tonight you will trek up to Nagarkot, a classic mountain get away from town, perched on the very rim of the Kathmandu Valley. From here you have amazing views to the north of the Himalayan Range, with the beautiful rural scenery of terraced fields and farmhouses in the foreground (weather permitting of course). Make sure your camera batteries are charged!

    • Meals - Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 2Nagarkot - Dhulikhel
    • Before we head out for today's trek, we take the time so enjoy a scenic breakfast. Then, we pack our bags and head out along the ridgeline to the southeast of Nagarkot. On today's trek, you pass through a community forest and open landscapes with small villages that rely not only on farming and livestock, but also on the forest for their daily needs. This is a great chance to get close to the people of the villages, and experience a piece of their daily lives. It is vastly different from Kathmandu, which is so close in terms of distance, but 'a world away' in terms of lifestyle.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 3Dhulikhel - Namobuddha
    • We wake up to another scenic morning, and after breakfast, we shoulder our day packs and head out of town, bound for Namobuddha, a beautiful location which is sacred to Buddhists, especially to the local Tamang population. Our gorgeous mountain retreat here has incredible Himalayan views and a quirky architectural style making it a lovely place to relax and soak up being in the Himalayas. We arrive by mid-afternoon and can just relax, or head up to a lookout point close by for a stunning sunset. We end the day with a delicious dinner made from organic produce sourced right here from the resort grounds or close by.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 4Namobuddha - Balthali
    • We enjoy the views of the mountains as we eat a lovely breakfast, getting ready for our second last day of hiking. You can take the morning to explore Tamang Buddhist culture, which is compared with Tibetan Buddhism. Taking a short stroll down the hillside, you can visit the little stupa at Namo Buddha. This stupa commemorates Siddhartha Gautama's selfless 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. Learn about the significance of the place, and its relevance in local Tamang culture, before climbing a short distance up to the newly built Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched on the hilltop above the Stupa. From here, we continue on through fields and orchards to the quiet village of Balthali, having a picnic lunch along the way. Again, we will have amazing views of the mountains and can enjoy the charm of village life - even though it's a steep hike back down into the village after you have dropped your pack in the hotel, it's worth the effort.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 5Balthali -Panauti - Kathmandu
    • Our last day on the trail starts with a hearty breakfast and a spectacular view. Most of today's trail is on a dirt road, passing beautiful small villages, terraced fields, and amazing views off to the distance in the north. We finish the trek in the lovely Newar village of Panauti where you can explore before or after a delicious local lunch, depending on how quickly you trekked down from Balthali. In the 13th century, Panauti was the capital of the autonomous kingdom of Banepa, and it is still the most important historic village in the area and has retained its historic authenticity. The town is built in the signature Newar style, with pink brick and carved wood. The village is full of rural calm and only in September is the idyll disturbed by the 'Carriage Festival'. The old town is wedged between two small rivers with a cluster of important temples at the confluence. It is regarded as an ancient power place, with an invisible third stream also connecting here. Cremations are held at the confluence, and a festival is held here once a year in January with every 12 years being of major significance as the third stream is said to be seen at this time. After lunch, we head back into Kathmandu.

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    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
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Inclusions

  • 4 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance Fee.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Pick up from your airport in Kathmandu and drop to base point in Jhule by private vehicle.
  • Pick up from Panauti and drop to your airport in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Professional Trekking guide.
  • Porter.

Exclusions

  • Any transportation to / from Kathmandu. Your tour price starts Ex Kathmandu.
  • Optional activities.
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 31 Mar 2020

Hub Single Accommodation Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Kathmandu 32,895 31,645
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

You will stay at a range of hotels and teahouses during the duration of the trek.

Things to Carry

    Head

    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    • Sunglasses with UV protection

    Upper Body

    • T-shirts
    • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket

    Hands

    • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

    Lower Body

    • Under Garments
    • Hiking shorts
    • Lightweight cotton long pants
    • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

    Feet

    • Thin, lightweight inner socks
    • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

    Accessories

    • Sleeping bag rated to -15 degree centigrade
    • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
    • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
    • Basic First Aid Kit
    • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
    • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
    • Trekking Poles
    • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
    • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
    • Ear Plug

    Toiletries

    • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
    • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    • Deodorants
    • Nail clippers
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Small mirror

    Personal Hygiene

    • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    • Tissue /toilet roll
    • Anti bacterial hands wash

    Extras/Luxuries

    • Binoculars
    • Reading book/Trail Map/Guide book
    • Journal /Pen/Pencils and small notebooks
    • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    On this trek we provide standard breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water (extra cost to be paid) and treat with water purification pills.

  • Clothes to carry

    Head

    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    • Sunglasses with UV protection

    Upper Body

    • T-shirts
    • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket

    Hands

    • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

    Lower Body

    • Under Garments
    • Hiking shorts
    • Lightweight cotton long pants
    • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

  • Equipment Checklist

    Feet

    • Thin, lightweight inner socks
    • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

    Accessories

    • Sleeping bag rated to -15 degree centigrade
    • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
    • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
    • Basic First Aid Kit
    • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
    • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
    • Trekking Poles
    • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
    • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
    • Ear Plug

    Toiletries

    • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
    • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    • Deodorants
    • Nail clippers
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Small mirror

    Personal Hygiene

    • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    • Tissue /toilet roll
    • Anti bacterial hands wash

    Extras/Luxuries

    • Binoculars
    • Reading book/Trail Map/Guide book
    • Journal /Pen/Pencils and small notebooks
    • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

  • Our Crew

    On tea house trek you will be accompanied by a team of local crew whose aim is to make the trek as comfortable and enjoyable as much possible. The crew consists of a trek guide/leader and a team of porters to carry all your gear. On average, there will be a ratio of one porter to every two trekkers.
    The most important thing that makes your Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek guide and the crew members with ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by experienced trek guide. All of our trekking guides/leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude.

  • Flight Information

    You will be required to arrive in Kathmandu before 12pm on Day 1. Kindly arrange your flights accordingly.

  • Luggage Info

    During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter or yaks. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 kg. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping. You may also leave your extra things at your hotel which is not required for your trek in your main luggage. Please note that we will provide complimentary kit bag for you before your trek starts so that you can pack all your necessary things.

  • Books to Read

    Little Princes by Conor Grennan - Conor visited Nepal during what was supposed to be a one year stint around the world. During this time, Conor got to know and love the kids at the Little Princes Orphanage, which was an orphanage dedicated to children saved from traffickers. After he returned to his home, he got a disturbing email from the mother of the wards that seven of their boys had been snatched from the centre by the same child traffickers. Conor returned to Kathmandu immediately and rode through the streets on a motorcycle in search of the kids. This is Conor's incredible and inspiring story.

    The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W.E. Bowman - This book is a parody in reference to the many mountaineering expeditions that were written about and documented during the 1950's. Thought to be one of the most important books in mountaineering literature, this book follows Binder and his team of six experts to climb "Rum Doodle," which is the highest mountain in the world in the far away land of Yogistan. There is even a bar in Kathmandu called "Rum Doodle" to commemorate this historical and humorous gem!

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

  • Approximate Group Size

    3 to 5 people

  • Money to carry

    10 to 15 thousand Rupees

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.