Kathmandu Balthali Village Tour

  • Duration: 7 days
  • Language: English
  • Max 20 Guests
  • Type : Family holidays, Nepal tours
  • Season : September to June

Highlights

  • UNESCO listed cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • A stunning view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Rolwaling Himalayan range in Dhulikhel
  • A short hike to Namo Buddha, a sacred Buddhist sites
  • Explore Balthali Village
  • Typical ancient cultures and tradition in Panauti

If you are into the tour near the valley that offers traditional and rural Nepal with the stunning view of the different Himalayan ranges, then Kathmandu and Balthali tour is the perfect destination for you.

The Kathmandu and Balthali tour serves your interest in exploring richness in cultures, traditional and heritage sites, rituals, and festivals that have been followed for centuries by the ancestors. You can also join this trek even after your trekking in Nepal. It offers you the wonders of nature as well as highly influenced typical Newari culture along with the stunning views of the Himalayas. This tour will be a perfect destination for those who are looking for delightful holidays in Nepal. If you want a short trip where you can enjoy the cultural exploration, natural landscapes as well as have a short hike then this Kathmandu and Balthali village tour is the wise destination for you.

The short tour to Kathmandu and Balthali villages starts with a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. You will explore several UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this place in Kathmandu you will drive to Dhulikhel, a popular place for sunrise and sunset views near Kathmandu. Besides, Dhulikhel lets you witness the majestic view of the Himalayan range including the Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Rolwaling Himalayan range. From Dhulikhel, the next morning you will have a short hike of about 3 hours to Namo Buddha, a sacred site of Buddhists. Then from Namo Buddha, you can hike to Balthali Village which takes another 3 hours. Explore several places in Balthali including the ancient temples and monasteries with typical Newari village. On the other hand, Balthali lets you witness the vistas of northern Himalayan ranges as well as the green forests.

From Balthali, we will have some leisurely walks to one of the oldest towns in Panauti. Panauti is a great place to explore the ancient cultures, the woodcarvings houses, and a typical culture that has been preserved for centuries ago. From Panauti, we will drive to Kathmandu and have a typical Nepalese dinner at some restaurants in Kathmandu. Therefore, the let you experience the wonders of nature with the natural landscapes as well as the typical ancient culture and rural lifestyle of Nepal.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

You will land in a small landlocked country, Nepal in Southern Asia enjoying the scenic flight all the way to the Capital city, Kathmandu. Our representative will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. You can have a glimpse of the city life of Nepal on your way to the hotel. Upon reaching the hotel, we will introduce you to your guides and they will give you a short briefing about the tour. However, you can stroll around the city in the evening. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing

Early morning after breakfast gathers your energy for the whole day exploring Kathmandu. Today we will explore several historical sites that are listed on the UNESCO world heritage list in Kathmandu. 4 out of 10 UNESCO heritage sites lie inside the capital city Kathmandu. So, we will explore this famous place and we will start our sightseeing with Pashupatinath, the holy temple for Hinduism where Lord Shiva is worshipped. The temples reflect the art and architecture as well as the culture and tradition of Nepalese people. From Pashupatinath, we will then drive to another shrine in Kathmandu, Boudhanath. Boudhanath is about 11km from the central and northeastern edges of Kathmandu which is about 10 minutes drive from Pashupatinath. Boudhanath stupa is one of the most striking landmarks in Kathmandu that reflects the Tibetan culture. It is popular as “A Little Tibet” because this place is highly influenced by Tibetan culture. From Boudhanath, we will drive for half an hour and reach Swayambhunath, another sacred site for Buddhism. It is the oldest heritage of Kathmandu which is probably 2500 years old. Moreover, it is one of the heritage-listed in the UNESCO world heritage list. The stupas have unique features with a variety of shrines, temples, and Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows painted on it. Finally, last but not least we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. Located at the heart of Kathmandu, it is surrounded by various fountains, ancient statues, small ponds, series of the courtyard and small temples. Besides, there is the Old Royal place inside the complex of Durbar Square which used to be the house of ancient kings. Kathmandu Durbar Square has a lively environment during the evening. So, you can spend as much of your time on this heritage site

Day 3 : Drive to Dhulikhel

Early morning after breakfast we will drive from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel via Araniko Highway. The distance from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel is 32km which takes about an hour drive. Located at the eastern rim of the valley, Dhulikhel is 1550m above sea level. Upon reaching Dhulikhel, we will explore several tourist places in Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is the place that offers you stunning views of the Himalayas, beautiful landscapes, green jungle, rural area with the typical lifestyle of the people living around there. On the other hand, the great Himalayan views include the view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Rolwaling Himalayan range. It is 30 km far from Kathmandu with the best view of stunning landscapes, a different Hindu temple, and local Newari tradition. Overnight at Dhulikhel.

Day 4 : Dhulikhel to Balthali Village via Namo Buddha

Today we will hike from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha for about three hours. The hike passes through small farming villages, lush green forests, ancient temples as well as you can experience the lifestyle of local people. Namo Buddha is one of the sacred sites for Buddhist situated on the hill above Panauti. The stupa is dedicated to Lord Buddha and you can visit another stupa nearby. After that, you can either hike for another three hours or drive to reach Balthali Village. Balthali village is the nearest tourism destination from Kathmandu offering stunning views of the great Himalayas as well as the natural landscapes. Stay Overnight at a village in Balthali

Day 5 : Full day Balthali Village Tour

Today after breakfast we will have a full day exploration at a village in Balthali. There are several places to visit in Balthali such as Tamang Village, Dada Gaun, and visit small Buddhist monasteries. Similarly, the village lets you explore the Buddhist community, their culture, and lifestyle. In Dada Gaun, you will find a quiet secluded place from the modern world where people and animals live together. Besides,  we will walk to Pada Gaun, from where one can have a stunning view of the whole northern Himalayan range and beautiful green forest. Later after lunch, we will have a short walk along the Karnali river and follow the banks of the Ladku River. Overnight at Balthali Village.

Day 6 : Balthali to Panauti and drive to Kathmandu

Early morning after breakfast, we will take a leisurely walk to Panauti, a thriving Newari village. Panauti is one of the oldest towns in Nepal offering a glimpse of typical Nepalese lifestyle and culture to the visitors. It is located at the sacred confluence of Bungamati and Roshi river. Panauti was once a trading capital during the Rana regime but now you feel a twinge of melancholy, for while there are some wonderful sights with Newari customs and tradition. Likewise, we will get opportunities to visit some of the ancient temples and interesting old houses with some 14th-century wooden temple struts. Then we will drive from Panauti to Kathmandu after lunch. However, upon reaching Kathmandu we will have a farewell dinner at some Typical Nepalese restaurants. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 7 : Final Departure

Our last day in the capital city. Early morning, after breakfast, depending upon your flight time one can either go for the visit to Thamel or any other place of their interest. Our representative will pick you up from the place of your visit and transfer you to the Airport to board a flight for the onward destination.

Price Info

The prices may vary depending upon date of travel, Category of hotels, Group size, Surge Pricing and seasonal rush. So you are kindly mention detail in inquiry form so our team will work out for the best possible price.

Map

Reviews

We had an amazing trip to Kathmandu and Pokhara and really couldn’t recommend Surya and his team highly enough. Everything was so well organized but also very flexible and it was no problem for us to make a few changes to our itinerary during our trip. We will definitely be back to Nepal and will definitely be contacting Surya!

Grad

United States of America

Visited EBC in April 2020 with friends. Amazing trip with awesome breathtaking views. Our touring company Himalayan Trekking & Tours took care of everything from beginning to end. Highly recommend this company for whoever wish to visit Nepal.

Rohit Purohit

United States of America

We just did a trekking tour with this company and I must say it was organised perfectly. Everything was smooth and trouble free! Our guide Babu was very knowledgable about the mountains and Nepal in general. My next trek will be definitely with the same guys, highly recommendable.

Marcelo

Brazil

Our tour guide, Prem, was very knowledgeable and made sure we had a great time. He shared interesting facts about each place we visited and helped us immerse ourselves in the local culture. The accommodations were comfortable and had all the necessary amenities.

Gary S

Australia

Incredible service and details for travelling in Nepal. They always know to do, helping with options and suggestions when making changes, modifications or travel adaptations according with your expectations and the experience looked in a great, unpredictable and surprising country like this. Surya, the owner and manager, takes care of all in a friendly and trustworthy way. Great people and operation!!!

Jose Aulestia

Ecuador