The Baithali village is a naturally and culturally rich settlement area only 40 km Southeast of Kathmandu. The village lies near the town of Panauti and Khopasi in the Kavrepalanchowk district. The village brings you massive terrace fields with small dotted traditional houses. Along with such open space, you can also see the Himalayas clear as day on the northern horizon. Mountains like the Manaslu range, Langtang, Ganesh Himal range, Dorje Lakpa, etc are visible.
You can see beautiful views of sunrise and sunset in the east. The sun rays hitting the mountain in the north will also give immensely mesmerizing views. You can find rice terraces in the western face and a lush green forest of the Mahabharat range in the south. The region is full of myriads of floras, including Rhododendron, Magnolia and Sal trees.
The village is a common destination among local hikers, bikers, and artists. However, it is a great gateway destination for anyone looking for a relaxing time. If you are a nature enthusiast, you can enjoy the mountains and the forest views. There are various species of wildlife found in the village. The untouched wildlife, forest, and fields amalgamate well with the tradition and culture of the settlement area. People of the Tamang, the Newa community, and other ethnic tribes live in the area. They live through conventional tools of living and stray away from modernity. Visiting the village would be a perfect detox from your hectic urban day-to-day life.
You should hike through an off-beaten trail to reach this beautiful untouched village. People also make mountain biking trips to the village from the city as it is very near. To reach the place through conventional means, you must reach Dhulikhel by vehicle. Then make a short trek from Dhulikel after a few hours of driving from Kathmandu to reach the village.
This hike is a very simple beginner-friendly journey. Despite the Balthali Village hike being so easy, you might still need to navigate it. Especially if you are a foreigner visiting Nepal on vacation, help is essential. Figuring out the transportation, routes, and significance of the place needs a local’s help. For this, we at Adventure Great Himalaya have a package deal for the Balthali Village hike. In this package, we will essentially cover all your necessary hiking needs. We include transportation, accommodation, food, and a guide in this package.
Our itinerary consists of three days worth of hike and exploration. We will kick off our Balthali village hike by a drive from Kathmandu. We head towards the eastern rim of the Kathmandu valley towards Dhulikhel. The drive will take anywhere from 50 minutes to an hour or more, depending on traffic.
After reaching Dhulikhel, we will start walking and head to Namo Buddha. Namo Buddha is a settlement area near Dhulikhel. People believe before Gautam Buddha was born as Shakya prince of Lumbini, he was born here. There is a huge area of temples and monasteries in the region. From Namobuddha, we will hike further to our destination of, Balthali village. After exploring the village for a day, we will head to Panauti from Balthali. Then we will take a drive back to Kathmandu from Panauti, marking the end of our journey.
- 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.