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Balthali village Trek

Nepal, Hiking In Kathmandu, Hiking In Nepal

Balathali village trek
Trip Facts
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Trip duration 3 days
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Maximum Elevation 1600m
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Best Time All Year round
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Grade Easy


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.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Drive from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel - Hike Dhulikhel To Namo Buddha And Then To Balthali

Balthali’s altitude -1600 meter
Driving hours – about an hour
Hiking hours –
Overnight stay at a hotel in Balthali

Our first day of the Balthali Village hike package will start from Kathmandu. After you finish your breakfast in Kathmandu, we will pick you up from your hotel. Then you will get into our private vehicle heading east of the Kathmandu valley. We will head towards Dhulikhel, which is around an hour’s ride from the valley. The time might vary based on the traffic on the road.

After our arrival at Dhulikhel, we will walk towards Namobuddha. Namobuddha is a very popular visit location for both local as well as international tourists. It is a nearby getaway point from the city, away from all the urban hustle and pollution.

Namobuddha is essentially a monastery that also goes by the name Thrangu Tashi Yangtse. People from all around the world visit the monastery to meditate and practice Buddhism. The region is believed to be a sacred place for Buddhists. Myths say that Lord Buddha saved a tiger dying of hunger by cutting off his flesh here. Some myths also believe an incarnation of Buddha was born here.

From Namobudhha, we will head further toward our beautiful destination of, Balthali village. After around 3 to 4 hours of hike, huge terraced farmlands filled with greenery will welcome you. This will be the main part of our hike, the Balthali village. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel and have our long-awaited post-hike meal.

After food, you can observe the nearby location and walk around. You will find beautiful vistas of mountains in the north and forests in the south. The overall experience of arriving in the village will be very relaxing. We will not exhaust ourselves a lot today and save exploration for the next day.

For the night we will get back to our hotel, have dinner and mark the end of day one.

Day 2

Explore Around Balthali Village

Balthali village altitude – 1600 meter
Overnight stay at a hotel in Balthali village

Today, we have the day packed with an exploration schedule. The Balthali village has rich nature, wildlife as well as culture. We will try to catch every aspect of this beautiful village during our exploration.

We begin by walking towards a settlement that lies at the junction of the Ladku and Roshi streams. The region houses a thick lush forest with a myriad of faunas. You will find the forests are also a great location for bird watchers.

There will be terraced fields and local villagers working in the field. The locals here can be seen working conventionally and discarding modern tools. People of indigenous tribes, Tamangs, and Newards live in the area. There is even a small settlement of Tamangs called Danda Gaun. The Buddhist community of Tamangs lives in this region. You will find this settlement too is very secluded from the urban lifestyle.

After exploring the village, we will walk towards another village called Pada Gaun. The place gives you excellent vistas of the Himalayas in the north. Mountains like Lantang, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, and even Everest are visible. You can also see the forest of the Mahabharat range spectacularly in the south.

You can watch the sunset with the golden hour rays hitting the mountains and the forest. It will be a spectacular sight.

After the whole day’s worth of exploration, we will get back to our hotel. Dinner and a good night’s sleep will mark the end of day two of the Balthali Village hike.

Day 3

Hike Balthali To Panauti & Drive To Kathmandu

Panauti’s altitude – 1504 meters
Hiking hours –
Driving hours – about an hour
Overnight stay at Kathmandu

We will bid the Balthali village farewell today and head back to Kathmandu. Our route will be a little different than the one we took on day one. We will first kick off a hike to reach the Newari village called Panauti. The city lies in the midst of the Araniko highway and is around 7km south of Banepa. The village lies in the sacred convergence point of Roshi Khola and Punyamati Khola.

The village lies in the shape of a triangle with an idol of a naga (serpent) on every three corners. People believe that serpents protect the village from flood, hence the statue.

The village has very fascinating buildings in its midst. If you walk west towards the brick lane at the north and turn right before the main road, there is a platform. This is a large square-shaped music platform. Along with that, there is a large white stupa, a temple of Brahmyani, and classic Newari complexes. These Newari architectures are very fascinating.

If architecture and craft pique your interest, you will love the woodcarving on temples of the area. There is a temple of Unamanta Bhairab in the south. It shows a structure of three faces seen through the upstairs window. Along with that, the temple also has a statue of Bhairab and a goddess. There is also a tiny Shiva temple in the vicinity of the temple. You can find it right in the courtyard of the Unamanta Bhairab temple. There is also a second shrine with a massive image of Vidhnu as Narayan on the west face. The compound of the temple is also considered the Panauti Museum. There you can find an exhibition of artifacts originating from the area.

There is also the Indreshwor Mahadev temple in this region. It is considered one of the most ancient architectures built in the pagoda style. History believes it was built in 1294 AD and then rebuilt back in the 15th century. The temple is a three-tier structure of the Hindu deity lord Shiva.

Along with these religious sites and temples, there are also vintage mansions in the area. The Ranas of Nepal had built some mansions in this remote village back in the day. Such mansions were modern for Nepal at the time as the French government assisted to build them.

After exploring all these fascinating structures of the Panauti village, we will take a drive. This drive will finally lead us back to Kathmandu. Upon return to the city, we will drop you off back at your hotel. This will mark the end of our short 3 days Balthali Village hike.

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