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Balthali Village Trekking

Balthali Village

Balthali Village Trek/Tour is nearest tourist destinations from Kathmandu of short and easy for those who are relatively looking for family tour. It is of 40 km from Kathmandu. It offers a sunrise in the east, speculating Himalayan range from Manaslu to Mt. Everest in the north, innumerable rice terraces in the west and the huge bodied green forest of Mahabharata range in the south. Fascinating features of this spot is that it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Balthali vicinity is covered with flora, colorful rhododendron forest, and magnolia and Sal trees in the presence of several species of birds. A typical Nepali settlements nearby capital is the main attraction of this village tour.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy one of the finest trekking destinations of Kathmandu valley
  • Explore the remote and spectacular area of Balthali, Namo Buddha, Dhulikhel, and Panauti.
  • Explore the rare species and rich bio-diversity of the region, warm in the winter and cool in the summer
  • Catch breathtaking panoramic mountain views of speculating Himalayan range from Manaslu to Mt. Everest in the north Jugal Himal range etc.
  • Enjoy Kathmandu Sightseeing

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)

Day 02 : Kathmandu City Tour

Day 03 : Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1750m) and then to Balthali (1730m)

Day 04 : Explore around a Balthali Village (1730m)

Day 05 : Balthali to Panauti (1500m) & then to Kathmandu (1350m)

Day 06 : Transfer to Airport for your onward destination.

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Accommodation at local houses with all meals (local/traditional) during the trekking.
  • Necessary permit and monuments entrance fees.
  • Transfers by car/van or tourist bus as per the itinerary.
  • Experienced English speaking guide.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide driver and porter

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)

Your Balthali Trekking package commences within your arrival in the airport, where you are received by a representative and are transferred to your allotted hotel. If the time persists, you can either visit city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu City Tour

Today you enjoy the refreshing sightseeing of Kathmandu City following the appetizing breakfast. The sightseeing covers the popular areas of the Kathmandu city including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Syambhunath Temple and Boudhhanath Stupa. The heritage site” Kathmandu Durbar Square” along with its historical and cultural monuments, the sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva “Pashupatinath”, and the famous Buddhist pilgrimage “Syambhunath” and “Boudhanath” certainly provides you a favorable opportunity to explore the culture, history and tradition of the country. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1750m) and then to Balthali (1730m)

Early morning drive towards Dhulikel from Kathmandu then begin the trek towards the Namobuddha and crosses Namobudhha Monastery, a historically important Buddhist monastery. The hill ornamented with the amazing Namobudhha Monastery welcomes you with the picturesque view of snowcapped mountains.  Then the trail finally ascends down towards the Balthali, a village populated by the ethnic Tamang people with their own unique culture, traditions and customs. O/N at Balthali.

Day 04 : Explore around a Balthali Village (1730m)

Following the delicious and appetizing breakfast, explore the typical Tamang Village around Balthali called as Dada Gaun which is habituated by the Buddhist Community. The village is very traditional, untouched by the modernization and is animal friendly. Then climb towards the Pada Gaun (2100m) which provides the spectacular views of the whole Himalayan range to the north horizon and beautiful green forest of Mahabharat range. Later return back to the lodge.

Day 05 : Balthali to Panauti (1500m) & then to Kathmandu (1350m)

On the fifth day of the Balthali Trekking package, commence a hike for about 2 hours towards the Panauti an ancient and historical place populated by Newari inhabitant and lies 36 km south east from Kathmandu valley. After exploring the Panauti for sometimes, finally drive back to the Kathmandu.

Day 06 : Transfer to Airport for your onward destination.

As per your flight timings, you are escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.
We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Balthali Village Trekking privately with your personal guide so that you don’t have to confront with other people who might have different interests or attitudes. To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit our groups with 10 people per guide. Please contact us if you have a bigger group and we will arrange several guides for you depending on group size.

Vehicle
We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.
 
Tour duration
The tour duration is 5 nights/6 days. The sightseeing is done at the cities of the Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu & Patan).

Clothing
Clothing varies with the type of tour and season. It’s warm in Kathmandu from April to October-end and from November to March-end, days are usually warm but evening colder. Summer clothes are okay during the day time but the evening requires a light jackets. Winter is from December till February so bring along sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. Or you can purchase clothes of your choice in Kathmandu clothing stores too.

Meals
Breakfasts are included during your stay in Kathmandu. During the trek, all meals – local/traditional (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) are provided.

The sightseeing places we visit will include:

Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Swoyambhunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises. The stupa is towards the western side of the Kathmandu valley atop a hillock commanding great view of the entire Kathmandu Valley.

Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines located 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temples existence prior to 400 AD. The holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple is also the cremation ground for Hindus.

Bouddhanath Stupa (World Heritage Site)
The Bouddhanath Stups is the largest stupa in the valley located about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating
specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure.  In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind.  It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas.  The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks.  The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.

Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you.  It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.

Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help.  Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations.  Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.

What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system.  Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks.  Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.

What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily.  Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.

What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks.  Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.

Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly.  The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee.  You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.

How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain.  On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg.  A camping porter carries up to 40kg.  For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers.  What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 

Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do!  This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world.  Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 06 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Easy

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Hiking

Best Season: Feb-May and Sep-Nov

Max Altitude: Namo Buddha (1,750m)

Daily walking: 4-5 hrs

Transportation: Private vehicles

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/tea house trek

Starts/Ends: Dhulikhel/Panauti

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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