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Balthali Village trekking is one of the shortest and nearest treks from Kathmandu valley. It takes you to scenic Balthali village to experience Nepali rural lifestyle and appreciate intact nature.
Balthali village is situated near the ancient Newari town of Panauti. Balthali is a quiet village inhabited by ethnic Tamang and Brahmin people who follow traditional village lifestyle. Surrounded by pine and sal forests, Balthali village offers scenic views of mountain peaks and Mahabharat range. Spending a day or two in this quiet village will be a big peaceful relief from the hectic, crowded urban life.
Balthali village trekking also features a visit to Dhulikhel, an impressive viewpoint to witness stunning Annapurna, Gaurai Shankar and Langatang ranges; along with Namo Buddha and Panauti. Namo Buddha is believed to be a sacred place where Shakyamuni Buddha in his previous incarnation sacrificed his flesh to feed a hungry tigress. You will also explore the ancient town of Panauti and learn about Newari art, architecture, lifestyle and their cuisine.
● Visit Balthali village to experience pristine nature and authentic Nepali culture
● Enjoy trekking along picturesque Nepali villages, forests and terraced fields
● Visit Dhulikhel, Namo Buddha and ancient town of Panauti
● Capture splendid views of Himalayas including Annapurna, Gauri Shankar, Langtang
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Two Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● Private transport from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel and Panauti to Kathmandu.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
Our staff will be there to receive you upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport. From there you will be dropped to your hotel where you can relax and rest. Later visit our office where you will attend a short briefing about your trip by your trek/tour guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Have a warm breakfast and then take a 2 hr drive to Dhulikhel (1550m). Dhulikhel is a popular viewpoint for 180 degree views of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Langtang and Lhotse. The hike from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha takes about 3 hrs passing through terraced fields and scenic villages. Namo Buddha is an ancient temple where Buddha in his previous lives is believed to have sacrificed himself to feed a hungry Tigress. Namobuddha is surrounded by villages inhabited by the Tamang community. There is also a modern Tibetan monastery here which provides accommodation for tourists. Stay overnight in Namo Buddha.
Today you will be heading towards your destination Balthali village. The trail is fairly easy and leveled with few climbs. Enjoy beautiful green hills and terraced fields along the way. The trek takes about 3 hrs. Stay overnight in Balthali village.
A full day for you to explore Balthali village. But first enjoy the great sunrise view over Himalayan peaks as well as Mahabharat range. Take short hikes to Danda Gaon, Pada Gaon as well as Nepane village. The ethnic inhabitant of this place is Tamang people who follow both Buddhists and Hindu religion. All around you are surrounded by dense forests of pine and sal trees. You can also visit nearby Ladekshwor Temple.
This is your last day of trekking. To reach Panauti from Balthali takes about 2 hrs. Panauti is a traditional Newari village which hosts 13th century Indreshwar temple, scriptures and stone statues of various Hindu gods. Have lunch in Panauti and then drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Time to bid you farewell. Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport to catch international flight for your onward journey.
Balthali Village trekking is one of the newest and shortest trekking trails opened in Nepal. Situated jus a few hours drive from Kathmandu, the trekking trail passes through beautiful Nepali villages and terraced farms. Hotels are easily available in and around Balthali along with modern communication facilities such as mobile phones and internet.
Balthali village trekking is the easiest and shortest trek in Nepal. Moreover, you will not have to climb to higher elevation. Anyone can take part in this trekking experience.
Basic level of fitness is what is required to do Ghandruk trekking. Even children and elderly can experience this Himalayan trek without much trouble.
The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of the host destination and our staff. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practices of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.
Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs
We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combinations you want to pursue.
You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.