Balthali Village TrekBalthali Village 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
Trekking Days: -› (7) Total Days: -› (7) Min. Altitude: -› (1350m./4429ft.) Max. Altitude: -› (2100m./6890ft.) Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 4-6hrs Route Nature: -› Tour Difficulty: -› Easy Season: -› Autumn/Spring (Sept - Nov /Mar-May).
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Dhulikhel - Namo Buddha and then to Balthali.
Day 04:Explore around a Balthali Village.
Day 05: Balthali - Panauti and Kathmandu.
Day 06:Mountain Flight,Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Shopping.
Trip cost includes :
All airport/hotel transfers
Three night’s 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
Welcome and farewell dinner
Accommodation during trek in hotel/guesthouse
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
All ground transportation as per itinerary in private vehicle
An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
A comprehensive medical kit
All government and local taxes
Trip cost does not include:
Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, etc)
Tips for guides and porters
Note: Participants should bring 4 copies of passport size photos for identity the visa on arrival and it allows the trek.All participants must provide a personal or group certificate of insurance for rescue helicopter accident in our mountain and call to your country for this insurance.If the insurance would not cover for rescue helicopter, the participants must written undertaking to cover the costs of rescue and repatriation helicopter.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel. You will be welcomed by the boss ofour company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m).After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative witha ours company display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program along with a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation. Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We will be visiting of the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu Nepal.
Morning, we will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people.We begins to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.
We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how these two religions live together.
We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples.
Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole.
After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.
All the most important monuments of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places, dreaming.
We will take lunch at the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging view.
Afternoon, you will begin the afternoon by another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings and narrow streets.
Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come.
From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come back hotel by bus. Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we introduce in front of you our crew members. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Dhulikhel - Namo Buddha and then to Balthali
After having breakfast walk 3 hours with a view of local villages and nice terraces we will arrive to Namo Buddha (1,982m) a scared Buddhist place where Lord Buddha saved the life of a tiger dying from hunger, by giving him his flesh. From here another 3 hour pleasant work will take you to the Balthali village at the altitude of 2400m. Overnight in a Balthali Village.
Day 04:Explore around a Balthali Village
You can explore around a typical Buddhist village where a Buddhist community lives. Similarly we can walk to Pada Gaon (2100m) from here you can have a majestic view of whole Himalayan ranges to north and beautiful green forest to Mahabharat Range. After having a pleasant walk come back to Resort. and overnight at Resort.
Day 05:Balthali - Panauti and Kathmandu
After breakfast continue walk to the Typical Newari village of Panauti (1,400m). This traditional Newar settlement has a particularly rural character and a variety of farm products are offered for sale throughout the town. Panauti boasts a large number of fascinating temples. This village is connected to our religion. In history they say that under the ground there is only one large atone on which Panauti village rests. There are also several years old temples, from here drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 06:Mountain Flight,Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Shopping
The Flight above the mountains of the Himalayas, with afascinating view on Everest, lasts about one hour. Prepare you for living an unforgettable experience!
Then we come back to the hotel to have a rest shortly, before leaving again in the exploration of two marvelous sites of Kathmandu.we will take local bus to go Pashupatinath, it takes 40 minutes. This temple, classified in the heritage of the UNESCO, is very famous among the Hindus of the whole world. We discover the ghats where take place in the rituals of cremation, according to Hindu tradition, along the sacred river Bagmati. This river throwing itself into the Ganges, a cremation in this place get the same symbolic value as in Varanasi. Stakes and bodies are orientated northward, towards the Himalayas, which is the cradle of the Hindu Gods. Don't take pictures: meditate simply some minutes in the sense of this earth life, and impregnate you with this ambience, so strange according to our Western values.
The access to the Golden temple is only reserved for the Hindus, but it is possible to discover it on the bank of opposite, easy sat on one of the terraces. Both footbridges which cross this river allow to achieve a big series of stone terraces, adorned with dozens sanctuaries of Shiva. We will cross there surely numerous sadhus.
Then we take the hill up, in the middle of monkeys' cloud. We go down towards the imposing temple of Guhyeshwari, where only the Hindus can visit it.
After the crossing of a small hanging bridge, we walk to another site of worldwide heritage: Boudhanath. During this walk, we can see the various lifestyles and styles of houses of this city. We also cross numerous shops: here is the true life of the inhabitants of the capital!
After 30 minutes, we arrive at Boudhanath, which is the seat of the Tibetan community having run away in Nepal in 1959 . Millions of Buddhists visit every year this sacred place. Will be possible to us remain insensible to the extraordinary charm of this very spellbinding place!
This large esplanade is encircled with many shops and thirty Tibetan monasteries with marvellous gilding. Let's make turn at pleasure mills, the smallest and the biggest! Which extraordinary vision to see all these believers, young people and old, turning continuously around imposing stupa, by singing mantras, by lighting lamps with oil, and by prostrating itself.
This stupa, of 100 metres of circumference, was undoubtedly constructed at origin in the 7th century. This huge mandala is of an absolute favour. The dome whitened persistently in the lime constitutes the plinth of the gold arrow (to 13 degrees) adorned with the fabulous eyes of Buddha. Every thing makes an absolute harmony.
It is possible to enter inside the surrounding wall of the stupa and to walk on one of the terraces.
We take lunch in Boudhanath, on the terrace of a panoramic restaurant, with plunging view on the stupa and you will be again fascinated by the eyes of Buddha which encircle you at all times! Here is a celestial environment for you!
In the afternoon, leisure to go shopping in search of different gifts for your family and your friends, in Boudhanath and in Thamel.
In the evening, we perform a "farewell dinner" with all members of this walking.
Night at hotel of Kathmandu.
Day 07:Departure You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. You will be transfer to the Airport before 2 hours of flight with nice farewell. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.