Kathmandu valley has been the center of culture, trade and administrative in Nepal. The valley offers the beauty of ancient temples and religious shrines of the three medieval Kingdoms. Kathmandu valley provides amazing trek, Balthali trek is one of them.
The small settlement of Balthali village is 40 km away from Kathmandu valley, standing on a plateau beyond Panauti. The village stands at an outstanding place of isolation and relaxation amidst a surround of typical Nepali countryside with terraced rice fields and farm houses. Snow-capped mountain peaks of Dorjee Lhakpa, Langtang and a whole range of mountains can be observed clearly on the northern horizon. The region is dominated by high hills of the Mahabharat Range with thickly forest, including several species of floras. Nature seekers and bird watchers can spend days exploring some special species of wildlife, tradition and cultured untouched by modernity. Many of the religious temples and monasteries are located in the region.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Changu Narayan (1500m) and then to Nagarkot (2175m)
After breakfast, we drive to Changu Narayan (1500m.) which is situated approximately 20 km east of Kathmandu. Changu Narayan is said to be the oldest temple of Kathmandu valley and is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage monument list. We then trek to Nagarkot (2175m.). Walking through the pine forest along the ridge through the villages with splendid view of the valley and mountains we arrive at Nagarkot. It is one the most panoramic destinations of Nepal for landscapes, mountain views including Mt Everest and magnificent sunrise and sunset view. Overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1440m)
Early in the morning we will have a sunrise view from the hotel. After having breakfast, we start a gentle walk for the first hour and go through the pine forest downhill enjoying the landscapes and local lifestyle. Walk of five to six hours will take us to Dhulikhel (1440m), an ancient town situated 30 km east of Kathmandu. The Newar town of Dhulikhlel offers a traditional atmosphere along with spectacular views of the Himalayan range – with views of peaks like Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Gauri Shankar (7,145 m) and Langtang (7,324 m).
The old part of this town is an interesting area to wander around with some fine old Nepalese buildings and several interesting temples. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03: Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1982m) and then to Balthali (1,730m)
After breakfast at Dhulikhel, we Hike to the Namo Buddha (1982m), situated on a hill above Panauti. It takes about three hours to reach from Dhulikhel. There is an amazing legend related to the Buddha, which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a stupa with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Later, we walk another three hours and reach the enchanting Balthali village offering excellent mountain views at an altitude of 1,730m. Overnight in Balthali Village Resort.
Balthali Village resort is certainly not an ordinary place as many hotels and resorts have mushroomed extensively over the years. It is a very simple, unconventional, yet comfortable retreat center with full modern amenities of western style toilets and attached bathrooms, hot and cold shower flows freely and tasty Nepalese traditional, organic cuisine are served at large by the friendly, hospitable and smiling local staff. The bar is fully stocked with local wines and native brews.
Day 04: Excursion around Balthali
Today we will visit a typical Tamang village, Dada Gaun, where a Buddhist Community lives. It is very traditional and secluded from the modern world. Here people and animals live together side by side. We then walk to Pada Gaun (2100m), from where one can have extremely good views of the whole Himalayan range to the north and the beautiful green forest of Mahabharat. Then walk on to the Karnali, a hamlet of nature, and follow the banks of the Ladku River back to the resort.
Day 05: Balthali to Panauti (1400 m) and then to Kathmandu
Today, we take a leisurely walk to the thriving Newari village of Panauti. Panauti is wedged between the Punyamata and Roshi streams. Panauti forms the shape of a triangle with a serpent (naga) idol standing at each of its three corners to protect from floods. The pride of this place goes to the massive, three-tiered Indreshwor Mahadev. Some authorities believe this to be the original structure that was raised here in 1294 AD, which would make it the oldest surviving Nepal. The shrine area at the sacred confluence called the Khware’, is one of those tranquil spots that can intercept a dreamer for hours. On the way one can have an opportunity to come across lovely temples and interesting old houses, particularly beautiful areas some fourteenth century wooden temple struts. Having taken about six hour journey on foot, we drive to Kathmandu.