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Dhulikhel Balthali Hiking

Description

Dhulikhel, a historical town, is situated 30km southeast of Kathmandu, just past the edge of the Kathmandu Valley. At an elevation of 1550m above sea level, Dhulikhel lies just south of the Himalayas. This provides beautiful views of mountains as a backdrop of green hills. Historically, Dhulikhel has been the gateway to Tibet for traders traveling to Kathmandu. This legacy is still maintained by the Araniko Highway that passes from Kathmandu through Dhulikhel to the Tibetan border, Kodari. Numerous temples, shrines and medieval houses decorated with beautifully crafted windows and doors carry the essence of centuries-old Newari architecture.

Balthali is a small village located 45 km southwest of Kathmandu, a 10km drive by road from Dhulikhel. It lies on the foothills of the Mahabharat range, a series of hills spanning east to west parallel to the Himalayas. Natural pine forests coexist with terraced green paddy fields and traditional houses. There are several trails that pass through the villages and forests allowing travellers to enjoy both the natural and cultural beauty of this place. The forest is home to a variety of bird species, suitable for nature lovers and bird watchers. Two suspension bridges cross over deep gorges including the Roshi river, while green paddy fields, high hills and sub tropical pine forests make for a beautiful experience. The trekking guide will also explain the use of the trail as an ancient trade route connecting Tibet, Nepal and India.
Itinerary

Our representative will pick you up at the airport or elsewhere within Kathmandu and bring you to the hotel. A short briefing about the whole program will be done. You’ll take a rest at the hotel.

We will visit famous historical sites of Kathmandu, most of which are listed under UNESCO world heritage sites. This includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. You’ll stay at the hotel in Kathmandu for the night.

In the morning after having breakfast we will visit historical places like Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Then we will have a short drive to Dhulikhel to enjoy a spectacular sunset view.

We start our hike to Balthali passing through Namo Buddha, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. It will take around 3 hours to reach Namo Buddha. After a rest, we will then move to our final destination Balthali which takes 3 more hours. The overnight stay will be at a resort in Balthali.

We will explore Balthali Village to enjoy the natural beauty and culture of local people living in traditional houses and working in terraced fields.

We will hike for a few hours to reach Panauti, an old town with temples and shrines from medieval times. From Panauti it’s less than an hour drive to Kathmandu where you stay in a hotel.

After saying goodbye we will drop you off at the airport for your next destination.

What is included

Pick-up and drop-off service from airport to hotel at arrival and back to airport for departure.

Accommodation service with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. Two nights accommodation in Dhulikhel and Balthali including full board meals.

All tour programs mentioned in the itinerary including Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur sightseeing.

Experienced, helpful and friendly tour guide.

Transportation service (ground only) during the tour.

All taxes applicable under the Government of Nepal.

What is excluded

Meals and any other food except breakfast

Travel insurance

International airfare to and from Kathmandu

Entry Visa Fee

Personal items, clothes, drinks and laundry service

Tips for guide and driver at your discretion.

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TRIP FACTS

Starting Price $0
Duration 7 days
Grade Moderate
Max Altitude 1550 meters
Starting Point Kathmandu
Transport

All Ground Transportation

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Accommodation

2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and resort/lodge in Balthali and Dhulikhel with full board

Meals

Full board in Balthali and Dhulikhel. Breakfast and farewell dinner with live cultural dance in Kathmandu

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