Kathmandu Balthali Trek

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  • Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal


Balthali village is situated at 1730 meters from the sea level, 40 km away from Kathmandu at the junction of Roshi and Ladku rivers with terraced rice fields and ochre thatched farmhouses.This isolated Balthali Village Trek rewards you a variety of flora and fauna, friendly and hospitable Nepalese people. You will enjoy the grandeur views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal range, Manaslu, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, and Everest on the northern horizon.

Nature lovers and bird watchers can spend and enjoy days exploring and discovering some excellent species of wildlife, tradition and civilization untouched by modernity. This "off beaten location" has infinite trials leading to many villages of Tamang, Newar and some ethnic tribes. You trek through the deep forests with luxuriant growth of various floras vibrant rhododendron, Magnolia and Sal trees, terrace fields and sacred land, Namo Buddha, the place where Lord Buddha was born as a prince before Shakyamuni Buddha was born before 6000 years. Staying in Balthali Village beyond is warmly hospitable and best services.


Trip highlights

  • Balthali village close to Bhaktapur, Panauti, Namobuddha and Dhulikhel
  • Enjoy lush forest greenery and Himalayan range views with wide farmlands
  • The world’s best multi-day trek without high altitudes
  • Hike to Namo Buddha - one of the holiest sites for Buddhists

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m) and transfer to Dhulikhel (1550m) – approx. 1 hour

As you fly into Kathmandu, you'll have beautiful views over the valley, the snow capped mountain peaks in Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. As per your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel. Overnight in Hotel

Day 02: Trek from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1982m) – approx. 4 hours

After observing important sites in Dhulikhel and being graced with a glimpse of the Himalayas, Langtang, and Dorja Lapka Ranges, we start our hike to Namobuddha (1982m). It takes about three hours to reach Namobuddha from Dhulikhel. There are 360-degree views of the rural
area, natural jungles, Himalayas, and windswept prayer flags; it's such a heavenly place. You may offer butter lamps to Lord Buddha, who offered his body to a starving tigress and her cubs, a legend related to the Namobuddha shrine, which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab
and a stupa with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Overnight at resort.

Day 03: Trek from Namo Buddha to Balthali (1732m) – approx. 4 hours

The trail passes through fields cultivated with mustard and Buckwheat, terraced orchids filled with orange trees bursting with ripe fruit (seasonal), traditional Tamang and Brahmin Villages, and along a forested ridge down to the crystal clear Roshi Khola(River). Throughout the hike, hikers are treated to the views of the snow-capped mountains and the rolling foothills of the Himalayas. A short steep climb will take us up to Balthali Village. Overnight at resort.

Day 04: Trek from Balthali to Panauti (1400m) – approx. 3 hours, Transfer to Kathmandu

After breakfast we continue hike to the typical Newari village of Panauti . This traditional Newar settlement has a particularly rural character and a variety of farm products are offered for sale throughout the town. Panauti is popular for having a large number of fascinating temples.

Inserted away in a side valley of the Arniko Highway, about 7km south of Banepa, Panauti sits at the sacred confluence of the Roshi Khola and Punyamati Khola. Panauti is in the shape of a triangle with a serpent (naga) idol standing at each of its three corners. It is believed the
serpents protect the village from the flood. There are some interesting buildings in the middle of the village. Walk west along the northern brick lane and turn right just before you reach the main road.

You’ll soon come to a large square with a music platform, a large white stupa, a Brahmayani Temple, and classic Newari-style architecture. Paunauti houses some ornate temples, some Rana-era mansions, restored with assistance from the French government. Indreshwor Mahadev temple is believed to be one of the oldest pagoda-style original architecture built in 1294 AD and rebuilt in the 15th century. This three-tiered temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva at the isthmus of Punyamata and Roshi river is proud of this. The lingam enshrined here is said to have been created personally by Shiva.

After exploring we drive back to Kathmandu. En route, stop at Bhaktapur, one of the three ancient cities within the Kathmandu Valley. Lying 14 km east of the capital, Bhaktapur was founded in the 9th century, and the old city plan is shaped like a sacred conch shell. With its famous carved peacock windows and excellent museum, Bhaktapur is regarded as the center of traditional Nepalese wood carving. Overnight at Hotel.


Day 05: Departure from Kathmandu

As per your flight time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or any other destinations. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM.

Or inform us if you want to stay longer for short tours such as Jungle Safari at National Parks, Mountain Biking, Rafting, a Tibet tour, a Tour to Bhutan or India Tour. We will be happy to assist you.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 5 days
  • Grade : Soft Adventure Trek
  • Activity : Trekking & Sightseeing
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Trek Type : Tea House
  • Accomodation : Hotel & Resort
  • Max Altitude : 1730 m.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C vehicle
  • 1 night accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on twin /double sharing basis with breakfast only
  • 1 night accommodation in Dhulikhel at resort on twin/double sharing basis with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation in Namo Buddha at resort on twin/double sharing basis with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation in Balthali at resort on twin/double sharing basis with breakfast
  • An English speaking Trekking Guide
  • Porters ( One porter can carry up to 20 kgs luggage of two trekkers)
  • All Necessary Permits
  • Trekkers' Information Management system(TIMS) card
  • All required land transportation by private A/C vehicle
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staff
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa
  • International flight & any other airfares
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for Guide, porters, drivers etc.
  • Personal nature expenses such as all kinds of drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Clients insurance and Medical expenses
  • Tips to the guides and porters
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any other tours, transfers and hotel accommodations other than mentioned above

Extension Tours

Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, A visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border. A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal

We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.

3. Difficulty Level of the trek

Kathmandu Balthali Trek 5 days is an easy hike or trek that does not require any technical expertise of mountaineering. Physically not very tiring, involves approx 5-6 hours. No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercises and enjoy walking in the hills.

4. Trekking Type

Kathmandu Balthali Trek 5 days trek is a tea house trek. A Nepalese tea house is a lodge or guest house located in one of the trekking regions in the Nepal Himalayas. At the end of the day’s trekking you pitch up and have a room and food provided. Teahouse trekking in Nepal is an incredible experience.

5. Accommodation on the trek

Places in Kathmandu Valley like Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel &  Balthali offers a wide range of accommodation facilities, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. We will arrange your accommodation as per your preferences.

6. Food on the Trek

On trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

To get an idea about your meals on the go, breakfast comprises a hot beverage, toasts, pancakes, eggs, etc. while lunch will include rice items, noodles, potato varieties, pizza, pasta, burger, meat items, and so on. The starters in dinnertime are soup varieties while the main course includes more or less similar items as that of lunch menu, including a dessert item and a hot beverage.

7. A Typical Day on a Tea House Trek in Nepal

We provide a comfortable experience on our teahouse lodge-style treks. Our team works hard to support you so that you can relax and enjoy trekking in Nepal. The lodges provide your meals in a communal dining room. There is a range in standard and service in teahouse lodges depending on location. i.e. lodges at higher altitude and places with fewer trekkers tend to have more basic facilities.

The day starts with getting up in your room shared with another trekker in our group. Before heading for breakfast you pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. You would have given your breakfast orders to the guide to pass onto the kitchen last night. At the designated time the group will assemble in the dining room to eat breakfast. The menu has a range of items to choose from such as porridge, cereals, chapattis, and a choice of egg dishes. There is also the choice of tea or coffee plus other hot drinks like the popular ginger, lemon honey drink.

While the group is having breakfast the porters arrange their loads and set off in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, between 7am and 8am, we start trekking. The pace of the trek is moderate as there is plenty of time in the itinerary to reach the lodge for tonight. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around midday at a teahouse lodge by the side of the trail.

After lunch, we continue the trek and on most days we arrive at the lodge by mid-afternoon. For dinner, you get a two-course dinner (soup and main meal). The menus are quite standard with a range of dishes such as dal bhat, momos and the famous Sherpa stew. Dal bhat is a Nepalese dish of rice and lentils with vegetable curry. It is also possible to order spaghetti and pasta; pizzas; vegetable burgers and chips and fried rice.

After the meal, the leaders will discuss the plan for the next day. Afterwards, people might stay in the dining room chatting about the day’s events or playing cards. After a tiring day, most people head to their rooms quite early for the night. Tomorrow is likely to be very similar to today!

We cater for a variety of dietary requirements. There are always meals that are suitable for vegetarians. During booking, we find out if you have any dietary needs and agree upon meal plans before departure. If you have any questions about the food provided please get in touch with us to discuss further.

8. Money Exchange

You can exchange money at a Bank or the money exchange counter in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Many Tourist class Hotels have money exchange facilities. For adventure trekking in higher altitudes, there are Banks and exchange counters at major Tourist hubs like Namche and Lukla. These days, there are availability of ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu and some in Lukla and Namche.

9. Tips

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trekking in Nepal. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips. It is recommended that you talk to the members and hand it over individually as per the hierarchy on the last day of the trek.

10. Facility of communication available on trek

For using internet, Wifi service is available in all stopovers. You can also use Ncell and NTC network (both for internet and mobile network), both of them work properly throughout the trek.

11. Land Transfers

You will be transferred from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel by private vehicle. Trekking starts from Dhulikhel and ends at Panauti. Both points are easily accessible by road transfers. From Panauti back to Kathmandu there will be private land transfer.

12. Luggage while trekking

During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs for flight safety and porter welfare as per IPPG standard. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel in Kathmandu while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping.

13. Trekking Gears and Equipments

You will need walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. Comprehensive list of equipment will be provided once you book your trip. It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

14. Climate & best time to do the trek

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

15. First Aid Kit

We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors and a user’s manual. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.

16. All our guides are certified guides

All our guides are certified and trained trekking leaders. Our guides are certified by the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Nepal. They have years of experience working in this line of work and know the different trekking trails of Nepal, mountain ranges, culture, and mountain sickness.

17. Booking Procedure

Your booking of Kathmandu Balthali Trek 5 days will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of 20% of the total trip and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

18. Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply:

  • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (20% of the total trip)
  • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost


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