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Villages of the Kathmandu Valley

Short walks - Low Altitude - Unhurried pace - Himalayan Views - Rural Nepal - Medieval Bhaktapur - Spiritual Namobuddha

All meals on trek included

Duration

6 Days

Grade

Easy / Moderate

Max Altitude

1800m

Walking Days

3 Days

Accommodation

2 Nts Hotels - 3 Nts Resort Lodges

Trip Overview

Here's an ideal, easy Nepal walking holiday for those who'd like to 'take it all in' and enjoy an unhurried style.

Explore the Kathmandu Valley on foot all in a one week Nepal trekking holiday, as well as being one of the less touristy Nepal treks too.  Ideal if you're also short on time or wishing to perhaps add on other things as part of your Nepal holidays. Although susprisingly close to the metropolis of Kathmandu, life in the valley and away from the main highway is a world apart. A dreamy, rural landscape full of charm, colour and fascination. Traditional farmsteads, ancient temples and shrines, terraced fields and exceptionally friendly people await your discovery trekking in the Kathmandu Valley. Of course there are Himalayan views too, extensive panoramas as the snow-capped peaks fill the far horizon. Yet here in the warmth of a sub-tropical valley climate and with no altitude to worry about, the relaxed walking and slow pace of life can be quite a spiritual experience. No need for sleeping bags either as you overnight in a varied range of rustic and cosy guest houses to the comforts of hotels. Taking in the delights of medieval Bhaktapur all adds to the pleasure of a short walk through the delightful Kathmandu Valley. Easy trekking by Himalayan standards, but very worthwhile and insightful.

Here's an ideal, easy Nepal walking holiday for those who'd like to 'take it all in' and enjoy an unhurried style.

  • Explore the Kathmandu Valley on foot all in a one week Nepal trekking holiday, as well as being one of the less touristy Nepal treks too.  Ideal if you're also short on time or wishing to perhaps add on other things as part of your Nepal holidays. Although susprisingly close to the metropolis of Kathmandu, life in the valley and away from the main highway is a world apart. A dreamy, rural landscape full of charm, colour and fascination. Traditional farmsteads, ancient temples and shrines, terraced fields and exceptionally friendly people await your discovery trekking in the Kathmandu Valley. Of course there are Himalayan views too, extensive panoramas as the snow-capped peaks fill the far horizon. Yet here in the warmth of a sub-tropical valley climate and with no altitude to worry about, the relaxed walking and slow pace of life can be quite a spiritual experience. No need for sleeping bags either as you overnight in a varied range of rustic and cosy guest houses to the comforts of hotels. Taking in the delights of medieval Bhaktapur all adds to the pleasure of a short walk through the delightful Kathmandu Valley. Easy trekking by Himalayan standards, but very worthwhile and insightful.

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Visit Panauti & Trek to Balthali
    • Day 3
      Trek to Namobuddha
    • Day 4
      Trek to Dhulikel
    • Day 5
      Bhaktapur
    • Day 6
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu

    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu

    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Visit Panauti & Trek to Balthali

    A private vehicle transfer takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, firstly to visit the ancient Newari town of Panauti with its ornate temples and the feeling that you've stepped back in time. After exploring this rather special place it's a short drive to Khopasi Bazaar where your short hike for today begins. Initially following a dirt road you walk amongst a rural landscape of paddy fields, orchards and woodlands passing multi-ethnic settlements and farmsteads along the way. A gradual descent to the Rosi Khola River and across a wooden bridge as you follow a dirt road that ascends gradually through rural Nepal to the forested retreat of the Balthali Resort from where you can relax and enjoy views of verdant villages and farms and the Himalaya on the far horizon. Walking time approx. 2hrs, with around 350m ascent and descent.

    Accommodation: Balthali Village Resort, Balthali
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 2

    Visit Panauti & Trek to Balthali

    A private vehicle transfer takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, firstly to visit the ancient Newari town of Panauti with its ornate temples and the feeling that you've stepped back in time. After exploring this rather special place it's a short drive to Khopasi Bazaar where your short hike for today begins. Initially following a dirt road you walk amongst a rural landscape of paddy fields, orchards and woodlands passing multi-ethnic settlements and farmsteads along the way. A gradual descent to the Rosi Khola River and across a wooden bridge as you follow a dirt road that ascends gradually through rural Nepal to the forested retreat of the Balthali Resort from where you can relax and enjoy views of verdant villages and farms and the Himalaya on the far horizon. Walking time approx. 2hrs, with around 350m ascent and descent.

    Accommodation: Balthali Village Resort, Balthali
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    3

    Trek to Namobuddha

    No need to rush, this is designed to be a slow paced, relaxed on foot exploration. The walking day is initially descent through pretty, terraced fields, becoming steeper as the trail heads down to the Rosi Khola. A trail over the bridge on the other side now becomes a steep, but not sustained walk up through open pasture land and to reach a dirt road. From here you'll follow the road, passing villages along the way and then into dense forest before emerging at the revered, Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namobuddha. Here you can explore the Monastery. Stupa's and the local area in a leisurely, unhurried way. Walking time approx. 3-4 hours with around 300m descent and 400m ascent.

    Accommodation: Namobuddha Resort - Namobuddha
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Trek to Namobuddha

    No need to rush, this is designed to be a slow paced, relaxed on foot exploration. The walking day is initially descent through pretty, terraced fields, becoming steeper as the trail heads down to the Rosi Khola. A trail over the bridge on the other side now becomes a steep, but not sustained walk up through open pasture land and to reach a dirt road. From here you'll follow the road, passing villages along the way and then into dense forest before emerging at the revered, Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namobuddha. Here you can explore the Monastery. Stupa's and the local area in a leisurely, unhurried way. Walking time approx. 3-4 hours with around 300m descent and 400m ascent.

    Accommodation: Namobuddha Resort - Namobuddha
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    Trek to Dhulikel

    Leaving the serenity of Namobuddha, there are splendid views of the Himalaya on the far horizon as you walk down a trail through rich farmlands growing crops such as maize, wheat and millet. It's then a short climb uphill passing tiny homesteads to the top of a forested hill. You now follow a stone-stepped trail through dense woodlands of chestnut and pine trees to encounter a huge and very impressive Buddha idol. The descent to Dhulikel continues down more stone steps. Dhulikel is an ancient Newari town, nowadays perhaps better known for its sweeping panoramic views of the Himalaya. Walking time approx. 5 hrs with around 250m ascent and 450m descent.

    Accommodation: Dhulikel Lodge Resort - Dhulikel
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    Trek to Dhulikel

    Leaving the serenity of Namobuddha, there are splendid views of the Himalaya on the far horizon as you walk down a trail through rich farmlands growing crops such as maize, wheat and millet. It's then a short climb uphill passing tiny homesteads to the top of a forested hill. You now follow a stone-stepped trail through dense woodlands of chestnut and pine trees to encounter a huge and very impressive Buddha idol. The descent to Dhulikel continues down more stone steps. Dhulikel is an ancient Newari town, nowadays perhaps better known for its sweeping panoramic views of the Himalaya. Walking time approx. 5 hrs with around 250m ascent and 450m descent.

    Accommodation: Dhulikel Lodge Resort - Dhulikel
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    5

    Bhaktapur

    After breakfast a private vehicle will take you to the wondrous, almost medieval, small city of Bhaktapur, the "city of devotees". A Bhaktapur Guide will take you on a morning tour of Bhaktapur and the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore further and enjoy this most atmsopheric place.

    Accommodation: Bhadgaon Guest House - Bhaktapur
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5

    Bhaktapur

    After breakfast a private vehicle will take you to the wondrous, almost medieval, small city of Bhaktapur, the "city of devotees". A Bhaktapur Guide will take you on a morning tour of Bhaktapur and the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore further and enjoy this most atmsopheric place.

    Accommodation: Bhadgaon Guest House - Bhaktapur
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    6

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    DAY 6

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

Price Guide

Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 423
  • $ US 550
  • € EUR 485

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What's included

The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all airport and land transfers, (all meals on trek), main baggage transfers on trek, permits, National Park fees & Snow Cat Travel Trekking Guide. Bhaktapur Guide morning of Day 5. All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.

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