- Duration:8 Days
- Primary Activity:Hiking
- Group Size:2 - 25 Peoples
- Arrival on:Kathmandu
- Trip Grade:Normal
- Meals:As per the itinerary
- Accomodation:Hotels & Lodges
- Max-Altitude:2100 m.
- Transportation:Car & Tourist Bus
- Departure from:Kathmandu
Namobuddha Hiking: 8 Days
Namobuddha is a stunning viewpoint situated at an elevation of 5,740 feet (1,750 meters) in the Kavre district. It is a very important Buddhist pilgrimage site which lies about 23 miles (38 kilometers) east of Kathmandu. The stupa and shrines built in this lovely little hill mark a very ancient holy site which signifies the place where a legendary prince named Mahasattva offered himself to a starving tigress with several underfed cubs. This legendary episode is depicted in a very nice stone slab which is right next to a holy stupa.
This trek takes you through the rural Tamang village of Chispani which hosts incredible views of the Himalayan mountain range. The popular town of Nagarkot is next on the radar which has some of the best sunrise and senset views in the whole of Nepal.
Next, it’s onto Dhulikhel where you can see the snow-capped mountains as you explore this rural area. Finally, your destination Namobuddha is in sight. Namobudhha is a holy place and famous amoung Buddists. It’s also famous for growing rice, mustard and millet so you can see beautiful hillside terraced farms throughout the walk. You’ll also be surprised by the number of temples, variation in landscapes and the diversity of people in the surrounding Newari villages.
- Explore holy Buddhist sights
- Stay in rural villages lost in time
- Mesmerizing views of the Himalayan Mountains
- Hiking through Tamang villages
- Visit Buddhist stupas
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your hike led by our hiking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)
Day 02: From Kathmandu to Chisopani (1-hour Drive & 4-5 hours trek)
Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal by private vehicle, which will take approximately one hour. From here, you will trek to Chisopani. This pleasant trail passes through the Shivpuri Wildlife Reserve and local Tamang villages. The route descends through a forest of oak trees as you reach Chisopani (2200m.) for the night. (B, L, D)
Day 03: From Chisopani to Nagarkot (5-6 hours)
After breakfast, we start our trek to Nagarkot. The trek takes us towards Chauki Bhanjag where we will ascend to Nagarkot. Nagarkot, (2175m) is a very popular destination for great panoramic mountain views across the Himalayas, especially for sunset and sunrise. (B, L, D)
Day 04: From Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (4-5 hours)
The hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is very easy, with a little uphill but is mostly downhill. You will have lunch at Dhulikhel and spend the rest of the day exploring the rural area. Watch the sunset and stay overnight at a hotel. (B, L, D)
After Breakfast, we start our hike to Namobuddha. Namobuddha is one of the famous Buddhist sites. Namobuddha is home to a famous ancient Buddhist Monastery situated at 1750 meters. The monastery is surrounded by Tamang settlements. There is a special Buddhist legend about King Mahasattva offering his body to a hungry tigress at this very place which makes Namobuddha a holy site for Buddhist people.
The main attractions of this hike are the fantastic panoramic mountain views and the many Buddhist stupas on the hilltops. Namobudhha is also famous for growing rice, mustard and millet so you can see beautiful hillside terraced farms throughout the walk. You’ll also be surprised by the number of temples, variation in landscapes and the diversity of people. Stay overnight at Namobuddha. (B, L, D)
Day 6: From Namobuddha to Balthali Village (3-4 hours)
After breakfast, we walk for three hours and reach the enchanting village of Balthali village. From here, you can see excellent mountain views at an altitude of 1,730m. On arrival at Balthali Village, you 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 and the beautiful green forest of Mahabharat. Then you’ll walk through the village of Karnali and follow the banks of the Ladku River back to the resort. Stay overnight at Balthali Village. (B, L, D)
Day 7: From Balthali to Kathmandu via Panauti (5-6 hours)
In the morning, we will leisurely walk through the thriving Newari village of Panauti. Panauti forms the shape of a triangle with a serpent (naga) idol standing at each of its three corners to protect from floods. 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 structure in Nepal. The shrine area is called the Khware’, a tranquil spot, popular for meditation. Along the trail, you will have the opportunity to come across ancient temples and interesting old houses, along with fourteenth-century wooden temple struts. From Panauti, we drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 8: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel
Our driver will escort you to the airport or the bus stop if you choose to travel elsewhere in Nepal. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)
Cost of Namobuddha Hiking-8 Days
|Trip Cost :||»||1 Pax Price: $720|
2-5 Pax Price: $680
6 & More Price: $640
(Contact us for Group Discounts!)
Note: Please feel free to ask us for a tailor-made itinerary that suits your interest, time, and budget.
The cost includes the following services :
- Airport pick-up and drop off services.
- Trekking guide
- Porter/s( One porter can carry up to 30 kgs luggage of two participants)
- Entry Permit Fee
- Trekkers’ Information Management system(TIMS) card
- All land transportation
- All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Accommodation in tea houses (lodges) during the trek
- Necessary equipment such as sleeping bag, down jacket etc.
- Rescue assistance
- First aid kit
- Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staff
- Personal nature expenses such as all kinds of drinks, beverages, etc
- Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
- Hotel accommodation, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu