Balthali Village Trekking information
Nepal is a land of scenic grandeur and unbeatable scenic allures. One needs not to be a mountaineer to trek in the hills of Nepal where more than half of the total population of the country live. A short trek will reveal picturesque hamlets surrounded by elaborate terraced fields and forested ridges; a longer trek may yield rich contrasts in people and culture from one ecological level to another. The rich variety in flora and fauna found within a short distance is another rewarding experience of trekking and, of course, there is always the prospect of viewing some of the highest mountains in the world. Wherever one travels, he or she finds the Nepali people friendly and hospitable and the safe trails. Depending on the season, one may meet on one's journey, local people in their distinctive dresses, laden porters, caravans of sheep and goats or Gurkha soldiers. Life in rural Nepal is hard but simple; however, there are at the same time many religious and social events that reflect the rich cultural heritage of the people.
Kathmandu valley offers short but interesting treks. These delightful short treks near the Kathmandu valley, just within few hours drive, the treks offer typical rural Nepal with magnificent views of different Himalayan ranges. Few people trek around the Kathmandu valley. Trekking around Kathmandu valley offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture and religion, together with the daily toil in the fields of its inhabitants. Kathmandu valley has long been the center of culture, trade and learning in Nepal. Among the major trekking routes of Kathmandu valley, Balthali trek is one of them.
The small settlement of Balthali village (1,730m.) is standing on a plateau, just beyond Panauti above 40 Km away from Kathmandu. The village is situated at the junction of Roshi and Ladku rivers. This exceptional hamlet stands at an outstanding place of isolation and relaxation amidst a surround of typical Nepali countryside with terraced rice fields and ochre thatched farm houses. With snowy peaks of Dorjee Lhakpa, Langtang and whole range of mountain rests clear and bright on the northern horizon. Whist the backyard is dominated by high hills of lush green Maharabharat Range. The region is thickly forested with luxuriant growth of various floras. Colorful rhododendron, Mangolia and Sal trees cover the hill that undulates and opens out to terrace fields. Nature lovers and bird watchers can spend days exploring and discovering some exceptional species of wildlife, tradition and culture untouched by modernity. This 'off the beaten area' has endless trials leading to some ethnic tribes offering excellent short hikes and mountain biking on the easy trials. Many of the sacred and ancient temples and monasteries such as Namo Buddha, Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, Brahmayani Temple are located in this region.
Outline trekking Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1320m.) Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representatives and will be transferred to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Changu Narayan (1500m.) and then to Nagarkot (2175m.) After breakfast, we drive to Changu Narayan (1500m.) which is situated approximately 20 kms east of Kathmandu. Changunarayan is said to be the oldest temple of Kathmandu valley and is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage monument list. It is said to have been built by King Hari Dutta in 323 AD and said to be the oldest temple in the valley. 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 sun set view. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1440m.) Early in the morning we would have sunrise view from the hotel. After having breakfast, we would start a gentle walk for the first hour and go through the pine forest down hill enjoying the landscapes. Afterwards, we would walk through paddy field and small villages which offer us some knowledge about the people and their life style. Approximate walk of five to six hours will take us to Dhulikhel (1440m), an ancient town situated 30 kms 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 mts.), Gauri Shankar ( 7,145 mts.) and Langtang ( 7,324 mts.).
We can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west. The old part of this town is an interesting area to wander around with some fine old Nepalese buildings and several interesting temples. From there you can also take a day trip to the Tibet border or Tatopani, a place which is famous for hot sulfur spring. Overnight in hotel.
Day 04: Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1982m.) and then to Balthali (1,730m.) After breakfast at Dhulikhel, we walk to the Namo Buddha (1982m), situated on 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 centre with full modern amenities of western style toilets and attached bath rooms, hot and cold shower flows freely and tasty Nepalese traditional, organic cuisine is served at large by the friendly, hospitable and smiling local staff. The bar is fully stocked with local wines and native brews.
Day 05: Balthali Today 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 to north and beautiful green forest of Mahabharat. The walk on to Karnali, a hamlet of nature, and follow the banks of the Ladku River back to the resort.
Day 06: Balthali to Panauti (around 1400m.)and then drive to Kathmandu We take 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. Pride of this place goes to the massive, three-tired 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 hours on foot journey, we drive to Kathmandu transfer to hotel.
Day 07: Kathmandu worm departure your home town.
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