Balthali Village Trek - 8 Days

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Balthali Village Trek

Join Balthali Village Trek to experience the lushness of rural settlement and its allure of well preserved lifestyle, culture and traditions untouched by the modernity despite being close to the Kathmandu city. Perched at the junction of Rosi and Ladku River, Balthali village and the trail leading to a paradise for novice and experienced trekkers, for bird watchers, nature lovers, and explorers. Get ready for experiencing pure village atmosphere, colorful Rhododendron, Sal and Magnolia forests, and several sacred religious destinations. Exploit the quaint and off beaten trail to be welcomed by ethnic tribes and surrounded by huge bodied Mahabharata range, peaks ranging from Everest to Manaslu and beautiful sunrise from the south, north and east directions respectively. A typical region which is warm in the winter and cool in the summer waits for you in this Balthali Village Trek.

Balthali Village Trek commences with the city tour of Kathmandu where you shall be exploring the world renowned heritages such as the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath or the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath representing the Buddhist faith and teachings. Pashupatinath Temple, the sacred religious destination for Hindus and the Durbar Square are other destinations worth visiting. We shall then move to our trailhead of Changunarayan, another ancient temple and probably the oldest in Nepal, to begin our trekking. Through the lush and undulating settlements and landscapes, we shall reach to the hill station of Nagarkot. Witness the majestic Himalayas and the truly outstanding sunrise and sunset from Nagarkot before moving on to another old settlement of Dhulikhel. Next destination from here is Namo Buddha, a religious and scenic destination where Lord Buddha is believed to be born before his birth as Sakyamuni Buddha in Lumbini. The surrounding areas are more than just beautiful. After then, we trek to Balthali, our hidden gem of this adventure as the most awaited destination before trekking on to Panauti as the final destination. Panauti is famous for having the ancient lifestyle and heritages preserved intact even at present time. We shall then drive back to Kathmandu wrapping up the beautiful journey.

Explore the hidden destinations nearest from Kathmandu through the Balthali Village Trek. In this easy trekking trail, you shall discover the historical and cultural heritages. Preferred from March to May and from September to December, trekkers need to have an average level of fitness and ability to walk for about 5 hours a day in remote terrains. Join us for more entertaining, insightful and enriching experience in this trekking destination.

Outline Itinerary;

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Day 02: Exploring (City tours) and Trek preparation in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Changunarayan Temple and Trek to Nagarkot

Day 04: Drive from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel and Trek to Namo Buddha

Day 05: Trek from Namo Buddha to Balthali

Day 06: Explore day at Balthali

Day 07: Trek from Balthali to Panauti and Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 08: Final Departure

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Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and complete the formalities at the immigration. Our representative shall welcome and greet you after which you shall be transferred to the hotel. Depending on your time of arrival you may explore the immediate vicinity of your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Exploring (City tours) and Trek preparation in Kathmandu

We shall explore the prominent heritages of Kathmandu and get to know the legacy and richness of Nepalese culture, tradition and architecture. From the Pashupatinath Temple, the epitome of Hindu faith and belief to the stupas of Swayambhunath (also known as the Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath , you shall visit diverse heritages. The Kathmandu Durbar Square hosts historical royal palace, unique temples and other heritages with ornate carvings. All of these are UNESCO heritages and symbol of rich Nepalese legacy of its glorious past. We shall also have an interaction with the trekking guide and make other preparations for our adventure. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Changunarayan Temple and Trek to Nagarkot

Today is the beginning of our adventure to explore the interesting destination and this shall begin from the trailhead of Changunarayan Temple. To reach this place we shall drive from Kathmandu to the ancient Changunarayan and begin our trek. The trek begins with the exploration of Nepal’s oldest temple dating back to 7th century which even remained safe from attacks in the history by foreign troops. We shall traverse through the Tamang villages, terraced fields and green valleys, glimpses of Himalayas and the unique lifestyle of the local community. You may also savor the taste with local dishes, observe traditional houses with carvings reflecting local craftsmanship and witness the diverse flora and fauna. Through the ups and downs of the trail, we shall reach to one of the most beautiful hill stations of Nepal, the Nagarkot. Stay overnight in Nagarkot.

Day 04: Drive from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel and Trek to Namo Buddha

The adventure which explores the rawness of lifestyle and grandeur of Himalayas continues today as well. Start the day early before the day breaks and witness the truly outstanding sunrise over the Himalayas. The sight when orb of the sun slowly paints the white snow sheets of mountains where the cascading hills are enveloped by morning mists and cloud is one of the best that you can ever witness. We shall then drive to the historical city of Dhulikhel, well placed at the foothills of Himalayas; we can witness peaks from Langtang Lirung in the east to Gauri shanker and Numbur peak. The trek to Namo Buddha begins with a gradual ascent to the famous Kali Temple lookout and then descends to the village of Kavre. Cross the new road leading to Sindhuli and then traverse through the lush terrain adorned by prayer flags to reach Phulbari village. Trek ahead to the top of the ridge and then descend through forested trail to reach the Tibetan monastery seen on a hilltop. To reach the stupa, take the right branch where the trail bisects. Stay overnight in Namo Buddha.

Day 05: Trek from Namo Buddha to Balthali

Namo Buddha is a Buddhist religious place where a prince (who is believed to be ancient Buddha) is said to have offered his body to hungry tigress. From this scenic place we shall traverse through lush green landscape and small hamlets to reach the Pada Gaun village which provides us with the view of Himalayas to the north, cascading hills of Mahabharata range and other excellent views. Through the ups and downs of the trail we reach to another village, dominated by Buddhist community and traditional and secluded from modern lifestyle. In the last section you shall hike to the luscious village of Balthali. Stay overnight in Balthali.

Day 06: Explore day at Balthali

The ultimate destination of our journey, Balthali village is our sole destination for exploration. Located at the confluence of Roshi and Ladku River, this village is surrounded by dense forest, luxuriant floras, colorful rhododendron, magnolia and Sal trees and opens up to the green terraced fields. Hike to the surrounding forests with abundant birds and interact with the villagers to experience their unique culture and tradition unaffected by modern influence. In a trekking of couple of hours you can reach to the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage of Namo Buddha and other nearby pilgrimages of Indreshwar Mahadev and Indrayani Temple. After exploration of this scenic environment, return to the teahouse. Stay overnight in Balthali.

Day 07: Trek from Balthali to Panauti and Drive back to Kathmandu

The trek to blooming Newari settlement of Panauti is an enthralling and scenic with pleasant environment all along the trail. Traverse through rural settlements with traditional houses reflecting the indigenous Newari culture and tradition, terraced farmlands, green forests and glimpses of Himalayas besides the clear waters of streams en route makes this journey a beautiful experience. Reach to this historical Panauti village. Having the myth that the entire village rest on a single large stone, Panauti is popular for an interesting wooden temple believed to belong to 14th century, the terraced farming and cultivation besides the rural Newari culture with well preserved culture, traditions and other heritages. After exploring Panauti and having lunch we shall drive back to Kathmandu to complete the trek. Stay overnight in Panauti.

Day 08: Final Departure

Today we have completed the interesting Balthali Village Trek. You may either continue with your stay in this beautiful nation with other trekking packages or you may proceed with your journey to onward destination. Our representative shall escort you to the international airport at least 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight. We hope that you had a wonderful trip and we await your next journey to Nepal.

Trekking Planner always committed in keeping our standard day to day schedule as per the given program with itinerary days, sometimes due to some circumstances beyond our control like natural disaster blockade of roads, damaged trails, flight delay and cancellation arises when bad and unfavorable weather persists for some days including political unrest and strikes.

We assure that if above situation arises we will try our best to keep our itinerary as it is if not please bear with us, as we might have to reroute some of the holidays to other destinations for your safety and to make your time in Nepal with us, a money worth of good times providing you with enjoyable holidays.

We Trust that you will enjoy having wonderful and delightful times in Nepal with Trekking Planner!!!!!!!!

Equipment List

  1. Trekking Bag pack.
  2. Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
  3. Trekking shoes.
  4. Sports shoes or sandal.
  5. Trekking stick.
  6. Sun Hat, cap
  7. Warm woolen cap.
  8. Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
  9. Pullover or warm sweeter.
  10. Raincoat.
  11. 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
  12. Hand gloves.
  13. 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
  14. 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  15. 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  16. Eye glass
  17. Water bottle.
  18. Sleeping bag.
  19. Flash or Torch light.
  20. Camera and batteries.
  21. Sun cream.


What essential documents do I need to bring with me on Balthali Village Trek?
Valid passport  – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy with Nepal visa.
Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy with you

Insurance coverage policy
Cash and Traveler’s Checks, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

Can you provide me more information about the teahouses on Balthali Village Trek?
According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this Trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet but nowadays in low levels atteched toilet is found and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipes. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses donot have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu as you like.
At the lower altitudes there is electricity facilities whereas as we go higher tea houses become more basic. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.

How fit do I have to be for Balthali Village Trek?
Panchase trek is consider as easy but trekking in Himalaya means uphill and downhill walking in remote part. You must be healthy and fit to make your mind you can trek minimum 4-5 hours.

How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggages. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.

At one time how many liter of water I have to carry in Balthali Village Trek?
Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottels at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.

Is it nessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.

Is bottled water available everywhere in Balthali Village Trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sells bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There is no any plastic recycleable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.

Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odourless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 litre of water. Neutralising tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.

What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognise Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers shows any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimise effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatisation.

What if I get ill while on Balthali Village Trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feels dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carried down if no progress we advise travellers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its ver serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekkers before you come to trek in this trek.

Would you recommend to take a Down Jacket?
The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.

Is alcohol permitted on Balthali Village Trek?

Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.

What kind of weather can we expect during Balthali Village Trek?
Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although at night it is generally cooler and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions.

Before You Go

Difficulties rating of Balthali Village Trek
A trekker or walker who is able to hike normally 5-6 hours per day carrying a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to do this trekking. There are stone step up and down which are very uneven and due to some long descents your leg may feel shaky so we recommend to use walking poles to feel safer. Normally, 2500m is the highest point of the trek, its normal and no need to feel altitude related risk.

Safe drinking water on Balthali Village Trek
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in some places but in some places we cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.

Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items on Balthali Village Trek
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, iPhone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Extra Advice for Balthali Village Trek
You may see some beautiful and sweet children and you may want to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and pens as many trekkers has felt same. But better not to do so because it encourages them to beg and ask to every trekker.
In the trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang any things outside at night.

Garbage Disposal
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.

Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-14 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.

Travel Insurance for Balthali Village Trek
Trekking in Nepal is mainly in remote area. You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities for Balthali Village Trek
All the guest houses offer hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water froze then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Toilet is mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilet is outside your room and varies in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.

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