Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hike: 1 Day

"Exploring the Best of Panauti Historic Village with Namobuddha a buddhist pilgrimage ."
Good to Know
  • Duration 1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude 1276m / 4186ft
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private
  • Activities Historical and Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season September to June


Panauti to Namobuddha is a picturesque and culturally significant path in Nepal. The tour takes you past stunning scenery, traditional Newari communities, and significant religious sites. Here are some highlights of the Panauti to Namobuddha trek:

  • Panauti, a historic Newari village with well-preserved architecture and traditional charm, is the starting point.
  • The Indreshwor Mahadev Temple is a major Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva.
  • Enjoy a scenic walk through terraced farmlands, lush green forests, and rural communities.
  • Take a look at the colorful prayer flags that adorn the trail, adding to its visual appeal.
  • Visit the sacred Buddhist shrine atop a hill, where Lord Buddha once sacrificed his body to a hungry tigress.
  • Take in the tranquil and serene surroundings of Namobuddha.
  • Visit to Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery near Namobuddha Stupa.
  • Views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges are spectacular.
  • Interact with friendly natives from the Newar, Tamang, and Brahmin communities to learn about their culture and traditions.
  • Take in the spiritual aura of the place, which draws both pilgrims and curious travellers.
  • Get away from the rush and bustle of city life by immersing yourself in nature. Capture incredible views, temples, and monasteries along the journey.
  • Find moments of introspection and tranquilly among the religious places and natural beauties.

Introduction: Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hike

Panauti to NamoBuddha Hiking is a beautiful Nepal Trekking route that combines cultural immersion, natural beauty, and spiritual encounters. The trip takes you through stunning landscapes, quaint villages, and historic religious sites in Nepal's central region, providing a unique opportunity to see the country's rich legacy and calm countryside.

The tour begins at Panauti, a historic and culturally rich Newari hamlet. You'll be fascinated by the well-preserved Newari architecture, delicately constructed temples, and tranquil courtyards as you travel along its small cobbled alleys. Panauti is an interesting beginning place for the walk since it provides a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the local Newar community.

Panauti to NamoBuddha is a relatively straightforward and delightful route that welcomes trekkers of all ability levels. The trail winds past terraced fields, green woodlands, and rustic villages, giving visitors plenty of opportunities to connect with friendly residents of various ethnic backgrounds, including Newars, Tamangs, and Brahmins. This cultural interchange provides useful insights into their habits, traditions, and daily lives.

One of the hike's highlights is reaching Namobuddha, which is set on a mountaintop. This ancient Buddhist site is significant religiously because it is thought to be the location where Lord Buddha, in one of his previous lives, committed a compassionate act by donating his flesh to a famished tigress and her cubs. The main stupa, which is encircled by lesser stupas and prayer flags, emanates tranquility and spirituality, making it an ideal location for introspection and meditation.

The Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, a renowned Buddhist learning center, is located next to Namobuddha Stupa. The lively aura of the monastery, draped with colorful prayer flags floating in the breeze, compliments the tranquil settings and provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

You'll be rewarded to stunning vistas of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains, including the Langtang and Ganesh Himal Ranges, during the ride. The magnificent surroundings acts as a daily reminder of nature's majesty and provides several photo possibilities to capture the Himalayas' magnificence.

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What is The Best Time to Hike from Panauti to Namobuddha?

Generally, you can visit Namobuddha at any time of the year. Seasonally, the best times to visit Namobuddha via Panauti are during the autumn (March-May) and spring (September-November) seasons in Nepal.

The monsoon season (June to August) typically brings considerable rains, which can cause landslides and obscured views. The paths could turn slick and unsafe. If you choose to travel during the monsoon season, check the weather prediction before departing.

The weather gets cold and freezes throughout the winter season (December-February). Nonetheless, it is best to travel to the place. You must dress appropriately for the weather and climate. Because the temperature drops during the season, it is best to dress warmly.

Trekking Planner Nepal organizes the service as per your requirement and preference.

Why is the Namobuddha to Panauti hike special?

For several convincing reasons, visiting Namobuddha via Panauti is a genuinely wonderful experience:

  • Spiritual and Religious Importance: Namobuddha is a revered Buddhist location associated with a truly touching and loving legend. It is said that Lord Buddha, in one of his previous lives, offered his flesh to a hungry tigress and her cubs out of compassion. This act of selflessness and kindness has enormous religious importance, making Namobuddha a cherished Buddhist pilgrimage place. Visitors to this hallowed site frequently experience a sense of tranquility, spiritual connection, and inspiration.
  • Panauti, a medieval Newari town with well-preserved architecture, temples, and courtyards: The tour begins at Panauti, an ancient Newari town with well-preserved architecture, temples, and courtyards. Exploring Panauti before beginning the walk adds cultural richness to the adventure. The lovely environment, rich legacy, and friendly residents of the town provide an unforgettable introduction to Nepal's traditional way of life.
  • Beautiful Landscapes: The hike from Panauti to Namobuddha takes you through incredible scenery that includes terraced crops, thick forests, and rolling hills. The natural beauty along the trail is a treat for nature lovers, with various chances for photography and relaxing in peace and quiet.
  • Panoramic Scenery: The hike affords panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges, including the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. The sight of snow-capped peaks against a pure blue sky is mesmerizing and leaves hikers with a lasting impression.
  • Cultural Immersion: Throughout the trip, you will pass through several rural villages, giving you the opportunity to interact with locals from various ethnic communities. This cultural exchange provides a rich and authentic experience of Nepalese life by teaching you about their habits, traditions, and everyday activities.
  • Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery: The Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery's location near Namobuddha Stupa adds to the spiritual ambiance of the area. The bright colors of the prayer flags, the sound of prayers and chants, and the peaceful atmosphere all add to a sense of calm and mindfulness.

How does the hike to Namobuddha from Panauti start and end?

The hike to Namobuddha via Panauti begins in the town of Panauti and concludes at the sacred place of Namobuddha itself. Afterward, you will return back from the same route back to Panauti and get back to the hotel. In the early morning, you will be driven to Panauti from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, which is about 32 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Kathmandu. You will pack breakfast on the way for the hike.

The trekking track begins in Panauti and travels through scenic landscapes, terraced fields, woodlands, and rural settlements. As you walk along the trail, you will experience the scenic beauty of the Nepalese countryside as well as the local culture and traditions of the communities out there.

The journey concludes in Namobuddha, a revered Buddhist site atop a hill. Namobuddha is located approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Panauti. This beautiful and spiritually significant area is thought to be where Lord Buddha committed an act of kindness in one of his previous lives by surrendering his body to a starving tigress and her cubs.

After spending some quality time at the site, you will return to Panauti from the same route and then make your way back to Kathmandu.

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Why Trekking Planner Nepal for Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hike?

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    Begin the morning with a fulfilling breakfast, or take a packed breakfast after refreshing. After breakfast, a representative from Trekking Planner Nepal will pick you up from the hotel lobby. Upon meeting, the representative will transfer you to a private vehicle for a scenic drive to Panauti, about 32 kilometers from Kathmandu, which takes about one and a half hours. You will move from the bustling city of Kathmandu to the rather semi-urban area of Panauti. The drive continues for about one and a half hours to finally reach Panauti. The drive takes you along the Newari village of Panauti, located in the Kavrepalanchok district. You can view some of the prominent Newari architectural monuments and sculptures. Some of the highlights are Panauti Durbar Square and Indreswor Temple. The residents of Panauti believe that the Indreswor Temple is the oldest in Nepal. The exploration of Panauti continues as the heritage walk along the village proceeds. You will also see the Brahmayani temple along the river with Tribeni Ghats, Pilgrim’s Rest House, Sankata Temple, Tola Narayan Temple, Satya Narayan Temple, Unmatta Bhairab Temple, and many more.

    As the exploration of Panauti village is completed, you will begin your hike toward Namo Buddha.


    After you complete the morning time exploring the dazzling village of Panauti, your hike to Namo Buddha starts. The initial trek begins in the forest area and suspension bridges; afterward, you will continue through the paved roads, passing along some picturesque settlements. As you approach the halfway point, you can witness the multicolored prayer flags surrounded by green forests and a peaceful environment. As you continue the trail, you will reach the hilltop destination. Once you get the location, you can explore the area. You can visit the Crowned Buddha Shrine, followed by a visit to the Sixteen Arhats Shrine and the Gold Buddha Shrine. You can also find female monks chanting and praying around the premises. You can also see brightly painted artwork in the area, followed by distinct places to relax, rest, and meditate. The sculptures in the region are surrounded by prayer wheels encrypted with chants and mantras. You can also have lunch at the desired place in Namo Buddha.

    After the completion of the exploration of Namo Buddha, the return journey commences.


    After a well-spent day in Panauti and Namo Buddha, your return journey toward Kathmandu proceeds. A private vehicle will pick you up from the pickup point and transfer you back to Kathmandu. The return journey will be along the same route but this time on a vehicle. After you reach Kathmandu and get back to your hotel, your Panauti to Namo Buddha one-day hike is completed.

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    • Nepal visa
    • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel insurance.
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    Suggested Equipment List

    • Day pack
    • Trekking/hiking shoes
    • Sun Hat/cap
    • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
    • Raincoat
    • good quality socks
    • trekking/hiking trousers
    • trekking/hiking shirts
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottle
    • Camera and batteries
    • Yes, there are water sources and teahouses along the walk where you may buy food and beverages.

    • The altitude of Namobuddha is approximately 1,750 meters (5,741 feet) above sea level.

    • Unlike longer treks, the Panauti Namobuddha Day Hike is a shorter and less difficult path that is ideal for individuals with limited time or trekking expertise.

    • Travel insurance is typically recommended for any trek in Nepal. It can cover medical crises, evacuation, and unexpected trip interruptions.

    • The hike can be done during the rainy season, still it is not recommended because of slippery terrain and possibly leeches. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit.

    • Restrooms may be scarce along the trail, although teahouses and lodges usually have basic amenities.

    • The hike from Panauti to Namobuddha is around 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) long and takes about 4-5 hours to accomplish, depending on your pace and stops.

    • Yes, the Namobuudha Panauti hike is suitable for families, and youngsters who are comfortable walking short distances can participate.

    • Yes, you can prolong your hike by combining the day hike with city tour around Kathmandu Valley or with other hikes in the Kathmandu Valley region.

    • It is advisable to wear comfortable hiking clothing, good walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and a small backpack with essentials such as water and food.

    • It's important to observe local customs and traditions, such as taking off your shoes before visiting temples and monasteries.

    • Porters are not normally necessary because it is a day hike. You can bring a tiny daypack with you with your essentials.

    • The trail is typically safe, however it is important to follow to safety recommendations and stay on the authorized trails. Wildlife encounters are rare, but they are possible in the neighboring forests.

    • Normally, the hike to Panauti Namobuddha is a day hike which takes around 5-6 hours to accomplish.

    • The Panauti Namobuddha hike is a day hike and can be accomplished in a single day, with no overnight stay required.

    • There are no age restrictions, however participants must be in reasonable health and capable of walking for several hours.

    • The magnificent scenery, cultural exchanges, and the sacred location of Namobuddha with its majestic stupa are among the highlights.

    • Yes, monasteries and temples can be visited, such as the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery near Namobuddha. You can ecen visit to temples around Panauti.

    • Yes, monasteries and temples can be visited, such as the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery near Namobuddha.

    • Yes, you may complete the walk without a guide, but having a local guide can enhance your experience by providing essential insights and information. Besides guide is also necessary for trial navigation as well as your safety.

    • As, the Panauti to Namobuddha hike is day hike, there is no requirement for overnight. Still, if you prefer to stay overnight, teahouses and hotels are available in Panauti and Namobuddha.

    • The walk is relatively easy and simple, with gentle ascents and descents ideal for most individuals.

    • No special permits are requires for the day hike.

    • You can take a public bus or a private a car from Kathmandu to Panauti. The trek takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. If you book trip from trekking agency, they will arrange the vehicle as per package inclusions and exclusions.

    • Usually, the hike can be done anytime of the year. Still, the best time for the hike is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons for pleasant weather and clear views.

    • Yes, the walk is regarded moderately difficult and is appropriate for beginners with a moderate level of fitness.

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