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Balthali/Namobuddha Khopasi Trek

The village of Balthali is a wonderfully quaint mountain village where time seems to stand still. Nestled among forests of magnolia and rhododendron, it is situated on a plateau above the confluence of the Roshi and Ladku Khola Rivers. This is an ideal place for nature lovers, bird-watchers and those who enjoy both the mountains as well as discovering the local culture.

This is an easy trek with maximum altitude of 1982 meters. There are many sacred places along the way, including ancient temples and Namobuddha monastery, along with several other Buddhist monasteries. The trek will take you to these wonderfully spiritual places as well as through a variety of local cultures.

This is village trekking, where you will stay in tea houses along the way. When you stay in local tea houses, you not only get to meet families, but your stay helps to allow parents to afford to send their children to school. You will enjoy the local hospitality while doing something to help the local economy.

DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel
DAY 2 – Drive to Namobuddha Monastery (elev. 1982 m) by private car.
DAY 3 – Visit Tamang village, Dada Gaun and Buddhist community.
DAY 4 – Trek to Khopasi (elev. 1400 m), drive back to Kathmandu
DAY 5 – Departure

DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive in Kathmandu where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel where you can relax before your evening meal. There will be an orientation session in the evening. If time allows, we will take a trip to Swayambhu, one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley which offers an incredible view of the Valley as well as the oldest religious site in the city.

DAY 2 – Drive to Namobuddha Monastery (elev. 1982 m): We will leave this morning by private car for the ancient Namobuddha Monastery. This has been for centuries a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site where the reincarnated Buddha offered his body to a hungry tigress in order to allow her to feed her cubs.  We will walk from here to the village of Balthali (elev. 1730 m), passing through terraced rice fields along the way. We will overnight in a resort there in the village of Balthali.

DAY 3 – Trekking: Our journey takes us on a loop of various villages, including Dada Gaun, a typical Tamang village with a large Buddhist community.  This place is very secluded from the outside world and exudes a strong sense of peace. We will walk to Pada Gaun (elev. 2100 m) where we will be afforded incredible great views of the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas. We continue on to the village of Karnali, and then follow the banks of the Ladku River back to our resort for the night.

DAY 4 – Walk to Khopasi (elev. 1400 m), Drive to Kathmandu: We will walk today to the village of Khopasi where we will pick up our private vehicle for the return trip to Kathmandu. Along the way, we will stop in Sanga to see the world's tallest statue of the god Shiva. This was constructed by the Jain community of Nepal. We return to our Deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu for the night.

Day 5 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and this short trip is no exception. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will escort you by private vehicle to the airport to see you off to your next destination. Before leaving, why not discuss a return trip to Nepal to explore other parts of this great nation. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can put together all kinds of vacation packages for your next holiday.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please note that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is necessary due to any safety concerns. We leave no stone unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure does include traveling in the Himalayas, we can’t guarantee that it will not be necessary to make changes if conditions so warrant. Some of these factors include extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health conditions of any of our group members, etc, can all be contributing factors necessitating changes. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition’s Trip Leader will try to ensure that the trip runs as per plan, but we kindly request that you be flexible if need be.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

All accommodations for the Balthali/Namobuddha Khopasi Trek & Tour are on a twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs. The Deluxe Hotels have been checked out personally by our staff and they offer a high degree of hygiene as well as high standard of service. When trekking, we will use local tea houses which usually offer unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses. Many of the tea houses have shared bathrooms and washing areas. If you are a solo traveler, we will share a room. If you would prefer a single room that is a possibility by paying an additional fee. However, please understand that with some of the remote places; a single room might not be possible, depending upon location and trek. Be sure to talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about the single room option.

MEALS:

During the trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as some different ethnic cuisine. Some places may even offer some international foods (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) ranging from pizza to finger chips (French Fries). Many places will offer a variety of soft and hard drinks and snacks. We will have lunch on the trail, ranging from a picnic lunch to local accommodations, depending upon the trekking area. A farewell dinner and breakfast will be served when in Kathmandu.

Cost Include

  • Deluxe Hotels in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • Private vehicle to Namobuddha and from Khopasi
  • Traditional Nepali Farewell Dinner at Paleti Bhanchha Ghar, an authentic Nepali restaurant.
  • Airport Transfers
  • An experienced English-speaking tour leader
  • All Nepali Government Taxes


Cost Exclude

  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Travel insurance that covers emergency situations
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Lunches and Dinners not mentioned above
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks or phone calls
  • All personal expenses
  • Expenses raised by the events beyond our control
  • Cost raised by cancellation due to landslide, weather conditions, political instability, or illness will not be our responsibility as these factors are beyond our control.

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Where will you be staying during this trek?

All accommodations for the Balthali/Namobuddha Khopasi Trek & Tour are on a twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs. The Three Star Hotels have been checked out personally by our staff and they offer a high degree of hygiene as well as high standard of service. When trekking, we will use local tea houses which usually offer unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses. Many of the tea houses have shared bathrooms and washing areas. If you are a solo traveler, we will share a room. If you would prefer a single room that is a possibility by paying an additional fee. However, please understand that with some of the remote places; a single room might not be possible, depending upon location and trek. Be sure to talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about the single room option.

What are the meals arrangement during this trek?

During the trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as some different ethnic cuisine. Some places may even offer some international foods (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) ranging from pizza to finger chips (French Fries). Many places will offer a variety of soft and hard drinks and snacks. We will have lunch on the trail, ranging from a picnic lunch to local accommodations, depending upon the trekking area. A farewell dinner and breakfast will be served when in Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 5 days
  • Trek Duration: 3
  • Trip Code: SNFTK -144
  • Primary Activity: Trekking & Hiking
  • Secondary Activity: Culture & Historical Tour
  • Max. Group Size: 12
  • Min. Group Size: 2
  • Starts Point: Kathmandu
  • Ends Point: Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade: Easy
  • Max. Height: 1982 Meters
  • Trip Mode: Lodge Trek
  • Accommodation: Deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu & tea houses on trek.
  • Season: This trek is good for any season. Winter (December to February) can be cold at night, but days are pleasant. Autumn offers great views of the high Himalayas and Spring features warm temperatures. Summer can be rainy but there is usually sunshine every day

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Contact Information

Swiss-Nepal Family Trekking & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd.
J.P.Road, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-4212739, 4212911
Cell: 977-9851001832
E-mail: swissnepaltreks@gmail.com
Web: www.snftrekking.com

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