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 – Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
DAY 3 – Drive to Namobuddha Monastery (elev. 1982 m) by private car.
DAY 4 – Visit Tamang village, Dada Gaun and Buddhist community.
DAY 5 – Trek to Khopasi (elev. 1400 m), drive back to Kathmandu
DAY 6 – Full Day of Sightseeing in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares
DAY 7 – 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 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley: We are off to see three to four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. We begin with Kathmandu's Durbar Square, the place of where the kings of Nepal were crowned for centuries. There are almost 60 different temples here, some even with erotic carvings from the Kama Sutra. Then it is off to Boudhanath to see Nepal's largest stupa (3rd largest in the world.) This is the center of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan refugees in Nepal. Besides this impressively large stupa, there are around 50 monasteries in the area. Nearby is Pashupatinath, the most holy Hindu shrine in Nepal, and a pilgrimage site for Hindus from around the world. If we were unable to visit Swayambhu (a/k/a Monkey Temple), we will journey to this holy place as well. This is one of the oldest holy sites in the Kathmandu Valley, dating back over 2000 years. We will spend the night at our Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 3 – 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu for the night.
DAY 6 – Patan and Bhaktapur: We will drive first to Patan and tour its museum and Durbar Square before moving on to the ancient city of Bhaktapur with its own Durbar Square and many temples. Both places are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and were once their own kingdoms. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner with a cultural show, and we will spend the night in our Three Star Hotel.
Day 7 – 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.
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.
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.
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 with cultural show and breakfast will be served when in Kathmandu.