Looking for a unique hiking experience around Kathmandu for 2-3 days that include some of the exciting and incredibly natural and cultural destinations? Ranikot Balthali Namobuddha Hiking is a perfect hiking package in this case. You will be having a wonderful hiking trip through the pristine woods, experiencing the countryside lifestyles, exploring the picturesque landscape, and visiting the spiritual sites.
Hiking to the hilltop of Ranikot, the hike lets you explore the famous sage's shelter, aka Pilot Baba Aashram at Gundu, above Bhaktapur. Climbing to Ranikot, you will get an opportunity to witness the typical ethnic lifestyles, which are at the juncture of traditional lifestyle to modernism. Some of the recently opened cottage resorts and homestay accommodations offer the best available accommodation.
The hike continues to the ancient cultural site of Panauti. It is one of the best spiritual sites in Nepal. The hike proceeds furthermore to Khopasi (option: take a motor ride for 15 minutes). Crossing the suspension bridge and walking to Balthali village offers you an incredible memory. The picturesque setting of the Balthali village welcomes you to explore around. As a side trip, we can hike to the Ladkeshor Mahadev or its surroundings. Resort and Home Stay Accommodations are available.
Ranikot Balthali Namobuddha Hike concludes at the famous Buddhist site- Namobuddha Monastery. It is all the way about a 4-hour hike from Balthali. The Tamang ethnic communities located on the terraced hillside are amazing. Namobuddha is an excellent Himalayan viewpoint and also offers a valley view. After the hike, drive back to Kathmandu.
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Best time for the Hike
Spring is great and offers wonderful weather. The season begins from Mar-April and continues until May. Days are warmer and amazing views can be expected in the spring season.
Autumn is the main festival time when people celebrate prime festivals like Teej, Dashain, and Tihar. Talking about the weather, it becomes fantastic and offers a great view of the Himalayas, valley, green hills, and the entire surroundings. If you would like to explore the real aura of nature and experience local culture and festivals, autumn is the best season for you.
Winter is amazing to walk and explore. It becomes warm during the day, so it is wonderful to warm your body with a hike and exploration around.
Summer is great to walk, however, as it is also a monsoon season in Nepal, so it usually rains in June July August. Despite the rain, it is still great to walk around the Kathmandu hill ridge than going to the Himalayas.
Hiking Itinerary Customization
Ranikot Balthali Namobuddha Hike can be customized and the walking days can be shortened if you are limited with time.
Food and Accommodation
Accommodation facility is available throughout the trekking trail. However, if you would like to stay in a monastery, it is possible in Namobuddha. It will be a grateful time to experience spirituality and experience monastic life.
Transportation is available according to the group size: car, bus, van, Hiace, and jeep.