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Balthali Village Trek

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Balthali Village Tour is suitable for that tourist who is looking for one of the best tourist destinations which is an easy, short and family trek. Balthali village trek picturesque hamlets are surrounded by a typical Nepali countryside with terraced rice fields and ochre thatched farm houses. The small settlement of Balthali village (1730m.) is standing on a plateau, just beyond Panauti above 40 Km away from Kathmandu. The village is situated at the junction of Roshi and Ladku rivers. Whilst the backyard is dominated by high hills of lush green Mahabharat Range.

The Balthali village delightful short treks trail begins from Kathmandu valley, offering typical rural Nepal with magnificent views of different Himalayan ranges just within few hours’ drive to Panauti. Trekking around Dhulikhel Valley and Balthali offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture and religion of Nepalese life. The area nearby the Balthali is densely forested with luxuriant floral, colorful rhododendron, magnolia and sal trees covering the hill that undulates and opens out to terrace field. Balthali Village is a perfect place for nature lovers and bird watchers. Nature lovers and bird's watcher can have wonderful experience exploring and discovering some exceptional species of wildlife and different species of birds and can spend days where the culture and tradition are untouched by modernity.

Balthali village tour provides great chance to visit many of the sacred and ancient temples and monasteries such as Namobuddha, Indreshwor Mahadev and Bramayani Temple which makes the Balthali village tour more remarkable. During the Balthali village tour, you can also view snowy peaks of Dorjee Lhakpa, Langtang and a whole range of mountain rest clear and bright on the northern horizon. Such stunning snowy peaks visible in the distance and the perfect introduction to trekking in the Himalayas with Newari culture, Newari style houses and living style of local people of Dhulikhel will astound you. You will even explore to the Panauti valley which is also historically important. Balthali valley trek explores and discovers some outstanding genus of flora and fauna, habit and society untouched by the modernity.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu and drive to Dhulikhel

Day 03: Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1982m) and then to Balthali (2400m)

Day 04: Explore around Balthali Village (2400m)

Day 05: Balthali village to Panauti (1400m.) and drive back to Kathmandu

Day 06: Final Departure

Day 1:Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will be present there at airport for your convenience to greet you and transfer to your desired hotel. As you become comfortable and freshen up after your long journey, you will be asked to pay your visit at our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 2:A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu and drive to Dhulikhel
The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will have great chance to visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath might make you feel calm and peace and the fine arts and historical architecture of Bhaktapur Durbar Square takes you to the ancient Nepalese culture.
From here we'll continue our drive to Dhulikhel for the night. You can see the Newari culture, Newari style houses and living style of local people of Dhulikhel. This village is 500 years old. Explore nearby villages to experience the countryside as well as chance to view the different types of birds in this area. Spend your night in Resort.

Day 3:Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1982m) and then to Balthali (2400m)
Today we work for about 3 hours passing through amazing view of local villages and nice terraces and reach to Namo Buddha, a scared Buddhist place. There is an amazing legend related to the Buddha. Lord Buddha saved the life of a tiger dying from hunger, by giving him his flesh. Here you be blessed to watch such peace and incredible Buddha Stupa, commemorated by an ancient stone slab and with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.Visit the Gompa. From here we will have another 3 hrs pleasant walk to the village of Balthali. Different societies of people stay in the village with very much friendly environment and understanding livings. Spend your night in a Resort.

Day 4:Explore around Balthali Village
Today's day is for the exploration of the village. You can see the sights around a typical Buddhist village Danda Gaon which is mainly a Buddhist community village. Similarly you can hike up to Pada Gaon (2100m) from where you can have a magnificent view of whole Himalayan ranges to north. Also you will have amazing view of beautiful green forest of Mahabharata Range. The area of Balthali is cover of various flora, colorful rhododendron forest and magnolia and Sal trees. Balthali village is also a perfect place for nature lovers and bird watchers. Exploring around and having a pleasant walk come back to Resort for your night.

Day 5:Balthali village trekking to Panauti (1400m.) and drive back to Kathmandu
After having breakfast in Resort, we continue our journey to the typical Newari village of Panauti. This is a traditional Newar settlement having rural characters and rich in culture with a large number of fascinating temples. The town is also popular for a variety of farm products as offered for sale. Explore the Panauti valley which is also historically important. In history the myth was, under the ground there is only one large stone on which Panauti village rests. On the way you can have an opportunity to visit an interesting wooden temple which belongs to the fourteenth century. From Panauti take a drive local bus or a private drive back to Kathmandu. By the evening you'll reach the hotel.

Day 06:Final Departure
We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home. We wish you a happy journey and hope to see you again.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation throughout the tour including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Full board meals including breakfast lunch and Dinner mostly local meals during the village tour.
  • Necessary Trekking permits if applicable.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Kathmandu to Tour start point and finish point to Kathmandu transport by Bus (If you want to travel by Land Cruiser or private car is available, by adding extra cost)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, travel insurance, personal trekking gear.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

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Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 06 Days

Max. Altitude: Balthali (2400m)

Trek Grade: Easy

Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, Dec and January are  winter and quite cold but trekking can be done, July & August are the rainy season and visibility is poor due to rain and fogs.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & during trek

Transportation:  Car/ Van/ Bus

Activity: City tour, Trekking

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Balthali village Trek

Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 1 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants, 2 half pants/trousers
05: T-shirts - 2
06. Fleece jacket/Jumper
08.  Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket.
09. Thermal Inners. Recommended for winter time.
10. Socks, Cotton 2  pairs, Woolen 2 pairs
11. 1 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1
 

Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-10 to -20 degree Celsius)
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries.
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the
Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com