Trip Facts

Trip Duration 10 Days
Trip Difficulty Inspiring
Maximum Altitude 2,080 m
Best Season To Visit Jan-May, Sept-Dec
Average Group Size Max. 10

Trip Overview

Experience the Nepal Homestay. Witness the wind catch prayer flags amid mountainous backdrops. Hike through beautiful landscapes and explore ancient towns deep in the Kathmandu Valley. Travelers get to experience the affection of being treated as a family member throughout the homestay and immerse themselves in the local culture. Further, get an exciting, adrenaline-pumping rafting adventure in the Bhote Koshi River.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1,302m)

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to cordially welcome you with great hospitality. The representative will be displaying the “Nepal Sanctuary Treks” placard outside the airport terminal.

You will be then escorted and transferred to the hotel in our private vehicle. Our staff will accompany you and help you with the check-in at your accommodation. Further, you will be given a brief description of the activities that will take place during the upcoming trip and a preliminary briefing on hygiene and safety by our representative.

Day 02: Local Market Tour and Explore Cultural Heritage Sites

Starting at 9:00 AM, your day kicks off with a guided cultural tour of Kathmandu Valley led by our knowledgeable guides. We’ll help you explore the vibrant culture of Kathmandu and the areas around it.

Our first stop takes you to the lively Ason and Indrachowk markets. Here, you’ll get a taste of everyday Nepalese life. You can haggle for local products, take in the lively atmosphere, and snap some memorable photos. Your friendly guide will tell you all about the goods and customs.

After that, we’ll head to the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square. This used to be the royal residence and is filled with ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines from the 15th to the 18th centuries. You’ll see some special places like Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap, Kal Bhairab, and many beautiful carvings.

As the day continues, we’ll visit Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. It’s a special place where Hinduism and Buddhism come together. You’ll see a big white dome and a shiny golden spire. It’s a peaceful spot where people come to pray, and you’ll hear their prayers while you’re there.

In the afternoon, we’ll drive to Boudhanath, one of Nepal’s largest stupas, built a long time ago. It’s an important place for Tibetan culture in Nepal. You’ll see the big stupa, colorful flags, and monks and other people doing their rituals.

The last stop on our journey is Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, right next to a river. It’s a big place with lots of temples and statues. People do lots of rituals here every day. You can watch some of them and see open-air cremations, holy men meditating, and pilgrims giving offerings.

After all these amazing experiences, we’ll make sure you get back to your hotel safely.

Day 03: Drive to Godavari 1,500m (Approx. 1 hour); Hike to Chapakharkha 2,080 m (approx. 2 hours)-Khani Gaon 1,848m (1 ½ hours)-Manedobhan (1 ½ hours) - drive back to Panauti (approx. 15 minutes)

After a satisfying breakfast, we drive to Godavari, where our hike begins. The trail leads us through a scenic forest, offering a refreshing breeze to cool off from the sun’s warmth. The path includes shortcuts and a series of sharp switchbacks, frequently joining a peaceful off-road route through the dense forest.

The uphill journey from Godavari to Chapakharka treats us to panoramic views of rolling hills and majestic Himalayan ranges, such as Lakpa Dorje, Langtang, and Manaslu. You’ll also enjoy a birdwatcher’s paradise, with a variety of birds and their cheerful songs adding to the hike’s energy and charm.

As we continue from Chapakharkha, the route meanders along a flat off-road trail and a narrow path, offering distant mountain views and glimpses of thatched hillside homes. We pass through the village-like Khani Gaon before descending to Manedobhan. A short ride takes us to Panauti.

Upon reaching Panauti, a warm welcome awaits with garlands and vermilion. The host family will guide you to their home for an authentic local experience. In the evening, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and try your hand at preparing traditional Nepali recipes during a cooking class in your host’s kitchen.

Day 04: Hike Panauti- Khopasi (1 hour approx.)-Balthali (1,730m) approx. 1.5 hours hike

You will be starting your day with a typical Nepali breakfast prepared by the host. After breakfast, the host family bid you farewell. You can take a stroll around the beautiful medieval town. Witness the finest arts and culture with a brief tour of the old part of the town, which preserves and depicts Panauti’s history and wellness. One of the more stunning temples (a classic example of Newari craftsmanship) is the three-tiered Indreshwor Mahadev Temple, which stands in the center of a huge brick-paved courtyard.

You start today’s hike by passing Khopasi village and reaching a small bridge, then hike up to the little village. Then we walk up to the little plateau-like hill from where the valley, gorges, adjacent hills, and terraces can be seen. Further, we make our way all the way to the hill-top village of Balthali. Once you check-in, you can refresh yourself and enjoy your lunch there with beautiful views of the village and some mountains.

Day 05: Balthali-Namobuddha (2,565m); 3-4 hours hike

After breakfast, you make your way to Namobuddha. Then, you walk to Pada Gaun (2,100 m), from where one can have tremendously superb views of the entire Himalayan range to the north horizon and the beautiful green forest of Mahabharata.  Thereafter, you trek to Namobuddha, one of the pilgrimage sites of Buddhists in Nepal. It is a sacred Buddhist place where Lord Buddha is believed to have saved the life of a tiger dying from hunger, by giving him his flesh. From here you have breathtaking views of Gauri Shanker and several other glorious Himalayas.

Day 06: Namobuddha-Dhulikhel (1,550m); 3 hours hike approx.

After a hearty breakfast, we start our hike to Dhulikhel following the path to Kavre Bhanjyang, the hike up to the top of Dhulikhel.  Reaching Dhulikhel, this Newar town offers a traditional ambiance along with remarkable views of the Himalayas. The magnificent panoramic undisturbed views of mountains in the Langtang range, Jugal Himalayan range, and other snow-capped peaks can be seen from the different vantage points in Dhulikhel.

You can wander around the ancient town to witness some fine old Nepalese buildings and several interesting temples and the traditional Newari culture. The trek reveals the religious atmosphere in the region.

Day 07: Dhulikhel- Lomosangu (1.5 hour approx.)- Bhote Koshi Raft- Drive back to Bhaktapur (45 minutes approx.)

After breakfast,  take a scenic drive to Lomosangu. Lomosangu Dam is the starting point of our rafting experience. Upon arrival, the River Guide will give a ‘safety procedure’ talk and hand over the life vests and helmets to each member before you start to float.  We end our rafting journey at Sukute beach, from where you take a drive back to Bhaktapur.

Day 08: Explore Bhaktapur- Drive to Kirtipur (50 minutes approx.)

After breakfast, explore the remarkable ancient city of Nepal. This important area, also known as an ‘open museum’, is home to some best conserved historical monuments in Nepal comprising palaces, courtyards, temples, pagodas, and monuments.

You can explore intricately detailed wood carvings and the stonework of the many sculptures that blow your mind. Juju Dhau or King Curd is a must-try here.

Bhaktapur is also well-known for its awe-inspiring crafts including pottery, woven cloth, Thanka, and masks. The place is popular for its mask dances that reveal the lives of different Gods and deities. The name Bhaktapur literally translates to “City of Devotees”, therefore one can expect to find a multitude of religious places, monuments, and events in Bhaktapur.

You get to witness wood carving and pottery making. After touring around Bhaktapur prominent sites you will be transferred safely back to your hotel.

In the afternoon, we take a short drive to Kirtipur, the historical city of Nepal that carries its own history and has many places to visit around. Kirtipur is one of the oldest cities in Nepal and is originally dominated by the Newars. You get to know about a classic Newari village that very few people know about.

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu (approx. 45 minutes)

After breakfast, take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and spend the day resting or catch up on some last-minute shopping.

Day 10: Final Departure

It is time to fly back home, keeping all the terrific experiences of Nepal in mind. After breakfast, the representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport, where you should check in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

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