Royal Himalayan Holidays

Nagarkot Balthali hike

9 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
Min 2
As per itinerary
Best Season
Mar-May and Sep-Dec
Hotel and resort
As per itinerary
Starts at
Ends at
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Namo Buddha-Balthali-Panauti-Bhaktapur-Kathmandu


    • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
    • Patan Durbar Square
    • Pashmina factory visit
    • Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)
    • Hiking through amazing trails
    • Visit Namo Buddha Monastery
    • Nagarkot sunrise view
    • Temple visits


Are you looking for one of the best hiking trails in Kathmandu? Then look no further and book today the Kathmandu village hike at Royal Himalayan Holidays! This hike inside the Kathmandu Valley starts from Nagarkot and heads slowly downwards back to Kathmandu city, via Balthali with visits to other iconic villages and places. The Kathmandu Village hike is ideal for solo travelers, families, couples, or groups, with light hiking on trails that are diverse from lush jungles to farmlands.

Royal Himalayan Holidays, can’t wait to book this Kathmandu village hike for you! As with all our trekking, touring, and hiking packages in Nepal, we provide you with one of the best services. While the package is of nine days with the arrival and departure days included, the hike itself is of four days. Royal Himalayan Holidays make sure that you’ll get the best and most comfortable accommodations as possible during your stay and includes a special tour behind the scenes of how original Pashmina items are made! We start by exploring Kathmandu, followed by a short hike briefing in the evening. The next day we head for Patan, one of the old kingdoms, and enjoy sightseeing around its temples and ancient palace buildings, at the evening we’ll reach Nagarkot, a hill station village that during clear days offers incredible views of Kathmandu’s neighboring Himalayas. Special about Nagarkot is the chance to see an incredible sunset and sunrise view, something you don’t want to miss! It is from Nagarkot that we start the hike officially and we make our way slowly downwards through jungle trails until reaching Dhulikhel. From here we hike passing farmlands and orchards to one of the world’s most famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites called Namo Buddha. This incredible monastery is located on top of a hill with amazing valley views, and has a cave nearby where it is said that Buddha offered his flesh to a starving tigress and her cubs! The next morning another scenic sunrise can be seen from here before we hike further to Balthali village. Being a rustic and typical Nepali village, Balthali offers a great way to see a typical Nepali family handling their daily lives and agricultural work. The next day is the last day of hiking the Kathmandu village hike, and we head to the medieval Newari town of Panauti. What makes Panauti so unique is its ancient Newari style of architecture. It’s as if you’re walking hundred years back in the past once you enter Panauti village! From here, a private vehicle takes us to another old kingdom in Kathmandu called Bhaktapur. Famous for its Royal palace squares connected with rustic alleys filled with handicraft shops, Bhaktapur is a great way to end the Kathmandu village hike! On the next day, we drive back to Kathmandu. 

Book today Royal Himalayan Holiday’s Kathmandu village hike, for one of the best short hiking experiences in Nepal! Culture and nature are the main highlights during this hike with some unique visiting places such as a look behind the scenes of original pashmina manufacture, and temples. The Kathmandu village hike awaits you!

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet and greet at the airport
  • Hotel transfer by private vehicle and check-in
  • Welcome drinks + meeting with your tour guide
  • Welcome dinner
  • Overnight at the hotel

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Pick-up by your tour guide
  • Arrival at Bishal Bazaar and start walking tour
  • Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square and Asan market
  • Pick-up at Bishal Nagar and drive to Garden of Dreams
  • Visit Garden of Dreams
  • Drive to Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) + explore
  • Drive to SK Pashmina + factory visit
  • Transfer to your hotel
  • Short hike briefing with your guide
  • Overnight at the hotel

  • Hotel breakfast and check-out
  • Pick-up by your guide
  • Patan sightseeing
  • Drive to Nagarkot
  • Nagarkot arrival + hotel check-in
  • Enjoy the sunset view
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel

  • Early morning wake-up (optional)
  • Hike to the viewpoint for sunrise view (optional)
  • Hotel breakfast and check-out
  • Final hike preparation
  • Start the hike by following the road through Nagarkot
  • Head downwards into the jungle
  • Enjoy packed lunch in the jungle with amazing views
  • Visit Devitar village
  • Continue through the Tamang farm fields
  • Follow the road up to Dhulikhel
  • Arrive at Dhulikhel + hotel check-in
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel

  • Hotel breakfast and check-out
  • Start the hike
  • Head up the hill towards the Shanti Stupa
  • Continue further up the stone steps to the Devi Temple + the viewpoint
  • Descend the hill and head towards Kavre Bhyanjyang
  • Follow the trail gradually up to Namo Buddha
  • Reach Namo Buddha + enjoy lunch at the Namo Buddha resort
  • Explore the monastery and cave
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the resort

  • Resort breakfast and check-out
  • Start the hike
  • Continue downhill passing by rustic villages and pine forests
  • Head through fields and orchards until reaching Balthali
  • Enjoy lunch at Balthali
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel

  • Hotel breakfast and check-out
  • Start the hike
  • Head downwards to the Khopasi Khola River and cross the small bridge
  • Continue on flat ground until reaching the Khopasi Khola River’s main bridge and cross it again
  • Pass by farm fields and head on to Panauti
  • Enjoy lunch in Panauti
  • Panauti Village tour
  • Pick up by private vehicle + drive to Bhaktapur
  • Arrive in Bhaktapur + hotel check-in
  • Overnight stay at the hotel

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided tour Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Durbar/museum, pottery square, and paper factory
  • Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu hotel check-in
  • Hike review
  • Overnight stay at the hotel

  • Check-out
  • Our team will transfer you to the airport approx. 3hrs before departure

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    • Airport transfers
    • All-inclusive accommodation as per the itinerary
    • All private transportation as per the itinerary
    • Meals as per itinerary
    • All accommodations during the hike
    • Welcome dinner
    • Licensed English-speaking guide/leader
    • Porter service during the hike
    • All government and local taxes as per the itinerary
    • All permits as per the itinerary
    • All entry fees as per the itinerary
    • All official expenses as per the itinerary
    • 1 basic medical kit per group


Frequently Asked Questions

With the thousands of travel and trekking agents to choose from in Nepal, why book a holiday with Royal Himalayan Holidays? Well first off, at RHH we take care in organizing any type of tour, trek, or adventure activity in Nepal. Furthermore, we provide a unique service by hiring only local and licensed guides. But the real reason you should book with RHH is, because of that touch of luxury that we provide in Nepal. All of our packages come with an All-Inclusive package, giving you more time to just enjoy your holiday. We provide luxury holidays in the Himalayas!

Booking with RHH has never been easier! Just use our easy-to-use website, select your package for Nepal, Bhutan, or Tibet and click Book Now to fill up your booking form. After receiving your booking form by auto email, our team will contact you back via email, to finalize your booking. It’s that easy!

Yes, all of our packages are based on luxury trips and can get pricy for the average budget trekker. We do however can change this during your booking should you wish. By lowering the accommodation type and switching to the public instead of private transport you can enjoy trips or treks with RHH without the luxury element. But then again would you sacrifice comfort for the price during a holiday? Enjoy the best of the Himalayas with our luxury packages. 

If you wish to book a budget trip with Royal Himalayan Holidays, you can just make any booking, but a request for a budget trip. Then after receiving your request our team can send you a budget itinerary for that package with a new and lower calculated rate per person. 

Almost all of our trips are family and child friendly. Of course, you’ll need to see a bit yourself, we think it’s logical that you can’t book a hard and strenuous trek while bringing children with you. For family and child-friendly trips or treks, we do recommend any of our tour packages or one of our short treks in Nepal that don’t reach too such high altitudes. 

No, Royal Himalayan Holidays do not have any hidden or additional fees after booking a trip. With us, full transparency is an important part of our customer relations! Hence, all rates are included within your package, of course, these do not include your personal expenses, such as drinks, souvenirs, tips, etc. 

Yes with RHH you have the option to book a non-English guide for your trip. If you would like to have a different language guide during your holiday we do insist on mentioning this during your booking so we have the time to organize, find, check and hire said guide for your trip. There are French, German, Dutch, and Spanish-speaking guides available.

Royal Himalayan Holidays does take great care of booking your accommodation during your holiday in Nepal. We book only the best available 4 to 5-star category hotel. These hotels are based on All-Inclusive plans and have luxury rooms as well as other facilities available for you to enjoy during your holiday. During treks, accommodation is limited to standard guest or tea houses, but at some overnight locations where there is luxury accommodation available, we plan to stay at those. 

Well, since ATMs don’t exist up high in the mountains we do recommend bringing some additional cash with you, preferably Nepalese Rupees or US Dollars. Calculate a 15 to 25 USD per day in the Himalayas. This way you can use extra facilities in the guesthouses such as WIFI usage. 

Yes, with RHH you have the option to tailor-make or customize an itinerary before booking a holiday. If you want to change a part of your itinerary during your holiday then RHH can organize for you, but at additional cost depending on the changes that have to be made. 

No, international flights are not included in the package rate. With so many flight options nowadays we give you the freedom of choosing the best available flights from and to Nepal yourself. If you do require international flight tickets we can arrange this, but by experience, we found that our customers can get better international flight rates by themselves from their own respective countries. 

So Nepal has 4 seasons. Starting with spring, followed by the monsoon or rainy season going into fall/autumn and ultimately winter. The best times to book a trip or trek in Nepal will either be during spring or fall/autumn. Spring starts in March and ends at the end of May. During this season the winter cold is gone and the skies are clear blue with a few clouds here and there. Perfect for seeing those incredible mountain and valley views! Fall or autumn starts in September and runs until the end of November. This season is extra special in Nepal, not because of the clear skies and comfortable weather, but due to being the festival season. In October the biggest festival takes place in Nepal, namely Dashain and Tihar. To get the best experience in Nepal we do recommend booking either for the spring or fall/autumn seasons.

Almost all guesthouses have WIFI available and phone reception. Do note that this is not high-speed WIFI or perfect reception, you’re still in the remote Himalayas. During the trek, there will be areas with no reception or WIFI, meaning you’ll be completely cut out from the world and surrounded by nature! Exactly what a trek should be.

While tipping is not mandatory in Nepal, due to being a low-income country many of the workers do depend on it as a secondary income. Hence we do ask our travelers to give some gratuities at the end of your trip to your guide or driver. Common tips in Nepal for a service well performed are about 5 to 10USD a day. But once again it is not mandatory.

Yes with RHH you can extend or add extra days on your holiday to enjoy your trip further. We do also provide assistance in VISA extension should it be required as well as helping you choose new and different activities. You can even combine multiple tours or treks with each other, as well as doing additional activities such as hiking, or adventure packages such as rafting or paragliding. 

With Royal Himalayan Holidays you can even hold a special event such as a birthday celebration, company team building, anniversary celebration, marriage proposal and even hold a traditional Nepalese wedding. Do request us during your booking if you want us to organize such an event during your trip to Nepal. 

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