DHULIKHEL BALTHALI HIKING

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OVERVIEW

The short Dhulikhel Balthali Hiking trip has a lot to offer and includes both cultural and natural experience of Nepal. Hiking through the pristine environment with the snow-clad mountains over the horizon, whilst admiring the Karyolung Himal and Himalchuli mountains will truly be a spectacular experience for you. You will tread among antique temples, monasteries and charming villages along the trail. Namo Buddha monastery is a popular site of Dhulikhel Balthali, where Buddhist mythology unfolds that Prince Sempa Chenpo sacrificed himself to null the hunger of a tigress who had just given birth to young cubs. This region symbolise generosity and sacrifice, and is a sacred place for all Buddhists.​

ITINERARY

Immediately after your arrival to Kathmandu airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Once you have settled in and relaxed after your long journey to this charming city, you will have the rest of the day for yourself. You can explore the bustling streets of this busy city. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Today you will have the whole day to explore Kathmandu city. You will be visiting UNESCO world heritage sites such as the Boudhanath Temple, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and more. After noon you can explore the Durbar Square, Patan and Bhaktapur on foot, on cycles or a trishaw. Enjoy this beautiful and enchanting city which is chaotic but also exuberant harmony. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Today you will drive to Dhulikhel and start your hike to Balthali village resort with amazing views of the pristine greenery, walking through the countryside and paddy fields of the village. You will get to enjoy the amazing view of Karyolung Himal and the Himalchuli mountains on your hike. On this trip you will also visit the Namo Buddha monastery, a symbol of generosity and sacrifice. Buddhists believe that on this site the great prince Sempa Chenpo (supposedly believed to be one of Buddha’s previous lives) sacrificed himself to a starved tigress feeding her cubs. After the visit, you will return to your resort for the night. 

You can wake up early to catch the sunrise Balthalu village. After breakfast you can take your time and explore Balthali village. You will then enjoy a warm lunch and head on down to Khopasi, cross a bridge and then drive back to Kathmandu. You can take the rest of the day at your own pace and explore this city on your own, and maybe complete some souvenir shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. 

You travel to Pokhara today with rivers and valleys, rocky gorges and paddy fields spotting the scenery. When you arrive Pokhara you will check in to a hotel. After you can take a stroll around Pokhara and maybe even enjoy boating on Phewa Lake and view the reflections of some peaks surrounding Pokhara on the clear lake. Overnight hotel in Pokhara.  

Your day will start early with a refreshing scenic drive to Sarangkot . You will then walk to the view point from where you can catch the glorious sunrise and the spectacular views of the Annapurna Range. As you continue on you will get to Torepani and then walk downwards to Pame. From Pame you will start walking along Phewa Lake as you ascend towards the World Peace stupa. From here you will get to enjoy the beautiful views of the Phewa lake, Mt. Annapurna and the Pokhara valley. After a short break you will be driven back to Lakeside Pokhara. 

After breakfast today you will visit the Bindhyabasini Temple to receive blessings to assure a safe journey. After this you will start your trip to Tal Barahi Temple, the famous Gupteshwar cave and the Mountain Museum. You will then have the rest of the day for yourself where you can revisit your favorite spots in Pokhara one last time. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara. 

Enjoy a scenic ride back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is at your leisure, you can explore the city on your own and visit some of the popular spots in Kathmandu or enjoy Kora around the Boudhanath Stupa. Overnight at a hotel. 

Depart from Kathmandu International airport to your destination.

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