Trip Introduction: Balthali Village Trekking.
Balthali Village Trekking is a short and easy hike to the isolated Balthali village, which is 1,730 meters above sea level and located 40 kilometers away from Kathmandu at the intersection of the Roshi and Ladhu rivers just past Panauti. It is a small village in the Kavrepalanchok district located in the central region of Nepal. The area is home to a diverse ethnic mix, including Tamang and Newar, and is a popular trekking and wildlife destination. Visitors to Balthali can engage in outdoor activities such as trekking and learn about local culture and traditions.
Similarly, archetypal indigenous communities live in pastoral settlements at Balthali village, which is situated amidst terraced rice fields and traditional local homes with red thatched roofs. This off-the-beaten-path route has endless attractions, including lush vegetation, attractive paddy fields, historic temples, breathtaking mountain views, and many more than anticipated.
What to Expect from Balthali Village Trekking?
Lonely Planet, one of the world's leading travel websites, lists Balthali Village Trekking as one of the greatest multi-day low-altitude hikes. Balthali hiking begins and ends in Kathmandu Valley and leads trekkers via Buddhist shrines, rural hamlets, and the magnificent Balthali village, which is set on a plateau surrounded by terraced rice farms and local residences. Balthali Village Trekking gives a stunning sunrise in the east and an unrivaled view of the breathtaking snow-covered crests of Himalayan peaks such as Manaslu, Langtang, Dorjee, Lakpa, and Everest in the north. Similarly, gorgeous paddy terraces in the west, lush greenery carpet-shaped jungle of varied Mahabharata range floras, including colorful Rhododendron, Magnolia, and Sal trees in the south, all with a very peaceful and charming setting.
Balthali Trekking also includes visits to sacred and old temples and monasteries such as Mahadev Temple, Brahmayani Temple, and Namo Buddha Temple. Balthali village, like Kathmandu Valley, is a culturally rich community. Even during Nepal's busiest tourist season, the Balthali village trek stays tranquil and pleasant, providing a peaceful experience for everyone visiting this area. Overall, the Balthali village trek is a comfortable trip for those looking for a low-altitude trekking route near Kathmandu.
Balthali Village Trekking is designed for all-level trekkers nature lovers, bird watchers, culture, community, and sustainable explorers. This Trekking takes place anywhere between three to six days and can be done year-round, but avoid rainy July and August and hyper-cold December through January. So, set a time free to time to explore this quaint natural heaven in the companion of Holiday Tours Nepal.
What is the Best Time to do Hike at Balthali Village?
The hike to Balthali can be done all around the year. It really depends upon personal preference and weather conditions. However, for the best experience, it can be done in April-May(spring) and September-October(Autumn) just after the rainy season finishes. During the spring season, the temperature is moderate with clear skies followed by rhododendron forests and lush green vegetation. Comparably during autumn, the weather is normally cold and pleasant, and the vistas of the Himalayan mountains tend to be magnificent.
When the weather is clear, and the muddy paths will begin to dry off significantly visitors will be able to appreciate the rice paddy field farmed in the terraced area and the surrounding post-monsoon lush foliage.
Where does the Balthali Hike Start and End?
The hiking trip starts from Kathmandu where guests are transferred to the bus station for shared or private vehicle services to Dhulikhel. Upon arrival, visitors get the opportunity to explore/hike around Dhulikhel. After that, a short trip to Namobuddha is made by road. Visitors have an opportunity to explore the culturally rich Namobuddha. The peaceful and pure environment around Namobuddha is also the right place for meditation and practice. Another mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset makes this place more popular. Now as the trip around Namobuddha ends, the hike to Balthali begins via Namobuddha. It is a hike of 12km which takes about approximately 40 minutes. Hikers will discover scenic Himalayan views and dense forest full of faunas along the trail.