Namo Buddha is a Buddhist holy site hundreds of years old, where one of Buddha’s incarnations offered flesh of his own body to a dying Tigress with five cubs. A stone statue marks the site and there is an active monastery close by. The temple is situated atop a hill with stunning 360 views of the Kathmandu valley and beyond.
“…experience ethnic Newari culture, Himalayan views and traditional Buddhist practices”
This trek offers the traveler the chance to escape the Kathmandu city smog and experience ethnic Newari culture, Himalayan views and traditional Buddhist practices.
If you wish to take some time and experience some quietness, Namo Buddha, a Buddhist pilgrimage site, can help you achieve peace.
Check out the detailed itinerary for more information.
Day 1 – Kathmandu to Namo Buddha – 1750m
Leaving Thamel (Tourist area of Kathmandu) we take a private car / bus to the ancient city of Panauti, where Lord Buddha lived as a prince prior to his offering to the tigress. This special village-truly lost in time-is rarely visited by tourists. We visit Indresara Mahadev Temple, which is the oldest surviving dated temple in Nepal that is believed to have been constructed in 1294.
From Panauti, we trek among paddy fields filled with local workers and then climb the hill leading up to Namo Buddha Temple where you can sample a living Buddhist Temple, meet the inhabitant monks and learn about their way of life.
We stay in a guest house close by that allows you to fall asleep after the sunset and awake to a beautiful sunrise over the Kathmandu mountains and valley.
Day 2 – Namo Buddha to Kathmandu
After breakfast we trek down the valley rim among local Nepali’s working in their rice fields to the town of Dhulikel, with breathtaking views of the Himalayas along the way. Once in Dhulikel we catch a bus back to the city.
Kathmandu Valley Trekking
Trekking in the Kathmandu Valley offers beautiful views of the Himalayan mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gauri Shanker and even the Everest mountain range on clear days. It offers the chance to get an idea of typical Nepal countryside life and ethnic culture. It is best suited for those who are travelling with children or do not have enough time for longer treks.
Travel to and from Trek
A private jeep/car transport is arranged for your departure and return and can take from 1-2 hours depending on the designated start/ finish point. For those on a tighter budget or wishing to experience a more ‘local’ trip you can utilise the local bus transport instead.
Food and accommodation
Guest Lodges, sometimes called Teahouses, along the way provide good accommodation and a considerable choice of well-prepared local and international meals.
Best time to Trek?
March to May is one of the best times to trek with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for trekking and mountaineering.
June to August are wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.
September to November are the busiest trekking months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.
The winter months of December to February are good to trek due to the clean skies and the reduced number of trekkers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.
Safety on the trail and Acclimatisation
Our guides are trained in First Aid and have significant experience in trekking this and many other routes throughout Nepal. Safety is our foremost priority and our staff will be available for any issues and alert to any symptoms of illness that may come up. They are trained to manage the logistics and assess the situation continually to make sure that you have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.
For more information on the trip and on trekking in Nepal, please visit out FAQ section.
Trek Cost: $180 USD
Guide with medical kit, bus fees (or private vehicle if more than 2 people), one night accommodation, all meals and all Temple and Monastery entrance fees.
DOES NOT INCLUDE
Soft and alcoholic beverages, personal expenses and insurance.