This hike is a gentle approach to the sacred Buddhist and Hindu places in the Kathmandu Valley. The most complete trip to discover the mythical valley and its many legendary sites such as Boudhanath, Bhaktapur, Panauti, Patan, Kirtipur and Namobudha. And also, the meeting of various ethnic groups Tamang, Brahmin, Newar, crossing their villages on the hills carved by rice fields or, small towns with red brick houses and richly carved windows. Each evening you will stay in charming hotels for comfort, their Nepalese architecture and their warm welcome.
Welcome to Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, one of our company representatives will receive you and transfer you to the hotel booked for you in Kathmandu. Briefing and presentation of the trip. In case of arrival in the morning, rest day or possibility to visit of the Hanumandhoka durbar square or somewhere. The night will be spent at a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
The capital, Kathmandu, is a big storehouse of brave history and centuries old culture and architecture. This day is totally dedicated to introducing you to the historical, cultural and religious attractions of the Kathmandu Valley. Therefore, this trip of yours starts with a visit to some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square) in the Kathmandu Valley. After spending few hours observing these sites, we again meet for a few hours to finalize the clothing and other requirements you will be needing to complete the trip.
Transfer to Budhanilkantha, where the famous statue of Vishnu is lying on a bed of snakes. Then climb up to the entrance to Shivapuri National Park. We take a way that goes deep into the forest and goes up in laces until the foot of the nuns monastery of Nagi gompa. Picnic lunch on the lawn in front of the monastery, facing a beautiful view of the Kathmandu valley. Descent to Bodnath, a Buddhist district built around the largest stupa in the valley. Installation in the hotel. Then, visit the imposing Buddhist monasteries.
After a last lap of the stupa we leave Boudhanath to reach Salinadi by vehicle (1,400 m). Visit this Newar village which has kept its charm with its red brick houses and its carved windows. Then, climb through the wood to a pass at 1,800 m. During the route, we can enjoy a splendid view of the Himalayan chain, which will not leave us for several days. Walk flat through beautiful red earth villages. And, from Katike, the track rises for 15 minutes to reach our accommodation place overlooking a beautiful orchard of peach and apricot trees.
Sunrise over the Himalayas and breakfast. The track climbs in laces to reach Nagarkot and its numerous hotels. We cross this site too touristy to climb towards the observation tower. Around us, a typical Asian landscape offering a multitude of rice terraces perched on the hillside. Installation at the hotel which presents a beautiful picture of the Himalayan chain.
Wake up at 5:30 am with hot tea to watch the sunrise over the high peaks, including Everest. Hearty breakfast in the sun on the terrace. Departure for a long but wonderful day of walking! The track starts flat and, without difficulty, joins Rohini Banjyang. Then it descends on the Ghare valley, through the rice terraces: corn, wheat and rice plantations from June to the end of September. In Tulsa, we leave the track and take a hillside path to reach Dhulikel. Crossing Tamang villages where the Buddhist prayer flags float above the houses. Overnight at hotel.
Gradual climb, with passages in the forest, to the monastery of Namobuddha, which is one of the largest Buddhist pilgrimage site in the country. Installation in a hotel facing the Himalayas. In the evening or the next morning, you can attend the Buddhist ceremony at the monastery, a sacred place for Buddhists. Indeed, in this place that Buddha would have met a hungry tigress, unable to feed her cubs. Taken with compassion, he offered his arm for food to the animal.
If you missed the evening ceremony, you can attend the morning ceremony. After breakfast taken on the terrace (facing the Himalayan chain), descent through the hills and pine forests to the Panauti valley, with its orange groves and terraced crops. Crossing the river and going up to the Balthali plateau, where an important Brahmin village stretches. From there, a steep 15 minute climbs to reach our accommodation, located 1500m above the valley.
Descent down to Khopasi, then walk to Panauti. Visit this small town of Newar merchants, whose center has managed to retain its special atmosphere as a stopover for caravans on the road to Tibet. Small treasures to discover: beautiful houses with carved windows, numerous and tiny shops selling products of all origins, and numerous "pathis", a heritage from the caravan route. These shelters with red tiled roofs and magnificently carved wooden pillars used to allow caravanners to protect themselves from beasts and rain, and to set them on fire. Nowadays, they still house pilgrim sadhus and passing travelers. Transfer to Baktapur.
After breakfast, visit Bhaktapur. Unfortunately, part of the city was very affected by the earthquake of April 25, 2015. Thus, we visit only the two main squares: Durbar Square (or square of the Rira Palace) with its beautiful statues of the goddess Durga and Bhairav , and the golden door (masterpiece of Nepalese art) which gives access to Sundari Chok. The latter contains the ritual basin of the king of Bhaktapur. Outside Durbar Square stands the temple of Nyatapola, a magnificent five-story pagoda dedicated to the goddess Laxmi. Transfer to Pashupatinath, whose temple is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in the Kathmandu Valley.
Visit in Patan, the city with a thousand golden roofs: the museum located inside the Royal Palace, the Golden Temple, sanctuary of the city's Newar Buddhists, and finally, the temple of a thousand Buddhas in the goldsmiths district. Then visit Kirtipur and transfer to Thamel.
This last day in Nepal, we can attend a cooking class of some nepali cuisine then after lunch you will be free to do shopping some souvenirs or you can do as you want. Return to the hotel.
According to the return flight schedule, transfer to the airport.
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This hike is a gentle approach to the sacred Buddhist and Hindu places in the Kathmandu Valley. The most complete trip to discover the mythical valley and its many legendary sites such as Boudhanath, Bhaktapur, Panauti, Patan, Kirtipur and Namobudha....