Dhulikhel Panauti Hike via Namo Buddha

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner


  • Hotel
  • Eco-lodge


  • Sightseeing
  • Scenic Drive

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Dhulikhel Panauti Hike via Namo Buddha

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Do you want to ramble into Nepal's scenery, history, and art in just one day? Or are you exhausted from searching for the best one-day hike around Kathmandu? The quest ends here. Sabbatical Explore Nepal presents Dhulikhel Panauti Hike via Namo Buddha, an easy but fabulous walk for you.

Dhulikhel Panauti Hike via Namo Buddha is an outstanding short trip around Kathmandu within one day. On this voyage, we will explore three must-visit tourist spots around the Kathmandu Valley, Dhulikhel, Panauti village, and Namo Buddha. Within one day, we will visit all the sites an finish the tour. We will enjoy highway drives, we'll do hikes, we’ll watch mountains, we will explore art & culture, and ultimately, we’ll have a great one-day tour.

The Dhulikhel to Panauti Hike starts from Kathmandu by leaving for Dhulikhel. It will be a one-hour drive to reach Dhulikhel(1,550m), the hike's starting point. Dhulikhel is a famous hill station and tourist destination for the people in Kathmandu valley. From here, we can catch glimpses of diverse landscapes and peaks such as  Langtang, Lhotse, Gaurishanker, etc.

After exploring Dhulikhel briefly, we’ll start our hike to Namo Buddha(1,750m). It is an easy hike of around 3 hours. During the walk, we’ll enjoy the visions of the Himalayas, green landscapes, terraced fields, and hamlets. Half of the walk happens on a short trail most of the time.

The three hours of enjoyable hike brings us to Namo Buddha, another hill station, to enjoy the Himalayas. Nonetheless, Namobuddha is more known for its sacred Thrangu Tashi Monastery. Inside the monastery, we will find the monks doing their daily activities, incredible architecture, etc. And from the roof of Namobuddha, we will catch a glorious panorama of the outskirts.

From the top of Namo Buddha, we will do a downhill hike of around 2.5 hours to reach Panauti, a Newari town full of temples. The walk happens via vegetation, terrace fields, and villages. Stepping inside Panauti, we’ll explore the rich architecture and culture of the town. It will also be a chance to visit around 40 different temples. Moreover, we will taste the local food and see the living style of the town. What a worthwhile visit it is!

After Panauti sightseeing, we’ll drive around one hour back to Kathmandu valley. The scenic drive will bring us back to the city to conclude Dhulikhel Panauti Hike via Namobuddha.

An end note: This tour is a hand-made package to give the best cultural and natural experience that lies near Kathmandu Valley. You can also customize or add days to this tour. So let's talk more about this tour?


  • Dwell around the town of 30 temples and experience the art & history.
  • End up in the historical Newari Town of Panauti.
  • Hike through the green forests, terraced fields, and hamlets.
  • Enjoy a panoramic view from the top of Namobuddha.
  • Interact with the monks of the monastery.
  • Reach Namo Buddha and pay a visit to Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery.
  • Catch a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayas during the hike.
  • Explore the famous traveler spot, Dhulikhel.
  • Start and end the trip with scenic drives.
  • A good one-day option to escape the madness of Kathmandu Valley.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Dhulikhel Panauti Hike via Namo Buddha


Day 1: Dhulikhel Panauti Hike via Namo Buddha

We will pick you up around 7 in the morning for this outing. After the pickup, we’ll take a one-hour-long drive to Dhulikhel. We will drive past Bhaktapur and Banepa to reach Dhulikhel. We’ll catch views of the city, villages, farm fields, hills, and more on the highway ride. After getting to Dhulikhel, we’ll do short sightseeing of the hill station and the mountain panorama. Following, we’ll start an easy 2-3 hours hike to Namo Buddha. We will cross forested areas, several scattered settlements, winding roads, and terraced fields. Throughout the walk, we’ll also celebrate iconic mountains and landscapes. Shortly, we’ll reach Namo Buddha to explore the monastery side and have lunch. While at the monastery, we’ll learn about the monastery\'s history, its architecture, and the monks. Plus, we’ll have a breathtaking panorama of the surroundings from the top of Namo Buddha. After exploring Namo Buddha, we’ll take a downhill route to Panauti village. For half an hour, we’ll walk through the forested area. Later, we’ll hike on green terraced land and towns. It will be 2-3 hours of easy walking to reach Panauti village. As we reach Panauti, we’ll start experiencing the rich history and architecture of the town. The Newari village has around 40 historical temples dedicated to various deities. We will explore as many of them as possible. Then, we’ll enjoy local food and drinks.  Likewise, we’ll walk through the streets of Newari people to know their lifestyle and culture. After all of this, we’ll join a drive back to Kathmandu. The motor ride of 1 hour will transport us back to the hotel.



Based on 3 reviews

Katmandu, Bhaktapur Patan, and another locals city I forgot the name ( Themi) are the most interesting cultural cities for sightseeing in Katmandu valley. It's a very very vibrant and tremendous and much rich culture in Nepal. I went to Pokhara and on the way rafting in the river was great fun. 8 days of trekking to Khopra's dada was awesome and amazing with the fabulous horizontal mountain view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna series. After the trek, I went to Chitwan for 3 days Jungle Safari and back to Kathmandu via a flight.  I am very thankful to my guide and the organizer Sabbatical Explore Nepal for the best trip arrangement even for a short time. As we have discussed at the farewell dinner together I am sure to be back with my other working colleague. 
I already miss the beautiful mountains and caring people of Nepal. Specially Shiva my guide Shesh.
Namaste ! and see you asap !! 

Philip Hoffmann

We have just finished the Annapurna Base Camp trek with Sabbatical Explore Nepal. Our guide Shiva and Samir  were excellent, very friendly young men with good English. The looked after us very well, staying with us and supporting us as we trekked, and making sure our meals and accommodation were sorted each day. Shiva and Samir  were very knowledgeable about the mountains, the areas we visited and Nepal in general. It was lovely to share stories with them, and I’m sure they will make excellent guides as well.

Harish Gupta

I had an amazing experience with Sabbatical Explore Nepal when I visited Nepal during my Gap year 2018. Our guide and driver were so experienced and helpful. I remember seeing many animals like tigers, deers, rhinos during Jungle Safari in Chitwan. I even went to the Elephant Breeding Centre and that was amazing. In Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha I visited Maya Devi Temple and other monasteries. I was mesmerized by the architectural designs of the Temples and Monasteries built by different countries. I was a little sad that I couldn't visit other amazing places but the 6 days I spent in Nepal were very meaningful and memorable. I am looking forward to my next trip to Nepal.


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