Dhulikhel Panauti Hike via Namo Buddha

1 Days USD $95    Kathmandu    Kathmandu  
Duration : 1  Days
Grading : Easy
Min Pax : 1
Max Pax : 10
Max Altitude : 1750 meters
Activity : Hiking, Pilgrimage Site Visit, Cultural Sightseeing,
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : Kathmandu-Dhulikhel-Namobuddha-Panauti-Kathmandu
Best Season : All Year Round


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?  


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


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. 

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