Nagarkot -Dhulikhel - Panauti Trek
One of the shortest and exciting trek covering mountain view point, villages, mediaval town, Buddhist monastery and Hindu temples. This is ideal for people who like to take some trekking experience besides the cultural tour. This trek is considered easy trek because it goes mainly downhill and passes over the ridge as the trekking starting point is already of higher elevation. Nagarkot, the hike starting point is located at the valley's eastern rim with views of big chunk of Nepal Himalaya. The view from Nagarkot is majestic. Nagarkot is also a popular weekend destination for expatriots and nepalese. Dhulikhel is another small town at an elevation of 1500 m. and lies in the friendship highway. Dhulikhel was once a very important stop on the trade route between Kathmandu and Tibet. Panauti is another popular mediaval town located in the confluence of two small holy rivers. The densly packed house with some Hindu temples are the major attractions of Panauti.
Highlight of the Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Panauti trek
Majestic Mountain View points of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel included in the trip with overnight stay at Dhulikhel which gives opportunity to observe sunrise with Himalayan view.
One of the holy pilgrimage center for all Buddhist people the Namobuddha temple and recently constructed monastery there, the monastery is not only place for monks to stay but also to get profound knowledge of Buddhism there. They have higher level study of Buddhism there in the monastery complex.
A beautiful Newar town of Panauti from Medieval time with its temple complex and tiny little streets and alleys are of attraction for outsiders.
A scenic drive to Nagarkot which passes through scattered village which are formed in the beautiful terraces where people grow different type of cereals, fruits and vegetables is a great way to understand the village nearby Kathmandu.
The hike gives opportunity to observe and discover Dhulikhel, an enchanting small town, which is located in friendship highway and once a business center to sell necessities to the villages nearby and buy the products from the villages.
Relatively cheap and can get decent accommodation in Dhulikhel.
How much is the cost of the trek
$250 and can include up to 2 people so only $125 per person
What I get on this price?
One night decent accommodation in Dhulikhel with breakfast
Private transfer to Nagarkot before you start walking
Entrance fee to Nagarkot
Entrance fee to Namobuddha
Entrance fee to Panauti
Private transfer from Panauti to Kathmandu
Trekking guide to show you the way
What are the extras?
Your meals during both days except breakfast in Dhulikhel
Tips to your guide and drivers
How much is a nominal tips for these two days?
A tip to your guide is $10 a day and to driver is $5 per transfer so another $10 so in total will be $30 shared between two of you.
How much will be the meal cost for these two days?
As you hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel there is only small local restaurant so you practically spend less than $5 per person for lunch on that day and the dinner will be around $10 per person in Dhulikhel check the menu in the hotel. The second day hike you are having your lunch in local restaurant or monastery café in Namobuddha which is around $5 per person. These prices do not include drinks and prepare for paying extra for chilled beers.
Do I need to provide accommodation and meals to my guide?
No, if he is able to get free accommodation in hotel where you stop he will remain there otherwise come back to Kathmandu and join you next morning.
I want little more adventure than this and want to see more nature nearby Kathmandu, which trek you recommend?
We recommend checking our Chisapani- Nagarkot – Changunarayan trek which passes through national parks for two days at the beginning.
What I should carry for this Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Panauti trek?
Whatever you need for one night stay and rain or sun protection depending with the season.
How many hours I am walking for these two day trip to Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Panauti trek?
The first day you need about 7-8 hours of walking and second day is about 6-7 hours of walking and these does not include your lunch break and visits like going to the monastery and towns.
What happened if got exhausted after doing first day?
We can send you car to Dhulikhel and you can visit Namobuddha and Panauti by car and you have to pay $50 extra for the extra private transport.
Which hotel you give me on the above price?
Normally we use Gaia Holiday Home or similar standard.
Are there upgrades available?
Yes, paying the difference hotel upgrade is available.
I am a solo traveller can I get discount in the above mentioned price?
Only discount we get is a breakfast in hotel at Dhulikhel and entrance fee, which is not that significant so we have to say sorry for not able to give you discount of more than $15.
The detail itinerary of the trip
Day 01: After breakfast take a short drive to Nagarkot as Nagarkot is 32 kms away from Kathmandu. The drive passes through beautiful terraces and is uphill most of the time after crossing Kharipati which is famous for military academy. After reaching Nagarkot enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains and stop for a cup of tea or coffee. Start walking towards Dhulikhel and the trail passes through the forest. The trail continues with the villages where people are engaged in farming. It takes normally 7-8 hours to reach Dhulikhel. Discover Dhulikhel by evening time.Overnight stay in the Hotel in Dhulikhel.
Day 02: After breakfast start the trekking and climb to Kali temple in small hill east of Dhulikhel. Magnificent view from the Kali temple. The view include mountains and Panchakhal valley. The trail descends down to Kavrebhanjyang and goes uphill for few minuts. The trail then follows to reach beautiful Buddhist Monastery of Namobuddha. Namobuddha monastery is quiet new just from 2008 but it also has a small temple which was constructed in the place where Buddha has given his flesh to hungry tigress and cubs. Namobuddha is famous pilgrimage center for local Buddhist. After Namobuddha the trail descends down to Sankhu patichaur and passes through cultivated farmland. The trail continue to reach mediaval town of Panauti. Panauti is considered earthquake resistant town as it is located above the rocky terrain. After visiting Panauti take a transfer to Kathmandu.