A Day Hiking to Namoboudha | Private One Day Hiking

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  • Stunning views of the Himalayas and lush green landscapes.
  • Visit to the historic and spiritual Namobuddha Monastery.
  • Experience the local culture and hospitality of the Nepali villages.
  • A mix of nature, adventure, and spirituality.

A Day Hiking to Namobuddha | Private One-Day Hiking

The spot where Lord Buddha chopped his own flesh for Tigress to eat. About 38 kilometers (km) east of Kathmandu Valley in the Kavre District is Namobuddha, a very significant Buddhist pilgrimage site that is located on the hilltop of Panauti. The stupa and shrines that have been erected on this charming small hill serve as a substantial enough reminder of an extremely ancient holy spot where a fabled prince by the name of Mahasttva gave himself to a starving Tigress and her several undernourished pups.

A beautiful stone slab with a picture of this fabled incident lies near to a sacred stupa. After breakfast at the hotel, we travel 35 kilometers east of Kathmandu for around one and a half hours with a packed lunch to a location called Dhapasi. To go to Namobuddha from here, we climb for almost an hour steadily upward. Continue your hike to Dhulikhel on gentle trails after lunch. Return to Kathmandu by car or spend the night at a resort in Dhulikhel.

A Day Hiking to Namobuddha

Namobuddha is one of Nepal’s greatest Buddhist pilgrimage sites, rich in myth and spiritual significance. According to local legend, this is where a loving prince gave his life for a famished tigress and her pups. The site is distinguished by a stunning stupa and the Namobuddha Monastery, which draw pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. The monastery is a thriving center of Buddhist education and practice, offering a tranquil setting for meditation and reflection. The route also provides insight into the traditional lifestyle of the indigenous Newari people, who are noted for their warmth and cultural diversity.

Throughout the hike, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Himalayan peaks like Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa. The fresh mountain air and serene surroundings provide a revitalizing experience away from the rush and bustle of metropolitan life. When you arrive at Namobuddha, you will experience great serenity and tranquility, with the monastery’s chanting and fluttering prayer flags adding to the spiritual atmosphere. This trek is more than simply a physical adventure; it is also a cultural and spiritual exploration, providing a unique opportunity to connect with nature, discover local culture, and find inner peace at one of Nepal’s most hallowed destinations.

Why a day hiking to Nomobuddha?

A day hiking to Namobuddha

A day hike to Namobuddha provides an enriching cultural and scenic experience, making it a must-do excursion for both outdoor enthusiasts and cultural explorers. Namobuddha is one of Nepal’s most significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites, recognized for its peaceful surroundings and spiritual significance. The hike normally begins at Dhulikhel and takes you through lush woods, terraced fields, and traditional villages, giving you an insight of Nepal’s rural culture. As you walk along the picturesque trail, panoramic views of the Himalayas, including peaks like Langtang and Ganesh Himal, provide a breathtaking backdrop. The track is somewhat strenuous, making it suited for hikers of all ability levels, allowing both rookie and experienced hikers to enjoy the adventure.

When you reach the Namo Buddha stupa, you are greeted with a sense of tranquility and reverence. According to mythology, Prince Mahasattva, in a previous life as the Buddha, donated his body to a famished tigress and her cubs in an act of supreme compassion and selflessness. This rich historical and theological context gives an important dimension to the hiking experience.

The stupa and surrounding monasteries are decorated with prayer flags and beautiful artwork, offering a space for introspection and spiritual connection. Furthermore, local monasteries frequently welcome tourists, providing a better knowledge of Buddhist teachings and the peaceful monastic life. Overall, a day hiking to Namobuddha is not simply a physical journey, but a spiritual and cultural experience that leaves a lasting effect.

Hiking Starting point Dhulikhel:

A day hiking to Namobuddha

Dhulikhel, the beginning point for the Namobuddha hiking trail, is a picturesque hamlet about 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu. Dhulikhel, known for its panoramic mountain vistas, is a good entryway to the Himalayas, with clear views of peaks like as Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, and, on clear days, Mount Everest. The town itself is rich in history, with traditional Newari architecture and old temples such as the Bhagwati Temple and Kali Temple adding to its cultural appeal. Before going on their hike, visitors often spend time browsing the local markets and relaxing in the peaceful surroundings. Dhulikhel’s combination of cultural depth and natural beauty makes it an excellent starting place for the walk to Namobuddha.

Hikers leave Dhulikhel and are instantly immersed in Nepal’s gorgeous scenery. The walk winds past terraced fields, pine forests, and picturesque towns, providing a true sense of rural Nepalese life. Along the trip, the warm inhabitants and their traditional way of life provide a unique cultural experience. The trail is well-marked and somewhat difficult, making it suitable for most hikers while still delivering a rewarding sense of adventure. As hikers ascend, they are rewarded with ever-changing views of the Himalayas and the beautiful valley below, making for a never-ending exciting adventure. Starting at Dhulikhel, the hike to Namo Buddha is not just a physical challenge, but also a cultural and picturesque excursion that exhibits Nepal’s natural and cultural treasures.

Routes that follow to Namobuddha Hiking:

The Hiking to Namobuddha starts from Dhulikhel is a beautiful and culturally stimulating trail that passes through various notable sights and scenic areas. The voyage starts at Dhulikhel, which is noted for its panoramic Himalayan views and ancient Newari architecture. From Dhulikhel, the trail progressively ascends, passing through thick pine trees and terraced fields that characterize Nepal’s rural scenery. One of the first notable stops is the village of Kavre, where hikers can get a taste of local life and maybe even have a cup of tea at a traditional teahouse. This village offers a true sense of Nepalese hospitality and culture, making it a highlight of the voyage.

Continuing from Kavre, the walk passes through more rural communities and beautiful fields until arriving at the old village of Phulbari. Hikers can tour historic houses and local temples, which highlight the region’s rich cultural past. The walk concludes at Namo Buddha, a revered Buddhist pilgrimage site. This location is rich in spiritual significance, with the main stupa and surrounding monasteries creating a peaceful and reflective environment. Along the way, hikers are treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayas, making the entire journey visually enjoyable. The path from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha is not only gorgeous in nature, but it also takes you on a rich cultural and spiritual journey through Nepal.

Flora and Fauna

The flora along the Namobuddha hiking trail is diverse and energetic, reflecting Nepal’s mid-hill biodiversity. Hikers begin their journey from Dhulikhel and pass through terraced fields of rice, wheat, and maize, interspersed with fruit trees such as guava and pomegranate. As the trail moves up, it enters beautiful pine forests dominated by chir pine (Pinus roxburghii), creating a cool and refreshing ambiance. These forests’ undergrowth has a variety of plants and wildflowers, including rhododendrons, which bloom beautifully in the spring, bringing splashes of red, pink, and white to the scene. The route also includes a variety of medical plants and herbs that have traditionally been used by local communities, highlighting the region’s vast botanical diversity.

The fauna along the Namobuddha hiking trail is equally stunning, with a diverse range of creatures to be seen by observant hikers. The forests and meadows are home to a variety of bird species, making the region ideal for birdwatchers. Birds commonly seen include the Himalayan bulbul, the white-capped redstart, and several warbler and flycatcher species. Hikers may occasionally spot larger birds of prey, such as eagles and vultures, soaring overhead.

The region is home to a number of mammal species, including the secretive barking deer and rhesus macaques, who are often observed in the woodlands. In addition to these, the trail’s different habitats support a variety of insects, reptiles, and amphibians, which add to the area’s overall ecological richness. This abundance of flora and fauna not only enhances the hiking experience but also highlights the natural heritage of the Namo Buddha region.

Length: Kathmandu to Dhulikhel Drive: 31.0 km

Dhulikhel – Namobuddha and back to the station Hiking distance 10 km

Grading: Easy

Hiking time: About 7-8 hours

Transport and Meeting Point: Touch The Himalaya Treks and Expedition Office


Our guide will be at the meeting point detailed in the section “Transport and Meeting Point”

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  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothing.
  • Carry a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat.
  • Bring a camera to capture the beautiful scenery.
  • Respect local customs and traditions, especially at the monastery.

Why Touch The Himalaya for this one day Hiking?

At Touch the Himalaya Treks and Expeditions:

  • We offer convenient and pocket-friendly transportation for an optimized experience.
  • We offer exceptional customer service, ensuring a top-notch experience for every guest.
  • We provide customized itinerary choices based on your requirements and preferences.
  • Group participation is an available option for your convenience.
  • Our prices are set competitively to ensure affordability for our customers.
  • We also provide guided, partially guided, and unguided tours based on your preference.

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Meeting at Meeting Point and Drive to Hiking starting Point (Dhulikhel)

Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft. Meals: Lunch in Local Restaurent
Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft.
9:00 AM
Max. Altitude: 1,550 m
Max. Altitude: 1650 m
Max. Altitude: 1750 m
Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft.

It's essential to stay hydrated during the hike, so carry plenty of water with you. Also, pack some snacks and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Always be respectful to the local culture and environment.

This itinerary is a suggested plan and is subject to change based on weather conditions, local circumstances, and group preferences. Timings are approximate and may vary. Please follow the guide's instructions for safety and optimal experience. Ensure you are prepared with appropriate gear and supplies.

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What's Included / Excluded

Cost Incluldes

  • Drive from meeting point  to hiking starting place (Dhulikhel)  by Car, jeep, Hiace or Bus. Depends on the number of people.
  • An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, first aid trained hiking guide and assistant guide (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Lunch in local Restaurant
  • Basic First-aid kit (carried by hiking guide)
  • All government and local taxes for  hiking, Agency service charge and government tax/vat.

Cost Excludes

  • Breakfast and Dinner of hiking day.
  • Personal insurance which covers medical, emergency evacuation, loss or theft of property.
  • Personal gears and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, buying souvenirs etc,
  • Entry fees and costs in sightseeing, temples, monasteries, national park etc
  • Tips and gratitude provided to guide.

Fixed Departure


Booking procedure of this Tour: 

  • Research and decide your tour with us first.
  • Contact us through our website, email, or phone to insure about availability and any specific questions.
  • Confirm Availability and Dates (If we have group, you can join or you can schedule your own date for your tour)
  • Provide Necessary Information (name, nationality, passport number etc)
  • Confirm Booking Payment (10 % upon booking conformation and remaining bill before 24 hours of of your tour starts)
  • Final reconfirmation, payment and be prepared for the tour. 

Cancellation procedure this Tour: 

  • Read the Cancellation Policy provided in our website.
  • Inform us the reason and decision to cancel the tour by mail.
  • Send request for your cancelation at least 15 days  before to get 100% refund (refund amount may be different due to the changed of exchange rates)
  • 10 % of your deposit won’t be refund if you cancel less then 15 days before your trip starts.
  • Due to the difficult Law of Center bank of Nepal to wire or transfer money internationally, refund process may take time or you can get cash as refund if you are in Nepal.
  • if we will be compelled to Cancel your trip from our side, due to various reasons such as bad weather conditions, natural disasters, technical errors, etc., you are eligible to have a full refund.

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