Namobuddha Hiking

8 Days

“Buddha” symbolizes the pinnacle of human sacrifice, as per legend. During a hunting expedition, a compassionate prince encountered a hungry tigress and her cubs in the forest. Moved by the pitiable condition of the starving animals, the prince performed an extraordinary deed—cutting his own flesh to feed them. This selfless act elevated him to the status of Buddha at the very site where he offered his flesh to the animals. The main stupa dedicated to Namo Buddha vividly depicts this story, capturing the prince’s altruistic actions. Namo Buddha has consistently attracted reverent pilgrims, and reaching this sacred site involves a drive to Dhulikhel or Panauti from Kathmandu, followed by a hike to Namo Buddha.

Panauti, a serene town approximately 8 km south of Banepa, stands in a peaceful valley at the confluence of the rivers Roshi and Pungmati. Similar to Ilahabad in India, a third ‘invisible’ river is said to join the other two at this confluence point. Although relatively untouched, Panauti hosts festivals preserving the traditions of the indigenous Newars. The town boasts interesting temples, possibly including the oldest one in Nepal, and is renowned for its magnificent woodcarvings. Once a junction of important trading routes with a royal palace in its principal square, Panauti is now a quiet backwater, adding to its allure. For trekking enthusiasts, an engaging two-hour stroll from Dhulikhel to Panauti starts south of Dhulikhel, meandering through rice fields and alongside a tiny stream, eventually reaching the Banepa–Panauti road north of the town.

An intriguing legend associated with Buddha is commemorated in Panauti by an ancient stone slab and a stupa adorned with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hilltop location above Panauti is an ideal spot for meditation, accessible by an easy drive or a pleasant walk. The legend of Buddha’s selfless sacrifice and the serene setting make Panauti a compelling destination for spiritual contemplation.

Legend of Compassion and Tranquil Beauty

The legend of Buddha’s compassionate sacrifice unfolds in Namo Buddha, where a prince’s altruistic act transformed him into a Buddha. The main stupa vividly portrays this selfless deed, attracting reverent pilgrims to this sacred site. A journey to Namo Buddha involves a scenic drive to Dhulikhel or Panauti from Kathmandu, followed by a rewarding hike.

Panauti: Preserving Traditions Amidst Serenity

Panauti, a picturesque town nestled in a peaceful valley at the confluence of the rivers Roshi and Pungmati, offers a tranquil escape. Resonating with the traditions of indigenous Newars, the town hosts festivals and boasts captivating temples, including possibly the oldest in Nepal. Renowned for its magnificent woodcarvings, Panauti’s historical significance as a trading hub and the presence of a royal palace add to its charm.

Scenic Trek from Dhulikhel to Panauti

For trekking enthusiasts, a delightful two-hour stroll from Dhulikhel to Panauti unveils the natural beauty of the region. Meandering through rice fields and alongside a babbling stream, the trek culminates at the Banepa–Panauti road north of the town. This scenic route offers a refreshing perspective on the landscape.

Panauti’s Hilltop Haven for Meditation

Perched above Panauti, a serene hilltop adorned with an ancient stone slab and a stupa featuring the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha provides an ideal setting for meditation. Whether reached by an easy drive or a peaceful walk, this hilltop location offers a contemplative escape, inviting visitors to connect with spirituality amidst tranquil surroundings.


You will be picked up at the airport by one of the Real Journey Nepal staff and driven to your Kathmandu host family or a hotel. Here you will be welcomed into the family, be given your own room and be provided with all your meals while in Kathmandu. This will be your home during your orientation and volunteering in Nepal. With easy bus routes into town and the surrounding countryside, this quiet and safe suburb is the perfect base for your time in Nepal. Meals: Bed and Breakfast

The Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Day Tour is a journey into the spiritual heart of Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city. This cultural and religious adventure takes you to two of the most sacred and revered sites in Nepal, offering a profound and enriching experience.

Boudhanath: The Stupa of Compassion

Your day begins with a visit to Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you approach the stupa, you'll be captivated by its massive dome and the watchful eyes of the all-seeing Buddha painted on its pinnacle. The stupa is a center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal and a hub of spiritual activity.

Pashupatinath: The Abode of Lord Shiva

In the afternoon, your tour takes you to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world. The temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva and attracts thousands of devotees and pilgrims every day.

Morning: Depart from Kathmandu and drive to Sundarijal (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours).
Trek Start: Begin your trek from Sundarijal. The trail gradually ascends through Shivapuri National Park.
Lunch: Stop for a packed lunch along the trail or at a local teahouse.
Afternoon: Continue the trek through lush forests and small villages.
Arrival in Chisapani: Reach Chisapani, a charming village at an altitude of approximately 2,165 meters (7,100 feet).
Evening: Enjoy dinner and relax in a guesthouse with basic amenities. Take in the peaceful surroundings.

Morning: Wake up early to witness a stunning sunrise over the Himalayas.
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in Chisapani before starting your trek.
Trek Start: Begin your hike towards Nagarkot. The trail offers panoramic mountain views.
Lunch: Stop for lunch at a teahouse or a scenic spot along the way.
Afternoon: Continue the trek, passing through forests and terraced fields.
Arrival in Nagarkot: Reach Nagarkot, a popular hill station known for its sunset and sunrise views of the Himalayas.
Evening: Check into your chosen accommodation in Nagarkot. Spend the evening relaxing and enjoying the mountain vistas.

Sunrise: Wake up early to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayan range.
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast with stunning mountain views.
Trek Start: Begin your trek towards Dhulikhel, descending through forests and picturesque villages.
Lunch: Stop for lunch at a teahouse along the trail.
Afternoon: Continue your hike, passing by ancient temples and cultural sites.
Arrival in Dhulikhel: Reach Dhulikhel, a charming town known for its Newari culture and architecture.
Evening: Check into your chosen accommodation in Dhulikhel. Explore the town, visit temples, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Hiking from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha on day six of your adventure in Nepal offers a unique opportunity to explore the serene countryside, encounter sacred Buddhist sites, and immerse yourself in the local culture. Here's a detailed itinerary for your day of hiking:


Breakfast in Dhulikhel: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your accommodation in Dhulikhel. Fuel up for the day's trek ahead.

Preparation and Packing: Ensure you have all the necessary items packed, including water, snacks, comfortable hiking attire, sun protection, and a backpack to carry your essentials.

Trekking Route:

Dhulikhel to Namobuddha: The trail from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha is a picturesque and moderately challenging trek that takes you through terraced fields, forests, and traditional villages. It's approximately a 12-kilometer (7.5-mile) hike.

On day seven, the journey continues as we hike from the serene surroundings of Namobuddha to the charming town of Panauti. The trail leads us through lush forests and rustic Nepali villages, offering glimpses of traditional life along the way. Panauti, with its ancient temples and historic architecture, invites exploration and cultural discovery. After a rewarding morning of trekking, we take a scenic bus ride back to Kathmandu, where the bustling streets and vibrant atmosphere welcome us once again. It's a day that seamlessly blends natural beauty, cultural immersion, and the anticipation of returning to Nepal's capital city.

Depending on your travel plans, you may be catching a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to your next destination, embarking on another adventure within Nepal, or continuing your journey in the region.

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