Sanga, Panauti and Namo Buddha Trek - 5 days

Sanga, Panauti and Namo Buddha Trek - 5 days


Sanga,Panauti and Namo Buddha Trek is a soft walking adventure that takes you to the hills, villages, and ancient towns on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley. You can enjoy mountain scenery and experience village culture without journeying to the remote mountains. This short hiking adventure is ideal for people interested in nature walks and hill walking. It is also great for families traveling with energetic kids.

Within five days, you get to explore Tamang and Newari villages and walk on the foot trails used by locals. You kick start your trip with an insightful tour of the Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These royal palace squares built by the kings of the Malla dynasty in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries are preserved as world heritage sites by UNESCO.

The trailhead of the hike is at Sanga, a small Newari settlement. From Sanga, you hike to Panauti, a medieval Newari town with many sacred temples. Next, you walk to Namo Buddha, a hilltop Buddhist pilgrimage site with an impressive gumba (Buddhist monastery).

You end your hike with an unforgettable walk to Dhulikhel, a Newari settlement offering stunning views of the Himalayas. Before returning home, we take you on an exploration of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The old city square showcases the artistry and craftsmanship of the local artisans of the Malla era.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Tamang and Newari villages and observe the rural lifestyle of the Nepalese
  • Easy hike past terraced fields, forests, and hills
  • Fantastic ridge walks with spectacular views of valleys and mountains
  • Experience local art and culture at the Newari heritage town of Panauti
  • Visit the Durbar squares of the Malla Kings
  • Authentic local village experience without venturing too far from the city

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and Half-Day Sightseeing
Day 2 Trek from Sanga (Khalchowk) to Panauti - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 3 Trek from Panauti to Namo Buddha (1,750m/5,740ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 4 Trek from Namo Buddha to Dhulikhel and drive to Kathmandu - 2 to 3 hours trek and 1 hour drive
Day 5 Final Depature

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and Half-Day Sightseeing

Patan Durbar Square Patan Durbar Square - It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley.

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a guide from Third Rock Adventures will pick you up from the airport and drop you at your hotel. Check-in and get refreshed. After resting for a while, you start your half-day sightseeing tour.

First, your tour guide will take you to the medieval city of Patan. You head to the Patan Durbar Square, a palace square built during the Malla era. Beautifully sculpted temples and pagoda roofed palaces decorate the square. Krishna Temple, Patan Palace Museum, Golden Temple, etc., are the architectural marvels of this ancient palace square.

Next, you drive to Basantapur or Kathmandu Durbar Square. Stroll around the lively palazzo and explore the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Museum, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Taleju Temple, etc. Later you return to the hotel.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Trek from Sanga (Khalchowk) to Panauti - 5 to 6 hours trek

Indreshwar-temple-panauti Indreshwar Mahadev Temple- The first temple here was founded over a lingam in 1294, but the shrine was rebuilt in its present form in the 15th century. (one of the tallest pagoda-style temples in Nepal.)

After breakfast, you board a private vehicle and drive east towards Sanga. Depending on traffic flow, you reach the town in about thirty or forty minutes. En route, you can view the tallest statue of Lord Shiva (standing) in the world.

You leave the main highway to reach the trailhead and drive through a dirt track to Khalchowk. Your hike begins from the point in Khalchowk where the road forks- one leading to Panauti and the other to Ashapuri Mahadev temple. If you wish to visit Ashapuri Mahadev Temple, you can do that first and continue your hike or carry on without visiting the temple.

You hike on a rough jeep track passing through traditional mud and concrete houses. You soon reach the ridgeline of a hill. The exposed trail offers 360-degree views of the hills, valleys, and villages. The sides of the hills are carved into terraces where the locals cultivate paddy. Enjoy your walk on the ridge and take a narrow foot trail through a pine forest. The descent to Panauti is filled with amazing views of the ancient Newar town and Banepa (another historic Newari town).

On reaching Panauti, you head to a local homestay where you spend the night.

Overnight in Panauti.

Day 3
Trek from Panauti to Namo Buddha (1,750m/5,740ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Namobuddha Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery (Namobuddha)

You start your hike to Namo Buddha after breakfast served by your host family. Walk on an uneven road for nearly three kilometers till you reach a junction and a local bus stop. You take the trail heading right and walk through local homesteads and Newari villages. The path goes up and down. From the settlement of Lapsibot, you take an upward route.

Before heading down, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of the valley and villages. Although tiring, the views are amazing and you feel refreshed as you gaze at the green hills and terraced fields. After a long ascent, you arrive at Namo Buddha. The Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Gumba (monastery) sitting on the hill looks impressive and beautiful.

You can stay overnight at the monastery's guesthouse or a hotel. Staying at the monastery will give you a glimpse of the monks' day-to-day life.

Overnight in Namo Buddha.

Day 4
Trek from Namo Buddha to Dhulikhel and drive to Kathmandu - 2 to 3 hours trek and 1 hour drive

Bhaktapur Durbar Square Bhaktapur Durbar Square

You start early and head to Dhulikhel, a picturesque Newari settlement on the Nepal-Tibet route. The trail goes up and down, passing through charming villages and breathtaking scenery. During winter, one can see the Himalayan range stretching on the horizon. An ascent up a hill brings you to Dhulikhel.

Our vehicle will be waiting for you at Dhulikhel, ready to transport you to Bhaktapur for a sightseeing tour.

Once a kingdom ruled by the Malla kings, Bhaktapur is famous for its durbar square (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), pottery, and dairy products. You walk around Bhaktapur Durbar Square, admiring the fabulous Newari art and architecture. Nyatapole Temple, Taumadhi Square, Golden Gate, and Palace of 55 Windows are some of the ancient jewels of Bhaktapur. Get a taste of Juju Dhau (local yogurt) or the ‘King of Yogurt’ before returning to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 5
Final Depature

After spending four days walking through ancient villages and picturesque hiking trails, you finally bid goodbye to Nepal and return home. If you want to extend your holiday and visit more destinations, please get in touch with us.



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Alexander Matthews
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Apr 19, 2022
Highly recommend short hike around Kathmandu.
We did this trek on the recommendation of our friend we absolutely loved it. Unquestionably this trek is underrated trek and very few trekkers actually make it. But we found many local young hikers doing this short trek. The hills near Kathamndu are beautiful and you can explore them without much preparation. Highly recommend short hike around Kathmandu.
Elliot Wood
flagsUnited Kingdom
Apr 14, 2022
Sanga, Panauti hike
We completed this beautiful trek around Kathmandu valley. It was an easy hike to beautiful places like Sagha, Panauti and Namo Buddha. It's great to enjoy the beauty of these places with occasional view of the mountains. You will learn a lot.
Zak Davis
flagsUnited States of America
Apr 10, 2022
Beautiful trip in Kathmandu
I had this unique trip to Sanga, Panauti and Namo Buddha. The newari people residing in this small villages near Kathmandu have different lifestyle. I had a slice of experience of their daily lifestyle and food. My guide let me try newari foods which were delicious. Before 12pm, we had beautiful view of the mountains before the cloud. There was no hassle for me as an explorer. The guide managed everything perfectly.
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