Namo Buddha Day Hiking

Tour Overview

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1 Day

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Best Time

Spring and Autumn

Tour Description

Namo Buddha Hiking is one of the popular hiking destinations near Kathmandu. Namo Buddha, located approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu, is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. Situated at an elevation of 1,750 meters, Namo Buddha holds immense religious and cultural significance for Buddhists around the world. The name "Namo Buddha" translates to "Hail to the Buddha" and is derived from a fascinating legend associated with the site.

This hiking starts from Kavre Bhanjyang and we reach the starting point of the trek with a private car from Kathmandu. The drive is about 1-2 hrs upon reaching the starting point of the trek. We walk through the lush green forests enjoying nature and taking pictures along the trail. The hike usually takes about 2-3 hours. 

After reaching the Namo Buddha Monastery, we will have our lunch and start to explore the area.


The Legend of Namo Buddha: According to Buddhist folklore, it is believed that in a previous life, Lord Buddha encountered a tigress and her cubs near the present-day location of Namo Buddha. Overwhelmed by compassion, Buddha offered himself to the starving tigress as a source of nourishment. This selfless act of sacrifice symbolizes the noble virtues of compassion and generosity in Buddhism.

Namo Buddha Monastery: The main attraction of the Namo Buddha day hike is the Namo Buddha Monastery, an ancient and revered religious complex. The monastery, adorned with vibrant prayer flags and intricate Buddhist artwork, offers a serene and peaceful environment for spiritual seekers. Inside the monastery, visitors can witness monks engaged in prayer and meditation, immersing themselves in the essence of Buddhist teachings.

Sacred Stupa of Namo Buddha: Another prominent feature of Namo Buddha is the sacred stupa, which stands as a symbol of enlightenment and spiritual awakening. The stupa holds immense religious significance, and pilgrims from far and wide visit this site to offer prayers, make offerings and seek blessings. The tranquil ambiance surrounding the stupa provides a perfect setting for introspection and inner reflection.

Local Culture and Traditions: The day hike to Namo Buddha also offers an opportunity to interact with the local villagers and gain insights into their unique culture and traditions. As you trek through picturesque landscapes, you'll encounter friendly locals who warmly welcome visitors. Engage in conversations, observe their daily lifestyle, and learn about their religious practices, agriculture, and craftsmanship, creating a memorable cultural exchange experience.

Panoramic Views of the Himalayas: One of the most captivating aspects of the Namo Buddha day hike is the breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountain range. As you ascend the trail, you'll be rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas of snow-capped peaks, including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and even glimpses of Mount Everest on a clear day. These majestic vistas provide a sense of awe and serenity, leaving an indelible mark on your memory.


Facts related to Namo Buddha Hike:

  • Namobuddha Hiking Trail is located in the Kavrepalanchok district of Nepal, approximately 40 kilometers from Kathmandu.
  • The trail is named after the renowned Namobuddha Monastery, which holds great significance in Buddhist mythology.
  • The legend of Namobuddha involves a compassionate act by Lord Buddha in one of his previous lives, making it a revered pilgrimage site.
  • The hiking trail offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range, including Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, and Gaurishankar peaks.
  • The region is rich in biodiversity, housing various species of flora and fauna, including rhododendrons, oak trees, langurs, barking deer, and a wide array of bird species.

Tips for Namo Buddha hiking:

  • Choose the Right Season: The best time to hike the Namobuddha Trail is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant and the views are clear.
  • Pack Appropriately: Carry essential hiking gear such as comfortable hiking boots, layered clothing, a hat, sunscreen, a backpack, and sufficient water and snacks. Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Start Early: Begin your hike early in the morning to enjoy cooler temperatures and make the most of daylight hours.
  • Take Breaks and Stay Hydrated: Pace yourself during the hike and take regular breaks to rest and hydrate. Carry enough water to stay hydrated throughout the journey.
  • Respect the Local Culture: The Namobuddha region is culturally significant, so be respectful of the local customs and traditions. Interact with the locals with courtesy and seek permission before taking photographs.
  • Stay on Marked Trails: Follow the designated hiking trails to ensure your safety and minimize the impact on the environment.
  • Carry Snacks and First Aid Kit: Pack energy-rich snacks to keep yourself fueled during the hike. It's also advisable to carry a basic first aid kit for any minor injuries or emergencies.
  • Engage a Local Guide: Consider hiring a local guide who can provide insights into the trail, share local stories, and ensure your safety.
  • Also, watch for the no photograph signs when you enter the monastery before taking a photo, and also make sure you don't make a lot of noise.

By keeping these facts and tips in mind, you'll be well-prepared to embark on your Namobuddha hiking adventure and make the most of this incredible experience. Enjoy the journey and create lasting memories amidst the beauty of Nepal's nature and spirituality!

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the sacred Buddhist site of Namobuddha
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountain range.
  • Visit ancient monasteries and stupas.
  • Experience the serene and peaceful atmosphere of the countryside.
  • An epic day of getting familiar with Buddhist culture and tradition.
  • Hike through the lush forests and enjoy nature.
  • Interact with local villagers and learn about their culture and traditions.

Tour Includes

  • All kinds of transportation services, notably private vehicles.
  • Finest possible double-split lodge-to-lodge accommodation throughout the hike.
  • One English-speaking kind guide.
  • Luch after reaching the destination.
  • Administrative fees and governmental taxes.
  • Emergency Rescue Arrangement service which will be funded by your travel insurance.
  • First-aid supplies include an oxygen meter to check pulse rate.


Tour Excludes

  • Your entrance visa and international travel costs.
  • Meals not listed in the "Daily food Inclusions".
  • Personalized hiking kit.
  • Traveling insurance.
  • Tips for the staff.
  • Drinks, snacks, water as well as other individual needs and expenses.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Here's the list of activities for the day.

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  • 7:00 AM: Pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel (Approximately 32 kilometers, 1.5 hours)


  • Arrive in Dhulikhel, a scenic hill station with panoramic mountain views.
  • Start the trek towards Namobuddha (Approximately 3 hours trekking time)
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and lush green forests along the trail.
  • Encounter local villagers and experience their warm hospitality.

Lunch Break:

  • Arrive at Namobuddha
  • Enjoy a delicious traditional Nepali lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Rest and soak in the peaceful ambiance of Namobuddha


  • Visit the Namobuddha Monastery, a sacred Buddhist site.
  • Explore the monastery complex and learn about Buddhist rituals and practices.
  • Marvel at the stunning architecture and intricate artwork of the monastery
  • Visit the holy stupa and offer prayers for good fortune and blessings.

Late Afternoon:

  • Begin the descent back to Dhulikhel (Approximately 2 hours trekking time)
  • Capture memorable photos of the breathtaking Himalayan vistas along the way.



  • Return to Dhulikhel
  • Relax and enjoy a cup of tea while relishing the scenic beauty of the surroundings.
  • Depart from Dhulikhel and drive back to Kathmandu (Approximately 1.5 hours)

FAQs Section

The duration of the hike can vary depending on your pace and the amount of time you spend exploring along the trail. On average, it takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach Namobuddha Monastery from the starting point in Dhulikhel.

Yes, the Namobuddha trail is suitable for beginners with a moderate level of fitness. The trail offers a gradual ascent and well-marked paths, making it accessible to hikers of different experience levels.

While there are no lodging options directly on the trail, there are guesthouses and hotels available in Dhulikhel and nearby areas. Many hikers choose to stay overnight in Dhulikhel before or after the hike.

No specific permits or entry fees are required for hiking the Namobuddha trail. However, it's always a good idea to check with local authorities or your tour operator for any updated regulations.

The best time to hike the Namobuddha trail is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and excellent visibility of the surrounding landscapes.

It is possible to hike the Namobuddha trail independently as the route is well-marked. However, if you are unfamiliar with the area or prefer guidance, hiring a local guide is recommended. A guide can provide insights, ensure your safety, and enhance your overall experience.

Yes, as the trail passes through local villages and religious sites, it's important to be respectful of the local culture and customs. Dress modestly, ask for permission before taking photographs, and be mindful of the environment by not littering.

Additional Info


Pricing for the Namo Buddha Hike:


The pricing for this package is mentioned per group instead of per person in order to make it even more affordable.


1-3 Person: 200 USD per group

4-7 Person: 300 USD per group

7-12 Person: 450 USD per group


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