A unique, recently developed route where you will encounter nature, culture and local people. Few tourists hike this way and the villagers are not accustomed to foreigners.
Your English-speaking guide will tell you all about the Tamang culture of the places you pass through and the Newari culture of your destination, Panauti. Enjoy a local Nepali lunch with a host family in Panauti.
Drive from Kathmandu to Sanga. Hike to Panauti.
Start from Sanga, site of the tallest Shiva statue in the world. Following a steep ascent for about half an hour the hike mostly flattens out and takes walkers along ridgelines with steep drops below, views of rice fields and farmland, the town of Banepa and (on clear days) unobstructed views of the Himalaya. The paths are local age-old village trails and the villagers unaccustomed to foreign hikers.
The hike ends at Panauti, a beautiful Newari town surrounded by rice fields, famed for being one of the best-preserved Newari settlements in the whole of Nepal. Once a thriving a commercial town, Panauti features numerous interesting temples and impressive restored Rana mansions. The stupas, stone art and temples are adorned with beautiful woodcarvings and metal workers once thrived here.
At Panauti enjoy lunch with a local family
Loved all the Temples, but the Homestays are what I’ll remember