Nepal | Kathmandu

"Community Hike" Sanga to Panauti


“Community Hike” Sanga to Panauti


Trip Overview

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.

Trip Highlights

  • Traditional Nepali lunch with a local family in Panauti
  • Your guide will show you safely along trails that few people hike along
  • Hike an easy-moderate 6.2 miles (10 kms) route with hill and mountain views
  • Panauti, a well-preserved Newari town


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


  • Hike: Easy to moderate
  • Distance: 6.2 miles (10 kilometres)
  • Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

Services Included

  • Private transportation from Kathmandu to Sanga & from Panauti to Kathmandu,
  • English speaking local hiking guide
  • Lunch at Panauti Community Homestay

Services Excluded

  • Entrance and monument fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any other services not specified as included
  • Additional expenses which may arise due to circumstances beyond control of Royal Mountain Travel

Impact Footprints

  • Promotion of Newari culture and traditions.
  • Panauti Homestay is run by local women.

Loved all the Temples, but the Homestays are what I’ll remember

Marco B
Marco B |