Balthali is one of the short and interesting treks nearby Kathmandu valley recommended for those who are interested in experiencing rich rural culture, religion and lifestyle of the local people. The trail goes through terraced fields and forested ridges. This is the perfect trek for family with children to spend a short holiday in Nepal. Along the trail one can meet local people in their distinctive dresses, laden porters, caravans of sheep and goats. Life in rural Nepal is hard but simple; however one can observe many religious and social events that reflect the rich cultural heritage of the area.
The Balthali village (1,730m.) is standing on a plateau, just beyond Panauti above 40 Km away from Kathmandu. The village is situated at the junction of Roshi and Ladku rivers. This exceptional hamlet stands at an outstanding place of isolation and relaxation amidst a typical Nepali countryside with terraced rice fields and ochre thatched farm houses. One can see snowy peaks of Dorjee Lhakpa, Langtang and whole range of mountain in a clear and bright day on the northern horizon. Many of the sacred and ancient temples and monasteries such as
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