Dhulikhel Lodge Visit
Lovely lodge with traditional architecture, private gardens and panoramic views; village and short treks nearby.
Day 1 Kathmandu/Dhulikhel
Arrive at Kathmandu Airport and transfer directly to the village of Dhulikhel on a ridge top north of the Kathmandu Valley. You will stay at a lodge with panoramic view of the Himalayas. Enjoy the gardens, patio dining and excellent, spacious rooms, each with a private balcony and full modern features. You have only a ten minute walk to the village with its winding streets and narrow alleys. This an excellent place to relax and observe typical rhythms of life in Nepal.
Himalayan Horizon Lodge
Day 2 Dhulikhel
Dhulikhel offers a wealth of opportunities for exploration. Roam the shops in the village, enjoy guided hikes of various lengths and difficulty or just relax on the patio and enjoy the splendid view. There are sacred Hindu temples, an active Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, a venerated holy location where the Buddha offered his flesh to a starving tiger, and many scenic view points within a morning’s walk of your lodging. Local people are very friendly and likely to invite you in to see their homes, school or shops.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Himalayan Horizon Lodge
Day 3 Dhulikhel/Kathmandu
Return to Kathmandu via the ancient city of Bhaktapur with spectacular architecture. Bhaktapur was once a separate kingdom and the city still retains an architectural and design spirit of a feudal state focused on artistic and religious glorification. You will feel you are walking back in time strolling through the core of the old city now preserved and interpreted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take some time to look in the shops to observe potters, weavers, brassmakers, religious artisans, Brahmin priests and spice merchants carrying out their professions as they have done here for hundreds of years. Consider eating your lunch at one of the rooftop restaurants in Bhaktapur. Return to Kathmandu where services end.
What to Expect
Duration 3 days
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.