Meditational Trek to Maratika Cave (Halesi Mahadev), 8 Days
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Meditational Trek to Maratika Cave (Halesi Mahadev), 8 Days

Days: 8 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Min Group Size: 1 / Max Group Size: 8

A popular temple of Lord Shiva in the Khotang district, Halesi Mahadev is also known as the Pashupatinath of the east. A much-revered site by the Buddhists and Hindus alike, this place is filled with folklore and legends. Meditational Trek to Maratika Cave (Halesi Mahadev) is quite a distance below the surface of the land and is the popular spot for religious enthusiasts as well as tourists. With such great prospects for religious and cultural tourism, the Trek to Maratika Cave is also a huge attraction for nature lovers to behold on the sight of illustrious mountains and incredible landscapes. 

Beginning our journey from Kathmandu, we drive to Halesi which takes around 6-7 hours. Popular among religious communities of Hindus and Buddhists, during the month of Shrawan, this place calls upon devotees from near and far. The Buddhists hold a dear spot for this place and believe that the monastery is protected by the three hills namely Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani and Manjushree. It is believed that this place is like a wish full filling jewel that surpasses the grandeur of any other place in the world for spiritual attainment. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava and Mandarava obtained all noble qualities from this place and accomplished. During puja time, the monks can be heard chanting in the monastery and paying their respect to the Buddha. The temple is situated in between the holy rivers of Dudh Koshi and Sunkoshi and during festivals such as Ram Navami and Ganesh Chaturthi, grand celebrations and religious rites takes place. The trek entails exploration around the Maratika cave along with exciting walks that let s you observe the local lifestyle firsthand.

For every variety of travel and tourism in Nepal, we are your best option. With more than 15 years of experience and tie-ups with the best in the hospitality industry, we will make sure your travels are smooth and hassle-free and you get to rekindle your spiritual side. We offer excellent transportation and accommodation facilities along with fluent English-speaking guides.

We have choosen this short trek for ‘Trekking and Meditation’, because Maratika is believed to be one of the most holiest places in Nepal and by that reason very auspicious for meditation, specially for Buddhists, who want to make a short pilgrimage in combination with more intense meditation practice, which we can modify at your wish.

Fact of the Trek

Trek Region
Everest Region
Type of Trek
Private Trip
8 Days
Highest Elevation
1,250 m (4,100 ft)
Full board during the trek
4* Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge during the trek
Best Season
Spring (March-April-May) & Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov)
Transportation by
Private Vehicle

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu. Our representatives will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at a 4-star hotel Kathmandu Guest House in Kathmandu. 

Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private vehicle 
Known for its rich history and culture, Kathmandu valley offers a wide variety of sights to be seen. A rich pot of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the artwork in the local temples and spaces such as the durbar square are truly awe-inspiring. We will visit the most iconic places of Kathmandu today that includes temples such as Pashupatinath which is one of the biggest sites for the worshippers of Hindu faith and Boudhanath and Swayambhunath which are significant Buddhist sites. Overnight at a 4-star hotel Kathmandu Guest House in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Maratika Cave/Halesi Mahadev 6-7 hours by private 4W vehicle
In the morning after breakfast, we will drive from Kathmandu to Maratika Cave/Halesi Mahadev which is in the eastern part of Nepal. Overnight at a Zambala Resort in Halesi Mahadev.

Day 4: Exploring the Halesi Mahadev Temple and Caves
Today, early in the morning, we will make a visit to Halesi Mahadev temple. Situated in a cave, this region is believed to be the hiding place of Mahadev (Shiva) at one point of time and the three caves represent the three eyes of the Lord. It is a truly wonderful feeling knowing that we are visiting one of the oldest sites in Nepal, the traces of which can be felt up to the 12th century. Today after the puja we will explore the majestic caves and relax. Overnight at a Zambala Resort in Halesi Mahadev.

Day 5: Exploring the Monasteries and surrounding hills
Holding equal importance for people of the Buddhist faith, the legend has that Guru Padmasambhava meditated in these caves for 3 months? This region is made of up three hills a smaller one and two main ones. Next to the cave is the Maratika Chimney Takten Choling Monastery. We will explore the sacred sites of the monastery and call it a rest for the day. Overnight at a Zambala Resort in Halesi Mahadev.

Day 6: Drive from Maratika Cave/Halesi Mahadev to Kathmandu 6-7 hours by private 4W vehicle 
From Halesi, after we have had our share of puja, darshan and spiritual guidance, we will drive our way to Kathmandu following the same path that we came in earlier. Due to its position in the east, we will have the chance to view some lush green hills and the snowcapped mountains of this region. Once you arrived in Kathmandu, you can stroll around the local areas upon arriving in the city. Overnight at a 4-star hotel Kathmandu Guest House in Kathmandu. 

Day 7: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private vehicle 
Today, we shall explore the beautiful Patan and Bhaktapur. Both the places boast an incredible artwork and immense history. Ruled by Kings, one can see the richness in art and culture this place must have had during its glory days. The famous Krishna temple is a stone temple which is an example of fine stonework and the museum holds many ancient sculptures. In Bhaktapur which is the capital of Newar heritage, we can see the famous Naytapola Temple a towering beauty of woodwork and the equally magnificent Dattatraya temple. You can also for souvenirs in the meantime. Overnight at a 4-star hotel Kathmandu Guest House in Kathmandu.

Day 8: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Being your last day, our representative will drop you to the airport ending you Nepal tour.

# Pricing for Group Size Basis: (Private Trip)
All inclusive Trek Price for 1pax (single/individual/solo); USD 1405
All inclusive Trek Price for 2pax basis (couples/friends); USD 950 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 3pax basis (small groups); USD 895 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 4pax basis (small groups); USD 785 per person

Join with us on Meditational Trek to Maratika Cave (Halesi Mahadev) in 2024/2025.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at

Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

Price starts from/Adult Status *
USD 785
EUR 732
SFr 726
GBP 612
AUD 1.170
CAD 1.044
Trip is available
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost includes:
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 4 nights deluxe accommodation in single/double/twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 4* Hotel Kathmandu Guest House in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu City Tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all entry fees.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* 3 nights deluxe accommodation at Zambala Resort in Halesi.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly English speaking guide and his food & accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* Down Sleeping Bag (Minus 20-30 Degree Celsius), Duffel Bag, LifeStraw Water Filter for drinking water, trekking map.
* All land transportation by private vehicle.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid medical kit box.
* Office Service charge.
* All Government Tax.

Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lucnh and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet, hot shower.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
                                    Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Meditational Trek to Maratika Cave (Halesi Mahadev), 8 Days


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