Towards the south west of center Kathmandu, lies the third highest hill summit surrounding the Kathmandu valley i.e. Champadevi hill (2285 m.) in the district of Makwanpur, which is amongst the best short hiking trails around the valley. Champadevi hill is one of the twin peaks of a fishtail that rears up in the Chandragiri hill range.
The eastern peak is Champadevi, who got its name after goddess Champadevi and the western peak hasn’t been named yet although it is used as a ridge trail to connect Champadevi to Bhimasankhar peak. The hike to Champadevi is purely a natural and an organic experience to the hiker, as it offers a scenic jungle view, followed by the spectacular views of the mountain ranges and a bird’s eye view of all 4 towns of the valley including Kritipur.
When walking, you’ll be seeing Buddhist stupas and Hindu shrines on the trails that add up to the spirituality of the hike. You’ll experience the serenity of nature, the climate and the visuals during this short trip. The best preferred season for the hike is September- December and March- May of the year.
08.00hrs: Drive to Pharping (1.5 hours drive).
The driver picks you up from the hotel at 08.00 am. Be ready by the time with your hiking tools and step ahead to explore the serenity of the day in Champadevi. We’ll drive to Pharping, a small town located at the Dakshinkali municipality approximately 23 Km away from Kathmandu. The place is famous for Nepal’s first and Asia’s second Hydro power plant and Dakshinkali temple that is 1 Km south from Pharping.
09.45hrs: Begin hike from Pharping to the top of Champadevi hill watching breathtaking views.
We’ll begin to climb uphill gradually for half an hour towards the north ridge of Champadevi hill and we’ll walk further for 2 hours to reach the top of the ridge through dense forest. A major part of the hike is along the ridge which offers a majestic view of the hills and mountain ranges and a bird eye elevation of all cities within the valley. The major mountain ranges to offer the view are Langtang himal, Gauri Sankhar himal, Jugal himal and Dorge Lakpa himal. You also will enjoy the elevated view of Bagmati river, Bungmati village, Khokana, Pharping and the road to Dakshinkali. The Vantage point offers the view of Phulchoki and Chandragiri hill ranges. Also, visit the Champadevi goddess temple.
13.00hrs: Lunch at the top of the hill.
14.00hrs: Descend down the trail towards Hattiban through dense forest rich in Birds and wildlife.
After finishing our lunch, we could take a quick nap to re- energize ourselves for the descent. On the way back, you feel relieved hearing the sound of Birds, flora and fauna. Sometimes you also might encounter a meeting with less harmful wildlife. Also you could visit the famous Buddhist monastery on the way back to Hattiban. You also could choose to see Tau daha while driving back to Kathmandu.
16.30hrs: Drive back to Kathmandu.
A serenity experience through the walk into nature.
Walk through the lush pine forests.
An experience of walking on the hill ridges.
A day away from the busy city life of Kathmandu.
Majestic view of the hills and mountain ranges.
Bird’s eye view of the cities in the valley.
An observation to the rural life of the villages around.
Vantage point offers the view of the Phulchoki and Chandragiri hills.
Enjoy Birds singing and seasonal flowers alongside the trails inside the woods.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Private Vehicle both ways.
Professional English speaking tour guide.
Mineral water bottle each and Lunch.
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
Here are some necessary trekking apparatus that can be required for accomplishing your trek effortlessly. They are shortlisted below.