Champadevi Day Hiking is one of the best hike around the Kathmandu valley. Located southwest of the Kathmandu valley, the trail offers beautiful mountain view along with beauty of Kathmandu valley. The top of the path is a sacred area for locals to perform rituals. The 6-7 hours hike passes through rhododendron and oak forests that blooms wonderfully during spring.
After an early morning drive to Pharping, 16 kilometers south of Kathmandu, we start our journey. Pharping itself is bountiful in pilgrimage sites which includes the renowned Dakshinkali Temple. The trail takes passes through pine forests along the north ridge for about half-hour. Through trails along lush greenery, the trail gradually ascends to Champadevi. The three hours nature walk is good for bird watching as well.
Situated at an elevation of 2285m, Champadevi’s pilgrimage site consists of a Buddhist Stupa and a Hindu Shrine. With excellent views of the mountain ranges, the quiet and calm of the place is a perfect retreat from the valley’s humdrum. The walk to Hattiban (Elephant Forest) takes around two hours. Hattiban situated between Dakshinkali Temple and Kirtipur offers a detailed view of Kathmandu Valley as well as some mountain ranges. The place is also popular for rock climbing.
Once the trail gains elevation, panoramic views of snow mountains from Annapurna to Gaurishankar for a chain towards the northern horizon. A bird’s eye view of the valley along with relaxing nature walk along forests and ridges keeps the charm to this trail. The forests are also ideal for bird watching and villages along the trail have unique culture.
Day 01:Drive to Pharping (one hour) then hike to Champadevi (3- 4 hour) then hike back to Hattiban (2 hour) then drive back to Kathmandu (about half an hour)
Day 01Drive to Pharping (one hour) then hike to Champadevi (3- 4 hour) then hike back to Hattiban (2 hour) then drive back to Kathmandu (about half an hour)
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