Champadevi and Chandragiri hill is a spectacular site amidst the verdant forest, and snow-capped mountains. The trail swarm with birdlife that allows hikers to rejuvenate. Champadevi and Chandragiri Hills are adjacent hills situated at an altitude of 2,278 meters and 2,551 meters respectively. These hills are a perfect and exciting hiking destination in Kathmandu valley.
The combination of Champadevi to Chandragiri hike is an ideal hike for the novice, families with children, solo, and school groups. The hill is easy to summit on a day trip, making it perfect for those hikers who have limited time but need to experience the best of what Nepal has to offer –adventure, hiking, and the Himalayas.
- Day 1: Drive to Hattiban (1 hours approx.); Hike to Champadevi-Bhasmasur ridge-Chandragiri (Approx. 5-6 hrs.)
You take an hour’s drive to Hattiban Resort, where you will take a short rest before you start your hike to Champadevi Hill. Hattiban resort is a nice spot to take a tea break and savor the surrounding nature.
Hike from Hatiban to Champadevi and Chandragiri hill trail starts at Hattiban Resort and the route is easy to follow and well-trodden. You hike through the beautiful pine forests draped with vibrant prayer flags that give a good vibe while walking around. The trail is well-developed with a stone-paved path and stone steps all the way to the top, with some parts of the trail comprising unpaved pathways.
As you walk higher, the landscapes open up to provide us with the mystifying backdrops of the Mountain range and massive hilly dunes. The summit presents breathtaking views of the mountain such as Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung. If the weather is favorable, you can catch a glimpse of the complete range from Dhaulagiri, the seventh-highest mountain in the world, all the way to Everest.
As the trail is precisely at the edge of a hill, you will have 360 degrees sight of dense Kathmandu Valley and its adjacent hills, green fields, and scattered village.
This is an exceptional opportunity for the hikers to experience totally different picturesque delight from a single place. Once you reach the summit, you can see the open shrine of Champadevi.
If you are planning to stay for a while at the summit, then make sure you take enough water and snacks with you. As there are no shops and restaurants at the top. After relaxing and soaking in a view of nature, we continue to the next destination, Chandragiri hill.
From Champadevi, take a walk through flat terrain for about 15 minutes. Then continue walking up to Bhasmasur ridge for 2.5 hours. Bhasmasur ridge (2,460 m) is the highest altitude viewpoint that provides an attractive view of both valleys (Kathmandu and Kulekhani with the Himalayan range). After enjoying the marvelous vistas, take a decent trail for approximately 1.5 hours through dense forests trails to a tea shop. From the tea shop, there is an easy flat trail followed by several ups, downs, and meandering trails all the way to Chandragiri hills.
Once you reached the top of Chandragiri Hills, you will be encircled by magnificent mountain views. When the weather is clear, a superb vista from the eastern part of the Annapurna range to Gaurishanker in the east welcomes you when you reach the summit. The viewing tower at 2,547 m above sea level provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the mountain ranges, adjacent views of nearby villages, and the rich vegetation around them.
Next to the Bhaleshwor temple, you can observe many sculptures to commemorate historical figures, such as King Prithivi Narayan Shah who was the pioneer to unite Nepal into one kingdom. Also, you can see a children’s playground and many restaurants, cafés, and souvenir shops around.
After enjoying the views and spending quality time at Chandragiri, you can take a 2.5 km long ride from a height of 2,520 m to 1,564 meters in about 14 minutes. On a foggy day, you may get goosebumps as the cable car passes in the mist, and a little later you are out of it.
Once you reach Godam cable car base station, our representative will be waiting for you and transfer you back to your hotel.