Duration: 1 Days
Trip Grade: Easy
Best Season: Whole year
Group Size: 1 - 10
Altitude Max: 2285m
Once the trail gains elevation, panoramic views of snow peaks from Annapurna to Gaurishankar form a chain towards the northern horizon. A birds 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.
Drive to Pharping (1 hr) then hike to Champadevi (3- 4 hrs) then hike back to Hattiban (2 hrs) then drive back to Kathmandu (half an hour)
Champadevi Day Hiking lies among the best one day hiking around the Kathmandu valley. Located southwest of the valley, the trail offers spectacular mountain vistas with beautiful views Kathmandu valley. The top of the trail is a sacred site for locals to perform rituals. The 6-7 hours hike passes through rhododendron forests that bloom wonderfully during spring.
After an early morning drive to Pharping, 16 kilometers south of Kathmandu, we commence 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 route gradually ascends to Champadevi. The three hours nature walk is good for bird watching as well.
Situated at an elevation of 2285m, Champadevis 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 valleys 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.
This is my second time booking a trek with Green Valley. Kp is my go to when it comes to organising a trip to Nepal and planning the most incredible trekking experience. I completed Annapurna Base Camp in April and came back to do Everest Base Camp in October. We went as ...read more