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Champadevi Hiking: One Day Hike Around Kathmandu

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  • Destination: Champadevi Hill
  • Group Size: 2-10 PAX
  • Maximum altitude: 2,285m
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Grade Info: Moderate
  • Transportation: Private/Public Vehicle
  • Total Days: 01 Day
  • Walking Hour: 6 to 8 hours approx.

Champadevi Hill

Champadevi Hill is named after the Champadevi temple that lies at the summit of this hill at an altitude of 2278m. Champadevi Hiking is a wonderful way to spend a day exploring nearby places in Kathmandu Valley by embarking on a hike to the third-highest hill in Kathmandu. Champadevi is situated 16 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu city, and by reaching Champadevi Hill’s top, you’ll be ascended by 878m in altitude. Being a relatively easier hike in terms of difficulty, this hike can be accomplished within 4-6 hours and covers around 10km in distance.

This region carries religious significance, believing that the distinct flora and flora of this region are protected by Champa Devi (the patron goddess of this region). This magical journey to the top of Champadevi Hill is a mesmerizing way to seek nature’s beauty. Passing through the lush green forests of elevated hills is a mesmerizing journey, and this captures your attention with panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and nearby hills along with distant mountainous landscapes. On a clear and bright day, this hike will offer you the majestic beauty of Langtang Lirung, Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Everest.

Moreover, this hike will offer you stunning glimpses of many monasteries, pagodas, urban landscapes, and temples. You’ll clearly be able to see Swayambhunath from the top of Champadevi Hill. 1 Day Champadevi Hiking is a mesmerizing way to catch glimpses of the distinct flora and fauna of this region, along with diverse bird species. Overall, this is a fantastic opportunity to embark on a short trek to nullify boredom and experience peak enthusiasm. It’s a chance to take in the stunning beauty of the area, see cultural landmarks, and enjoy nature’s grandeur.

Highlights of Champadevi Hiking

  • Catching breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and nearby hills
  • Sightsee aerial view of numerous temples and pagodas along with magical urban landscapes
  • Chances of catching glimpses of distinct wild species and fauna of this region, along with bird species
  • Magical glimpses of Langtang Lirung, Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Everest.
  • Safe and enjoyable experience through a secure route
  • An easy hike that can be completed within 4-6 hours
  • Well organized Hiking trails
  • Stunning views of sunset glancing upon the snowy peaks and elevated hills
  • Peaceful trails and a refreshing environment as the journey takes you through Rhododendron, Pine, and Oak trees

Overview of the Champadevi Hiking

Overview of the Champadevi Hiking

Your Champadevi Hiking begins after a delicious breakfast at your hotel. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and continue with a scenic drive through the Kathmandu Valley to Balkhu, where you will finally reach Hattiban Resort. Your drive will end there, and alongside an experienced guide, you’ll start your hike to Champadevi. The trails are comfortable, with piles of ladders for you to step on. Passing through the trails, you’ll explore the biodiversity of the region. You’ll sightsee magical 360-degree views of the Kathmandu Valley which includes the urban landscapes of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur.

Then, you’ll follow your route and pass through rhododendron and pine forests. You’ll also explore some distinct flora of this region, and our experienced guide will provide you with information regarding the plant species. Considering the hike during a suitable time will also let you taste local fruits like Blueberry and Lapsi. Then, the hike follows all the way to Champadevi temple, which lies at an altitude of 2,278m. Upon reaching the summit of Champadevi Hike, you’ll catch magical glimpses of mountains and surrounding hill landscapes of Kathmandu Valley and Kirtipur region. You can stop your journey there and descend back through the same or a different route. Also, if you want to explore and hike more, you can extend your hike route all the way to Bhasmesur (2622m) and Chandragiri.

Trip Cost US$ 100 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Private, comfortable transport facility
  • The required permit for hiking
  • An experienced and fluent hiking guide.
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Cost Excludes:
  • Your personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Shopping



Why Champadevi Hiking?

Champadevi hiking is an interesting trip to relax for a day and cure boredom. This one-day experience is flexible and can be done before and after any trek to the Himalayan region. Being easily accessible and having a safe route, this can be done at any point of the year unless it is raining. Your contingency days can be replaced with this beautiful hike. This hike shall also serve as a warmup prior to your main trekking event. It is an amazing way to escape the bustling city of Kathmandu and embark on a peaceful journey for a day.

You’ll be able to see the panoramic views of elevated hills and mountainous landscapes. On a clear day, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of Mt. Everest and Langtang Lirung. On top of that, this hike for a day will serve you with an in-depth exploration of religious shrines. You’ll also be able to catch stunning glimpses of rivers, waterfalls, and lakes from the summit of Champadevi Hill.

What should I pack for Champadevi Hiking?

This is an easy and short trek, and you won’t need much clothes and equipment for this hike. This can be done with comfortable trekking pants, sports shoes, hiking shorts, and t-shirts. You do have to look after the weather conditions of this region and pack winter clothes if you’re considering this hike during winter. While the weather conditions tend to stay stable during other times, you can still pack waterproof jackets in case of any rainfall.

Regarding additional packing, you can pack some delicious snacks and energy drinks. This will keep you fueled and energetic during your hiking journey. Also, you can bring along a camera and additional batteries to capture the stunning views from the summit of Champadevi Hill. Furthermore, it is advisable to bring first aid items along with you in case of any minor injuries and also bring insect repellent cream as the trails summon blood-sucking insects like leeches.

Do I need a guide for Champadevi Hiking?

Champadevi Hiking can be done completely without any guides or porters. Being a relatively easier hiking destination, this doesnot demand a guide, but hiring a guide can be beneficial during the journey. An experienced guide will help you navigate the path, which ultimately saves you time and effort. An experienced guide will give you insights into the species of flora and fauna of the region. An experienced guide will also help track stopovers and resting points. You will see the bigger picture, and your knowledge will be enhanced if you hike alongside an experienced guide.

Best time for Champadevi Day Hiking

The path of the Champadevi Day Hiking is safe and secure and is a relatively easier journey. Compared to other hiking options like Chandragiri and Chisapani Nagarkot Trek, this trek is easy in terms of difficulty. While you won’t be facing many challenges during your Champadevi Hiking, still considering the journey during a suitable time will let you relish the beauty of the region to the fullest. The best time for Champadevi Hiking is considered to be Spring (March to May), Autumn (September to November), and Winter (December to February). During this time, the climatic conditions of this region tend to remain stable and give you access to the clear and unobstructed beauty of the region.

Though it is a short trek to a nearby area of Kathmandu, the monsoon season is not considered to be the best time, as the trails can be slippery, and heavy rainfall can ruin the trekking experience. While you may feel a little hot during spring, winter can disrupt the unobstructed beauty of the region through a foggy atmosphere. So, the ideal time is autumn and spring, when you’ll face no issues or difficulties. Autumn and Spring provide you with a smooth hiking experience with no troubles along the way. Therefore, planning this hike during Autumn can be a great choice, but if you are unable to manage time for autumn or spring, winter provides you with a magical experience as well. As it is a one-day trip, you’ll return to your hotel by dawn.

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