Champadevi Hike is a scenic hike to one of the religious site of Champadevi which culminates into an adventure of a different sort. A short hike from Pharping to Champadevi takes you through the lush forests to the pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists with a magnificent panorama of Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, Langtang, and Gaurishankar ranges. A religious and natural exploration of the environs around the Kathmandu Valley, Champadevi Hike is your answer to taste the glimpses of what Nepal offers.
Champadevi Hike begins at Kathmandu. After an early morning breakfast, you’ll drive 19km south to Pharping on the way to DakshinKali temple. The hike begins at Pharping, an old Newari town. It is the place where Guru Rinpoche is said to have attained the enlightenment, hence, the place is home to numerous Buddhist monasteries. You’ll begin walking through the lush pine forest which goes gradually uphill for about half an hour. You’ll reach the northern ridge and ascend further to reach the revered site of Champadevi Temple. Champadevi Hill is the highest among the hills that surround the Kathmandu valley. The hike will last only a few hours which will take you to the top of the Champadevi ridge.
Along the way, you can enjoy the scenic panorama of the surrounding mountains namely Ganesh Himal (7422m), Annapurna (8091m), Langtang (7227m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), and Gaurishankar (7134m). After enjoying the beautiful scenery, you’ll descend the same way back to Pharping and catch your commute back to the hotel. You can undertake Champadevi Hiking during spring (Mar-Jun) and autumn (Sep-Nov) seasons as they guarantee the best weather and accessibility.
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- A cultural tour of Hindu Temple of Champadevi
- Scenic hiking in the outskirts of Kathmandu city
- Witness beautiful panorama of the Himalayas in Everest, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal ranges from Champadevi (2278m)
- Experience the culture and lifestyle of the people in and around the valley
Drive from Thamel to Pharping
After an early morning breakfast, you’ll embark on a road journey towards Pharping. Pharping is an old Newari town located 19km south of Thamel. You’ll drive through DakshinKali Marga passing along the Newari town of Kirtipur, Chovar, and Taudaha. The place is believed to the site where Guru Rinpoche is said to have obtained the enlightenment. The Hindu temple of DakshinKali also lies close to Pharping.
Start walking from Pharping to Champadevi
After a brief rest at Pharping, you’ll begin hiking. The trail begins at the foothills of Champadevi hills and ascends gradually through the lush forests. As you ascend further, you’ll encounter lush pine-wood forests and witness the beautiful sight of Kathmandu city. Once at the top, you can visit the Champadevi Temple. The vantage point at Champadevi offers a majestic panorama of the mountains namely Mount Everest (8848m), Ganesh Himal (7422m), Annapurna (8091m), Langtang (7227m), and Gaurishankar (7134m), given the weather favors the hike. Phulchowki Hill lies just right to Champadevi.
Drive back to Thamel
You can take a rest at the top and enjoy the serene environment at the top. After a bit of exploring the place, you’ll retrace your path and walk down the same way you came up. Once at Pharping, you’ll catch your commute back to the hotel.
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