Champadevi Chandragiri Day Hike

  • Duration 1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Day Hiking Trip
  • Best Season Throughout The Year
  • Group Size 20
  • Maximum Altitude 2500 m

Champadevi Chandragiri Hike starts in the charming village of Pharping, which is full of historical, religious, and cultural value. Pharping is surrounded by undulating hills and is home to numerous monasteries and shrines that represent Nepal's rich religious history.

The walk leads through lush forests where the earthy pine fragrance and the lovely bird chattering create a magical environment. The hike is energizing but reasonable, with clearly indicated routes directing us. A sight of the Kathmandu Valley below rewards your efforts as we ascend with increasingly panoramic views. At a height of roughly 2,285 meters, Champadevi greets us with its calm presence. The sense of success is palpable, and we pause to appreciate the peace of the area. You can observe birds and find 135 different species of medicinal plants along the walk. At the peak of Champadevi Hill, there is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Champa Devi.

Your adventure continues as you move toward Chandragiri after leaving Champadevi behind. The trail meanders through undulating hills, serving as a continual reminder of Nepal's landscapes' unadulterated beauty. Occasional openings in the path provide expansive views of the Himalayas, with their snow-capped peaks glittering in the distance.

The top of Chandragiri stands erect at a height of about 2,551 meters and invites you with the promise of breathtaking views. A breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and expansive Kathmandu metropolis can be had from the summit's viewpoint. On top of the hill sits the Bhaleshwara Mahadev temple, which is devoted to Lord Shiva.

Chandragiri boasts the Chandragiri Cable Car Station, which offers an alternative mode of transport to enjoy the scenery without hiking. The cable car ride provides a bird's-eye view of the journey you've just completed, adding a unique perspective to your adventure.

Including stops, the hike from Champadevi to Chandragiri via Pharping normally takes 8 to 10 hours to accomplish.

The highlights of Champadevi to Chandragiri Hike

  • Discover a variety of environments, including open roads and deep forests, for a range of experiences.
  • Record breathtaking vistas and cultural contacts.
  • Have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking views of the Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Everest, and Mt. Manaslu massifs.
  • While walking, explore and take in the lovely scenery.
  • Take a cable car ride while taking in the unending splendour of nature.


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We drive for an hour to Hattiban Resort to start the hike, where you will take a brief break before beginning your ascent of Champadevi Hill. The Hattiban Resort is a lovely place to enjoy a cup of tea while admiring the scenery.

The walk begins at the Hattiban Resort, and the path is clear and well-travelled. We hike through stunning pine forests that are festooned with colourful prayer flags, which make the area feel positive to be in. Travel through lush forests filled with the sounds of birdsong and the aroma of pine. Take a moment to take in the expansive views of the Kathmandu Valley. then reach Champadevi's summit (2,285 meters), where you can take in the tranquil surroundings.

We walk for roughly 15 minutes via level terrain from Champadevi. The following 2 and a half hours will be spent ascending Bhasmasur Ridge. The highest point that offers a lovely view of both valleys (Kathmandu and Kulekhani with the Himalayan range) is Bhasmasur Ridge (2,460m). After taking in the breathtaking views, descend for about 1 and a half hours through thick forest pathways to a teashop. To get to Chandragiri Hills from Teashop, there is a flat, simple trail that is followed by several meandering, uphill, and downhill trails.

Finally, you will reach Chandragiri's top, which is located at an elevation of roughly 2,551 meters (8,369 feet). The sweeping vistas are breathtaking from here. On a clear day, you can witness the grandeur of Langtang, Ganesh, and Jugal Himal ranges painting the horizon with their majestic peaks.


    • Q1. Is prior hiking experience necessary for this trip?

      While prior hiking experience is beneficial, this trail is of moderate difficulty and can be enjoyed by individuals with a reasonable fitness level. Beginners with a sense of adventure can also undertake this journey with proper preparation.

    • Essentials include comfortable hiking shoes, layered clothing, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a first aid kit, a refillable water bottle, energy snacks, a camera, and a fully charged mobile phone. Don't forget a small backpack to carry your belongings.

    • Yes, there are rest stops and viewpoints along the trail where you can take a breather, capture photos, and enjoy the scenery. The Champadevi and Chandragiri summits also offer spots to rest and take in the views.

    • The hike typically takes around 8-10 hours, including breaks. However, the duration can vary based on your pace, the time you spend at viewpoints, and your overall fitness level.

    • The trail is well-marked, and many travellers do this hike independently. However, if you're unfamiliar with the area or prefer guidance, hiring a local guide can enhance your experience by providing cultural insights and ensuring your safety.

    • The best time for this hike is during Nepal's autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and better visibility of the surrounding landscapes.

    • Yes, if you're up for a more extended adventure, you can consider combining this hike with other nearby trails or destinations, such as Taudaha Lake or Taudaha to Kirtipur hiking routes.

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