Hike to Champa Devi and get to the top of one of the highest hills in Kathmandu valley. Lying at an elevation of 2278 meters, Champa Devi is the valley’s third highest hill. It is named after Champa Devi, the patron goddess of the hill who protects the forest and the surrounding area. A shrine dedicated to the goddess lies at the summit. There is also a Buddhist monastery en route. Located towards the south of the capital, one can enjoy delightful views of Kathmandu valley from the top of the hill. In autumn and winter, the summit offers magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks. Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung etc. are some of the peaks that can be viewed from the top on a clear day.
We start our journey from central Kathmandu with a drive towards the south-western end of the city. After driving for about an hour, we approach Chovar. We take the rough track leading to Hattiban Resort. Once we reach the resort’s gate, we begin our hike to Champa Devi. The trail inches upwards, to a dense pine forest decorated with colourful Buddhist prayer flags. The path is well marked with well-placed stone steps going all the way to the top. For experienced hikers, this is an easy walk. But for those who have little experience, the climb may prove a little strenuous.
Take a breather once in a while and soak in the views of the verdant hills and the valley as you make your way up to the summit. After hiking for about three hours we reach the top. Enjoy views of the mesmerizing Taudaha Lake, surrounding rural settlements and the whole of Kathmandu valley. We take pictures and enjoy our picnic lunch. After taking in the views, we take the same path down to the resort and drive back to our hotel in Kathmandu. Looking for a day trip that combines hiking with a cultural tour? Do check out our Nagarkot – Changu Narayan – Bhaktapur Tour. If you are looking for a luxurious Himalayan experience we suggest you try out our Everest Heli Tour. Take an aerail tour to Everest Region and get close to Mount Everest.
Hiking Duration: 5-6 Hours
Begins: After breakfast
Starting & Ending Point: Your Hotel in Kathmandu
*TOURS DEPART EVERYDAY OF THE YEAR
Drive to the trailhead
Your journey begins right after breakfast. Meet your guide at your hotel’s lobby and board the vehicle. Drive south-west towards Chovar. After about an hour you reach the Hattiban Resort.
Hike from Hattiban Resort
After the vehicle is parked you get down and follow your guide up the path leading to the summit of Champa Devi Hill. Follow a trail that goes past a thick pine forest. Climb on stone steps that winds up right to the top of the hill. En route enjoy delightful views of traditional villages and parts of Kathmandu valley. The shrine of goddess Champa Devi marks the summit of the hill. Once you reach the top you can see the whole Kathmandu valley stretching below. If you take this hike during late autumn and winter, you will be rewarded with awe inspiring views of Himalayan peaks. Enjoy your picnic lunch and take pictures. Savour the views from the top before descending via the same path. Board the waiting vehicle and drive back to your hotel.
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I had two extra days from my EBC Trek. We had kept these as contingency days, in case of an emergency. Luckily nothing untoward happened and our trek went smoothly. But we were left with two extra days in Kathmandu. Since I had already visited the cultural sites and historical monuments, I was keen on doing something different. While browsing for an interesting day trip, I stumbled across this Chamapdevi Hike offered by Third Rock Adventures. It seemed like an interesting day trip. I decided to give it a go and booked this trip.
We started after breakfast and drove towards the outskirts of the city. It was lovely getting outside the city. There were five of us, including our guide Ramesh. After walking through the EBC trail, this seemed like a cakewalk. It was an easy walk up the stone steps. The path was covered with pine trees. At the top there is a religious shrine. The views of the lake and the surrounding areas were awesome. Overall it was a great experience. It felt good to get out from the chaos of the city. It was very green and serene out there. I would recommend this hike to anyone who wants to get out from the city and is looking for a day hike. And by the way book this hike with Third Rock Adventures. These guys really listen to you and take good care of you.