Champadevi – Typical Newari Town of Nepal
Champadevi Hiking is located at an elevation of 2285m southwest of Kathmandu. It is a pilgrimage site having a Buddhist Stupa and a Hindu shrine. A hike to the hill top of Champadevi, on the southern rim of the valley makes an enjoyable outing. The hill overshadows the historic settlement of Kirtipur, one of the cultural hubs of Newari culture. Several different routes can reach on this hill, which stands at 2278 meters, but the one from Kritipur is very interesting. It gives spectacular view of the Kathmandu valley and mountain range too. The trail up the hill will be clearly seen. The climb to the top should take about 2 hours but with frequent stops to admire the expansive views may take longer. The top is marked by a small Buddhist stupa and makes a perfect lunch spot although no water will be found.
Driving Distance : 19 kilometers South-West of Kathmandu, takes an hour drive to Pharping by using private transport from kathmandu
Hiking Consists : 5 – 6 hours walk
Details Hiking itinerary - Early in the morning we drive from Kathmandu about an hour to Pharping which is 16 kilometers south of Kathmandu and lies on the way to Dakshinkali Temple. As you commence to hike the trail heads north along the pine forested ridge about half an hour, then the trail makes round bound towards south and takes another 3-hour's walk to reach Champadevi. The views of central and western Himalayan ranges are magnificent. After enjoying the splendid views, you come down following the same path to Pharping for about 2 hours and drive back to Kathmandu.