Champadevi Hike – A Colossal Canvas of NatureHattiban Resort to Champadevi to Machchhe Gaun || Extermly Popular ||
Champadevi is a spectacular Hill destination situated in the south-west fringe of the Kathmandu Valley. A pilgrimage locus for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees this crusade pledges you with the magnificent landscape, mountain scenes and all-inclusive view of the Kathmandu valley. Capture the moment and experience one of the finest and most preferred day-hike in Kathmandu, Nepal.
To commence this Day hike you must either drive about 17km south of Kathmandu to near Dakshinkali (Hattiban Resort Parking or Pahiro) or drive straight to Hattiban Resort (1705m). The trails meet in the upper ridge from Hattiban resort. A hike from Dakshinkali Road (Pahiro) to ridge of Hattiban constitutes dense forest with slightly small trails. So this Jungle path provides you with natural virtues rather than scenes.
Accent starts from the upper dune of Hattiban Resort. The trail is wide and easier as we can view the stunning view of Kathmandu valley from here. As we gain some height the landscapes opens up to give us the perplexing views of Mountain range and high hilly dunes. Central and western Himalayan ranges of Langtang, Gaurishankar, Jugal and Dorge Lakpa is visible in a clear weather from here.
The steep trail is cut off with the arrival of steps towards Champadevi temple from the altitude of 1948m. Carry on to these steps and you will reach the Champadevi temple (2285m). This trek to champadevi takes 2.5 – 3 hours for an average person. As most of the hike is along the ridge you can complete this hike without any complications and steadily too.
As you start your decend you will follow another avenue to Machchhegaun(1398m). The return terrain to Machchhegaun is steep and vigorous but the trail opens up wider here. Similarly, you can have an overview of the Kathmandu valley from this route too.
You can drive to Kathmandu from Machchhegaun via Kritipur and end this day-hike. The hike completes in about 5-6 hours and you have enough time to spend in the summit too. You can also make your way to Bhasmesur(2622m) which is the highest peak of these hills and return through Thankot (this hike may be long and tiresome though).
What to expect in this hike?
Hiking is most approached way to explore Nepal as it provides much more adventure to the traveler. Champadevi hike is among the seemingly easy but popular hikes around Kathmandu. This hike constitutes both religious and scenic factors. The views from the summit and along the trail of the Himalayan ranges are eye appealing and heartwarming. You can also visit Champadevi during different special religious occasions for better abstraction of the socio-cultural aspects here.
When to Hike?
Well Champadevi hiking provides different experience in different seasons. So in each time you can expect an unique and satisfying result. This trail is suitable for hiking all year long and proves to be worthy every time. However, you can avoid rainy days for easy hike and best scenic views this hike will provide.
Tips for the hike
- Start the hike early so you will have enough time to spent in the summit.
- Check your hiking gears and prepare at least a couple of days before the hike.
- Have a light breakfast which will help you in the hike. You can carry energy bars too.