Champadevi Day Hike

Day Hike


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USD $ 90 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    1 Day

  • Max. Altitude

    2285 m

  • Difficulty


  • Starts From


  • Trip Ends At


  • Transport

    Private Drive

  • Region/Type

    Day Hike Around In Kathmandu
  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

At 2285 meters high, Champadevi is the third-largest hill that surrounds Kathmandu valley and acts as the border in the southeastern corner of the valley separating it from the Makawanpur district.

Besides the hiking experience, this hill has a Buddhist Stupa and people hike to this place especially on the day of the full moon to pay homage to the lord.

Champadevi Day Hike starts from a place called Pharping which lies 16 Km south of Kathmandu, from where we hike up following the trail covered by pine forest for about 3 hours to reach Champadevi.

The hilltop offers a magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges, especially Langtang and Annapurna. After lunch and strolling around for some time, we hike down following the same trail for about an hour and a half.

This hike can be a great add-on if you have a free day in Kathmandu or simply want to be one on one with nature.


Itinerary in Details

1st Phase: 

  • Received from the hotel.
  • Scenic drive to Hatiban, Pharping via Balkhu. (An hour)

2nd Phase: 

  • Hike to Champadevi by enjoying the scenic views of mountains and valley.
  • Rest for a few minutes in the Champa Devi Temple. (3-4hrs)

3rd Phase: 

  • Return via same route. (2-3hrs)
  •  Alternative way: Hike down to Machhegaun.
  • Short drive to Kritipur and short tour. (2-3hrs)

4th Phase:

  • Return to the hotel.


  • Hotel pickup & drop off
  • English speaking guide
  • Packed Lunch with tea
  • Bottled Water


  • All personal expense (like phone bills, beverage, etc.)
  • Hiking materials (if any)
  • Others not mentioned in the includes section
  • Tips

Since day hikes are single-day trips, it doesn’t require accommodations so it is not included in the package. However, we offer 3-star category accommodation with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis. But the accommodation can be modified as per the traveler’s interest, budget and availability. Luxurious resorts, standard hotels to comfortable guesthouses, lodges, and homestays are available in Kathmandu.  

Meals for Day Hike to Champadevi Kathmandu

Generally, if the location we are hiking towards consists of restaurants or cafes then we will have our meals and tea/coffee in those local restaurants/cafes. But if the destination doesn’t have any restaurants then our guide will take a packed lunchbox both veg and non-veg as per the traveler's choice, and a water bottle with him/her. We will enjoy the hygienically packed lunch overlooking the mesmerizing scenery seen from the hilltop


Clothing/Equipment/Gear for Champadevi Day Hike Kathmandu

Kathmandu Valley is surrounded by beautiful hill stations around its perimeter. So it is of no surprise that Kathmandu is really popular for day hikes. Champadevi is the third highest hill surrounding Kathmandu Valley located at an altitude of 2285 meters above sea level. To help you pack efficiently, we have prepared a gear list for Champadevi Hike based on seasons. Nepal has four primary seasons:-

Winter: Winter in Nepal falls in January and February. It starts getting cooler after Christmas. The temperature is usually 0-4°C in the morning, 10-12°C at noon, and -1 to 0°C at night. So if you are planning to hike here any time after Christmas to the end of February then we suggest you wear long-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies or sweater/fleece, windproof and preferably waterproof jackets because Phulchowki has temporary snowfall during winter. Similarly, we suggest wearing beanies/hats, gloves, trousers, sports shoes/hiking hoots, and thermals if you prefer an extra layer of warmth. Carrying a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking poles would be ideal.  

Spring: March to May are spring in Nepal. The temperature in these months during the morning ranges from 10-12°C, 22-24°C at noon, and 14-16°C at night. Since the weather is pleasant during spring, apart from the basic essentials mentioned below, all you need is some casual shirts, shorts or trousers, a couple of long sleeves, sports shoes/hiking boots, a water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat/cap, sunglasses, and an overall/light jacket because it might get a bit chilly at the top. 

Summer/Monsoon: June, July, August, and September are summer months in Nepal. But we have a summer monsoon that occurs from Mid-June to Mid-September. The temperature of Kathmandu ranges from 18-20 °C in the morning, 28-32°C at noon, and 16-18°C at night. We do not suggest you hike while raining but apart that that, Summer Hiking in Phulchowki is ideal too.  So, besides the regular items mentioned below, casual cotton wears, sunglasses, a sun hat/cap, an umbrella, or a raincoat are some essentials for the summer. Because this hike takes place in a lush forest, there might be some leeches if it rains the previous night. These leeches aren’t harmful but might cause nuisance so the trick is to carry salt and if leeches try and stick to your body then you could sprinkle salt.  

Autumn/Fall: October, November, and December are autumn in Nepal. It is the best time for the Phulchowki hike due to the delightful weather and visibility of beautiful vistas seen along the way and from the hilltop. The temperature of Phulchowki during fall ranges from 8-10 °C in the morning, 22-25°C at noon, and 5-7°C at night. December is comparatively cooler than the other two months. While hiking around Kathmandu during fall, you would be good to go with fleece/sweater or hoodies, hat/beanie, shawl/scarf, trousers, long-sleeved shirts, light jackets, or overalls, a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking boots or sports shoes





We found the agency via the Internet and only had a small time window of two special days. So I wrote Raj when and what to do and he organised everything we wanted.
We had a very good guide who was understanding and speaking English fluently. We managed to finish the hike in less than the planned time but it was a very good tour with great views!



Hiking Champadevi during Monsoon season

I was in Kathmandu on business with only one day set aside to get out and see the sights. I chose Champadevi because it wasn't too long or short, and it is supposed to have amazing views of the Kathmandu Valley and of the higher mountain ranges (though with Monsoon cloud cover, we couldn't see the Himalayas, bad timing on my part). The views from the rim of the Valley were exactly as billed, and my guide Madan was awesome every step of the way. My only advice is to bring leech socks during Monsoon, as they are everywhere during that season. I'd definitely come back and do this hike again in the dryer season, with no leeches and fewer slippery rocks. Either way, absolutely worth it.

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