Champadevi Hill is a famous hiking trail near and around Kathmandu Valley and one of the best destinations for a day trip. With a height of 2285 meters, this hill is the third tallest peak encircling the Kathmandu valley.
Champadevi is named after the Champadevi temple which is devoted to Goddess Champa Devi, one of the various forms of Goddess Parvati or Durga. The sacred Hindu site is located at the top of the hill. It is said that it guards the valley against evils which is also called Champawati.
This day hiking through lovely chilly alpine woods to Champadevi top provides a unique opportunity to see the entire Kathmandu Valley from a panoramic view. Not only can we see the Kathmandu valley, including Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur districts, but we can also get the sight of Kirtipur, Pharping village, and Dakshinkali Temple. Mountain peaks such as Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Langtang Lirung, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Gaurishankar, and Mt. Everest can all be seen from this hiking site. We will also enjoy fantastic views over the villages of Bungmati and Khokana, Patan Durbar Square, Lake Taudaha, and Swayambhunath Stupa.
The Champadevi Hiking trails are well-managed and maintained that usually begin in Hattiban resort, which is 20 kilometers from the city. The journey is the best option for all-level hikers who are looking forward to getting away from Kathmandu's hustle and bustle in near proximity.
Champadevi Day Hike Highlights
- Wonderful hike to the third-highest hill station encircling the Kathmandu Valley
- A day full of peacefulness away from the city's hustle and bustle
- Admire the breathtaking mountain and green hill vistas
- Get a glimpse of villages like Bungmati and Khokana along with the Bagmati River, Patan Durbar Square, Taudaha Lake, and Swayambhunath Temple
Best Time to do Champadevi Day Hike
Hiking in Champadevi is possible throughout the year. In fact, each season offers a variety of experiences that are unique and pleasing. However, the months of spring and autumn (March, April, May, September, October, and November) and December to early January are considered the best. The weather is clear, days are lovely and warm, mornings and evenings are cool, and the views of the mountains and surroundings are spectacular during these months.
The hiking can be done in the monsoon months of June, July, August, and early September too. But, be ready for cloudy and rainy days with slick trails and obstructed views.