A pure nature walk on the southern outskirts of Kathmandu valley offering excellent views, an awesome way to enjoy the beauty of the valley, the hills surrounding it, and the high mountains beyond.
DAY TOUR | Easy to Moderate Hike
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.
About an hour's drive from central Kathmandu will take you to Hattiban Resort. The hike starts from the resort’s gate. 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. 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. On a very very clear, you can get views of the entire range from Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, all the way to Everest, the highest point on earth!
We start the day early with a pick up from your hotel, or place of stay in Kathmandu. The private transfer drives about an hour to the gate of the Hattiban Resort. From there, you will walk with your guide for about two and a half hours through the pristine forests to the summit of Champa Devi. Upon reaching the hill 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.
Altitude Gain: 400m approx.
Total Time: 6 - 7 hours with about four hours of hiking maximum
PRICE quoted here is based on two persons booking and above. For just one person booking, a surcharge of USD 60 will apply
1. Stopover at Hattiban Resort for some coffee and cake with a view before driving back
2. Drop down to the biodynamic agriculture farm and bottle houses at the Kevin Rohan Memorial Foundation on the way back, instead of back to Hattiban Resort
3. Add an overnight at Hattiban Resort, and the next day hike down the to the valley floor, to make for a wonderful overnighter. Ask for details.
"Vultures sitting on the top of the tree at Taudaha Pond"
Day Tours | What to carry
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