Champadevi Day Hiking

Trip Overview
  • Duration 1 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy or Grade A (*)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeDay Hike
  • Major AttractionDakshinkali Temple, Champadevi’s pilgrimage
  • Maximum Altitude2180 Meters
  • Best TimeAll year around


  • A spiritual journey to the revered Dakshinkali Temple, a symbol of the powerful goddess Kali.
  • Experience the unique worship rituals every Tuesday and Saturday, where hundreds of animals are sacrificed in the name of god to fulfill human wishes in Dakshinkali.
  • Hike through the lush pine forest on a well-developed trail, surrounded by nature's beauty and tranquillity.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains, including Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Jugal, and Dorge Lakpa, from the top of Champadevi hill.
  • Visit the picturesque Pharping village and witness the daily life and culture of the locals.
  • Explore the historic and charming settlements of Bungmati and Khokhana, known for their traditional Newari architecture and handicrafts.
  • Take a tailor-made tour that can be customized to meet your preferences and interests.
  • Create unforgettable memories with a fun, easy day hike for all fitness levels.
  • Learn about the fascinating history and religious significance of the sites visited with knowledgeable and experienced guides.
  • Relax and enjoy the convenience of transportation and trip planning provided by Mountain Rock Treks, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable experience.


Hiking offers a marvelous opportunity to behold the marvelousness of Nature. It acts as a great way to get rid of everyday stress and pressure from the urban lifestyle and to take pleasure in the loveliness of Nature. For those living in the Kathmandu valley, the Champadevi Day Hike offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the highest hill and enjoy incredible views.

Trek off on the Champadevi Hiking Trail for a day of outdoor euphoria. Journey to the highest peak in the Kathmandu valley, beholding the promise of Champa Devi hill. Reaching a dizzying 2,278 meters in elevation, this heavenly height is known for its dedication to the eponymous goddess Champa Devi, protector of the surrounding woodland. During the ascent, trekkers come across a Buddhist monastery and shrine that honors the deity. Autumn and winter circumstances promise stunning sights of Himalayan peaks such as Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, and Langtang Lirung. Climb the summit and survey the region's diverse wildlife and flourishing greenery. Pausing along their way, many hikers partake in a delightful picnic lunch – a perfect opportunity to soak in the picturesque scenery and provide a much-needed break from the journey.

Ushering our way up to the top of Champadevi, lush pine trees surround us and many households, as this protected forest remains free from human interference. It's only 19 km from Kathmandu to Pharping - a place of holy pilgrimage, known as the shelter of Guru Padmasambhava or better recognized as Guru Rimpoche. Elevating 2278 meters, we'll be lucky to see Hindu and Buddhist cultures melding.

The Champadevi Day Hike is a picturesque trek that offers a relaxing way to witness one of the most stunning spots of the Kathmandu valley, with the Himalayas in the backdrop. On this tree, you will pass through 3 districts, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. 

Starting from Pharping, the center for Buddhism with Padmasambhava cave, the trail offers breathtaking views of Dakshinkali temple - a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site. One can also witness the two holy rivers of the valley, Baghmati, and Bishnumati, flowing through the terrain.

Animal sacrifice is a significant event at the temple each year. During this event, male goats, chickens, water buffaloes, and more are sacrificed to the Goddess Kali by locals and pilgrims from the Kathmandu Valley and overseas. It is believed that the ritual of animal sacrifice to the goddess can bring luck and fulfillment of vows. Despite the controversy, this practice continues today. Nepal's Dakshinkali Temple is a well-known sacred site that venerates the Hindu goddess Kali. 

Also referred to as Dakshin Kali Temple, it holds great importance in Nepal due to its association with Dakshinakali Devi, a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. Situated amidst natural forests and hills, the temple's peaceful and calm surroundings add to its charm.

At the heart of the Dakshinkali temple is a distinctive black statue of the Mother Goddess. 

The black-colored idol of the Mother Goddess at Dakshinakali temple is unique, as it depicts her with her right foot on Lord Shiva's chest, unlike the common portrayal of Goddess Kali with her left foot on Lord Shiva's chest.

A one-hour drive from Kathmandu will take you to the starting point of Champadevi hill. On the way, you can enjoy the scenic view of Khokana and Bungmati, ancient settlements of the Newari community, and cross the Bagmati river. Further, you can explore Pharping village and visit the statue of Guru Rimpoche, Seshnarayan Cave, and Dakshinkali Temple.

The trail leading up to Champadevi hill is adorned with prayer flags that ward off negative energy. You can observe the diverse flora and fauna around you as you hike. Reaching the Champadevi hilltop will be an unforgettable experience as you will witness the panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. Finally, you can visit the Champa Devi Temple before descending to where your car awaits.

Champadevi Temple

Champadevi temple in Nepal is a revered Hindu site demonstrating the country's rich cultural and religious roots. Located atop a hill, the ancient temple venerates Goddess Champa Devi, a form of the powerful Durga or Parvati. The temple offers a peaceful atmosphere for religious pilgrimage for all who visit, regardless of background or belief. 

Champadevi temple Nepal's history dates back many centuries. Champadevi temple withstands the test of time, granting spiritual repose to those who traverse it. The structure of the Champadevi temple in Nepal is quite impressive, with its majestic three-story pagoda-style structure. From the entrance at the bottom, a steep stairway leads pilgrims up to the main temple. The walls are adorned with intricate carvings and other artwork in homage to Goddess Champa. With its exquisite design and vibrant colors, the temple is a stunning sight amid the hillside. 

In addition to its religious purposes, Champadevi temple Nepal is an important cultural site for the country. Every April, pilgrims come to pay their respects and participate in the festive puja ceremonies. Local dancers and musicians join in to make the celebration an unforgettable event. The temple, along with other festivals and religious processions, honors the national heritage and brings together people of different beliefs and backgrounds.

Legend has it that Goddess Champa resides in the temple, protecting the valley from all evil. People flock to the site for the goddess' divine grace and security, as she is considered one of the most powerful Hindu Goddesses. 

Much of Champadevi temple Nepal's history is deeply linked to these stories. 

Although Champadevi Temple Nepal has received considerable damage from several earthquakes, it has been restored to its glory. 

The awe-inspiring temple rises majestically, evoking memories of days long gone and reminding all of the cultural and religious heritage of the nation. Thanks to its successful preservation, the temple will endlessly remain a cornerstone of national history and posterity.


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Drive to Pharping (one hour)

The trip starts with a pleasant one-hour drive from Kathmandu to Pharping. On route, you can witness the many cultural sites, landmarks, and amazing natural scenery the area offers. This drive provides the perfect opportunity to get exposure to the local landscape and get the right mindset for your half-day hiking adventure. 

Then hike to Champadevi (3- 4 hours)

When you arrive in Pharping, you can stretch your legs and start the hiking part of your journey, taking you up to Champadevi. Your 3-4 hours of hiking will be very scenery because of the incredible views of the surrounding landscape and magnificent Himalayan peaks. You will trek through dense forests and terraced fields, gaining a new perspective on the amazing region you are exploring. If you are lucky, you can spot local wildlife, such as wild mountain goats or endangered species.

Secondary to the aesthetic beauty of the hike is the cultural history you will pass through. At the end of the walk is a popular pilgrimage site in Champadevi, which offers the chance to learn more about Nepal's culture and the country's religious heritage. The time spent at the site can evoke a spiritual and physical journey you have already taken. 

Then hike back to Hattiban (2 hours) 

Once you have taken in the hike's cultural and physical experience, you are ready for the shorter two-hour descent to Hattiban. While the walk down is faster than the initial hike, it still offers fantastic views. Completing the journey with the breathtaking mountain vista and the profusion of wildlife and flora is an exceptional experience.

Then drive back to Kathmandu (about half an hour)

The hike completed, your final leg is the short drive from Hattiban back to Kathmandu. Before you know it, you'll be returning to Kathmandu -- the very same place you left that morning -- but with a cache of vivid memories and tales to share. The unique opportunity this itinerary provides to explore the region's culture, wildlife, and physical beauty makes this route one of the best ways to experience Nepal.


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  • Pack Lunch
  • 7-8 Hours
  • 2180 meters

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Cost Details


  • Private Transportation (To starting place and back)
  • Experience English Speaking Hiking Guide
  • Bottled/Mineral water
  • Packed lunch 
  • Applicable government taxes 


  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Personal expenses, Tips and etc.
  • Hiking gear
  • Travel, Medical insurance, and first aid kit
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusion 

Essential Info

Best Months to do Champadevi Day Hiking:- 

Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec, Mar, Apr, and May present a chance for the Champadevi Day Hiking enthusiast to relish in each season's remarkable climate and scenery.

However, each month provides a different experience and accompanying conditions, making some months more suited to Hiking than others. Each month, from the temperatures to the reduced crowds and protection from severe conditions, provides a unique and enjoyable hiking experience.

Sep is an excellent option in terms of both temperature and crowds. With temperatures ranging from a pleasant 18-26°C and most hikers already completing their ascent by early September, fewer people will typically be around. This can aid those seeking the full, undisturbed hiking experience. In some cases, hikes can even result in being able to examine rare, high-altitude wild floral species of the nearby regions.

Oct is commonly considered to be the perfect month for Champadevi day Hiking. With temperatures ranging from a pleasant 15-28°C, the sun's warmth does not overwhelm, allowing for a comfortable climb. Additionally, with many students and holidaymakers finishing their trek by this point, there is a much more manageable crowd of more severe and committed hikers.

Nov is a month worth considering for those seeking a cooler climb, with temperatures ranging from 10-26°C. With the vast majority of schools on vacation, there can be an influx of student hikers, but overall numbers are still dramatically lower than peak season in the summer. This also brings with it an increased chance of seeing rare and endangered wildlife that, during other months, might be trying their best to avoid the larger and noisier tourist population.

Dec is an attractive month for experienced or daring hikers, as it can be quite a bit chilly, with temperatures ranging around 8-12°C, but those willing to brave the cold can enjoy a peaceful, less crowded trek. However, this should only be attempted by those with enough knowledge and experience to handle the lower temperatures, the occasional snowfall, and the need for more layers and heavier, stormproof gear.

Mar is a fantastic time to hike as temperatures rise, ranging from a mild 16-20°C, combined with a moderate number of hikers, typically those from Greater Nepal. The longer days have returned, and the sun is more reliable, allowing for a longer hike. Novice hikers will be delighted, with snow still blanketing the toughest trails and mountain passes, allowing for an easier and more enjoyable hiking experience.

Apr signals the start of summer and is a popular month for experienced hikers or those wanting a more crowded atmosphere. A pleasant hiking ambiance is established with temperatures between 22-26°C, a delightful blend of warmth and coolness. The trails may become jam-packed due to the rising approval of group tours and the influx of hikers, so the more daring or better-prepared should make sure to commence at the break of dawn to stay ahead of the crowd.

The season's beauty bursts in May, offering splendid possibilities for exhilarating hikes and majestic vistas. The temperature fluctuates between balmy 22°C and warm 25°C, creating a suitable playground for many species, from faunal to floral. With the peak season of tourism end, by this point, it can be easier to find more secluded spots and hidden gems of the region.

Thus, the best months for Champadevi Day hiking can vary from person to person depending on what type of hiker they are and what they are seeking from experience. Those looking for a more comfortable and milder hike should typically look to Sep, Oct, or Nov, while those seeking a cooler or more challenging climb should look to Dec or Mar. Those looking for a larger or more vibrant crowd should look to Apr or May. All months provide an enjoyable and unique experience with breathtaking views, allowing for a truly rewarding hike.

Champadevi Day Hiking Route:-

Meandering across the Kathmandu Valley is an experience that's hard to forget - and one of the most charming ways to do it is by hiking to Champadevi. It's the perfect route to appreciate the area's beauty and get an authentic feel of the culture.

The route consists of driving to Pharping 1569m / 5148 feet, a small town an hour away from the city, followed by an hour-long hike to Champadevi, then a two-hour hike down to Hattiban before finally driving back to Kathmandu.

An absolute must-see for all those in the vicinity, the pathway is an electrifying one that can easily be achieved within 24 hours. The Champadevi Trail offers a spectacular day hike for the adventurous and nature-loving. Start your journey early with a comfortable drive from Pharping to Dakshinkali; if you're not a dust fan, consider wearing a face mask. A small sign will greet you at the bus stop, marking the beginning of the Champadevi Hiking Trail. Point yourself northwest and prepare for an awe-inspiring day. The drive from Kathmandu to Pharping is enjoyable, taking about an hour and allowing you to glimpse the rural Nepali countryside. 

Upon heading towards Pharping, you will enter a tranquil mountain valley at the foot of the majestic Himalayas. 

 It is here that the hike to Champadevi begins. The hike is around three to four hours, mainly uphill, often challenging. The path has a few rocky parts and can be pretty steep in parts. Though the trek may seem challenging, the trail is indicated, and the sights are majestic, making the excursion well worth the labor.

As you ascend, breathtaking sights of snow-clad hills and vibrant rhododendron and oak forests will snow into view.

Finally reaching the top of Champadevi, you will find yourself standing in front of the temple complex. Here you will find several sacred shrines dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Champadevi. The temple is perfect for taking a few respite moments and enjoying the spectacular views of the Himalayas. After enjoying the temple, you will descend to Hattiban, a two-hour hike mainly downhill. Even though this portion is more strenuous, the views of the surrounding mountains and villages are too good to miss. 

Once you reach Hattiban, 1,324 meters, you can take a jeep to drive you down a rough road back to Kathmandu. The jeep ride is often thrilling due to some sharp turns, but it makes it much easier. Alternatively, you can take the same route back to Pharping from where you started and return to the city by car. Regardless of your approach, this special day will be a great memory-maker, captured through many images you'll cherish forever.

An alternative route for Champadevi Day Hiking:-

For those who are new to hiking or have children in tow, there are alternative routes available that offer a gentler incline and an easier terrain. The easiest route to Champadevi is also the longest. It starts at the highway in town and heads north towards Hattiban Resort. The wide open, navigable path unfurls like a ribbon, ever leading onwards to the resort. A small stone road greets you along the way, inviting exploration. The forest along the way offers lovely shade, making it a comfortable hike even on a sunny day. Hattiban Resort is an excellent place to take a tea break and enjoy the views before continuing on the trail.

After the break, the main trail for Champadevi begins. It's a lot of steps, and you will go up and down several hills, but the path is either stone or dirt without many uneven surfaces. This makes navigating easier for beginners and kids without getting tripped up or exhausted.

The advantage of taking the easiest route to Champadevi is its gentle incline, making it less strenuous than some other trails. On longer treks, the steady climb lets your muscles ease into the challenge rather than go in full throttle immediately. It's like taking the scenic route but with a more forgiving ascent. Moreover, with its expansive pathways and lush greenery, there are ample chances to pause and relish the stunning landscape, rendering the journey a serene and delightful escapade.

However, remember that even the easiest route to Champadevi requires physical effort. It's still a hike, and trekkers should have the correct gear - the perfect shoes, enough water, and fuel-filled snacks - to guarantee a hassle-free hike. Take breaks as needed and listen to your body to avoid overexertion.

Alternative Route Via Chandragiri Route

For an adrenaline rush, ditch the conventional and opt for the thrilling Chandragiri Temple route to Champa Devi. Begin your journey in Thankot or Chandragiri Temple and up the hill. Or, take the easy route and grab a cable car to the temple, then start the trekking. Once you reach Chandragiri, take a moment to admire the temple before beginning the hike to Bhasmasur Hill. Hiking from the Chandragiri Temple to Bhasmasur Hill takes an approximate 2-3 hour time span, contingent on your level of physical fitness. As you make your way, end your journey at Hattiban/Bosan Danda.

For the adventurous, the 2496 meters tall Bhasmasur Hill offers a magnificent view of the Kathmandu Valley and its surrounding mountains. After recharging your energy, hike up to Champa Devi Temple, where you can pay your respects or take a break in its serene surroundings. It's then to the Hattiban Resort, which requires a mix of uphill and downhill slopes for 1-2 hours. At the Resort, your journey will come to an end. 

Unless you have a private vehicle rented, you must trek an additional 20 minutes hike to reach the bus station.

Alternative Route Via Bosan Danda

While the Hattiban Resort route is arguably the most popular route among hikers, another route of great interest is the Champa Devi hiking via Bosan Danda. This route follows an alternate trail that starts at Hattiban and leads up to the temple of Champa Devi on top of the hill. Setting off on the hike, the pine forest greets you with its calming embrace, allowing you to become one with nature like never before.

This trail takes you through a carefully prepared space protected by the lush vegetation and the natural beauty of the green leaves and shrubs. As you walk further, you can admire the majestic views of the grand hills surrounding the valley. Eventually, you come across a number of streams, waterfalls, and ponds that offer delightful and refreshing sights. 

After a tiring trek, you finally arrived at the temple of Champa Devi - an ode to the goddess. You could feel a sense of vastness as if paying homage to something greater than yourself. You bowed your head in reverence, knowing you'd always carry this moment of peace.

Once done, you can complete the hike by taking the Hattiban hiking route back down the hills. This downhill route is well-ridden by experienced hikers and is known for its scenic views of the valley and surrounding hills. 

Cost to do Champadevi Day Hiking

The cost of Champadevi Day Hiking can vary based on the explorer's needs and the group's size. A standard package provides a guide, transportation, and entrance fee for an individual traveler, US $90 per person. Group prices are also available, and 2-3 members pay only US $ 75 per person. Other options, like adventure packages and customized trips, are also available at different costs.

A standard Champadevi Day Hiking trip costs US $90 per person, including the charge for the guide, transportation, and entrance fee. The group price for 2-3 members is US $75 per person for the same package. The group price for 4-12 members is US $60 per person for the same package.

The hike includes:

  • A full-day hike to an elevation of 2278 m m and back along a path full of pine and rhododendron forests.
  • Exquisite views of the mountains.
  • Scenic settlements.

The standard package does not include costs for food and drinks for the duration of the trek. Tourists like to try the local cuisine when visiting places, so they will have to pay extra. Refreshments like juice and water swings are also excluded from the package and must be borne by the traveler. The cost of the trek likewise varies depending on the size of the group and the number of people going on the trek.

Apart from the standard package, extra adventure packages can be added to the trip at an additional cost. This can include zip-lining, paragliding, rafting, or rock climbing. These activities are to be paid separately, depending on the type of adventure chosen. The cost of a trip to Champadevi dramatically depends upon the traveler's needs and expectations. Customized trips can be made that can include some of the optional activities listed above. Depending on the traveler's wishes and availability, the additional cost for these activities will be higher than the standard package. 

Tour groups usually get discounts on the prices of the packages and also make the process of booking a lot easier. This saves many trekkers time and energy as we handle the booking process. If a group of travelers wants to opt for the standard 4-12 pax package for the Champadevi Day Hiking, the cost goes down to US $ 60 per person. This means large numbers of tourists can save a lot of money by booking a package together.

The Champadevi Day Hiking can be done as a day trip or extended for a few days. This day's hiking expenses may vary with different packages and the total no of travelers. Prices typically range from $60-$90 per person. The price for an extended stay with multiple activities can again rely on the traveler's needs and wishes. The cost of Champadevi Day Hiking can also depend upon the season and time of year. 

During peak season, certain tourist attractions may come with a higher price tag, while during off-peak times, they may offer a more affordable experience. It is up to the traveler to investigate and decide what time of the year to visit or hike Champadevi.

For a leisurely visit to Champadevi, the traveler might want to consider a package tour, which can be much cheaper than the individual rates. The traveler might also want to invest in a customized tour, which can include multiple activities, refreshments, and local cuisines at an additional cost. 

Solo VS Group Tour to Chamopadevi day Hiking

When it comes to taking a day hike at Champa Devi, there is a dilemma faced by many outdoor adventurers: Should I join a tour group or go solo? Let's analyse the distinction between the two choices for a well-informed conclusion.

Conversely, those who join a group can reap numerous benefits. Firstly and most obviously, it is almost always cheaper regarding accommodation, transport, food, and gear. In group trekking, travelers will split the cost of the items between themselves. Moreover, they might also be offered discounts from vendors. 

Traveling and hiking in a team ensures that at least one other person always accompanies you, and everyone is safer by working collectively. Lastly, going in a group provides opportunities to bond with your companions and share the experience meaningfully.

For budget-savvy travelers, a group tour of Champa Devi is the best option. Even if each person can cover the cost of their gear, food, and accommodation, the overall expenditure is significantly lower than a solo trip. Plus, the companionship and support provided by being part of a group are invaluable. 

Next, let's look at their differences regarding freedom and flexibility. Solo trekking is suitable for those trekkers who are fond of their own company and the freedom that comes with it. Nothing stops them from exploring remote trails, pausing for a break for as long as they please, and taking whichever route suits them. Nevertheless, a guided tour brings with it additional benefits. Interacting with the guide provides valuable knowledge and understanding of the area and the chance to connect with other adventurous spirits eager to share the journey.

The difficulty levels of these two different options are proper to vary significantly. Going solo is often more challenging since the risks associated with the terrain can be much higher when alone. 

However, solo hikers should always be well prepared, along with the right skills and knowledge, before setting out. On the other hand, compared to solo group tours provide an added layer of security. This is all because of the well-trained guides that can be relied upon for assistance in difficult situations.

Regarding safety, it is unarguable that tour groups are more secure than venturing solo. This is because tour groups will normally go with a guide who is familiar with the area and knowledgeable on best practices in a mountain environment. Moreover, you will have a phone and other safety measures in an emergency. 

The last point to consider is the environmental factors of each option. Going solo leaves a much lighter environmental footprint, as fewer people and equipment need to be managed. However, taking a tour group would mean having less control over the group's impact on the area.


  • Q1. What is the ideal clothing attire for Champadevi Day Hiking? 

    For Champadevi Day Hiking, dressing for the weather and terrain is essential. Ideally, you should wear lightweight, breathable fabrics made of sweat-wicking material in layers. 

  • You must bring a few essential items when planning your Champadevi Day Hiking trip. These include appropriate clothing and footwear, rainwear and windbreaker, water and snacks, a charged mobile phone, a map or GPS device, a first aid kit, and a small daypack to carry all your necessities. 

  • Before undertaking a Champadevi Day Hiking trip, it is essential to consider safety first. We also advise that you start early and keep a regular pace throughout the hike, rest frequently, and carry a whistle in case of emergency. 

  • While the Champadevi Day Hiking trail is equipped with cellular and radio towers, internet or phone services may be limited in some parts of the course due to bad reception or lack of cables. 

  • If you get lost while on a Champadevi Day Hiking trip, you should remain calm and assess your situation carefully. If you can't find your way, it is best to stay put rather than backtrack or wander further, as this will increase your chances of finding help. Make noise to attract attention or use a whistle to alert nearby hikers. Remain where you are until help arrives. 

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