Champa Devi Temple Hiking
Chama Devi is a breathtaking hill located just south of Kathmandu valley. It is a good place to go hiking for a short amount of time. On the way to a Dakshinkali temple (a temple dedicated to goddess Kali), we drive for an hour to Pharping village (19 km). Following the trail through the pine forest, we leave the Pharping village.
A Buddhist and Hindu shrine is located on the top of Champa Devi Hill, which is located at an elevation of 2,285 meters. The top is submitted after a three-hour motivating walk. There are a number of mountains of the central and western Himalayas that can be seen from the summit of Langtang, Gauri Shanker, Jugal, Dorge Lakpa, among others. In addition, you will also be able to see the bustling city of Kathmandu and its dense population as you travel through the valley.
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Champa Devi Hike Overview
- Walking time to Champa Devi: 2 hours
- Time to walk back to Pharping: 2 hours
- Walking time: 4 hours
- Total Time with Stops: 5 hours – 1 Hours for Multiple Short Break
- Altitude of Pharping: 1,600 meters (5,249 feet)
- Altitude of Champa Devi: 2,285 m (7,496 ft)
- Major Attractions: Gauri Shanker, Langtang, Jugal, Dorge Lakpa, Ganesh Himal
- Suggestion: Download maps.me on your phone, have a full battery, and download the region map.
Champa Devi Hike Itinerary
You can reach Bhanjyang by bus or by car to begin your Champa Devi Hiking adventure. It takes 45 minutes by car/van to get to Hiking’s starting point from Thamel, but you can take a bus from Old Buspark if you want to take the local bus. Approximately 30 minutes walk from there is Hatiban resort, a resort that specializes in diving.
On Champadevi Hiking, we can see Chanpa Devi’s open shrine and the Buddhist monastery at the top after about 3 hours of walking. Then you can climb up Bhasmasur Hill, a hill higher than Chapma Devi, otherwise you can go back by another route to Kathmandu.
Champa Devi Hike Price
Champa Devi Hike is close to Kathmandu Valley and is one of the easiest hikes. Therefore, there is no service provider that can offer you the complete hike package.
For fooding purposes, you need at least NRS 2,000, whereas staying overnight requires more than NRS 2,000.
This short Champa Devi Trek requires NRS 4,000 in total. You can easily complete this hike in 6 hours if you have a bike, and NRS 500 will be enough if you eat light meals and buy a couple of water bottles.
Highlights of the trip
- Spend a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
- View the Kathmandu Valley and Pharping from an aerial perspective
- The pine forests are fully narrated on this tour
- With stone steps, this walking trail is well maintained
- There are different starting points for the route to reach the summit (the route could start at Bhanjyang, Khahare, Taudaha, or Dallu and end at any of these points, or Chandragiri, which would require you to walk 7.3km further).
- For a more personalized experience, hire a private guide
- A bus is readily available, and you can walk uphill easily
Beyond Champa Devi
From Champa Devi’s summit, you can continue down and up to the fishtail’s unnamed western peak – which is actually a slightly higher peak, standing at 2286 metres, which is actually slightly higher than Champa Devi’s summit. It is reasonable to estimate that it will take you one hour (or slightly less) to continue west along the ridge, where you will follow a well-made path down to a saddle and then ascend to a higher peak (2509m).
A couple of hours or so further, one will find another ridge that traces south for about an hour and a half, and this route will bring you up to the highest peak of the range, Bhasmesur (2622m). According to legend, this peak was built by Vishnu, who tricked the evil demon into incinering himself.
In the west of the Bhasmesur spur, there is a path that departs from the ridge and heads north (even if the ridge-line is a little confused – and there are illegal charcoal burn pits which contribute to that confusion as well), then descends a steep and seemingly endless stone staircase to the village of Machegaon (90 minutes downhill), from where there are various trails and roads leading back to Kirtipur.
Packing List for Champadevi Hiking
- At least 1 liter of water per person
- A hat
- Trekking poles
- Cameras & Mobile Phones