Champadevi hiking is a one-day hiking trip that you can take when you are in Kathmandu. This hiking trip has a lot of fascinating elements packed into it. Some of them are the ancient and traditional farm life, closure to the culture of Newars and Tamang people in the area, as well as some natural elements of Champadevi. You will not be disappointed by the short trail during this day hiking that will lead to a beautiful end scenic route. A lot of people who are inside Kathmandu Valley, especially in Lalitpur and close to the Kirtipur area, tend to go on treks to Champadevi every now and then. Likewise, the hiking spot is just as popular among people who are only visiting Kathmandu Valley. Along with many other hiking areas in the valley, if you are a beginner in hiking and are looking for a rather convenient and easy hiking spot, then Champadevi is the place for you.
Champadevi is also known as Champa wati. There is a famous Champadevi temple that is a prayer stop for Hindu followers and hikers. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Champadevi, who is a manifestation of Goddess Durga or Parvati. There is a famous belief among the people in Champadevi that the goddess protects the villagers and their simple lives from evil eyes.
During your day hike in Champadevi, you can witness the beautiful mountains from the hilltop. Likewise, there are just as many rich floras along the trail as this hike. Rhododendrons and pines are the most common species of plants that you will come through on your way. While Kirtipur, which is the closest city to Champadevi, is pretty metropolitan and urbanized, this hike will surely take you away from the noisy hustles and bustles of the city for a while.
Your trip to Champadevi will also take you to Pharping in less than an hour. You can pay a visit to a meditation cave of the holy Buddhist Guru Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche. He is the 7th-century guru who traveled from India to Tibet and stopped in Pharping to meditate in a cave. He eventually moved back to Tibet after having meditated for several years in Pharping.
Your hiking starts from Pharping and goes up to Champadevi from here on. There is an excellent view of the entire Kathmandu valley, as well as mountains and the greenery around the area when you reach the top of Champadevi, leaving you nothing to complain about your day hike. After returning from your day hike, you can proceed back to your hotel.