The newly opened Chandragiri Hill Day Tour affords you the opportunity to be one of the first to appreciate the Himalayan range from this unique vantage point. It's especially good for those who have limited time, but an unlimited thirst for adventure.
A 30-minute drive west from Kathmandu brings you to Chandragiri cable car station, where your adventure begins. A hiking trail adjacent to the station serves as your starting point for making your way through a lush jungle abundant with exotic plant, animal and bird life. Despite the steep ascent, you'll make the top in approximately three hours. This 2520m peak offers beautiful views of the Kathmandu Valley and striking Himalayan peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Langtang, Everest, Kanchenjunga and more.
Set atop Chandragiri Hill is the famous Hindu temple Bhaleshwor Mahadev. Legend has it that Shiva's first consort, Sati Devi, sacrificed her own life at Daksha Prajapati’s yagna after Daksha insulted Shiva in front of other deities. Shiva, enraged with Sati Devi's death, carried her dead body on his back and walked across the world in rage. Blinded by his own fury, Shiva failed to realize that Sati Devi's body was decomposing and dropping parts at various places. Pilgrimages were later established at these sites. Bhaleshwor Mahadev temple is believed to be built on the site where Sati Devi's forehead (Bhala) fell. Hindu pilgrims still come to pay their respects.
Chandragiri Hill's other claim to fame is that it's reportedly the site where King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the ruler who united Nepal, caught the first glimpse of the lovely and prosperous Kathmandu Valley. One glimpse of the beautiful vista convinced the king to annex the valley into his kingdom.
For any or all of these reasons, you'll find Chandragiri Hill Day Tour to be a meaningful and attractive point on your Nepalese itinerary.
Day 01: After breakfast drive to Chandragiri and back to the Hotel for overnight.
Enjoy the breakfast then drive more or less 45 minute from center of kathmandu to Chandragiri. Then our adventure will begin from here. The local trail will lead steep ascending till to the top through enormous lush jungle. We can have great experience of challenging hiking along with pristine flora and fauna. During ascending we will be greeted by gorgeous panorama of the white Himalaya range. When we get in the top then we will be rewarded by striking view of snow capped chain Himalaya, entire Kathmandu valley, rolling hills and historical and cultural stuffs. It will fully compensate of your all effort being here and hard earned money. After exploring such a piece of naturally paradise we will get back to Kathmandu valley for overnight.
We loved our Chandragiri hill hiking experience with Rajesh! The hike was incredible, through peaceful forests and on top of beautiful hills. The hike was challenging but the views of the hills and the valley made it worth it. We enjoyed seeing the temples and learning about the culture of Nepal. We celebrated reaching the top of the third hill with lunch and a cable car ride back down to the bottom. The driver was good also and we would definitely recommend the whole experience!