chandragiri hike around kathmandu

Chandragiri Hike

Chandragiri falls under the popular hiking destination of Kathmandu Valley. The magnificent hill situated at an elevation of 2551m is certainly attracting abundant travelers whether with the means of Cabel Car or as a hiking destination. Chandragiri offers the spectacular panorama of Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Gaurishankar Mountain Range. The hiking route starts from the holy temple Matathirtha and finally goes all the way to Chandragiri via Deurali. The hiking trail passes through the lush green forest with very few human settlements. There are very few options for hotels in the trail so one should pack healthy snacks during the hike including enough water.

chandragiri bhaleshwor mahadev temple
Bhaleswor Mahadev Temple
Hiking Route:
  • Take the bus towards Matathirtha
  • From Matathirtha ascend towards the Deurali (approx. 3-4 hrs)
  • From Deurali following the staircase ascend towards the Chandragiri (approx. 1 hr)
  • From Chandragiri hike down towards the Thankot Godam (approx 3 hrs)

At 7 am in the morning we took a bus from Old Bus Park towards Matathirtha. At around 7:45 we reached Matathirtha. We opted to have a light breakfast of tea and biscuit in Matathirta before ascending towards the Deurali. After the short tea break of 15 minutes, we headed towards the Deurali. As we couldn’t finalize the walking trail we took the help of the local people and ascended towards the Deurali.

As the walking trail passes through the jungle, we couldn’t find even a single teashop until reaching Deurali. As there are very few hotels on the whole trail to Chandragiri we recommend you pack enough food including the water.

The trail goes along the green forest along with the cool breeze of fresh air that greets our lungs. With the continuous walk of around 3 hours, we reached the Deurali from where we could witness the 360-degree view of Kathmandu Valley along with the fabulous mountain ranges. Deurali also had the remains of one of the base stations of the Hetauda-Kathmandu cargo ropeway used to run 10 hours and transport 22 tons of goods every day. Sitting underneath the same remains of the ropeway station we took a break from our walk and enjoyed the cup of tea with the mesmerizing views of the Himalayan ranges.

Then after spending some time in Deuralli we took the right turn and started to ascend the staircase that lasted for about 30 minutes. And another walk of 1 and a half hours finally took us to the Chandragiri Hills. We rested for 10 minutes and then started to explore the hills as it was our first time getting there. The hill offered the spectacular sight of the majestic mountain ranges ranging from east to west. After exploring the hill we decided to have some fast food as we didn’t carry enough food and were exhausted with hunger.

abandoned ropeway tower
Abandoned ropeway tower on the way to Chandragiri at Deurali

After lunch, we rested there for another 30 minutes and then started to descend down following the roadway but we took the shortcuts of forest wherever it was available. We walked at a slow pace resting at various spots as there was enough time for us as we reached the Chandragiri hill earlier than we estimated. It took us around 3 hours to reach the Thankot Godam Bus Station from where we took the bus towards the Old Bus Park.

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