Begin this 2 days short trek to Chitlang Markhu Lake trek followed by a short drive to Matatirtha a famous Hindu shrine. Once we reach there, the hiking starts towards the Chandragiri Hill top. The hill itself offers superb panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayan giants ranging from Gauri Shankar to Annapurna. Chandragiri hill lately has become a fascinating tourist destination thanks to the establishment of cable cars. The next stop on the hike is Chitlang, an ancient Newari settlement in Makwanpur district. Different artistic monuments, pagoda roofs and exceptional craftsmanship around the place offer a fascinating attraction. We then continue our hike all the way to Kulekhani on the second day. This place is famous for Indrasarovar, the largest manmade lake near Kathmandu. Boating and fishing like activities have attracted visitors here for years. After this, we drive our way back to the Kathmandu.
Duration 2 Days / 1 Night
Price from $139 / person
Difficulty Level Moderate
Max Altitude 2550 Meter
Day 01: Drive to Matatirtha, hike to Chandragiri Hills and again hike to Chitlang, 5-6 hours.
Some 35 minutes drive to Matatirtha; the point where we begin the trek. The word “Matatirtha" refers mother's shrine. This shrine sees a lot of visitors/pilgrims who have lost their mothers on the mother's day each year in April (Hindu people of Nepal celebrate mother's day on new moon day in April each year). We start hiking towards Chandragiri Hills top (2729m) which is an old temple site but have been a new popular touristic site lately after the establishment of Cable car. The area is full of natural greenery as it has lush sub-tropical forest with verities of flora and fauna. Its about 4-5 hours hike through some minor hills, lush jungle, small village at Chhap Bhanjyang (you may be lucky if find a local shop to have cup of relaxing tea/coffee here). Chandragiri Hill which is a very beautiful site with Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple, restaurants, park site, etc. On a clear day you can observe spectacular mountains view from east to west including Mt. Gaurishanker, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang mountain range, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Mt. Everest, Api, etc.
After enjoying lunch together with the beauty of Chandragiri Hills, the Himalayan views, we then hike down towards Chitlang. Chitlang is an ancient village which still has lots of evidences like ancient temples, rest houses artistically made, stone water taps, etc., that proves it was a civilized society in ancient time. There are some lodges to stay and Chitlang Village also gives you an opportunity of home stay where you can interact and get insight of the rural life in Nepal. Historical sites like Pauwa, Saat Dhara (seven water taps), Shiwalaya, and some other archeological monuments gives you more pleasure during the staying in Chitlang.
Day 02: Trek to Kulekhani via Markhu Village-hike 2 to 3 hours, drive back to Kathmandu
After a nice breakfast; resume the hike. After about one and half hour's hike we reach Kulekhani. Khulekhani has the biggest manmade Lake (dam) in Nepal made to produce hydroelectricity. The lake's name is Indrasarovar (sarobar Means Lake). We can enjoy boating in the lake. Then after lunch, we drive back to Kathmandu. We pass through Dakshinkali Temple (Black Goddess of the south) and a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site of Pharping, where famous Guru Padmasabhava is said to have meditated and attained the Buddhahood. We may take opportunity explore around the temple and monastery if we prefer to. Continue drive back to Kathmandu.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Private transportation
- A professional tour guide
- Accommodation in twin/double sharing basis.
- Breakfast x 1
- Lunch x 2
- Dinner x 1
- Entrance permits for tour.
- Local taxes with guide fees.
- Transportation, accommodation & meals in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur
- Bar drinks and beverages such as coke, fanta, can juice etc.
- Personal travel insurance and hiking gears.
- Personal nature expenses such as toiletries, phone calls and laundry service.
- Rescue operation in case of emergency.
- Tips for your guide/driver
Chandragiri Hills und Chitlang- Raili Sinikka, Finland
It was a hike up to Chandragiri Hill at the elevation of 2500 Meters followed by a short drive from our accommodation to the hiking stating point, You have the opt to take a cable car to go to Chandragiri hill or you go hiking through amazing mountain view and [...]Read this +
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