Chandragiri Chitlang hiking is often called as Chandragri Chitlang trek. This is a short trekking in Nepal. Moreover, this trail lies on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley. Having said that, this is the best trek available for people with lack of time. Talking about the trek, it focuses more on village life and not mountain views. However, you can view the mountains from the peak of Chandragiri hills.
Chandragiri Chitlang hiking starts from the hill namely Chandragiri. Furthermore, this hill is a very famous get away for the people of Kathmandu. This hill is now easily accessible because of the recent construction of cable car. Talking about the view from the top, it offers a grand view of the mountains. Nevertheless, the view is heavily dependent on the weather.
Moving on, Chandragiri Chitlang Trek makes its way to Chitlang from the hill top of Chandragiri. Chitlang is an ancient village that dates back to the Lichhavi dynasty. The dynasty that ruled Kathmandu valley from 1150 BCE to 750 BCE. People of Chitlang received this land as a gift from the then royal family. This very thing is mentioned in the The ancient scripture found in the village.
Talking more about Chitlang, this is a Newari village. The main settlers of this village are Gopali people. These people were herders in ancient times and now mostly farmers. The village now is a melting pot of caste, creed and community but still dominated by the ancient Newars. However, despite being close to the capital of the country, Chitlang still is rustic. They have preserved their culture, traditions and even the houses. Chandragiri Chitlang trek is about exploring culture and witnessing the beautiful pasture land.
The trek is easy and is available throughout the year. Furthermore, people of any fitness level and mobility can do this trek. If you can walk 4 -5 hours at an easy pace, you can join this trip. If you want a sweet escape in the nature in a short time, join Chandragiri Chitlang hiking. Book this Chandragiri Chitlang Trek today!
|Trip Code: BT 172||Total Duration: 02 days|
|Destination: Short Hiking||Best Time: All year round|
|Trip Grade: Easy||Group Size: min 2|
|Max Elevation: 1833 m|
Drive from Kathmandu to Matatirtha and hike to Chitlang
Chandragiri Chitlang is a beautiful village trek that can be done over a short period of time. The trek starts by driving to Matatirtha, a small settlement towards the southwest corner of Kathmandu valley. This 13 kilometer ride from the city center would take around an hour. Once you get off in Matatirtha your hiking on foot begins. You will hike through the foot of the hills initially and further you would start climbing on one namely Chandragiri. The surrounding around you would be beautiful and on a clear day you will see the mountains as well. The trail encompasses beautiful forest and off road track where motor vehicles rarely travel. From the top of the hill you will be seeing the beautiful village nested below. The trek would take anywhere in between 4-6 hours. Snapping pictures, resting frequently to enjoy the nature would take around 6 hours to reach our final destination. Overnight in Chitlang.
- Local Lodge ( 1 Night)
- 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or any one item from the menu.)
Village excursion followed by hiking to Kulekhani and driving back to kathmandu
We wake up early in the morning and have homemade and fresh breakfast. Pronto after breakfast we spend around an hour to see around the village. After spending brief moment in the village knowing the culture and snapping the picture we embark on our trail to Kulekhani. With the distance view of Kathmandu city we keep climbing the hill. You will notice that the forest and the tranquility is amazing. Meanwhile, on our way we come across beautiful waterfalls. One of the waterfalls make beautiful natural swimming pool, not too deep, not too shallow. Our final destination Kulekhani is a water reservoir and an artificial lake, which takes around 6 hours from the village of Chitlang. In Kulekhani waits our vehicle which takes us back to Kathmandu.
- Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)
- 2 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch or any one item from the menu.)
- All government and local taxes
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All necessary paperwork and permits
- Trekking Map
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
- Excess baggage charges
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal Visa fee.
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters