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Chandragiri - Chitlang Hiking (2 Days)

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    Chandragiri - Chitlang Hiking

Trip Code: WEVT-60
Group Size: 1- 20 Person
Max Altitude: 1833.00 meters
Trip Category: Tour
Travel Style: Cultural And Religious Tour
Activities Trekking and Hiking
Places Covered
Kathmandu, Chitlang, Kulekhani,

Chandragiri Chitlang trek is more of a village trek in Nepal and a different trek that focuses more on village life and not mountain and the sawtoothed peaks. Chandragiri is a very popular hill located on the southern flank of Kathmandu valley. It is a melting pot of hiking and cycling enthusiasts. The top of the hill no doubt offers a grand view of the mountains in the north but it is more popular as the trail that leads to the ancient village of Chitlang.

Chitlang is an ancient village that dates back to the Lichhavi dynasty that ruled Kathmandu from 1150 BCE to 750 BCE. The ancient scripture found in the village shows that the land was gifted by a lichhavi king to sheep herders and local farmers who were known as Gopali. Gopali’s are branch of Newari community which is present till the day. The village now is a melting pot of caste, creed and community but still dominated by the ancient Newars. Despite being close to the capital of the country, Chitlang preserves the age old lifestyle and even the houses. Trekking to Chitlang is all about exploring culture and helping the community to help the community.
The trek is easy and is enjoyed if done overnight. Except the exhaustion of uphill and downhill the trail is neither technical nor easy. This is as well one of the best short treks in Nepal that is not overwhelmed by a lot of travellers. If you want a sweet escape to the wild in a short time and less budget, you may want to consider Chandragiri and Chitlang as your next destination.

Short Itinerary:

Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Matatirtha and hike to Chitlang
Day 2Village excursion followed by hiking to Kulekhani and driving back to kathmandu
Best Seasons:
Spring(April, June, July), Monsoon(August, September, October), Summer(November, December January), Winter(February, March, April),
Number of Days:
2 Days
Day 1
Drive from Kathmandu to Matatirtha and hike to Chitlang

Places Visited: Kathmandu Chitlang

Activities: Hiking Briefing Travelling on Bus

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.

Day 2
Village excursion followed by hiking to Kulekhani and driving back to kathmandu

Places Visited: Kulekhani Kathmandu Chitlang

Activities: Hiking Briefing Travelling on Bus

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.

Price :
Not Mentioned  
What's Included:
  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • Trekking Map
What's Not Included:
  • 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
Please make sure that you are equipped with following equipments and resuorces before you proceed for this tour package.
  • Sun hat or scarf.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Journal & Pen
  • I-pod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Reviews from our gratified travellers

Chandragiri Chitlang trek is more of a village trek in Nepal and a different trek that focuses more on village life and not mountain and the sawtoothed peaks.


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