Located along the southern rim of Kathmandu valley, Champaddevi is the third highest ridge with an average elevation of 2,300m. It is named after the forest protector goddess, Champadevi, whose shrine is on the summit.
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Apart from its natural appeal, the peak holds significant religious value. In recent years, the trail’s popularity as a destination for day hiked, trail running, cycling, picnicking, and other outdoor activities.
The hike to Champadevi goes uphill through planted pine forest towards new growth oak, rhododendron and uttis community forests. The summit can be gained from Dhandragiri, from Hattiban, or through direct climbs from Kirtipur via Deurali and Machhegaun.
The ridge offers unparalleled views from Annapurna to Numbur with Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa being the nearest ranges. Far in the distance, even Mt Everest is visible if the weather is clear.