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The hills of Chandragiri are also of historical importance. It is from these hills that King Prithvi Narayan Shah saw for the first time a very picturesque and prosperous valley of Kathmandu, which in fact instilled in the spirit of the king the idea of annexing this valley to his kingdom. According to folklore, Prithvi Narayan Shah is believed to have accumulated spiritual powers for the unification process after suffering a rigorous "sadhana" or meditation in these hills. King Gorkhali disguised himself as he climbed the hills not to be recognized by the Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley.
Chandragiri Hill, located about 7 km from Thankot, is located southwest of the Kathmandu Valley. The hill at 2551 meters above sea level offers high peaks and breathtaking views of the entire Kathmandu Valley covered with lush flora. Chandragiri has panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayas, which range from Annapurna to Everest.
At 2,551 meters above sea level, the view tower gives you an unobstructed 180-degree view of the majestic Himalayas. Chandragiri Hills is for everybody. The children’s playground is designed to entertain your young ones with exciting recreational equipment like climbing ropes, swings, slides, seesaws and a jungle gym. The bottom and top stations both houses souvenir shops that are home to a variety of clothing brands and cultural merchandise which is reasonably-priced and are perfect mementoes of your visit. Chandragiri Hill is an ideal stop if you want a day out in Kathmandu. Here are the two ways how we reach there:
The hiking route to Chandragiri is one of the best hiking around Kathmandu Valley. The starting point is Hindu Temple at Matatirtha. From the famous Matatirtha Temple, the trail leads towards Chhap Bhanjyang at 2275m through the small rainy village and wet forest. Chhap Bhanjyang has quite a few numbers of local tea shops where you can smell the delicious masala chai from miles ahead. After a quick tea break in Chap Bhanjyang, you will be walking through the forest. After walking for about an hour, you will reach your final destination Chandragiri Hill.
Drive till Matatirtha Temple (Via Public or Private Vehicle) Locally made tea breakthrough halfway.
Start hiking to Chhap Bhanjyang through small villages and forest. It will take around 3 hours to reach Chhap Bhanjyang.
Another Tea Break at Chhap Bhanjyang. This tea is famous around the Kathmandu. Walk through the forest for an hour until you reach Chandragiri Hill.
The trail continues 3 hours descend to the Chhap Bhanjyang.
Your day hiking ends here. Drive back to Kathmandu.
Chandragiri Cable Car:
From the base station at Thankot, the 2.5 km long way through ropeway (cable car) will take you to the top of Chandragiri. It takes around 9 min to cover the route of 2.5km. The Cable Car is built by Kathmandu Fun Park Ltd. This cable car is expected to serve around 5,000 to 10,000 people per day. You can take local route buses, Tempos and Microbuses or even taxis to Thankot. After reaching Thankot, head towards the base station located at Godam Chaur which is around 10 minutes walking distance on the way to Chitlang from the Police Check post in Thankot. The cable car would be operating from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays, and 7:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekends and public holidays.