DAY HIKING TO CHITLANG

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PRICE PER PERSON

  • 1 PAX US$100
  • 2 PAX US$60
  • 3 PAX US$50
  • 4 PAX US$40
  • 5-10 PAX US$35
  • 11-20 PAX US$25
Price Per Person US$ 25 All included Services

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sightseeing around Chitlang Village – One of the most attractive places in Nepal.
  • Remarkable view of treasurer nature.
  • The mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset.
  • Cultural Experiences and Homestays
  • Rich Cultural Heritage
  • Organic Farming and Goat Cheese Production
  • Historical Monuments.

One Day Hiking to Chitlang Village-Nepal

DAY HIKING TO CHITLANG

The fastest way from Kathmandu to discover Nepal’s natural, historical, and biodiverse terrain is via Chitlang. Typically, Hiking to Chitlang is the best place to go in the Makwanpur district, which is 22 kilometers from the city, to spend the weekend with loved ones. Chitlang village is a peaceful and beautiful location tucked away close to Kathmandu, Nepal. This charming village, which is part of the Makwanpur district, makes for the ideal retreat from the city’s bustle. Chitlang Hamlet offers a captivating picture of nature’s grandeur since it is surrounded by verdant hills and terraced fields. Ancient temples and monuments are dispersed across the village’s environment, which contributes to its reputation for having a rich cultural history and historical significance.

The community of Chitlang is renowned for its wonderful goat cheese and organic farming practices. The locals’ adoption of sustainable agriculture methods makes it the perfect destination for eco-conscious tourists and those who love the outdoors. Visitors may take leisurely strolls around the village’s meandering walkways, visit the bustling local markets, and participate in age-old pursuits like weaving and pottery production. Chitlang village is a memorable travel destination for people looking for a distinctive and authentic experience in rural Nepal because of the peaceful environment and friendly hospitality of the residents.

Why choose Day Hiking to Chitlang?

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Natural Beauty and Peace:

Chitlang is a haven for nature lovers, with its lush landscapes, terraced fields, and serene environment. The hike provides a refreshing escape from the urban hustle of Kathmandu, offering hikers the chance to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature. The trail is full of beautiful views of rolling hills, verdant forests, and pristine streams, creating a serene backdrop that rejuvenates the spirit.

Cultural Richness and Historical Significance:

Chitlang boasts a rich cultural heritage that is deeply rooted in the traditions of the Newar community. The village’s traditional Newari architecture, ancient stone paths, and historical landmarks offer a glimpse into Nepal’s past. Exploring the local culture, visiting the cheese factory, and interacting with the hospitable residents provide a profound cultural experience that enhances the hike, making it not just a physical journey but a cultural exploration as well.

Accessibility and Adventure:

The Chitlang Day Hike is easily accessible from Kathmandu, requiring only a short drive to the starting point in Thankot. The hike itself is moderate, making it suitable for a wide range of fitness levels, from casual hikers to more experienced adventurers. The well-marked trail ensures a safe and enjoyable journey, while the moderate difficulty level provides a satisfying sense of accomplishment upon reaching the picturesque village of Chitlang. This combination of accessibility, adventure, and natural beauty makes Chitlang an ideal destination for a rewarding day hike.

The route that follows Day Hiking To Chitlang:

The Chitlang Day Hike starts from Thankot, a small town on the outskirts of Kathmandu, easily reachable by a short drive. From Thankot, hikers ascend towards Chandragiri Hill, known for its panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayas. This moderate hike winds through lush forests and offers stunning vistas. Hikers can either walk up or take a cable car to the top. From Chandragiri Hill, the trail descends gradually towards Chitlang, passing through dense forests, terraced fields, and traditional Newari villages, offering a mix of natural beauty and cultural encounters.

Key highlights along the route include Bhedafaram, a picturesque pasture perfect for a break and photography, and Indrasarobar Lake, a serene man-made lake created by the Kulekhani Dam. Upon reaching Chitlang, hikers can explore the local cheese factory, visit ancient temples, and interact with the friendly Newar community, experiencing the village’s rich culture and traditional architecture. After exploring Chitlang, hikers can either return to Thankot on foot or arrange for a vehicle to return to Kathmandu, completing a day filled with natural beauty, cultural exploration, and historical insights.

Culture of Chitlang:

Day hiking to Chitlang

The Chitlang Day Hike offers hikers a fascinating tapestry of history, architecture, and regional cultures as they immerse themselves in the heart of traditional Newari life. On the route to Chitlang, you’ll pass through charming towns and come across historic stone walkways and traditional Newari houses that are examples of centuries-old building techniques. Recognized for their rich cultural legacy, the Newar people extend a warm welcome to guests and provide insight into their everyday routines and customs. One can frequently watch local celebrations, agricultural practices, and handcrafted goods, which offer a better insight into the cultural dynamics of the area.

The cultural immersion gets even more in Chitlang itself. The area is home to a number of old temples and monuments that showcase the architectural and religious legacy of the Newar people. The nearby cheese factory, which makes cheese using age-old techniques brought over from the Rana era, is a noteworthy cultural landmark. In addition to tasting the regional food, visitors may watch how cheese is made. The Chitlang Day Hike is not just a physical adventure but also a significant cultural exploration because of the way it combines historical sites, traditional lifestyles, and the distinctive cheese-making heritage.

Biodiversity in Chitlang:

Chitlang is a biodiversity haven with a wide range of plants and animals that enthrall hikers and nature lovers alike. The area is distinguished by its verdant woodlands, which support a wide variety of plant, tree, and wildflower species. A variety of agricultural biodiversity is supported by the terraced fields that are characteristic of the Nepali environment, including crops like maize, wheat, and different vegetables. The area’s natural richness is enhanced by the diverse range of insects and butterflies that frequent these fields. Small waterfalls and streams are dotted throughout the woodlands, forming microhabitats that sustain a variety of aquatic species and add to the region’s overall ecological richness.

The fauna of Chitlang is equally diverse, with the forests providing a habitat for various birds, mammals, and reptiles. Birdwatchers can delight in spotting species like the Himalayan bulbul, magpies, and woodpeckers. The area is also home to small mammals such as deer, squirrels, and occasionally, more elusive creatures like the leopard, which can be spotted with luck and patience. The rich biodiversity is a testament to the healthy ecosystem of Chitlang, making it an ideal destination for those interested in experiencing the natural beauty and ecological complexity of Nepal. This biodiversity not only enhances the hiking experience but also underscores the importance of preserving such pristine natural environments.

Duration of Day Hiking to Chitlang:

The Chitlang Day Hike is an exciting and fulfilling full-day excursion that usually lasts between seven and eight hours. After a quick journey from Kathmandu to Thankot, the walk starts early in the morning. Hikers ascend Chandragiri Hill from Thankot; the trip takes two to three hours. This is a somewhat difficult section of the climb with well-kept routes flowing through verdant forests and providing breathtaking vistas of the Kathmandu Valley. At the summit of Chandragiri Hill, hikers frequently pause for a little rest to take in the expansive views and refuel before continuing.

After two or three hours, the trail descends from Chandragiri Hill towards Chitlang. This is a gentle and picturesque descent that takes you through traditional Newari communities, thick forests, and terraced fields. Hikers have time to explore the village, stop at the cheese factory, and maybe make a diversion to the neighboring Indrasarobar Lake once they arrive in Chitlang.

Chitlang exploration typically takes one to two hours. Hikers may retrace their steps back to Thankot or make arrangements for transportation back to Kathmandu, capping up the day’s excursion, after taking in the natural and cultural splendor of Chitlang. With stops and exploring time included, the hike can usually be finished in 7 to 8 hours, making it a perfect day trip from Kathmandu.

Why Choose Us for Day Hiking To Chitlang?

At Touch the Himalaya Treks and Expeditions:

  • We offer convenient and pocket-friendly transportation for an optimized experience.
  • We offer exceptional customer service, ensuring a top-notch experience for every guest.
  • We provide customized itinerary choices based on your requirements and preferences.
  • Group participation is an available option for your convenience.
  • Our prices are set competitively to ensure affordability for our customers.
  • We also provide guided, partially guided, and unguided tours based on your preference.

Transport and Meeting Point: Touch The Himalaya and Expedition Office

HOW TO FIND YOUR GUIDE

Our guide will be at the meeting point detailed in the section “Transport and Meeting Point”

In case of difficulties call: +977 9841619019

WHAT TO BRING?

A comfortable and safe trip is guaranteed with the right gear for a day hiking to Chitlang. As the trail involves both ascents and descents via a variety of terrain, start by donning robust hiking shoes that offer good grip and support. It’s best to wear breathable, light clothing that can be layered to account for shifting weather conditions and, in the event of rain, a waterproof jacket or poncho. Especially at higher altitudes, protection from the sun is mostly achieved with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Additionally, as staying hydrated is crucial throughout the trip, take a small backpack with necessary items like a water bottle or hydration kit. To maintain your energy levels, bring along some high-energy snacks like energy bars, almonds, and dried fruit. It’s also crucial to have a basic first aid kit with bandages, disinfectant wipes, and any personal prescriptions.

Remember to carry a fully charged cell phone for emergency communication and navigation, as well as a map or GPS gadget. In order to properly capture the breathtaking scenery and fascinating cultural sites along the trip, a camera or smartphone with a good camera is a perfect complement. Finally, remember to pack out any rubbish to maintain the route in perfect condition and bring some cash in case you wish to buy food or local goods in Chitlang.

SAFETY

This hike is led by a trained local Hiking or mountain trekking leader and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider.

This day hiking to Chitlang is a perfect day hiking for individuals seeking walks without any overnight accommodations, which provides a succinct overview of Nepal’s vast range of culture and scenery. For those people who looking to get a taste of Nepali trekking in a short amount of time, these leisurely walks and hikes in and around the towns are ideal. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions regarding the one-day Hiking to Chitlang or more alternative options for one-day hiking in Nepal OR get in touch with us to customize your own one-day hiking program in Nepal.

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Itinerary for one day hiking to Chitlang Village.

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Meeting at Meeting Point and Drive to Hiking starting Point (Chandragiri)

Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft. Meals: Lunch in Local Restaurent
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It's essential to stay hydrated during the hike, so carry plenty of water with you. Also, pack some snacks and wear comfortable hiking shoes. be respectful to the local culture and environment.

IF YOU WANT STAY OVERNIGHT, AND RETURN KATHAMNDU NEXT DAY, CAN BE CONSIDER , THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL HOMESTAY PLACES IN CHITLANG VILLAGE, TALK TO YOUR GUIDE. Keep in mind that this itinerary can be adjusted based on your pace and interests. If you prefer a shorter hike, you can skip the Indra Sarobar part and spend more time in the village or exploring other nearby attractions.

Route Map

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What's Included / Excluded

Cost Incluldes

  • Drive from the meeting point to hiking starting place (Chandragiri station)  by Car, jeep, Hiace, or Bus. Depends on the number of people.
  • Drive from the hiking ending place (Chitlang)  to the meeting point place by Car, jeep, Hiace, or Bus. Depends on the number of people.
  • An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, first aid-trained hiking guide and assistant guide (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Lunch in a local Restaurant
  • Basic First-aid kit (carried by hiking guide)
  • All government and local taxes for hiking, Agency service charges, and government tax/VAT.

Cost Excludes

  • Breakfast and Dinner of the hiking day.
  • Personal insurance covers medical, emergency evacuation, loss, or theft of property.
  • Personal gear and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, buying souvenirs, etc,
  • Entry fees and costs in sightseeing, temples, monasteries, national parks, etc.
  • Tips and gratitude are provided to guide.

Fixed Departure

September-23
October-23
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December-23

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