Hiking to the Chandragiri Hills and later visiting the Monkey Temple ( Swyambhunath Chaitya) in the same day is a perfect match for exploring two different historical essential places. Chandragiri takes to the top of the Valley and offers stunning views of the great Himalayas Range. In contrast, Monkey Temple lies between the city, top of the hill and provides an opportunity to explore ancient monuments and local people’s ethnic, stupa, beautiful view and cultural behavior.
Chandragiri hill is one of the best and most comfortable hiking places around Kathmandu Valley. The hiking starts from Kathmandu Valley (1,650 m) and takes to the elevation of 2,280 meters at Chandragiri Hill. The trip offers spectacular vistas of snow-capped peaks above and the beautiful city of Kathmandu valley beneath the hill. You can discover the stunning views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Jugal Himal (14,000 ft), and the Langtang region (7,234 m) from the top of Chandragiri Hill. However, the day hike to Chandragiri Hill takes us through the densely forested track to the hill’s apex. We can enjoy the variety of scenery that appeared throughout the trail.
Monkey Temple is the major attractive destination to explore inside the Kathmandu Valley. Monkey Temple area is listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Basically, The site is famous for woodcraft and metal craft. Swayambhunath Temple also known as the Monkey Temple. The main stupa is located at the top of a hill, and you have to climb the long stair to reach the stupa. The climb will be full of excitement as you will be accompanied by monkeys. The complex includes several shrines and temples. Recently a Tibetan monastery, library, and a museum are also added at the top where you can get to know more about the history of the Swayambhunath.
We will start our hiking early in the morning to Chandragiri Hill. We will ride to Matatirtha Temple by bus then start climbing the Chandragiri Hills. You have the option to travel via Cable Car. We will walk for 3 hours steadily to reach the top of the Hill. The trail goes through dense forest. The stunning view of the highest peak in the world obviously makes you forget all the tiredness. We will enjoy the panoramic vistas of nature.
After 1 -2 hours of exploring time we will have lunch at Chandragiri then descend back to Matatirtha. We will travel an hour by bus to reach the Patan Durbar Square area. We have to buy tickets to enter into the area of World Heritage Site in Patan. We will explore the Patan Durbar Square all the day. The visiting time closes at 17: 30 pm. Then we will be back to our hotel and prepare another suitable route.
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