The journey starts from the capital straight to Matatirtha, a famous Hindu shrine. Once we reach there, the hiking starts towards the Chandragiri Hill top. The hill provides panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest. Chandragiri hill lately has become a fascinating tourist destination thanks to the establishment of cable cars. The next stop on the hike is Chitlang, an ancient Newari settlement in Makwanpur district. Different artistic monuments, pagoda roofs and unique craftmanship around the place offer a fascinating charm. We then continue our hike all the way to kulekhani. This place is famous for Indrasarobar, the largest manmade lake in Nepal. Boating and fishing like activities has attracted visitors here for years.. After this, we drive our way back to the Valley.
|Day 1||Drive to Matatirtha, hike to Chandragiri Hills and again hike to Chitlang- 3+2 hours hike (Lunch and dinner)||Chitlang|
|Day 2||Chitlang to Kulekhani via Markhu Village-hike 1.5 hours and drive back to Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch)||Kathmandu|
We start the day at 7 am in the morning. We first take about 30-40 minutes drive to Matatirtha, our start point of the trek. The word "Matatirtha" means mother's shrine. This shrine sees a lot of visitors/pilgrims who have lost their mothers on the mother's day each year in April (Hindu people of Nepal celebrate mother's day on new moon day in April each year). We start hiking towards Chandragiri Hills top (2729m) which is an old temple site but have been a new popular touristic site lately after the establishment of Cable car. The area is full of natural greenery as it has lush sub-tropical forest with verities of flora and fauna. Its about 4-5 hours hike through some minor hills, lush jungle, small village at Chhap Bhanjyang (you may be lucky if find a local shop to have cup of relaxing tea/coffee here). Chandragiri Hill which is a very beautiful site with Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple, restaurants, park site, etc. On a clear day you can observe spectacular mountains view from east to west including Mt. Gaurishanker, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang mountain range, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Mt. Everest, Api, etc.
After enjoying lunch together with the beauty of Chandragiri Hills, the Himalayan views, we then hike down towards Chitlang. Chitlang is an ancient village which still has lots of evidences like ancient temples, rest houses artistically made, stone water taps, etc., that proves it was a civilized society in ancient time. There are some lodges to stay and Chitlang Village also gives you an opportunity of home stay where you can interact and get insight of the rural life in Nepal. Historical sites like Pauwa, Saat Dhara (seven water taps), Shiwalaya, and some other archeological monuments gives you more pleasure during the staying in Chitlang.
Overnight in Chitlang
We have breakfast and start our hike relaxed. After about one and half hour's hike we reach Kulekhani. Khulekhani has the biggest artificial Lake (dam) in Nepal made to produce hydroelectricity . The lake's name is Indrasarobar (sarobar means lake). We can enjoy boating in the lake. Then after lunch, we drive back to Kathmandu. We pass through Dakshinkali Temple (temple of Hindu Goddess) and a Buddhist monastery in Pharping. We may take opportunity explore around the temple and monastery if we prefer to. Continue drive back to Kathmandu.