Kirtipur, approximately 3 km south-west from Kathmandu Ringroad from Balkhu, is generally known for its rich history and the culturally rich newars. These days, because of some recently opened good Newari restaurants, it is fast becoming a popular destination to enjoy local Newari food. What Kirtipur is less known for is some good adventure activities.
Because of its location and it being the exit of Bagmati river, small and medium sized hills and some notable gorges are the major aspects of the landscape of Kirtipur. And so, the potential for several adventure activities in Kirtipur cannot be ignored. Today, we have listed three must-do adventures in Kirtipur.
There are several hiking routes in and around Kirtipur Municipality. One of the best is hiking up to Champadevi hill (2285 m). There are two routes for this hiking. One is from Chalnakhel (on the way to Pharping). A less popular, but more interesting and challenging one, is from Panga or Bhatkepati. If you start from Panga, you can start the hiking at Janasewa, Yoncho. Jhawa Hiti is half an hour walk from Janasewa. If you start from Bhatkepati, Jhawa Hiti is just 20 to 25 minutes of walk. From Jhawahiti, you go uphill to Bosan.
The summit of Champadevi welcomes you with spectacular view of Kathmandu valley as well as several mountains including Annapurna, Langtang, Gauri Shankar and even Mount Everest, though a very careful look can only spot Mt. Everest. During a clear winter day, it’s just so amazing to witness the grandeur of the mountain range so close from the city of Kathmandu.
Clean air and enough roads; what better adventure activity can there be in these conditions than cycling? You can hire a good conditioned bike from Kathmandu and head towards Kirtipur. The very entrance to Kirtipur will mesmerize you. The black topped road, green trees on the either side, cool and fresh air with extremely few traffic inside Tribhuvan University (TU) as compared to Kathmandu you just left behind. What more can you expect for the entrance to a cycling heaven? Although it is a bit tough to cross the uphill through the road of TU on a normal bicycle, the environment will make you forget the hardship.
After you enter Kirtipur, the options of cycling route is your take. There are all kinds of roads; black topped, gravelled, ungravelled, dusty, uphill, downhill, trail suitable just for walking and cycling and what not. Because, on a cycle, Kirtipur Municipality is fairly medium sized town, you can visit almost everywhere in a single day. And abundance of local khaja ghars and some good restaurants are there if you feel hungry or thirsty during the adventure.
Moreover, a national level mountain-bike championship is organized every year in Chovar, Kirtipur. The 28 km long trail is one of the most adventurous in the town.
There are several natural caves in the premises of Chobhar gorge. Because the hills there are of Calcium Carbonate and because it is the exit site of Bagmati river, the existence of natural caves aren’t surprising. And among them, only 350 m of the caves is open to public currently. They can be accessed through five different entry points. After paying minimal fee, you can get a guided tour of the caves. There are no lights, stairs or walkways. So you will have to explore caves by climbing and crawling, wearing head lights.
The shortest route leads to Mahadev Pokhari that takes nearly 20 minutes. The longest route is to explore Bagh Gufa, which will take around one and half hours to complete. Other entrances lead to Barahi Gufa, Naya Gufa and Parewa Gufa. These will take around an hour to explore.
Kirtipur is one of the freshest places in terms of air quality inside Kathmandu Valley. The adventure activities so close to Kathmandu and yet in a lot fresher environment will definitely make your experience better while you visit the culturally rich town.