Swayambhunath and Chandragiri Tour - 1 Day

"Exploring the Best of Kathmandu: Swyambhunath and Chandragiri Hill Tour."
Good to Know
  • Duration 1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude 2 551m/8 369ft
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style group and private
  • Activities Historical and Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season Any Time in Year


Swyambhunath, popularly known as the "Monkey Temple," and Chandragiri Hill are both prominent tourist attractions inside the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Combining these two destinations within a single tour can provide a unique and engaging experience. Trekking Planner Nepal is here to provide top-class service with these packages.

Highlights of Swyambhunath with Chandragiri Hill Tour.

Some of the major highlights of the Swyambhunath with Chandragiri Hill Tour are listed below:

  • Visiting Swyabhunath, one of the most famous and well-known Unesco World Heritage Sites in Nepal.
  • Taking a cable car ride towards the Chandrgiri from Thankot, which is around 2.5 km
  • A chance to witness the majestic mountains from the hill of Chandragiri
  • Witnessing the cultural harmony between the Hindus and the Buddhists.

Introduction to 1 Day Swayambhunath and Chandragiri Tour 2023/24 .

Swambhunath Stupa, popularly known as the Monkey Temple, is an ancient holy site of Kathmandu Valley. It is one of the most respected and famous landmarks, with significant cultural, historical, and religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. At the same time, Chandragiri Hill is a picturesque hill station southwest of Kathmandu. It is famous for its panoramic views of the Himalayan Range and the Kathmandu Valley. The spectacular scenic vistas offered by Chandragiri Hill are its main draw. Visitors may enjoy a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley from the mountaintop, complete with an urban landscape, terraced farms, and ancient monuments. On clear days, the snow-capped Himalayan peaks make a spectacular backdrop, providing a fantastic experience.

Swayambhunath Stupa is one of Nepal's oldest stupas, dating back over 2,000 years. Its history is steeped in legend and mythology. The stupa is thought to have emerged from a primordial lake, and the valley is claimed to have previously been a lotus flower, with Swayambhunath at its center. It is considered a symbol of enlightenment and an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists because it is supposed to house the relics of Kashyapa Buddha. With its famous white dome topped by a gilded spire and draped with colorful prayer flags, the stupa is an architectural masterpiece. The Buddha's eyes painted on all four sides of the stupa signify wisdom and compassion, guarding all beings. Smaller shrines, temples, and statues surround the stupa, adding to the spiritual ambiance of the location.

Starting your journey in Kathmandu, where a representative from our firm will greet you in the hotel lobby. After that, we take a car from the hotel to Swayambhunath. We travel to Thankot after exploring and viewing the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Swyambhunath. We take a 2.5-kilometer cable car journey from Thankot to Chandragiri, located at an elevation of 2551 meters. We may visit the temple and get a 360-degree view of the valley and surrounding canyons. After spending some time there and eating lunch according to the client's preferences, we return to Chandragiri and take a ride back to the hotel, where the excursion concludes.


What Makes the Visit Towards Swayambhunath and Chandragiri worth it?

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple).

  • Ancient Stupa: Swyambhunath is one of Nepal's oldest and most prominent stupas, dating back over 2,000 years. The Swyambhunath is also the central stupa, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is decorated with colorful prayer flags. The stupa got "Buddha's Eyes" or "Wisdom eyes," representing enlightenment and awareness.
  • Stunning Views: Swyambhunath on a mountaintop provides fantastic panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding mountains. It's a great spot to watch the dawn or sunset.
  • Holy Monkeys: As the temple is home to a vast population of playful monkeys, it is also known as the "Monkey Temple." Visitors can have fun observing these mischievous creatures at work.
  • Art and Architecture: Swyambhunath has an abundance of art and architecture. Exquisite carvings, prayer wheels, and other religious symbols surround the stupa's base.

Chandragiri Hill.

  • Cable Car Ride: You can enjoy a scenic cable car ride to the summit of Chandragiri Hill. The ride is around 8-10 minutes and about 2.5 km. The drive provides incredible panoramas of the beautiful green environment and Kathmandu Valley.
  • Bhaleshwar Mahadev Temple: The Bhaleshwar Mahadev Temple, a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva, is at the top of the hill. The temple and its surroundings are calm and tranquil.
  • Adventure Activities: Chandragiri Hill provides options for adventure seekers and magnificent scenery. Hiking, zip-lining, and other outdoor activities are available.

Visiting Swayambhunath and Chandragiri Hill simultaneously allows you to experience Nepal's spiritual and natural sides. It combines cultural exploration and outdoor adventure, providing a remarkable and varied tour experience.


What is the Best Time to go to Swyambhunath Stupa and Chandragiri Hill?

Usually, you can visit Swayambhunath Stupa and Chandragiri Hill any time of the year. If you plan according to season-wise, the best time to visit, Swayambhunath and Chandragiri are during the autumn (March-May) and spring (September-November) seasons in Nepal.

Usually, the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, which can lead to landslides and obstructed views. The paths may become slippery and dangerous. Still, if you prefer to go during monsoon season, check the weather forecast before heading to your destination.

Talking about the Winter Season (December-February), the weather gets cold and freezes. Still, it is preferable to visit the destination. You might find snow on Chandragiri Hill.

If you prefer to visit Swyambhunath and Chandragiri Hill during the festival, it allows you to experience both Nepal's spiritual and natural sides. It combines cultural exploration and outdoor adventure, providing a remarkable and varied tour experience.  Usually, people visit during Dashain, Tihar, Loshar, Buddha Jayanti, etc.

Remember that festival seasons might also bring more crowds, so plan accordingly if you prefer a more tranquil and relaxed visit. Nonetheless, immersing oneself in the local culture and traditions during these festivals can be a memorable and heartwarming experience.

Is taking a Cable car Dangerous During this Trip?

The cable car trips to Chandragiri Hill usually are safe and run safely. In general, the authorities and operators of such tourist destinations in Nepal take visitor safety seriously.
Also, there are significant aspects you need to determine before you begin the trip.

  • Check the Weather: Sometimes, due to poor weather conditions such as heavy rain, high winds, or lightning. Check the weather forecast before heading toward the destination.
  • Weight Limits: Check the weight limits and keep in mind the weight restrictions stated by the cable car operator. Overcrowding the cable car might be dangerous.
  • Hold On: To guarantee stability during the trip, grasp onto the handrails or other marked spots while inside the cable car.
  • Stay Calm: Stay calm during the journey and prevent unexpected movements that could lead to an accident.
  • Take Precautions: If you are prone to motion sickness or have other health problems, take the required precautions or visit a doctor before riding the cable car.

Where Does the Trip Begin and End at?

As we begin our day, the trip starts in Kathmandu, where a company representative will receive you in the hotel lobby. We take a car ride from the hotel towards SwayambhunathStupa. After roaming and observing the UNESCO heritage site of Swyambhunath and spending some time there, we go towards Thankot. From Thankot, we take a 2.5-kilometer cable car ride towards Chandragiri at 2551 meters. We can visit the temple and see the 360-degree view of the valley and the gorges around it. After spending some time there and having lunch according to the client's preferences, we returned from Chandragiri and rode back to the hotel, where the trip would end.


Why Nepal Trekking Planner for Swyambhunath and Chandragiri Tour?  

"Nepal Trekking Planner" is one of Nepal's prominent trekking and tour companies. There are numerous reasons why Trekking Planner Nepal. Some of the reasons are listed below:

  • Expertise and Local Knowledge: Like other reputed agency organizations, Nepal Trekking Planner will likely have skilled and competent guides familiar with the trekking routes, terrain, and local culture. We can improve your hiking experience by offering information and assuring your safety.
  • Trip Customization: The trekking planner provides various pre-made trekking itineraries that suit multiple interests and fitness levels. We also offer custom tailor-made to your specific interests and needs.
  • Permit and Logistics Assistance: Trekking in Nepal frequently necessitates the acquisition of numerous permissions and logistical planning. Trekking Planner Nepal handles all the essential paperwork and logistics, making your trip less stressful.
  • Safety and Support: Trekking in Nepal can be challenging, and having members from Trekking Planner Nepal with a strong track record can provide reassurance. We can help in an emergency and ensure that safety precautions are taken.
  • Accommodation and Meals: Trekking Planner Nepal organizes lodging in tea houses or lodges along the way and meal arrangements, letting you concentrate on enjoying the walk.
  • Responsible Tourism: Nepal Trekking Planner promotes and supports responsible tourism practices, including eco-friendly trekking, respecting local customs, and supporting local communities.
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    After breakfast, a company representative from our company will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby. After that, we take a car from the hotel to Swyambhunath. We travel to Thankot after exploring and viewing the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Swyambhunath. We take a 2.5-kilometer cable car journey from Thankot to Chandragiri, which is located at an elevation of 2551 meters. We may visit the temple and get a 360-degree view of the valley and canyons surrounding it. After spending some time there and eating lunch according on the clients' preferences, we return to Chandragiri and take a ride back to the hotel, where the excursion concludes.

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    What's Included
    • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding local Tour Guide . Price includes his salary, food, drinks, transport and insurance.
    • All transfer and sightseeing tour by private deluxe Car / Coach with Air condition (Entrance frees are extra).
    • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
    • Trekking Planner Nepal’s T-shirt, cap and city maps.
    What's Excluded
    • Tour Entrances fees of the monuments.
    • Nepal visa- USD 25 upon arrival, at the airport, bring 2 Passport size photos.
    • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
    • Cable Car Ticket ($22 Per Person) Round Trip
    • Swyambhunath Stupa Entrance (NRS. 200 Per Person)
    • Travel insurance.
    • Cost not mentioned in the above list.
    Departure Dates
    • This trip departs every day of the year.
    • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
    • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
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    Departure DateDeparture DateSep 30, 2023 Sep 30, 2023Trip StatusTrip StatusAvailablePriceStarting fromUS$59
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    • Trekking/hiking shoes
    • Sun Hat/cap
    • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
    • Raincoat
    • good quality socks
    • trekking/hiking trousers
    • trekking/hiking shirts
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottle
    • Camera and batteries
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