Route to Chhimkeshwori Mai Temple

How to go to Chhimkeshwori?

Chhimkehsowri is the highest point in Tanahun District, Nepal, at an altitude of 2,335 meters from Sea Level.

Along with the religious values, it offers spectacular views of mountains and hills and is also rich in Gurung Culture and Traditions.

You can also experience the. Sustainable and Organic lifestyle o the villagers.

In order to reach there, you can choose one of the following three ways

1. From Aanboo Khaireni to Chhimkeshwori (Easy and Highly Recommended)

You can get a bus to any of these cities (Pokhara, Gorkha, Lamjung, etc.) from Kathmandu or Chitwan. And you will have to get off at Aanboo Khaireni (7KM from Mugling towards Pokhara). It’ll take around 4-5 hours to reach Aanboo Khaireni.

From Aanboo Khaireni, you can get a shared Jeep (Bolero), if you’re early afternoon. But if you’re late, then you can either reserve a Bolero Jeep or stay the night at Aanboo Khaireni and go to Chhimkeshwori, the next day. It’ll take around 1.5-2 hours to reach Chhimkeshwori from Aanboo Khaireni.

If you’re on your own 4 wheeler or on a bike, then you can directly go to Chhimkeshwori. If you don’t know the way, then you can ask any locals in Aanboo Khaireni. They’ll be more than happy to help you.

Once you’re on village road, you can ask anyone on the way. The villagers mainly consists of Magars and Gurung ethnic groups, they’re super friendly.

You can also hike to Chhimkeshwoori from Aanboo Khaireni which can take around 4-5 hours to reach to the top.

It is only recommended, if you’re willing to start early in the morning.

2. From Bandipur to Chhimkeshwori

If you want to enjoy the most beautiful hill station of Nepal with modern facilities, then traveling to Bandipur first could be the best option for you.

And then you can go to Chhimkeshwori directly from there.

You can get Bolero jeep to Chhimkeshwori from Bandipur. Unlike beautiful pitched (black topped) road to Bandipur, you’ll be traveling on rural graveled road to Chhimkeshwori. So, be prepared for a bumpy adventurous road on a bolero jeep crowded with people. The route will take you through the villages like Bahun Bhanjyang, Jhaar Gau, Hilekharka, Ghale Dada and Labdi.

To reach Bandipur, you take a bus that goes to Pokhara or Besisahar (Lamjung), then get off at Dumre. And from Dumre, you can. get another bus that will take you to Bandipur. Or you can hire a Taxi from Bandipur. (It’ll be cheaper if you share taxi with other and split the fare).

3. From Paach Kilo – Khasrang Gau – Chhimkeshwori (Most Untouched Trail)

This is the most adventurous route to reach Chhimkeshwori because it’s not commercialized for tourist. So, very few tourists have traveled through this route. But the locals of Khasrang village have been using this route from centuries.

Before there were any vehicle roads, locals used to take this route to go to Bandipur. They used to walk all the way to Bandipur to buy Black Stone Slate to put on the roof of houses.

Though these days people take buses for such purpose, youngsters still take this route to reach Chhimkeshwori during festival like Holi, which is one of the most popular time to visit Chhimkeshwori.

In order to take this route, you’ll have to

  1. Take a bus that goes towards Chitwan from Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  2. Get off at a Place called “Paach Kilo” 5 KM from Mugling towards Chitwan. Don’t cross Lamo Jharana, Jalbire Waterfall.
  3. From Paach Kilo, cross the suspension bridge and hike towards Khasrang Village. It can take around 3 hours to reach Khasrang village from Paach Kilo.
  4. Then from Khasrang Village, it will take another 3 hours to reach Chhimkeshwori.

If you get confusion about the way to Chhimkeshwori, don’t hesitate to ask locals for directions. They’re so friendly that you might get invited for tea and snacks (for FREE) when they find that you’re exploring their village. And they also love to show you around the village and also take you to the way to Chhimkeshwori as well.

On this route, you’ll be traveling through the villages like Khas Taar (Magar Tole), Khasrang Village (Gurung Community), La Tole, Rasauli Danda (Chepang Village), Labdi and Chhimkeshwori.

Here’s the route map I’ve prepared for this adventurous hiking route. We guarantee, you’ll have the adventure of your lifetime.

(Note: Bring some Snacks and Water bottle with you. There’re no shops on the way, only the villagers. You can get local foods and Water for FREE from the locals but won’t get factory made foods.)

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