Shivapuri Hiking - 1 Days

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Shivapuri Hiking
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Shivapuri National Park is located in the northern part of Kathmandu Valley. Shivapuri National Park covers an area of 159 sq. km (61 sq. mi). It is the second highest hill near the Kathmandu valley which is at the altitude of 2563m. It is also the trekking route to Nagarkot, Gosainkund, Helambu and the Langtang National Park. The national park is a paradise for bird watcher as one hundred and seventy-seven species of birds and 500 species of animals are found here. The park’s forests are Pines, Oaks, and Rhododendron trees etc. Shivapuri Hiking trek is the perfect spot for those who want for the short trek as there are many hiking trails that may take from 2 hours to 9 hours’ time and ranges from 1300 to 2725 m in altitude. It lies about 12km away from the centre of Kathmandu Valley.

Shivapuri Hiking can be done throughout the year. The hike starts from the southern boundary of the Shivapuri area. One should start up by climbing the stairs as a part of trail consists of stone steps leading to the peak. On the way, pass Nagi Gumpa at 2340 m, is another attraction where the nuns can practice Buddhism and meditation. It is famous among foreigners. Also the cultural encounter of both Hindu and Buddhist practices.

The peak of Shivapuri is located at an altitude of 8,963 feet (2732 meters). From the peak Langtang Mountain Range, Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal looks beautiful. This park offers an excellent view of the majestic Himalayas, the beauty of area’s lush surroundings, biodiversity, cultural and the rural village lifestyle. There is also a viewpoint where one can view the Himalayas from Rolwaling to Dhaulagiri range.

After the amazing hike, there is an option of teahouse, resort. Finally taking a shortcut to Budhanilkantha in about two and half hours’ and drive back to Kathmandu. This hiking will be an amazing and long lasting experience. Nagarkot Chispani Hiking is another option for short day hike around Kathmandu Valley.

Trip Highlights

  • Hiking to the second tallest hill around Kathmandu Valley
  • A great opportunity to immerse in nature
  • Walk inside the Shivapuri National Park and witness unique flora and fauna
  • Worth seeing sites such as Budhanilkantha, Nagi Gompa, and Bagdwar, along with Shivapuri Hill itself
  • Large forest with many falls and water station for the Kathmandu people
  • Pleasurable walk in to Shivapuri National Park.
  • Magnificent views of Himalayas including Annapurna range, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gaurishanker and a few peaks of Rowling range
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    Detailed Itinerary

    Early Morning (6:00 AM – 8:00 AM):

    • Wake up early and have a good breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu. You’ll need the energy for the hike!
    • Take a taxi or private car to get to the starting point of the hike, Budhanilkantha Temple. This should take about 30 minutes.
    • The temple itself is a beautiful sight, so take some time to explore it before you start your hike. The reclining statue of Lord Vishnu is a sight to behold.

    Morning (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM):

    • The hike to Shivapuri starts from behind the temple. The trail is well-maintained and easy to follow. The first part of the hike is through a forest, which provides some shade from the sun.

    As you continue to hike, the views of the Kathmandu Valley will start to open up. You might also see some wildlife, such as monkeys and birds.

    • After a couple of hours, you will reach Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist monastery. This is a good place to take a break and enjoy the panoramic views of the valley.

    Afternoon (12:00 PM – 5:00 PM):

    • From Nagi Gompa, the trail continues uphill to the summit of Shivapuri. The last part of the hike is the steepest, but the views from the top are definitely worth it.
    • On a clear day, you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, including Manaslu, Langtang, and Gaurishankar. You can also see the entire Kathmandu Valley spread out below you.
    • After enjoying the views, have a picnic lunch at the summit. Then, start your descent back down to Budhanilkantha Temple.

    Evening (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM):

    • The descent is much easier than the ascent. Once you reach Budhanilkantha Temple, take a taxi or your car back to Kathmandu.
    • Relax and reflect on your amazing hike! You’ve conquered Shivapuri!

    Here are some additional things to keep in mind when planning your Shivapuri hike:

    • The best time to go for the hike is during the spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November) months. The weather is usually pleasant during these times.
    • The hike is about 15 kilometers long and takes around 7-8 hours to complete. Make sure you are in good physical condition before attempting the hike.
    • Wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing. Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and plenty of water.
    • Don’t forget to pack your camera! You’ll want to capture the amazing views from the top of Shivapuri.
    • There are no shops or restaurants along the trail, so make sure to pack all the food and drinks you will need for the hike.
    • You can hire a guide for the hike if you want. This is a good option if you are not familiar with the area or if you want to learn more about the flora and fauna of Shivapuri National Park.

    Trip Includes

    • Hiking with fluent English speaking license holder local tour guide
    • Private vehicle,  pick up from hotel then at the end drop to hotel
    • Bottle of Water

    Trip Excludes

    • Shivapuri National park fees
    • Food during the hike
    • Personal hiking equipment and Clothing.
    • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
    • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
    • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)

    4 Responses to Shivapuri Hiking

    • louiece

      Hiking around Kathmandu

      I highly recommend Mountain Treks Nepal’s Shivapuri hike to anyone seeking a well-organized and enriching day trip near Kathmandu. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual nature enthusiast, this experience offers something for everyone.

    • Krist

      I recently embarked on a fantastic day hike to Shivapuri National Park with Mountain Treks Nepal. The entire experience, from the knowledgeable and friendly guide to the convenient car transportation, was truly amazing.

      Our guide Mr. Prakash was a wealth of information about the park’s diverse plant and animal life, as well as the rich cultural significance of the area. They expertly adjusted the pace to match our comfort level, making the hike enjoyable for everyone. The car ensured a comfortable and hassle-free journey to and from the trailhead, allowing us to maximize our time exploring the beautiful scenery.

      Mountain Treks Nepal’s organization and professionalism were top-notch. From the initial booking process to the day of the hike, everything ran smoothly.

      One of the highlights of the hike was reaching the peak and witnessing the breathtaking panorama. We even spotted some magnificent birds along the way! The entire day was filled with fresh air, stunning landscapes, and a true sense of adventure.

      If you’re looking for a well-organized and unforgettable Shivapuri hiking experience, I highly recommend Mountain Treks Nepal’s guided hike with car service. It was an excellent value for money and a fantastic way to explore this beautiful national park.

    • Ramrouma

      The majestic Shivapuri never disappoints! Our hike with Mountain Treks Nepal was a fantastic experience from start to finish. The breathtaking Himalayan views and diverse birdlife were incredible. We opted for the guided hike with car service, which was perfect. Our guide, Deepak, was incredibly knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna, pointing out interesting plants and explaining the significance of various landmarks. He made sure the pace was comfortable and was always happy to answer our questions. The car service was a huge plus, saving us time and allowing us to focus on enjoying the scenery. We even had a delicious traditional lunch included! Overall, Mountain Treks Nepal made our Shivapuri hike a truly unforgettable adventure. If you’re looking for a well-organized and enjoyable way to explore this beautiful area, I highly recommend them. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to experience the magic of the Himalayas without any hassle.

    • Malik

      Shivapuri Hiking

      Our guide was not only incredibly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the park, but also very friendly and patient. Having a car included made the trip incredibly smooth, allowing us to focus on enjoying the scenery. The hike itself was a delightful mix of lush forests, serene temples, and stunning Himalayan panoramas. Mountain Treks Nepal ensured everything ran seamlessly, from pick-up to drop-off.

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