Shivapuri Hiking Tour

Shivapuri Hiking Tour

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1 Day



Max Altitude

2563 m.



No. of Person

Min. 01 Pax


Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park: Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, the ninth national park in Nepal, is a primary attraction. The park is rich in biodiversity, featuring various flora and fauna, and it serves as a watershed area for the Kathmandu Valley.

Shivapuri Peak: The trek to Shivapuri Peak, the highest point in the national park, offers stunning panoramic views of the entire Kathmandu Valley, as well as distant mountain ranges, including the Langtang and Annapurna ranges.

Nature Trails: The park boasts a network of hiking trails suitable for various skill levels. The trails take you through lush forests, open meadows, and serene landscapes, providing a diverse and scenic hiking experience.

Water Sources: Shivapuri is home to several freshwater springs and rivers. The trek might include passing by these water sources, providing opportunities to refresh and enjoy the natural beauty.

Buddha Monastery: On the way to Shivapuri Peak, you may encounter the Buddha Monastery. This serene Buddhist monastery adds a cultural dimension to the hike and provides a peaceful spot for reflection.

Nagarjun Hill: Nagarjun Hill, also known as Jamacho Peak, is often included in Shivapuri hiking itineraries. This hill offers panoramic views, and the ruins of the ancient Nagarjun Palace add historical significance to the trek.

Wildlife Watching: The national park is home to various wildlife species, including deer, monkeys, and numerous bird species. Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting different birds in the lush forests.

Cultural Experience: The Shivapuri area is inhabited by the Tamang and Sherpa communities. During the trek, you might encounter traditional villages, allowing for a cultural experience and interaction with the local residents.

Kathmandu Valley Views: Several viewpoints along the trails provide breathtaking views of the Kathmandu Valley. The cityscape, surrounded by hills and mountains, is particularly impressive.

Tranquil Environment: Shivapuri offers a tranquil environment away from the noise and congestion of the city. The peaceful surroundings make it an ideal destination for those seeking a break from urban life.

Adventure Activities: The varied terrain in Shivapuri allows for adventure activities such as hiking, trekking, and nature walks. The trails cater to both beginners and experienced trekkers.

Tea Houses and Rest Stops: Along the trails, there are tea houses and rest stops where hikers can relax, enjoy local snacks, and interact with fellow trekkers.

Photography Opportunities: The diverse landscapes, cultural elements, and panoramic views provide excellent opportunities for photography. Whether capturing the sunrise over the mountains or the lush greenery, there’s much to capture.

Accessibility: Shivapuri is easily accessible from Kathmandu, making it a convenient destination for day trips or short hiking excursions.

Shivapuri Hill, located to the north of Kathmandu, is a popular destination for day hiking and nature enthusiasts. It is part of the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park and offers splendid views of the Kathmandu Valley, as well as a chance to experience the rich biodiversity of the region. Here’s a suggested itinerary for a day hike to Shivapuri Hill:

  1. Starting Point:

The hike typically starts from the Budhanilkantha area, which is easily accessible from Kathmandu. You can reach Budhanilkantha by taxi or local transport.

  1. Entrance to Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park:

Register at the entrance of the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, where you might need to pay an entrance fee. The park is known for its diverse flora and fauna, including various species of birds.

  1. Trailhead to Shivapuri Hill:

The trailhead is well-marked, and you’ll begin your ascent through a mix of subtropical and temperate forests. The trail passes through charming villages, terraced fields, and lush greenery.

  1. Nagi Gompa:

Along the way, you’ll come across Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist monastery. Take some time to explore the monastery, interact with the monks, and enjoy the serene surroundings.

  1. Bagdwar:

Continue your hike towards Bagdwar, which is the source of the Bagmati River. It’s a sacred spot, and there’s a small pond believed to be the origin of the river. It’s a peaceful place to rest and enjoy the natural beauty.

  1. Shivapuri Hill Summit:

Continue your ascent to reach the summit of Shivapuri Hill. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley, surrounding hills, and, on clear days, distant mountain ranges.

  1. Picnic Lunch:

Carry a picnic lunch and find a scenic spot at the summit to enjoy your meal. The summit provides a peaceful environment to relax and soak in the beauty of the landscape.

  1. Descend:

After spending time at the summit, begin your descent back to the trailhead. The descent offers different perspectives of the terrain and is usually quicker than the ascent.


Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Carry sufficient water to stay hydrated during the hike.

Check the weather conditions before your hike, and be prepared for changes in temperature.

Respect the natural environment and follow the park’s rules and regulations.

A day hike to Shivapuri Hill offers a rejuvenating experience, combining the tranquility of nature, cultural elements like monasteries, and breathtaking views of the Kathmandu Valley.

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    Location: Shivapuri is situated to the north of Kathmandu, Nepal, and is part of the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.

    Altitude: The highest point in Shivapuri, Shivapuri Peak, stands at an elevation of approximately 2,732 meters (8,963 feet) above sea level.

    Best Time to Visit: The ideal time for a Shivapuri hiking tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is clear, and the views are optimal. The spring season brings blooming rhododendrons, adding to the scenic beauty.

    Duration of Hike: The duration of the hike can vary based on your chosen route and pace. A typical day hike to Shivapuri Peak may take around 5 to 7 hours, depending on your starting point and the specific trail taken.

    Hiking Trails: Shivapuri offers a network of well-marked hiking trails with varying difficulty levels. Common starting points include Budhanilkantha or Sundarijal, and trails may lead to destinations like Shivapuri Peak, Nagi Gompa, and Nagarjun Hill.

    Guides and Permits: While the trails are well-established, hiring a local guide can enhance your experience by providing cultural insights and ensuring your safety. As of my last knowledge update, no special permits are required for hiking in Shivapuri, but always check for any changes.

    Starting Points: Two common starting points for Shivapuri hikes are Budhanilkantha and Sundarijal. The trail from Budhanilkantha is known for the famous sleeping Vishnu statue, and Sundarijal offers a scenic route with waterfalls.

    Accommodation: Shivapuri is typically a day hiking destination, and accommodation on the hill itself may be limited. However, if you plan to stay overnight, there are lodges and guesthouses in nearby areas.

    What to Wear and Bring: Wear comfortable hiking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing (layers are advisable), a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Carry a small backpack with essentials like water, snacks, a first aid kit, a map, and a camera.

    Water and Refreshments: Carry sufficient water, especially if you’re hiking during the warmer months. There are tea houses and rest stops along the trails where you can purchase refreshments.

    Weather Considerations: The weather on Shivapuri can change, so it’s advisable to check the forecast before your hike. Even during the warmer months, temperatures can be cooler at higher elevations.

    Photography Opportunities: Shivapuri offers numerous opportunities for photography, from scenic landscapes and panoramic views to cultural and natural details along the trails.

    Responsible Hiking: Stay on designated trails, respect the local environment, and avoid littering. Adhere to responsible hiking practices to preserve the natural beauty of Shivapuri.

    Transportation: Public transportation or private vehicles can be used to reach the starting points of the hike. The journey to Budhanilkantha or Sundarijal itself offers scenic views.

    Always check for the latest local information, trail conditions, and any updated regulations before embarking on your hiking tour to Shivapuri.

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