Shivapuri day hiking

Take a full-day hike in Shivapuri National Park, located near Kathmandu. On this trip, you will observe the beauty of the area's lush surroundings as you hike to the top of the Shivapuri peak.The Shivapuri National park is located in the northern and north western part of Kathmandu. It is the second highest hill near the Kathmandu valley at altitude of 2563m. and a paradise for bird watchers. The good thing about hiking in Shivapuri area is that there are multiple options - whether to hike for just 2, 3 hours or for an entire day - there are choices. It is ideal for people visiting Nepal who doesn't have time or interest to go for longer treks.

In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel by your driver and guide. After 20 minutes of driving, you will arrive at the Budhanilkantha Temple, 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Kathmandu. This temple is famous for the pond with a large statue of the reclining Vishnu.
From Budhanilkantha, drive uphill to reach the gates of the Shivapuri National Park. This area is a government-protected forest where more than 500 species of animals are found.
Start your hike from the southern boundary of the area. Be ready to climb stairs, as part of the trail consists of stone steps, leading you slowly but gently to the peak. On the way, pass Nagi Gumpa, the only monastery where nuns can practice Buddhism, and a place that foreigners often visit for meditation.
It is a steep uphill hike along narrow trails that gradually lead up to Shivapuri. Continue on to pass by the starting point of the Bagmati River, and your surroundings will beckon you to rest and enjoy the beauty of the forest.
Finally, you will reach
the peak, located at an altitude of 8,963 feet (2,732 meters). From here, you can look out over toward the Langtang Mountain Range and enjoy lunch. Stroll around for a short time before taking a shortcut downhill and returning to Kathmandu.


Explore the green landscape of Shivapuri National Park
Discover the origin of the Bagmati River
Eat lunch at the top of the Shivapuri peak while taking in the mountain views around you
Admire the view down on the Kathmandu Valley

Facts of the trip

Trip Duration:  8 hours 
Max. Altitude: 1600m./ 5200ft.
Minimum Altitude: 850m./ 2805 ft
Grade: Easy
Activities: Hiking
Accommodation: NIL
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Private vehicle
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 1 person to 30 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April, May, Sep, Oct & Nov.
Available Time: All months
Per day tour/hiking:  6 hours 


06:30 AM - Breakfast at Hotel
07:00 - Pickup at Hotel, drive to Budhanilkantha (8kms, 25 minutes)
07:30 - Start hiking from
south side of Shivapuri
Hike to Nagi Gompa, then towards to Sundarijal, Lunch en route
15:00 - Trek down to Sundarijal
17:00 - Drive back to Kathmandu

Shivapuri National Park Fee
It is mandatory to enter shivapur hiking as this trip is inside the national park. The fee is fixed NPR 500 per person for foreigner and NPR 300 per person for SAARC citizen. You are required passport copy to obtain it. You can pay directly at Budanilkantha check post. We have included in the package. 

 Clothing equipment for Shivapuri Hiking
When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

- Lightweight hiking boots or sport shoes "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters or sport shoes. 
- Light weight pants
-  T-shirts. 
- Long sleeve shirt, if susceptible to sunburn. 
- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes. 
- Water bottle - 2 liters.
- Sunglasses and strap 
- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion. 
- Small daypack - 25 liters. 
- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack during monsoon. 
- Warm jacket during winter. 



During hiking, you will have a lunch at Shivapuri top. 

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Shivapur hiking is easy level but long hike,  suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least  5-6 hours with a light day bag pack. As we will  get the highest elevation 2563 meter, you won't have to worry about acute mountain sickness ( AMS) though you are preferred an excellent health with average physical fitness then we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the hike.

Nigel Chamberlain

Mr. Tej arranged a short hiking to Shivapuri day trip and Bhakatapur. A fantastic trip and great experience! If I ever come to Nepal gain, I will use this company again without hesitation.

Kornkamon Chittreekhun

For the whole package is so good. I am very satisfied with the service, guide and porter while trekking. Good guide for Shivapuri private day tour and sightseeing is also Ok. I will probably come back and use the company’s service again soon! Thanks for everything!

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