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Trip Overview

Shivapuri Hill Day Hike is one of the most popular day hikes in the Kathmandu valley. This trail is a popular hiking trail that offers peaceful jungle walks, nature, and wildlife experiences. The Shivapuri hill lies to the north of Kathmandu valley at 2732 m. Hence, it is the second-highest hill surrounding the Kathmandu valley. Also, it is the closest national park to the Kathmandu valley. Similarly, it is also the origin of the Bagmati river. Hiking to Shivapuri hill is a short and easy trip from Kathmandu. 

Shivapuri National Park is a paradise for bird watchers. It is home to 177 species of bird and 19 species of mammal, some endangered and endemic. Likewise, it is also home to 150 species of butterflies and several plants. Shivapuri provides marvelous views of the Himalayas. Such as the Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganesh Himal. Thus, the Shivapuri hill day hike is an easy mixed culture and nature hike.

The journey begins with a short drive to Budanilkantha. The entrance to the Shivapuri National Park. The hike is over a rugged road. The trail goes through the pine forest up to Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist nunnery. Here you can see nuns practicing Buddhism. Here onwards, the trail ascends steeply uphill through oak and rhododendron forest. From the Gompa, it is about 3 hour walk to the hilltop. Continue along the trail and reach Bagdwar, the source of the Bagmati river. You can enjoy the beautiful view of snow-capped peaks and the entire Kathmandu valley. After enjoying the view, descend to Kopan and drive to your hotel. 

Shivapuri Hill Day Hike

Trip highlights

  • Also, visit the Budhanilkantha Temple on the way to the park.
  • Explore the lush landscape of Shivapuri National Park.
  • Trek through Shivapuri National Park.
  • Discover the source of the Bagmati River.
  • Enjoy a superb view of the Himalayas and Kathmandu valley.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-467
  • TRIP NAME: Shivapuri Hill Day Hike
  • DURATION: 1 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Hiking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • MAX ALTITUDE 2732m(shivapuri)
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Budanilkantha-Shivapuri-Kapan-kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Drive to Budanilkantha-Hike to Shivapuri

    After breakfast, drive about 10kms from the city center to Budanilkantha. This Budanilkantha temple is famous for a statue of Lord Vishnu sleeping on a bed of snakes. We will pass through the Shivapuri Conservation area and visit the Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist monastery. It is a steep uphill hike along a narrow trail that gradually leads up to the Shivapuri hilltop. We further continue to Baghdwar, the source of the Bagmati River. You can get a picturesque view of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the Kathmandu valley. After enjoying the view, we hike downhill to reach the Kopan monastery and then drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

What's Included
  • Transfer to and from the hotel.
  • English speaking local tour guide.
  • Shivapuri National Park entrance fee.
What's Not Included
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section.


EDhan (America)

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