Shivapuri Hill Day Hike is one of the most popular day hikes from the Kathmandu valley. This trail is a popular hiking trail that offers peaceful jungle walks, nature, and wildlife experiences. The Shivapuri hill is situated to the north of Kathmandu valley, at an altitude of 2732 m. Hence, it is the second-highest hill surrounding the Kathmandu valley. Also, it is the closest national park to the Kathmandu valley. Hiking to Shivapuri hill is a short and easy trip from the capital. Similarly, Baghdwar is also the source of the holy Bagmati river.
Shivapuri National Park is a paradise for bird watchers. It is home to 177 species of birds, some endangered and endemic. Also, it is home to 19 species of mammals. Likewise, it is also home to 150 species of butterflies and several plant species. Also, Shivapuri provides one of the most wonderful 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 Naagi Gompa, a Buddhist nunnery. Here you can see nuns practicing Buddhism. After that, the trail ascends steeply uphill through oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forest. From the Gompa, it takes about 3 hours or more to reach the hilltop. From the hilltop, you can enjoy the beautiful view of snow-capped peaks and the entire Kathmandu valley. After enjoying the view, descend to Kopan and then drive to Kathmandu.
⇒Visit the Budhanilkantha Temple on the way to the park.
⇒Explore the green lush landscape of Shivapuri National Park.
⇒Trek through Shivapuri National Park.
⇒Discover the source of the Bagmati River.
Day 1: Drive to Budanilkantha-Hike to Shivapuri
After breakfast, we shall drive about 10kms from the city center to Budanilkantha. This Budanilkantha temple is famous for a large statue of the Lord Vishnu sleeping on a bed of snakes. From here, 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 shall further continue to Baghdwar, the source of the Bagmati River. From the hilltop, we get the spectacular picturesque view of snow-capped mountains surrounding the Kathmandu valley. After enjoying the great view, we then hike downhill to reach Kopan monastery and then drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu.
- Transfer to and from the hotel.
- English speaking local tour guide.
- Shivapuri National Park entrance fee.
- Anything not mentioned in the included section.
10th November, 2015
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14th October, 2015
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7th October, 2015
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12th August, 2015
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27th December, 2019
Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.