Shivapuri hiking is a great destination for a day trip near Kathmandu.
Covering an area of 159 sq. km in total, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park lies on the northern peripheral of Kathmandu valley. It sits more or less 12 km away from the capital city center. Famed as the country's 9th national park (among 12), Shivapuri national park was established in 2002.
It is one of the best hiking near Kathmandu to see the Langtang Himalayan range as well as enjoy the nature around Kathmandu. Shivapuri National park is one of the nearest national park of Kathmandu valley. There are lots of trails inside the National Park, from a simple 2 to 3 hours walk to longer routes.
In the morning, around 7 am you will be picked you up by our guide from your hotel and proceed for a full day hiking trip to Shivapuri.
The Shivapuri National park is located in the northern and north western part of Kathmandu. It is the second highest hill near Kathmandu valley at altitude of 2732m (8963ft). It is ideal place for people visiting Nepal who have short time and who cannot go for longer treks.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu by our guide and drive to Budhanilkantha Temple, a large reclining statue of Lord Vishnu. You can visit and explore the temple and then we will start walking towards Shivapuri Conservation Area.
The trek passes through dense forest at some places. Part of the trail consists of stone steps leading you slowly and gently to the peak. The view of Kathmandu Valley looks amazing from top of the hill.
On the way you will pass through Nagni Gompa, the only monastery where nuns can practice Buddhism and a place that foreigners often visit for mediation.
You can stroll around and enjoy the scenery and explore the area. After some time we will slowly descend downhill to the place where we started in Budhanilkantha where our car will be ready to pick you up and drive to the hotel.
After a short 20 to 30 minutes drive, arrive in Kathmandu city and drop to your hotel.
Shivapuri Hike Duration: 1 Day Max-Altitude: 2,732 Program Type: Hike Best Season: September to January, March to August Per Day Walking: 6/7 Hours Trek Grade: Suitable for any walker looking for something more challenging and energetic.
Wildlife recorded in the park includes Himalayan Black bear, leopard, jungle cat, and rhesus monkey. Additionally, the park is home to 177 species of birds, including at least nine threatened species, 102 species of butterflies with several rare and endangered species, and 129 species of mushroom.
It is a dense, lush green and well-preserved national park, protected for watershed and wildlife reserve. Secured by the Nepal Army, an entrance fee is required for entry.
It is situated in the mid-hills of the country on the northern edge of the Kathmandu Valley and named after Shivapuri Peak. It encompasses an area of 159 km2 across the districts of Kathmandu, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk, neighboring 23 Village Development Committees.
Madhav National Park, located in Shivpuri District, Madhya Pradesh, India.