Shivapuri Day Hiking
- Trip Grade: Easy
- Meals: lunch, breakfast and dinner
- Accomodation: included
- Transportation: included
Shivapuri Day hike is a one in a million opportunity to experience the northwestern part of Kathmandu and explore its effortless beauty. The Shivapuri Hill is situated at an altitude of 2563 m and is a paradise for bird watchers. For individuals wishing to embark on a short hike, the Shivapuri Day hike is perfect. Come experience nature at its best with Alpine Paradise Treks and Expedition with the hike to Shivapuri National Park.
The day starts with a 20 minute’s drive to the famous Budanilkantha Temple, followed by a 10 minutes’ walk to enter the conservation area of Shivapuri national Park. The national part is a protected forested area home to over 500 species of flora and fauna. Walk past the army check into a steep path through the dense forests as views of Kathmandu become more magnificent. After two hours, we reach the hill top with exclusive views of the surrounding landscapes and hills serving as a reward for the path undertaken.
The trek downwards will come out through the interesting area of Sundarijal, which is home to exclusive looking water resources all around. Explore Sundarijal and its natural, rocky beauty before heading home. Experience Shivapuri Day Hill hike with AP treks and return home satisfied.
- Meet guide at hotel/designated meeting point
- Drive to Budhanilkantha Temple
- Start hike through forest of rhododendron and oak trees
- Reach Shivapuri National Park entrance gate and show permits
- Continue along trail following ridge with panoramic views
- Arrive at Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist monastery at 2,330 meters
- Take a lunch break and visit the monastery
- Descend via a different trail through Tamang village of Mulkharka
- Take a break at Mulkharka with tea and interact with locals
- Continue descent to the roadhead
- Return to hotel/designated drop-off point.
7:00 AM: Meet your guide at your hotel or the designated meeting point.
This is the starting point of your trek. You will be meeting your guide who will accompany you throughout the journey. The guide will be responsible for showing you the way, ensuring your safety, and providing you with any necessary information about the places you visit.
7:30 AM: Drive to Budhanilkantha Temple, which is about 8 km from Kathmandu city center.
The temple is known for its stone-carved statue of Lord Vishnu lying on the bed of serpents. Budhanilkantha Temple is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is situated about 8 km from Kathmandu city center and is known for its unique stone-carved statue of Lord Vishnu lying on a bed of serpents. This is a must-visit place for anyone interested in Hindu mythology and history.
8:00 AM: Begin the trek from Budhanilkantha.
The trail gradually ascends through a forest of rhododendron and oak trees. This is where your trek officially starts. You will be walking through a forest of rhododendron and oak trees, which is a common vegetation type in the Himalayan region. This part of the trek is relatively easy, with a gradual ascent, and provides a great opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the forest.
10:30 AM: Reach Shivapuri National Park entrance gate, where you’ll need to show your permits.
Shivapuri National Park is the closest national park to Kathmandu and is home to a variety of wildlife such as leopards, deer, monkeys, and over 300 bird species.
Shivapuri National Park is one of the closest national parks to Kathmandu and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. It is essential to obtain the necessary permits to enter the national park. The park is famous for its wildlife, including leopards, deer, monkeys, and over 300 bird species.
11:00 AM: Continue your hike along the trail that follows the ridge, offering panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the Langtang mountain range.
After obtaining the necessary permits, you will continue your hike along the trail that follows the ridge. This part of the trek offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the Langtang mountain range. You will have the opportunity to take some fantastic pictures and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings.
12:30 PM: Arrive at Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist monastery situated at an altitude of 2,330 meters.
Nagi Gompa is known for its tranquil surroundings and traditional Tibetan architecture. Take a break here for lunch. Nagi Gompa is a Buddhist monastery situated at an altitude of 2,330 meters. The monastery is known for its peaceful surroundings and traditional Tibetan architecture. This is a great place to take a break and have lunch before continuing your trek.
1:30 PM: After lunch, visit the monastery and learn about the monastic life of the nuns who reside here.
After lunch, you will have the opportunity to visit the monastery and learn about the monastic life of the nuns who reside here. This is a great opportunity to gain insight into the culture and traditions of the Buddhist community in Nepal.
2:30 PM: Begin your descent back to Kathmandu via a different trail that passes through the Tamang village of Mulkharka.
After visiting the monastery, you will start your descent back to Kathmandu via a different trail that passes through the Tamang village of Mulkharka. This part of the trek offers a different perspective of the surrounding landscape and the opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their way of life.
4:30 PM: Reach Mulkharka, where you can take a break and enjoy a cup of tea while interacting with the friendly locals.
Mulkharka is a Tamang village located on the way back to Kathmandu. This is a great place to take a break, enjoy a cup of tea, and interact with the locals. The Tamang people are known for their friendly nature and hospitality, and this is a great opportunity to learn more about their culture and way of life.
5:30 PM: Continue the descent and reach the road head where your vehicle will be waiting for you.
After spending some time in Mulkharka, you will continue your descent back to Kathmandu. The trek back will be relatively easy, and you will reach the road head where your vehicle will be waiting for you.
6:30 PM: Return to your hotel or the designated drop-off point.
After reaching the road head, you will board the vehicle and return to your hotel or the designated drop-off point. This marks the end of your trek, and you can relax and reflect on the incredible experience you just had.
- English-speaking guide
- Transportation from hotel/designated meeting point to Budhanilkantha and back
- National Park entry fee
- Lunch at Nagi Gompa
- Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, and souvenirs
- Tips for the guide and any other staff
- Travel insurance
- Any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
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- Sturdy hiking shoes or boots
- Comfortable, breathable clothing (avoid cotton)
- Sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
- Daypack to carry water, snacks, and personal belongings
- Rain jacket or poncho
- Water bottle (at least 2 liters)
- Snacks (energy bars, trail mix, etc.)
- Personal medication (if any)
- Cash for personal expenses and tips
Q: What is the difficulty level of the Shivapuri day hike?
A: The hike is considered moderate with some steep inclines and descents.
Q: Do I need to have previous hiking experience?
A: It is recommended to have some previous hiking experience and a moderate level of physical fitness.
Q: Is it safe to hike in Shivapuri National Park?
A: Yes, it is generally safe to hike in Shivapuri National Park with a licensed guide. However, it is always important to follow safety guidelines and be aware of your surroundings.
Q: What is the best time to do the Shivapuri day hike?
A: The best time to do the hike is from October to May, when the weather is generally dry and sunny. However, it is important to check the weather forecast before embarking on the hike.
Q: Can I customize the itinerary based on my preferences?
A: Yes, the itinerary can be customized based on your preferences and physical fitness level. Just make sure to discuss your preferences with your guide before the hike.