Trip Highlights

  • Trip Durations 01 Day
  • Trip Destination Nepal
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Accomodation Pack Lunch
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Best Season Sept-Dec, March-May
  • Max Altitude 2,782m
  • Trip Start Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Trip End Kathmandu

Trip Overview

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Introduction to Shivapuri Hiking

Shivpuri Hiking is the most popular hiking near Kathmandu valley, perfect for bird-watching groups and religious / pilgrim travelers. Apart from bird watching and hiking, this route is also popular for cycling. Located north of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,732 meters, this hill is the second-highest hill in the Kathmandu Valley. It is 25 km. away from the hub of urban life.

This hill is named after the famous great mediator, sage Shivpuri Baba. The area was established as a watershed and wildlife reserve in 1976 AD and was declared a national park in 2003 AD. Shivpuri National Park was spread over an area of 144 sq km in Kathmandu, Nuwakot, and Sindhupalchowk but later 15 sq km of Nagarjuna forest was added and now the total area is 159 km.

It is a protected national park area that is the nearest national park to Kathmandu Valley. Shivpuri Hiking offers an admirable view of the Kathmandu Valley and the eagle eye view around it. This hiking is a natural paradise to spend a day walking near Kathmandu Valley. Shivpuri hike offers you the best valley views, meditation atmosphere, fresh air, and peace. Hiking takes you to typical Nepali villages where you have the opportunity to know about the customs, traditions, and religion of the local people.

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View of Various Mountains from Shivapuri Hill

Hiking on Shivpuri hill is a short and enjoyable trip near the capital Kathmandu, so people of all ages can easily complete it. Shivpuri hiking is the best trip for those who have a short time and cannot go for long and high trekking. This hiking is even better for those who want to travel with small children or suffer from altitude sickness but still want a trekking experience. The water source of the Bagmati River is Bagdwar on the same hill. Langtang and Rowaling, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa etc. From the top of Shivpuri hill, you can see the mountain views of Langtang, Rowaling, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, etc.

After a 30-minute drive from Thamel, you reach the Muhan Pokhari, from where your hike begins. On your way to Shivpuri hiking, you can also visit Budhanilkantha Temple, a holy place for Hindus. After checking the formalities at the Shivpuri entrance, you enter the Shivpuri National Park. Walking through the pine and cherry forest, you reach Nangi Gompa within an hour and a half. Located in a quiet and beautiful place, this magnificent monastery is a holy place for Buddhists.

It is a famous monastery for nuns practicing Buddhism and foreigners for meditation. You can relax for a while in Nangi Gompa to relieve fatigue. The journey then continues for another three hours through the oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forest.

To get back you take a shortcut downhill trail to Kapan. On the way back to Kathmandu, you also visit Kapan Monastery. Since there is no place for lunch during the trek, we take some water and some light food.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 01

Hike to Shivpuri Hill from Kathmandu: 6-7 hours.

7:00 – You will be ready for hiking and will leave the hotel for Budhanilikantha at around 7.15. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to reach Budhanilikantha from the hotel.

8:00 – Take a tea break, fill a water bottle, and shop at the last minute for hiking if you need anything.

8:30 – Approx. 5 to 10 minutes drive from Budhanilikantha, you will reach Army Check Post Point (entrance of Shivpuri National Park). After paying the Entrance fee at the check post point, your hike will start from there.

Noon – After walking through dense forest for 2 to 3 hours, you will reach the top of Shivpuri around 12.00. The top of Shivpuri will reward you with magnificent views of the mountains to the north. Take an hour’s break for lunch (Note: no food or water is available inside the park, so be sure to bring a packed lunch yourself).

13:00 – Now start walking downhill from the top and visit the beautiful Nangi Gompa on the way. Located in a quiet and beautiful place, this magnificent monastery is a holy place for Buddhists. It is a famous monastery for nuns practicing Buddhism and foreigners for meditation. You can relax for a while in Nangi Gompa to relieve fatigue.

16.00 – You will find the vehicle outside the Army check post and the vehicle will drop you off at your hotel.

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Frequently asked questions about this trip

What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is normally known as acute mountain sickness. This can happen when people rapidly climb up to an altitude of more than 3000 meters. We ensure minimal risk by adding rest to our trekking itineraries. Most people will feel some effects of altitude, some shortness of breath and possibly light headache, this is normal enough. Acute mountain sickness patients are quite different and usually have a serious headache, sickness, and lose awareness. In almost all possible cases there are sufficient warning signs to take action properly. Descending to a lower altitude is usually enough to prevent any further problems.

Do I need a visa to enter Nepal and how can I get if I need it?

Yes, you need Visa for travelling to Nepal and this can be obtained before departing from your country or at the Kathmandu Airport. It should be noted that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return and requires 2 passport size photos. For more detail please visit the Department of immigration page.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Travel insurance will ensure your safety and security during the trip. Travel insurance with maximum medical cover is essential for all trips to Nepal to minimize risk.

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How big are the groups?

In order to operate group joining fixed departure trips we need minimum of two persons but for private trips, no minimum and maximum apply. You can travel with us, whether you are alone or with a large group. But remember that according to the rules of the government, trekking to a restricted area requires minimum of 2 persons.

Is there anyone to meet us at the airport upon arrival?

Yes, a representative from our office will be at the airport with a banner of your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel by our representative. After that you will be invited to our office or we can visit your hotel where you will meet with your guide and trip briefing will be done.

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