Shivapuri National Park Day Hike

Trip Highlights

  • Trek through Shivapuri National Park on a full-day eco-adventure
  • Visit the Budhanilkantha Temple on the way to the park
  • Explore the protected forest, home to more than five hundred native species of plants and animals Climb a combination of gentle stone steps and walking trail to the peak of Shivapuri
  • Enjoy lunch while admiring views of the Langtang Mountain Range

Shivapuri is the national park that exists near the Kathmandu valley about 12 km away. And even it is the second-highest peak among all surrounding Kathmandu valley.
Day hiking is one of the best ideas to spend your day with quality time. Making the day hike to Shivapuri National Park is an amazing way to spend your free time and erase your stress. This national park is giving shelter for lots of flora and fauna and many endangered species too. It is the home for many species of birds around 177 species, among them, 9 are enlisted as endangered. Even thousands of mammals and butterflies are living here and getting shelter from Shivapuri National park. If coming in detail, around 19 species of mammals and around 150 species of butterflies are available here in this national park. So this place is an excellent destination for the visitor to observe the different species of birds, mammals, butterflies, etc.
This is a national park with a dense forest which is managed under the Shivapuri watershed Reserve. This place also gives protection for a variety of plants such as oak, pine and Red Rhododendron-national flower of Nepal. Animals such as leopard, black bear, jungle cat, snakes, rhesus monkey and many more other species of plants and animals live here. So this place is also the best destination for people who wants to learn about different species of plants and wild animals.
Nowadays most visitors are attracted to this national park for one-day hiking as it is easily accessible from the capital city (Kathmandu). Even the trekking route to Nagarkot, Langtang National Park, Gosaikunda and Helambu pass through this national park. This national park is also the origination of the holy river Bishnumati and Bagmati. Moreover, many religious sites of Buddhists and Hindus can be found inside this national park like Nagi Gompa. Simply this destination is one of the awesome places to get fantastic panoramic views of Kathmandu valley and Langtang Himalayan Mountain.

You can also enjoy some other hiking near and outside the Kathmandu valley. There are some exclusive hiking packages such as Changunarayan HikingNagarkot Dhulikhel HikingChampadevi Hiking, and more. For the different experiences of Kathmandu exploration, you can also choose these hiking options too. if you want to know more, please contact us, it is our pride to help you. 

Trip Facts

  • Trip CodeLHN23
  • Duration1 Day
  • Pricefrom US$50 / person
  • GradeEasy
  • DestinationNepal
  • Min Pax02-15 pax
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Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Full-day hike in Shivapuri National Park: 8-9 Hours

Take a full-day hike in the Shivapuri National Park, located near Kathmandu. On this trip, you will observe the beauty of the area's lush surroundings as you hike to the top of the Shivapuri peak.
In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel by your driver and guide. After 20 minutes of driving, you will arrive at the Budhanilkantha Temple, 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Kathmandu. This temple is famous for the pond with a large statue of the reclining Vishnu.
From Budhanilkantha, drive uphill to reach the gates of the Shivapuri National Park. This area is a government-protected forest where more than 500 species of animals are found.
Start your hike from the southern boundary of the area. Be ready to climb stairs, as part of the trail consists of stone steps, leading you slowly but gently to the peak. On the way, pass Nagi Gumpa, the only monastery where nuns can practice Buddhism, and a place that foreigners often visit for meditation.
It is a steep uphill hike along narrow trails that gradually lead up to Shivapuri. Continue on to pass by the starting point of the Bagmati River, and your surroundings will beckon you to rest and enjoy the beauty of the forest.
Finally, you will reach the peak, located at an altitude of 8,963 feet (2,732 meters). From here, you can look out over toward the Langtang Mountain Range and enjoy lunch. Stroll around for a short time before taking a shortcut downhill and returning to Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,732 m/8,963 ft
  • Meals: Lunch
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What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Transport by private luxury vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What's Excluded

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Trip Map

Shivapuri National Park Day Hike Trip Map

Cost included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Transport by private luxury vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Cost Exclude

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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Amazing View from Shivapuri

Amazing View from Shivapuri


Hiking is one of the best desires in my life and Finally, Luxury Holiday Nepal provided me the best Hiking tour in Nepal. They suggested Shivapuri national park for hiking which lies around 12 km from the capital city and Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Muhan Pokhari for about 40 minutes After checking the formalities in entrance gate our hike started from the southern boundary where the army check-post was located and we climb uphill and up to the top of Shivpuri around one and half hour. After reaching our destination, we enjoy the beauty of the snowy Himalayas such as Lantang, Dorji Lhakpa and Ganesh Himal which was marvelous and amazing. Also, we were attracted to Natural forest and wildlife such as pine, rhododendron, oak, etc and Himalayan Black bear, Leopard, jungle cat respectively. I highly recommended Luxury Holiday Nepal for a Wonderful Hiking and supportive team. Thank you!!

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During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.

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