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Shivapuri Hiking

Trip Facts


Duration 1 Days


Difficulty Easy

Take a full-day hike in 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.The Shivapuri National park is located in the northern and north western part of Kathmandu. It is the second highest hill near the Kathmandu valley at altitude of 2563m. and a paradise for bird watchers. The good thing about hiking in Shivapuri area is that there are multiple options – whether to hike for just 2, 3 hours or for an entire day – there are choices. It is ideal for people visiting Nepal who doesn’t have time or interest to go for longer treks.


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 reachthe 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.

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At Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, we put our efforts to create and operate trips to various parts of Nepal. We have a great team of skilled guides and porters to assist travelers. Thus, we provide our finest people and services to cater to your needs. Also, we allow you to easily change the itineraries as per your liking.

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  • Explore the green landscape of Shivapuri National Park
  • Discover the origin of the Bagmati River
  • A pack lunch at the top of the Shivapuri peak while taking in the mountain views around you
  • Admire the view down on the Kathmandu Valley


Day 1

Morning drive to Budanilkantha - Hike to Shivapuri Hill and walk down to Sundarijil then drive to Kathmandu

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Drive and Hike


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Time :             Activities

07:30 am :       Meet with hiking guide at hotel’s lobby and depart to Budanilkantha by private vehicle

08:30 am:        Arrive at Budanilkantha, Hike to Nagi Gompa and Shivapuri hill

11:30 am:        Arrives at Shivapuri Hilla, take packed lunch

12:00 pm:        Walk to Sundarijal

02:00 pm:        Arrive at Sundarijal and drive to hotel

03:00 pm:        Arrive at Hotel

What do you get in the Trip?


  • Pick-up and drop off from/to hotel
  • Drinking water
  • Packed lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Public Liability Insurance


  • Tips for guide
  • Camera fees

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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Shivapuri National Park Fee

It is mandatory to enter Shivapuri hiking as this trip is inside the national park. The fee is fixed NPR 1500 per person for foreigners and NPR 500 per person for SAARC citizens. You are required a passport copy to obtain it. You can pay directly at Budanilkantha check post. We have included it in the package.

Clothing gears checklist

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year, and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

  • Lightweight hiking boots or sports shoes “walked” them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters or sports shoes.
  • Lightweight pants
  • T-shirts.
  •  Long sleeve shirt, if susceptible to sunburn.
  • Sun hat – sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes.
  • Water bottle – 2 liters.
  • Sunglasses and strap
  • Sunscreen, sun bock, sun-tan lotion.
  • Small daypack – 25 liters.
  • Rain jacket – poncho style to cover backpack during monsoon.
  • Warm jacket during winter.


During hiking, We provide lunch on the top of Shivapuri hill.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Shivapur hiking is an easy level but long hike,  suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least  5-6 hours with a light day bag pack. As we will get the highest elevation 2743 meters, you won’t have to worry about acute mountain sickness ( AMS) though you are preferred excellent health with average physical fitness then we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal of alternative treks before booking the hike.

Climate and weather

Shipauri hiking is mostly 2-3 hours but it can also be done for an entire day the choice is yours. Similarly, for hiking in Shipauri you can hike it throughout the year. It is open to anyone at any time of the day. Mostly, for hiking here summer and spring seasons are best. But, it can also be done in the winters.

Safety and security

Shipauri hike is a short hike. So carrying everything is not necessary. Therefore, carrying a lot of items is not required and the things you carry are protected by the authorities all the time. So, you can enjoy your time there without worrying about anything.

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