Shivapuri offers great day hike and a nice way to shake off the jet lag before heading to base camp or the higher mountains. The forests is beautiful and we saw lots of birds including the Kalij Pheasant. Shivapuri Hiking is a short and easy treks near the capital, Kathmandu.
Shivapuri, located at the height of 2732m northern part of Kathmandu offers nice jungle walk. Trek through sprawling forest to Shivapuri, natural environment, spectacular Mountain View of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal and Gaurishankar Himal to east.
The most popular treks near to Kathmandu for bird watcher group travelers. Exploring cultural villages is more rewarding which is located near the source of holy Bagmati River, a paradise for bird watchers.
The good thing about hiking in the Shivapuri area is that there are numerous options – whether to hike for just 2, 3 hours or for an entire day – there are choices. If you look for a short hike around this area then we can walk up to Nagi Gompa, and end the hike at Kapan Gompa.
Shivapuri Day Hiking is easily accessible, and require you the permits. In addition, these short treks can be undertaken by anyone, regardless of their age and gender. These treks are just a perfect startup for beginners. There will private transport and English speaking experienced hiking guide for the trip. Tipping is expected for driver and guide as you like.
Shivapur Day Hiking Facts
|Trip Duration||One Day Private Trek|
|Tour Location||Sunrise at Budhanilkantha, Shivapuri & Nagi Gompa|
|Trek Grade||Easy hike|
|High Elevation||2731m / 8963ft|
|Pickup Points||Your Hotel in Kathmandu|
|Trip activities||English Speaking Guide + Private Vehicle + Trek Guide.|
|Group Size||2-15 Persons.|
Shivapuri Hiking Highlights
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
- Professional Shivapuri National Park hiking guide is included.
- 4-5 Hours day hiking to Shivapuri National Park close to Kathmandu
- Nagi Gompa – a Buddhist nunnery, Bagdwar and lush green forest.
- Reach the elevation of 2700 meter from Kathmandu which is 1300 meters.
Our Guide will pick you up early in the morning at your hotel in Kathmandu. Drive from Kathmandu to Muhan Pokhari for about 30 minutes. After handling the formalities at the Shivapuri entrance gate, you enter the Shivapuri watershed and wildlife area. You commence your hike from the southern boundary of the area where the army check-post is located. The trail goes along the rugged but drivable road through pine and cherry forests up to Nangi Gompa within one and a half hours. Here, a nunnery monastery is located.
After the monastery, the trail goes steeply uphill through the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests for another three hours. From here you can enjoy the beauty of the snowy Himalaya ranges such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang-Lirung, and Dorje Lhakpa. Finally, you take a shortcut downhill to Budhanilkantha in about two and a half hours before commencing your drive back to Kathmandu.
- Pickup and drop services to hotel
- Private transportation during your tour
- Shivapuri National park fees
- English speaking trek guide
- Guide and driver lunch expenses
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
- Tips and Gratitudes for guide/drive.
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Best time to do Shivapuri Hiking
Shivapuri hiking is feasible throughout the year as it’s a year around season trip. But Autumn (September, October & November) and Spring (February, March & April ) is considered as the best season for hiking to Champadevi hike. Summer or Monsoon is not considered to be a hike as the trail gets slippery.
Note: For those of you with limited time in this amazing country, or energy to spare after a longer adventure, we run a range of day tours to let you experience the magic of Kathmandu and Pokhara.