Shivapuri Hike

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Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Nepal
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Duration

1 Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English

About this tour

The Shivapuri Hike is a popular and refreshing trekking option near Kathmandu, Nepal. It offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city and a chance to immerse yourself in nature. Situated within the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, this hike takes you through lush forests, serene landscapes, and provides breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains.

The Shivapuri Hike usually starts from the northern outskirts of Kathmandu and follows well-marked trails that wind through rhododendron and oak forests. The highlight of the hike is the Shivapuri Hill, which stands at an elevation of about 2,732 meters (8,963 feet). From the hill’s summit, trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley, Langtang Range, Ganesh Himal, and even glimpses of the Everest and Annapurna ranges on clear days.

The hike also offers cultural insights as you may pass by monasteries, small villages, and encounter locals going about their daily lives. The tranquil environment, cool mountain air, and the opportunity to observe local flora and fauna make the Shivapuri Hike an excellent option for those seeking a relatively short and rejuvenating outdoor experience while in Nepal.

The duration of the hike can vary depending on the specific trail and your pace. It’s typically a half-day to full-day hike, making it a convenient option for both locals and tourists looking to escape the city for a short outdoor adventure.

Essential Tips for a Successful Shivapuri Hike

  • Begin your hike early in the morning to avoid the heat and crowds, and to maximize your time on the trail.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast before heading out, and be prepared for potential changes in weather during the hike.
  • Dress in comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing suitable for hiking. Layering is important to adjust to changing temperatures.
  • Choose comfortable hiking shoes with good traction to navigate the sometimes uneven and rocky terrain.
  • Carry sufficient water to stay hydrated throughout the hike. It’s recommended to bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Bring energy-boosting snacks like granola bars, nuts, and fruits to keep your energy levels up.
  • Use sunscreen, wear a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays.
  • Pack essentials like a first aid kit, a map or navigation app, a fully charged mobile phone, a small flashlight, and any necessary medications.
  • Follow the “Leave No Trace” principles by not littering and respecting the environment. Also, be respectful of local customs and cultural sites you may encounter.
  • Stick to marked trails to avoid getting lost and to minimize your impact on the natural surroundings.
  • Familiarize yourself with the trail map and its landmarks before you start. This will help you stay oriented and avoid taking wrong turns.
  • Whenever possible, hike with a companion or let someone know your plans and expected return time.
  • Be honest about your fitness level and don’t push yourself too hard. Take breaks as needed to rest and enjoy the scenery.
  • If you’re hiking in a national park, adhere to all park rules and regulations to help protect the area’s natural beauty.
  • Carry a small trash bag to pack out any waste you generate during the hike.

Shivapuri Hike Safety Considerations

  • Familiarize yourself with the trail map, landmarks, and any possible alternative routes before starting the hike.
  • Let someone know about your hiking plans, including your expected route, starting time, and estimated return time.
  • Whenever possible, hike with a partner or in a group. Having someone else with you enhances safety and provides assistance in case of emergencies.
  • Stick to established trails and paths to avoid getting lost or wandering into unsafe areas.
  • Carry a basic first aid kit that includes items like adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, blister treatment, and any personal medications.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain energy levels by drinking water and consuming snacks regularly.
  • Be cautious around wildlife and avoid feeding or approaching animals. If encountering larger wildlife, keep a safe distance.
  • Be aware of the trail conditions, especially in areas with steep ascents, descents, or loose rocks.
  • Respect local regulations and guidelines, especially in protected areas like national parks.
  • Carry a small flashlight in case your hike takes longer than expected and you need to navigate in low light.
  • Carry a whistle to alert others in case of emergencies or if you’re in need of assistance.
  • Practice “Leave No Trace” principles by minimizing your impact on the environment and packing out all waste.

Highlights

  • Begin your hike at the revered Budhanilkantha Temple, home to a stunning stone-carved statue of Lord Vishnu.
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley, the city, and the distant Himalayan peaks.
  • Immerse yourself in lush forests with diverse flora and fauna, providing a serene escape from urban life.
  • Encounter various wildlife species, including monkeys and a variety of birdlife, adding an element of adventure.
  • Experience peace and tranquility in the natural surroundings of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.
  • Find teahouses and small shops along the way, offering refreshments and a chance to rest.
  • Capture stunning vistas of the landscape, cityscape, and the majestic Himalayas.
  • Interact with locals in nearby villages and learn about their way of life and culture.
  • The hike can be completed in a day, making it a convenient option for a quick outdoor adventure.

Included/Excluded

  • Lunch from the Teahouses menu during the Hike.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill etc
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Tips to your Guide. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Drive by Local Bus from Kathmandu to Budhanilkantha.
  • Trek from Budhanilkantha to Shivapuri Nagarjung National Park
  • Shivapuri National Park to Nagi Gumba
  • Nagi Gumba to Bhaghdwara
  • Baghdwara to Shivapuri Peak
  • Return to Kathmandu
  • Lunch Somewhere at Teahouse during Hike
  • Drop to your Hotel.

Durations

1 Day

Languages

English

Frequently asked questions

The hike often starts from Budhanilkantha, a suburb of Kathmandu, known for the Budhanilkantha Temple and the reclining Vishnu statue.

The duration can vary depending on the chosen trail and pace. On average, it's a half-day to full-day hike.

Highlights include Budhanilkantha Temple, panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley, serene forests, wildlife encounters, and a chance to escape the city.

Yes, the hike is suitable for beginners with a basic level of fitness. The trails are well-defined, and there are rest stops along the way.

Yes, there are teahouses and small shops along the trail where you can rest, have refreshments, and enjoy the scenery.

A guide is not necessary for most hikers, as the trail is well-marked. However, hiring a local guide can enhance the experience with insights and safety assurance.

Yes, you can extend the hike to reach Shivapuri Peak (2,732 meters) for even more spectacular panoramic views.

Bring essentials such as comfortable hiking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, snacks, a map and a fully charged mobile phone.

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Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Nepal

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