Shivapuri Hiking
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Trip Overview

Shivapuri National Park is the ninth national park of Nepal which is named after the Shivapuri Peak residing in an altitude of 2,732 meters. It was established in 2002. Shivapuri National Park covers an area of 159 km/square. 

Shivapuri Hiking is one of the popular day hikes that will take you up to Shivapuri mountains along with the stunning view of the overall Kathmandu Valley. This is a moderately challenging hike which takes only about 5 to 6 hours. 

The starting point of the hike is Shivapuri National Park which is located about 20 kilometers from Kathmandu. The entrance fee is NPR 200 for adults and NPR 100 for children. Shivapuri Hiking offers exquisite scenery of the surrounding mountains along with the Kathmandu valley. This is a perfect hike for you to escape the rush of the city and enjoy the tranquillity of nature. 

Trip Itinerary

Day 01

Shivapuri Hiking takes about 5 to 6 hours. The time duration solely depends upon your speed. However, you can also drive to the destination for about 45 minutes. You can take your private vehicle or a motorbike ride. 

The hike starts from the early morning with 45 minutes drive to Budhanilkantha Temple which is nestled in the foothills of Shivapuri. You will also be able to explore the Narayanthan Temple which is a Hindu pilgrimage site for lord Vishnu. A short drive will lead you to the entrance of Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park. 

After you get your tickets from the entrance, the hike will start. The beginning portion of the hike is the desert road with some steep stone stairs to Nagi Gumba in the Northeast. Nagi Gumba is a Buddhist monastery. This monastery gives a panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley along with the Langtang and Mount Everest on a clear day. 

The trail moves uphill through the monastery where you will be able to explore the lush green forest. You can troll through the diverse flora and fauna with more than 177 species of birds. This national park is home to numerous wildlife including monkeys, leopards, and bears. 

The hiking continues into a Baghdwar on the route to the Shivapuri Summit which is 700 meters from the Nagi Gumba. On the way, you will see a tiger-shaped gargoyle with continuous water flow. Finally, after 200 meters uphill from Baghdwar, you will reach Shivapuri hilltop at an altitude of 2563 meters. You can rest and explore the scenery at the top and descend down afterward. 

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Frequently asked questions

The best time to hike Shivapuri is during Spring (March to May) and autumn (September- November). Monsoons might be wet while winters are cold and snowy. So, the best time to visit Shivapuri is spring and autumn as the temperature is mild and the sky is clear. 


The entry fee for Shivapuri is Rs. 100 for Nepali citizens and Rs. 1000 for foreigners. The total hiking cost depends upon the type of food and services you seek.

The Shivapuri trailhead is 16 kilometers from Kathmandu.

 Indeed you can camp during Shivapuri Hiking. However, you will need to obtain a permit from the park office.

Shivapuri Hike is rated moderately challenging. The trail is well-maintained and easy to follow. However, the elevation gains about 8,860 feet. Thus, it is essential to be physically well and have a steady walk.

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