Shivapuri is a prominent hiking spot in the valley. It lies at an elevation of 2,563m and 25 km away from the bustling Kathmandu city. We start our hiking by driving up to Budhanilkantha, which is 8 km north of Kathmandu. You pass through the famous statue of reclining Vishnu sleeping on a bed of snake which is made up of a single stone Shivapuri trails are natural, hard and mesmerizing. Hiking starts after registering at the park entrance. The hike is about 2.5-hour walk through the dense forest to a hidden Buddhist monastery, Nagi Gompa which is 2340m. It is popular among tourists and locals who want to practice Buddhism and meditation. After this, it takes us about two hours to get to the top where we take a break to see eagle eye-view of Kathmandu Valley, feel the meditative ambiance, clean air that gives you peace of mind. It can be taken as a religious tour because you can see the origin of Bagmati River, the famous origin pristine source of the holy Bagmati River called Baghdwar. Your hiking will be wonderful with the melodious chirping of birds and majestic backdrop of mountains with beautiful captivating nature. You can capture some unforgettable photos during your hike. You will be climbing a lot, hiking through the dense forest track amidst the streams and stupas with spectacular views on the way. You will experience several twists and turns. You might easily lose the way in the maze of jungles if not properly guided.
HIKE TYPE: Private
HIKE DISTANCE: 5 KM
STARTING TIME: 6 AM
SEASON: Round the year
LANGUAGE: English, Nepali
Most Common FAQs
- 1 . FAQ about Hike
Do you cancel tours?
We do cancellation of tour only if there is a political close announcement or protests. We do not cancel our tours if it rains or snows. We might consider cancellations if we expect a heavy thunderstorms or downpour. However, we will notify you in advance via email or by phone.
What should I wear?
Normal hiking shoes with more traction to tackle the difficult downhill slopes of the valley is good for hiking.
A T-shirt and a pair of shorts or tights are enough during summers. In addition please bring your sunglasses and sunscreen to avoid from sunburn.
During winter, we recommend our clients to wear an extra layer besides to what they would normally wear.
Is there water available on Hike?
We will carry our own bottles and fill up them. We advise that you carry your own water bottle to avoid purchasing plastic bottles. However there will be small tea houses on some locations of the trails selling mineral water bottles.
Is it possible to store belongings at the place we start?
Our pick up van will have the bag storage. However, we recommend you to take care of your belongings and not to store any valuable items in the bag storage.
Is it possible to take photos along the way?
Yes, you can bring your camera to take the pictures. The hike guide will also take pictures along the trails. You can ask your guide if there is a definite place you would like to take picture. Later the pictures captured by our guide will be sent to you via email.
Do you have pick up service?
We offer for our private tours an optional hotel pick-up service. The hotel or apartment building should be on or close to the tour route. Please let us know your complete hotel or apartment address during the tour reservation process and we will check if we can meet you at your hotel/apartment.
What is booking and payment procedure?
All tours are booked and paid for through our online booking system on our website or you could pay at the local registration places mentioned on the guide.
How long does the hike take?
It depends on the length of the hike (how many kilometres / miles) you choose. This information is available in the tour description.
Is there any age limit for the hike?
It is the responsibility of you as a participant to ensure that you are fit enough to participate in the tour. Children under the age of 18 are the responsibility of their parents or guardians.
In what language the hike be?
Tour will be guided in English and Nepali.