Shivapuri Hiking - 1 Day

Duration1 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude2732 M
ActivitiesDay Trips
Group Size2
Startskathmandu
Endskahtmandu
Best TimeRound of the year

Journey on an exhilarating day hike to Shivapuri, a scenic destination nestled in the hills north of Kathmandu, Nepal. Shivapuri is renowned for its natural beauty, lush forests and panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley, making it a popular choice for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

The Shivapuri Day Hike begins with an early morning departure from Kathmandu, with transportation arranged to take you to the starting point of the hike. As you ascend the hills, you'll be greeted by the refreshing sights and sounds of the surrounding nature, providing a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The hike takes you through dense forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron, offering opportunities to spot a variety of flora and fauna along the way. Keep an eye out for colorful butterflies, singing birds, and elusive wildlife as you traverse the scenic trails of Shivapuri.

One of the highlights of the hike is reaching the summit of Shivapuri Hill, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley below. On clear days, you can even catch glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas in the distance, providing a majestic backdrop to your adventure.

After enjoying the scenic vistas from the summit, take some time to relax and rejuvenate amidst nature's embrace before beginning your descent back to the starting point. Along the way, you'll have the chance to explore hidden waterfalls, serene monasteries, and traditional Nepali villages, offering insights into the local culture and way of life.

The Shivapuri Day Hike promises an unforgettable experience filled with natural wonders, cultural discoveries, and moments of tranquility in the heart of nature. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a novice adventurer, Shivapuri offers something for everyone, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking to explore the beauty of Nepal's outdoors.

Highlights

  • Scenic Views: Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding hillsides from the summit of Shivapuri Hill. On clear days, you can even catch glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas in the distance, providing a majestic backdrop to your hike.
  • Natural Beauty: Immerse yourself in the lush greenery of Shivapuri's forests, which are home to diverse flora and fauna. Traverse trails lined with pine, oak, and rhododendron trees, and keep an eye out for colorful butterflies, singing birds, and other wildlife along the way.
  • Tranquil Environment: Experience moments of tranquility and serenity amidst the natural surroundings of Shivapuri. The peaceful ambiance of the hills provides a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, allowing you to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
  • Cultural Discoveries: Explore hidden gems such as serene monasteries, traditional Nepali villages, and sacred sites scattered throughout the Shivapuri area. Gain insights into the local culture and way of life as you interact with friendly locals and learn about their customs and traditions.
  • Adventure and Exploration: Embark on an adventure-filled hike through Shivapuri's scenic trails, which offer opportunities for exploration and discovery at every turn. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a novice adventurer, Shivapuri promises an unforgettable experience filled with natural wonders and memorable moments.
Itinerary
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6:00 AM: Departure from Kathmandu

Start your day early with a departure from Kathmandu. Arrange for transportation to take you to the starting point of the hike at Budhanilkantha Temple, located approximately 9 kilometers from the city center.

7:00 AM: Arrival at Budhanilkantha Temple

Reach Budhanilkantha Temple, a sacred Hindu site known for its colossal statue of Lord Vishnu reclining on a serpent. Take some time to explore the temple complex and admire the intricate craftsmanship of the statue before beginning your hike.

7:30 AM: Start of the Hike

Begin your ascent of Shivapuri Hill from Budhanilkantha Temple. Follow the well-marked hiking trails that wind through dense forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron. Enjoy the refreshing sights and sounds of nature as you trek along the scenic route.

10:00 AM: Midway Break

Take a break midway through the hike to rest and refuel. Find a picturesque spot along the trail to enjoy a packed breakfast amidst nature, surrounded by the tranquility of the Shivapuri forest.

11:00 AM: Continue Hiking

Resume your hike towards the summit of Shivapuri Hill. As you ascend, keep an eye out for colorful butterflies, singing birds, and other wildlife that inhabit the area. Take your time to soak in the natural beauty of the surroundings and pace yourself according to your fitness level.

1:00 PM: Summit of Shivapuri Hill

Reach the summit of Shivapuri Hill and celebrate your achievement. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley below and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas in the distance. Spend some time relaxing and enjoying the serene ambiance of the summit before beginning your descent.

2:00 PM: Descent from Summit

Begin your descent from the summit of Shivapuri Hill, retracing your steps along the hiking trail back to Budhanilkantha Temple. Enjoy the downhill trek and take advantage of the opportunity to appreciate the scenery from a different perspective.

4:00 PM: Return to Budhanilkantha Temple

Arrive back at Budhanilkantha Temple, completing your day hiking adventure. Take a moment to rest and reflect on the experiences of the day before preparing for the journey back to Kathmandu.

5:00 PM: Departure for Kathmandu

Board your transportation and embark on the journey back to Kathmandu, reminiscing about the stunning landscapes, cultural encounters, and sense of accomplishment gained from your Shivapuri Day Hike.

6:00 PM: Arrival in Kathmandu

Return to Kathmandu and conclude your day hiking trip. Reflect on the memories made and the beauty of Nepal's natural landscapes as you prepare to rest and recharge after an unforgettable adventure.

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Included
  • Transportation: Arrange for transportation from Kathmandu to the starting point of the hike at Budhanilkantha Temple, and back to Kathmandu at the end of the day.
  • Guided Tour: A knowledgeable guide to lead the hike and provide insights into the surroundings, including the history and significance of Budhanilkantha Temple and Shivapuri Hill.
  • Breakfast: Enjoy a packed breakfast during the midway break along the hiking trail, allowing you to refuel and recharge for the remainder of the hike.
  • Assistance: Assistance with preparing for the hike, including ensuring readiness with hiking gear, applying sunscreen, and providing any necessary information about the route and safety precautions.
Excluded
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred during the hike, such as snacks, additional meals, or souvenirs, are not included in the package.
  • Hiking Gear: Participants are responsible for bringing their own hiking gear, including appropriate clothing, footwear, sunscreen, and any other personal items.
  • Tips: Tips or gratuities for the guide and any other service providers are not included and are at the discretion of the participants.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance coverage for unforeseen circumstances such as medical emergencies, trip cancellations, or lost luggage is not included and should be arranged separately.
  • Any other expenses not specifically mentioned as included.