Shivapuri is the closest National Park from the capital city, Kathmandu. With the total elevation of 2732 meters (from the sea level), it is also considered as the second highest hill, near the Kathmandu valley. It is a natural paradise for those who do not have enough time for long trekking trips and want the comfort zone of the city. During the one day trip to Shivapuri, you will see Bagdwar (a pristine source), which is believed to be the origin of Bagmati River. From various points during the hike inside Shivapuri, you get an overall view of Kathmandu Valley.
The hike usually starts from Budhanilkantha which is north of Kathmandu valley. At Budhanilkantha, you can also visit the Budhanilkantha Temple which houses a glorious statue of sleeping Lord Vishnu. A short distance from Budhanilkantha brings to the doorsteps of the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. We officially enter the national park after your permits are checked by the officials. The hike begins its ascending run as you make way towards Nagi Gompa. Visit the gompa and enjoy a short break in this peaceful monastery. Walking uphill, we will reach the top of one of the hills inside the national park. Being a protected area, Shivapuri is home to almost 500 exotic species of wild birds and animal. Throughout the hike, you will be accompanied by melodious chirping of wild birds and gazing troop of rhesus monkey. From the top of the Shivapuri hilltop, you can stand audience to the mesmerizing view of the hills and faraway Himalayas. The scenes Kathmandu Valley can also be enjoyed from the Shivapuri viewpoint. Afterward, we make our way down another route heading towards Kapan Monastery. The hike is possible throughout year. Nonetheless, during monsoon the trails are extremely slippery so is not recommended for the visitor.
For this short trip and any other trips and tours around Nepal, Eternal Himalaya is the best option for travelers. We will help you organize your trip accordingly to your availability, and take care of logistics. We also have experienced guides who will help you along your trips. For more information, please contact us.