Shivapuri is the closest National Park to the capital city, Kathmandu. With a total elevation of 2732 meters (from the sea level), it is also considered 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 the 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 your way toward 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 animals. Throughout the hike, you will be accompanied by the melodious chirping of wild birds and a gazing troop of rhesus monkeys. From the top of the Shivapuri hilltop, you can stand the audience to the mesmerizing view of the hills and far away Himalayas.

The scenes in Kathmandu Valley can also be enjoyed from the Shivapuri viewpoint. Afterwards, we make our way down another route heading towards Kapan Monastery. The hike is possible throughout the 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 travellers. We will help you organize your trip according 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.


  • Enjoy walking through dense forests of Shivapuri inside Kathmandu Valley
  • Visit the Nagi Gompa inside the Shivapuri National Park
  • Witness beautiful views of the Kathmandu Valley and hills surrounding the valley
  • Explore the Budhanilkantha Temple and learn the Hindu ethos in the


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Day 1:Shivapuri Hiking

A private vehicle (van/car/bus) will drive you to Budhanilkantha. There you will have your breakfast and explore the temple premise. After exploring the temple, the hiking starts. Firstly, a permit is needed to enter the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. Then, the journey goes through the luscious forest of Shivapuri. There are multiple routes you can take. We will head towards Nagi Gompa (a Buddhist monastery). Then, a continuous uphill climbing of 2 hours will lead you to top of the hill. After the sightseeing from the hill top, you will hike your way back through a shortcut route to Kapan Monastery. Later on, you will be driven back to Kathmandu via private transportation.

    Cost Details

    Airport pick up and drop

    All ground transport

    2 night accommodation in Kathmandu in bed and breakfast basic

    Accommodation in hotels and lodge during the hike

    Full meals throughout the hike

    National Park entry fee and permit

    Experienced tour and hiking guide and his expenses

    All government taxes

    Personal expenses

    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu

    Tips to guide and staffs

    Travel insurance and rescue