The Shivapuri hiking trip is considered to be one of the best day hiking trips, and its proximity to the capital makes it an ideal location for tourists who wish to explore the wilderness but do not wish to venture too far. The hike takes place in the youngest National Park of Nepal, ‘Shivapuri’ and covers an area of 159 km2. Venture into the tranquil ambiance on the foothills of the Shivapuri peak and experience the rugged trails on which many have stepped and created long-lasting memories. The deafening silence of the jungle may fool you, but it is home to a variety of species like golden jackal and birds. If you wish for a quick getaway, then the Shivapuri day hike is definitely for you.
Shivapuri is situated at an altitude of 2563meters, north of Kathmandu and is the second highest hill around Kathmandu valley. After breakfast at the hotel, we drive for about 40 minutes to Budhanilkantha Temple which is (8) kilometers, north of Kathmandu. From Budhanilkantha we walk through Shivapuri conservation area. This is a Government protected forest where many species of plants, birds and butterflies are found. We start our hike from the southern boundary of the area where the army check post is located. Nagi Gumpa is situated at an altitude of 2330 meters, north of Kathmandu and above Budhanilkantha Temple is the only monastery for Nuns of Buddhism and foreigners often come there for meditation. It is a steep uphill hike through narrow and dusty trail for about half an hour and two hours of gradual uphill trail to Shivapuri. After lunch, we take a short cut down hill trail to Kopan for about two hours and drive back to Kathmandu. This route is also known for cycling trails, bird watching and Jungle walks. Total time 6 to 8 hours.