mountain views from shivapuri hill with the blue sky on a clear day during the shivapuri hike
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Highlights of Shivapuri Hike

  • Jungle walk.
  • Birdwatching.
  • The starting point of the Bagmati river.
  • Stunning Himalayan range and the view of the Kathmandu valley.
  • A big and beautiful Monastery.

About Shivapuri Hike

Shivapuri Hike is one full-day nature hiking trip around Kathmandu. It is the best jungle walking journey for adventure trekkers and nature lovers. For anyone going for a long mountain trekking in Nepal, it can be the best practice and training. A regular hiker may find it easy, but the beginner can struggle and get tired on this route.

Hiking to Shivapuri Hill is a complete nature trip inside the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. You can also see some religious monuments on this trail. Still, no local settlements and villages are on this day hike. Shivapuri Peak is the second-highest hill around Kathmandu at 2732m (8963 feet) from sea level. You can see magnificent mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Langtang massifs from the top of Shivapuri Hill.

The whole hiking trail is inside a dense forest so you can see colorful blooming flowers and a lot of Nepalese national flower rhododendrons. You will pass Nagi Gumba (female monks monastery) on the way to the Shivapuri nature hike. Also, some wild animals like Himalayan Langur (black-faced monkey), deer, and other wild animals with different colorful birds add charm to this day hike.

Hiking to Shivapuri Hill begins from Budhanilakantha after driving about half an hour from the city center. It is a 6-7 hour walking trip into the untouched nature. You walk around four hours to reach the top and descend to the exact spot where the trip starts. You can either use the same route to return or go the other side, making a big loop. You will cross Baghdwar before reaching the peak, the starting point of the Bagmati River (a Holi River).

How Difficult is Shivapuri Day Hike?

Shivapuri day hike is a lengthy walking journey inside nature with some steep ascend and descend. It can be difficult for beginners, who are not usual hikers. The hiking trail to Shivapuri Hill begins from an army base in Narayanthan. You will walk on the road after entering from the military gate for about half an hour and take stone steps to the left by leaving the road to the right. The trail is steep through these stone steps. If you are interested in visiting Nagi Gumba, you must walk another 15 minutes on the road rather than taking those steep stone steps. Also, there are many steps after the monastery. Following the trail through the monastery, you will see the magnificent view of the Kathmandu Valley.

The trail gradually ascends inside the forest for about 3 hours to Baghdwar. After Baghdwar, the trail goes steep for the final hour to an hour and a half to the summit of Shivapuri Peak through oak, pine, and other trees with bamboo bushes.

Descending from the Shivapuri Hill is long and steps in some parts. Here, you see many giant rhododendron trees. If you hike in spring, you see magnificently blooming rhododendrons. If you have a knee problem, climbing to Shivapuri Hill will be easier than descending from the top.

The walking trail will be moist in the morning, with frost in winter and rain in summer, so these circumstances can make it challenging to walk. You won’t get any restaurants and shops along the way for the whole day, so you might be hungry and thirsty if you do not bring snacks, pack lunch, or drink water for the Shivapuri nature hike. However, Nepalese hikers can drink regular water from Baghdwar Spring. We suggest taking a water bottle to fill and drink further from Baghdwar.

Best Time to Hike Shivapuri Hill

You can hike to Shivapuri Hill any time of the year, but September to May is the best. Autumn in October, November, and December have pleasant and constant weather with no rain. Visibility is better than in the other months, and you can see bright mountain views at these times.

The forests look amazing with blooming rhododendrons in spring, so March to May is also the best time for the Shivapuri Hill hiking. Summer from June to Aughts has lots of rainy days. The walking trail will be slippery, and there will be lots of spider nets, which will get stuck on your face while walking inside the forest trail.

Permit Cost for Shivapuri National Park

The Shivapuri nature hike is in the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, so visitors must issue a national park entry permit. It costs 1000 NPR for the external hikers and 100 NPR for the Nepalese hiker to enter the national park. Register at the national park counter before entering the military gate in Budhanilakantha.

Visitors cannot take weapons, lighters, or speakers to hike to Shivapuri Hill. You must fill out a form at the permit counter you brought and show the daypack to the army before walking towards nature.

Sidewalks on Shivapuri Trail

There are plenty of sidewalks on the Shivapuri Hiking route, so you may reach different destinations if you follow the wrong path. There is a trail to Tare Bhir, Sundarijal, and other places, so hire a guide with us, who will lead you to the correct destination and bring you back safely. We offer experienced and friendly hiking guides and private transport for Shivapuri Hill Hike at the best cost. We operate daily, so you can join the group or go privately with our hiking experts.


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We drive to Narayanthan after breakfast at our hotel in the morning. We go about half an hour to this place, taking the entrance ticket at the army checkpoint, hiking through a big Ani Gompa, seeing the Kathmandu valley view, and entering the forest with the stone steps. After our hike for about an hour, we reach Baghdwar. Baghdwar is the starting point of the Bagmati river. We see Tibetan Buddhist flags here and again keep continue our hike through the forest towards the top. We see the great view of the mountain range from here and a small cottage of the Sadhu. Then we hiked to where we started our hike and drove back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Place: Shivapuri Hill
  • Altitude: 2735m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am

Cost Details

  • pick up from your hotel to the starting point of hiking and drop back by private car/van/bus.
  • All necessary paper works.
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for the guide.
  • All government taxes (Gst) and Stationery expenses.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan international airport  (Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport-size photos & 25 USD.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in  Kathmandu.
  • All entry fees for the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • International airfare.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. 
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.


Trip DatesAvailabilityNotesPrice  
01 Sep, 2024 - 01 Sep, 2024GuaranteedUS$70
02 Sep, 2024 - 02 Sep, 2024GuaranteedUS$70
03 Sep, 2024 - 03 Sep, 2024GuaranteedUS$70
04 Sep, 2024 - 04 Sep, 2024GuaranteedUS$70
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