Shivapuri Day Hiking

Shivapuri National Park
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Shivapuri Day Hiking
Shivapuri Day Hiking
Shivapuri Day Hiking
At a Glance
Duration1 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude2732m/8963.255ft.
Group Size1-20pax
Travel StyleHiking
Best TimeAugust to May

The Shivapuri Day Hiking Experience is an absolute must-do when visiting the Kathmandu Valley. This moderate-level hike will take you to the breathtaking Shivapuri ridge, which sits at an impressive elevation of 2,732 m (8,963 ft). Starting from Pani Muhan, you'll trek through dense forests, reaching the summit and then returning to the starting point. Along the way, you'll also have the opportunity to explore Nagi Gomba, a serene nunnery monastery. Join our team of local experts and embark on this tranquil day hike, covering a distance of approximately 18 to 20 km.The Shivapuri hiking tour in Kathmandu Valley offers a breathtaking experience for nature enthusiasts. Located within the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, this tour takes you through a dense forest filled with a variety of plant species such as bamboo, Indian chestnut, fetterbush, bayberry, wild Himalayan pear, Himalayan cherry, Nepali hog plum, silver birch, and rhododendron. The park, which was established in 2002, covers a total area of 159 sq km, with Shivapuri occupying 144 sq km and Nagarjuna occupying 15 sq km.


  • Experience a thrilling one-day adventure-level hiking tour in Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, located in Kathmandu.
  • Immerse yourself in the dense forests of the park, where you can encounter a diverse range of birds, wild animals such as leopards, and vibrant flowering plants and grasslands.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas, including Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gaurishankar, and Number, as you hike through the park.
  • Take in the panoramic views from the majestic Shivapuri Peak, offering a stunning vista of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Explore the cultural and spiritual sites of Baghwar, the starting point of the Bagmati river, and Nagi Gomba, a serene nunnery gompa, adding a touch of tranquility to your adventure.
  • Discover the wonders of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
  • Experience the diverse and vibrant flora and fauna of the area
  • Immerse yourself in the captivating world of birdwatching
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan ranges
  • Embark on a thrilling hike through a dense forest to reach the summit of Shivapuri Peak at 2732m
  • Explore the enchanting and remarkable Nunnery monastery
  • Engage in a memorable adventure amidst the natural beauty of Shivapuri
  • Encounter a wide variety of plant and animal species in their natural habitat
  • Capture stunning photographs of the picturesque landscapes and wildlife
  • Enjoy a peaceful and serene atmosphere while exploring this remarkable hiking destination.

The National Park is home to an impressive array of biodiversity, including 1250 species of vascular plants, 129 species of mushrooms, four types of forests, and 318 species of birds. Additionally, the park provides a sanctuary for 24 types of mammals, 9 threatened species of herpetofauna, and 106 species of moths and butterflies.

For nature lovers seeking a challenging uphill walk to burn calories, this hiking tour is the perfect choice. It allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and immerse yourself in the fresh mountain air. The journey begins with a short drive to Budanilkhantha, where you will obtain the necessary National Park permit. From there, you will embark on a hike towards Shivapuri Peaks (2732m), navigating steep stone stairs and lush forests along the way.

During the hike, you will have the chance to observe a variety of pheasants, deer, and birds while also taking in breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gaurishankar, and Number Mountain ranges. At the summit of Shivapuri Peak (2732m), you will come across the statue of Shivapuri Baba, a highly respected individual renowned for his meditation practices in the region. The hike covers a total distance of 20km and involves ascending and descending an elevation of 1330m, making it suitable for individuals with reasonable fitness levels. This hike is considered to be of moderate difficulty.

As the hike concludes, you will descend towards Baghdwar, the starting point of the Bagmati River, before making your way to Nagi Gompa. From there, you will be driven back to your hotel in Kathmandu with memories of a truly unforgettable hiking experience.

Shivapuri National Park Permits and Costs:

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, located near Katmandu City, is the nearest national park to the city. To embark on a hike or gain entry into the park, visitors are required to pay entrance fees. The fees vary depending on the category of visitors.

  • For Nepali citizens, the entrance fee is NPR. 100.
  • while SAARC citizens are required to pay NPR 600.
  • Motorbike owners are charged NPR. 30.
  • whereas minibus, bus, and truck owners need to pay NPR. 500.
  • Car, Jeep, taxi, and van owners are charged NPR 300.
  • while bike owners are required to pay NPR. 100.
  • Foreigners visiting the park are subject to an entrance fee of NPR 1,000.

Shivapuri Hiking Cost:

Our Shivapuri Hiking Tour offers a comprehensive package that includes a professional guide, entrance fees, and transportation via private vehicle tailored to the size of the group. The pricing for the Shivapuri hiking experience is as follows:

  • For solo hikers, the cost is USD 90 for a single-day hike.
  • For groups of 2 to 6 people, the cost is USD 60 per person.
  • For groups of 7 to 9 people, the cost is USD 50 per person.
  • For larger groups of 10 to 20 individuals, the cost is USD 40 per person.

Positioned in Kathmandu, Shivapuri provides a moderate-level hiking destination within the Shivapuri National Park. If you are keen on experiencing a day hike in the national park, amidst dense forests and spectacular mountain views, please refer to our itinerary and do not hesitate to contact us for any assistance required. Our team is dedicated to supporting you.

Tour PlanExpand All

Experience the exhilarating Shivapuri Day hiking tour, a 6/7-hour expedition spanning 20 km and boasting an elevation gain of 1400 m at 2732m. Following a delicious breakfast, our knowledgeable guide will accompany you in a private car, ensuring you have a packed lunch for the journey. After a short drive, we will arrive at Mulpani entrance gate, where you will need to pay the entry fees before commencing the hike. As you make your way to the summit, be prepared to encounter a diverse range of captivating flora and fauna. The ascent to the top typically takes around 4 hours, rewarding you with panoramic vistas of the majestic mountain range, including Langtnag, Ganesh himal, Manaslu, Everest, and more. Take a well-deserved break for lunch at the summit before retracing our path back to the starting point, passing by Bagdawar and Nagi Monasteries. The hike concludes at Kapan Monastery, and we will then provide transportation back to your hotel.

Max. Altitude: 2732m/8963.255ftMeal: Lunch
Cost Details
  • Private transportation will be arranged to take you to Mulpani for the hiking excursion.
  • An experienced hiking and trekking guide will accompany you throughout the journey.
  • The national park entrance fees are included in the package.
  • Government tax and company fees are covered as part of the tour cost.
  • A packed lunch will be provided for you to enjoy during the hike.
  • At the end of the hiking trip, you will be brought back to your accommodation on a private tour.
  • Staff's Travel insurance 
  • Insurance for guests
  • Additional activities, like tour, trekking and safaris 
  • Personal expenditures, foods, water, and other things 
  • Tips for staff member, guidesand divers
Dates & Availability
Starts:May 23, 2024Ends:May 23, 2024
Starts:May 25, 2024Ends:May 25, 2024
Starts:May 27, 2024Ends:May 27, 2024
Starts:May 29, 2024Ends:May 29, 2024
Starts:May 30, 2024Ends:May 30, 2024

For those looking to join the Shivapuri hiking fixed departure tour, please check the following dates.

Additional Info

The one-day hike excursion to Shivapuri National Park stands out as a premier day hiking adventure in Kathmandu. The Himalayan Trekking Path provides comprehensive details on distance, level of difficulty, necessary permits, packing lists, ideal season, and more.

Shivapuri Hiking Distance, Duration and Elevations:

Shivapuri Hilltop, situated in the Kathmandu Valley, is the second highest peak after Phulchoki, boasting an impressive elevation of 2732m above sea level. Embark on a one-day hiking tour starting from Pani Muhan, the army checkpoint, leading you to the summit and then back to Nagi Gompa via Bagdwar, the sacred starting point of the holy Bagmati River. The total distance of the Shivapuri trail spans 20km, which can be covered in approximately 6 to 7 hours, depending on your pace.

Shivapuri Hiking Difficulty:

The Shivapuri hike is categorized as a moderate-level challenge, necessitating a commendable level of physical fitness. You should be capable of walking for 6 to 7 hours, encompassing steep uphill sections and descents. The trail primarily consists of ascending and descending stone steps, with an elevation gain of approximately 1300 meters from the starting point and returning to the same level. This hike is highly recommended for individuals who wish to prepare themselves for high-altitude treks and peak climbing, as it offers an excellent opportunity for acclimatization. Additionally, if you are in Kathmandu and have limited time for a long trek, it is advisable to choose this day tour.

Flora and Fauna of Shivapuri National Park:

Shivapuri is located in a region that encounters a combination of subtropical and temperate climates. The area showcases a wide variety of natural forest types, such as pine, oak, and rhododendron, which differ based on the altitude and aspect. The park is a sanctuary for a diverse range of wildlife, including Himalayan black bears, leopards, jungle cats, and Rhesus monkeys. Moreover, it serves as a habitat for 177 bird species, with at least 9 of them being endangered. The park also sustains a population of 102 butterfly species, some of which are rare and at risk, along with 129 species of mushrooms. It is also popular for bird-watching tours.

Required Permit for Shivapuri National Park 

Shivapuri Hill is located in the Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park, a designated protected area. Visitors must pay an entrance fee to access the national park, with the fee varying based on their nationality. Foreigners are required to pay 1000 Nepalese rupees per person for entry, while SAARC country nationals are charged 600 Nepalese rupees per person.

Packing list for Shivapuri Hiking:

The Shivapuri day hike necessitates a day pack for the 6 to 7-hour expedition through the captivating dense forest. If you are fortunate and have good timing, you may encounter a diverse range of flora and fauna. In terms of packing, you will require a day backpack that can accommodate a 2-liter water bottle, snacks, and hiking boots or sports shoes. Additionally, sunscreen, hiking poles, hiking attire, and a lightweight jacket for hiking are necessary. For a lengthy day hike, we will provide a packed lunch.


For the Shivapuri hiking excursion, we provide full transportation according to the schedule. The hike commences and concludes at your chosen spot. Upon confirmation of your reservation, you must specify the pickup point for our guide prior to the journey. Following the adventure, we will transport you to your preferred destination in or around Thamel.

The best time for Shivapuri hiking:

When organizing your one-day hiking tour in Shivapuri, it is important to remember that you have the flexibility to plan it at any time of the year. Make sure to choose a day that is most convenient for you and embark on your journey of discovery. For breathtaking views, it is recommended to visit during either the Fall season (September to December) or the Spring season (February to May).


We highly value your feedback, which helps us improve our services for future trips. Your suggestions are significant in expanding our knowledge base. Additionally, your appreciation motivates us to remain responsible and dedicated to our continuous improvement efforts. We are grateful you joined us for a one-day hiking tour to Shivapuri Hiking Tour with our company. Thank you for placing your trust in us and for the wonderful experience you had during the tour. If you require any other tours, treks, or hikes in Nepal, we would be delighted to have you join us again.