Shivapuri day hike - to experience the true spirit of a Nepalese village
Shivapuri Village is a destination village resort in Nepal, in the capital Kathmandu.
Even though many villages are found in Nepal, Shivapuri Village maintains the true spirit of the Nepalese village experience in its midst; yet it provides a visitor with a glimpse of the remoteness and the grandeur apart from the hospitality and lies in the buffer zone of the Shivapuri National Park, which is one of the few National Parks situated in any capital around the globe.
Hiking starts at Budanilkantha.
Hiking Duration: 1 day
Maximum Height: 2563m
Hiking Type: Teahouse
Best season: September- December and March-May
Per day Walking: 6 to 7 hours.
Shivapuri situated at an altitude of 2563m north of Kathmandu is the second highest hill around Kathmandu valley Baghdwar, Shivapuri locates near the source of holy river Bagmati.
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive for about 20 minutes to Budhanikantha Temple, 8 km north of Kathmandu. From Budhanilkantha we walk through Shivapuri conservation area. This is the Government protected forest where over 500 species are found.
We start our hike from the southern boundary of the area where the army check post is located.
Nagi Gumpa situated at an altitude of 2330 m north of Kathmandu and above Budhanilkantha Temple is the only Monastery for the Nuns practice Buddhism and foreigners often come there for meditation. It is a steep uphill hike through the narrow and dusty trail for about half an hour and two hours gradual uphill trail to Shivapuri.
After lunch and strolling around for some time, we take a shortcut downhill trail to Kopan for about two hours and drive back to Kathmandu.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Anywhere in Kathmandu your hotel lobby, airport pick up or according to your request.
End location: Anywhere in Kathmandu your hotel lobby, airport pick up or according to your request.
Duration: 7 hours
Hiking Consists: 6 - 7 hours walk
By walk and Private A/C car as per itinerary.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2500 Nepalese Rupees - Per person for lunch and other personal expenses like beverages.
I am not a driver. There will be a separate driver in our tour. Vehicle will depend on the size of group driven by highly experienced driver.
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Kumar is a an extremely professional and knowledgeable guide. He is well trained in the history of Nepal, Buddhism, and Hinduism. His tours are well planned and perfectly timed. He contracts with conscientious drivers (important in Nepal). His English is excellent. One of the most delightful parts of the tour was his desire to show us real life in Nepal. He took us to several small villages, and this was the highlight of our visit! His love/pride for his home country makes him an outstanding guide!