|Destination:||Nepal||Activity:||Trekking and Hiking|
|Duration:||1 day||Group Size:||Minimum 02|
|Max Altitude:||2732 Meters||Difficulty:||Easy|
Shivapuri Nature Hiking takes you on a natural journey into the sprawling green forests rising just above the Kathmandu valley. You can enjoy full-day hiking in Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park while observing the rich bio-diversity in the outskirts of Kathmandu. With numerous scenic treats in store along the hike, the cultural display is also a sight to marvel at. This Hiking ventures into the arms of nature in close proximity to Kathmandu.
Shivapuri Nature Hiking begins at Kathmandu. After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll drive for about 20 minutes to Budhanikantha Temple in the northeast of Kathmandu. The 8km stretch of road goes through the bustling city towards the sparse settlements of Budhanikantha. After exploring the temple, you’ll begin hiking into the sprawling forested trail of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. The park was named after the local peak of Shivapuri (2732m) and was declared as the national park in 2002. While ascending up the hill, you’ll get to witness the rich flora and fauna of the park. The park is also home to Nagi Gumba (2330m), a nunnery established for Buddhist nuns and foreigners visiting for meditation. The area lies in a transition zone between temperate and subtropical climate zone, hence, you’ll encounter lush forests at the lower belts than at the top.
The top of Shivapuri hill offers the magnificent panorama of the surrounding mountains including Langtang massif. After lunch, you can stroll around the place catching the pristine sight of the park. Afterward, you’ll descend the same way back to Budhanikantha temple and catch your commute back to your hotel. You can mostly during the Spring (March-Jun) and autumn (Sep-Nov) seasons are best for better weather and visibility in order to hike Shivapuri National Park as a Shivapuri nature Hiking.
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Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will warmly receive you and bring you to your hotel. In the evening, he/she will take you for a lavish welcome dinner in one of the finest diners in Kathmandu.
AM: Drive to Budhanikantha from Thamel
After early morning breakfast, you’ll catch a commute and drive 8km northwest to Budhanikantha. You’ll drive the bustling settlements towards the sparsely populated area in the outskirts of Kathmandu city. The quaint settlement of Budhanikantha lies about 20min away from the hotel. Once at Budhanikantha, you’ll explore the local Budhanikantha temple before embarking on the hike.
AM: Start hiking from Budhanikantha to Shivapuri Hill and Evening hike back to the same place.
You’ll begin hiking through the sprawling forested trail of ShivapuriNagarjun National park. Your tour guide will pay the entry fee on your behalf. The national park serves as the home to 177 different species of birds; numerous mammals including Indian leopard, jungle cat, large Indian civet, golden jackal, a Himalayan black bear; and vegetation. The rugged trail passes through the forested area towards the open field atop the hill. You’ll also encounter the famous nunnery, NagiGumba, en route. Once at the top, enjoy the scenic panorama of Langtang massif and a few other mountains. After a brief rest and strolling around the area, you’ll hike down the same way back to Budhanikantha temple.
PM: Drive back to Thamel
Once at Budhanikantha temple, you’ll catch your commute back to your hotel in Thamel. You can stroll around the streets of Thamel and enjoy the nightlife in Thamel.
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