Shivapuri Peak Hike

  • Duration 1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Day Hiking (18 Kilometres)
  • Best Season Around the year (except monsoon)
  • Group Size 20
  • Maximum Altitude 2732 meters

Shivapuri Peak Hike is a sentinel of tranquility and natural beauty, nestled in the center of Shivapuri National Park. The top, sometimes referred to as Shivapuri Baba, provides a welcome respite from the bustle of daily life. One of Nepal's best-known national parks, Shivapuri Nagarjun, is situated on the northern outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley.

The main attractions in this area are the breathtaking views from Shivapuri Peak, which rises to a height of 2,732 meters, and the historically notable nuns-only monastery Nagi Gumba, which is located at 1,985 meters. Beginning the hike at Budhanilkantha, the park's entrance, you'll come upon a famed Hindu shrine with a figure of Lord Vishnu lounging among a coil of serpents. Excellent views of the Kathmandu Valley and soaring Himalayan peaks can be seen on the climb up to the Shivapuri peak. En route to the Shivapuri Summit, there is a site named Baghdwar (2,514m), where a little gargoyle in the shape of a tiger stands. This is the source of the Holy River Bagmati.

The conservation area (national park) serves as a transitional region between subtropical and temperate climates. As a result, depending on altitude and aspect, the flora is made up of different kinds of natural forests, including pine, oak, rhododendron, etc. Additionally, this national park is home to a wide variety of exotic animals, including rhesus monkeys, leopards, jungle cats, and Himalayan black bears, among other mammalian species. In total, there are 129 different types of mushrooms, 102 different species of butterflies, including several rare and endangered species, and 177 different kinds of birds, including at least nine vulnerable species.

Major highlights you can experience in Shivapuri Peak Hike

  • Worth seeing sites such as Budhanilkantha, Nagi Gompa, and Bagdwar, along with Shivapuri Hill itself
  • Trek through a lush forest with fragrant pine trees and occasional wildlife sightings.
  • Pass through vibrant rhododendron groves, adding a burst of color to the landscape.
  • Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from Shivapuri Peak, including the Kathmandu Valley and distant Himalayan peaks.
  • Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the mountains.
  • Magnificent views of the Himalayas, including the Annapurna range, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gaurishanker, and a few peaks of the Rowling range

Itinerary

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To begin the trip, a 45-minute drive is required to reach Budhanilkantha Temple. The entrance to the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, where the hiking starts, is a short drive beyond the temple.

The first portion of the hike is relatively easy on a desert road before climbing above the steep stone stairs to Nagi Gumba in the northeast. From the entrance, the climb to Nagi Gumba takes two hours. From the monastery, a steep ascent through oak and rhododendron trees begins. While taking in the numerous vistas of the ascending mountain peaks, the hike continues.

We come upon Baghdwar, a noteworthy location while travelling. The Shivapuri Peak is located 200 meters from Baghdwar along a steep trail. On a clear day, the hill's summit offers us a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Langtang Lirung, Mt. Langtang Ri, Ganjala Peak, Mt. Gaurishanker, and many other summits. Our goal's summit is a level field where we have our lunch while soaking in the surrounding beauty and fresh air. And after enjoying ourselves and eating lunch, we'll return to Budhanilkantha.

    FAQs

    • Q1. How long is the trek to Shivapuri Peak?

      The trek to Shivapuri Peak is typically a one-day trek, starting early in the morning and returning by evening, taking around 7-8 hours.

    • The trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. The trail involves uphill sections and can be physically challenging, especially during the ascent to the peak

    • While the trail is well-marked, having a local guide is recommended for a more enriching experience. They provide insights into the local culture, flora, and fauna, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable trek.

    • Yes, you'll need to obtain an entry permit for Shivapuri National Park at the entrance. The permit fees vary for foreigners and locals.

    • Yes, the trek is suitable for individuals with basic fitness levels. Some prior walking experience is beneficial, but the trail is manageable for most people.

    • Yes, the hike to Nagarjun Hill is suitable for trekkers of various levels, including beginners. The trail offers a mix of gentle and slightly steep sections, making it accessible to a wide range of hikers.

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