Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Day Hiking & Walking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle
  • Food: Lunch
  • Group Size: 2 Minimum
  • Max Elevation: 1650m


  • Trails through Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
  • Closeness to nature and wildlife
  • Break from bustling Kathmandu
  • Origin of holy rivers: Bagmati, Bishnumati
  • Budhanilkantha Temple
  • Nagi Gumba and Kapan Monastery with nunnery practicing Buddhism
  • Professional, certified, and friendly guide

Shivapuri Day Hike aims at exploring Shivapuri Nargarjun National Park in a day where hikers do not have to put much energy and effort. Shivapuri day hike offers travelers to explore the wilderness around bustling Kathmandu valley with a natural and cultural trip to Shivapuri Peak.

Shivapuri day hike begins from the blessing of Budhanilkantha Temple and Nagi Gumba, reaching the origin of the Holy River, an eye-pleasing view of the valley and Himalayas, delicious lunch at the hillside to the best wishes given at Kopan Monastery. Shivapuri day hike enables hikers to explore nature, culture, peace, and views in a single day.

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park lies in a transition zone between subtropical and temperate climates. The vegetation consists of a variety of natural forest types including pine, oak, rhododendron, etc, depending on altitude and environment. Mammalian species such as the Himalayan Black bear, leopard, jungle cat, and rhesus monkey are recorded wildlife in the park. The park is home to 177 species of birds, including at least 9 endangered species, 102 species of butterflies with a number of rare and endangered species, and 129 species of mushrooms.

Nagi Gumba, (1650 m) in Shivapuri Hiking 

Nagi Gumba is situated at an altitude of (1650 m) above the Budhanilkantha Temple. Nagi Gumba is special as it is the monastery for Nuns where about 200 of them practice Buddhism. This place gets lots of visitors - locals as well as foreigners for practicing meditation and relaxing under the practices of Buddhism and nature.

Kopan Monastery in Shivapuri Hiking 

Kopan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery nearby urbanized Kathmandu. Its name comes from the name of the hill on which it was built. Kopan Monastery has two separate institutions: the monastery, atop Kopan Hill, and the nearby Kopan Nunnery.

Kopan has become especially famous for teaching Buddhism to visit Western foreigners. These courses generally combine traditional teachings with informal discussion, several periods of guided meditation, and a vegetarian diet

It is a member of the foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international network of Gelugpa dharma centers, and once served as its headquarters.

Nepal Adventure Team ensures to have a safe and pleasing Shivapuri day hike. You can also customize the itinerary. You can also choose to spend more time at Shivapuri peak or monasteries for meditation and yoga.

Starting point: Budanilkantha Temple

Ending point: Kopan Monastery

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Day Hike to Shivapuri via Nagi Gumba and Kopan Monastery
  • Day 01 Day Hike to Shivapuri via Nagi Gumba and Kopan Monastery

    You will be picked from your hotel or your pick up station provided by you. You will have a short drive towards the northern part of Kathmandu Valley where the famous temple Budanilkantha is located. Budhanilkantha Temple has a high value among Hindu people. This temple is famous for the pond with a giant statue of reclining Lord Vishnu. After a short visit to Budhanilkantha Temple, you will drive uphill up to the entrance gate of Shivapuri National Park. As you enter Shivapuri National Park, you start to walk through the unpolished road of hilly areas.

    Further, you will see Nagi Gompa, a special monastery where nun practices Buddhism. The steep staircase will begin leading to the origin of the holy Bagmati and Bishnumati river. Bagdwar is the origin of the Bagmati river whereas Bishnudwar is the origin of the Bishnumati river. You may choose one of them to visit. The path is enriched with wild vegetation supplying fresh chilly breeze and playfulness of birds. Shivapuri Peak offers a stunning view of Kathmandu Valley along with Himalayan ranges as Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang Himal. You will have enough time to spent at Shivapuri Peak, Shivapuri surrounding and also have lunch in the Shivapuri area. After lunch, you will walk through another trail leading to the Kopan area. On this trail to Kathmandu, you can visit grand Ful Hari and Kopan Monastery. From the Kopan area, you will be riding back to Kathmandu and drop at your station/hotel.

    • Meals: Lunch, Mineral Water
    • Place: Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
    • Altitude: 1650m

What's Included


  • Pick up from your hotel and drop at Hike starting Point
  • Pick up from Hike ending point 
  • Lunch with Nuns at Nagi gumba 
  • A bottle of Mineral water 
  • National Park permit and fee
  • An Experienced, English speaking, Expert, government license holder guide, and Yoga master 
  • First Aid Medical Kitbag, Company hiking T-shirt 
  • Government VAT and Local Taxes 


  • Nepal visa fee and international flight
  • Extra drinks; alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Personal expenses as phone bill, chocolate, bakery items, and other 
  • Tips to guide and porters


Useful Information

Guide for Shivapuri Day Hike

The guide will lead you to Shivapuri Day Hike. The number of guides depends on the number of individuals registered for the Shivapuri Day Hike. Each group of 4-5 pax is assigned with one guide.

The guide with a Nepal Government-certified license is only assigned to lead the Shivapuri Day hike. Additionally, the guide is also trained in first aid and eco-tourism. Usually, an English-speaking guide is available but on request, Chinese and other language speaking guide can be made available. The guide will lead as well as inform you about the locality, culture, rules, importance. Overall, the guide will have the feature of friendliness, leadership, communication expertise, and jolly nature.

Transportation at Shivapuri Day Hike

Early morning after you have your breakfast, the guide assigned by the Nepal Adventure team will come to pick you up for the hike. You will have a short drive from your pick-up point to the checkpoint of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. Similarly, you will be driving back to your station from the check post of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. A private vehicle will be used for your transportation which may be a car or van as per the group size.

Food and drinks on Shivapuri Day Hike

Lunch will be provided during the Shivapuri Day Hike. Basically, lunch includes typical Nepali food: Daal (lentil soup), Bhat (Rice), Tarkari (Vegetable/Chicken curry), and pickle. And We will eat Lunch with Nuns at Nagi Gumba. 

A Mineral water bottle is handed to you prior to the hike.

Checklist for Shivapuri Day Hike

  • Light and Comfortable shoe
  • Weather appropriate clothing (moisture-wicking/ quick-drying cloth is best)
  • Lightweight fleece or jacket/ windproof jacket
  • Sunglasses and Hat/ Cap to cover the face from direct sunlight
  • Hiking stick and bag (optional)
  • Umbrella or waterproof jacket
  • Sunscreen of 60 SPF +
  • Snacks, juice, and energy bar (if you want)
  • Water bottle/ water purifier/ water chemical treatment (if you prefer)
  • Hand sanitizer, toilet paper

Booking and payment for Shivapuri Day Hike

For the day hike, the cost is minimal so the full payment is requested for booking Shivapuri Day Hike. Even at the last moment, Shivapuri Day Hike can be booked. For any cancellation, the amount cannot be refunded as the amount will be allocated for the preparation of the hike.

You can make the payment in cash and credit card where a 3% - 4% additional charge is imposed if you pay through the card. You can also pay through the following services:

A. Online Payment

Please Click Here for online payment.

B. Bank Transfer

Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: Tridevi Marga, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Account Name: Nepal Adventure Team Pvt. Ltd
Account No: 01906210910018
Swift Code: HIMANPKA


An experienced and certified guide will be leading your Shivapuri Day Hike. Usually, tourists and hikers tip guides as an appreciation for their polite and loyal services towards them. So, you may tip the guide as per your satisfaction with their services. The tipping guide is not compulsory. It is not forced by the company and it is solely your decision.

Request by Nepal Adventure Team:

Nepal Adventure Team believes in and practices responsible for tourism. We request each travel to follow the rules of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park and support to maintain a clean area. You are also requested to care for flora and fauna you encounter on the Shivapuri Day hike trail.

Client Reviews

  • Ricky
    Rating Review by: Ricky, Austria

    A Day in the Hills

    Hiking Shivapuri was an unforgettable day in the hills of Kathmandu. The trail was well-marked and took us through diverse landscapes, from dense forests to open vistas. The climb was steady but manageable, and reaching the top felt like a real achievement. The views from the summit were simply spectacular, providing a perfect end to a wonderful hike. Definitely a must-do when in Kathmandu.

  • Nitesh Gupta
    Rating Review by: Nitesh Gupta, Sri Lanka

    Nature's Retreat Close to Kathmandu!!!

    The Shivapuri Day Hike was a perfect retreat into nature, just a short drive from Kathmandu. The trail was well-marked and took us through lush forests filled with birds and occasional wildlife sightings. The hike was moderately strenuous but manageable, with plenty of spots to rest and take in the beautiful surroundings.The highlight was reaching the Shivapuri peak, which offered stunning views of the valley below. A fantastic way to spend a day in the lap of nature!

  • Kavita Reddy
    Rating Review by: Kavita Reddy, India

    Peaceful Hike with Stunning Views

    The Shivapuri Day Hike was a peaceful and invigorating experience. The trail led us through dense, verdant forests and provided a much-needed break from the urban environment. It was a moderately challenging hike, with some steep sections, but the scenic beauty made it all worthwhile. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable, sharing interesting facts about the local plants and wildlife. Reaching the top, we enjoyed spectacular views of the Kathmandu Valley and the distant Himalayas. The hike was well-organized, and I would definitely do it again.