Shivapuri Trek (Budhanilkanta - Nagarkot)

Shivapuri Trek (Budhanilkanta - Nagarkot)

Overview And Highlights

The Shivapuri trek is a short and comfortable trek located just 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu. Shivapuri is the second highest hill surrounding Kathmandu Valley situated at an elevation of 2563m. Shivapuri Trek illustrates a typical rural Nepal and culture of of Tamang people, with some magnificent views of Himalayan ranges. The trekking area now partly falls under Shivapuri National Park perimeter, the newest national park in Nepal, with rich watershed system and wildlife.

The trail goes along pine and cherry forest up to Nangi Gompa a nunnery monastery. Beyond the monastery, the trail goes steeply uphill through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest for another three hours. Enjoy the beauty of snowy Himalayas such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang-Lirung, Dorji Lhakpa on the route. You have 2 options to round off the Shivapuri trek; you can either end your trek at Nagarkot or at Dhulikhel. 

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Drive from Kathmandu to Budhanilkantha (Narayanthan) takes about 25 minutes and trek from Budhanilkantha to Shivapuri Lekh (Baghdwar) takes approximately four and half hours. Stay overnight at camp.


This day you start your trek on a plain trail for about 1 hour. The mountains greet you from the northern side (left side) and you hike slowly to gain height. The summit of the hill welcomes you with a fascinating view. From here the way leads through forest and 3 hours of flat trail which takes you to Chisapani. The route you follow is quite smooth and you can observe numerous green hills and villages at some distance. Moreover, you head along the path through forests where you can enjoy the delightful sounds of chirping birds. Dhap is an uncultivated field surrounded by beautiful forests. Stay overnight at camp.

Your trek to Chauki Bhanjag takes about 2 and half hours. You continue the charming trail leading you toward Nagarkot. Nagarkot, (2175m) is by far one of the most popular destinations. It commands sweeping views of the Himalayas. Five of the world's ten highest peaks, Everest, Lhotse, Choyu, Makalu and Manaslu are visible from here. Nagarkot is also a popular spot to watch the sunrise and sunset. The snow peaks look especially gorgeous during sunset and sunrise. Nagarkot, surrounded by terraced hillsides and picturesque farm houses, is the epitome of an idyllic escape – with only the wind and the sound of rustling leaves to disturb you. Bird watching is a joy in the forests here. Stay overnight at hotel.

After experiencing the magic of Nagarkot, you are guided along the hiking trails to Dhulikhel. As you approach Dhulikhel, a plethora of cultural diversities, interesting traditional practices, lush vegetation and rich bird life unfolds before you. Stay overnight at hotel.

From Dhulikhel, the trail climbs up to the Kali Mandir, a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. From there the trail drops down to the village of Kavre and past a line of shops and tea houses. It then climbs again through pine woods past Phulbari and up and down a couple of more hills before you reach the hill of Namo Buddha. Namo Bouddha situated at an elevation of 1750m is a very important Buddhist Pilgrimage site located in Kavre District about 38 km east of Kathmandu. Drive back to Kathmandu from Panauti.

What Is Included ?

  •  Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking guide
  • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  •  All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  •  Accommodation in lodges/hotels and 2 nights Camping as per the itinerary
  • Required equipment: Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, cooking utensil and trekking poles
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges 
  •  Entry Permit for Shivapuri National Park
  •  Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  •  All land transportation from Kathmandu to Budhanilkantha and Panauti to Kathmandu  
  •  Insurance and equipment for the guides and porters
  •  First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  •  Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary) 

Shivapuri Trek (Budhanilkanta - Nagarkot) Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm


Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  


Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:

First Aid Kit 


Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

Client Reviews

Ben Craven- Wikinson & Lewis

United Kingdom

30th Jun, 2022

Beautiful trip   Beautiful trip through Shivapuri National Park. Our guide Karmajit was knowledgable, friendly and good at cards.    

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