Shivapuri Hike also known as Sundarijal- Shivapuri Hike is a solitude and spiritual hike into the hills around Kathmandu valley. It is an easy hike for all age groups. So if you are bored with the city life of Kathmandu after your long stay Shivapuri Hike will be a great option.
Sundarijal Hike is just an hour's drive from the main city of Kathmandu. So it is a perfect short trek for refreshment and views of the Himalayas.
All around the trek, you will be able to encounter majestic views of the flora and fauna, cascading waterfall, magnificent vegetation, and the very popular water reservoir which supplies drinking water to Kathmandu valley and the source of the Bagmati river.
It is a trail where nature and culture are mixed together. You will be trekking into the conservation area protected by the Nepali army and the locals together taking the initiative to protect nature.
Passing through the river and waterfall with some climb uphill, you pass through the army checkpoint. The trail offers a spectacular view of Kathmandu valley and stunning views of the mighty Himalayas, through the dense forest of Shivapuri National Park and Tamang villages mixed with culture and nature.
You will be able to encounter diverse flora and fauna and also a marijuana plantation that exists just close to the capital city of Nepal. Shivapuri trail is easy as compared to other short day hikes of Nepal, but is diverse in terms of the view of nature and different ethnic settlements.
The trail passes through Shivapuri National Park of Nepal, which is one of the very famous watershed areas and the main resources of drinking water supply to Kathmandu valley. The park lies between the temperate and subtropical climatic zone, rich in flora and fauna.
Shivapuri National Park is a protected area, so different army checkpoints do exist to maintain its conservation project. It is also one of the religious heritage areas for both Hindu and Buddhist followers, as different hermitages from different periods of time came here for meditation and among them ‘SHIVAPURI BABA’ is one of them, as a respect to this hermitage the park has been named after him.
Above all this conservation area is the source of the Bagmati and Bisnumati rivers of Nepal, a highly sacred rivers. Furthermore, different subtropical hardwood, pine, oak, rhododendron, etc are grown and the park is blessed with an abundance of different species of butterflies and birds.
So Shivapuri is also a popular destination for Bird Watching and in terms of wildlife sloth bears, jungle cats, monkeys, deer, leopards, etc can be seen. So to protect all this, army checkpoint keeps their eyes on visitors’ records.
As the Sundarijal hike is a day hike, so, your final point to reach will be Mulkharka, a Tamang settlement area, but can be extended depending upon your time. After enjoying your lunch in a local restaurant, you will descend down the trail back to Sundarijal where you can enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, and finally back to Kathmandu.
Discover Altitude has a specially designed Shivapuri Hiking Itinerary with frequent field visits by our professional staff to make sure the program goes according to the itinerary mentioned below.
For the convenience of our client minute detailed itinerary, cost, highlights, pictures, and the map has been provided. As it is an easy day hike in the mountain. So trekkers can visit this trail every season of the year. Regarding the Shivapuri Hike Cost, it varies as per the interest of our valuable clients and the services they prefer to take.
The itinerary can be customized according to the limitation of your time and interest.