Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Nepal and is located on the northern fringe of Kathmandu Valley. The major attractions here are the unbeatable views from the Shivapuri Peak at 2720m and the culturally significant Nagi Gumba, a monastery dedicated to the nuns , Bagdwar -origin of sacred river Bagmati. The This is a massive day out, with a lot of elevation gain. Although a bit arduous, the descent down to Bhagdwar and Nagi Gumba is rewarding.
The starting point of this hike is Budhanilkantha, which is also one of the gateways to Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. Budhanilkantha is home to a Hindu pilgrimage site that features a reclined statue of Lord Vishnu floating in a coil of snakes.The entrance to the National Park is about a 2.3km uphill walk in a north-easterly direction from where the bus drops you off at Budhanilkantha. You can have light snacks and a cup of tea in one of the local tea shop there.
Buy your permits to enter the national park area at the army checkpoint for about Rs 500 (~$5 USD) for foreigners and Rs 100 for Nepalese.
Once you have entered the national park, the first few hours of the hike consist of mostly dusty roads before the trail climbs above the steep stone steps to Nagi gumba to Bhagdwar and then to the Shivapuri Peak. Follow the stone steps north from the back of the monastery or continue to Bishnudwar also. While the trail is straightforward, it proves tiring as you have to walk mostly on stone steps After trekking for 4.5km, you’ll reach Bhagdwar from Nagi gumba .here a small gargoyle shaped tiger head here—it is installed where continuous water flows. This is also the place of origin of the Bagmati River. You will see a small green and stagnant pond with a Shiva linga at its center. A couple of yogis and sadhus stay in the monastery area in Bhagdwar. You’ll have the chance to interact with the sadhus to discover their customs.
From here, climb another 200m, following the same stone steps, to summit Shivapuri. A stone decorated with prayer flags at the peak lets you know you’ve reached the top. Enjoy the excellent views( if weather is good)of the Langtang range then if you have time and energy you can also reach Bishnu Dwar . which is very famous place in shivapuri hike, after shivapuri all the way down down to reach Bishnu dwar or you’ll arrive in Budhanilkantha then your home.
- Bring cash with you for snacks and others
- Slow, steady steps and occasional water breaks will help you maintain some energy until you reach the top.
- Bring 3-4 litter safe drinking water or water purification tablets.
- Bring some sweet candies and chocolate for instant energy
- Electric gadgets like speakers, drones, cigarette, lighter is not allowed