12km drives direct to the north from Kathmandu takes you to the Shivapuri National park entry gate. The amazing short hike starts from here. Shivapuri National park is one of the many charming national parks in Nepal. This is the nearest park from the capital city of Kathmandu. This park is quite popular for a short and easy hike. For the trek, we used to carry all the kitchen and camping logistics from Kathmandu valley, but nowadays, the well-managed resorts and lodges are available for the overnights to stay. This park is located in the country’s mid-hills on the northern fringe of the Valley. The park was established National park in 2002AD.
This park is rich in natural beauty and famous for wildlife including Indian leopard, Jungle Cat, Large Indian Civet, Barking Dear, Wild Boar, Rhesus, Monkey, Hanuman Langur, Chinese Pangolin, Crested Porcupine, Himalayan Pika, black naked Hare, Himalayan Squirrel, Fawn-colored Mouse, Brown-toothed Shrew, and the black rat. The National Park has more than 300 species of birds including more than 100 migratory birds. The most common species of bird species can be seen in the National Park are the white-backed vulture, Himalayan griffon, black vulture, beard vulture, dark kite, hen harrier, goshawk, sparrow hawk, sikhra, common buzzard, Asian black eagle, steppe eagle, magpies, kalij pheasant, leafbirds, flycatcher, bushchat, babblers, cuckoos, bulbul, swift, warblers and many more. King cobra, green pit viper, rat snake, skink, lizards, geckos are common reptiles found in Shivapuri National Park. Frogs and toads are common amphibians. The park has more than 100 species of moths and butterflies.
Accommodation during the Shivapuri National Park Trek
Shivapuri National Park Trek package does not include accommodation in Kathmandu but on request, we are happy to arrange your accommodation in Kathmandu as per your budget and choice. Accommodation in Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels and resorts, especially in Thamel known as a best touristic hub, there are many hotels, guesthouses, lodges, and resorts are available. Please let us know if you want us to arrange your accommodation in Kathmandu.
During the Shivapuri National Park Trek, we will provide the best available lodges on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). On the first day of our hike, we will stay in a beautiful village called Shivapuri Lekh (Baghdwar). This village has limited lodges and guesthouses, with basic facilities including cozy rooms with attached bathrooms, Internet Wi-Fi, comfortable beds with neat and clean bedsheets and warm blankets. The lodge’s restaurant serves delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The next day, we will hike from Shivapuri Lekh to Dhap via Chisapani Village. Dhap village provides very basic lodges. We will arrange the local best lodges in Dhap village on the full board. On the day third, we will hike from Dhap to Nagarkot, there are many nice and luxury hotels, lodges and guesthouses in Nagarkot village. We will provide one of the best lodges on the full board. On the day fourth, we will hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel, another beautiful and amazing hill station with a wide range of hotels, resorts, and guesthouses. We will provide one of the best guesthouses on the full board. On the day fifth, we will hike from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha and Panauti and concludes the hike with an hour drive to Kathmandu.
Meals and Drinking Water
During the Shivapuri National Park Trek, the hiking package includes meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and lodge accommodations. Meals during the hike will be mostly the authentic Nepalese dishes like rice, curry, lentil, vegetable, spicy pickles, curd, plain chapatti and etc. Other cuisines like continental, Tibetan and Indian are also available. These meals will be served as per the menu of the lodge. Besides that, you can buy bars, bread, cookies, and hot chocolates, extra on the trail on your own. In Kathmandu, we will offer a farewell dinner at the end of the trip to celebrate the grand success of your great journey.
Regarding the drinking water, during the Shivapuri National Park Trek, drinking water can be easily found everywhere, every two to three hours you can buy pure and safe drinking water from the local teashops. Also, you can get hot water from the lodge and fill in your bottle every time it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you not to buy mineral water bottles (plastic) on the way as it will help in preserving the nature of this beautiful region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with you to purify the water.
Difficulty and Physical Fitness
Shivapuri National Park Trek is a short and easy hike around the Kathmandu valley. We have organized Shivapuri National Park Trek for the people of varied age differences. Even though it is a short and easy trek, you are required to be in good shape and with professional guidance by our crew, anyone with a reasonably fit health will be able to enjoy Shivapuri National Park Trek. Previous trekking or hiking experience is not required for this trek.
Best Season for the Shivapuri National Park Trek
The best seasons for the Shivapuri National Park Trek are autumn (from September to November) and spring (from mid-March to mid-May). During these seasons, the weather will be warm and clear with spectacular views. If you want to avoid the rush time and crowds then winter (December to February) will be an ideal time to go on this trek. Monsoon season (June to Aug) makes everything unclear and slippery.
How much luggage can I take during the Shivapuri National Park Trek?
Since the trek is quite easy and short, it is not necessary to bring a lot of things for this trek and since the lodges during the trek provide good rooms with warm enough blankets, it is not necessary to bring a sleeping bag. The weight limit for your hiking pack is 10 kg per trekker, if you are two trekkers there will be one porter from our company and our porter will carry both of your luggage that should be 20kg max. You can carry your daypack on your own, that should be around 5 kg. On your daypack please only carry what are essentials for the hike such as camera, water bottles, and other valuable belongings. You can leave your unnecessary stuff either at your hotel in Kathmandu or at the Alpine Eco Trek store for free and it will be completely safe. Our leader will recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc.) in our briefing time one day before the trip departure.
Gears for the Shivapuri National Park Trek
This is a short and easy trek in Nepal, also the nearest destination from the capital city of Kathmandu valley so that you do not need to bring any special gear from home for this trek. We at Alpine Eco Trek recommend you to arrange a pair of walking shoes (sports will be fine), trousers, socks, one warm jacket, t-shirts and a long-sleeved shirt, Sunscreen, small backpack, torch (flashlight), Camera, memory card and battery charger( spare batteries) and one quick-drying towel.
Extra Personal Expenses on Trek
For the accommodation, meals, drinks, shopping and transportations in Kathmandu and snacks, hot and cold drinks and tipping your guide and porter during the Shivapuri National Park Trek it would be wise to bring some extra money (in local currency) which you can exchange in Kathmandu.
Do I need Insurance for the Shivapuri National Park Trek?
Since the journey is easy, short and easy road access, it is not mandatory to have travel insurance for the Shivapuri National Park trek but traveling is an investment and we believe that insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our treks that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues, loss of your things or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.
A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is highly recommended for everyone who signs up any trips with us. Please kindly provide us your copy of the insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.
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Alpine Eco Trek offers the Shivapuri National Park Trek in a unique way. We take our guests like family members, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different parts of the world. Our exclusively designed Shivapuri National Park Trek itinerary gives you all of the Shivapuri National Park Trek experience. We guarantee you that, with our local team, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with a sweet and beautiful experience and lifelong memory.
Price for the Shivapuri National Park Trek?
For the up-to-date and competitive pricing for the Shivapuri National Park Trek, please contact us, we have an attractive discount for a small group of family traveling with senior citizens and kids.
If the above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari or Bhutan tours and Tibet tours.