Shivapuri National Park is the best place to go for a hike nearest to Kathmandu Valley. Situated at the northern outskirts of Kathmandu, this National park is the ninth one listed in Nepal. The hike begins from Budanilkantha and takes you through the dark green luscious forests towards the inner core of the national park. This national park is named after the Shivapuri peak of 2,732 m altitude and covers around 159 km²of the districts of Kathmandu, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchok. For nature lovers, wildlife explorers and hikers, this place is best to witness the majestic forests, the biodiversity, floras and faunas. Not only the natural beauty, this trek also helps you to have an insight of the typical village lifestyle, the gumbas that come along the way and the panoramic views of the excellent mountains seen from the top. The hike will be of around 6 to 7 hours and walk towards Sundarijal. As denoted by the name itself “sundari” meaning beautiful and “jal” meaning water, the village of Sundarijal is beautiful and rich of water resources. You can witness the raging waterfall and the gorgeous river flowing downwards our hiking trail. As we walk along the bank of this river, we reach the ending point of our hike through the exhilarating beauty of nature.
The representative of Odea Services will pick you up from your hotel for a 45 minutes’ drive to Budanilkantha, the point where the trek begins. From the starting point, we hike up to the Shivapuri National Park, walk through beautiful jungle, and have the best views of Kathmandu valley from the top of the hill. We walk all the way from Shivapuri to Sundarijal which will take around 6 to 7 hours. You will also be able to witness the beautiful waterfall walking down the forest of Sundarijal. A car awaits for you at your ending point to transfer you back to the hotel.