4 Best Short Hikes Around Shivapuri
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4 Best Short Hikes Around Shivapuri

  • 03/05/2021

Shivapuri hiking trails are among the well-known hikes in the valley. Visitors to these trails enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Shivapuri National Park, the magnificent 180-degree mountain view, as well as various adventure sports such as rock climbing and cycling. The hiking area is mostly within the Shivapuri-Nagarjuna National park's range, which encompasses Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, and Dhading Districts. It is a natural water catchment and has been providing water to the entire Kathmandu valley for many years.

Schima, Pines, Oaks, and various flowering herbs are common in this region also the different species of rhododendron can be found after 2000 meters of elevation until the peak of the Shivapuri range, which is above 2700 meters. If you're lucky, you could see an Indian leopard or a rare jungle cat while hiking. The area is also known for its golden jackal and Himalayan black bear.

There are numerous trails in and around Shivapuri, a few of them are religious and some are ideal for scenery as well. So here are some of the good hiking trails in and around the Shivapuri area.

  1. Sundarijal - Chisapani Hike 

  2. Bishnu Dwar - Shivapuri Hike

  3. Budhanilkhantha - Nagi Gumba 

  4. Shivapuri - Tare Bhir

 

1) Sundarijal - Chisapani Hike

Chisapani, a small hill station on Kathmandu's suburbs, caters its visitors a fresh breeze from lush green hills, beautiful valleys in between mountains, and various snow-capped mountain peaks smiling at you from over the mountain top. It's a very beautiful hike and one of the most valuable tourist destinations in Nepal. The trail is fairly popular as the starting point of Langtang-Gosainkunda trekking.

This hiking tour binds the elements of the natural beauty, Nepalese tradition, stunning Himalayan massifs, enthralling sunset, and enigmatic sunrise from Chisapani, making it a perfect hilly gateway day hike from Kathmandu.

The journey begins with a short drive to Sundarijal, a prominent hangout and busy leisure spot in Kathmandu's northwestern suburbs. On this hike, you will stroll through Shivapuri National Park’s cool shade, tall trees, beautiful streams, and a serene atmosphere. On your way, you’d witness various colorful birds, cool mountain bikers, and even rock climbing activities carrying around the area.

When you reach Chisapani, you will again witness an intercultural mix of Brahmins, Gurungs, and Sherpas. The village also has a spectacular view of a broad base of the Himalayan range, which glows ethereally in the setting sun.

What should you carry?

If you are hiking around Sundarijal; you should load up on water and essentials at the Sundarijal bus stand because once you cross Mulkharka, there are no shops or eateries. Moreover, caring for a small medical kit might also come in handy. Likewise, carry a pocket knife to make a hiking stick for yourself and a lighter to scare away wild animals, for emergencies.

What is the best season for doing this tour?

Sundarijal-Chisapani hike is a year-round hike. However, spring (March till early April) and the autumn season from September and lasts till December is considered the best. A variety of mushrooms grow in the rainy season but these days, the area is wet, slippery, filled with leeches. Though a few local mushroom hunters enter the catchment in search of colorful mushrooms, it's not advisable to travel from May till late July. 

Overview

Take a bus ride to Sundarijal via the Baudha-Jorpati route and get off the bus at Naya Pati Bus Stop. Here, you should check up on your essential supplies before taking the hiking route.

The walk from the road to the checkpoint is around 1.4 kilometers, and on your way to the checkpoint, you will surpass a beautiful waterfall on your right.

Once you get the pass to enter the Sundarijal Nagarjun Nationalpark, your first hike is up to a village called Mulkharka, which is a mix of Brahmin, Chettri, Tamang, and Newar residents.

Then the trail gets even narrow, and also gets fairly difficult. So, take your time on the Burlang Bhanjyang trail which is your second stop after Mulkharka. Slowly with a short walk to work, taking short breaks, and carefully stepping afoot after the other, recover the energy and keep walking. Once you reach the top of Burlang Bhanjyang at 2427 meters you will see the incredible view of the Langtang, Dorje Lhakpa, and Gauri Shankar mountains.

From Burlang, it's mostly downhill for three kilometers till Chisapani. As Chisapani is a small village and accommodates a small number of tourists, the lodges and accommodation here are cheaper than that of Nagarkot. However, hikers also love visiting Nagarkot to the Chisapani trail. So, you can even spend a night at Chisapani and hike up to Nagarkot the other day. For details about Chisapani -Nagarkot read the article.

 

2) Bishnu Dwar - Shivapuri Hike

Bishnu Dwar to Shivapuri hike is considered one of the easiest hiking tours in Nepal. This particular hike in the valley is a beginner-level hike and despite having easier trails it's a beautiful scenic experience. The Hike starts at Budhanilkantha temple’s south gate, then ends at Shivapuri height, while returning you’d also see Bishnudwar, the origin point of the Bishnumati river.

This very hike is also called “the Couple Hike” because couples in pairs mostly hike in this route. It's one of the safest and easiest routes for hikers.

What should you carry?

You should fill up your water bottles and buy your essentials at the Sundarijal bus Stand because once you cross Mulkharka, there are no shops or eateries. Moreover, you should consider carrying a small medical kit.

What is the best season for doing this hike?

This is probably not a good idea to travel here in the rainy season. The trails are filled with flowers and birds in the spring season from March till early April and the autumn season from September till December is considered as the best time to hike up to Bishnudwar.

Overview

The hiking begins at the entrance gate which lies 20 meters south of the Budhanilkantha temple and the hike along the Budanilkantha’s entrance road takes you to the entrance of the Park gates at around 45 minutes.

You’d see a sort of intersection after hiking a short distance, where the Nationalpark’s display signs directing you to Nagi Gumba, Bagdwar, or Bishnudwar. After crossing a river with a waterfall and hiking an hour in the park, you will come across another placard that says Shivapuri peak is 5 kilometers uphill. From here, you can climb further up and get to the Shivapuri peak or you can take the sharp downhill that will take you to Bishnu Dwar, an origin place of the Bishnumati river. Walking further downhill for half an hour, you will reach the Sundarijal bus station and head home calling this trip off. 

 

3) Budhanilkhantha - Nagi Gumba

The first half of the trip is just Identical to the Bishnu Dwar trip here. However, it's a bit longer hike and has a spiritual component to it as the trail ends at Nagi Gumba, a solitary monastery at the top of Shivapuri hill.

You get a bird's eye view of the valley, and many beautiful hills surrounding the gumba. On a clear day, you will see various scenic mountains from the top of the hill. The hike is almost five hours from the start to end and you will see the variation in altitude and its effects on the vegetation while hiking here. Likewise, the forest changes from Tropical to Subtropical on every short walk which is very amazing for people interested in Botany. 

What should you carry?

You should fill up your water bottles and buy your essentials at the Sundarijal bus Stand because once you cross Mulkharka, there are no shops or eateries. Moreover, you should consider carrying a small medical kit.

What is the best season for doing this hike?

This is probably not a good idea to travel here in the rainy season but the spring which starts from March till April and the autumn season from September till December is considered the best time to travel to Nagi Gumba.

Overview

You will start your trip from the Budhanilkantha bus stand, and we suggest that you eat something around Budhanilkantha which also has some of the best eateries in the valley. Then load up on water, and other necessities and start your hike towards the national park entrance gate which is around 45 minutes from the Gompa.

Once you cross the national park’s checkpoint, you will come across a holding board that shows three directions leading to three different tourist spots namely Nagi Gumba, Bagdwar, and Bishnudwar.

If you want to get to Nagi gumba, then you will have to take the main route, which is a comparatively broad gravel road after 45 minutes, you will reach the stairs which will lead you to the famous Nagi Gumba. On your way down, once you reach the play card spot again, you can either take a route to Gram Narayan then follow the narrow road to Bishnu Dwar and then get to Shivapuri Nationalpark’s waterfall to end your day hike.

 

4) Shivapuri - Tare Bhir

Shivapuri - Tare Bhir is possibly the shortest hiking tour from Kathmandu. The place is famous among people for a short getaway trip from Kathmandu. Mostly the residents of Tare Bhir are Tamang people and the place is equally famous for Nepalese food, along with a view of various mountains.

What should you take?

Essentially, you can even buy water on the way as you are only hiking up to Tare Bhir. Call it a trail or a road, despite being bumpy, vehicles can pass through them. So, you can drop the extra load that you usually carry on your day hike.

When to Travel?

Newly built roads are fairly slippery in the rainy season, and the days in summer are scorching hot. So, we suggest that you go on a Tare Bhir Hiking tour, either in March till April, or from September till December.

Overview

Start your trip from the Budhanilkantha temple entrance gate then some 25 meters to the northeast you should head towards Lakpa Marga. Now don’t leave the wide road on your right-hand side and keep walking along the dusty road till you reach the holy Gram Narayan. Keep walking straight till you reach a Tare Bhir School and then after a quick uphill climb for about 15 minutes, you’d reach the famous Tare Bhir.

The hiking from Budhanilkantha to Tarebhir is one of the shortest and enjoyable trials. You would obviously enjoy the Tarebhir hiking route and collect the best memories during this hike.

All of these beautiful locations have a different feel to them, either you visit the top of Shivapuri and take a walk around Nagi Gumba or you enjoy the cold waterfall in Shivapuri and trek to Bishnu Dwar ( Bishnudwar hiking trial), you will not find similarities in these two hiking trails in Shivapuri area. Despite being situated a few hours apart from each other, these tho Shivpuri hiking trails are different from each other. 

Further, these hiking locations in Kathmandu are very safe, because we haven’t heard any instance of people being mugged, or getting attacked by the wild animals in these places so far. Likewise, these trails aren’t very difficult either and can be termed as one of the most family-friendly hiking tours in the valley.

So, if you are in the valley for a short period of time and you want to experience the majesty of the Nepalese mountains, you should definitely take a tour of one of these locations in Shivapuri.