Shivapuri-Nagarkot trek is a well-known hiking route near Kathmandu Valley. The program gives you a unique opportunity to see the rural suburbia of the valley that is unspoiled by modernization and has views of pristine nature. Protected as Shivapuri National Park, it lies between sub-tropical and temperate climate zones with diverse vegetation and birds species. On a clear day, you can have wonderful views of around 60 snowcapped peaks and the wonderful mountain villages far and wide. Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Range, Mt. Dorje-Lakpa, Mt. Gaurishankar and Mt. Sishapangma are seen during this popular trek nearby Kathmandu Valley.
You start the trek from Budhanilkantha, a famous Vishnu Stone Statue, walking through forests along the bank of the Bagmati River. Shivapuri is a place for photography, bird watching, and nature walk that we advise you to bring your camera and binoculars. Some animals seen here are sloth bear, leopard, civet, marten, pangolin, wild boar, and porcupine. Upon reaching Shivapuri Hill, the highest point at 2,732 meters in this trail, you will begin the forest trek to Nagarkot. In the spring, these hills smell of rhododendron as the flowers bloom in all their glory, attracting birds and colourful insects.
En route to Nagarkot trek, you can visit the Sundarijal Hydropower Dam that is one of the closest power stations from Kathmandu. If you choose to go on an extended trek, you will visit Chisapani – a few hours’ trek from the capital. You will stay a night at Chisapani, enjoy a pleasant morning and trek to Nagarkot. Arriving at Nagarkot, you will relax in a pre-booked hotel of our choice and enjoy a spectacular sunrise view from the hill station. Nagarkot Sunrise View trek gives you one of the best sunrise views in the world that thousands of domestic and international tourists visit this place every year.
On your way back, you hike to Changunarayan, which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is located at an altitude of 1,600 metres and it is a vantage point to observe the beautiful villages, cultivated lands and the amazing view of the entire valley. The temple serves you as an open museum giving you the information about the ancient history and culture tradition of Nepal. Built in traditional Nepali architectural style, this temple sits on a hilltop surrounded by the champak trees. The inscriptions found in the temple premises proves that it is the first written historical document of Nepal.
After enjoying the mesmerizing view of the snow-clad mountains and the entire Kathmandu Valley, you catch a bus that leaves you up to the Old Bus Station. Or you can hire a private jeep that drives you up to the hotel booked for your accommodation. Orbit Alpine Adventure has developed Shivapuri-Nagarkot trek 7 days package to help you experience the natural walk, cultural tour and sunrise view trek. Since this is completely a camping trekking, gives you a different experience from teahouse trekking. For the customized Shivapuri-Sundarijal-Chisapani-Nagarkot-Changunarayan trek, you can contact us via email, phone call, WhatsApp or online booking services.