Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
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  • sam
    Kathmandu, Nepal7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    calming
    My friends and I decided to escape the bustling city for a day and explore the tranquility of Bishnudwar. We were looking forward to some much-needed peace and solitude, but to our surprise, the place was quite crowded even though it was a weekdays. Bishnudwar is undoubtedly a beautiful destination, with its natural charm mainly waterfall all along the way. I had a clumsy mishap and lost my precious sunglasses down the waterfall. It's a reminder that accidents can happen, so be extra careful with your valuables.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Marie
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and beautiful but why so much litter
    While this is a peaceful respite from the intensity of Kathmandu, it still maintains one undesirable trait of the city streets - rubbish everywhere. I counted my steps between spotting bits of plastic trash and I only got to three. The peak is completely strewn with litter and the trail intersections seem to bear the brunt of it. Otherwise the trail from the military base to the top is quite nice, peaceful and lovely. The stairs go on forever but are impressive. Whoever built them should definitely be proud. I would advise the use of trekking poles especially on the way down - your knees will be grateful. There are some offshoot trails that are not clearly marked, and the map we got at the gate is rudimentary. But we easily managed to get to the top without incident. Just follow the trash. We did not hire a guide, as it its almost impossible to get lost if you just stick to the trail. The lady at the ticket counter did not try to make us get one either. We were expecting to be pressured but were thankful we were not. We will return to explore other trails in the park.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Kapada Rent
    Kathmandu, Nepal17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park surrounds the Kathmandu valley from North and West and is habitat of red panda and leopard.
    This is a protected area as a National Park for securing vegetation nearby the Capital of Nepal and also the habitat of endangered special Red Panda. It is also a hiking destination where you can have a view of Kathmandu valley, peaceful environment, water falls and many more. Since it is a forest you better travel in a group and bring the waste along with you.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 10, 2024
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Laurin F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
They are absolutely shameless! I get it that tourist should pay more, and a price of 1000 npr (per day) for foreigners is okay for the entrance. But they won't let you in the park without a guide for a hiking trip of 6 hours. So they said we have to pay 5500 npr (2 persons, 2×1000 npr entry and 3500 npr for a guide; last offer was 3750 npr) for a little hike of only 6 hours. By the way: Nepalis are paying only for the entrance and they don't even need a guide. For Langtang you only pay 3000 npr for 15 days and you don't need a guide. I'm really sure that they are trying to scam tourist. Sad to watch and impressive how confident they are while talking such a bullsh/t.
Written December 20, 2021
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Woodylad
Milan, Italy105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Visited the park at the end of 3 week trek in the Everest region as a means to get out of the Kathmandu traffic and noise. As a foreigner I had to pay for a guide (3000RPS) - you can argue whether or not this is fair but honestly these payments make a big difference to the guides so I have no issue with it ... we hiked to the Shivapuri peak and we went through a monastery, visited a number of viewpoints and had tea at a "hermits" house. The hike itself is relatively easy as the route we took avoided climbing the 5000 steps to the summit. You are mostly in a forest and there are many birds as well as leopards (apparently). However, I only rate the experience as 3 as the most depressing aspect of the hike is the amount of rubbish - people just do not seem to care and leave everything just lying around. If you can, avoid going on Saturday to avoid the crowds.
Written December 3, 2023
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sam
Kathmandu, Nepal7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
My friends and I decided to escape the bustling city for a day and explore the tranquility of Bishnudwar. We were looking forward to some much-needed peace and solitude, but to our surprise, the place was quite crowded even though it was a weekdays. Bishnudwar is undoubtedly a beautiful destination, with its natural charm mainly waterfall all along the way. I had a clumsy mishap and lost my precious sunglasses down the waterfall. It's a reminder that accidents can happen, so be extra careful with your valuables.
Written September 2, 2023
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Gaze Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We went on hike around the National Park in the winter season.
We saw Hog Plum plants everywhere which can only be found in Nepal.
Best for a jungle experience and nature getaways.
Rock climbing is one of the activities, that park offers.
I would suggest to walk with a guide as the hiking trails go deep into the forest.
Waterfalls and small river streams can be seen on the way.
Written July 27, 2022
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Nepal Sherpa T
Kathmandu, Nepal4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Family
A hike to Shivapuri Nagajun can be great choice while you are in Kathmandu. It is about 3 hours hike up and you can enjoy a great view of Kathmandu and surrounding hills from the top and then hike down for about 2 hours.
Written October 3, 2013
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Sebdanslevide
Montreal, Canada74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Still far from the nicest national parks in the world, this is still a striking contrast with the urban sprawl and incredible pollution of Kathmandu, and is only a short drive away. It offers easy or strenuous hiking depending on the trail; trails are fairly well signposted and maintained, definitely above average for Nepal. You'll be hiking through lush "almost jungle" forest. There's an entrance fee of slightly less than 600NRP/person.

Here are some practical tips:
1) Since March 2016, there is now a not very official piece of paper posted on a board saying that hiring a guide is compulsory for safety purposes. Unless you want a guide for guidance, explanations etc., you really don't need one as trails are well maintained and signposted. We had to argue for a while since the guides asked the lady at the counter not to sell us a ticket if we didn't agree to a guide; eventually they relented when another couple of Westerners also refused to hire a guide. They quoted us 1000NRP which is quite high for Nepal. If you want to avoid the confrontation, perhaps hire a guide in advance, or go with a group and split a guide; you can probably split up afterwards. Or maybe tell them you have a guide and are waiting for him and then head in anyway.

2) Buses to go there, but if you want comfort and convenience, hire a taxi; from Thamel in KTM it shouldn't cost you more than 2000NRP. It may cost you less since we were able to go back from Shivapuri to Thamel for 800NRP. Either make plans with the driver to pick you up again at a set time, or call him in advance so he has time to get back, otherwise you'll have to take a downhill walk about 30-40min from the park gates to get back to the first town and get a taxi there.

3) Trails are marked, at least the ones we did. Some maps are horrible, the best one is the one just outside the park gates, so take a picture of that one. The one they give you at the ticker counter is pretty useless, as is the ones you'll find immediately inside the park. No worries though: if you want the easy option, head right just in from of the army camp right after entering the park, you'll hike uphill along a dirt road/trail used by motor vehicles towards the Nagi Gumba nunnery and its nice temple; the nunnery will not be indicated however, so look for a set of stairs to your left off the main trail once you're getting close. The first set of stairs to your left will lead to the hard option, i.e. up to Shivapuri Peak and that is signposted. From the park gates you'll cover about 6km to the top with a little more than 1000m of vertical gain, mostly stairs. Keep going after you reach a clearing, you're not there yet; if you keep going on the only main trail, you'll then see signs confirming you're headed to the peak. Google Maps has a few trails mapped, but not that one, which goes most directly to the peak. On the way to the peak, you'll see a small temple with the source of the Bagmati River, which is itself a tributary of the Ganges. After you reach the peak (not much of a view), you can go back down and follow the signs for Nagi Gumba to get to the nunnery, and from there get back down to the main dirt road/trail which will lead you back to park gates/HQ.
Written May 7, 2016
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JJ16
California17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We just came back from this hike. You do not need to pre-book a tour which seems to cost more than $60 USD per person. For two people traveling from Thamel, we paid 1600 rupees total round trip (someone below mentioned a taxi costing $50 to get there and that is a shame)-it shouldn't cost any more than $8 USD each way if you are willing to bargain. Entrance was 560 rupees per person then 1000 rupees per person for a guide so it should cost less than $30 per person. I was definitely skeptical about the required guide, but we ended up having to pay. We had Deepa as our guide and she was awesome! She is very personable and friendly so if you have to get a guide ask if Deepa is there!
My boyfriend is very athletic and although I personally try to work out quite a bit the stairs that are on this hike were pretty taxing for me. There is definitely fresh air when you first reach the entrance of the park, but for me the air was also thinner automatically. It must be person specific though because my boyfriend didn't seem to notice. Acclimating to the altitude made the stair climbing more difficult for me, but if you enjoy stair climbing then this hike is for you!
We went to the monastery first then did the longer hike (even more stairs 1000+?) up to the top. There were a lot of bugs so bring bug spray. Make sure to use the restroom before you start the hike and bring plenty of water and proper clothing in case it rains ( including long socks since the rain can bring about leeches). The hike was beatiful and I would recommend it!
Written August 22, 2016
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Carter C
Kathmandu, Nepal30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
The park itself is nice - lush, peaceful, a few good spots for views of the valley, and the landmarks mentioned in other reviews. However, foreigners are now required to hire a "licensed guide" to enter, "for safety reasons," in addition to the already higher admittance fee that foreigners pay. The guides at the gate clamor for your business and will negotiate a price depending on how long you want to go, which makes it all feel very much like a scam. Our guide admitted that he keeps 95% of the money he is paid with the other 5% going to the "guide association." None of that money goes to the park.
Written July 10, 2016
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Karry R
Perth, Australia233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
We asked our Hostel owner where to catch the Micro Bus from (all hostel owners will provide you with a mud map) & when we arrived we had to look out for bus no 5. The locals of course wanted to know where we were going & took it upon themselves to make sure that we got on the right bus & made sure the "conductor" understood where were wanted to get off. The bus fare was 30 rupees each & it was an interesting ride like all local bus rides except this was like a mini van at one stage there were 24 people in the back :) The driver dropped us off at the main gates we paid 250 rupees to get in. There is a large map so take a picture of it with your mobile as you will need some sort of reference. We walked to the Monastary and back and it was lovely to be back in the green cool forest with all the birds & butterflies again. It was hard to believe that a short bus ride away & it can be so peaceful. We walked down the hill into the town, there is a temple on the way down that is worth stopping of at. once back down the hill which was a pleasant walk through cool rural areas, not dry dusty & hot we caught another micro bus this time a bit bigger than the last & it was 30 rupees again. So if you have the time definitely take the bus ride, we didn't take a guide the road was easily marked its nicer to just wander at your own pace...take a picnic & water as the only shops are down the bottom of the hill after your walk
Written April 20, 2014
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CSinKTM
Geneva, Switzerland18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
I have visited SNP multiple times on foot and bike, but am increasingly put off by the mounds of trash strewn everywhere by young Nepalis. This country's incredible natural resources are being squandered by this mindless behaviour. Of course, the park management is non-existent except to collect fees. Suggest using some of NPR collected to better mark trails.
Written December 6, 2014
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