Shivapuri Nagi Gumba Day Hike - 1 Day

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US$ 90 P/P

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US$ 90
US$ 90

Trip Info

  • Duration

    1 Day

  • Max. Altitude

    1650 m

  • Difficulty


  • Trip Ends At


  • Transport

    Private Drive

  • Region/Type

    Day Hike Around In Kathmandu
  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

Shivapuri Nagi Gumba Day Hike Overview

The Shivapuri Nagi Gumba Day Hike is one of the best short, easy, and memorable hiking journeys in the Kathmandu Valley, as picturesque and gratifying Himalayan foothills trekking trips. This trip is ideal for travelers who wish to experience the Himalayan foothills without committing to a multi-day expedition. 

The journey commences with a 45-minute drive to Budhanilkantha Temple which is nestled at the foothills of Shivapuri. This Hindu pilgrimage site is also called Narayanthan Temple, where there is a giant sleeping Vishnu statue on a pond and is worshiped by Hindu devotees. A short drive further from the temple is the entrance to the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park where the hiking begins. 

The first portion of the hike is relatively easy on a desert road before climbing above the steep stone stairs to Nagi Gumba in the northeast. It is a 2 hours hike to Nagi Gumba from the entrance. Nagi Gumba is a Buddhist monastery on Shivapuri Hill dedicated to the nuns. Meditation is highly practiced here by the locals as well as the foreigners. The fluttering prayer flags and the nuns chatting and working in the neighborhood will immediately identify the monastery. The monastery also offers a panoramic view of Kathmandu and the Langtang Himalayas on a clear day. 

The trail from the monastery goes uphill through oak and rhododendron woodlands. The greenery becomes more verdant as we climb higher. We might get a glimpse of some unique birds and herbs as the Shivapuri National Park has a diverse range of flora and fauna. There are around 177 different bird species, as well as numerous unique orchids. This is also one of the valley's last remaining regions of primary woods, and the forest is teeming with monkeys, leopards, and bears.

The hiking continues while soaking in the numerous views of the rising mountain peaks. There is a place called Baghdwar en route to the Shivapuri Summit, nearly 700 meters above the Nagi Monastery. Bagh means "tiger" and Dwar means "portal" in Nepali and it is a worth seeing site. We can see a little tiger-shaped gargoyle, situated where there is constant water flow. This is the main source of the holy Bagmati River and is also the biggest water supply to Kathmandu valley. A few yogis and sadhus can be seen around this area where you can interact with them and learn about their lifestyle. 

Finally, 200 meters uphill from Bagdwar on a steep trail is the Shivapuri Hilltop at an altitude of 2563 m. Shivapuri is located to the north of Kathmandu, and is the second-highest hill surrounding the valley, after the famous hill - Phulchowki. The summit of the hill provides us with a spectacular view of the mountains such as Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Langtang Lirung, Mt. Langtang Ri, and Ganjala Peak, as well as Mt. Gaurishanker and many other summits on a clear day. A flat field marks the top of our goal, where we eat our packed lunch while taking in the fresh air and wonderful scenery. 

Shivapuri Nagi Gumba Day Hike Highlights

  • Hiking to the second tallest hill around Kathmandu
  • A great opportunity to immerse in nature 
  • A spectacular view of the Kathmandu valley, Langtang mountain range, Mt. Manaslu, and nearby summits on a clear day
  • Walk inside the Shivapuri National Park and witness unique flora and fauna
  • Worth seeing sites such as Budhanilkantha, Nagi Gompa, and Bagdwar, along with Shivapuri Hill itself

How difficult is Shivapuri Nagi Gumba Day Hike?

The Shivapuri Nagi Gumba Hike is a short day climb in Kathmandu and is rated as an easy hike within the Shivapuri-Nagarjun national park. The trail is well-established, well-maintained, and comfortable. Stairs are located throughout the hiking path to assist you in walking even if the terrain is treacherous.

Hikers with a moderate degree of fitness and a strong mental drive can easily accomplish this hike. Throughout the route, the hiker should walk gently uphill and downhill for over 6 hours.

Note: Hiking alone inside a national park is strictly prohibited; you must be accompanied by a guide (Tour/Nature). But, if you are walking alone, It is a must hike with a Guide, But Hiring a Guide on the Spot will cost unusually expensive.

The best time to do Shivapuri Nagi Gumba Day Hike

Shivapuri is a short and easy climb near Kathmandu that can be done at any time of year. As a result, walking to Shivapuri can be planned at any time of year. However, the greatest season to hike Shivapuri is from September to early June. 

The weather and temperatures are pleasant; the scenery is breathtaking, and the skies are mainly clear. Throughout the trekking trail in the spring (March to May), you will be greeted by rhododendron and other seasonal flower blossoms.

During the rainy months, particularly July and August, you may encounter slick stone steps but the hike is possible. Winter is also a great time to hike to Shivapuri Hill to experience the snowfall around the Kathmandu Valley.

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Itinerary in Details

Drive to Budhanilkantha & Hike to Shivapuri Hill via Nagi Gumba

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or pick up point in the morning after breakfast. Then, we will drive to Budhanilkantha Temple. We will spend a short time making a stroll around the temple as non-Hindus are not allowed to the main temple to admire the art and culture there and drive further to the National Park Entrance Gate which also goes by Panimuhan.

Our hiking begins once we acquire our Shivapuri National Park tickets to Nagi Gumba which can be reached after over 2.0 kilometers of trekking along a tree-lined trail. The monastery offers a spectacular vista of the valley below in clear weather.

We continue our climb with a vertical ascent to Bagdwar taking the stone steps route from the back of the monastery. From here, we aim to Shivapuri Summit soaking in the numerous views of the rising mountain peaks. After covering approximately 900 meters from Nagi Gumba and 200 meters from Bagdwar, we will get the sight of a stone decorated with prayer flags marking that we have reached the top of the hill.

We will enjoy the spectacular views of Langtang Mountain if the weather favors us. And after spending quality time and having lunch we will descend back to Budhanilkantha and drive back to the hotel.

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  • Private Transfer to Budha-Nilkantha from Hotel/Your Location
  • Private Return Transfer to Your Location
  • Experience English Speaking Guide
  • Shivapuri National Park Fees
  • Local Entry Fees / Heritage Fees
  • Bottled Water
  • First Aid Kit/Hiking Poles ( refundable)
  • Tea/Coffee, Snacks, and Lunch
  • Applicable government taxes


  • Accommodations and Meals ( Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Personal expenses such as Drinks, Shopping, etc
  • Personal Clothing and Hiking Gears
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Tipping and Gratitude
  • Any Other Services which is not mentioned


Accommodations during the Shivapuri Nagi Gumba Hike

Since day hikes are single-day trips, it doesn’t require accommodations so it is not included in the package. However, we offer 3-star category accommodation with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis. But the accommodation can be modified as per the traveler’s interest, budget and availability. Luxurious resorts, standard hotels to comfortable guesthouses, lodges, and homestays are available in Kathmandu. 

Meals During the Hike to Shivapuri Nagi Gumba

Generally, if the location we are hiking towards consists of restaurants or cafes then we will have our meals and tea/coffee in those local restaurants/cafes. But if the destination doesn’t have any restaurants then our guide will take a packed lunchbox both veg and non-veg as per travelers' choice, and a water bottle with him/her. We will enjoy the hygienically packed lunch overlooking the mesmerizing scenery seen from the hilltop.


Clothing/Equipment/Gear for Day Hike to Shivapuri Nagi Gumba

Kathmandu Valley is surrounded by beautiful hill stations around its perimeter. So it is of no surprise that Kathmandu is really popular for day hikes. Phulchowki is the highest hill surrounding Kathmandu Valley located at an altitude of 2750 meters above sea level. To help you pack efficiently, we have prepared a gear list for Phulchowki Hike based on seasons. Nepal has four primary seasons:-

Winter: Winter in Nepal falls in January and February. It starts getting cooler after Christmas. The temperature is usually 0-4°C in the morning, 10-12°C at noon, and -1 to 0°C at night. So if you are planning to hike here any time after Christmas to the end of February then we suggest you wear long-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies or sweater/fleece, windproof and preferably waterproof jackets because Phulchowki has temporary snowfall during winter. Similarly, we suggest wearing beanies/hats, gloves, trousers, sports shoes/hiking hoots, and thermals if you prefer an extra layer of warmth. Carrying a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking poles would be ideal.  

Spring: March to May are spring in Nepal. The temperature in these months during the morning ranges from 10-12°C, 22-24°C at noon, and 14-16°C at night. Since the weather is pleasant during spring, apart from the basic essentials mentioned below, all you need is some casual shirts, shorts or trousers, a couple of long sleeves, sports shoes/hiking boots, a water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat/cap, sunglasses, and an overall/light jacket because it might get a bit chilly at the top. 

Summer/Monsoon: June, July, August, and September are summer months in Nepal. But we have a summer monsoon that occurs from Mid-June to Mid-September. The temperature of Kathmandu ranges from 18-20 °C in the morning, 28-32°C at noon, and 16-18°C at night. We do not suggest you hike while raining but apart that that, Summer Hiking in Phulchowki is ideal too.  So, besides the regular items mentioned below, casual cotton wears, sunglasses, a sun hat/cap, an umbrella, or a raincoat are some essentials for the summer. Because this hike takes place in a lush forest, there might be some leeches if it rains the previous night. These leeches aren’t harmful but might cause nuisance so the trick is to carry salt and if leeches try and stick to your body then you could sprinkle salt.  

Autumn/Fall: October, November, and December are autumn in Nepal. It is the best time for the Phulchowki hike due to the delightful weather and visibility of beautiful vistas seen along the way and from the hilltop. The temperature of Phulchowki during fall ranges from 8-10 °C in the morning, 22-25°C at noon, and 5-7°C at night. December is comparatively cooler than the other two months. While hiking around Kathmandu during fall, you would be good to go with fleece/sweater or hoodies, hat/beanie, shawl/scarf, trousers, long-sleeved shirts, light jackets, or overalls, a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking boots or sports shoes.

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