It was established as Shivapuri water shad area in 1975. In the year 2002 Shivapuri national park was established. It has been renamed as Shivapuri-Nagarjun NP by including 15 square KM area of Nagarjun forest in 2008. This is the only NP that lies nearby capital city of a nation after Nairobi NP of Kenya. Shivapuri- Nagarjun National Park (SNNP) is situated in the northern side of Kathmandu valley. The park headquarters is located in Panimuhan of Tarkeshwor Municipality of Kathmandu district. The headquarters is at 12 kilometers away from Kathmandu downtown. The park is demarcated by stone and bricks wall.
Shivapuri Nagarjun national park has two islands of forests namely Shivapuri and Nagarjun. The park area is surrounded by heavy sub-urban population It claims part of Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Dhading, and Sindhupalchowk districts of Nepal. The elevation range is 1350 meters above sea level to 2732 meters above sea level.. Hiking in this national park is ideal during December because snow falls on mountain region. It is a panorama as scenic beauty of village, mountain and valley can be seen during hiking. Shivapuri nagarjun national park is the home of a large verity of butter fly, assamese monkey, common leopard, deer, wild roster, wild pig, peasant and amphibian called “PAAHA” in Nepali language and Peng (in localTamang language). Spiny babler a species of bird found only in Nepal is found in this park. This bird is called ” kade bhyakur in Nepalese language and called ” jyolmo” in lacal Tamang language. Himalayan vacation treks & expedition offer special hiking as Christmas holiday hiking during winter season from December to February.
Hiking rout of this National Park is ideal for old aged people and children as gravity of hiking is easy and comfortable. The hiking route is located in the Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk district.
Day 01: Kathmand to Sundarijal drived by vehicle 1.5 hrs and walking to Chisapani (2215m.) 4-5 hours Day 02: Chisopani to Nagarkot (1932m.) 6-7 hours walking Day 03: Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur 4-5 hours
Day 01: Kathmand to Sundarijal drived by vehicle 1.5 hrs and walking to Chisapani (2215m.) 4-5 hours
To day we are driving from Kathmandu to sundrijal approximately 18 km,. From sundarijal walks on to sundarijal dam, old source water of drinking water of kathamndu valley and also the source of second oldest hydro electricity power station (500 KW) of Kathmandu. When we ascends along with the gentle slop towards the dam we can see magnificent water fall of Nagmati river which is the contributory of bagmati river. Walking through Mulkharka a typical Tamang village that is situated at the buffer zone of Shivapuri-Nagarjun national park, when we walk uphill we can enjoy terraced crops land. Tamang are mostly Buddhist by religion, there we can see the prayer flags in almost every house. From Mulkharka village we can see the bird’s eye view of Kathmandu city. Basically Tamang of this village are farmer, mostly they cultivates wheat,maize and millets. It was the stable food earlier but now-a-days, they brewed local alcohol from maize and millet as source of income. They are friendly in nature. From the village we walk uphill through Shivapuri national park via Borlang pass situated at the height of approximately 2500 meter above sea level and walk down hill to chisopani. While passing through the national parks we may encounter with beautiful wild birds and animals in the temperate wood along with many trees of rhododendrons (national flowers of Nepal).
Day 02:Chisopani to Nagarkot (1932m.) 5-6 hours walking
Chisopani means cold water. There is a small stream from where cold water flows all the year round. There is army check post, armies are deployed there to protect the wild animals from poachers and to minimize the conflict between wild animals and local people because often animals from national park kills the domestic animals of local farmers and destroy their crops. There is a check post of national park as well to control the illegal entrance of people into the park. There are tea houses/ lodges for tourist. Basically name of this hill is “ Chibagang” according to Tamang language which means seated hill. From there we can see almost 180̊ Mountain range of Himalaya. Magnificent view of Mt. Ganesh of Gorkha district, Mt. Langtang of Rasuwa district, Mt. Dhorje Lakpa and Mt. Jugal of Sindhupalchowkdistrict and Mt. Gaurishankar of Dolakha district can be seen from Chisopani if weather is clear. Mt.Jugal is located nearest to Kathmandu. Guide of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition will be with you to identify the mountain peaks. Generally, weather remains clear from December to May months. Remains of partially collapsed buildings also can be seen in Chisopani which remind us the devastating earthquake of 2015. Domestic tourist visits this place to free themselves from hassle and bustle life of Kathmandu city and to take breathe in fresh air as this region is completely free from all sort of air pollution. Walk ups and downhill towards Nagarkot through terraced land used for cultivation
Day 03: Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur 4-5 hours
After having breakfast at Nagarkot drive 20Km down to the world Heritage city of Nepal Bhaktapur. Meaning of Bhaktapur is city of devotees, established by Malla Kings during medieval period. UNESCO has listed this city in the list of world heritage site in 1979. There are four squares viz Durbur aquare, Taumadi square, Dattraya square and potter square. Architecture of bhaktapur durbur square reveals the socio-cultural development of Kathmandu valley during medieval period of Nepal. Artistically designed “Tudal” (supporter of roof) of buildings has many mythological creatures believed as protector of buildings from evils. Sexual pose shown in the “Tudal” (wooden supporter) of temple of durbur square exposed about kamasutra or art of sexual activities of those time. Construction of modern building in and around the city is restricted by local authority to maintain the originality of old tradition, art and culture of Newari community. When we enter in to city we feel, as if we are in the 16th century back. In potter square we can see how the craftsman spine a wheel to produce verities of pots from clay using merely hands. Having launch in Bhaktapure 1hrs drive to khathmandu.
Included in the Cost:
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the Hiking
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
one guide and assistant guide for more than 4 persons)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, , food and accommodation
Himalayan Vacation treks and expedition trekking bag/12-15 kg capacity bag, and Hiking map/ card are yours to take
(Tourist Information Management System TIMS card)
First Aid Medical kit (carried by your Hiking leader for Nepali staff
All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost:
Nepalese visa fee 15 Days – 30 USD 30 Days – 50 USD 90 Days – 125 USD
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
Down jacket and sleeping bag and Trekking Walking Hiking shoes.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Number of participants:
Minimum number of participants: 2
Maximum number of participants: 14
Max Altitude: 2150 meters Best Season: November to February Difficulty Level: Easy
December ,January and February
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail.Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikings and cultural tour.It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour for this places. Chitawan National park Bardiya National Park are also the places to have live experience of culture and rituals.
March , April and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze is felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of cloud can be seen in the sky during this season.So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal .So many tourist from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalyan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period.Peak climbing period can be enlength upto June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programmes during this period.This period offer plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.Except rhododendrons , many kind of natural flora and fauna makes Nepal very beautiful during this season
June ,July and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slight difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang , Upper Dolpa , Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September , October and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is the popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain , Tihar and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for civil workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favourable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal.Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period.So many tourist come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m are the best destination for climbing in this season.Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of nature of Nepal in this season.
Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.