The Shivapuri National Park has a wealth of flora and fauna and there are several walks of around 4-8 hours long that are available from Shivapuri Heights Cottage.
We strongly recommend that you book a guide and a packed lunch with us since often the trails can be hard to find. The cost is Rs 2500 per person plus the park entrance fee which is Rs 565 (subject to change/May 2016). Advance booking is required.
Note that trails are generally good but some can be steep and off the beaten path. You need to be reasonably fit.
The Naiki Gomba Nunnery
This lovely Monastery makes for a great destination if you are up for a 4-5 hour walk in the
Shivapuri National Park. The walk is mostly on good well-defined trails but we strongly recommend that you take a guide and a packed lunch and both can be arranged from the Cottage. You will find the nuns at the monastery welcoming and friendly and you should take the time to visit inside the monastery. If it’s locked one of the nuns will be pleased to open it.
Baghdwar: The source of the Bagmati
Lying approximately 1.5 hours above Nainki Gomba is the Baghdwar. For Hindus and Buddhist alike this is a sacred pilgrimage site and there are several hermit caves as well as Buddhist statues, statues of Shiva and also several Shiva-linga and yoni and naga stone carvings. A guide is essential.
Another 1.5 hours or so above Baghdwar is the Peak of Shivapuri lying at around (2725m). With clear weather (mostly November-February) it’s possible to see the Himalayan peaks of Langtang and Ganesh Himal from here. Note that this is a serious hike that you shouldn’t do alone.A guide is essential. The round trip from Shivapuri Heights Cottage would take approximate 7-8 hours.