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Kathmandu Day Trip: Budhanilkantha and Hike Through Shivapuri National Park

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Gain insight into Nepal’s religions in a fun and active way on this small-group day trip from Kathmandu. Take local transport to Budhanilkantha, the holy site of the sleeping Hindu god Vishnu, and then enjoy a moderate hike with your guide through the woodlands of Shivapuri National Park to Nagi Gompa, a hilltop Buddhist monastery where panoramic views of the Kathmandu valley abound. Finish with a stop at a local bazaar in Sundarijal before heading back to Kathmandu.
  • All-day hiking trip to Budhanilkantha and Shivapuri
  • Get off the beaten track to discover local sights in the Kathmandu Valley
  • Enjoy one moderate and one gentle mini-trek through Shivapuri National Park
  • Travel by local bus for a slice of everyday life in Nepal
What to Expect
Begin by hopping a local bus to Budhanilkantha, getting a slice of everyday Kathmandu life as you make your way up into the hills. You’ll get a rare peek at a Hindu temple usually only visited by locals. Light a butter lamp in honor of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Your guide will fill you in on the history of the venerated figure, shown here fast asleep. From there, you’ll embark on a moderate hike through terraced farmlands as you head to Shivapuri, one of Nepal’s national parks. Climb up a gentle slope for panoramic views of the valley, which on clear days stretch to the Himalayan range. You'll visit the Buddhist monastery of Nagi, tucked deep into the woods, and haggle for handicrafts at a local market before heading back to the city.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • Round-trip fare on local transport
  • Entry/Admission - Budhanilkantha
  • Entry/Admission - Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A large amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking/trail shoes are recommended
  • Please note that there has been significant damage to some of the sites visited on this tour due to the earthquakes in April and May 2015
  • Maximum group size is 12.
  • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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The tour guide Niroj was very informative and we had a great day out hiking, we hiked just on 15km through the woods and up to the monastery. Then back down at times in over grown and step vegetation. The day started at 7 am with a debrief then we caught a local bus and returned
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Response from kathmanduua, Coordinator at Kathmandu Day Trip: Budhanilkantha and Hike Through Shivapuri National Park
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi there, We are happy to learn that you liked Niroj's work and the tour! Thank you very much for the 5-star review.
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We did this partly for the siteseeing and partly for pre-EBC exercise. Mission accomplished on both counts. Milan was a great guide and set a pace to suit all. Went to the Hidden Monastery but could not go in unfortunately. Good to get out of Thamel too.
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Response from kathmanduua, Urban Adventures Coordinator at Kathmandu Day Trip: Budhanilkantha and Hike Through Shivapuri National Park
Responded 10 May 2019
Thank you for the review! We look forward to having you here again!
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My friends and I were shown this trek, being told it’s great preparation for our Everest base camp trek. We decided to do it, and we were NOT disappointed. For ~$60 USD, we got an awesome tour of a Hindu temple, an awesome 4WD adventure through the streets of Kathmandu, and THEN
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Probyn and Dipesh were great. Excellent guides. We motored along some interesting small paths and we’re back in time for a late lunch.
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My guide Milan Tamang met me at the Kathmandu Guest House and after a short drive we were walking through a beautiful forest on the edge of the Kathmandu valley. Milan had excellent English and was very helpful in answering all my questions. The views along the walk were
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