Shivapuri National Park

Means the town of god Shiva, Shivapuri National Park was established in 2002 and listed as one of the ten National Parks in Nepal. About 15km from the main city, this national park is the nearest from Kathmandu Valley. Shivapuri National Park is considered a mid hill on the northern part of the Kathmandu city. It covers an area of 159 sq. km. in the district of Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Dhading and Sindhupalchok Chisapani.  At 2,732m, its highest peak is known as Shivapuri peak.

1. Weather in Shivapuri National Park
The national park is located in a transition zone between subtropical and medium temperature climate. The annual precipitation of about 1,400mm (55 in) falls mostly from May to September, with 80% during monsoon. Temperatures vary from 2–17 °C (36–63 °F) during the winter season, rising to 19–30 °C (66–86 °F) during the summer season.

2. Vegetation, flora and fauna in Shivapuri National Park 
Vegetation in the park includes 129 species of mushrooms while animal includes 19 species of mammals including beer leopard deer wild boar wildcat and Langur monkeys. Likewise, the youngest national park of Nepal boasts 177 species of birds and 102 species of butterflies. 

3. Tourism in Shivapuri National Park
Shivapuri National park is one of the nearest national parks just 12km in distance from Kathmandu city.  It is also regarded as one of the best destination for trekking and short day hikes around Kathmandu Valley.

Trekking and Hiking
Probably the best and most popular activities in Shivapuri national park is the trekking and day hiking. There are several trekking itinerary available around the Kathmandu valley such as 2 night 3 days Chisapani Trek, Kathmandu Valley Trekking, Hiking around Kathmandu Valley, Nagarjun day hiking, etc. 

Mountain Biking 
Shivapuri National park is also a great destination for mountain biking.  It is possible to do a 2 night 3 days biking to Nagarkot-Chisapani, and 3 night 4 days Chisapani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel. These are the popular biking routes around the area.  It is also very popular for downhill mountain biking from Chisapani, Mulkharka to Kathmandu. 

4. References: 
  1. Wikipedia.org
  2. Lonely Planet
  3. TripAdvisor
  4. Roughguides
  5. Amazon Map

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