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 central city, this national park is the nearest to 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. Its highest peak lies at 2,732m

Shivapuri National Park


1. Weather in Shivapuri National Park

The national park lies 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 

Plant in the park includes 129 species of mushrooms while animal consists of 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 12km in the distance from Kathmandu city.  It is one of the best destinations 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 many trekking itineraries available around the Kathmandu valley, such as two night three days Chisapani Trek, Kathmandu Valley Trekking, Hiking around Kathmandu Valley, Nagarjun day hiking, etc.

Mountain Biking 
Shivapuri National park is also an excellent 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 trendy for downhill mountain biking from Chisapani, Mulkharka, to Kathmandu.

4. References: 

  2. Lonely Planet
  3. TripAdvisor
  4. Rough guides
  5. Amazon Map

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Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say I know my way well enough in the Himalayas, especially in some of the off-the-beaten-trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and Mustang!

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