Budhanilkantha – Shivapuri Hill Hiking

  • Grade: Easy
  • Duration: Single day tour
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  • Departure: Every Week
  • Best Seasons: All seasons
  • Highest Altitude: 2732mtrs (8963 fts)
  • Start-Ends: Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Price of Package:USD 100


The famous temple of Budhanilkantha lies at the northern outskirt of Kathmandu which is approximately 11 km from city center. Budhanilkantha is a huge and unique monolithic statue of sleeping Vishnu on the Shesh saiya (snake bed). The statue was constructed in 6-7th century during Lichchhavi period. However, Budhanilkantha is a Vishnu Temple,  Shaiva and Baisnav sect of Hinduism and Buddhist jointly worship it.

Budhanilkantha - Sleeping Vishnu Temple

Budhanilkantha – Sleeping Vishnu Temple

The idol is also known as Sleeping Buddha and equally visited by the Buddhist people. This trip visits Budhanilakantha and continues the Shivapuri hill hike afterward.

Shivapuri Hill

The hike starts from Panimuhan at the entry point of Shivapuri National Park. The trail runs inside the dense forest of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park with gentle elevation up to Nagi Gumpa. Nagi Gumpa is one of the major attractions of this day tour. A 3-hour uphill walk from Nagi Gumba takes you to the Baghdwar. Baghdwar is a beautiful water spring where the Bagmati Rivers starts. The trail is best hiking trail for a nature walk and bird watching enthusiast. On a clear day, one might observe the spectacular panorama of the snow-capped Himalayas below the northern and eastern horizon.

At the top of the Shivapuri hill, there is a white statue of legendary Shivapuri Baba. From the top, the trail connects another ridge of the hill to descend down. Comparatively, the descending trail is steeper and shorter. The trail ends at Paanimuhan to complete encircling route of the Shivapuri hill day tour.

Cost Includes

  1. Drop and pickup service to and from your hotel in Thamel or nearby
  2. All taxes, fees and handling charges
  3. Packed Lunch
  4. Transport by private vehicle

Cost Excludes

  1. Breakfast & Dinner
  2. Personal expenses
  3. Tips and gratitudes to Guide & Driver


I have been traveling several times with Machhindra Acharya. He is a wonderful guide. Very informative, very qualified and helpful to get lots of background information about Nepal and its regional specialities. Can absolutely recommend Oriental Journeys!!
Christian Thomas Germany
Hi Machhindra, just wanted to say thank you for the experience in Nepal you were a great guide very patient and friendly. I felt perfectly safe and comfortable on a country so far away from home on a solo trip. I really liked your explanation about all the temples, the culture and lifestyle in Nepal and it made me curious to find out more. I will definitely recommend anyone I know is going to Nepal to go to you!
Lourdes Rivera New York, USA

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