Shivapuri Nagi Gumba Hike is a day hike; 30-45 minutes drive followed by 1-2 hours of hike to Nagi Gumba through Budanilkantha and Shivapuri National Park. Nagi Gumba is the Buddhist monastery on the top-hill offering you the wide view of Kathmandu City and occasional Langtang Himalayas view.
After 45 minutes of drive, you’ll reach Budanilkantha famous for the Narayanthan temple and large reclining statue of Lord Vishnu. Legends has their say that King Pratap Malla had a vision which made him believe that Kings of Nepal would die if they visit Budanilkantha . Though non-Hindus are not allowed to go inside the temple, the temple gives the religious vibe around.
Hiking to Shivapuri Nagi Gumba is a mild hike best with friends and family to get off from hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Our itinerary starts at 7 AM gathering at our company office. Post briefing, we take a drive to Budanilkantha . Spending couple of time in Temple we preparing ourselves with water bottle and snacks as there are not many shops in the trail. Once we’re ready with our tickets for Shivapuri National Park, we start our 2.5-3 hour to reach 4 kilometers uphill Nagi Gumba, a Buddhist monastery. The Shivapuri National Park boasts wide variety of flora and fauna and an amazing trail for bird watching. After reaching the uphill and strolling for 30 minutes or so, we descend downhill for an hour.
Hotel Pick up and short briefing on hike; Drive to Budanilkhantha/Narayanthan (10 kms, 30-45mins); Narayanthan Temple Visit (15-20 mins); Preparation for Hike and Registration for Shivapuri National Park (15 mins); Hike uphill to Nagi Gumba (2 hrs); Lunch and Strolling around (30 mins); Hike downhill to Budanilkhantha or Kapan (2 Hour); Drive back to Kathmandu (45 mins)
7 AM: Our guide will come to pick you up from your hotel or if the group is larger, we can gather at our office. Guide will brief you about our hike and places covered in the hike.
7.15 AM: We take a car ride to reach Budanilkhantha (10 kilometers from Thamel), which ideally should take 30-45 minutes.
8.00 AM: Narayanthan Temple visit where the famous lying statue of Lord Vishnu is present. Guide explains about the history and mythology it holds.
8.30 AM: Preparation for hike (water bottle and snacks); Registration for Shivapuri National Park
8.45 AM: Our uphill hike commences for 2 hours through Shivapuri National Park; subtropical forest enriched with diverse fauna.
11.30 AM: Reach Nagi Gumba, the buddhist monastery. Stroll around, Sightsee.
12.30 AM: Lunch around the hill-top
1.30 AM: Descend downhill to Kapan Ghumba or Budanilkhantha
2.45 AM: Spend some time at Budanilkhantha/Kapan and drive back to Kathmandu