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Hiking Budanilkantha-Sundarijal is one of the best day tour activities in Kathmandu. It is analyzed that Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park is the home for 24 species of various Mammals, 2,122 species of plants, 129 species of Mushrooms, 106 species of moths and butterflies and 318 species of different birds. Shivapuri National Park is the Second Highest hill around Kathmandu Valley after Fulchoki with the elevation of 2,563.
It is the ninth National Park in Nepal declared in 2002 A.D.Sundarijal is the major source of water supply for Kathmandu. Since is very easy to reach and comfortable to explore being located very close from the capital city, it is equally popular for family hiking, beginners and professionals too. Shivapuri Village is the ultimate destination for exploring the blend of nature and culture very closely. Share your experience with the villagers carrying the essence of ethnicities and capture their amazing livelihood along with the exposure of several flora and fauna.
This destination is very popular for Bird Watching too. This also provide the spectacular view of Kathmandu surrounded by four major hills. Sundarijal has the second oldest Hydro power station in Nepal supplying. Winding trials, green forest, frequently flowing springs, chirpings of birds and roaring of endangered animals are the major attractions during the hiking.
There will be a gathering of all groups in front of Great Nepal Treks office in Shantinagar, New Baneshwor. After a short briefing with introduction among the group, you will be verified with your required equipment that are essential for Hiking by our guide and representatives according the checklist that is provided to you after confirming the hiking program.
After the completion of introduction and briefing round you will be escorted by the vehicle for 30 minutes to the hiking starting point Budanilkantha which is about 10 kms South West from Kathmandu valley. Offer homage to Lord Shiva’s statue crafted in a huge single black stone lying under a holy lake.
After reaching the starting point of your hiking destination, you will enjoy warm tea or coffee and warm up for continuous walk passing through the gate of National Park guarded by Nepal Army. Make sure you load fresh water from the tap or carry water bottle.
From here we start hiking gradually up following the trail to Nagi Gumba. On the way one can enjoy the different landscapes with the varieties of plants as well as birds. Reach on the highest elevation and enjoy a magnificent views of Kathmandu valley. You will be provided a lunch break for one hour. After completing the lunch, start sharing your latest experience that you have collected during the hiking with your friends.
Continuous walk and heavy lunch may make you feel bit lazy and sleepy for a moment. Don’t worry for that. You are soon proceeding towards Sundarijal area where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Himalayas and gentle touch of fresh air from dense forest. After crawling down from the steeply way, you will soon reach to Sundarijal. You will see a big damp made to store water from the nature to operate Hydropower. Go around the lake and enjoy your best time capturing the best images. After descending to Sundarijal Bazar, your driver will be waiting you to take you back to your starting point.