The hiking from Budhanilkantha to Sundarijal includes the pilgrimage site- Budhanilkantha temple, Shivapuri Natioanal Park’s Conservation Areas, villages, Nagi Gompa en route and Tarebhir (the cliff famous for Rock climbing). The route is perfect for Bird Watching and viewing Kathmandu surrounded by four major hills. The hiking distance is 18 km and takes 5 – 6 hours.
There are many hiking possibilities in between Sundarijal – Shivapuri National Park. The trail is good for cycling too. We meet many army posts here around. This is the route blended with natural vegetation, wild animals like deer, leopard, wild cat etc. and the place for many varieties of butterflies and birds. Apart from this it has cultural fragrance. All these things have been combined with the majestic mountain views that can be seen from here.
Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Budhanilkantha, then hike to Sundarijal, drive back to Kathmandu
Day 01Drive from Kathmandu to Budhanilkantha, then hike to Sundarijal, drive back to KathmanduAfter breakfast, we drive from hotel to Budhanilkantha temple, 8 km north, takes about 30 minutes by car. It is the sleeping Vishnu, the great stone image from Lichhavi period. We start our hiking after walking around and observing ritual activities performing inside the temple premises. After 20 minutes' walk, we reach to the entrance of Shivapuri National Park where there is a military camp. We take the entry permit and register our name then start walking inside the forest. After half an hour's walk we reach to Nagi Gumba. The view from the top is eye catching in the clear day. We continue hiking passing the cliff named Tarebhir, famous for rock climbing. The hiking distance is 18 km and it takes about 5 to 6 hours to reach to Sundarijal. This is the perfect day hiking going through villages, National Park, forest, monastery etc. We will carry the packed lunch and before we get down to Sundarijal, we can have lunch and walk to our destination. We can view hydro power project, water pipe, waterfall and big boulders there. Finally, we drive back to Kathmandu from Sundarijal.