Very close from the valley where the life is wild, the rich air takes you very close to nature, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is the second highest peak among the hills surrounding the Kathmandu Valley. It is 2,732 m at its peak with numerous sharp ridges radiating to all sides. Situated towards the north of the Kathmandu Valley, due to its strategic location and convenience, Shivapuri was proclaimed as a watershed area supplying more than a million liters of natural spring water to the city. After Shivapuri experienced several problems concerning soil erosion as a result of deforestation, over- grazing, cultivation on steep slopes etc.; reducing the quality and quantity of the water supplied, His Majesty's Govt. of Nepal initiated a program to protect Shivapuri and its adjoining areas as a watershed and wildlife reserve in 1975. As recently as, in mid 2002 Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve was officially given a National Park status.
The hike inside this park is perfect indeed and very new experience to all new hikers. Suitable for anyone with limited time, this hike to Shivapuri national park is a perfect getaway to experience the nature in its best for anyone. This walk provides one with pristine nature surrounded by its soothing fragrance and serenity that can be very healing from the torn and torture of the modern life. On a clear day the mountain views in the north and bird's eye view of Kathmandu valley from the summit is extremely astonishing.
The park is very rich in its bio-diversity that spread over the summit. The floras include alder, Schima and Castanopsis at lower part and Rhododendron, Oaks and Pine trees at higher. The animals like Black Panther, Common Leopard, Wild Boar, Muntjac, Rhesus and Common Langur monkeys forms the main fauns of parks along with over 300 species of birds, which includes some endangered and rare species.