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Kakani is a major gateway for hiking and mountain biking routes in neighbouring Shivapuri National Park.


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$99 Day Trips & Excursions

Kathmandu Day Hike in Kakani

Your experienced tour guide will escort you from your hotel and drive for about an hour to Kakani. Kakani is one of the destinations where many domestic and international tourists visit every year to enjoy its natural beauty. Kakani lies on a ridge northwest of Kathmandu valley with an elevation of 2073m above the sea level, from where one can observe the magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal and central and western Himalaya. Apart from this, another peaceful park which attracts visitors is the Thai Memorial park that commemorates the 113 victims of a 1992 Thai airlines crash.Detailed Itinerary8:30am: Our experienced tour guide picks you up from your hotel. Start the drive from Kathmandu city in a private vehicle to Rani Pauwa takes about 1 hour, which is about 29 kms or 18 miles from the city.After you reach the beautiful settlement of Rani Pauwa, you can explore the local bazaar. After sometime you will be backtracked 2kms to the village of Kaule, where you will commence your 2 hours trek up to Kakani height. The hiking trial that stretches up to Kakani height is a beautiful one, you can hike through pine forests with amazing views of the Kathmandu valley below.After reaching the Kakani hill top sightseeing of the surrounding, you can take a breath taking view of high snow-capped mountains namely Langtang 7,234 m (23,734 ft) and Ganesh Himal 7,422 (24,350 ft).The Kakani Hilltop is naturally beautiful and on the way, you will see a station for Armed Police forces, where you will see them train. After you reach the top, there is also the Thai Memorial peaceful park which commemorates the 113 victims of a 1992 Thai airlines crash. Kakani is also famous for Himalayan Rainbow Trout farming, you can enjoy the taste of Himalayan trout in the restaurants at the hilltop. All the more, this area is also famous for Strawberry farming, with its unique irrigation system. If you are lucky you can also spot locals preparing some homemade liquor using some unique local ingredients, such as Strawberry or Rhododendron flowers. You can also visit the local monastery constructed by Korean monks and do a sightseeing of the village, where one can enjoy the close view of daily lifestyle of the Tamang’s, who are an ethnic group in Nepal.3:30pm: Drive to Kathmandu, choosing any of the below return options.1. Head back to Kawle, where your transportation back to Kathmandu is ready.2. The other option is to request the transportation to come and pick you up from the hilltop.3. The last option is to walk down to the Passang Lhamu Highway and drive back to Kathmandu.4:30pm: Back to Kathmandu and drop off to your hotel.

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Kakani Day hike from Kathmandu

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Shivapuri Nagarjun National ParkHiking along the Shivapuri National Park among the forested area with occasional sighting of different species of birds and some great Himalayan panorama.

$80 Outdoor Activities

kakani hiking

Kakani Day hiking Kakani hiking is one of the best viewpoints in Nepalese Himalayan and Kathmandu city which lies in the north west of Kathmandu Nepal towards Dunche which is the roads leading to Langtang Region trekking. In Kakani hiking, you will hike through green paddy fields enjoying the views of rural Nepalese Life. Kakani is famous for Himalayan trout fish, and you can find them in Restaurant at the top of the Kakani hill station.  You might get a chance to see the local homemade liquor (Rakshi) using some unique ingredients such as strawberry or Rhododendron flowers. Kakani is also famous for strawberry farming using a single irrigation system by the local farmers.It takes you about an hour to reach to Kakani hiking starting point from Kathmandu by driving, and the distance of driving is about 29 km or 18 miles. Drive to Rani Pawa which is a beautiful settlement village and some more village namely Kaule. The Kakani height is a naturally beautiful place, and you will walk through Pine forest trees enjoying the fantastic views of the Kathmandu valley at your footstep.Once you reach the top of the Kakani hill station, you can enjoy breathtaking views of High snow-capped mountains namely Langtang Himal range, Ganesh Himal ranges, Manaslu, Annapurna, Fishtail, Dorjelakpa, etc. with a clear blue sky.  While walking on the way to Kakani Hill station, you will see armed police force and if you are lucky enough you will see them train. On the hill station, you can also see Thai Memorial peaceful parks which are commemorating the 113 victims of 1992 Thai airlines.  There is also local monastery constructed by Korean monks.  You can also enjoy the close view of the daily lifestyle of Tamang’s who are an ethnic group in Nepal.

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Private day to Kakani Hill

Kakani is 28 km form Kathmandu and one of the few beautiful hill stations. Because of the easy excess,  Kakani hill has a popular destination for short tour or hiking, cycling and picnic. Western central Himalayan ranges are visible from here. You can also enjoy the beautiful scene of Kathmandu valley standing at an altitude of  2030m (6060 ft). Besides this, it's also worth visiting the Thai Airways Memorial Park commonly known as Peaceful Park, built in the memory of the 113 death passengers of the Crash of Thai Airways in 1992. There is another park named International Mountaineers Memorial Park established in the honour of the mountaineers who lost their lives during their expeditions. There are several hotels and Restaurants where you can enjoy Nepali cuisines.  You can either drive directly to Kakani or alternatively hike form the half of the way through the separate hiking trail.

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Private Kakani Day Hike from Kathmandu

Kakani is a hill station on the northern side of Kathmandu. It is in Nuwakot district, 29km (18 miles) away from Kathmandu and is accessible by road. The drive takes just 1.5 hours. This place is famous for its breathtaking scenery and there is a lot of potential for day hiking. The tranquility of the surroundings give you immense pleasure and the Himalayan mountains like Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Ganesh, Langtang, Manaslu and Gaurishankar can be viewed from there.From the main view point, there are a lot of interesting hikes possible towards the north-east. There is also a century old summer villa used long ago by the British Embassy as well as the memorial park that commemorates the victims of the 1992 Thai Airways 311 flight crash.At 7:30am, after breakfast, the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a 1-hour drive to Kakani. The drive itself is interesting as you get to pass numerous villages along the road. The scenery on the way is magnificent. But the true beauty is saved for the moment you arrive in Kakani, the whole vista just opens up on the north side as you get out of the vehicle. At 8:30am, you will take a 1-hour drive by local bus to the Kakani Bazaar for sightseeing. At 9am you will start the hike to Bhanjyang, which is about 3-hours long, including a 20-minute steep climb until you reach the top. It's an interesting hike through oak, rhododendron and pine forests. At 11am you will reach the Kakani hilltop where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of high snow-capped mountains with natural beauty. You will also visit the Thai Memorial park and village, where you can closely observe the daily lifestyle of the Tamang ethnic group.At 2pm you will be back to Kakani Bazaar and then drive back to Kathmandu to your hotel.

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Kakani to Surya Chaur Hike (Kathmandu Day Hiking)

Meet at your hotel's lobby and drive to Kakani for about an hour. The hike will start from Kakani Memorial Park and end at Suryachaur Hill. En-route you will hike along forested areas passing through Shivapuri National Park. Shivapuri National Park with 159 km2 (61 sq mi) is located in the mid-hills on the northern side of the Kathmandu Valley. Upon arriving at Suryachaur (1925m) is an ideal place with some flat terrains from where one can get to see the whole Thangshing Valley and the great mountain views like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Range, Mt. Machapuchare, Mt. Gaurishankar, Godatape, Rauchuli and other numerous Himalayas. Then drive back to Kathmandu and drop-off at your hotel. 

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