The Kakani hike is one of the best short adventures to take on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The hike combines the essence of experiencing life in rural settlements. Kakani hike covers one of the best hiking routes to spend a relaxing time with your friends and family. You will get to enjoy the picturesque view of beautiful mountains that mesmerizes hundreds of travelers every year.
Your journey starts after a short drive to Kakani Bus Park in Kaule. Your hiking trail starts from this place. The short 2-hour hike takes you through a range of pine forests, with the cool breeze from the Himalayas blowing through your skin. The trek to Kakani hilltop is a bit challenging, but the magnificent view of mountains at the top makes it worth all the trouble. The breathtaking views of mountain ranges like Langtang (7234m) and Ganesh Himal (7422) will not fail to amaze you.
The beautiful stretch of mountains along with jaw-dropping scenery of the vast green hills and flowing river streams gives you a perfect depiction of the natural diversity of Nepal. Along the trail, you will also come across many national treasures. One of them is the Thai Memorial Park, which commemorates the untimely death of 113 people on the Thai Airlines crash in 1992. The park provides peaceful surroundings and lovely views, making the place perfect for recreational activities like meditation and yoga.
You can view the station for Armed Police Force, where you will be able to see them train. The Himalayan Rainbow Trout farming and strawberry farming is another attraction of Kakani. Most of the domestic tourists travel the length just to get the taste of organic fish and fresh strawberries of Kakani. If you are lucky, you will get to see locals making wine from fresh strawberries, and also get some taste while you are at it.
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Itinerary of Kakani Hike in a day
The journey takes off with an hour’s drive to Kakani Bus stop from the busy streets of Kathmandu. Your journey on foot starts from here. You will continue your 2 hours hike which will take you to Kakani hilltop. You can spend the rest of your afternoon excursing around Kakani, and then hike back to Kakani Bus stop. Finally, you will be taking an hour’s drive back to Kathmandu to your accommodation.
Duration: 1 day
Duration of hike: 2 hours
Maximum elevation: 2073 m
Best time: all year round
Enjoy the picturesque view of mountain ranges like Langtang and Ganesh Himal.
Experience for yourself the diverse topography of Nepal.
Walk alongside nature, away from the busy streets of Kathmandu.
Take a break to enjoy local wine and organic strawberries as well as Himalayan Trout fishes.
Indulge in some meditation at the Thai Memorial Park.
There is no age requirement for participating in the hike.
Ensure to inform us in advance regarding any prevailing health conditions that may obstruct the course of the journey.
Wear sunglass and cap to protect yourself from the heat if you are hiking in the summer season.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Carry a liter of water with you. Carry your own water bottle. You can refill your bottle instead of buying a water bottle. It will be economical as well as eco-friendly.
Do not litter along the trail as you hike. If you decide to have snacks along the way, make sure to dispose wrappers in a dustbin. In case there is no dustbin around, keep the wrapper in your bag and throw it out in a bin afterward.
You can catch a local bus from Macchapokhari that departs every 30 minutes to reach Kaule.
If you opt to stay overnight in Kakani, you can easily find a hotel.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the best season for the hike?
Although you can go for the Kakani hike all year round, the best seasons are spring and autumn. The spring season includes months of March, April and May whereas autumn season includes months of September, October and November. During these months, the weather is stable and perfect for hiking.
Is it safe for kids?
The Kakani hike is a 2 hours journey. It is graded easy and there is no age restriction for this hike. The route is easy and can be completed by children as well as elderly people. The route goes through lush green paddy fields and sparse settlements. Children can experience the view of rural Nepalese life. Also, your guide will do his/her best to make the hike as safe as possible.
What should I carry for this hike?
It is recommended to carry a backpack with a water bottle, sunblock, sunglasses, and first-aid kit. You can carry snacks as per your wish and enjoy it on the way. Also, carry other necessary items like toilet paper and other necessary toiletries. It is a short and an easy hike. So, you can pack light.
What should I wear?
You are recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You should carry a windcheater in case the weather gets chilly in the Kakani hilltop. Also, wear a cap and sunglasses to protect yourself from sunlight. If you’re traveling in monsoon, you should take an umbrella and waterproof jacket or raincoat.