Kakani Hiking from Kathmandu - 1 day

Kakani Hiking from Kathmandu - 1 day

Kakani Hiking is the perfect one-day hike in Kathmandu, away from the hustle and bustle of city life towards the simplistic beauty of hills and farms. This 5 - 6 hour hike takes you on a tour around Kakani, to the Tamang culture, the cultivation, and processing of special foods of Nepal.

Kakani Hiking starts with an hour and a half drive from Kathmandu to the starting point in Kakani, then a hike to your lunch point at ‘Suryachaur’ in Kakani itself. The trip is famous for the panoramic views of mountain ranges, Kakani’s cultivated Japanese strawberries, rhododendron-flavored liquor and rainbow trout dishes, and Mountain Memorial Park.

The day hike is easy and suited for all age groups to truly enjoy the new experiences Kakani has to offer, making it one of the best one-day trips out there.

Departure Point

From your hotel stay

Pickup Time

8 AM


7 to 8 hours

Destination Covered



How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Kaule, Kakani, with splendid views of hills and valleys
  • Spectacular views of Annapurna Range, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Gaurishankar, and the Ganesh Himal from Kakani’s viewpoint
  • Exploring the Tamang culture and traditions in Kakani
  • Experience Strawberry picking, and enjoy dishes made of rainbow trout and Rhododendron-flavored liquor

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Kakani to Gurje Bhanjyang Hiking

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Kakani to Gurje Bhanjyang Hiking

At around 8:00 AM, we will pick you up from your hotel stay. As the day gets older, the views of the peaks also start fading away. Therefore, it is best to start the trip early in the morning.

Drive from Kathmandu to Kaule, Kakani (1 Hour, 26 Km)

An hour drive takes you from Kathmandu to Kaule, Kakani. Along the way, you can see the cityscape transforming into green fields. You can click pictures of the beautiful hills and the distant village lifestyle in the serene greenery. On reaching our starting point in Kakani, you can see different trout farms and strawberry crops planted by farmers from a distance. The Langtang Range is also distinctly visible.

Kakani is one of the most convenient settlements around the Kathmandu Valley. It is famous for picnic spots surrounded by dense forests of rhododendron, oak and pine, Japanese strawberries, and the cultivation of other crops.

Have some tea/coffee, then prepare for your actual hike in Kakani.

Hiking  from Kakani to Gurje Bhanjyang (5 - 6 hours)

You can begin your hike to the Mountain Memorial Park in Kakani, built to give limelight and respect to deceased mountaineers by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. You can have a cup of tea here and prepare for hiking in the jungles of Kakani.

Hiking until the checkpoint is uphill is a little difficult, but it becomes easier and enjoyable throughout the rest of the trail. It is a completely different feeling while hiking on this trail surrounded by dense forests of oak and rhododendron with views of snow-capped mountains in the distance. You will pass by settlements and can see farmers cultivating crops. If you are lucky, then you might be able to help them in strawberry picking in the right season.

Kakani is famous for its rainbow trout, homemade strawberries, and rhododendron-flavored liquor, so be sure to buy some from the local market. You can also intermingle with the locals and learn about the Tamang lifestyle. Imagine having your lunch surrounded by astounding views of Annapurna Range, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Gaurishankar, and Ganesh Himal.

You can also take a short walk to the Thai Memorial Park, which was named to commemorate the victims of the fatal 1992 Thai Airlines crash in Nepal.

Finally hike to Gurje Bhanjyang via Suryachaur and get transport back to Kathmandu.

Drive from Gurje Bhanjyang back to Kathmandu (1 Hour, 20 Km)

Following your hike, you will drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Be sure to collect souvenirs and click a few photos for memories before leaving Gurje Bhanjyang and Kakani, as it supports the local economy. After a long day, your trip is finally over after reaching your hotel.

Useful Tips

It is advised not to hike during the Monsoon season as the earthen trail becomes muddy. The best seasons for Kakani Hiking are certainly the spring and autumn, lasting from March to May and September to November, respectively.

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Based on 17 reviews

Latest Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Christian Shaw
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Nov 24, 2022

Kakani Hiking from Kathmandu

Everything was good enough to recommend them for day hike. The tour guide was expereiced and Naba himself was in contact for the day. We knew it was going to be a great day because Naba ensured us. We woke up at 6, got ready by 7 and the jeep took off at around 7.45 for Kakani hike. We completed the full hike in about 6 hours. The day's hike rewareded us stunning sight of the mountains. It was wonderful.
Hector Martin
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Nov 20, 2022

Kakani Hiking from Kathmandu

Christian and I did this short hike to Kakani viewpoint to enjoy pleasant hiking and amazing views of the mountains. We were lucky to have clearest sky to see mountains. It wasnot crowded as we expected so yes we had great time doing this hike to Kakani.
Recommended by Friend
Clara Dutertre
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Oct 21, 2022

Beautiful hike in katmandu

We combined the Bouthanath tour and Kakani hike for a day with THird Rock Adventures. They offered a good prices and the best service. We loved the hike and Boudhanath stupa. It was wonderful day and best day in Kathmandu, before flying to home.
Bruno Pascal
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Sep 25, 2022

Kakani Hike

Kakani is a great destination in Kathmandu for short hike. It gives us a chance to witness magical mountain only if you hike in the early morning. Third Rock Adventures did the best job and we are more than satisfied. if you have a day, go for it.
Tajo Flores
Sep 17, 2022

Hike to Kakani

We love the short hike to Kakani. On our last day in Kathmandu, we met with Naba and asked for his suggestion. He threw some amazing suggestion but Kakani was the one we took for. Thanks to him and his company for hosting this trip. No complain and only suggeestion. THanks again.
Darnell Cline Cline
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May 21, 2022

Kakani Kathmandi Hike

It was an amazing hike to Kakani. We loved the hike and the company's service. Highly recommended travel agency in Kathmandu for a hike and trek.
Bryce Gibson
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May 18, 2022

Ktm day hike

Hiked for about 6 hour in a day and embraced beautiful view of the mountains and gain insight into local lifestyle away from the city chaos. The hike was pleasant. It was easy hike to Kakani. We want to recommend Naba's company for short hike or day hike in Kathmandu. You will not regret.
Emma Ross
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May 14, 2022

Kakani day hike

Highly recommended agency for day hikes in Kathmandu. We did Kakani hike and enjoyed the hike to the fullest. Thanks to Third Rock Adventures for this hike.
Recommended by Friend
Victoria Clarke
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May 14, 2022

Loved the Kakani Hike

It was a great hike for a day. We had the opportunity to enjoy the sight of Himalayas like Annapurna range. The company did a great job managing the hike properly.
Kyra Norris
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May 14, 2022

Kakani Hiking

The price was good and the company have good reviews. I loved how Naba managed everything even for a day. They picked us up from our hotel in Thamel in estimated time and we hiked to the Kakani viewpoint in time and reached there to enjoy stunning veiw of the mountain. It was easy hike but worth the price. Everything was great that day.
Bin Mirae
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Apr 06, 2022

Kakani hike from Kathmandu

We loved this short hike in Kathmandu. My tour guide managed perfectly and luckily we had the best view of the mountains. Overall, it was wonderful experience.
Seok Min Ki
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Apr 05, 2022

Kakani day hike

We did this day hike after completing Mardi Himal Trek. We loved the 6-hour hike to Kakani and got chance to get the view of mountains like Langtang, Gaurishankar and Annapurna Rang.e It was refreshing and rewarding. The tour guide was full of knowledge and friendly. It was timely and well-managed. Thanks to Third Rock for organizing this beautiful day hike.
Agota Campoy
Mar 14, 2022

Short hike in Ktm

A Nepali friend recommended me to spend a day hiking to Kakani so I decided to agree and organized a Kakani hiking from Third Rock Adventures. I chose them because they have quite a buzz in Thamel area and I knew a guide from there. The hike began from Mountain Memorial Park and was peaceful and rewarding. I loved this hike.
Recommended by Friend
Pedro Penaloza
Mar 14, 2022

Hike to Kakani

Had the opportunity to do Kakani hiking while in Kathmandu. I hiked to Thai Memorial Park and around Kakani to enjoy the peaceful hike and beautiful mountain view. As per my guide we could see mountains like Annapurna, langtang and other peaks. We completed the hike in 5 hours and got back to Hotel in about a hour by driving a private vehicle.
Stanley Moore
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Dec 15, 2021

Beautiful Kakani Hike

We hiked through the trail of Kakani, had beautiful view from Suryachaur. It was about 6 hours hiking in Kakani and it was great. We could see Annapurna Range, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Gaurishankar, and Ganesh Himal. It was superb experience.
Recommended by Friend,
Brett Barber
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Mar 03, 2021

Kakaki short hike

After completing my Annapurna Base Camp trek I had two days on my hand to go for this hike around Kathmandu. Suggested by Naba I booked this hike with Third Rock and headed to the beautiful place in Kathmandu called Kakani. I was kinda tired of car horn and busy streets so I hit the trail of Kakani and had amazing view of the mountain from there. Hiked for around 6 hours and it was among the best day in Nepal.
Tito Arroyo
flagsUnited States of America
Mar 02, 2021

Kakani Hike

We started early at around 7.30 and hiked through the beautiful trail of Kakani. My guide pointed at the towering peak and called it Annapurna and Langtang. It was mesmerizing view from there. We were back to our hotel by the evening. It was great worthy hike

Based on 17 reviews
Very good

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