When you think of short hike around Kathmandu valley, Kakani day hike is one of the best. Kakani is beautiful village, where most of the houses are located on hill ridge at 2000 meters. Kakani lies in Nuwakot district which is just 29 km away from Kathmandu. The 29 km distance is easily covered in 1 and half hour drive from Kathmandu. Kakani is famous for astounding (amazing) view of mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Gaurishankar and many ranges of other peaks.
Kakani day hike gives you the best opportunity to view mountains and Kathamndu valley from the top. The norther side of Kakani is open to see beautiful mountain ranges and from south amazing view of Kathmandu valley. The best part when you are doing the Kakani day hike is passing by the people working in the vegetable and crop field. Do not hesitate to ask if there are fresh radish, carrots because they are the best when you have fresh. There is a Thai Memorial Park commemorates to 113 victims of 1992 Thai Airways flight no. 311 crash and century old beautiful summer villa used by British Embassy(Now training school for Nepali Army).
Our day starts from early morning after breakfast from hotel.The drive is interesting as we pass many small villages and terraces next to never ending switch back roads. As we hike from Kakani we can see the the best view of mountain ranges and amazing landscape. The interesting day never ends as we keep walking through oak, rhododendron and pine forest. Our day ends in Budhinalkantha, where you will see the sleeping Vishnu crafted in huge stone.
Overall it is great place to hike and if you are interested, however travelers can extend the hike up to 7 hrs. so that we can take time and take photographs.
07:00 AM- Breakfast
07:30 – Pick up from hotel, drive to Kakani (29 kms, 1hr 30 minutes.)
09:00 – Arrive in Kakani
Lunch middle in the hike, viewing Kathmandu valley.
16:00 – Finish at Budhinalkantha, drive back to Kathmandu.
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Kakani day hike can be extended to further more days as the wish of guest. Kakani is not only famous for hike, but also for biking too.