Kakani Day Hike

Kakani Day Hike


Trip Name: Kakani Day Hike

Country: Nepal

Duration: 1 day

Grade: Easy

Min. Altitude: 1350m

Max. Altitude: 2070m

Transportation: As per group size 

Trip type: Sightseeing and Trekking

Best Season: All around the year

Start and End City: Kathmandu

Kakani is popular for panoramic mountains views of Annapurna (8091m/ 26,545ft), Manasalu (8165m/ 26,781ft), Ganesh Himal (7446m/ 24,422ft), Lantang Lirung (7245m/ 23,763ft) and 20 other mountains over 6000 meters (19,680ft) above sea level. You can also see the natural beauty of the Kathmandu Valley, the people, and their culture and traditions. Kakani Day Hike is a one day trip from Kathmandu.

Highlights of Kakani Day Hike

  • A hill station not far from the capital, Kathmandu
  • The broadest view of the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, and Langtang Himal
  • Witness the traditional rural farm villages and friendly locals
  • Enjoy life away from the hustle and bustle city
  • Explore Tamang community 
  • Visit Thai Memorial peaceful park which commemorates the 113 victims of the 1992 Thai Airlines crash.


If you are on a holiday and want to hike to a place that offers a natural scenario as well as a magnificent view of the snow-capped peaks then Kakani hike is a wonderful destination for you.  Kakani- danda lies in the north-west of Kathmandu which also leads to the Langtang trekking road. A day hike to Kakani is one of the best hiking trails near the capital, Kathmandu offering a spectacular view of the stunning Himalayas. 

Kakani is in the Nuwakot district in Bagmati Pradesh of central Nepal. It is a scenic hill-station that is 29km away from the northern side of Kathmandu. Due to its diverse natural conditions and its viewpoint at an elevation of 2000m, it is one of the outstanding locations for refreshment and a short hike. Similarly, this place is rich in natural vegetation and offers views of stunning landscapes.  Besides, the surrounding environment of Kakani is spotted with villages and farming platforms. Likewise, strawberry cultivation is remarkably emerging here. With the help of the United Nations Development Programmer venture, the farmers deliver around 250000 kg of strawberry every year. On the other hand, there is a Thai Memorial peaceful park that keeps alive the memory of the 113 victims of the 1992 Thai Airlines crash. Kakani is mostly inhabited by Tamangs communities, so one can witness their culture and traditions.   

For those, who have a very short time and want to dive into nature, Kakani is a relaxing travel adventure for them. Besides, one can escape from the hustle and bustle life of the city and enjoy the natural landscapes here. Similarly, Trekkers can take a leisure stroll around the village and interact with the local community. Kakani is a peaceful place with beautiful views where one can enjoy the scenario in harmony. Furthermore, the backdrop view of Mt. Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, and Langtang Himal is one of the prime attractions of this hill-station. Besides, the Himalayan view, Kakani is the best place to visit a rural farm village enhanced with local tradition and culture. A day at Kakani brings out the joy and adventure to your hike. Also, visitors or hikers can laze with refreshing drinks, overlooking the imposing illustrious scenario. 

The Kakani Day Hike starts with an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Kakani. The drive takes about 1 and a half hours. Starting a drive at 6 in the morning, we will reach Kakani Bazar at around 7:30 am. Strolling around the Kakani Bazar for some time, we will then have breakfast and start our hike at around 9 in the morning. The hike will be 2 hours long and pass through several Rhododendron forests and lush green hills. Then, we will reach the top at around 11 am. The top hill provides an excellent dramatic mountain landscape of Mid-central Nepal, with massive peaks such as Annapurna, Ganesh, Manaslu, and Langtang. Rhododendron blooming wild on the mountain slopes add more charm to the hike.

Later after sparing some time over the top we will hike down at 2 pm and reach Kakani Bazar at around 4 pm. Then we will have our lunch and drive back to Kathmandu. Therefore, the short and easy Kakani Day Hike provides you with the mesmerizing beauty of nature and natural landscapes. 

Best Month for Hike

As for Kakani, Hikers are mostly encouraged to hike nearly all months of the year except for mid-June to mid-September. It’s the wet months of the monsoon times where the views are clogged with dark and heavy rainfall. Because of the clouds and dark weather, the surrounding becomes gloomy and the views are blocked. Similarly, the rainfall and the wet monsoon can cause disturbance to the hike as the route becomes slippery and difficult to walk. However, the surrounding becomes fresh with green lush vegetation during the month around June, July, August to post-monsoon of September.

On the other hand, March to May is the most preferable time for Kakani Day Hike with clear weather and the excellent view of Snow-capped peaks. Likewise, this season lets you witness the wonderful landscapes along with the blooming of seasonal flowers, Rhododendron. Also, during the month of Mid-September to February, the days are crystal clear with blue sky and a panoramic view of the majestic peaks.


Itinerary for Kakani Day Hike

6:00 am: Our trek guide will assist you from the hotel and drive to Kakani

7:30 am: Arrival at Kakani and sightseeing at Kakani bazaar

8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Hike from Kakani bazaar to Kakani hills which takes about 2 hours. The hill is famous for the panoramic view of the Himalayas. Besides, it is also a popular spot for a picnic. On your way uphill, you can observe various types of jungle hubs and plants.

11:00 am: reaching the top of the hill, you can spare some time witnessing the natural landscapes as well as snow-capped peaks. Then, visit Thai Memorial peaceful park which keeps alive the memory of the 113 victims of the 1992 Thai Airlines crash. Spend time exploring the village around the Tamang community.

2:00 pm: Start hiking down to the Kakani Bazar and explore some time around

4:00 pm: Drive back to Kathmandu


Includes and Excludes


  • Private transport with departs
  • Pick up and drop off to the desired location
  • Gasoline and car parking
  • Breakfast
  • All government taxes 
  • Tourist guide


  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills and additional shopping
  • Any alcoholic beverages as well as soft drinks
  • Tips and gratitude for the drivers


Travel departs

Regarding the travel departs, our representative will pick you up from the place you are staying. Our representative will pick you up exactly at 6 am in the morning. Therefore, you need to provide us with the address of the place you are staying in. If you are staying in a hotel, we will pick you up from the gate of the hotel. In case you are doing a homestay, we will pick you up from your resident location.