Kakani and Gurje hike


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kakani Shivapuri day hike

Kakani and Gurje hike Summary

    1. Kakani to Gurje Hike duration: 6 to 7 Hours
    2. Trek Difficulty: Easy level
    3. Top Altitude: 2,030 meters/6,660 feet
    4. Group Size: 1 – 14 People
    5. Best time to hike: February, March, April, May, September, October, November, and December
    6. Transportation: Jeep & Car [Private Trip]

The Kakani and Gurje hike is one of the most demanding day hikes located 26 kilometers North-west of Kathmandu. It’s the best short hike for beginners to get heart touching view of glittering mountains. Namely, Annapurna (8,091m), Manaslu (8,165m), Ganesh Himal (7,446m), Lantang lirung (7,245m), and many other snow-covered mountains are possible to see from Kakani hiking route.

Hikers can see from here is stirring view because it unravels the beauties of nature like any other viewpoint and stands head to head with them and has become the most popular viewpoint. This trail winds through lush forests, passing by charming villages and terraced fields, offering a glimpse into the local way of life.

As you ascend towards Gurje Hill, the scenery becomes even more breathtaking, with the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas looming large in the distance. Additionally, the summit of Gurje Hill offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape, making it a perfect spot for a picnic lunch or a moment of quiet reflection.

In addition, hoke to Boudeshwor temple is equally enjoyable, with the descent offering different perspectives of the landscape. Its a wonderful way to escape the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Nepalese countryside.

Kakani and Gurje hiking Itinerary

8:00 AM: Ready at your hotel and departure:

Enjoy a delightful breakfast at your hotel before meeting in the lobby at 8:00 a.m. Your guide will arrive with a private car to Kakani through the bustling streets of Kathmandu, passing by iconic landmarks and diverse neighborhoods. Our drive with a private car to Kakani hill typically takes around 70-80 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions.

Kakani to Gurje Bhanjyang day tour information

9:15 AM: Reach Kaule and hike to Kakani hill:

Kaule is a gateway exploring Kakani and Gurje hill of Shivapuri nature park. Explore the wonders of the Kakani and Gurje single-day hike, a remarkable journey traversing oak, rhododendron, and pine forests. As you venture through this nature trail, spring unveils a breathtaking display with vibrant Rhododendron flowers adding to its allure.

Besides the hikes, this route is well known for cycling and mountain biking. It is also one of the hot spots for picnics for the valley’s large crowd. Famous for trout and strawberry farming, Kakani greets the visitors to International Mountaineers Memorial Park on its southern side too.

9:45 AM: Visit Basanti Bagh Durbar [Basanti palace]:

During the Malla regime, a high-ranking official encountered a village girl named “Mitthoo” during a rice planting festival in Kakani, Nuwakot. He fell in love with her, but due to his public relationship with the Queen, he couldn’t reveal their love affair. To conceal her identity, he referred to her as “Basanti” and later erected a palace in her honor called “Basanti Bagh Durbar” in Kakani, Nuwakot.

Basanti durbar palace

10:15 AM: Hike to Kakani hill:

As we climb higher, we’re treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas. On clear days, visitors can admire a vast array of peaks, such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Manaslu, and even parts of the Annapurna range.

Kakani’s hill station is cherished for its tranquil atmosphere, verdant surroundings, and invigorating climate, making it a favored spot for day trips and brief respites from Kathmandu. Moreover, Kakani is renowned for its strawberry fields, offering visitors the chance to savor fresh strawberries and local produce amidst the area’s scenic splendor.

10:30 AM: Lunch Break

11:15 AM: Hike to Thai Memorial Park:

Thai Memorial Park in Kakani is a peaceful and beautiful park dedicated to the memory of 113 passangers who lost their lives in the 1992 Thai Airlines crash on Ghopte. This park offers a calm setting for visitors to reflect and pay their respects, with well-maintained gardens and a memorial monument. It is also a popular spot for picnics and leisurely walks, offering panoramic views of the surrounding hills and the Himalayas.

02:00 PM: Hike to Surya Chaur:

Embark on a journey to Surya Chaur, traversing lush forests within the nature park, which offer glimpses of local flora and fauna. As you ascend towards Surya Chaur, the views of the surrounding hills and snow-capped mountains become increasingly breathtaking.

Surya Chaur itself is a picturesque meadow, ideal for a picnic lunch or a moment of relaxation. Some travelers have claimed that the view from here surpasses that of the hills and the Likhu valley. Additionally, as you traverse the park, you may encounter various wildlife and bird species.

Moreover, a hike to Surya Chaur provides a splendid view of the Likhu valley landscapes and pristine mountains. Travelers can directly hike to Suryachaur without the need for a long drive to Kakani. Surya Chaur is also a paragliding hub located just 18 kilometers from Kathmandu town.

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03:00 PM: Hike to Gurje Bhanjyang:

Surya Chaur to Gurje Bhanjyang is a picturesque trek through the part of the National park of Nepal. As you ascend towards Gurje Bhanjyang, the scenery becomes even more breathtaking. Gurje Bhanjyang itself is a small pass that has a military check post.

Hike especially from Kakani to Gurje promises an immersive experience amidst nature, offering a blend of leisure, cultural immersion, birdwatching, and mountain vistas. A day filled with adventure and joy awaits every visitor on this renowned journey.

03:45 PM: Alternative hike to Boudeshwor Cave (optional hike) :

A visit to Jhor Mahankal or Boudeshwor Cave is one of the most spiritual sites in Kathmandu. Boudeshwor is one of the names of Lord Shiva and offers majestic waterfalls nearby an ancient cave. In addition, the waterfall is the most beautiful located in Kathmandu town.

Mahankal temple

Jhor Mahankal temple is also the border village between Kathmandu & Nuwakot district. However, Mahankal temple, Jhor is located next to the beautiful waterfall on the lap of Shivapuri National Park.

Boudeshwor is one of the names derived from Lord Shiva, visits Johor Mahankal, Boudeshwor cave, and its beautiful waterfall is an additional impressive part of hikes. Especially during monsoon time, the spot is busy with local tourists. If you are interested to walk even longer then you can hike to Tokha Chandeswori temple with a lower route.

4:45 PM : Return to hotel

After a long day hike, we return to the hotel in Kathmandu across the stunning hills. Typically takes one hour journey, depending on traffic conditions, but it is a rewarding experience that allows you to appreciate the beauty of amazing landscapes. Trip finish !

Mystical Kakani and Gurje hiking highlights

  • Discover the tallest mountains such as the Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Langtang Range of Earth.
  • Total length of this hike is around 10 to 15 kilometers (depending on where you want to finish).
  • Majestic views of Kathmandu city, Likhu valley, and some of its heritage sites.
  • Kakani to Gurje hike goes across the pure nature walk through the mixed forest.
  • Visit Johor Mahankal, Baundeshwor cave, and the beautiful waterfall.

What does the Kakani to Gurje Day hiking tour cost?

The Kakani and Gurje tour package cost is depends upon the group size you are traveling to and the means of transportation you choose en route. The fixed departure cost is shared on the basis of your travel group size.

However, traveling solo tour costs a little bit more expensive rather group travel in terms of private guide and transportation. Have in mind that the tour guide cost and the vehicle cost are going to share by the number of a person you are traveling together with.

This journey takes around 5 to 6 hours including driving however a private car/Jeep/Van/Bus transportation cost depends upon the place you reach to drop off and pick up.

What’s Included in the Price

  • Private transfer [Car/Jeep/Van/Bus] from your hotel in Kathmandu to Kakani school.
  • Shivapuri National Park entrance permit fee for guide and Tourist.
  • Boudeshwor cave plus Boudeshwor waterfall entrance fee.
  • On your return – private transfer [Car/Jeep/Van/Bus] from Boudeshwor waterfall to Thamel at your hotel.
  • Experienced English-speaking Guide including salary and insurance.
  • Kakani to Gurje hike trip completion certificate.
  • All government Tax & VAT (Value Added Tax) and as well as Agency service charges.

What’s not-includes in the hiking Price.

  • All your food and drinks.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Gratuities for Tour Guide and Driver [Tip is a culture, so it’s highly expected].

Departure & Return Departure Point:

Have in mind that we pick up all the travelers from inside the ring road such as your location in Thamel, Lazimpat, Darbar Marg, etc.

What To expect on the day of hiking?

Hike from Kakani to Gurje offers a better view compared to Nagarkot hill. And of course, as you are traveling via the national park, you can see wild animals and bird species along the journey. This is all about hiking into the hill station and purely nature walking and seeing some villages.

Furthermore, It’s an easy hiking trail from Kakani to Gurje that takes you through lush forests and terraced fields that take 3-4 hours to complete, depending on your pace. It is a must-do best short hike nearby Kathmandu town.

See the Hindu pilgrimage place at Boudeshwor Temple. Recorded wildlife in the park includes mammalian species such as Himalayan Black bears, leopards, jungle cats, and rhesus monkeys.

This Shivpuri park is also home to 177 species of birds, including at least 9 threatened species, 102 species of butterflies with a number of rare and endangered species, and 129 species of mushrooms. Additionally, there are about 125 Tigers recorded in the Shivapuri National Park.

Additional Information (TIPS AND TRICKS)

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
it’s a hiking so a wheelchair is not accessible on tours.
A maximum of 25 people per booking
Travelers with pregnant or a very old travelers are not advisable.
It’s a private tour activity.

Cancellation Policy

You have the option to cancel your booking up to 24 hours before the hike begins and receive a full refund. However, if you cancel less than 24 hours before the start time, you will not be refunded. Additionally, any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.

Notes for Kakani to Gurje Bhanjyang Day Tours!

The above hiking itinerary is subject to change due to a condition and the months you travel to. Likewise, taking a comfortable private vehicle transfer to Kaule and returning after Boudeshwor Temple to your hotel in Thamel cost rapidly changes the package.

The hike from Kakani to Suryachaur Gurje hill is a Guideline showing a tentative hiking plan that we offer. A physical, technical, and natural condition may change the above itinerary hours.

“What makes Kakani to Gurje Bhanjyang day hiking trip special?”

The Kakani to Gurje hike is not as popular as some of the other trekking routes in Nepal, which means you can enjoy a more peaceful and less crowded experience. It’s a unique combination of natural beauty, cultural experience, and physical challenge, making it a very special experience for those who undertake it.

We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction are our prime concerns. We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

Kakani to Gurje Hike Traveler’s Review

Kakani to Gurje Bhanjyang Day Tour

April 18, 2022

We are a team of 4 people and have booked Kakani to Gurje Bhanjyang Day Tour for my college friends with Gokyo Treks and Expedition. From the initial inquiry to the end of the trip the company was very impressive.

Ammar – the founder of the company was extremely efficient. He answers all of our emails and messages in return. We were extremely fortunate to have Ammar Guni as our local Tour Guide. They were both extremely kind and always wanted to ensure we were safe and happy. Kakani to Gurje hill day hiking was just amazing. Their customer service is excellent, so I would definitely recommend and use this company again.

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Sarah Tschedel, Jena city, Germany.

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Thank you Sarah for your feedback.

Fantastic day hike in Shivapuri from Kathmandu

November 10, 2019

We had a wonderful trek with our guide Shreeram. He went above and beyond to provide a beautiful one-day hike from Kakani to Gurje Bhanjyang, a short drive from Kathmandu. The walk itself was stunning – with regular, clear views of the Himalayas – and Shreeram was so helpful and friendly. It was also very easy to arrange the trek. Ammar, our point of contact, was clear and responsive. I would highly recommend Gokyo Treks & Expedition –

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Martha Mackenzie, California, USA.

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