Kakani lies northwest of Kathmandu toward Dhunche. Kakani is a scenic viewpoint of a long range of mountains – including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Fishtail, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang, and many more snow-capped Himalayas mountains.
Besides being a great viewpoint near the Kathmandu Valley, there are also historical sites around Kakani Hills. Even before the Rana regime, there was a Summer palace for BHITRIYA (unofficial wives or girlfriends). Diplomats of Britain also established a bungalow, which is still in use.
The hill is covered with colorful rhododendron, wild animals, and bird species. All Nepal Hiking has designed one-day and two days hiking trips to Kakani. Kathmandu to Kakani Hiking trip starts from Bicharithok, 7 Kilometers drive from the city center. Start hiking through thick shrubs and very old and remote villages. During our hiking, we visit several farmhouses, plastic tunnels for tomatoes, vegetable farming, and chicken farming.
We reach Panchmane Bhanjyang, an ancient route for old Nepal, where there is no road access to Kathmandu. All people from the western part of Nepal used to take this route to reach Kathmandu. Nowadays it is a popular one-day hiking route. At the top of the Kakani Hills, there are attractions such as a nice hotel on the top, a courtyard of a British diplomat’s bungalow, and local restaurants and lodges.