Day hike from Kakani to Gurje bhanjyang
There are quite a few nature hikes which lure hikers in the area. One of that hikes that attracts many of the hikers from Nepal as well as foreign countries is the hike from Kakani to Gurje Bhanjyang. The article tries to throw the light over why this hike should be done and what are the major attraction as well as how much would be the tentative cost for the hike. Our team always loves to give updated information regarding any hikes and treks in the country. If you are nature lover and hiker keep reading as you will get benefit to plan and book your next hike at the northern rim of Kathmandu.
Major attraction of the hike
Kakani to Gurje bhanjyang hike first pass through the village of Kakani which itself is the popular Mountain View point. From Kakani one can see the whole Langtang range and part of the Annapurna range when the weather is good.
As the hike passes through the villages at the beginning the hike gives an idea of how is the lifestyle of people in the villages nearby Kathmandu. Mainly the Kakani area is resided by Tamang People and mixed up of other hill group.
Thai memorial park and international scout center is on the way during the hike.
The hike pass through the Shivapuri Nagarjuna national park so it is an excellent opportunities to observe the nature and wildlife inside the park.
The last part of the hike, Suryachaur is the important view point as well as popular picnic destination for locals. Very nice terraced landscape is visible from the Suryachaur. The wonderful fertile valley of Likhu, popular by the name Thansing fant is visible and eye catcher for all the hikers.
The trail is wide and straight so most of the hiker feels very comfortable. For the last part, the insignificant distance there might be few motorbikes.
Cost of the hike
The cost of the hike depends with number of individual participating in the hike. For 1-2 persons we can organize the hike for $130. If there are more people the price will be significantly reduced. There will be entry ticket of $10 per head for all foreigners who like to join the hike. The only way making the hike cheaper is by taking the crowded public transport which even the article writer himself felt very uncomfortable as it kills many hours waiting and is too crowded. However if one is very comfortable and want to see the authentic local transport and has ample of free time, this will bit the idea of taking private transfer.
Things to remember
There is no lunch place in between; one can eat either at Kakani or only at Suryachaur so plan your meal accordingly. At Kakani they serve simple dish and restaurant we have seen are enough clean. One can enjoy local Rato bhale (free range chicken) if there is ample time and thick pocket.
Bottled water can be bought at Kakani; the writer enjoys natural spring water but did not get any source of water after leaving army post. We have got piped supply only nearby Suryachaur but remember I was there in the dry month of April.
Copy of your identity is compulsory as you are going inside the national park.
There will be cheaper Entrance ticket for SAARC citizens.
Included in the price
Air conditioned private transfer from Kathmandu to Kakani and Gurje Bhanjyang to Kathmandu.
A professional local guide who knows the route very well
Not included in the price
Entry ticket to national park, meals, drinks and tips
If you love to see another popular day hikes by us you can go for Nagarkot to Dhulikhel hike which pass more in the village than in the nature. Dhulikhel- Namobuddha- Balthali hike is one of the serious beautiful hikes which take around 8 hours to complete and pass through the beautiful monastery of Namobuddha. One can split Dhulikhel-Namobuddha-Balthali hike into two days to do it calmly and observe the monastic life staying in monastery.