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Ranikot at an elevation of 2782 m. is the southern hill station of Bhaktapur, that up mostly lies above the Pilot Baba Ashram, Gymape Danda. Offering the elegant view of snow-capped mountains in the north, the terraced farms and the pristine natural beauty of Nepalese villages are the major attraction of Ranikot.

Dispersed settlements of hill Tamangs cover open spaces. The remnants of Ranikot fort built by Prithvi Narayan Shah back in Malla period is still there at the place. A gigantic Vairab temple will provide you with his mercy and blessings.

Ranikot also offers the best view of Kathmandu valley as well. The countryside offers great natural scenery and terraced farmlands add beauty to the village as well. The hospitality and culture that the village has to offer are also magnificent. You can even spend a night at Ranikot if you wish to get the sunrise view from Ranikot.

Ranikot's dense forests make it an ideal destination for birdwatching enthusiasts. The area has been designated as a bird conservation zone by the Panauti Municipality due to its rich biodiversity. Rare species such as the spiny babbler have been recently discovered, adding to the allure of Ranikot for nature lovers. Immerse yourself in the symphony of bird calls, explore the vibrant ecosystem, and witness the wonders of Nepal's avian inhabitants.

Trip highlights

  • Off the beaten hiking trip.
  • Beautiful green hills, forests, and panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Kathmandu city, Panauti Valley, and green hills from a variety of viewpoints.
  • Rural village with pristine natural environment, traditional lifestyle, and peaceful environment close to the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Explore Ranikot Fort.
  • Visit Pilot Baba Ashram and Ghampe Danda.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01:

After your early morning breakfast, our guide will pick up you from the hotel in Kathmandu. Then, you’ll start your Ranikot Village. For the first 35 minutes, you’ll drive from your hotel to Suryabinayak. From Suryabinayak, you’ll start your Ranikot village hike after a short visit to Hindu Temple. You’ll continue your hiking by crossing small settlement areas, by crossing the dense forest and steep uphills you’ll finally reach to the top of Ranikot ViewPoint after your short hike. Small lunch break on Ranikot along with the picturesque view of snow-capped Himalayas range, Kathmandu Valley, and green nature. You can relish with drinks on the top of the Ranikot hill, this will enhance the enjoyment level to refreshing one. From Ranikot viewpoint, you’ll start hiking down to Rayalay village. Here you can experience a rural lifestyle. By crossing many small villages, exploring traditional walking trail you’ll finally reach to Panauti, Traditional Kathmandu city by the end of 4 O‘clock. At Panauti, you’ll explore the old town of Newar Community and finally, you’ll take the bus drive back to Kathmandu. Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 1 day
  • Grade : Soft adventure
  • Activity : Hiking
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude : 2720 m

Cost Includes

  • All land transfers
  • A Trek Guide
  • Lunch
  • Entry permit for National Park / Conservation Area
  • First aid kit

Cost Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses such as drinks, beverages etc.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.

Extension Tours

Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour

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