There are several ways to get to the Khikhani fortress. Let’s take a look at each of them!
You can only get to Khikani fortress on foot. The closest point that is reachable with a normal car is Bako village, from there on the road get’s worse and should be driven with an off-road car.
Depending on the weather it might even be hard to reach Bako with a normal car. In winter these villages are isolated from the outer world and not reachable. If the weather is good you can try to drive closer than Bako but this is at your own risk!
In both Khikadziri and Bako you can find guesthouses to stay at another option is to camp at Khikani fortress itself (scroll down for more info).
Hiking from Khikadziri – long route (no off-road car needed to reach)
Walking time (one-way-up): 3h30min
Hiking from Bako – middle route
Walking time (one-way-up): 2h12min
Hiking from forest border – short route (off-road car needed to reach)
Walking time (one-way-up): 1h10min
For this part you’ll need a jeep that can take you further from Khikadziri to the forest near Khikani fortress, the rest of the way you’ll have to walk.
Hiking times are based on someone who has a normal condition. If you have a good condition it will probably take you less time. On the other hand if you have a bad condition it will take you longer. Also when hiking in bad weather, the trip will take longer as the road will be slippery so you will have to be more careful.
Also note that the way back will go faster than to way to go.
While the path to Khikani fortress is staightforward, it might be that you would like to use a map. On Google maps you cannot find directions to Khikani fortress so we recommend using Maps.me.