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Located at the southeast of Kathmandu valley, there lies a Phulchoki hill which in Nepali is known as “Hill full of flowers”. It is the highest hill and the most scenic hill that lies around Kathmandu valley with an elevation of 2782m, 14 km away from the Kathmandu valley. The name Phulchowki is derived from one of the most well-known Hindu goddesses. Many Hindu pilgrims come to this location on religious trips.
The hill offers a spectacular mountain view of high Himalayan snow-capped peaks, a wonderful green woodland of tall rhododendron, magnolia, oaks, and pine trees. Beautiful sights can be found on scenic walks, visit culturally significant rural villages Tour of the magnificent Godavari botanical garden, which is rich in rare and beautiful vegetation. This lush forest is also home to a variety of bird and butterfly species. Rufous-gorgeted, Yellow-browed Tit, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Red-billed Leiothrix, Whiskered Yuhina, Besra, Racket-tailed Drongos, Bronzed, Nepal Cutia, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, and more are the species that can be seen which is also Nepal's top birdwatching location.
If you are willing to go for a short hike near Kathmandu valley with a peaceful yet beautiful environment then Pulchoki hill can be the best option. There are numerous historical landmarks view including the middle Himalayan peaks of Jugal Himal and Gaurishankar, as well as Mt. Everest on the horizon in the far east. as well as traditional art and architecture. Hiking in Phulchowki will provide you with a glimpse into the rich culture and traditions of several communities living together, as well as a magnificent view of the mountain ranges. This one-day trip from Kathmandu Valley is ideal for families planning to spend their time exploring and learning about different cultures.
Attractions of Phulchoki hill
- Visit Godawari Botanical Garden on your way to Phulchoki
Beautiful panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Jugal Himal, Gaurishankar and some glimpse of Mt. Everest
Highest hill around Kathmandu valley
Beautiful rhododendron flowers of many varieties from trees to shrubs
Different species of birds
- Snowfall during winter
Our tour guide will pick you up early in the morning for the Pulchoki hike. The ride may be long and bumpy considering the heavy traffic and rough roads. Head south and start walking the first section of the trail, which is a black-topped road. The first 1.0km of the trail is asphalt and after that, the trail completely changes to a gravel path. Traverse through tropical forests and enjoy the frequent views of the populated Kathmandu Valley. You climb almost 1600m to the top of Phulchowki and only descend about 500m. The trail has multiple shortcut routes made up of recently built stairs. Take multiple breaks and keep hydrating to endure the strenuous climb. The higher you climb, the better the views become. The trail here is a series of sharp switchbacks and will test your endurance. Following the gravel path through the dense forest, you’ll come across a small area abundantly decorated with prayer flags that are sure to brighten your mood. The final section of the climb is about 600m and covers close to 5.0km. This section of the Phulchowki Hike has one of the most exhausting ascents, so it is recommended to walk at a slow and steady pace. As you approach the top, you’ll see a small check post where you’ll have to provide your details to the army members tasked with protecting Phulchowki Hill. If the weather is ideal, you’ll be able to see Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Gaurishankar Himal to the east. There is a small temple dedicated to Hindu pilgrims on the top, which is decorated with prayer flags. If you happen to visit Phulchowki during March and April, you’ll have the pleasure of witnessing a month-long annual festival celebrated at the shrine of Phulchowki. Then we will provide you a packed lunch. After spending some mesmerizing time in Phulchoki hill we will then head back to your hotel in Kathmandu.
- Escorting guide for a day
- All applicable tax, vat and office service charge
- First aid during the time of necessity
- Packed lunch at Phulchoki
- Pick up and drop from the hotel
- Two way drive fare
- International airfare & Nepal Visa Fee (You may easily issue Nepal visa on your Arrival).
- Travel insurance, personal items, and expenses
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks
- Tips for your tour guide
The hike to Phulchoki will be of 4 to 5 hours.
The Phulchoki hike can be done nearly all months of the year except monsoon season. Otherwise the hill can be visited during spring and winter for experiencing the better view and durimg winter, these days people like going for hikes to enjoy the white snow-capped mountains and enjoy snowfall at the same time.
The hike is moderate which starts from climbing the uphill mostly but is worth it once you reach at the top.
We will provide you the packed lunch since there are no tea houses or hotel on the way to Phulchoki hill.
The hike offers the stunning 360° panoramic view of himalayan ranges like, Ganesh himal, Mt. Everest, Jugal Himal,Gaurishankar. The hill is also famous for bird watching as the hill is a home of different species of birds, and beautiful rhododendron forest.
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