Phulchoki Day Hike

Day Hike

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US$ 90 P/P

Trip Info

  • Duration

    1 Day

  • Max. Altitude

    View Point 2750 m

  • Difficulty

    easy

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Drive

  • Region/Type

    Day Hike Around In Kathmandu
  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

Phulchowki is the highest of the hills that encircle the Kathmandu Valley, and it’s a great day excursion destination for those who do not want to spend multiple days trekking to sight the snow-capped Himalayas in Nepal. The hill station is located 20 kilometers from the city at an elevation of 2750 meters above sea level known for providing visitors with beautiful vistas that are truly enchanting.

"Phulchowki" means "hill full of flowers," in Nepali. Indeed, it is a wonderful site where the hills come alive in the springtime. Many varieties from trees to shrubs, wildflowers, and beautiful rhododendron and magnolia are in full bloom. 

It is a magnificent scenic spot to get away from city life for a day and be in intimate harmony with nature. It is a place where one may breathe fresh, pure country air while taking in breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan Mountain range. The hill station provides a wonderful view of high Himalayan peaks as far as Annapurna and Manaslu peaks in the far west, as well as the enormous Ganesh, Langtang, and Jugal Himal range in the middle north, with vistas of Mt. Everest and its range to the east.

The Phulchowki Day Hike begins, with a short drive to Godawari which lies at the base of Phulchowki. The trail winds uphill through lush foliage and tall trees, passing through a few small farm communities. The journey progresses through the dense vegetation till the summit of Phulchowki Hill, the highest point in the area offering a bird's eye perspective of Kathmandu valley and nearby villages, as well as unexpected Himalayan views. 

Aside from the breathtaking views of Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding stunning sceneries and Snow Mountains, the area is also well-known for bird-watching. You can see a variety of birds such as Rufous-gorgeted, Yellow-browed Tit, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Red-billed Leiothrix, different species of butterflies, and wild animals, resulting in the hill as an excellent site for botanists and naturalists. The hikers can also observe the religious ceremony happening at the Phulchowki Mai Temple which is seated on this hilltop during the months of March-April. 

In a nutshell, the Phulchowki Day Hike allows visitors to explore the natural rich sceneries and biodiversity in such a calm and peaceful trail, which indeed make their holiday splendid, and memorable, keeping aside adventure and enjoyments. 

Phulchowki Day Hike Highlights

  • An amazing journey to the highest hill around the Kathmandu valley
  • Sublime views of the Himalayas such as the Annapurna ranges and Gaurishanker 
  • The peaceful and rich Botanical Garden
  • Opportunity to witness different species of birds, butterflies, and wildlife
  • Phulchowki Mai Temple, an important Hindu pilgrimage site on the top of the hill 

Best Time to do Phulchowki Day Hike

Phulchowki Day Hike can be done any month of the year. However, the finest seasons are spring and autumn giving blue skies and clear views. 

March through May is the finest season for clear views until late afternoon when wildflowers are in bloom, especially red Rhododendrons and magnolia, and the mountains are spectacular. The day will be lovely, with a cool morning and evening. Also, between the months of March/April, there is a month-long religious celebration at the Phulchowki Mai Temple. 

The fall/autumn months, mid-September to early December are great for mountain vistas as well as surrounding landscape views. The days are clear, stable, and warm with cooler mornings and evenings. The hiking trail is at its best with few local and international companions. 

The rainy season which is also the summer runs from mid-June until mid-September. It is best if these months are avoided because the heavy rain pour makes the trail slick and slippery. The views are obstructed by the cloud most of the time. However, if you are interested to face the challenges, you can go there with full-on preparation. 

Hiking to Phulchowki hill station in the winter allows hikers to enjoy the snow, which is a rare thing in the Kathmandu Valley, and so offers a new and unique experience. Also, during the winter months, the views of the snow-capped mountains are the most attractive.

Itinerary in Details

Drive to Godavari & Hike to Phulchowki Hill

We will pick you up at your hotel in the morning after breakfast time and drive for around an hour to reach the Godavari also called the Royal Botanical Garden in Patan/Lalitpur district. We will start to climb gradually uphill through the dense sub-tropical forest from the botanical garden. After continuous 4 hours of ascending, we will reach the top of Phulchowki Hill. The stunning view of the eastern portion of the Annapurna range to Gaurishanker in the east, as well as the majestic vista of Kathmandu valley, are some of the predicted highlights of this journey.

We will spend a nice time there overlooking the valley view. And after lunch, we will hike downwards for about 2 hours on the same trail to the Godavari. If the time permits, we will explore the Botanical Garden and drive back to Kathmandu.

Includes

  • Private Transportation (Kathmandu- Godavari-Kathmandu)
  • Experience English Speaking Hiking Guide
  • Botanical Garden Entry Fee
  • Mineral water during the tour
  • Lunch during the hike
  • Applicable government taxes

Excludes

  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Personal expenses, Tips and etc.
  • Hiking gear
  • Travel, Medical insurance, and first aid kit
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusion

Accommodation during Pulchowki Day Hike

Since day hikes are single-day trips, it doesn’t require accommodations so it is not included in the package. However, we offer 3-star category accommodation with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis. But the accommodation can be modified as per the traveler’s interest, budget and availability. Luxurious resorts, standard hotels to comfortable guesthouses, lodges, and homestays are available in Kathmandu.  

Meals for Day Hike to Phulchowki

Generally, if the location we are hiking towards consists of restaurants or cafes then we will have our meals and tea/coffee in those local restaurants/cafes. But if the destination doesn’t have any restaurants then our guide will take a packed lunchbox both veg and non-veg as per the traveler's choice, and a water bottle with him/her. We will enjoy the hygienically packed lunch overlooking the mesmerizing scenery seen from the hilltop.

GearList

Clothing/Equipment/Gear for Day Hike around Kathmandu

Kathmandu Valley is surrounded by beautiful hill stations around its perimeter. So it is of no surprise that Kathmandu is really popular for day hikes. Phulchowki is the highest hill surrounding Kathmandu Valley located at an altitude of 2750 meters above sea level. To help you pack efficiently, we have prepared a gear list for Phulchowki Hike based on seasons. Nepal has four primary seasons:-

Winter: Winter in Nepal falls in January and February. It starts getting cooler after Christmas. The temperature is usually 0-4°C in the morning, 10-12°C at noon, and -1 to 0°C at night. So if you are planning to hike here any time after Christmas to the end of February then we suggest you wear long-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies or sweater/fleece, windproof and preferably waterproof jackets because Phulchowki has temporary snowfall during winter. Similarly, we suggest wearing beanies/hats, gloves, trousers, sports shoes/hiking hoots, and thermals if you prefer an extra layer of warmth. Carrying a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking poles would be ideal.  

Spring: March to May are spring in Nepal. The temperature in these months during the morning ranges from 10-12°C, 22-24°C at noon, and 14-16°C at night. Since the weather is pleasant during spring, apart from the basic essentials mentioned below, all you need is some casual shirts, shorts or trousers, a couple of long sleeves, sports shoes/hiking boots, a water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat/cap, sunglasses, and an overall/light jacket because it might get a bit chilly at the top. 

Summer/Monsoon: June, July, August, and September are summer months in Nepal. But we have a summer monsoon that occurs from Mid-June to Mid-September. The temperature of Kathmandu ranges from 18-20 °C in the morning, 28-32°C at noon, and 16-18°C at night. We do not suggest you hike while raining but apart that that, Summer Hiking in Phulchowki is ideal too.  So, besides the regular items mentioned below, casual cotton wears, sunglasses, a sun hat/cap, an umbrella, or a raincoat are some essentials for the summer. Because this hike takes place in a lush forest, there might be some leeches if it rains the previous night. These leeches aren’t harmful but might cause nuisance so the trick is to carry salt and if leeches try and stick to your body then you could sprinkle salt.  

Autumn/Fall: October, November, and December are autumn in Nepal. It is the best time for the Phulchowki hike due to the delightful weather and visibility of beautiful vistas seen along the way and from the hilltop. The temperature of Phulchowki during fall ranges from 8-10 °C in the morning, 22-25°C at noon, and 5-7°C at night. December is comparatively cooler than the other two months. While hiking around Kathmandu during fall, you would be good to go with fleece/sweater or hoodies, hat/beanie, shawl/scarf, trousers, long-sleeved shirts, light jackets, or overalls, a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking boots or sports shoes.

Reviews

Stephanie E

United Kingdom

Pulchowki day hike

Since I was a solo female traveler I really wanted to get out and do a day hike to Pulchowki forest to spend some time in nature. My guide BK was great at navigating the trail and getting to the top of the mountain. He even carried all the great snacks and we had tea at the top. I imagine the view is fantastic on a clear day but unfortunately it was a bit cloudy. However I highly recommend the hike if you are interested in birding or just seeing some forested areas outside of Kathmandu. I don't reccomend going to visit this area without a guide, and being alone it was great to have a guide. BK was wonderful company and even took me to the botanical gardens after the hike. I highly recommend this company as they were professional, prompt, and seem to have great guides.

SC Rowley

United Arab Emirates

Amazing Day

Thank you to Raj for organising such a fantastic day. The foothills were just a short drive from Kathmandu but with the most breathtaking views and a excellent trek. Raj had great knowledge and made the day extremely memorable.

Nicub alan

Qatar

Short trekking around Kathmandu

Nice experience on a short trekking to Phulchoki Hill. Serious and professional way to organize it an very friendly and enjoyable guide, highly recommended.

Joel A

Australia

Kathmandu valley

Our Guide pradeep was really amazing and we really enjoyed his company and his knowledge. As we hocked through the small traditional villages he explained the history and the habits of the people in the villages, telling us about the animals and the birds in the areas we hiked. You can feel that he loved his work but more than that, he loves his country. Because of the great experience with him we booked him for two separate hickes.
His driver was also really good especially off road driving, getting us safely to the start of the hike and picking us up at the end.

Nathali

Australia

Pulchoki day hike

Enjoyable day hike with excellent guide. The route follows either a dirt road or a steeper narrow trail, and I enjoyed the narrow trail more.
Unfortunately, it was too hazy to see the mountains, which was a real disappointment.
Also, this trail-- although it is a protected wilderness area-- is absolutely full of discarded trash which is heartbreaking. Highly recommend that the guides and local authorities take some collaborative action to remove it.

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