Phulchoki day hike is the highest hill surrounding Kathmandu valley with an altitude of 2750m from Sea level. This is one of the beautiful hiking in terms of vegetation in Kathmandu valley. We drive 14kms for about 45 minutes to place called Godavari (Botanical Garden) with packed lunch Box. From the Godavari, we start our hiking gradually uphill all the way through the sub-tropical thick forest for about hours. The magnificent view from the eastern part of Annapurna range to Gaurishanker in the east can be seen from here on a clear day apart from the breathtaking view of Kathmandu valley. In the beautiful forest of the Phulchowki hill you can see the different kinds of birds such as the Rufous- gorgeted Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Yellow-browed Tit, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, Whiskered Yuhina, Besra, Bronzed and Racket-tailed Drongos, Greater Yellow nape, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Nepal Cutia, Ultramarine Flycatcher, and Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike. There is the shrine of Phulchowki Mai; guardian goddess on the top of the Phulchowki hill. If you happen to trek on this route in March-April or in July and August you might have a chance to watch the month-long annual religious festival held at the shrine to Phulchoki Mai in March-April, and some other major festivals on the full moon days in July and August. After lunch and strolling around for some time, we hike down following the same trail to the Godavari for about 2 and half Hours.
Highlights: Sub-tropical forest, breathtaking views of the Kathmandu Valley and views of Annapurna and Gaurishankar mountains.
Hike Duration: 6.5 to 7 hours
Pick up point: Kathmandu
Drop point: Kathmandu
3 Hours Before Flight Time
06:00 AM – Gather all groups in front of Great Nepal Treks office in Shantinagar, New Baneshwor
06:15 AM – Depart from office drive about 14 km (approx. 45 minutes depending upon the traffic) to Godavari.
07:15 AM – After reaching the starting point of trek we will have a tea break. Make sure you fill up the water bottle and if you missed out anything Godawari is the last place to do shopping.
07:30 AM – By entering our name at the entrance of Phulchowki we start your hike. As we starting to climb up we experience the change in vegetation. The subtropical thick forest of Oak and rhododendron will appear and as we climb on further you starting to feel the chill wind.
12:00 – After reaching to the top of Phulchowki (2782m), which is rewarded with expansive views of the mountains from eastern part of Annapurna range to Gaurishanker in the east.
Lunch break for half an hour (note: there is a small Army canteen where you could buy tea, water, some snack, noodle soups etc. but make sure that you bring plenty of snacks and water as there are no water or food available on the way)
12:30 PM- Hike down the same route to Godavari
16:00 PM– Meet your vehicle at Godavari and drive back to Kathmandu and drop all the group member in Ratna Park, Kathmandu.