Phulchowki Hike

Shivpuri forest hiking with a tour guide

The Phulchowki Hike is one of the most demanding day tours located in Lalitpur near Kathmandu. Phulchowki literally translates to ‘hill of flowers’ is one of the highest points in Kathmandu valley located in the southeast part of Kathmandu. Phulchowki height at 2,700 meters is a top viewpoint to see the splendid Himalayan views, green Jungle, wild animals, and birds.

As you walk into the pure nature, it is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in terms of vegetation and a variety of birds to look at. The territory of Phulchowki is also one of the last surviving ‘cloud forests’ in Central Nepal and covers an area of 50 square kilometers. This mountain is famous for the snowfall which sometimes occurs in January or February, which is quite rare in Kathmandu Valley. Phulchowki is the highest of the mountains which encircle the Kathmandu Valley.

Hikers can see the high Himalayan peaks Mount Manaslu (8,165m), Ganesh Himal (7,446m), and Ganesh Himal towards the west with Lantang lirung (7,245m). The view includes the central Himalayan peaks of Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar 7,134m, and Mt. Everest (8,848m) on the far eastern horizon.

Godawari is another attraction of this journey, it is famous for its botanical garden. It is well-known as a center of plant conservation, education, research, display, and recreation. It covers an area of 82 hectares with variable topography, 40 hectares of which have been transformed into various garden units.

The green park forest is home to 300 species of birds therefore bird-watching tour is very popular here. Mainly Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, Ibisbill, Wood Sandpipers, and Plovers birds can be seen on your hikes. Moreover, wild animals such as leopards, wild cats, deer, and monkeys are also possible are found in this forest hideaway.

Phulchowki Hike Itinerary.

Meet and greets you at your hotel and our private vehicle will drop you at the Godawari which is the starting point for hiking. Here at the Naudhara entry point, you will register your name, and contact details. The hiking is around 6/7 hours, depending on the walking pace. A professional hiking guide will be accompanying your hike as well as a packed lunch will be served. Make sure rubbish disposal is at the proper place and does not hurt animals. And always hike within the group as possible because of an isolated forest trail.

Reaching the highest point of Phulchowki at 2,791m, Travellers can observe the panoramic mountain views as well as the entire Kathmandu valley. There is also a religious attraction at the hilltop called Phulchowki Mai temple where you can visit and worship.

Open the packed Lunch as you have been taken from your hotel, have lunch, make photoshoots, and have fun. We will hike descend from Phulchowki before 1:00 pm roughly. Depends upon the month you travel because, in the wintertime, the trail gets frozen and takes longer than usual. If we have extra time, we can explore the Godawari Botanical garden. NPR 200 is an entrance fee that the travelers have to pay themselves. Drive back to Kathmandu and drop off at your hotel or requested site. The tour ends.

Phulchowki Hill Station Fact

Hiking Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Maximum Height: 2,700m / 8,859 feet
Hiking Type: Private Day Tour.
Grade: Easy to Moderate Difficulty.
Phulchowki Location: located in Godawari Botanical Park.
Best season for hiking: February to May and from Early October to December.
Best Mountain View: Manaslu (8,165m), Ganesh Himal (7,446m), Lantang Lirung (7,245m) and Phulchowki Temple.

Phulchowki Hike Day Tour Cost Includes:-

  • AC private car transfer both way (from your hotel in Thamel to Godaveri and return).
  • A professional licence holder Tourist guide while on your private day tour.
  • Government of NEPAL Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • Hiking completion certificate, you keep for as a soveneur.

What’s not included on Phulchowki Hiking tour price:-

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • All meals, drinks, and your travel insurance.
  • Tips for the Guide and Driver
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Phulchowki Hike day tour highlights

  • Discover the high mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Langtang Range.
  • The total length of hike from Godavari to Phulchowki and back to Godaveri is 18 to 20 km.
  • Impressive views of Kathmandu city, Godavari park and Lalitpur Town.
  • Pure Nature walk through the mixed forest

Things to know before your Phulchowki Hike:

Although the distance from Tourist town Thamel to Phulchoki is about 29.1 km and takes roughly 1 hour and 20 minutes drive by a private car. And hiking hours are estimated 6/7 hours with a normal pace. Likewise, there are some important this to know before your hikes.

  • Stay always together with in a group so, the slowest hiker near the front keeps your group together.
  • Keep Track of Your Time and Distance.
  • Be courteous and cautious of others out on the trails.
  • Know your limits and pay attention to how you are feeling when on the trail.
  • Use long trousers to save from sharp grasses and thorns.
  • Hiking can drain your energy quickly, so eat snacks, and fruits and drink water.
  • Be careful with time and watch where you are walking, especially on slippery areas or near cliffs.

Phulchowki Hiking Traveller’s Review

Best Hike to Fulchowki But Long Day

Rated 5 out of 5
April 9, 2022

I and two other friends hiked to Fulchowki forest hill and I really enjoyed my stay at Hilltop and Godavari Garden. Ammar the agency owner arranged everything like private transportation go and back, a packed lunch, and a hiking Guide from Kathmandu.
They are nice, friendly and really service-oriented people. The place is an escape from the usual city life as I was able to enjoy nature. The steps kept me on track with my fitness goals! Early April was also a perfect time because it’s not too hot and not too cold. I hope to come back again in the future 🙂

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Lea Schreiner, Freiburg, Germany

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you Lea for your time to review us for your hike at Phulchowki hill.

A full day hiking to Phulchowki Hill

Rated 5 out of 5
April 5, 2022

Very friendly and responsive staff who took very good care of us. Transportation was non AC but was not a problem as it was early April 2022. Guide Ram was super friendly telling us a story about Ghost. Lastly, we had a short time to visit Godavari Botanical Park. Overall, a great experience, a must-try Phulchoki day tour if you have time during your stay in Kathmandu valley.

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Melanie Roundel, Winterthur, Switzerland

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you Melanie for your amazing experience

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