Phulchowki Day Hiking

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At a Glance
Duration1 Days
CountryNepal
Trip GradeEasy
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Maximum Altitude2,782 m
Group Size1 to 12
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleHiking
MealNo meals
Best TimeAll season except Monsoon

Highlights:

  • A fantastic 5-6 hours to one of the tallest hills near Kathmandu
  • A perfect short gateway into nature if you want to take a quick break from the bustle of Kathmandu Valley
  • Ideal for all ages of travelers, families, solo hikers, students, etc
  • Enjoy tranquility, the chirping of birds, fresh air, and the soothing scent of nature
  • Explore the rich biodiversity along the hiking route, including lush vegetation, flowers, and many species of birds and butterflies
  • If the weather is clear, you can see the stunning view of the Himalayas from the top of the Phulchowki Hill
  • Witness a superb aerial view of Kathmandu Valley from the top of the hill, along with nearby villages
  • Explore the Phulchowki Mai temple and get to know its religious significance

Overview

Phulchowki day hiking is one of the best hikes near Kathmandu. Also known as the Hill of Flowers or Godawari in Nepali words, it is one of the best hiking trails around Kathmandu Valley. The hike will offer you a quick gateway into nature along with a glimpse of snow-capped mountain views.

If you want a short break from the bustle of Kathmandu, we highly recommend Phulchowki day hike. Phulchowki is located just 14 kilometers southeast of the Kathmandu Valley. The Phulchowki hill stands 2,782 meters above sea level, which makes it one of the highest hills around the city.

The Phulchowki hiking route is filled with different vegetation and flowers. It is also a paradise for bird lovers. Not only that, but the hikers also get to witness distant views of the Himalayan range. The Phulchowki hiking route is tranquil. So, if you want to spend some peaceful time in nature, you can consider hiking here.

The trail goes through forests of pine, oak, and rhododendrons. You can see butterflies and different species of birds during hiking. The soothing scent of nature, the chirping of birds, the fresh air, and the serene surroundings will help you unwind. By the end of the hike, you will feel rejuvenated.

What to expect during the Phulchowki day hiking?

Hiking to Phulchowki is less time-consuming. You can complete the Phulchowki hike in 5 to 6 hours. Start early in the morning and get done with the hike by early afternoon. It makes this hike one of the fantastic short gateways.

Likewise, the hiking route is easy and has a good pace. So, all ages can do the Phulchowki day hiking without any worry. If you are someone who is just getting into hiking, then the Phulchowki day hike is one of the best options to start with.

Apart from the hiking trail, Phulchowki Hill also has religious importance for both Hindu and Buddhist followers. On the top of the hill, there is a temple dedicated to the goddess Phulchowki Mai. You can see prayer flags and tridents around the temple. During some auspicious days, the entire hill sees celebration.  

Once you are at the top of Phulchowki hill, you will get to see stunning distant views of the mountains like Gaurishankar, Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna Range. In the winter season, the hills experience snowfall. Between late December to February and early March, the hike is even more mesmerizing because of snowfall all around the hilltop.

All these make Phulchowki day hiking a great day excursion near Kathmandu. If you are not ready to commit to a multi-day hike in Nepal but would love some trip into nature, then the Phulchowki hike is an excellent alternative.

You do not have to do the challenging Everest Base Camp trek, Langtang Valley trek, or Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal to enjoy nature. Instead, you can combine day hikes like this in your itinerary. We have a wide selection of day hikes near Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can check the packages on our site.

In the spring season, the entire hill comes alive with lush trees and vibrant flowers. Different hues of rhododendrons and magnolia drape the entire hill. The scenery is just incredible, and the fact that you can enjoy this pure bliss in just half an hour or one-hour drive from Kathmandu is unreal.

Phulchowki day hiking from Kathmandu

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You will start the Phulchowki day hiking from Kathmandu with a short drive to Godawari. It is located at the base of the hill. From here, you will follow a well-marked trail that gradually ascends via tall trees, small farms, and villages. The vegetation gets dense as the hike progresses.

Once you reach the summit of Phulchowki Hill, you will witness the bird's eye view of Kathmandu Valley and surrounding villages, along with a mesmerizing view of the Himalayan range on the horizon. Spend some time at the top of the hill, explore the temple, and take some pictures. After that, follow the same trail down to the base and drive back to Kathmandu.

Visit the National Botanical Garden- Godawari

Godawari, or the National Botanical Garden, is a center of plant conservation, education, research, and recreation. If you are into plants and flowers, you should definitely stop at this garden and spend some time exploring.

Spread into 82 hectares of varying topography. As you will be starting and ending the Phulchowki hike from Godawari, we highly recommend you visit the garden. You will get to witness a huge species of floral diversity and different types of gardens.

Phulchowki day hiking distance and difficulty

The Phulchowki day hiking distance is approximately 6.8 kilometers. From the starting point of the hike, you will reach the top of the hill in around 4 hours of gradual ascent. From the top, it takes around 2 hours to descend.

Approximately you can complete the Phulchowki hike in 5 to 6 hours, which makes it a perfect activity to do if you have a free half-day in Kathmandu. Similarly, Phulchowki day hiking difficulty is easy.

Any individual can complete this hike if they can walk 5 to 6 hours. There is no risk of altitude sickness during this hike, and our expert guide will make sure you are hiking safely. Check more details about this hike in our Phulchowki day hiking route map.

Best time to do the Phulchowki day hike

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You can do the Phulchowki day hiking throughout the year. However, to enjoy the finest weather and rich vegetation, hike between March to early May. The rhododendron and other wildflowers' blooms are spectacular, making the hiking route exceptionally beautiful.

Likewise, the sky remains mostly clear in these months, so you may get to witness a wonderful mountain panorama from the top of the hill as well. You can enjoy a cool morning hike and moderate day temperature, perfect for hiking.

Moreover, devotees visit the temple at the top of the hill in spring because of festivals and yearly celebrations. So, overall, the environment will be quite joyful and serene. Another great time of the year to do the Phulchowki hiking is from late September to November, which is the autumn season.

The autumn landscapes are also quite captivating. The sky remains clear with stable weather and a mild climate, perfect for hiking. The hues of brown, fallen leaves & cool air will make hiking magical. We also love winter hiking to Phulchowki Hill. You may get to experience snowfall and see breathtaking mountain views.

The trails are attractive, with snow and partial greenery. Do note that if you are not knowledgeable about the route, we recommend doing the Phulchowki hiking in winter with a guide for safety purposes. The trail can be slippery, and you may need proper gear.

June to August (summer/monsoon) and early September is the time when Phulchowki Hill sees frequent rainfall. The hiking routes are all messed up because of rain. The trails get slippery, and the views are obstructed because of clouds. Likewise, there are also bugs and leeches on the trail. You have to be very careful. Hiking with a guide is recommended in the summer/monsoon season as well.

Phulchowki day hiking packing

You will need proper clothes and gear for a comfortable hiking experience. Follow the below packing list:

  • Wear comfortable underwear, a base layer, and a windproof jacket
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes and socks
  • Rain jacket (as per the weather)
  • Backpack
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hiking pole (optional)
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • SPF and lip balm
  • Some snacks like chocolates, nuts, fruit, etc
  • Camera, power bank, mobile, etc
  • Toiletries and small first aid kit (tissue paper, band-aid, insect repellant, etc)

Why do the Phulchowki day hiking with Trekking Guide Team Adventure?

We, Trekking Guide Team Adventure, provide the best hiking guides. You will get to hike with a knowledgeable, friendly, and reliable guide. Likewise, our Phulchowki day hiking price is also very affordable. The guide will pick you up from your location (your hotel) and drop you there before/after the hike starts and ends.

You will get the best service by doing this hike with our team. It is simple to book the hike with us.

You can make the booking and payment directly via our site. If you want to make any changes to the package or combine some other activity, feel free to contact us.


 

Itinerary
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Our guide and driver will pick you up early in the morning at 7: 30 AM from your hotel. We'll use a private four-wheeler to drive to/from the starting and ending points of the hiking trail. First, you will drive from Kathmandu to Godawari, which will take around one hour.

The hike starts from Godawari and gradually ascends via a lush forested route to the top of Phulchowki Hill. On the way, you will get to enjoy the greenery, rhododendrons, many kinds of vegetation and flowers, birds, butterflies, etc.

The hiking route is not crowded usually, so you can enjoy the peace and serenity of nature. Upon reaching the top of the hill, savor the views and visit the Phulchowki Mai temple. Spend some time and descend back to Godawari to end the hike.

The guide will accompany you during the hike, sharing his knowledge about the trail, vegetation, and surroundings. After the hike, our guide and driver will drop you at your hotel.

 

Max Altitude: 2,782 m/9,127 ftDuration: 5-6 hours (6.8 km/4.2 miles)Distance: 13.4 km/8.3 miles
Cost Details
Included
  • 1 english speaking trekking guide.
  • Private car as per itinerary.
Excluded
  • Your Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on this day
  • All the personal expenses
  • Entrance fee if needed
  • Kathmandu accommodation
  • Equipment: Hiking shoes, hiking comfortable clothes, water bottle, energy bars, medicines for headache, stomach ache etc. 
  • All the things that are not mentioned in cost include.
Add-ons & Options
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu: If you have a full or half day in Kathmandu, you can include a guided sightseeing tour in your package. You will get a friendly and English-speaking tour guide with extensive knowledge about monuments.
  • Everest Mountain flight: It is around a one-hour flight across the eastern Himalayan mountains. The flight is affordable and designed to show you a close view of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Everest, Kanchenjunga, etc.

FAQs

1) How long does it take to hike the Phulchowki?

✔︎ From the starting point of the trail, it takes around 4 hours to reach the top of Phulchowki Hill. Likewise, you will spend around 2 hours descending to the ending point of the trail. Overall, you will spend approximately 6 hours during the Phulchowki day hiking.

2) How to go to Phulchowki?

✔︎ To go to Phulchowki, first, you have to drive to Godawai. It takes around 45 minutes to one hour to reach here. From Godawari, you will start hiking to the top of the hill.

3) What is the best time of year to hike Phulchowki?

✔︎ Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon are the best times for Phulchowki hiking. You will enjoy this hike in these months- March, April, Map, late September, October, November, December, January, and February.

4) Are there any permits or fees required for hiking Phulchowki?

✔︎ No, a special permit is needed for the Phulchowki day hiking. However, you may have to pay a small Godawari Botanical Garden entrance fee.

5) What are the starting and ending points of the Phulchowki day hike?

✔︎ Godawari is the starting and ending point of the Phulchowki day hiking. It is located around 14 kilometers away from Kathmandu.

6) What level of fitness is required for the Phulchowki hike?

✔︎ For the Phulchowki hiking, you have to be in good health. If you suffer from Asthma or any health issue that may make hiking uphill tough, you should consider before joining the Phulchowki day hiking. It is not technical climbing, but 3 to 4 hours of uphill walking and around 2 hours of downhill walking are required.

7) Are there any water sources along the trail, or should I carry all my water?

✔︎ There are very limited drinking water sources along the Phulchowki day hiking route. We recommend hikers to carry 1-2 or 2-3 liters of water bottle with water in it.

8) Are hiking poles necessary for the Phulchowki trail?

✔︎ It depends on the individual. We do not strictly recommend hiking poles for the Phulchowki hike. However, if you think you are not that strong and hiking poles will help you maintain your balance on the rugged trail, then it is totally fine to use them. Hiking poles will overall enhance your hiking experience.

9) Is the trail well-marked and easy to follow?

✔︎ Yes, the Phulchowki hiking route is well-marked and easy to follow. There are signs along the way. Hikers can also use GPS.

10) Are there any wildlife risks hikers should be aware of?

✔︎ No, there are no wildlife risks along the Phulchowki hiking trail. Stay on the marked trail, and do not wander alone in the unmarked sections of the hills. You may come across monkeys. They can be curious to see you and may approach you for food.

11) What should I do in case of an emergency while on the trail?

✔︎ If you feel any discomfort or get injured during hiking, inform your guide and stay calm. Our guide will provide you with first aid and further help you as needed.

12) Is there cell phone reception throughout the hike?

✔︎ Cell phone reception can vary along the Phulchowki hiking trail because of the forested route and rocky terrain. It is recommended to inform someone of your hiking plans and estimated return time if you are planning to do this hike alone.

13) What kind of scenery and views can I expect on the Phulchowki hike?

✔︎ Along the Phulchowki day hiking trail, you will get to witness diverse vegetation, beautiful flowers, and stunning landscapes. Likewise, from the top of the hill, you will see a wonderful aerial panorama of Kathmandu Valley and a mesmerizing distant view of the snow-capped mountains.

14) Are there any notable landmarks or points of interest along the trail?

✔︎ Yes, there are a few notable landmarks along the Phulchowki trail. They are the Godawari Botanical Garden and Phulchowki Mai Temple.

15) Can I expect to see any unique flora or fauna on the Phulchowki hike?

✔︎ Yes, you can expect to see unique flora and vegetation during the Phulchowki hiking. You can see flowers like rhododendrons, orchids, magnolias, mosses, ferns, different kinds of herbal plants, etc. Likewise, you may also come across several types of pheasants, Spiny Babblers (Nepal’s endemic bird), Himalayan Monal, butterflies, monkeys, etc, on the way.

16) Are there any rest spots or shelters along the trail?

✔︎ There are a few rest points along the Phulchowki hiking route. You can see a bunch of rocks gathered at a place where hikers rest for a few minutes while walking uphill or downhill.

17) How crowded does the Phulchowki trail get on weekends and holidays?

✔︎ On the weekends and holidays, a handful of locals do the Phulchowki hiking. The route will not be extremely busy, but you may come across a few fellow hikers along the way.

18) Are there any local eateries or restaurants near the trailhead?

✔︎ There are several local eateries at the base of the Phulchowki Hill, around Godawari. There is no entry on the way to Phulchowki Hill. At the top of the hill, you may see some locals selling food in temporary stalls.

19) Is it possible to combine the Phulchowki hike with other nearby hikes or activities?

✔︎ Yes, you can combine another hike of your choice with Phulchowki hiking. For instance, bird watching, visits to Godawari Botanical Garden, and Lakuri Bhanjyang Hike are some famous options.

20) Is it safe to hike Phulchowki alone, or should I join a group?

✔︎ We recommend hiking with a group if you are not knowledgeable about the trail. You will enjoy the journey, and there will be people to help you in case you get injured.

21) Is travel insurance recommended, and what should it cover?

✔︎ Travel insurance is not necessary for Phulchowki hiking. If you are traveling to Nepal and doing different activities, you may get comprehensive travel insurance.

22) Are there any specific rules for waste disposal on the trail?

✔︎ Yes, there are specific rules for waste disposal during the Phulchowki hike. First of all, do not throw your garbage on the trail. Carry a disposal bag or plastic bag and put all our garbage in it. Bring the waste down the hill and throw it accordingly in designated dustbins.


 

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