Phulchoki Day Hiking - 1 Days

Botanical hiking near Kathmandu
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Phulchoki hike is suitable for hikers of all levels, though some sections of the trail can be steep and challenging. It's advisable to bring plenty of water, snacks, and appropriate clothing, as the weather can be unpredictable, especially at higher altitudes. Additionally, hiring a local guide can enhance the experience and provide valuable insights into the area's history, culture, and natural surroundings. While this is not extremely high, some people may experience mild altitude effects, so it's important to stay hydrated and take breaks as needed. From there, the trail winds its way up through lush forests of rhododendron, pine, and oak trees. Along the way, hikers may encounter local wildlife such as birds and occasionally monkeys.

Particularly for those visiting or living in the Kathmandu Valley. Phulchoki is the highest hill south of Kathmandu Valley, near Godavari, at an elevation of 2,782 meters (9,127 feet). Generally, it takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach the summit from Godavari, The hike offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley, as well as the surrounding hills and mountains. The hike typically starts from the base of the hill, where visitors can either trek or drive part of the way up, depending on their preference and fitness level. Along the trail, hikers pass through lush forests, diverse flora and fauna, and occasionally encounter local villagers.

While the trail isn't overly strenuous, it does involve some uphill sections, so a reasonable level of fitness is recommended. While this is not extremely high, some people may experience mild altitude effects, so staying hydrated and taking breaks as needed is important. The duration of the hike can vary depending on the pace of the hikers and how much time is spent enjoying the views along the way. The hike typically starts from Godavari, where there is a botanical garden.

Once you reach the top of Phulchoki hikers are rewarded with stunning vistas of the Himalayan range, including iconic peaks such as Everest, Makalu, and Langtang. It's an excellent spot for sunrise or sunset views, as well as for picnics or simply enjoying the tranquility of nature. The hike often starts from the Godavari Botanical Garden, which is home to a diverse range of plant species, including many endemic to Nepal. Bird watching: Phulchoki is renowned for its birdlife, and birdwatchers may spot a variety of species along the trail, including colorful Himalayan birds like the Danphe (Himalayan Monal) and various species of pheasants.

Hike with a guide or experienced companions, especially if you're unfamiliar with the area. Stay on marked trails to avoid getting lost. Be mindful of altitude effects and take breaks as needed. Respect the natural environment and local customs. Overall, the Phulchoki Day Hike offers a fantastic opportunity to experience Nepal's natural beauty and enjoy panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Trip Highlights

  • One of the highest hills of Kathmandu Valley.
  • View of the Himalayas- of the Annapurna Range to Gaurishankar in the east.
  • One of the richest Botanical hiking trails.
  • Phulchoki Goddess temple is an important pilgrimage site.
  • A different species of birds, butterflies, and wildlife.

Outline Itinerary:

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Day 01:First Drive to Godawari 40 minutes and start Hiking to Phulchoki hill (2700m) 7 hours walk.

The hiking Guide will pick you up from your hotel around half past eight in the morning and Drive 19 km up to Godawari and after this, you will start your Hike. Phulchoki is one of the highest hills of Kathmandu valley it lies at an altitude of 2,782m and is situated 10 km southeast of Patan. The trail takes you through Different kinds of vegetation and a variety of wildflowers and species of Birds. The trail mostly goes ascents up to the top of the hill Phulchoki once you reach the top you will get to witness a wonderful stunning view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Gaurishankar Himal and the entire view of the Kathmandu Valley with lovely prayer Tibetan flags and in the spring season we can see a many blooming Rhododendron flowers tree.

Cost Includes

  • Private Ground transportation as per the size of the group.
  • Entrance fee as needed to have.
  • En experience and helpful English-speaking Guide.
  • A delicious lunch with tea/ Coffee.   

Cost Excludes

  • All the alcoholic bar bills and cold drinks.
  • Tips for your Guide.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the included section.

Trip Fact

  • Destination Nepal
  • Duration 1 Days
  • Trip Difficulty Easy
  • Activity Hiking
  • Transportation: Private Car
  • Meals: Lunch
  • Min. Age: 15- 60
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