“Let’s join exotic Phulchowki hiking through the lush wooded area and get pleasure from enthralling Himalayan views, melodious chirping of birds, eye-popping view of Kathmandu valley and visiting Hindu shrine of Phulchowki Goddess.”
Phulchowki which means ‘Hill of Flowers’ is the highest hill (2782m) in the south of Kathmandu valley famous for bird watching destination. It is located 14 km in the southeast of Kathmandu valley. We start hike 11 km trail from St Xavier’s and ascend towards Phulchowki hill. Depending on your fitness level, it takes about four to five hours to reach on top of the hill. The hill is filled with rhododendron and oak trees and several species of orchids and colorful birds and butterflies You will pass through the densely wooded area of diverse plants including Rhododendron of various colors and lush forest.
You can observe different types of birds such as 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 chirping throughout the hike that will make your hike wonderful and tranquil.
Once you reach on the top of the hill then you can see the glorious view from the eastern part of exquisite Annapurna range to Gaurishanker in the east that can draw your heart to the sanctification of this hike. Incredible view of Kathmandu valley is another wonderful part of this visit. Another major attraction of hike is the shrine of Phulchowki Mai which is bounded by prayer flags and tridents at the top of the hill. You might have a chance to watch the month-long yearly religious festival held at the shrine to Phulchoki during March / April and some other main festivals on the full moon days in the month of July and August each year.
HIKE TYPE: Private
HIKE DISTANCE: 11km
HIKE DAY: Every Saturday (Fixed departure)
LANGUAGE: English, Nepali
Most Common FAQs
- 1 . FAQ about Hike
Do you cancel tours?
We do cancellation of tour only if there is a political close announcement or protests. We do not cancel our tours if it rains or snows. We might consider cancellations if we expect a heavy thunderstorms or downpour. However, we will notify you in advance via email or by phone.
What should I wear?
While hiking Phulchowki hill, we recommend bringing enough winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. in winter .Whilst you can wear light clothes and good walking shoes during summer season. But pack along a light jacket too as it might get cold at the hilltop
Is there water available on Hike?
We will carry our own bottles and fill up them. We advise that you carry your own water bottle to avoid purchasing plastic bottles. However there will be small tea houses on some locations of the trails selling mineral water bottles.
Is it possible to store belongings at the place we start?
Our pick up van will have the bag storage. However, we recommend you to take care of your belongings and not to store any valuable items in the bag storage.
Is it possible to take photos along the way?
Yes, you can bring your camera to take the pictures. The hike guide will also take pictures along the trails. You can ask your guide if there is a definite place you would like to take picture. Later the pictures captured by our guide will be sent to you via email.
Do you have pick up service?
We offer for our private tours an optional hotel pick-up service. The hotel or apartment building should be on or close to the tour route. Please let us know your complete hotel or apartment address during the tour reservation process and we will check if we can meet you at your hotel/apartment.
What is booking and payment procedure?
All tours are booked and paid for through our online booking system on our website or you could pay at the local registration places mentioned on the guide.
How long does the hike take?
It depends on the length of the hike (how many kilometres / miles) you choose. This information is available in the tour description.
Is there any age limit for the hike?
It is the responsibility of you as a participant to ensure that you are fit enough to participate in the tour. Children under the age of 18 are the responsibility of their parents or guardians.
In what language the hike be?
Tour will be guided in English and Nepali.