Pulchowki hill is a rewarding experience for a day hike in Kathmandu and bird watching. This is also the highest peak (2,791 m/9,058ft) on the valley rim and is situated 10 km southeast of Patan. Phulchowki is the name of the almighty goddess residing on the top of this hill. In Nepali, the term ‘Phul’ means ‘flower’. Its meaning also suggests that Phulchowki is well-known for diverse floras such as rhododendron, wild roses, jasmine, and many more.
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 Phulchowki Mai, and some other major festivals on the full moon days in July and August annually.
This is one of the most beautiful hikes in terms of vegetation in Kathmandu valley. It’s the perfect place for those who are bird enthusiasts. The hike offers the chance to sight a variety of birds like Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Yellow-browed Tit, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, and many more. Apart from birds, it is also a fabulous place for butterflies too. From here, the views of the Himalayas, and the valley are marvelous. Besides, Phulchowki Hill is a vantage point for marvelous mountain views and a birds-eye view of Kathmandu Valley. This hike is one of the popular day hike in Kathmandu.