Phulchowki Hike

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

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About this tour

The Phulchowki Hike is a charming trekking experience nestled within the scenic landscapes of Nepal. Rising to an impressive height of 2,782 meters (9,127 feet), Phulchowki Hill is renowned for its lush forests, numerous vegetation, and panoramic vistas that reach throughout the Kathmandu Valley and beyond. This trek offers a really perfect combo of nature, journey, and calmness, making it a popular choice for both locals and vacationers searching for a rejuvenating get away from the city bustle.

The first-class time for the Phulchowki Hike is during the post-monsoon and pre-monsoon seasons (September to November and March to May), while the weather is satisfactory, the skies are clear, and the surrounding landscapes burst with colorful colors.

The Phulchowki Hike can be tailor-made to numerous fitness stages, as the path affords alternatives for both leisurely strolls and greater challenging ascents. Along the manner, you’ll stumble upon a diverse range of vegetation and fauna, from rhododendron forests to numerous fowl species.

Whether you are a nature fanatic, an adventure seeker, or absolutely a person seeking out a serene break out, the Phulchowki Hike promises an unforgettable revel in amidst the natural splendor and tranquility of Nepal’s landscapes.

Essential Tips for a Successful Phulchowki Hike

  • Plan your hike during the post-monsoon (September to November) or pre-monsoon (March to May) seasons when the weather is favorable and the views are clear.
  • Always check the weather forecast before starting your hike to ensure safe conditions.
  • Carry only the essentials such as water, snacks, a first aid kit, sunscreen, and a hat. Don’t burden yourself with unnecessary weight.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good grip, layered clothing, and a rain jacket in case of unexpected showers.
  • Carry enough water and stay hydrated throughout the hike, especially in the higher altitudes.
  • Begin your hike early in the morning to avoid the midday heat and to have ample time to complete the hike comfortably.
  • Stick to the marked trail and follow any guidelines provided by local authorities or guides.
  • Take breaks and allow your body to acclimate to the altitude. If you’re ascending quickly, be mindful of altitude sickness symptoms.
  • Pack energy-boosting snacks like nuts, energy bars, and fruits to keep your energy levels up during the hike.
  • Leave no trace by not littering and respecting the environment. Keep the trail clean and preserve the beauty of the area.
  • Keep your phone fully charged and carry a portable charger in case of emergencies.
  • If you’re unfamiliar with the area, consider hiring a local guide who can provide insights, navigation, and assistance if needed.
  • Let a friend or family member know about your hiking plans, including the estimated time of return.
  • Use sunscreen and wear sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Ensure you’re in good physical condition for the hike. If you’re not an experienced hiker, start with shorter trails to build stamina.


  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley, surrounding hills, and distant snow-capped peaks from the summit of Phulchowki Hill.
  • Immerse yourself in diverse ecosystems as you hike through lush rhododendron and oak forests, showcasing a riot of colors during the blooming season.
  • Phulchowki is a birdwatcher's paradise, with a rich variety of bird species. Keep an eye out for colorful Himalayan species and enjoy birdwatching along the trail.
  • Encounter a wide range of plant species, including medicinal herbs, orchids, and various wildflowers, adding to the biodiversity of the area.
  • Interact with friendly locals along the way, passing through charming villages and gaining insights into the rural way of life.
  • Choose from various routes of different difficulty levels, catering to both beginners and experienced hikers.
  • Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and find solace in the serene natural surroundings, perfect for meditation and relaxation.
  • Capture stunning landscape shots, close-ups of unique flora, and vibrant bird species, making it a paradise for photography enthusiasts.
  • Phulchowki Hill is easily accessible from Kathmandu, making it a great option for a day hike or a short getaway from the city.
  • If you're up for more adventure, you can extend your hike to include nearby attractions like Godavari Botanical Garden or other surrounding hills.
  • Enjoy local Nepali cuisine at the hilltop tea houses, offering a chance to savor traditional flavors and refuel for your descent.
  • Experience a sense of tranquility and rejuvenation as you hike amidst nature's beauty and the soothing sounds of the forest.


  • Lunch from the Teahouses menu during the Hike.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill etc
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Tips to your Guide. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.


  • Early Morning Drive from Kathmandu to Godawari (approximately 1-2 Hrs).
  • Start the trek from Godawari and hike through the trail.
  • Enjoy the lush forests and scenic beauty along the trail.
  • Hike to the summit of Phulchowki Hill (2,782 meters).
  • Lunch at a Local Place during the Hike.
  • Witness breathtaking sunrise views over the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Spend time at the summit, taking in the panoramic vistas.
  • Descend back to Phulchowki Base Camp and then to Godawari.
  • Drive back to Kathmandu.


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Frequently asked questions

The starting point of the hike is usually in Godawari, which is about a 1-hour drive from Kathmandu. You can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Godawari.

The best time for the hike is during the post-monsoon (September to November) and pre-monsoon (March to May) seasons when the weather is pleasant and the views are clear.

The hike is considered moderate and suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers. The trail can be steep in some sections, but it's manageable for individuals with reasonable fitness levels.

While a guide is not mandatory, having a local guide can enhance your experience by providing insights, ensuring safety, and navigating the trail.

There are tea houses and small lodges along the trail where you can rest and have meals. However, most trekkers complete the hike in a day and return to Kathmandu.

Pack essentials such as water, snacks, a first aid kit, a rain jacket, comfortable hiking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and a camera.

The hike to the summit of Phulchowki Hill and back to Godavari can usually be completed in a day, making it a popular choice for a day trip from Kathmandu.

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