Phulchowki Hiking easy near Kathmandu and is the perfect short trip for spending time with nature. This place is referred to as “Hill of Flowers”. Popular due to lying on the highest hill (2782m). It is located approx. 14 km in the southeast of Kathmandu valley. The name Pulchowki represents one of the famous Hindu goddesses. Many Hindu people visit this place and make pilgrimage tours.
A hike to this Dada is an opportunity to have a short escape from the valley and find yourself in the silence, and enjoy the views this Dada is offering.
Are you in search of the shortest and peaceful destination around Kathmandu valley? Are you a self-enjoyer? Exploring new places is your hobby? Then no need to worry. Therefore, this hiking would freshen up yourself. Avoid worrying as Above the Himalaya is always there to make your trip the most memorable one. We will provide you the trip based on your needs and choice. Pulchowki Dada could be the perfect option to kill your boredom.
Get ready to free from the crowded place and enjoy quality time with nature. Get ready to nurture your traveling hunger. Here we provide you a special one-day Phulchowki hiking package. Being with us would make you realize how to enjoy nature.
Hiking through the dense forest with Rhododendron
Talking about the physical and surrounding scenario of this place, it is all surrounded by dense forest. It consists of different plants that include Rhododendron of numerous colors. Of which the pure white and dark red is most lovely. This dense forest is also the home for different species of birds and butterflies. You can see different kinds of birds namely, Rufous-gorgeted, Yellow-browed Tit, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Red-billed Leiothrix, Whiskered Yuhina, Besra, Racket-tailed Drongos and Bronzed, Nepal Cutia, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, etc. this is the best place for birdwatching in Nepal.
If you love to travel and want to explore new places. Then Pulchowki hiking can be the best option for you. This is the easiest hiking option for beginner travelers.
Phulchowki is also a religious site, many people also trek to Pulchowki hike for religious purposes. Phulchowki is a famous Hindu temple for pilgrimage. Pulchowki hike shows the beauty of Nepal’s culture as well as natural beauty. Generally, people who come to Nepal for trekking mountainous regions and other areas take a day off from their trekking seclude for visiting the Phulchowki hike. It is also taken as a side trek for people trekking to Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp.
Trip Highlights of Phulchowki Hiking
- Easiest Hike through beautiful dense forest.
- The eye-catching view of the Himalayan ranges
- Visit the botanical garden in Godawari
- Enjoy the famous activity called Bird watching (Phulchowki is considered best for bird watching)
- Enjoy the beauty of Sub-tropical forest
- You can have wonderful views of the Kathmandu valley.
- Stunning view of Trekking in Annapurna and Gauri Shankar
- Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Yellow-browed Tit, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, and many more are the varieties of birds you will encounter there.
Some facts of Phulchowki hiking
- Duration: 1/2 days
- Start/End: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
- Trip type: Solo/Group
- Level of Trip: Easy
- Best Seasons: Sept-Dec(Winter Season), March-May(Spring Season)
- Transportation: Private/Public Vehicle
- Accommodation: Restaurant/ Lodges
- Trip Style: Tour
- Destination: Nepal
Phulchowki Hiking route
Are you curious about how to go to Pulchowki? This article helps to know everything about the Phulchowki hiking route. Among different adorable hikes in Nepal, the Pulchowki hike is one of the easy and divine experiences. Pulchowki hike is the best hiking area near Kathmandu. For people feeling bore at home or people being stress with their work, you can hike the Pulchowki dada and enjoy gorgeous views. Trekking to Pulchowki is a day hike where you can visit the enchanting beauty of nature. This place is situated at a distance of 14 km southeast of the capital city Kathmandu. The altitude of Pulchowki dada is 2782 meters above sea level.
Phulchowki Hiking route is also the highest hills around Kathmandu valley. It takes 4 -5 hours to reach Pulchowki dad from Kathmandu. Mainly people of the valley and other places hike to Pulchowki to listen to the music of nature and enjoy its silence. Pulchowki is a beautiful place and worth visiting, it is also called a “hill of flowers”. The journey to Pulchowki hike starts to form about an hour’s drive from Kathmandu to Godawari. Since you will be trekking from Godawari you might have to start this trek from early in the morning. Godawari is a beautiful place full of green vegetation and many species of birds and animals.
This is a 1-day hiking trip from Kathmandu.
It only takes a 1-hour drive which is then followed by 4-5 hours. It lies at about 2760m. The name Pulchowki is actually driven by its Nepali meaning Pul-flowers and chowki means garden. Thus, it is a garden full of a variety of flowers. Lying in the southeast of Kathmandu is at the shortest distance tour from Kathmandu. It is nearly 14 km away from the center of Kathmandu. Watching a variety of flora and fauna would be the best therapy for your eyes. Bird watching is another best activities you can do here.
Itinerary for the Phulchowki day hiking
05: 00 – Have breakfast and be ready
06:00- Our office representative will reach the hotel to take you in our private jeep
06:15 – Head towards Godawari
07:00 – Tea break, last-minute shopping at Godawari, buy snacks, chocolate, water bottle.
07:30 – Complete all the procedures at the entrance gate like entry fee payment. Then start your hike.
11:00- You will reach the top of the hill. Visit Pulchowki Mai temple. Rest for some time while gazing at the surrounding.
12:00 (Noon)-Have lunch at the hotel. Roam, click the photo, enjoy bird watching throughout the day
3:00- Be prepare for returning. Grab the same trail to descend to Godawari.
5:00- Have snack and tea break at Godawari
5:30- Head towards Kathmandu
Reason to visit Phulchowki dada
Phulchowki hill claims 570 species of flowering plants and about one-third of bird species in Nepal. During the spring season, the hill is blessed with a national flower, Rhododendron. A dense forest full of the national flower is another name of heaven. You know what is more fascinating, after reaching the top of the hill, you will see the Pulchowki Mai shrine presented with prayer flags. It will give you a spiritual-religious feeling. Not only this, the whole hiking trail giving you a good taste of natural scenarios. The Pulchowki hike journey starts after having 45 mins short drive from Kathmandu to Godawari.
Godawari can be another shortest traveling destinations in Nepal. Godawari is also the best known for its marvelous environment and rich wildlife. This is a peaceful place where you can enjoy your full time lying in the lap of nature.
Reaching the peak of the Phulchowki dada would expose you to a clear view of the sparkling mountain. As a result, you will get the opportunity to see an incredible panoramic view of Gaurishanker Himal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Annapurna range towards the eastern part.
There is a small temple of Phulchwoki Mai at the top
This Phulchowki dada is also regarded as a place carrying great cultural values. Thus, many pilgrims, especially Hindus visit this dada and worship Phulchowki Mai. You can see the big temple of Pulchowki at the top of the hill. This temple is decorated and bordered by the prayer flag. You can worship the goddess Pulchowki Mai while enjoying nature.
Another best part of this Phulchowki hiking is, Pulchowki dada is only the spot where you can enjoy snowfall in the winter season. Therefore, many people can be spotted here during the winter season.
The botanical garden is another best factor for visiting Godawari. Botanical gardens consist of various plants, birds, and trees, which you cannot find in another place. This garden is like storage for rare plants. All plants are kept with their scientific name and its uses, if you are a plant lover then this place can serve you all the necessary information. Various researchers visit here for study purposes. Staying 1 day there would be a perfect idea.
Highlights of Godawari Botanical Garden Tour
- Visit National Botanical Garden (full of rear plants)
- Visiting Godavari Kunda inside the garden
- You can capture thousands of good quality photo
- Can have delighted food in the best restaurant
After reaching Godawari, get ready for 3-4 hrs enjoyable hiking towards Pulchowki Mai. Having lunch at the top hill, while having a beautiful scenario cringing on the eye, is really a pleasurable moment. Enjoying the precious moment of being surrounded by the greenery may tempt you to stay there forever. However, there is another best destination waiting for your visit.
Thus, descending down to Godawari with taking with an easy 2 hours. And then return to Kathmandu by having a 45mins car drive.
The eye-catching scenery would keep you engaged throughout the hiking period. As well as local people will offer you various food. Jaw-dropping Annapurna range and Gauri Shankar depicts the best Mountain View. After having delicious lunch at the hill, enjoy the remaining day time looking over the mountain, birds, plants, etc. Then at around, 2 pm, your hike will descend through the same trail. It will take only 2 hours for descending the trail.
- Comfortable transportation facility (Private car/jeep transport from and to Godawari)
- Experienced local guide for the hike
- Special Lunch during the hike with tea/coffee at regular break.
- Essential medical kits/ First aid kits and hiking stick
- Water bottle, snacks
- All the paper works and service charge
- Accommodations in Kathmandu
- Any alcoholic beverages.
- Electrical appliances
- Tips to the guide.
Nevertheless, Phulchowki Hiking is one of the most beautiful hiking related to Green Vegetation and Birds Watching. You will be covered with the beauty of the sub-tropical forest. Surrounded by the pure white and red rhododendron would surely melt your heart. You can also find a plethora of oak trees. Additionally, hundreds of different species of flowers, trees, plants, and herbs, in the botanical garden, would make the moment charitable. The botanical gardens never fail to impress you with natural beauty.
If you are in Kathmandu then your trek starts with 45 mins short drive from Kathmandu to the Godavari. If you have enough time, you can have a 1-day tour at Godawari too. Enjoy the botanical garden tour, enjoy the delicious food in the luxurious hotel, and learn about different plants. Your hike would gradually towards uphill along with the dense sub-tropical forest. I assure you that you will enjoy the walk through the dense forest. Comparing to another hike, the Pulchowki hike will cost you very little effort, as this trek is mostly easy and scenic. The eye-catching view of Kathmandu is another best part of this trek. Thus enjoy the glorious one-day Phulchowki hiking with our team.