Phulchowki Day Hill Hiking

Phulchowki Day Hill Hiking is a popular hiking activity in Nepal that takes you to the top of Phulchowki Hill, which is the highest peak in the Kathmandu Valley. This one-day hike provides a great opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

The hike begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Godavari, which is a beautiful botanical garden located at the foot of Phulchowki Hill. From there, you will start your hike towards the summit, passing through dense forests and enjoying the stunning views of the valley below. You will also have the opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife, including different species of birds and butterflies.

As you reach the top of Phulchowki Hill, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest on a clear day. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch at the top before making your way back down to Godavari.

Phulchowki Day Hill Hiking is a great option for those who are short on time but still want to experience the beauty of Nepal’s natural landscape. It is also a relatively easy hike that can be done by people of all ages and fitness levels.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1: Kathmandu to Phulchowki Hill

  • After an early breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to the starting point of the hike at Godavari.
  • Start the hike to Phulchowki Hill, the highest hill surrounding the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding hills and valleys as you hike.
  • Reach the summit of Phulchowki Hill and take in the panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.
  • Descend back to Godavari and drive back to Kathmandu

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  • Day 1: Shivapuri Day Hiking
    • Morning:
      • Start early in the morning to make the most of your day.
      • Pack a daypack with essentials like water, snacks, sunscreen, and a rain jacket.
      • Travel to the entrance of Shivapuri National Park, which is about an hour’s drive from Kathmandu.
    • Mid-Morning to Noon:
      • Begin your hike from the park entrance.
      • Choose a trail based on your preference and fitness level. Popular trails include:
        • Shivapuri Hill Trail: This trail offers panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding mountains. It’s a moderate hike with some steep sections.
        • Nagi Gompa Trail: This trail leads to the Nagi Gompa monastery, where you can explore the monastery grounds and enjoy serene surroundings.
        • Baghdwar Trail: This trail takes you to Baghdwar, the source of the Bagmati River, and offers a chance to see waterfalls and lush forest.
    • Lunch:
      • Carry a packed lunch or snacks to enjoy at a scenic spot along the trail.
      • Take a break to rest and refuel before continuing your hike.
    • Afternoon:
      • Continue your hike, exploring more of the trails and enjoying the natural beauty of Shivapuri National Park.
      • Keep an eye out for wildlife such as birds, monkeys, and deer.
      • Take plenty of photos to capture the stunning views and memorable moments.
    • Late Afternoon to Evening:
      • Depending on the time of day and your energy levels, you can choose to either extend your hike or start heading back towards the park entrance.
      • Take your time to soak in the peaceful atmosphere of the park before returning to Kathmandu.
      • Once back in Kathmandu, reflect on your day of hiking and perhaps enjoy a well-deserved dinner at a local restaurant.

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Inclusions:

  • Accommodation (tea house or camping)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Local transportation (airport transfer, trekking transportation)
  • Trekking guide and porter services
  • Necessary permits and fees

 

Exclusions:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Emergency evacuation expenses
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions list.

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Clothing:

  • Comfortable hiking pants or shorts
  • Moisture-wicking T-shirt
  • Lightweight, breathable jacket or fleece
  • Hiking socks
  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes
  • Hat or cap for sun protection

Personal Items:

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medication
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera or smartphone for photos
  • Daypack for carrying essentials

Other Items:

  • Water bottle
  • Snacks (energy bars, trail mix, etc.)
  • Small, lightweight towel
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Map or guidebook of the area
  • Whistle (for emergencies)
  • Portable charger for electronics

Optional Items:

  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing
  • Sun hat or umbrella
  • Lightweight rain jacket or poncho
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Cash (for tips and souvenirs)

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FAQs

  • How do I get to Phulchowki?

    You can reach Phulchowki by taking a taxi or a local bus from Kathmandu. The hill is located about 20 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu city. The journey takes approximately 1-2 hours depending on traffic conditions.

  • What is the best time to hike Phulchowki?

    The best time to hike Phulchowki is during the dry season, which typically lasts from October to May. The weather is clear, and the trails are more accessible during this time. However, you can still hike during the monsoon season (June to September), but be prepared for muddy trails and occasional rain showers.

  • How long does it take to hike to the summit of Phulchowki?

    The duration of the hike to the summit of Phulchowki depends on your starting point and hiking speed. On average, it takes about 4-6 hours to reach the summit and return to the base. However, this can vary based on individual fitness levels and trail conditions.

  • Are there any entrance fees or permits required to hike Phulchowki?

    As of my last update, there were no entrance fees or permits required to hike Phulchowki. However, it’s always a good idea to check for any updated regulations before your hike.

    Trip Fact

  • Best Seasons spring
  • Duration 1 Days
  • Trek Difficulty Easy

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