About Phulchoki Day Hiking
The Phulchoki Day Hike takes you to one of the best and popular hiking destinations around the Kathmandu valley, Phulchoki Hill. Located to the south of the valley in Lalitpur district at an altitude of 2789 M, it is the highest of all the hills that surround the Kathmandu valley. The name, ‘Phulchoki’ translates to, ’A hill of flowers’. It is a great place to enjoy the serenity of nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city areas.
The Phulchoki day hike takes you all the way to the top of the hill through the lush forest with the soothing sounds of birds chirping. The hill is covered with dense forests of Rhododendron, Oak, Bamboo, and different species of wildflowers. If you are hiking during the spring, you will be welcomed by colorful Rhododendrons flowers along the trail. Due to its richness of vegetation, it is home to various numbers of birds. It is one of the best places for bird watching as well around the Kathmandu valley.
When you reach the top of the hill, you will see the shrines and statues of Phulchoki Mai covered with prayer flags and bells. From there, the stunning panoramic views of different Himalayan ranges like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Rolwaling, and Gaurishankar can be seen.
The Phulchoki Day Hike starts and ends at Godawari. The trail to the top is about 13 km from there. It takes a total of 7-8 hours of walk to complete the hike.