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Phulchowki Day Hike from Godavari

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Max. Elevation
2750 m / 9022 ft
Group size
Min 1
Level
Easy
Transportation
Kathmandu to Godavari and back by private car
Best Season
Mar, Apr, May,Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Starts at / Ends at
kathmandu / kathmandu
Accomodation
Meals

Highlights

  • Explore the diverse flora in the botanical garden before embarking on your hike.
  • Enjoy a picturesque hike through lush forests and quaint villages, with stunning views of the Kathmandu Valley along the way.
  • Reach the summit of Phulchowki for breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayan peaks beyond.
  • Take delight in spotting various bird species in Phulchowki's rich birdlife habitat.
  • Immerse yourself in the serene natural surroundings and enjoy a peaceful picnic atop Phulchowki.
  • Rejuvenate yourself amidst nature before descending back to Godavari, capturing memorable moments along the way.

Overview

Phulchowki Day Hike from Godavari is a popular outdoor activity for nature enthusiasts and hikers visiting Nepal. Phulchowki, standing at an altitude of 2782 meters, is the highest hill surrounding the Kathmandu Valley and is renowned for its rich biodiversity and stunning views of the Himalayas.

The hike typically starts from Godavari, a picturesque village located at the base of Phulchowki Hill, around 10 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. From Godavari, hikers begin their ascent through lush forests filled with a variety of flora and fauna. The trail is well-marked, though it can be steep in places, offering a moderate level of difficulty.

Along the way, hikers may encounter colorful birds, butterflies, and even monkeys. The diverse vegetation includes rhododendron forests, pine trees, and ferns, creating a scenic backdrop for the journey. As you climb higher, the views of the Kathmandu Valley below become increasingly breathtaking.

Upon reaching the summit of Phulchowki, hikers are rewarded with panoramic vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, and even Mount Everest on a clear day. It's a perfect spot to rest, enjoy a picnic, and soak in the natural beauty before descending back to Godavari.

The entire hike typically takes around 5 to 6 hours round trip, depending on your pace and the amount of time spent at the summit. It's advisable to bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and proper hiking gear. Additionally, it's recommended to start early in the morning to avoid the midday heat and to allow sufficient time to complete the hike before sunset.

Trip Itinerary

After finishing breakfast at hotel, our guide will pick up you and drive to the Godavari. The 14 km journey takes around 45 minutes drive. From here, we set on foot for the next five hours. Explore the wonderful botanical garden then walk gradually uphill to the hill station of Phulchowki. Three hours of hiking reach at the top of the hill and explore the views. Then, walk down and drive back to Kathmandu.

Godavari Botanical Garden: Begin your journey in Godavari, where you can visit the Godavari Botanical Garden, renowned for its diverse collection of flora. Take some time to wander through the garden, marveling at the colorful flowers and exotic plants.

Hiking Trail: Start your hike from Godavari and follow the well-marked trail that meanders through dense forests and charming villages. Enjoy the serene surroundings as you ascend gradually towards Phulchowki.

Scenic Views: As you climb higher, be prepared to be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. On clear days, you may even catch glimpses of Mount Everest in the distance.

Phulchowki Hilltop: Reach the summit of Phulchowki, the highest point in the Kathmandu Valley, and soak in the awe-inspiring vistas from the hilltop. Take a moment to rest and rejuvenate while enjoying a picnic amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Birdwatching: Phulchowki is also renowned for its rich birdlife, so keep your eyes peeled for various avian species as you explore the area. Binoculars can enhance your birdwatching experience, allowing you to spot colorful feathered inhabitants.

Return Journey: After soaking in the beauty of Phulchowki, begin your descent back to Godavari, taking the same trail you followed earlier. Pause along the way to appreciate the natural beauty and perhaps capture some memorable photographs.

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Includes

  • Kathmandu to Godavari and return by private car.
  • An English speaking trekking guide.
  • Packed Lunch and
  • Entry permits.

Doesn't Include

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast and Dinner.
  • Bar Bills like Mineral Water, Beer, Whiskey etc.
  • Rest of all that are not mentioned in cost inclusive.
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