The literal meaning of ‘Phulchoki’ is the ‘flower-covered Hill’. It is the highest altitude hill (2762m) surrounding the Kathmandu valley. This triple-peaked hill is situated at (20km/45m drive) southeast of Kathmandu city. It is famous for its snowfalls between November and February; a rare occurrence in the region. Phulchoki is also very popular for both bird watching and acclimatization. There are approximately 300 species of birds out of 400 species in Kathmandu valley. The trip also provides sweeping panorama view of the valley. There are also temples such as Phulchoki Mai on top of the hill and Phulchoki shrine at the bottom of the hill. The hiking time duration is approximately 4-5 hours from Godabari to Phulchoki and back to Godabari. The best season to visit this area is during the month of October, March and April when the migrating birds are arriving or departing.
At the foot of the hill beautiful garden, The Royal Botanical garden is situated which is a popular picnic spot for locals but for foreigners there are also some interesting things to see such as the green house with notable collection of the orchids and ferns. This small village Godabari lies in the midst of a tropical forest that is know for its rich biodiversity, with over 570 varieties of flowering plants and wildlife in the valley.
We pick from hotel early in the morning after breakfast and drive to Godabari (20km/45m drive). When we reach to Godabari start hiking to Phulchoki, which will take 2-3 hours to reach to the Phulchoki hilltop. Spend about half an hour at the hilltop and hike back to Godabari in the afternoon. Then drive back to the hotel in Kathmandu. or (you will have option to stay at resort in Godabari and next day drive back to Kathmandu).