Phikuri Peak Trekking (3800 m/1246 ft) offers beautiful views of snow-capped mountains. It is located in the northwest of Nuwakot. In the Tamang language, the word “Phikuba” means “Rich hill”. Phikuri was also called Phikuba in those days.
Phikuri is a hill station and this Trekking Trail is named after Phikuri Peak which is also near Kathmandu. The place offers amazing views of mountain peaks like Mt. Langtang, Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Dorje Lakpa. When the sky is clear Gosainkund, Trishuli Bazaar and Kathmandu Valley can be seen from the hill. The Rhododendron flower blossoms during the spring season.
Jeuda Lake, Naughderi, Kispang Lake, Kispang Monastery, Dungmang Sheep Farm etc. are the attractions of this trail.
This trail is suitable for both short and long treks and it is a new trekking destination from Kathmandu. You can reach the top on the second day after leaving Kathmandu. However, you can also extend your trekking days by visiting other historical places of Nuwakot such as Satatle Darbar, Kispang, Suryagarhi etc. One can join the trek to Ruby Valley, Ganesh Himal in Dhading, Tamang Heritage, Langtang, Gosaikund, and Singla Pass in Rasuwa via Phikuri.
Phikuri is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists as well. There is a Phikuri Mahadev temple. A big fair is held on the day of Janaipurnima, Haribodhini Ekadashi.
How to reach Phikuri?
Route: Kathmandu-Tokha-Trishuli-Manegaon-Valche-Phikuri. It may take up to 4-5 hours from Kathmandu to reach Manegaon. It will take 2-4 days to reach Phikuri.