Phulchowki hike is one day short hiking to see the snow-capped Himalayas. In Nepali language “Phulchowki” means “hill full of flowers. Wildflowers and rhododendron are in full bloom in the spring time. Phulchowki is the highest of the hills that encircle the Kathmandu Valley. The hill station is located 20 km from the city at an elevation of 2750 m.
If the weather is ideal, you’ll be able to see Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar Himal and Langtang Himal. During the months of March and April, there will be a month long annual festival celebrated at the shrine of Phulchowki. You can enjoy the bird’s eye views of the Kathmandu Valley. At the top, there is a small temple.
Phulchowki Day Hike can be done any month of the year. Best time to do Phulchowki day hike is spring and autumn but hike can be done any month of the year. During these seasons you’ll find blue skies and clear views. The rainy season is not suggested because the rain makes the trail slippery.
In the winter, the views of the snow-capped mountains are beautiful and enjoy the snow in Phulchowki hill station especially when it rains.
Phulchowki hiking route
Phulchowki hiking starting point is Godawari which lies at the base of Phulchowki. Pack a lunch before leaving Godawari because you many not find shops along the trail which goes through tropical forests, a few small farm communities. The trail has multiple shortcut routes.