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  • An incredible trip to the highest hill in the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Gaurishankar mountains in the Himalayas.
  • Rich and peaceful Botanical Garden.
  • The possibility of seeing various bird, butterfly, and wildlife species.
  • At the top of the hill is the significant Hindu pilgrimage site, Phulchowki Mai Temple.
  • Historical Monuments.

A Day Hiking To Phulchowki  (Private One-Day Hiking)

A day hiking to Phulchowki

With a height of 2,782 meters, Phulchowki is the tallest hill in the Kathmandu Valley and a well-liked and scenic day hiking destination for both locals and visitors. Usually, the trip begins in Godawari, which is famous for its botanical garden and is located 14 kilometers from Kathmandu. The trip starts out with a gentle climb through verdant forests full of a wide variety of plants and animals, such as orchids, rhododendrons, and a wide variety of bird species. Hikers can experience the peacefulness of nature on this well-marked and reasonably easy-to-navigate track, which provides a welcome diversion from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The scenery changes as hikers ascend higher, providing more expansive views of the valley below and the far-off Himalayan ranges. There are several rest areas along the route that make for great places to stop and take pictures. Hikers who reach the summit of Phulchowki are rewarded with a 360-degree panorama that takes in the Kathmandu Valley, stretches of the Terai, and, on clear days, the magnificent Himalayan peaks. The mountain is marked by a modest shrine honoring the local goddess, Phulchowki Mai, which gives the walk a more spiritual aspect. The hike is enlightening and stimulating because of its harmonious combination of natural beauty and cultural relevance.

As they return to Godawari, hikers frequently pause to consider the peaceful surroundings and the strenuous nature of the ascent. Depending on one’s pace and amount of time spent at the peak, the return trip often takes between seven and eight hours. Many choose to spend a tranquil evening at the Godawari Botanical Garden after making their way back to the base. Hiking to Phulchowki, which combines adventure, spirituality, and scenic beauty, is an ideal day trip for anybody interested in discovering the natural and cultural diversity of the Kathmandu Valley.

Why choose a day hiking to Phulchowki?

The unique blend of natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and unmatched panoramic views makes your day hiking to Phulchowki quite appealing when compared to other one-day hiking alternatives near to Kathmandu Valley. Hikers have a unique opportunity to see a variety of habitats in a single trek atop Phulchowki, the highest hill in the Kathmandu Valley. Hikers begin in Godawari’s verdant forests and travel through thick forests that are abundant in rhododendrons, orchids, and a variety of wildlife, providing a vivid and immersive natural experience. The trek is made even more spectacular by the ever-changing greenery and sporadic clearings that provide views of the vast Kathmandu Valley below.

Hikers are rewarded with 360-degree views at the peak of Phulchowki which is just unrivaled by other trekking locations in the area. The breathtaking view of the beautiful valley below the snow-capped Himalayan peaks on clear days makes the climb worthwhile. A cultural and spiritual dimension is added by the modest monument at the summit, which transforms the experience from being simply about physical exertion into a means of fostering a connection with the local tradition. When contrasted with other one-day hiking in the Kathmandu area, a day hike to Phulchowki offers a cultural component and a blend of various scenery, ranging from dense jungle to expansive mountain views.

Starting Point Godawari:

A day hiking to Phulchowki

Godawari, located at the base of the majestic Phulchowki Hill in Nepal, is a gem of natural beauty and cultural richness. The landscape is a picturesque blend of verdant hills, lush forests, and meandering streams, offering a tranquil escape from the urban bustle of Kathmandu. The centerpiece of Godawari’s allure is the renowned Godawari Botanical Garden, a botanical oasis boasting a diverse array of plant species, vibrant flowers, and serene pathways.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the Peaceful ambiance, explore winding trails, and marvel at the beauty of blooming orchids and rhododendrons. Beyond its natural splendor, Godawari is imbued with a rich cultural tapestry, characterized by traditional Newari architecture, vibrant festivals, and a harmonious blend of ethnic communities. The area’s cultural significance is evident in its temples, shrines, and local practices, offering visitors a captivating glimpse into Nepal’s cultural heritage.

Moreover, Godawari is a biodiversity hotspot, teeming with a variety of flora and fauna. The dense forests surrounding the area provide a habitat for numerous bird species, including colorful pheasants and majestic eagles, making it a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. The presence of medicinal plants, rare orchids, and endemic species further underscores the ecological significance of Godawari.

Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to the area’s hiking trails, with the trek to Phulchowki Hill being a highlight. This adventurous journey offers panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayas, rewarding hikers with breathtaking vistas and an unforgettable experience amidst nature’s splendor. In summary, Godawari captivates visitors with its harmonious blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, biodiversity, and opportunities for exploration and adventure.

Routes that follow a day hiking to Phulchowki:

A day hiking to Phulchowki

The peaceful town of Godawari, which is roughly 14 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu, is the starting point of the day climb to Phulchowki. This town is well-known for the Godavari Botanical Garden, a stunning botanical garden that is an ideal place to begin the hike. With its diverse range of plants, including uncommon orchids and other local flora, the garden itself is a pleasant site to explore and sets the mood for an energizing and tranquil excursion.

The trail swings through verdant, deep trees as you leave the garden and start uphill. In the spring, when the rhododendrons are in full bloom and the surrounding landscape is painted in vivid reds and pinks, this portion of the hike is especially charming. Hikers can take in the sights and sounds of many different bird species throughout the route, making it a birdwatcher’s heaven. Occasionally, as you ascend, clearings present stunning vistas of the Kathmandu Valley below, making them ideal locations for resting and taking pictures.

When you reach 2,782 meters on the last part of the Phulchowki summit, where you are welcomed by a small temple to the local deity Phulchowki Mai. The trek gains a spiritual component from this area’s cultural legacy. A 360-degree panoramic view of the expansive Kathmandu Valley and, on clear days, the far-off snow-capped summits of the Himalayan range are available from the summit. The hike’s high point is the amazing views, which is a wonderful reward for climbing. You can relax and consider the varied natural beauty and cultural diversity they encountered on this incredible day trip as they descend along the same path back to Godawari.

Flora and Fauna:

A day hiking to Phulchowki

The flora along the Phulchowki hiking trail is remarkably diverse, making the journey a botanist’s delight. As hikers begin their ascent from Godavari, they are immediately immersed in dense forests filled with a variety of plant species. The trail is particularly famous for its rhododendron forests, which burst into vibrant bloom during the spring months, creating a stunning canopy of reds and pinks. In addition to rhododendrons, the trail features a rich mix of orchids, ferns, and other native Himalayan flora, providing a lush and verdant backdrop. The presence of numerous moss-covered trees and the occasional sighting of wildflowers add to the enchanting forest atmosphere.

The fauna of Phulchowki is equally impressive, with the area being a hotspot for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. The forested slopes are home to a variety of bird species, including the Nepal Cutia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, and the Spiny Babbler, Nepal’s endemic bird.

These birds, along with numerous species of warblers, woodpeckers, and flycatchers, create a vibrant and melodic soundscape. Mammals such as deer, langur monkeys, and even the occasional leopard inhabit the dense forest, although they are more elusive. The rich biodiversity of both flora and fauna along the Phulchowki trail makes the hike not just a physical endeavor but also a deeply immersive experience in nature, offering hikers a chance to connect with the natural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley.


The cultural experience of a day hike to Phulchowki is as enriching as the natural beauty. Starting in Godawari, a town known for its traditional Newari culture, hikers can explore the local way of life. The Newar people are renowned for their craftsmanship, festivals, and hospitality. While Godawari is close to Kathmandu, it retains a peaceful village atmosphere. Hikers can choose to stay in local homestays that offer a glimpse into the daily lives of the Newar community. These homestays provide an authentic cultural experience, featuring traditional Newari cuisine and an opportunity to interact with local families, making the hike more than just a physical journey but also a cultural immersion.

As you climb towards Phulchowki, you encounter several culturally significant sites, including small shrines and temples nestled within the forest. At the summit, the Phulchowki Mai shrine is a focal point. This shrine is dedicated to the goddess Phulchowki Mai, revered by the locals, and it becomes a pilgrimage site during certain festivals.

The presence of prayer flags fluttering in the wind and the offerings left by devotees add a spiritual dimension to the hike. The trail itself is dotted with traditional symbols and markers, reflecting the deep-rooted cultural and religious significance of the area. This blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage makes hiking to Phulchowki a deeply enriching experience, providing hikers with insights into the local traditions and spiritual practices of the Kathmandu Valley.

Why choose Touch The Himalaya and Expedition for a day of hiking to Phulchowki?

At Touch the Himalaya Treks and Expeditions:

  • We offer convenient and pocket-friendly transportation for an optimized experience.
  • We offer exceptional customer service, ensuring a top-notch experience for every guest.
  • We provide customized itinerary choices based on your requirements and preferences.
  • Group participation is an available option for your convenience.
  • Our prices are set competitively to ensure affordability for our customers.
  • We also provide guided, partially guided, and unguided tours based on your preference.

About a day hiking to Phulchowki:

Length: Kathmandu to Godawari Drive: 19.8 Km 

Godawari- Phulchowki hiking and back to the station Hiking distance 13.4 Km

Grading: Easy

Hiking time: About 4-5 hours

Transport and Meeting Point: Touch The Himalaya Office


Our guide will be at the meeting point detailed in the section “Transport and Meeting Point”

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Suitable Hiking clothes Half Pants or Trousers and Tea shirts, (Waterproof jacket, trousers in case of rain) Hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots)
Water bottle
Packed lunch/ or we can buy lunch in a Local restaurant
Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike
Camera/ mobile/ sunscreens etc.

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Meeting at Meeting Point and Drive to Hiking starting Point (Godawari)

Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft. Meals: Lunch in Local Restaurent
Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft.
Max. Altitude: 1,680m/5,510 ft
Max. Altitude: 2,762 m/9,058 ft
Max. Altitude: 2,762 /9,058 ft
Max. Altitude: 1,680m /5,510 ft
Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft.

This itinerary for a day hiking to Phulchowki is a suggested plan and is subject to change based on various factors such as weather conditions, group pace, and unforeseen circumstances. Adjustments may be made during the hike to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants. It is advisable to remain flexible and prepared for any changes that may occur.

This itinerary for the one-day hike from Godawari to Phulchowki is provided as a suggested plan and is subject to change based on several factors, including but not limited to weather conditions, the pace of the group, and any unforeseen circumstances that may arise. Participants should be prepared for potential adjustments to the schedule to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all involved. Flexibility is key, and it is advisable to have contingency plans and be equipped for varying conditions. Touch The Himalay and Expedition will help to make decisions in the best interest of the group's overall experience and well-being.

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What's Included / Excluded

Cost Incluldes

  • Drive from meeting point  to hiking starting place Godawari by Car, jeep, Hiace or Bus. Depends on the number of people.
  • An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, first aid trained hiking guide and assistant guide (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Lunch in local Restaurant
  • Basic First-aid kit (carried by hiking guide)
  • Drive back from hiking ending place Godwari  to Kathmandu.
  • All government and local taxes for  hiking, Agency service charge and government tax/vat.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch Dinner of hiking day.
  • Personal insurance which covers medical, emergency evacuation, loss or theft of property.
  • Personal gears and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, buying souvenirs etc.
  • Entry fees and costs in sightseeing, temples, monasteries, national park etc
  • Tips and gratitude provided to driver or guide.

Fixed Departure


Hiking Booking and Cancellation procedure

Booking procedure of this Tour: 

  • Research and decide your tour with us first.
  • Contact us through our website, email, or phone to insure about availability and any specific questions.
  • Confirm Availability and Dates (If we have group, you can join or you can schedule your own date for your tour)
  • Provide Necessary Information (name, nationality, passport number etc)
  • Confirm Booking Payment (10 % upon booking conformation and remaining bill before 24 hours of of your tour starts)
  • Final reconfirmation, payment and be prepared for the tour. 

Cancellation procedure this Tour: 

  • Read the Cancellation Policy provided in our website.
  • Inform us the reason and decision to cancel the tour by mail.
  • Send request for your cancelation at least 15 days  before to get 100% refund (refund amount may be different due to the changed of exchange rates)
  • 10 % of your deposit won’t be refund if you cancel less then 15 days before your trip starts.
  • Due to the difficult Law of Center bank of Nepal to wire or transfer money internationally, refund process may take time or you can get cash as refund if you are in Nepal.
  • if we will be compelled to Cancel your trip from our side, due to various reasons such as bad weather conditions, natural disasters, technical errors, etc., you are eligible to have a full refund.


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