The tallest of the hills encircling the Kathmandu valley is Phulchoki. It lies 18 km Southeast of Kathmandu valley. It is best to go by four wheel drive straight to the summit, walk slowly back down to the lower slope of Godawari.
Phulchoki, meaning flower-covered hill, which rises 2760 m, above from sea level. A small shrine at its summit is dedicated to Phulchoki, the mother of the forest. The summit is not only the beginning of a good bird-watching walk but also commands spectacular views of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayan to the North. The best - known, recommended and visited bird watching area around Kathmandu is Phulchoki. During winter sometimes it snows. There are large areas of broad leaved temperate forests that are known to support significant populations of characteristic species of the Sino - Himalayan temperate forest biome. It is also famous for the richness of their flora and fauna, invertebrates, especially butterflies.
Birds are easier to see at Phulchoki than anywhere else around the valley beacuse of its location as the corrieder area that runs North to South creating a natural migratory pathway. So this attracts birds from diverse regions. A great density of bird around 300 species has been recorded on Phulchoki.
Birds to see at Phulchoki
Himalayan Cutia ( most to see bird in Kathmandu) Golden – throated Barbet, Large Hawk Cuckoo , Black Eagle, Yellow – billed Blue Magpie, Eurasian Jay, Black headed Jay, Long – tailed Minivet, Chestnut – bellied Rock Thrush, Grey – winged Blackbird, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Grey – headed Canary Flycatcher, Black Redstart, Blue Fronted Redstart, Brown – throated Treecreeper, Green – Backed Tit, Black – throated Tit, Striated Bulbul, Streaked Laughingthrush, Chestnut – crowned Laughingthrush, Hoary - throated Barwing, Streak – breasted Scimitar Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, White- browed shrike Babbler, Bar – throated Shiva, Hoary – throated Barwing, White browed Fulvetta, Stripe – throated Yuhina, Rufous Vented Yuhina, Rufous Sibia, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Fire – tailed Sunbird, Rufous winged Fulvetta, Chestnut – headed Tesia, Greater Yellownape, Black faced Warbler, Golden –spectacled Warbler, Whistler’s Warbler etc.
|Duration||Full Day (8-10 hrs)|
|Location||Phulchoki Mountain forest|
|When to Visit||Throughout the year but spring is much better|