Phulchowki is the best birdwatching site in the Kathmandu Valley. It lies just 16 kilometer southeast from the Kathmandu, country’s capital city. It covers an area of 50 square kilometer and forests that clad Phulchowki mountain are internationally renowned for their birdlife. The highest elevation of Phulchowki mountain reaches up to 2,760m/9,052ft. The entire Phulchowki area is covered with broadleaved subtropical forests in the lower slopes and broadleaved temperate forests in the upper slopes.
More than 300 species of birds have already been recorded in the Phulcowki area. Birds that are seen in the Phulchowki hill forests are Himalayan Cutia, White-browed Shrike-babblers, Wallcreepers, Golden Bush-robins, Himalayan Bush-robins, Hoary-throated Barwings, Mountain Hawk-eagles, Black Eagles, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Kalij Pheasants, Chestnut-crowned, White-crested, White-throated, Rufous-chinned, Striated, Streaked and Grey-sided Laughingthrushes, White-tailed Robin, Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush, Whiskered and Stripe-throated Yuhinas, Golden-throated and Great Barbets, Green-tailed Sunbirds, Dark-throated Thrushes, Grey-winged and White-collared Blackbirds, Black-faced Warblers, Mountain Bulbuls, Pygmy Cupwings, White-browed, Rufous-winged and Nepal Fulvettas, Small and Rufous-breasted Niltavas, Rufous Sibia and Black-chinned and Grey-throated Babblers, Red-billed Leiothrix, Black-lored Tits and Fire-breasted Flowerpeckers.
Besides being rich in birdlife, the summit of Phulchowki also offers a panoramic views of snow-capped mountains including Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
The trip begins with a short drive to Godavari bus park and then we will start exploring bird of lower slopes of Phulchowki hill forests. After exploring birds of lower slopes, we will gradually move towards upper slopes and eventually reach to the summit of Phulchowki mountain. After reaching to the top of the mountain and enjoying magnificent mountain views, we will retrace our way by exploring upper and lower slopes.