Phulchowki is the highest hill located in Kathmandu Valley (2791 metres) known for its hike. The mountain is covered by a natural garden full of beautiful wild roses, yellow jasmine, iris and other native flowers. It takes a few hours to reach the top and return and is, therefore, much advisable to those who are travelling on a time crunch. The climb through the rough terrain covered with dense forests will be worth it after one reaches the top and gets to see the breathtaking view of the valley.
One needs to travel for about 40 minutes from the city centre to reach the base where the hike begins. The slopes are pretty steep at certain points but are full of scenic views. One needs to climb about 9100 feet to reach the hilltop, but once there, they get to witness the stunning view of the Kathmandu Valley covered with dense forests and the mighty River Bagmati gushing through it.
The National Botanical Garden also lies on the route where hikers can see a variety of regional flora including some rare species. The dense forestation makes the environment suitable for several bird species making it a perfect attraction for bird watching. The region is also a natural source of iron ore deposits. As one explores the area, they would see rocks in a bluish-purple colour denoting the iron-rich sediments.
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