Kalinchowk is a beautiful village located in the eastern hilly region in Dolakha District of Nepal. Located at an altitude of 3842m, it is a perfect destination for a short trek near Kathmandu which can be completed within 4-5 days. This region is located in the Gaurishankar conservation area where two famous river Sunkoshi & Tamakoshi originates which meet at Koshi River, one of the longest rivers of Nepal.
Kalinchowk trek is popular for Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple situated on the top of Kalinchowk hill. The temple belongs to the goddess Bhagwati famous for the fulfillment of pilgrims pray and desire. At the day of Janai Purnima festival, thousands of Hindu devotees visit Kalinchowk Bhagwati to pray and worship. Moreover, one can enjoy the splendid superb view of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Shisha Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar and many more and one can even see the clear view of the Kathmandu valley from the summit of Kalinchowk.
During trekking to Kalinchowk, one would come across many different people from different culture and caste and get the opportunity to learn the multi-culture of Sherpa, Tamang, Brahmin, Newar, and Chhetris living around the Kalinchowk. It receives thousands of pilgrimage and trekkers throughout the year and can be visited in any season during a year. During winter, it receives a good amount of snow making it a perfect destination for domestic tourist to visit Kalinchowk to enjoy snowfall.
Kalinchowk trek commences from Kathmandu. One can drive in car/jeep from Kathmandu to Charikot which is approximately about 150km from Kathmandu. The drive from Kathmandu to Charikot is very beautiful 4 hours’ drive passing through beautiful landscapes, hills, mountain, and rivers. One can enjoy delicious local food “Dal Bhat” on the way. Dal Bhat is traditional Nepali food of local served with the dal (lentil soup), the Bhat (boiled rice) and, the tarkari which may include steamed vegetable, veg/non-veg curry, pickle, curd, and salad.
After reaching Charikot, it is about 5-6 hours hike to Kuri through a beautiful forest encountering a number of wild flora and fauna. There is a gravel road to Kuri from Charikot but the road is extremely technical and challenging. Kuri is a small village right below Kalinchowk with the settlement of lodges to accommodate the tourist. An hour hike from Kuri will take you to Kalinchowk hill summit. Most of the trekkers prefer to stay overnight in Kuri. After overnight in Kuri, one can start their journey to Kalinchowk hill early in the morning to capture the beautiful sunrise from the summit and get back to Kuri.
On the way back to Kathmandu, one can visit Namo Buddha, one of the most religious sites of Buddhist and Nagarkot, a popular sunrise and sunset viewpoint which provide beautiful views of the Himalaya, with eight ranges visible (Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, Everest and Numbur)
If one is interested to add some adventure in their trekking, one can add rafting plan on their trek plan and stop at Sukute beach and enjoy rafting on the Bhote Koshi river which is one of the most popular rafting destination of Nepal with rapids of class 3, 4 and 4+ promising you to give an adrenaline rush and spend overnight to enjoy the tranquility of the riverside and greenery of mountains.
Kalinchowk also operates a cable car which is the third one in the country. With the operation of the cable car, Kalinchowk trip has been made easier for the tourists and devotees. One can use a cable car service while returning and enjoy the beautiful views of villages, mountains, and the Himalayas.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Charikot to Kuri, O/N at Kuri
Day 2: Hiking day, Kalinchowk Peak (3842m), O/N at Kuri
Day 3: Kuri to Namo Buddha/ Nagarkot O/N
Day 4: Sunrise from Nagarkot and back to Kathmandu
Day 1: Kathmandu- Sukute beach one-day Rafting & Overnight the same place
Day 2: Sukute Beach- Kuri Bazaar-B/f Sukute Beach, Lunch at Charikot, Kuri O/N
Day 3: Hiking day- Kalinchowk Peak (3842m)- Kuri O/N
Day 4: Kuri- Namo Buddha/ Nagarkot O/N
Day 5: Back to Kathmandu