Kalinchowk Trek is a beautiful and easy short trek that blesses you with a hundred eighty degrees of a vast cohort of ice-capped peaks dominating the Nepal-China border. Another highlight is the the Kalinchowk Bhagwati shrine, which makes this hike famous for pilgrimage as thousands of people flock to the temple. The trail is popular due to its awe-inspiring mountain scenery from Langtang to Numbur mountain range, brilliantly diverse biodiversity, staggering religious adoration, welcoming and hospitable lodges. Walk into the hilly forest of rhododendron and hemlock trees. Who knows you might be able to get a glance of clouded leopard! These days, you also have the option of skiing during deep winters.
Good time to go: All year around.
Getting to Kalinchowk: The convenient route to go to Kalinchowk is to rent a private jeep from Kathmandu and ride directly to Kuri village then hike to Kalinchowk hill. If one starts the journey early then one can reach Kuri village before nightfall. The trek from Charikot to Kuri village takes around 10-12 hours which can be strenuous. Another option is to take a bus from Kathmandu to Charikot, then take a jeep from Charikot to Kuri village. There are bus services that depart from Old Buspark and Koteshwor at 7am sharp everyday. If you take a bus from Kathmandu then by jeep to Kuri. Once you reach Kuri, you also have the option to take a ‘Cable Car’ directly to the top.
Accommodation: If you plan to spend the night in Charikot, then you will have no problem reserving a lodge or hotel as Charikot has abundant facilities of hotels and lodges. However, you may have a hard time if you are planning to spend the night in Kuri village. There are a few selections of hotels/lodges and information about the hotels and lodges in Kuri village are hard to find. Read this Kalinchowk blog to find complete information along with lodges contact number: https://honeyguideapps.com/blog/kalinchowk-trek
Risks: There may be risk of bad weather in fall when weather can be unpredictable particularly around Kuri area. Sometimes heavy snowfall can block roads and weather can be pretty foggy. Between Deurali and Kuri area, it is possible to get lost off the trail. Another risk is AMS as Kuri village lies at an altitude of almost 3500 meters. If you plan on taking a ride directly to the Kuri village, please take necessary precautions.
Alternative Route: Kathmandu- Charikot- Kuri-Kalinchowk- Dolangsa- Karthali- Barahbise- Kathmandu.
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