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Max. Elevation
3842 m / 12604 ft
Group size
Min 2 (Single Supplement $200)
Level
Easy
Transportation
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
All Around Year
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kalinchowk and Tea House / Lodge during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kalinchowk and all meals during the trek
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Kuri Village - Kalinchowk - Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Beautiful Kalinchowk scenic and beautiful a mini Switzerland of Nepal.
  • A famous pilgrimage sites for Hindu followers on the laps of Himalayas.
  • Enjoy the picturesque moments enclosed by high hill and mountain range.
  • Exciting places to explore around its lovely view-points and cultural villages.
  • Far from modern civilization enjoy the refreshing natural environments.
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Langtang Himalayan range, including Mount Gaurishankar, Langtang, Jugal Himal, and more.
  • Visit the revered Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site situated at an altitude of 3,842 meters, offering spiritual solace and stunning vistas.
  • Experience the thrill of riding the Kalinchowk Cable Car, offering a scenic journey up to the hilltop, saving time and energy.
  • Capture stunning photographs of the Himalayan vistas, temple architecture, and scenic landscapes, creating lasting memories of your journey.
  • Explore the biodiversity of the region, encountering diverse flora and fauna along the hiking trails.

Overview

Kalinchowk Tour and Hike, leads you to one of the most beautiful and scenic locations, away from Kathmandu valley. Located on the lap of the Central Himalayas close beneath the famous Mt. Dorje Lakpa 6,966 m / 22,854 feet.
Kalinchowk village is famous for its Hindu temple and shrines, perched on a hilltop 3,842 m high. Surrounded by tiers of green hills towards the east, west, and south with snow-capped peaks in the north. Kalinchowk is a favorite holiday destination of Nepalese not far from the capital Kathmandu about 156 km driving distance.
A perfect vacation spot for all types of travelers, where foreign visitors seldom visit this lovely scenic place. But slowly gaining popularity among worldwide travelers as Kalinchowk with similar scenic views and location as Switzerland.
Most people from all over Nepal make a pilgrimage to the famous temple of Kalinchowk, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. But one can enjoy a leisurely hike and holiday in the comfort of lovely cottage-style lodges, and guest houses.
Kalinchowk is one of the few places in the Nepal Himalayas, where one can enjoy skiing during the winter times, after a snowfall. Kalinchowk is situated north East of Nepal around the district of Dolakha district at Kuri village, not far from the holy shrine.
Kalinchowk Tour and Hike, for all types of people an exciting holiday destination within close distance from snow-clad peaks. The hike is enjoyable of few hour's walk to the temple perched on a hillock, facing tremendous scenery. 
Amidst beautiful green meadows surrounded by tall trees of rhododendron, pines, oaks, magnolia, and firs. It is truly a picturesque location for a few days' visit to Kalinchowk, enjoy the tour, and hike to the mini Switzerland of Nepal.

1. Which is the best time to visit Kalinchowk?
If you're planning a trip to Kalinchowk in Nepal, the best time to go is during the spring season. During this time, you can experience the magic of snowfall, playing in the snow, and admiring the beautiful mountain range. Autumn is also a popular time to visit, offering a clear and crystal view of Mount Gaurisankhar (7,181m). Kalinchowk, located near Kathmandu, is a stunning destination to enjoy snowfall. We highly recommend visiting while it's snowing, as you can witness the beauty of the snow at an altitude of 3600m. Whether it's spring, autumn, or the early winter when the snow begins to fall, these seasons offer the best experience in Kalinchowk. Check out the Kalinchowk tour packages from Kathmandu Thamel for a memorable trip.

2. Can we see more mountains from Kalinchowk?
Absolutely! Kalinchowk provides stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan range, showcasing famous peaks such as Gauri Shankar, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, and more. The viewpoint at Kalinchowk Top, located at 3,842 meters (12,605 feet) above sea level, offers a captivating scenery of snow-covered mountains, making it a captivating sight for hikers and nature lovers.

3. How far is Kalinchowk from Kathmandu?
Kalinchowk is roughly 132 kilometers (about 82 miles) away from Kathmandu, making it a perfect option for a weekend getaway or a short trek. It usually takes around 6 to 8 hours to travel to Kalinchowk by road, depending on the transportation mode and road conditions. With its close proximity to Kathmandu, Kalinchowk becomes a convenient choice for those looking for a quick escape to the Himalayan wilderness.

4. When is the snow expected in Kalinchowk?
Typically, Kalinchowk experiences snowfall starting from mid-November through December. However, the most favorable weather for visiting Kalinchowk is from September to February. Moreover, you can plan a trip to Kalinchowk at any time throughout the year. As of today, Kalinchowk is currently experiencing snowfall, which is expected to last for about a month. The local residents of Kalinchowk shared this information on December 13, 2019 (Mangsir 27, 2076). (updated on December 13, 2019- snowfall in Kalinchowk)

Important Note

Mode of Trekking: In best available Lodges, Hotels or Resorts.
Trekking Grade: Moderate with Ups and Downhill walks.
Area of Trekking: North East of Kathmandu Valley Rim.
Highest points: At Kalinchowk 3,842 m / 12, 601 feet high.                                                                                     
People and culture: Populated by Tamang the main tribes of Central Himalaya range interwoven to Buddhism religion and cultures.
Tour and Hike: 02 / 03 Days (with drives both ways).
Best Seasons: Nearly all months of the year, except for monsoon wet months of mid-June to mid-September. The best seasons are spring and autumn / fall, the spring time begins from March to May and autumn from September to November.
Interested people can enjoy the trek during winter times of Christmas and New Year Holidays, however much cold temperatures. But most days are bright and clear with sunshine, short daylight hours during autumn and winter times.

Trip Itinerary

Morning an interesting drive on a car, coach as per size of a group heading east beyond Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the rural countryside villages and towns during the drives of 80 k.m on good paved road near Jiri town. Then the drive diverts on 70 k.m. on a rough dirt but smooth winding road to Kuri village for overnight halt.

Enjoy the comfort of a nice cottage type lodge and guest house, serving excellent meals on a large warm dining room.

Max. altitude

3,200m / 10,499 ft.

Accommodation

Lodge or guest house

Meals

BLD

Enjoy the breakfast with surrounding beautiful views of snow-capped peaks and the rolling green hills. A short walk of few hours with climb to the top of a hill atKalinchowk Temple, dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali. Get blessed by the priest if available, facing spectacular views of Central Himalayan peaks. Overlooking close views of Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar with an arrays of peaks. After a wonderful visit and hike to Kalinchowk Temple, back to the lodge for refreshing snacks and dinner.

Max. altitude

3,842m / 12,605 ft.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Morning catch glimpse of stunning scenery of Himalayan peaks, and having breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. An interesting drive on the same route with opportunity to observe the scenic country of Nepalese countryside and farm villages. Reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotel, rest of the evening free at leisure after a marvelous time at Kalinchowk Tour and hike.

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD
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Includes

  • Private vehicles according to group size before and after the tour, hike.
  • Applicable permits and National Park fees.
  • Services of guide, wages, food and accommodation allowance.
  • Accommodation from the simple lodge to standard hotels on twin sharing basis and on Bed / Breakfast only.

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal Visa-Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks throughout the trip.
  • Personal gear and medical kit.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation services required.

Upcoming Departure Dates

22 Apr 2024
From Kathmandu
24 Apr 2024
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Frequently Asked Questions

The drive is approx. 5-6 hours the most on 150 km / 94 miles driving distance, the walk from Kuri village and the lodge to Kalinchowk temple. Which is about 2-3 hours hike on 5-6 km distance with short climb and downhill trail.

Yes, young infants to elderly people can join on this trek, however for small babies needs to be carried. Where one can hire an extra porter to carry the young ones on short hike to Kalinchowk Temple and back to the lodge.

At Kuri village houses fine lodge with nice rooms, simple but clean serves various types of food menu from Continental, Chinese and Indian to Nepali meals.

From Kalinchowk the close views of Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, with portion of Shisapangma, Melung Tse and Bhairab Himal.

It is a moderate grade walks, however involves short steep climb of an hour as well downhill and with few gradual trail. Taking slowly having time for refreshing stops will make the climb on uphill easier, along with the views.

While there is no strict age limit, participants should be in excellent health and capable of long hours of trekking.

The Kalinchowk Tour and Hike is a journey to the Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple, known for its religious significance and the option to hike in the surrounding hills.

Kalinchowk is located in the Dolakha district of Nepal, approximately 132 kilometers east of Kathmandu.

The journey often begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Charikot, followed by a hike or drive to Kalinchowk, depending on the preferred route.

The tour can be completed in 2-3 days, allowing time for the journey, exploration, and activities in Kalinchowk.

The hike can be moderately challenging, especially if trekking in the snow. It's suitable for individuals with a basic level of fitness.

The journey to Charikot can be done by bus or private vehicle from Kathmandu, taking approximately 7-8 hours.

Kalinchowk Bhagwati is a revered Hindu temple, and the destination is considered sacred. Many pilgrims visit the temple for religious rituals.

Apart from the temple, the area offers scenic views of the Himalayas, including Langtang, Gaurishankar, and other mountain ranges.

Yes, there are local eateries and tea houses where you can find simple and delicious Nepali cuisine.

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