The Kalinchowk Temple trek is an excellent, moderate short trek within easy reach of Kathmandu. You will experience local hill culture, forest and river landscapes, panoramic views of the Himalayas and the beautiful pilgrimage spot of Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple.
A couple visited Nepal in October 2017
- Take a pilgrimage to Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple, full of little tridents
- Enjoy a lesser-visited camping trek within easy reach of Kathmandu
- Combine with a white-water rafting on the Bhote Kosi for extra adventure
- Panoramic views of the Himalaya from Kalinchowk, including Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Gauri Shankar
The pinnacle of this trek is the trident-filled pilgrimage site of Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple at 3780 meters. Besides the pilgrims, though, you are likely to have this route to yourself, as it’s a camping trek with little of the trekking infrastructure that makes other areas of Nepal so busy.
The trek begins a half-day drive from Kathmandu. As well as the stunning natural beauty, this trek is ideal for trekkers interested in local culture. The area is inhabited mainly by Brahmin, Tamang and Sherpa people. Along the way, you will pass through rhododendron forests (best in spring), and spot a variety of birds, including Nepal’s national bird, the danphe, if you’re lucky.
A major highlight of the trek is that much of the trail follows a high—and vertiginous—ridgeline. If you’re really scared of heights this might be a bit daunting, but most trekkers will find that the thrill is part of the fun!
||Drive Kathmandu to Charikot
||1,515 m/5,101 ft; approx. 4 hrs
||Trek Charikot to Campsite
||2,500 m/ 8,202 ft; approx. 6 hrs
||Trek to Kalinchowk Temple (3,700 m) then descend to Kuri Camp
||3,450 m/10, 498 ft; approx. 6 hrs
||Descend to Charikot; overnight at Charikot Panorama Resort
||Drive back to Kathmandu