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Pokhara , Nepal
Country:Nepal Duration:4Nights/5dAYS
Trip Level:Easy Altitude:3800
Activities:Sightweeing Accommodation:Accommodation & meals
Group Size:Max Transport:Jeep/Bike
Starts at:Kalinchowk Ends at:Bhagwati Mandir
Trip Route:Hike
Best Seasons:All

Kalinchowk Temple Trek – 5-Day Itinerary

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

Highlights

  • 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

Overview

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!

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Brief itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Drive Kathmandu to Charikot 1,515 m/5,101 ft; approx. 4 hrs
Day 2 Trek Charikot to Campsite 2,500 m/ 8,202 ft; approx. 6 hrs
Day 3 Trek to Kalinchowk Temple (3,700 m) then descend to Kuri Camp 3,450 m/10, 498 ft; approx. 6 hrs
Day 4 Descend to Charikot; overnight at Charikot Panorama Resort 6 hrs
Day 5 Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 01

    Drive Kathmandu to Charikot

    Take a private jeep from Kathmandu to Charikot along the scenic Arniko Highway. The road climbs steadily up to 2,600 meters/ 8,530 feet, crosses the Bhote Kosi and Sun Kosi Rivers (two of eastern Nepal’s most important waterways), and then descends to Charikot. Arrive in Charikot in time for lunch, and spend the afternoon exploring the small town, which is the headquarters of Dolakha District, and home to the famous roofless temple, Dolakha Bhimsen. Overnight in a simple hotel.
  • Day 02

    Trek Charikot to Campsite

    After breakfast, start the trek up towards the campsite, via the town of Deurali. Most of the trail will be through forests—in spring, colorful Rhododendron flowers (the national flower of Nepal) will be in bloom, which can be a really impressive sight. You will also see a variety of birdlife, and perhaps even the colorful danphe, Nepal’s national bird. Overnight in a tent.
  • Day 03

    Trek to Kalinchowk Temple, then to Kuri Camp

    Today, trek up to the Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple, enjoying amazing views of Numbur Himal and Gauri Shankar along the way. The temple, located at 3,800 meters/ 12,467 feet, is important to Buddhists and Hindus, and it is a major pilgrimage site. It is particularly busy with pilgrims in August-September. But, it is said that once you leave the temple precinct you should never return—making this a truly once-in-a-lifetime trip! The panoramic Himalayan views from the temple are spectacular. The descent down to the camp at Kuri will take about an hour. Overnight in a tent.
  • Day 04

    Descend to Charikot; overnight at Charikot Panorama Resort

    Today’s trek is all downhill (about six hours), so make sure you have some trekking poles to take off some of the strain. You will retrace your steps on the way down, but at a much faster pace. End the day in Charikot, treating yourself to a comfortable night’s lodging at the Charikot Panorama Resort. The comforts will be well-earned, after the camping trek. (Although not a very expensive resort, if you’re on a tighter budget, low-cost hotels can also be found in Charikot).
  • Day 05

    Drive back to Kathmandu
- Transfer by car : Airport/hotel/airport, - 3 night Hotel in Kathmandu, (Double bed, breakfast) 1 night hotel in Nagarkot &  (bed, breakfast, dinner) - All transportation as per itinerary - Sightseeing in Kathmandu &as mentioned in program, all entrance fees are included - One English speaking tour guide - Farewell dinner with cultural dance show - Service charge & Government taxes
- International flight, visa & taxes - Lunch & dinner - All expenses of personal nature - Activities other than in itinerary - Tipping & gratuities - All not mention in cost includes

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