Located about 150 km north-east of Kathmandu, Kalinchowk is truly a winter wonderland and the perfect place to experience rural Nepal
Located 3842 mt above sea level in Dolakha district, Kalinchowk is a rural municipality, home to amazing scenery, cosy resorts on snowy hills, and the famous Kalinchowk Bhagwati Shrine. It is a destination for both adventure seekers as well as pilgrims. With a high altitude for sightseeing, a snowy experience to calm your heart and comfortable Nepali hospitality, it truly is a snowy heaven.
There are various ways to go start this journey. You can either reserve a private vehicle such through travel and tour companies or you can take a local bus. Taking a bus from Koteshwor, that goes all the way to Charikot is one of the most common ways to make this journey. The ride takes around five to six hours and will occasionally stop for a lunch break or for refuelling. From Charikot, also an amazing tourist destination, you can either reserve a private jeep that takes you up to Kuri Village or alternatively you can hike for five or six hours through the lush green forest trails. And as you get closer to the destination you can sense the cold atmosphere surrounding you. Once you reach Kuri village its snow-topped houses and surrounding will make you comfortable as well as excited.
Kuri Village a small settlement located right under the Kalinchowk hill is the ideal place to spend the night. With the warm cottages and their fine hospitality, you’re bound to remember your stay in this small snowy society. Prices are similar to other high altitude destinations with food ranging between Rs 200-300 and cottage housing ranging from Rs 500-700.
The Kalinchowk hill is one of the finest places to experience the morning sunrise. You can reach there by trekking for an hour or via the recently opened cable car service. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy whatever you’re going to see. The temple on the top of the hill is the main attraction for adventurers or for pilgrims, it’s usually quite populated during the time of ‘Janai Purnima’, however, some adventurers prefer going during the winter— when it’s completely under a blanket of snow. But no matter when you go, it will undoubtedly give you an experience that you’ll forever cherish.
In conclusion, it’s a trip that leaves you more relieved than stressed, it’s a trip that makes you glad that you decided to embark on an adventure and overall a trip that gives more justification as to why we call it a paradise.