I was sort of nagging with myself to go for a break because I was super occupied with my work for almost two months. To make it busier I had to manage some time for my brother’s wedding in between. Anyway, lets cut to the chase. For a couple of months, I had been thinking of a peaceful vacation or a getaway once my schedule gets a little relaxed.
Every time I was thinking of a vacation or a getaway, I had one place imprinted on my mind for quite some time, “A Trip to Kalinchowk Bhagwati, Dolakha”. The name hints this to be a religious destination but not necessarily. All the people I know in my social accounts have already been there, I hope you can feel or at least imagine how that sucks..;). So I had to tick it off my list as well and silently change my cover picture and hide it in the timeline(just to make it look like it’s not recent and I was there a long time back).
So, let me explain just the useful information about this trip to Kalinchowk Bhagwati, Dolakha
The trip to Kalinchowk is more than just a good getaway with friends and family. Being one of the shortest trekking destinations of Nepal, it can be completed in 3 to 4 days.
For local tourists, it’s a religious destination with the temple of Goddess Kalinchowk Bhagwati atop a hill at an altitude of 3840 meters above sea level.
This region, by the way, was one of the most affected regions by the 2015 Nepal earthquake and the damage was still seen in late 2018.
This area holds no danger of avalanches as such but landslides and flooding can be life-threatening if you don’t consider the best time to be there.
- To start off from Kathmandu, the first destination would be Charikot or it is possible to get to the beautiful Kuri village as well. The drive could start anytime in the morning. It is advised to leave after lunch at around 10 am. It’s a 7-hour drive with as many stops you want on the way 🙂
- Drive or hike to Kuri village from Charikot
- Hike or use the Cable car(From Kuri) to the Kalinchowk temple and back to Kuri or even Charikot.
- Back to Kathmandu.
- I strongly recommend December for the weather and view.
- The window, however, is from October to January.
- Trekking Poles can be useful
- Water purifying drops
- Basic winter wears
- Good Boots
- Water Bottles
- Energy Bars
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Subarna is a passionate traveller, photographer and a regular trekweek contributor. He has been to most of the renowned base camps of Nepal like EBC, ABC and TBC(Tilicho Base Camp).