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Kalinchowk Hike

Route Charikot >> Kuri >> Kalinchowk
Date March 02-04, 2019
Hiking Duration 12 Hours
Coordinator Aashish K.C., Brikshya Dhungana
Participants Aashish KC, Abhisekh Kadariya, Albin Lamichhane, Anil Parajuli, Ashyun Bhandari, Ayush Raj Sedhai, Brikshya Dhungana, Dhiraj Dhungana, Nikesh Kalu, Nischal Badal, Pankaj KC, Poonam KC, Prarambhika Khadka, Sanjeeb KC, Saurav Bhandari, Subash Dahal, Ujjwol Shrestha
Report By Albin Lamichhane, Prarambhika Khadka
Photos By Albin Lamichhane, Nischal Badal, Ujjwol Shretha
Creative Support Dipal Malla

Albin LamichhaneAlbin Lamichhane
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it…. (Andy Rooney)

The club has decided to organize an almost three day’s hike to Kalinchowk, a place painted all in white. So I was very pleased that I was selected for the hike. I packed my bags and went to college early in the morning. We boarded the bus and left the college premises as early as possible. The bus left, with early morning traffic, in no time we reached Koteshwor, the bus pierced through spinning road along the Manohara River and then went towards our destination. We stopped at Khadichaur for short time. Slowly the bus went up the hill to Mude and then finally to Charikot. Then we got off the bus and visited the surrounding of Charikot and boarded again to visit Dolakha Bhimsen Temple. We returned after visiting the temple and had our lunch. Our plan was to reach Kalinchowk so we finished our lunch fast and boarded a local bus to travel to Kuri from where Kalinchowk was 2 hours hike away. Our plan was to hike to Kuri but it was 7-8 hours hike. So we took our chances and travel through the bus.

We reached Kuri at evening and then we went to our room and got freshened up and went for a short walk where we play some snow, watch our surroundings and went back to the hotel where a cozy bonfire was waiting for us. We sat around at the fire for some time having a little chitchat with each other. Later we went to have some dinner. The food was delicious and the hospitality was great. After the long hours of tiresome travel, we went to our room and dozed off in deep sleep.

We woke up early the next morning and started walking up the hill to Kalinchowk. It’s not much of a hike for a regular hiker but takes time for non-hikers. The path was covered with snow and very slippery, but regardless of the trouble of walking that high, the view from up there is majestic. The temple lies on the top of a huge stone at about 3800 meters which give almost a 360-degree view of the surrounding. At the top, the wind was blowing rapidly so the temperature was extremely cold. We took the blessing of God and returned to Kuri. We then had our breakfast and head back to Charikot so that we can return back to Kathmandu.

The hike was wonderful. My eyes were more tired than my feet because the scenery was so majestic that my eyes were not able to perceive them all. We were literally in heaven where our feet did not even touch the ground. All those white snow and beautiful mountain always keep us in check that Heaven Is Myth But Nepal Is Real. 

Prarambhika KhadkaPrarambhika Khadka
On 2nd March, Hiking club organized a 3 days hike to Kalinchowk which is about 150 km far from the valley. All the 17 hikers arrived there at 6 in the morning and that was the first leap towards our journey. After taking intervals in few places, we reached Charikot at 2 pm. 

Then we aimed for a visit to Dolakha Palanchowk which was absolutely peaceful and worth our tedious journey of 7 hours on the bus. We also gave a treat to our hungry stomach as we enjoyed the local ‘dal bhat’ there.

Then we decided to go to kalinchowk which was further 19kms away from Charikot. Two boleros were hired by the hike coordinator to help us reach Kalinchowk by evening. Soon, we reached our destination at 8 in the evening. 
After extremely tiring journey of ours, all of us dined together and then sat aside the fire to beat the chill of Kalinchowk. It was extremely cold as the temperature was approximately -4 C there. Some of us then played cards while some bade goodbye early and went to bed.

The next day, all the hikers woke up early in the morning and started to hike towards the Holy Kalinchowk Bhagwati. On our way, we enjoyed the jaw dropping view and the mellow snow which was all over the place. Soon, after 1.5 hrs. of hike we reached the temple which was at the height of above 3000 feet from ground level. After worshiping the goddess, we started to decline the hill way. Soon, we reached back to hotel and then stepped in to bus for our journey back to Kathmandu. 

A lot of fun, few mischiefs and laughter and a memory to cherish forever is what the Kakinchowk hike was all about.