- Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire- Package Details
- Brief History of Kalinchowk
- Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire Itinerary
- Best Time for Drive
- Some Highlights of Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire
- What to Pack?
- Helpful Tips
Eco Holidays Nepal provides two incredible and immersive packages for Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire: 1 Night 2 Days Package (costs approx. NPR 27,000) and 2 Nights and 3 Days Package (costs approx. NPR 32,000 to 35,000). With our core business module dedicated to providing the best value experience, we guarantee a remarkable adventure at this iconic hill station in Nepal. For booking and queries, please contact us via our Contact Page.
Kalinchowk is a beautiful rural municipality of the Dolakaha district and is in province number 3, which lies in the north-eastern part of the country. This significant religious site in the Hindu religion is also a popular destination for short treks from Kathmandu Valley.
Due to its easy assessability via road transport, Kalinchowk is one of the most popular destinations among domestic and international tourists. Most of the tourists visit this incredible high-altitude destination for its religious purpose; meanwhile, others visit to explore the fascinating Kuri Village that offers incredible views of the Himalayas.
The terrain of the beautiful Kuri Village becomes simply outstanding when it is covered with snow, so, it is also a popular hill station for winter getaways as well. If you are planning to visit this famous tourist hill station in eastern Nepal for a comfortable Himalayan experience, we here at Eco Holidays Nepal offer Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire services at a reasonable cost.
Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire- Package Details
The cost of the Kathmandu to Kalinchowkl jeep hire depends on what kind of package you will choose for your exploration. There are generally two packages for a rejuvenizing adventure at this popular hill station with clear mountain views:
- 1 Night 2 Days
- 2 Nights and 3 Days
The cost of 1 Night and 2 Days package for this remarkable adventure is NPR 27,000. This package includes a night stay in Kuri and Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple visit. As for the 2 Night 3 Days package costs around NPR 32,000 to 35,000. In this extensive package, you will spend one night at Kalinchowk and will also visit the Dolakha Bhimsen Temple. You will spend the second night at Sukute. Your package cost covers all the general expenses like fuel, driver, and jeep.
Brief History of Kalinchowk
This fascinating and religious landmark of the Hindu religion has been on the top of the hills from ancient times. Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple, which worships the goddess ‘Kali,’ is related to the power of destruction, the triumph of good over evil.
According to the Hindu myth, the Goddess Kali meditated on the top hill of Kalinchowk, the Sumeru Parvat. While she was meditating, an evil force tried to win over her, and a grand war took place between Goddess Kali and the evil force.
Lord Shiva, one of the significant gods in the Hindu trinity that explains the circle of life also took part in the war. He used his divine ‘Trishul’ to draw the water of dry land, which then powered Goddess Kali, and she successfully vanquished the evil.
Then, the dead bodies of the evil army piled up and decayed in the place of Kuri, now known as Kuri Village. Originally, due to the stinky smell of the dead bodies in the aftermath of the battle, the place was called ‘Kuri Kuri,’ which can be translated into ‘Shame on you.’
There is also a pristine pond on the top of Kalinchowk, where it is believed that the Goddess Durga received her strength to win over the evil. Taking a bath in this holy pond is believed to make the soul pure before worshipping Bhagwati.
Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire Itinerary
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu [1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet] to Kuri Village [3,500 meters/ 11,482 feet]
Drive Duration: 6-7 hours
Drive Distance: 150 km
During the first day of your Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire, you will start your driving adventure early in the morning. After breakfast, our representative will pick you up from your hotel in Kathmandu. After everyone has arrived at the designated destination, you will then board a comfortable jeep and commence your exciting journey.
Driving on the Araniko Highway, you will pass through the vibrant towns of Bhaktapur, Banepa, Dolalaghat, Mude, and Kharidhunga. Driving further ahead, you will reach Charikot, which be your stop destination for lunch on the long drive.
From here onward, you will drive all the way to the Kuri Village, passing the charming lush trails, forested high hills, and small settlements along the way. After arriving at this vibrant high-altitude village, you will get fresh, enjoy your meal, and join the campfire program before calling it a night.
Day 2: Visit to Kalinchowk Temple [3,842 meters/ 12,604 feet] and drive back to Kathmandu
Hike Duration: 1-2 hours
Drive Duration: 6-7 hours
On this day’s adventure, you will explore the major highlight of the region, Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple. From Kuri Village, you have two options to reach the temple at the hilltop. You can either do a short hike that lasts about 1.5- 2 hours or ride a cable car, which only takes approximately 5 minutes to reach the temple.
In any case, you will begin your adventure early in the morning to avoid the long queue in front of the temple. From the top of the Kalinchowk, you can catch the panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks like Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, Shisha Pangma and other adjacent massifs.
After enjoying the pristine beauty of the Himalayas from the top of the hills and soaking in the spiritual ambiance, you will then trek back to Kuri Village. You will enjoy a hearty meal here, then move further with your drive back to Kathmandu, wrapping up this remarkable exhibition.
You will be transported back to your respective hotels after reaching Kathmandu.
Best Time for Drive
Spring (March to May) and winter (December to February) are considered to be the best times to visit Kalinchowk. For the best value, from Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire, you should aim your adventure for these two peak seasons.
The driving experience in the spring season introduces you to the lush greenery of the hilly region. You will also drive past the dotted rhododendron forests, enjoying the stunning visuals of the colorful blooming season. It will feel like you are exploring the nature’s garden that offers the majestic views of the Himalayan region.
However, most of the trekkers prefer visiting this charming hill station during the winter season. The terrains of the Kalinchowk region are covered by thick layers of snow blankets. It certainly feels like a winter wonderland and makes up for the perfect hiking experience over the pristine sparkling snow.
You can also visit Kalinchowk during other seasons, like autumn (September to October) and monsoon (June to August). The Autumn season offers clear, unobstructed views of the Himalayan vistas from Kalinchowk and is also a perfect time to enjoy mild temperatures.
But, driving during the monsoon season can be challenging due to natural obstacles like flooding and landslides. Heavy continuous downpours and cloudy days also obstruct the visibility.
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Some Highlights of Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire
Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire lets you explore both the cultural and natural prospects of this short, popular trekking destination from Kathmandu. During this adventure, you will have the opportunity to explore several highlights of the region; some of the major highlights of the Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire are as follows:
Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple
Kalinchowk is a religious landmark in the eastern hilly region of Nepal. This Hindu shrine located in the Dolakha district is situated at an altitude of 3,842 meters (12,604 feet) and is inside the Gaurishankar Conservation Area (est 2010). This is also the region from where two of the rivers, the Sunkoshi River and Tamakoshi River, originate and are nurtured by the Mahabharat Range.
Dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali/Bhagwati, the Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple, this popular landmark of Dolakha district also offers magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, Shisha Pangma, Langtang, Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa and Gauri Shankar.
This fascinating religious landmark in the eastern part of Nepal also used to be the starting point for the Everest Base Camp Trekking adventures. Before flight operations at the Lukla Airport, which started in 1971, trekkers used to take this alternative route, and it used to take 5 days for the trekkers to reach Lukla from Kalinchowk.
Vibrant Kuri Village
This charming settlement right beneath the religious landmark of the region is another spectacular marvel of the region, which carries a rich history. The village of Kuri is a standing monument that witnessed the epic battle between Goddess Kali and the evil force.
The houses in the Kuri Village are built with wood and stone that offer a rustic vibe. So, surrounded by the snow-clad terrain, the comfort of these traditional settlements takes you back in time. This exploration sums up a perfect rejuvenating adventure farther from the urban life hustle and bustle. This charming high-altitude village offers a unique and authentic experience for those who are longing to experience the traditional lifestyle.
Cable Car Ride
The Kalinchowk cable car ride is one of the most popular cable car lines in the country. But what makes this cable ride experience slightly unique from other cable car stations in the country is its natural prospects.
Due to its perfect operation line from the Kuri Village to the top of Kalinchowk hilltop, the tourist can experience a unique diversification of the landscapes. From the lush high hills to the epic Himalayan vistas, this cable car ride packs it all.
The Kalinchowk cable car ride is more magical during the winter season when the landscape is covered completely by snow. You will be able to witness the amazing landscape and the beautiful valley below, covered by the beautiful blanket of snow during the winter.
Hiking and Skiing Prospects
If you are a fan of outdoor sports, Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire will also introduce you to some of the exciting adventures in the region. Skiing and hiking are particularly the most popular outdoor adventure sports in Kalinchowk.
Winter season in Kalinchowk is certainly snow wonderland and you will able to enjoy the skiing sport to your heart’s content. Similarly, the hike to the Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple provides you the opportunity to explore the diverse landscape, flora, and fauna of the region.
What to Pack?
Depending on the season of your visit, you need to pack the right clothes and gear to make the experience comfortable. If you have scheduled your visit for the spring season, you don’t need to pack heavy clothes, as the temperatures are warm.
However, if you have planned the trip to enjoy a rather snowy adventure, you need to pack heavy and warm clothes to keep yourself warm. Here are some recommended packing checklists for this Kathmandu to Kalinchowk Jeep Hire.
Head and Body
- Sun hat
- Wool hat/beanie
- Full shirt, sleeveless t-shirt
- Thermal inners
- Hiking shorts, pants
- Waterproof/windproof trousers
- Lightweight jacket
- Down jacket
- Gloves (waterproof, insulated)
- Trekking shoes (crampon)
- Trainer/ sports shoes
- Slippers/ sandals
- Waterproof gaiter
- Sunglass UV protection
- Hiking poles
- Water bottle
- Power bank
- Strictly follow the guidelines of the guide
- Use sun protection and sunglasses to protect yourself from the intense sun rays at high altitudes
- Put some effort into physical preparation if you are planning to hike to the temple
- Don’t consume alcoholic beverages, as it complicates the acclimatization process
- Use water purification solution/tablet to make your drinking water safer
- Take care of your personal hygiene during the trip and carry all the essentials
- Carry a small first aid kit and enough personal medication (if you have any)
- Enjoy a slow-paced hike, and don’t rush your adventure