There are many excellent viewpoints on this Kalinchowk trek, which is situated to the east of Kathmandu. After crossing Tinsang-La (3319m), you may reach the Kalinchowk peak within one and half day. Kalinchok was named after the Hindu Goddess "Kali".
This is a short trekking to climb Kalinchok, a holy pilgrimage for Hindus, which is worshipped by the local people. Barhabise, being the starting point is situated on the Lamosangu-Jiri Road, which leads to Jiri up to Khassa, the Tibet-Nepal border. The route follows mainly on the ridge, commanding a panoramic view of the Rolwaling Himal. Rhododendron flowers along the roadside in the spring season are exceptionally eye-catching to look at. While observing the range of different mountains, you can enjoy the splendid view of Gaurishankar (7,134m), Menlungtse (7,181m), Choba Bhamare (5,993m), Jugal Himal and Langtang Himal as well.
Unfortunately, this holy site is not much attention paid by the Medias and no effort has been made by authorities to promote this destination despite a very close proximity to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Kalinchok is situated in the middle of isolated and heavily forested area of Dolakha District which lies to the east of Kathmandu Valley and known as Kalinchok Bhagawati Temple or Kalinchok Trekking in eastern Nepal. Since the religious site is named after the famed Bhagawati temple and is nestled on the crest of a mountain, at an altitude of 3,782 m (12586 ft.). Kalinchok is one of the unspoiled trekking trails in Nepal which offers a moderate standard trekking journey which is feasible from different starting points. You can start your trek either from Charikot or Barhabise depending upon the length of your itinerary. During your trip to Kalinchok you can witness the bustling settlement of various ethnic groups of people who live in scattered small villages.
The overlooking fantastic view of Araniko Highway (Kathmandu-Jiri HIghway) from Dhulikhel, Panchkhal, Dolalghat etc. is already very impressive indeed. The appropriate season for this trekking is from March to May and September to December. Dolakha District has a great potentiality in tourism sectors; however, due to lack of government plans and policies, it has not got proper attention till date.
Dolakha is also the birth place of National Cyclist Hero - Pushkar Shah who has travelled around 60 countries across the Globe with his bicycle to promote the World Peace. While heading towards the destination of Charikot Bazaar one cannot keep his eyes off to feel the beauty of terraced fields covered with millet stalks and somewhere else flowering mustard, swinging bamboo and pine trees along the trail.
After the arrival at Charikot Bazaar, we move forward thru a small gully where we can have a spectacular view of the Tamakoshi River and a magnificent view of Mt. Gauri Shankar (71134m) at a close distance.
Along the trail we can find small stupas and stone inscriptions in Tibetan language placed on it as a tribute to the departed souls. Similar commemoratives scrawled on the graveyards in Nepali/Devnagari script are commonly practiced by other ethnic communities like Tamang, Sherpa, and Magars. The places we walk through sprawled pine and rhododendron forest are: a heart shape Simpani Village (Deurali) 2350 meters, trails winding down to Makaibari, Chhyamawati, Thangsa, Gairidanda and a small village called Shuspa known for the habitat of an ethnic group called Thami (or Thagmi). Gairi is considered as a final place to relax and have something to eat as there is no habitation for the next four hours and only a grueling uphill stretch before the night stopover at Kuri Kharka (Kharka is a highland meadow for farm animals). Gairi has only handful of teahouses where we can buy chyang (homemade local beer) or chhurpi (hardened cheese made of yak milk), noodles and dal-bhat (lentil soup and plain rice). Interestingly, they can serve you also the yak’s dry meat roasted in a pan if you like.
The Sherpas are the ones who inhabit these highland areas and make chhurpi for domestic use and sale also. They make this item in a so called goth (cowsheds) where we can see the fresh chhurpi hanging around in bunches on the ceiling. High altitude sickness on the Kalinchok route is not uncommon. As a precautionary measure, the locals have come up with an age-old indigenous treatment. It is said that eating raw garlic cloves and sattu (finely roasted and grinded corn flour) before hand prevents you from the high altitude sickness.
Now the moments come to visit the Goddess Bhagawati: Partly shielded by a big mass of cloud, there she stood, the incredible goddess mountain, Gauri Shankar, towering over the rest of the snow clad peaks that undulated from right to left. Next to her, on the right, partly visible, was the Melungtse Himal. The tridents offered by the devotees to Goddess Kalinchchowk Bhagawati are said to bring divine blessings. Contrary to our expectations, and much to our dismay, we learned that this age-old deity of Kalinchowk Bhagawati was not to be seen in the form of an idol. A small enclosed area with a three foot deep pit with a natural spring is worshipped by all as the revered Goddess Kalinchowk Bhagawati. While a horde of bells and tridents adorn the entrance to this pit, and a pair of bronze lions stand sentinel. The only thing that offended our senses was the hideous looking collapsible Iron Gate in front of the main shrine. There was also a stone pillar, an altar with the idol of Ganesh where devotees sacrifice goats, ducks and chicken and a blood swathed stone idol of Kali Bhagawati garlanded with animal intestine. This idol is said to have been erected at a later time.
Day 01:Kathmandu – Barabise (L, D)
Drive to Barabise (840m), 5 hrs.Overnight at the tented camp – Full board basis.
Day 02: Barabise – Ghortali (B, L, D)
Trek from Barabise to Ghortali (1450m), 6 hrs. Overnight at the tented camp – Full board basis.
Day 03: Ghortali – Kidorje (B, L, D)
Trek from Ghortali to Kidorje (2950m), 6 hrs. Overnight at the tented camp – Full board basis.
Day 04:Kidorje – Hile (B, L, D)
Trek from Kidorje Kharka to Hile (3250m), 6 hrs . Overnight at the tented camp – Full board basis.
Day 05:Hile - Deurali (B, L, D)
Trek from Hile to Kalinchok (3750m) – Deurali (2800m), 7 hrs. Overnight at the tented camp – Full board basis.
Day 06:Deurali (B, L, D)
Rest Day (Walk to Thami village)
Day 07:Deurali - Charikot (B, L, D)
Trek from Deurali to Charikot (2520m), 3 hrs. Overnight at the tented camp – Full board basis.
Day 08: Charikot - Kathmand
Back to KTM by Bus, 6 hrs drive
- Arrival & Departure Transfer by Deluxe Car/Bus depending on the group size.
- Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
- A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
- Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
- 03 night’s Hotel with breakfast in 3 star decent Heritage hotel on twin sharing basis.
- One full day Kathmandu city tour with English speaking guide.
- Return transport by deluxe coach to/from trekking starting point including local transfers.
- Three course of delicious meals while in trekking (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Twin sharing camping/lodge accommodation in the trekking route.
- Sherpa’s including Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy; Porter depends on trek type and group size.
- Trekking equipments including two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, shower bag, table and chair, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc. ( Only for Camping)
- Food, lodging, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance of trekking crews.
- Trekking Permit, National Park & Conservation fees wherever applicable.
- First aid kit box / Gamoe Bag / and other supplement equipments for high altitude treks such as; Upper Dolpa, Nar-Fu, Amphu Lapcha, Tashi Lapcha, Manaslu round, Upper Kanchenjunga, Makalu high pass, Round Dhaulagiri, etc.
- Emergency rescue Support by helicopter from any parts of the country. ( Pls be insured)
- Trek memorial souvenir.
- Farewell dinner (cultural show in ancient Nepali restaurant).
- All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)
Cost does not include:
- Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days.
- Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
- Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
- Personal equipments and clothing.
- Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
- Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
- Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
- Extra porters if asked by the group.
- Other exp. beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamites, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc.
- Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.
Getting started: Trekking is an activity that you can start with a nominal equipment and knowledge. If you have a agency like Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. you have the perfect plan to start the venture according to your needs. Most Trekking routes have walking tracks suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's just a matter of choosing a walk that you're comfortable with and as we would say, just do it!
Get to know your own ability: You need to read our e-mailed itinerary and complete info well in advance before commencing flight to Nepal. Discuss with your Trekking Guide and Porters as soon as you land in Kathmandu or Pokhara who will give you practical information about the entire trip especially on road condition, standard of lodges/tents, food, rescue etc. Start off with a short walk on a well defined track early in the day especially for the first day. This will give you a chance to gauge your performance. It is tempting for an enthusiastic beginner to go that bit further too late in the day. If the track you have chosen is short and well defined you will have a much better chance of reorienting yourself. Before heading out evaluate the prevailing weather conditions and take the appropriate clothing and water for the conditions. See the checklist if you are in need of equipments, on the bottom of our homepage available for walks in your area.
The best way to experience the incredible combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through them. The objective of trekking is not just reaching the particular destination, but enjoying the journey as well. You can walk at your own pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas. It is a simple walk, but comprises very special places like - amazing forests, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and overwhelming landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different mountain cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life, quite unimaginable in our modern urban life.
A trekking route will often pass through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, hemlock and visiting one or two villages each day. However, the greatest highlight of any trek is the tantalizing views of snowcapped peaks. Rivers are crossed on log passages or suspension bridges. It’s not unusual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon.
For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people, but has remained unmarked without signposts. Trekkers rely on our staff for directions and an introduction to the local people, culture, religion, and lifestyle. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, at your own pace. We show you what you have come to see, and help you explore a different world.
Is trekking for everyone?
Yes, everyone can go for trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like. One of our staff stays at the back of the group to make sure everyone is okay.
We offer treks to more than 70 destinations in Nepal Himalayas. You can choose one of them according to your interest, time, budget and the trekking grades. You can find this list of trekking routes from the left-side menu & Drop down menu of this section.
Please also check the trekking regions, types, accommodation styles, health and other related information under ‘Trekking Info’ on the left-side menu of this section.
Types of Trekking
- Tea House ( Lodge ) Trekking
- Tented Camp ( Using own Tents)
- Hiring Guide or Porter on self arranged lodge or Tent.
Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge to Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.
Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with. Few routes such as Annapurna Circuit, Base Camp, Jomsom and Muktinath, Everest B.C, Gokyo Lake, Langtang & its surroundings have tourist level lodge and small hotels to accommodate trekkers in twin – single or triple bed sharing basis. However, Everest High pass after Gokyo Lake in between the Everest Base Camp have no lodge shelter for trekkers. Annapurna circuit especially on Thorung–La (5416 meters) also is quite busy during High season. Now days, Upper Mustang and Kanchenjunga area trekking also offers small lodges cum houses for trekkers to stay with family and enjoy the tradition indeed. This is possible for only small size group of people who can adjust with families.
Camping trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cook individually or in groups other then in Lodge trekking routes as mentioned above. Usually you make your backpack lighter by carrying limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. You can give the entire responsibility to arrange the Porters, food and accommodation to Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. and enjoy the trek.
Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers.
Autumn: September to November: Excellent season for trekking in all areas can enjoy clear mountain views.
Winter: December to February: Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 Meters altitude.
Spring: March to May: Nepal's national flower Guranse (Rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains red and beautiful, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in this region.
Summer: June to August Monsoon falls is in this period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.
Fixed Departures & Custom-made Itineraries
We offer both fixed date group departures and also can make a custom itinerary according to your needs. We will be pleased to address all your queries so feel free to talk to us and email us.
Why choose Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd.as a Trekking Agency?
Before embarking on trekking trips, keep one thing in mind that you are on a new land and you have still have limited information about it. Trekking routes in Nepal are mostly at high altitudes and with it comes risk of high altitude sickness and other altitude-borne diseases. Having our guide will help to monitor and advice you on acclimatization and general prevention.
Another advantage of travelling through our agency is that you will be benefitted from our years of experience. Our guides and trekking personnel will show you places of interest provide you with detailed information about the places that you are visiting and ask local people about trail conditions and help you learn a bit of Nepali language as well. This could make your trip more memorable.
Many trekkers still travel on group treks organized abroad, but it is also possible to arrange an organized trek directly with our company by email, fax or telephone or once you arrive in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
By taking the service of trekking agency like Getaway Treks and Expedition you will employ local people. Your contribution may seem small, but it makes big impact on the lives of people in rural areas.
- We travel in a small group basis keeping in mind that to lower the entire cost of the whole trip and not be hassled each other due to different physical conditions.
- We have our own fleet of vehicles and permanently working experienced guides since our establishment which makes us reliable.
- We have no hidden cost nor we include hotel accommodation in any cities beside trekking routes but we keep our door open about the information of all accommodations that our trekkers may need before or after the trip.
- We have our own complete equipments store with us in Kathmandu, Lukla and Pokhara, to minimize the cost as well as to create worry free arrangements for any types of trips in Himalaya.
- We have our own small counter office established at Lukla and Pokhara in order to run trekking and mountaineering smoothly as soon as you land at respective zone without making you wait for hours, since we have long term basis contract with local porters and yak owners.
- We have a special administrative team to apply and issue Permit for TEAMS to National Park or Conservation Permits along with special permits required for Upper Mustang & Upper Dolpo etc.
- Additionally, we facilitate our clients with emergency Helicopter charter service as a rescue service from any corner of the country and evacuate them.
- Equipments & Clothing checking is done in each and every trekking / Mountaineering before commencing it which assures you to be confirmed with the required necessities.
- We offer pick up and drops including custom clearances service free for our trekkers.
- Our company refunds a half of the cost out of total cost in case of serious sickness during trekking.
- We employee Mountaineering Experts and well trained young and old aged guides.
- Our Guides are trained from different mountaineering institutes and clubs.
- They have sound knowledge in English and little knowledge of other international language to communicate.
- Our guides do have sound knowledge about altitude sickness and first aid treatment. One Extra Guide to book perfect and enough space and food to avoid crowd in small lodge accordingly is provided. They carry mobile (cell) phone and satellite phone whereas necessary and accessible.
Causes of Accident
Mountain accident statistics outline that a big percentage of accidents occurring in the mountains involve less experienced hikers ,sometimes solely because they were not informed about the difficulties of the chosen trail, lack of preparation for sudden changes in the weather and climatic conditions, or because they under estimate the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Your physician and your local Public Health Service are the best sources of information regarding the immunizations necessary for Nepal. The following list of recommended medicines and injections, are normally recommended for trekkers in Nepal. It is a good practice to have shots recommended in a Yellow international health certificate.
- Suntan lotion or sun-block cream
- Lip Salve (chap stick, blister or glacier cream)
- Foot powder
- Band-Aids (plasters) and tape
- Moleskin or other blister pads
- Elastic (Ace) bandage
- Throat lozenges or cough drops
- Decongestant tablets
- Iodine-small bottle for water purification
- Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP
- Bacterium or other diarrhoea remedy
- Antibiotic eye drop
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibrofen)
- Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%
- Decongestant (Actifed)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Hydrocortisone 1%
- Ioperamide (Imodium)
- Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin
- Promethazine (Phenergan)
- Rehydration salts
Recommended Vaccines & Immunization
- Polio (oral)
- Malaria (only if you will be visiting a jungle lodge)
- Hepatitis (gamma globulin an expensive, but important shot)
- Meningitis Meningococcal A/C vaccine
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Some people are more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. If you suffer from a case of altitude sickness it does not mean that you can never go to high altitudes again. However, it does means in the future, you should pay attention. Awareness of altitude sickness has caused some trekkers to be unnecessarily anxious as they trek. The progression of symptoms is usually gradual, and you will have plenty of time to react appropriately. Design your itineraries to allow plenty of time for acclimatization so that you will be able to adjust to the increasing altitude. Human bodies have the ability to adjust to higher altitudes when given enough time. If a person travels up to high altitudes more rapidly than his or her body is able to adjust the developed AMS symptoms.
The treatments of AMS are first and foremost not to ascend with symptoms as symptoms are likely to descend. In rare cases where descend is difficult or impossible a portable pressure chamber is effective. Three medications have also been proven useful for treating and preventing AMS namely Acetazolamide (Diamox), Dexamethasone (Decadron), Nifedipine. Your physician and local Public Health Service are the best sources for further information.
Obviously, some urban water may be extremely contaminated and some mountain water may be almost pure you are advised not to drink tap or stream water for your safety. Stick to purified water or soft drinks. Boiling makes water safe to drink and a good way to ensure safe drinking water is to consume lots of tea or a hot drink (hot lemon or hot water) which is available almost everywhere. Another way to ensure safe drinking water is to treat it with iodine or chlorine preparations.
The things that you need to have in your backpack during the tour are important things to be taken into an account. Your backpack should be lighter as you need to carry them and should be stuffed with essentials. Above 3,000 m the days are cooler and a set of interchangeable warm and windproof layers is best. During the night you should put on dry thermals and the thickest down jacket available. Above 4,000 m it is cool year-round so you can dress up accordingly.
TIMS PERMIT & CONSERVATION / NATIONAL PARK PERMITS
NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.
Our Administrative Crew will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIM’s card after paying fee prescribed above.
TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year- NTB Offices follows government working hours and days.Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. LtdTreks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.
Documents required for different Permits
To obtain TIMS Card
- Two (2) Passport-size Photographs
Conservation / National Park Permit
- Xerox Copy of Passport and Visa
- Two (2) Passport size Photographs
Special Permits for Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo Etc
- Original Passport with two working days:
- 4 Passport size Photographs.
Mountaineering / Climbing Permits
- Original Passport and its Copies
- 4 Passport Size Photographs
Govt. Office Opening hours: Sunday to Friday except on Public Holidays:
- 10 AM – 5 PM (from mid February to mid November)
- 10 AM – 4 PM (from mid November to mid February)
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