Best season to visit Kalinchowk

Best time to visit Kalinchowk

Kalinchowk is a complete beauty on earth, especially at the time of snowfall. It embarks thousands of visitors with a wonderful snowfall experience in Kalinchowk.

Deepak Raj Bhatta
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Best time to visit Kalinchowk

Kalinchowk is a complete beauty on earth, especially at the time of snowfall. It embarks thousands of visitors with a wonderful snowfall experience in Kalinchowk. Situated in the Dolakha district of Nepal, it lies in Gaurishankar Conservation Area. Kalinchowk has been gaining popularity since a few years back for the wonderful snowfall experience. 

The best time to visit Kalinchowk is in the months of winter. The months December, January and February are best suitable for snow fun in Kalinchowk. However, it can be visited all year round as it offers the beautiful Hindu pilgrimage and mind blowing natural settlement. The altitude of Kalinchowk is 3790 m above sea level. 

The major attraction of Kalinchowk is Kalinchowk Bhagwati Shrine. It lies atop the steep hill and the highest point on Kalinchowk. From the Bhagawati temple premises, wonderful panoramic views can be observed. Kalinchowk is also famous for the national flower of Nepal- the rhododendron. The Kalinchowk trip offers an ideal savour of the varieties of beautiful Rhododendrons. 

Also, the mindblowing mountainous beauty seen from Kalinchowk is something that you will admire and feed your cameras with. Some of the world's most popular mountains seen from Kalinchowk are Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, Gurkarpo Ri, etc.

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    Winter Season (December to February)

    Winter is the most admired season to visit Kalinchowk in Nepal. During the winter season, the mountain gets snow topped and the Kalinchowk shines in snowy jewels. The spectacular vistas and mind blowing sceneries are very vivid and spectacular. Many domestic visitors visit Kalinchowk during peak winter time to enjoy the snowfall on the hill. 

    The months of December, January and February are the winter months in Nepal. During these months, there are high chances of snowfall in higher elevations. The hilly areas such as Kalinchowk, Nagarkot, Chandragiri, Balthali, Bethanchowk etc. observe snowfall in winter. 

    The beauty of the countryside is best explored during the wintertime. Rejoicing nature while witnessing the spectacular snow experience in Kalinchowk makes it a popular destination. 

    Many people from Kathmandu valley and neighbouring districts visit Kalinchowk to explore the wonderful beauty of this area. Although the road is not good to the cable car station, the experience is incredibly beautiful at this place. 

    During this season, the hills in Kalinchowk are snow-covered and it is the best sight to see. The atmosphere is snowy and there are several activities you can do. The cable car ride to the Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple and hiking to the top is very astonishing. Skiing is another major activity to do in Kalinchowk during the winter season. 

    Spring Season (March to May)

    The blooming rhododendrons and fluttering butterflies in the lush greenery is the best thing to explore in spring. With the vibrant atmosphere, spring welcomes the incredible natural beauty and very beautiful environment. The days are warmer and the nights are moderate. This season is also the best time for trekking in the mountain region of Nepal.

    The months of March, April, and May are the spring season in Nepal. This season is the most pleasant of all and offers a very wonderful experience to the visitors. Hiking around the hills of Kalinchowk and Charikot, visiting the temples nearby and exploring the mountain vistas are the major things to do during the spring season. 

    This time is also the best for picnics, camping and short trips in the Dolakha area. Cycling is equally wonderful during spring. This is also the best time to explore the culture and traditions of local people. The farmlands and other beautiful sceneries are the best things to explore in Kalinchowk during the spring season. The early spring is wonderful as you can witness the mountain vistas and flora and faunas. 

    Snapping photos of the season while visiting the remote mountain area of Kalinchowk is splendid. Spring is the photographer's best time for the best photoshoots. The panoramic landscapes and the sceneries in the mountains are mind blowing. So, spring brings a lot of joyous experiences for the visitors to Kalinchowk.

    Summer Season (June to August)

    Early summer is still a good time to visit Kalinchowk. But in the mid-summer onwards, the weather gets very unpredictable with frequent rainfalls and wind. So, summer is not a good time to visit Kalinchowk. Heavy rainfall is observed during the summertime. The monsoon months are quite difficult for travelling as there are chances of heavy rainfall, avalanches and landslides in the mountain terrains of Nepal. 

    The months of June, July and August are the summer months in Nepal. Travelling to the lowlands during these months can be arduous because of the hot and sunny climate. Also, the unpredictable climate makes it harsher. 

    The short hikes and visits are still good during summer. You can visit the temples and villages during the monsoon. The rice paddy plantation process is very interesting to witness in the villages.

    Autumn Season (September to November)

    Autumn is the best time to visit Kalinchowk. During this season, the pleasant atmosphere and beautiful scenery attracts a lot of visitors. Motorbike riding, cycling, mountain exploration, photography and temple visits are the major things to do in Autumn. 

    The months of September, October and November are the Autumn season in Nepal. During these months, the weather and climate is pleasant and offers wonderful views of mountain sceneries, flora and fauna and the beautiful landscapes. 

    You can explore the culture and traditions of local people, explore villages, witness the sunrise and sunsets from the Kalinchowk hill and worship at the temple. 

    Autumn is the best time for trekking, hiking and other adventure activities in Nepal. However, snowfall cannot be expected during autumn, for which Kalinchowk is popular. Besides that temple visit and mountain exploration is very splendid during this season.

    Snowfall in Kalinchowk

    Kalinchowk is a beautiful adventure that has so many things to offer. The wonderful snowfall makes it a popular snow fun place nearby Kathmandu. The snowfall adventure is booming in recent years. The cable car ride is equally adventurous and picturesque. Astonishing mountain views are itself a treat of Kalinchowk. 

    Generally in the winter months, the snowfall occurs in Kalinchowk. From the mid-winter to the end of winter, Kalinchowk observes snowfall making it a perfect adventure for the people who are willing to have a snow fun experience in Kalinchowk. The snowfall in Kalinchowk starts from Mid November to January, which is also regarded as the best time to visit Kalinchowk. 

    During the peak winter time, people embark their journey to Kalinchowk from different villages, Kathmandu valley and neighboring districts to explore the incredible snowfall experience in Kalinchowk.

    How to Reach Kalinchowk

    Kalinchowk is easily accessible from Kathmandu valley. The ground means of transportations from Kathmandu valley will take you to the beautiful Kalinchowk. It is around 132 KM far from Kathmandu which makes it a perfect escape to the fun experience nearby the city. 

    It takes around 5 to 6 hours from Kathmandu to reach Kalinchowk via Kuri village. You can climb atop the hill if you want but there is a cable car that will make your ‘getting there more prominent and accessible.

    The drive to Kalinchowk is equally scenic and adventurous. Enjoy the lush green trees on the way while experiencing the mountainous beauty of Nepal. The snowfall experience apart, Kalinchowk is a beautiful privilege to the pilgrims as well. The Bhagwati temple there is highly revered.  The unique blend of culture, adventure and pilgrimage make it a short fascinating trip nearby the Kathmandu valley.

    Things to do in Kalinchowk

    There are several Kalinchowk Tour Packages available to visit Kalinchowk from Kathmandu. Kalinchowk is highly revered for its mind-blowing natural beauty and astonishing scenery. The Kalinchowk Bhagwati is one thing, but there are so many other things for the people who want to explore the beauty inside. Snowfall in Kalinchowk is one of the major things for the people who are seeking to have snow fun in Kalinchowk. 

    The Kuri village in Kalinchowk offers a wonderful retreat in beauty. The cultural values of the locals are major things to explore. Their lifestyle gives the perfect glimpses of the pristine rural beauty in the mountains of Nepal. The amazing mountain views from Kalinchowk itself are the wonderful things that Kalinchowk has to offer. Making a wish in Kalinchowk is believed to be fulfilled. You may have some. 

    Yak Sukuti and Cheese are also the major specialties of Kalinchowk. You can try the local retreats there. Try the delicacies that Kalinchowk has to offer. The cable car is also a major attraction of Kalinchowk which offers scenic beauty from the top.

    Altitude Sickness in Kalinchowk

    Kalinchowk lies at an altitude of 3790 m at the Kalinchowk Top. Since the altitude is above 3000 m, it is highly prone to altitude sickness. Especially for the people who are adapted to the sea level, might find it a little difficult to get there. And the drive from Kathmandu directly takes you to the Kalinchowk, you get very little time to acclimatize yourself. 

    However, for the people living at elevations of above 1000 m, it is easier to cope. Still, you need to take precautions before getting there. Staying hydrated can help cope with Acute mountain sickness. Taking oral pills could be an option if it gets severe. The Winter months are the best time to visit Kalinchowk. 

    Kalinchowk is less prone to altitude sickness because of its terrains and moderate altitude. For people staying in Kathmandu valley, it is easily visitable and there are less chances of altitude sickness.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Which district is Kalinchowk?

      Kalinchowk is one of the most beautiful destinations in the Dolakha district of Nepal. It is popular for the snowfall experience and Kalinchowk Bhagawati temple. Nowadays, during snowfall, another major thing to experience in Kalinchowk is skiing.

    • How far is Kalinchowk from Kathmandu?

      Kalinchowk is 149 Km away from Kathmandu and takes about 6 hours of drive to reach. The long  segment of the road is black topped and easily accessible via drive. But in the upper parts of Dolakha district, the road is gravelled and bumpy. So, a 4WD drive is recommended to reach there.

    • Is there snowfall in Kalinchowk?

      The snowfall lasts for a short time in the peak winter season. During that time, the Kuri village of Kalinchowk gets blanketed in snow.

    • What is the height of Kalinchowk?

      Kalinchowk is situated at an elevation of 3,842 m above sea level. This is an easily visitable destination because of easy accessibility via bike, jeep and bus.

    • How far is Kalinchowk from Charikot?

      From Charikot, Kalinchowk is situated at a distance of 16.5 Km. And the distance from Kathmandu to Charikot is about 132 Kms. From Kuri village, the visitors can take the cable car to reach the hilltop and temple area, however, hiking is also a wonderful option. Hiking from Kuri village to Kalinchowk top takes about 1 hour.

    • How do I get from Kathmandu to Kalinchowk?

      Kalinchowk is an accessible destination near Kathmandu valley. Biking can be done to reach the Kalinchowk village. However, 4WD drive and bus are also an appropriate option to reach Kuri village.


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