Thursday, July 18, 2019

A solo bike ride to Kalinchowk


Destination:Kalinchowk temple on a top of a hill at 3800m

Days required: minimum 2 days but if tried then can do in 1 day too.


Best Season: all season except peak monsoon

Essentials: dry foods,waterproof shoes and clothes and power banks.

Main attractions: Kalinchowk bhagwati temple, mountain range and snowfall.

     Picture:stairway to heaven????

After completing the ride and the hike my desire for solo travel ignited.

Actually my initial plan was to go there on motorbike with my neighbour friend.Since i had R15 back in 2016 I was pretty sure it is not the type of bike to take it to such place like kalinchowk.So on 13th sep i left my bike on my best friend's home who is also an army now(shoutout to sworup lol) and brought his fzs back to my home.But unfortunately or fortunately the friend of mine cancelled the trip and i decided to go there alone.Although Kalinchowk is 1 day ride away from kathmandu and our country nepal is quite safe to travel alone(as people are often good and helpful in rural areas) I was quite nervous because it was my first solo travel that far.

Day 1

So on 15th sep woke up early at 5 am and left for the trip.To be honest after dhulikhel i didnt even know the road that go to kalinchowk.I had been upto tatopani but had no idea about this route.

After riding for several hours,i stopped for food at a place which i forgot the name now.Man the food was horrible because i stopped at the wrong place assuming it was a hotel but it was a home.

On reaching Kharidhunga,the landscape changed.It was a beautiful place.I took some rest there and snapped some pic too.Since it was still monsoon the road was muddy and slippery.

I rode and rode till i reach to the place near charikot from where the road splits for kuri village. Kuri is the village from where an hour of hike takes us to the kalinchowk shrine.The last road for vehicles also end in kuri village.

After leaving the main road and riding towards the Kuri the real adventure began.The houses started thining and all of a sudden i found myself riding alone in an offroad section in forest area so foggy that i thought if it was a good decision that i made to be at that particular unknown place? The road was a challenge for even a dirt bike so u guys can imagine what my situation was on a street bike.

It was a 18km road to kuri village and it felt like forever.All i could do was to pray that i dont get stuck on the middle of nowhere and the bike would not fail.It was a real struggle to reach to kuri as during the monsoon its all muddy and during the winter its all snow.I really wish that 18km of road section to be pitched when i go there again.

On reaching kuri i felt like a conquered something big(lol).I was all wet and soaked.The village can be seen from up above the road. During winter there is snow everywhere and it looks atunning.There are plenty of hotels and lodges at kuri and on off season there is no any problem in finding one.Its cheap too.However,during winters people from kathmandu valley go there for enjoying the snowfall so the bookings should be made earlier.

After finding the room and having a hot noodle soup i went outside to explore the place.It was cold man.All thanks to me for bringing cap and jacket.It was like 5pm and the fogs were disappearing.The temple could be seen from below and i was already exicted to go there.I roamed here and there and took photoes.At night my stomach was struggling from the food i had earlier in the day.I was feeling all alone as it was my first time but luckily the  mobile signal was good and i could use FB.


 I was already up by 5 am.I had a cup of tea and i carried 3 eggs as my fuel for an hour of hike toward the temple.I met a group of 6-7 boys who were suprised after knowing that i made through that 18km of offroad alone on a bike.They were ahead of me on hiking trial.After like 1 hours and 20 mins i reached there and the view from the temple was so breathtaking.

Usually during the monsoon the sky is cloudy and the view is not so good.But to my luck, the weather remained cleared in the morning.I could see the kuri village down.When i reached to the temple the boys were already there.I asked one of them to take my photo.

The weather changed from clear to foggy in no time.I stayed there for one hour thinking how am i gonna tackle that road again.Then i started to move down towards the village.Upon reaching there it was already foggy all again.I paid the hotel some 1000 rs in total,(Room charge,1set veg dal vat,3eggs,noodle soup).Travelling in nepal is quite cheap.

So when i was ready to leave the kuri village for my home kathmandu it was like 9am.I was already worried about how i was gonna cross that 18 km of road.To my luck a young boy from the kuri asked for lift as he was going to charikot.I dont know for what reason at first i felt little awkward.But that kid helped me on that offroad way down to the main highway.

On the midway it started raining.So we left the bike and took a shelter near the  cow shed which was by the road. As i talked with the boy he said that during winter its all snow on the road and it is more difficult to ride that time.His father has a hotel in kuri and said they were expanding it.As the rain stopped we started riding down and as  i touched the main road the boy asked me to drrop him there.After that i rode continuously to kathmandu and i straight went to my friend's home and left his bike and took my bike home.

Thats it man.It was a good experience for me to travel alone first time.The only thing i was let down was by the road there but hey isnt those things that makes the trip more adventurous?Now recalling the place and experience i wanna go there sometime soon in winter season too.There is now a cable car from kuri to temple and i heard that the road is good too.

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May Kalinchowk bhagwati bless us all.