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Kalinchowk: Thrill of snow for the non-risktakers


 

Well, the winters season is about to end in Nepal, and it is time for the spring season to set in. The season now offers one last chance for those interested in ‘playing’ with snow.

Of the many places you could visit to see snowfall, Kalinchowk , around 149 North-east of Kathmandu, is the one of the safest for anyone who is in no mood to take risks.

A short hike away from Kuri lies the temple of Kalinchok (4000m). This temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess of Kali, stands at the top of the hill at the valley’s northwest end and stands firmly in the midst of eerie silence that is only perturbed by the occasional wind passing through the area. The hike to the temple complex will cover a stretch of 5 km.

 

 

You can choose to either walk or board a local vehicle to reach the top of the hill. If you are in a hurry, take the vehicle, but if you want to soak in the scenery, then go for the walk.

If you stick to the prominent trails and avoid venturing too deep into the woods, there are some serene spots where you can enjoy your solitude. The forest northeast of the hamlet, on the dirt road that goes to the next village, is worth a visit.
 


 

You will also pass by the stone stupa-like commemorative structures built by the locals in memory of their ancestors. Brave winter’s freezing mornings to rise early to arrive there, and you will be rewarded with an unforgettable sunrise.

 


 

At the end of the visit, you have a camera filled with wonderful photos, and a memory of a lifetime!
 

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