There are many excellent viewpoints on this 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.