Kalinchowk Trekking, Mountain Biking and Rafting - 8 Day Adventure

The Kalinchowk Adventure Itinerary combines a great 3-day trek in the Himalayan foothills with mountain biking and rafting. This is the perfect trip if you want to experience some of the best action sports Nepal has to offer while moving along trails with amazing views, and getting a great closeup view of the culture of the famous Sherpa people.

Highlights

  • Have an action packed week and sample the best adventures Nepal has to offer
  • Stay at The Last Resort and try the world's 3rd highest bungee jump 
  • Trek off the beaten path to one of the best views in Nepal
  • Have an amazing day of mountain biking, mostly downhill on spectacular trails
  • Raft on the famous Bhote Kosi river as you make your way back to Kathmandu

Overview

Have a week in Nepal, and want to do more than just trekking? This itinerary offers a great combination of adventure sports: Trekking, Mountain Biking, Rafting and Bungee Jumping. And even better, it takes you off the beaten path, to an area of the Himalayas yet to be discovered by the masses.

From Kathmandu, you'll drive to the Last Resort near the Tibetan border, from where you will start a very scenic 3-day trek to the Kalinchowk Temple. Our crew will have mountain bikes ready for you, so you can race down on amazing tracks and paved roads. Finally, you will raft down the Bhote Kosi river, before a short drive back to Kathmandu.

Detailed itinerary

Day Destination
Day 1 Welcome to Nepal
Day 2 To The Last Resort
Day 3 Into the wilderness
Day 4 Thingsang La
Day 5 Kalinchowk
Day 6 On your bike!
Day 7 Ride the rapids on the famous Bhote kosi
Day 8 Free day in Kathmandu
Kalinchowk Map
Kalinchowk Map

Day 1 - Welcome to Nepal

We will welcome you on arrival at the Kathmandu airport, whisking you away from the madding crowd and through the bustle of Kathmandu to your hotel for the night. 

Day 2 - to The Last Resort

After breakfast this morning, we set out bound for the legendary Last Resort, the last stop before Tibet!  It is set amidst sprawling terraces high above the Bhote Kosi River, with comfortable safari tents set in lush gardens. The Resort’s buildings, including the charmingly designed male and female common bathrooms, a gorgeous (and well stocked) bar and dining area are all uniquely crafted in local stone, carved wood and slate, blending traditional design with modern comforts.

Depending on your arrival time, the afternoon is free for your chance to check out Nepal’s only bungy jumping (3rd highest in the world), the world’s biggest swing, try your hand at rafting, canyoning or the high ropes course, or simply relax with an excellent massage, or in the sauna and plunge pool.

The Last Resort Canyoning
Canyoning at The Last Resort 

Day 3 - Into the wilderness

After a hearty breakfast in the garden of The Last Resort we head out across the bungy bridge and start trekking. Initially we will head up through charming villages and terraced fields, gaining more and more views of the Jugal Himal section of the Himalayan Range. After lunch we plunge into the pristine forest high above the Bhote Kosi river valley. This trek is incredible as it takes us into such a wilderness area in such a short time! There are few places in Nepal that don’t see the impact of the booming population, but the forests of this area are amazingly well preserved and offer simply stunning trekking. We trek up past a little sacred lake and through stands of towering rhododendron trees to reach our campsite in an open meadow with gorgeous views to Jugal himal and south across seemingly endless succession of ridges and valleys.

Amazing views while trekking
Amazing views while trekking

Day 4 - Thingsang La

This morning we tuck into a great camp breakfast before hitting the trails again. Today we aim to reach a great little campsite near Thingsang La (La means pass) and we head out through more stunning forest, interspersed with meadows such as the one we camped in last night. Mid way through the day we reach a huge meadow perched high above razor sharp ridges and with tremendous drops down into the valleys below and amazing views north to the Himalayan Range. Here there is another little sacred lake (where we have seen forest leopard tracks in the past) which is part of a chain of shamanic power places linked across this section of the range, culminating in Kalinchowk, where we reach tomorrow. The meadow here provides seasonal grazing for cows from the villages way down below and we trek past stone shelters dotted here and there as we make out way across and back into the forest. Emerging from the forest we find ourselves at the head of the valley and we contour around a massive bluff before dropping down to our campsite just below Thingsang La. 

View on the showing ridge
Views on the snowy ridge

Day 5 - Kalinchowk

Today is not for the fainthearted or people with vertigo! We have one of Nepal’s greatest ridgeline walks ahead of us… If you have vertigo there are two choices - tell us before the trek and we will make alternative arrangements for you or you could try the ‘saturation method’ and see if you can win yourself over! Either way, please let us know, so that we can ensure your safety. From camp we have a short climb back to Thingsang La and for the next four to five hours it is up and down (and even flat sometimes) along the top of the ridge, with amazing views down into the valleys below us and up to the high mountains on the north side.

We will most likely have a packed lunch somewhere along the ridge as it is hard for the kitchen crew to find water up here to cook us lunch. We finally reach Kalinchowk (3790m), a rocky spire with 360-degree views and an amazing shrine, by early afternoon. Kalinchowk is like a floating island isolated from its neighbours with magnificent views of Lapchi Kang, Mani Himal, Gaurishankar, Tibet, Langtang Himal and the Mahabarat Range flattening out into the Northern Indian Plain.

Kalinchowk is a little visited wonder, sacred to Shamans, Hindus and Buddhists – the tiny peak is packed with prayer flags fluttering above thousands of holy metal Tridents pointing up to heaven – all set against this incredible backdrop. After taking in the views and learning about this amazing religious site we then descend steeply to Khurikharka, our overnight camp.

The rocky spire of Kalinchowk (3790m)
The rocky spire of Kalinchowk (3790m) 

Day 6 - On your bike!

If you didn't have enough of the views from Kalinchowk yesterday we might head back up the hill for sunrise views before breakfast.

After fuelling up for a big day ahead we mount up on our mountain bikes for an epic downhill all the way to the Bhote kosi River! We drop no less than 2800m and have an awesome time doing it on a mix of jeep trails and paved road. We head down first on the new jeep trail from Khurikharka, biking through stunning rhododendron and oak forest, with spectacular views of the surrounding forested hill sides and Sherpa villages. Once we hit the main Kathmandu/Jiri road we have a great paved surface for our initial climb up to Mude bazaar at 2500m before we plunge an down to the river at approx 800m – an exhilarating ride to say the least.

Riding down the scenic Himalayan Trails
Riding down the scenic Himalayan Trails

Day 7 - Ride the rapids on the famous Bhote kosi

The Bhote kosi river comes to us from the snows of Tibet and is a steep mountain river providing one of the best short river raft trips in Nepal and perhaps the world. The next rapid is never far downstream and the occasional stretches of calm give us a chance to reflect on the beauty of the river and its surroundings of terraced fields perched on precipitous slopes and the curios villagers checking out our progress.

Today we have a wild rafting ride ahead of us so, again, fuel up well at breakfast time as you will need the energy for the river! Rafting on the Bhote Kosi is known as a full body experience, much more active than simply paddling along...one of the most common paddle commands on the Bhote Kosi is “hold on!”

Rafting in the Bhote Kosi
Rafting in the Bhote Kosi

After a full on day, we load up into the van and head back into Kathmandu where we check into our hotel for a well earned shower before heading out for dinner.

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