Cycling to Paanchpokhari, Two Women on an “Isolation” Travel to Panchpokhari during Corona Crisis in Monsoon

Cycling to Paanchpokhari, Two Women on an “Isolation” Travel to Panchpokhari during Corona Crisis in Monsoon

One recent early morning, Sony suddenly had an instant plan to break out and go on a solo bicycle trip. This came as a surprise to me, with my focus aimed at my online classes. But, just like how she was missing travel, so was I. Then and there we started our sudden plan for a bicycle trip to Panchpokhari. We agreed on travelling together and managed everything we needed on that same day. The next day we left for a 6 day long bicycle trip to Panchpokhari. But this time it was going to be a different kind of travel, “Isolation Travel.” During this monotonous life due to pandemic, we never thought it could be this magical amid covid19 scare and rainy season. What could be one’s thought before such trip in the middle of this chaos? Well, we were prepared for the consequences. From being caught by district police to being chased by the locals. It wasn’t the easiest of decisions to make but having a partner with positive mentality motivated me. Tent, sleeping bag, mat, dry bags, kitchen items, a pair of extra clothes and slippers, first aid kit, food rich with protein and sugar. These were the essentials we carried for our isolation travel. However, when one’s travelling by bicycle with heavy loads on it, all the essentials should be kept to minimum and bag packing should be most trustworthy. We hopped into a dubious journey to Panchpokhari with our weapons. Medical masks and sanitizer at the ready. We spent our first night in Kafley Khola, Melamchi (49 km from Kathmandu via Sankhu). People were...