ढोरपाटन सेरोफेरो; हामी रहरले घुमन्ते, ढोरबासी करले!

ढोरपाटन सेरोफेरो; हामी रहरले घुमन्ते, ढोरबासी करले!

२०७४ साल भर्खरै मात्र सुरु भएको थियो, म पनी  रारा ताल घुमघाम पछि घर पुगेको थिए केहि दिन बिदा मनाउने  साथै बिश्राम लिने चक्करमा। अझै सम्म प्रस्ट याद छ मेरो आँखा घरको भित्ते पात्रो मा पुग्छ, पात्रो देख्न साथ् उही त होनी नेपाली को पारा बिदा कहिले कहिले छ, दशैं तिहारको बिदा अनि तिथि मिति हेरे । तर त्यति मात्रै के हेरेको थिए पात्रोको एउटा तस्बिर [Dhorpaatan] ले निकै मन छोयो । ताजै थिए मेरा कर्णाली बुलुजहरु, जुम्लाको रातो चामलको स्वाद अनि रारा राष्ट्रिय निकुञ्जले गरेको  स्वागत  पनि। त्यति नै बेला मैले मनमनै योजना  बनाए,  यसपाली  छोरो आफ्नै गृह जिल्लाको सुदुर भेग ढोरपाटनको यात्रा गर्नेछ। त्यसपछि केहि दिन बिताएर म फेरी कर्म थलो राजधानी तर्फ लागे। एक सेमेस्टर सकेर सबै बडा दशैंको घर जाने माहोल थियो, मेरा  सहपाठी मित्रहरु अन्नपुर्ण तिर कोही मनांग कोही थोरंगला भनझ्यांग जाने आफ्नो योजना सुनाउदै थिए, म पनि मनमनै निकै हर्स उल्लास बोकेर घरतर्फ पुन: लागे। नेपालको एक मात्र शिकार आरक्ष क्षेत्र आफ्नै जिल्लामा अवस्थित छ भन्ने थाहा चाहि थियो, तर सानो बेलामा धेरै दिन (एक हप्ता) नै लाग्ने भन्ने सुनेको थिए। झ्याप्प आटेपनि मनमा डर थियो, कताकता होला जस्तो लागेको थियो। त्यही डर चिन्ताले होला अब कस्लाई सोध्ने होला भनेर सामाजिक संजालमा जानकारी खोझ्दै गरे। एकदमै कम पर्यटक पुगेको ठाउँको बारेमा जानकारी पाउन चुनौती नै थियो । खोजे पछि के पाउदैन र? 😛 अन्ततः मलाई ३  जना मान्छे फेला पर्नुभो । थमन कायत दाजु, बसन्त दाजु र रोबिन चिन्तु भाई, उहाँहरुको जन्म थलो बाग्लुंग जिल्ला ढोरपाटन नगरपालिका मै हो रहेछ, तर अहिले भने विदेशमा संघर्षरत हुनुहुन्छ । उहाँहरुको सफलता ,प्रगति र सुखमय जीवनको शुभकामनाका साथ हार्दिक कृतज्ञता व्यक्त गर्न चाहन्छु । दशैं मनायौ त्यति...
Langtang National Park

Langtang National Park

The Langtang National Park is the third biggest national park of Nepal. Established in 1976, the protected area covers an area of 1,710 km2 (660 sq mi) of Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sidhupalchowk districts of the central Himalayan region encompassing 26 Village Development Committees. Sacred lake of Gosainkunda is one of the key trekking destinations of the National Park.  The summit of Mount Langtang Lirung , 7245 meters is the highest point of this region.  The northern and eastern border of the national park coincides with China. The western boundary follows the rivers Bhote Kosi and Trisuli. The southern border lies 32 km (20 mi) north of the Kathmandu Valley. Most people living here are Tamang and Sherpa. About the way of life,  “Syabru Songs” and performing a few ceremonies are performed routinely. Individuals living here are exceptionally kind, liberal and supportive. Their livelihood mostly depends upon agriculture; tourism and hospitality industry; and raising livestock, mostly yaks. We were fortunate enough to come across Snow Leopard and Red Panda on our journey, which are very rare and listed on the endangered species. Being here feels euphoric and fulfilling. Our trip was of 6 days to The holy lake  Gosainkunda (4380m).   Day 1:   Our journey began by taking a bus ride from Jorpati, Kathmandu to Thankuni Bhanjyang. A four hours ride to the north of Sindhupalchowk district. We had our day meal at Thankuni Bhanjyang and after a short rest, we started our trek to Golfu Bhanjyang. It was a 7 hrs walk to reach our destination for the day at Golfu Bhanjyang. Day 2: Second day was the main day of the trek. We entered Langtang National Park with a steep climb to Kutumsang. It marks the beginning of...
“Maathi maathi Sailungey maa”…A land of 100 hilllocks [Saya Thumkaa] – Sailung

“Maathi maathi Sailungey maa”…A land of 100 hilllocks [Saya Thumkaa] – Sailung

Exactly a year ago, my article, Trip to Kalinchowk, was published on ghumante. The trip to Shailung was already planned at that time because, after Kalinchowk, Shailung was our preferred destination in Dolakha for winter and snow. According to the plan, four of us, collegemates of Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel geared up for the trip, right after the awaited snowfall of this winter. FIRST DAY: We met up at 28 Kilo, Dhulikhel at 6 a.m. After breakfast, we caught a bus to Mudhe at 7. Because we didn’t book our tickets, we didn’t get any seats. Most probably because of the crowds of people flocking to Kalinchowk (major destination for snow fun these days). Anyways, we made it to Mude somehow. After getting there, we found out that there was direct transportation from KTM -Bhaise  (Sailung Gaupalika). We reached Mude (72 kms from Dhulikhel) at 10 a.m. where we had our lunch. We waited for that very bus from Kathmandu for about 3 hours to go to Bhaise of Shailung Gaaunpalika. Finally, at 1’0 clock, the bus arrived and we headed our way to Shailung via Lamche-Aahal, Maga Deurali. Sailung is about 25 kms offroad from Mudhe but due to snowfall, the bus could go only 15 minutes ahead of Maga Deurali (Shailung is about 4.5 hrs hike away from here). At one point, our bus got stuck in the swampy road and we, the passengers worked together to get it out, by shoveling some dry soil and pulled the bus with a rope which was worth it. This small effort reduced our hiking time. Our original plan was to get to Bhaise (the final bus stop during dry...
Journey to Poon Hill, Nepal

Journey to Poon Hill, Nepal

Travel is my passion; I love adventure and the mountains. On this winter vacation, I chose the Poon Hill Trek. The Himalayas fill Nepal, and Poon Hill Trek is among the most popular trails in Nepal. At 3,210 meters, Poon Hill is the highest point of the trek, which offers excellent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges. It was a dream come true for me to finally view these mountains at such a close distance. This trip is an excellent option if you are looking to start trekking around Nepal, and if you are short on time, as it can be easily completed in four or five days. Since this is a popular route, there are lots of hotels and tea houses throughout the route, and you will meet fellow trekkers all along the way. You can complete the trip without a guide, even if you are a foreign tourist. I did the trek in five days with my friend Sanjeev Thapa Magar. Our journey started from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara We set off from Kathmandu to Pokhara early in the morning at 8 a.m. to catch a Jagdamba tourist bus. The tourist bus was really luxurious, with an attached European-style washroom. During the trip, we enjoyed good service and hospitality from the bus crew. We were provided hot coffee, cold drinks and a light lunch. The drive mostly follows along the Trishuli Riverside. There were changing landscape views to enjoy from the window. After reaching Pokhara City at 4 p.m., we went to “Hotel Blue Heaven” at the lakeside village and...
Traveler’s Tale: Trip to Kalinchowk, A Heaven on Earth

Traveler’s Tale: Trip to Kalinchowk, A Heaven on Earth

Introduction Located at an altitude of 3842m above the sea level and 150 kilometers away from Kathmandu, Kalinchowk is a quick city escape which lies in Dolakaha district, Kalinchowk VDC. It is about 132 kilometers from Kathmandu to Charikot, 18 km off road up to Kuri Village and an hour hike from there. Kalinchowk, being one of the most visited local destinations in this winter, we also decided to give it a try. This trip to Kalinchowk was our weekend getaway. For people who want to experience snowfall, high altitude, sightseeing and light adventures with less effort, this is the perfect option. In addition to that, it is also famous spiritual or pilgrimage site for Hindus. Day 1 Excited about the trip, we got up early in the morning and took the local bus from Kathmandu to Charikot at 6 am. However, Kalinchowk can also be reached via private vehicles or through Travel and Tour Companies with special packages. As the bus started moving, we slowly left the urban chaos and started to feel the serenity of misty hills, rivers and streams on our way. After four hours drive, the bus stopped at Kharidhunga for lunch. An hour later, we reached Charikot, which is also a beautiful tourist destination. After having some refreshments, we left Charikot at 2:30 pm. We reserved a jeep and headed up from MakaiBaari route. A 6-7 hours hike through the forest trails is another good alternative to reach Kalinkchowk. As we were passing through the lush green pine forest, we saw traces of snow on our way.  The altitude was increasing gradually so was...
Trek to Imja Glacial Lake

Trek to Imja Glacial Lake

After waiting for over a week for the inclement weather to clear up, we couldn’t be patient anymore and decided to take our chances. Our journey towards Imja Glacier (5010 masl) began at 6 am early in the morning from Kathmandu. Crammed in a small jeep, we reached Salleri (the headquarter of Solu district) after 12 hours. Thankfully, the sky had cleared up after a week of incessant rain. After spending a night in Salleri, we kicked-off our journey towards Imja glacial lake at 06:30 am on 8th Sept, 2016. It was a tough walk on the path, mostly used for transporting goods on the backs of mules; the path was muddy due to the recent rainfall and it was difficult to find a good foothold. It took us 5 days to cross Nunthala, Jubhing, Kharikhola, Paiya and Surke – the entrance to Chaurikharka VDC – before we reached Namche Bazar (Namche VDC) to the North. The trek was tough, however, the lush green pine forests, the sweet fragrance of pine, numerous waterfalls, the giggling of Dudhkoshi – made it worthwhile! We witnessed the catastrophic landslides in Surke, which had swept away 3 houses. The locals, though, quickly cleared the trail. We were also fortunate enough to have a close view of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa’s home at Surke – the first ever Nepali woman to climb Mount Everest in 1993. All these villages (mentioned above) have primary to secondary level schools and micro hydropower. WiFi is avaialable in every lodge and hotels, so you are always connected to the outside world. Visitors can recharge their cell phones and camera...