Manang – Nar Phu (Phoo) Valley & Kangla Pass | Nepal

Manang – Nar Phu (Phoo) Valley & Kangla Pass | Nepal

Manang, the land beyond mountains. It is one of the favourite trekking destinations in Nepal for both domestic and international travellers. It is also renowned as the land beyond mountains after its neighbouring district  Mustang, Nepal. The majestic wide verdant fields, valley, waterfalls, beautiful crests, people, culture and etiquette is more than enough to dazzle anyone trekking in Nepal. Whenever one ponders about Manang, waterfalls, apple farms, outspread colourful fields with a parched hill that took over centuries to form comes to one mind. It is definitely a hidden gem behind the mountains. The trek starts from Besisahar (760 mt), Lamjung which is a subtropical zone (below 1,200 mt) then ascend gradually to the Arctic region (Above 4,400 mt). The initial part of the journey consists of several colossal and puny streams which will leave you awestruck. Imagine, witnessing cascade every after each turn, isn’t this majestic. And most roadside villages located just beneath the vast mountains. The trail follows the rapid of Marshyandi river. It isn’t over yet, all these fascinating places and terrains lead to the Phu (Phoo 4,080 mt), Magical Manang.   Phu valley trekking as its sounds is more exquisite when seen. Intersected by two small rivulets, the valley is situated like a plateau. This region is inside the ‘Annapurna Conservation Area’ so one can expect to see wildlife too. It is famous and explored by all voyager although this trek inside Manang is still in mint condition. By witnessing the valley, it feels like time has stopped. The pre-historic, houses, Chorten, stone-paved pavements and structure date back centuries and its secluded characteristic are what...
DOLPO SHEY PHOKSUNDO – Lake beneath Kanjiralwa |Trekking in Nepal

DOLPO SHEY PHOKSUNDO – Lake beneath Kanjiralwa |Trekking in Nepal

Dolpo Shey Phoksundo or in the more typical term ‘Phoksumdo’ is a majestic lake beneath Kanjiralwa Himalayan. The whole region of Dolpa is filled with magical landscapes and scattered pieces of beautiful lands, people and elements (Mountains, Lakes, Hills) are enough to astonish any visitor who embarks on a journey to this mystical land. This specific region lies in the Western part of Nepal. Dolpa and Phoksumdo (yep, not a spelling mistake) were always on our bucket list. We finally did the Dolpo Trek in the year 2018. The 12-day trip consisted of crazy road trips at the beginning, trekking through vastly different landscapes and flight back home which offered some spectacular views. It one of the best views and the bluest clearest waters that we’ve ever been to. But what makes it even better? The people. Yes, people might be one of the main reasons we want to go back. They make you feel at home away from home. And yeah, not to forget our drone crash. The drone recovery was an experience on its own as we went over a cliff to get to it. Special gratitude to Nepal Tourism Board and Mr Sudhan Subedi for providing us field support, Mr Rajendra Kumar Shrestha for the Damali Drone Footages, Mr Pratik Gurung and Puran Gurung for the music, and Mr Tashi Tewa Dolpo for helping us with the Tibetan Titles. If you are looking for trekking in Nepal, especially in the countrysides, Dolpo region is highly recommended. It is still in untainted form, welcoming backpackers from all around the world. The main attraction of the Dolpo Shey...
A new Route to Gosaikunda, My Long and Unplanned Journey, 17.5 hrs trek in a Single Day!

A new Route to Gosaikunda, My Long and Unplanned Journey, 17.5 hrs trek in a Single Day!

It was mid-autumn, 10th of September 2019 last year. My friend Wangyal Lama made an instant plan to trek at Gosainkunda. Our plan was to go only up to Thadepati located at an altitude of 3400m. We were both in our village in Nuwakot. But suddenly we decided to do an unplanned trek all the way upto Gosainkunda. I have been to Gosainkunda during the rainy season at Janai Purnima in 2017 but I decided to go again as I wanted to see what the scenic beauty was like during autumn. We started our trip to Gosainkunda on 11th of September. We packed some boiled potatoes, biscuits, noodles, and water and stayed at Mangengoth on the first day. It was a moderate trek that day. The trek next day was a difficult one. We left Mangengoth and reached Thadepati at around 10 am in the morning, had lunch there and did some sightseeing. As our initial plan was going only up to Thadepati, I was in slippers and had not carried any shoes. It was easier for me to walk in slippers.  On the way we met some trekkers, had some chitchat with them all the way up to Phedi (4000m). Meeting new people, sharing new experiences has been always the best part of travelling for me. We reached Phedi in the evening around 6 pm and spent the night over there. The next morning, we woke up early at 5 am, took breakfast and marched towards Gosainkunda. It was our third day and the trek was challenging. After about 3 hours of steep ascent and 600 m altitude gain, we reached Surya Kunda...
Gosaikunda in Deep Winter, A Trip that tested my limit

Gosaikunda in Deep Winter, A Trip that tested my limit

Our trip to Gosaikunda was as much adventurous as it was religious. We chose Gosaikunda as it was the nearest destination from Kathmandu but also well known for the beautiful Langtang mountain ranges and of course the frozen lake – Gosaikunda. There’s a saying “If we spend enough time dreaming,  the dream might eventually become real”. I had been wishing to go to Gosaikunda for a long time and it was coming true. We were planning to start our trek on the first week of March amidst the global pandemic – COVID19. Just two weeks ago, two trekkers had lost their lives in an accident on their way back from Gosainkunda. Naturally, we were a little anxious. I had a little fear inside me but I wanted to challenge myself. Born and raised in the Terai region, I didn’t have any experience on high altitude and freezing temperatures. This was going to be a once in a lifetime experience for me. Our journey started on March 7, 7 A.M. from Machhapokhari, Kathmandu (1,400 meters). Nine hours long bus ride and 117 kilometers later, we reached Dhunche (2,030 meters) from where our trek to Gosaikunda began. First, we had to descend to Ghatte Khola (1,960 meters). It was already 4:41 P.M. when we reached there. I was not used to such terrain and it was already proving tough for me. We had to take frequent breaks to catch breath along the way. Finally, we reached our first stop for the first day – Deurali (2,625 meters) at around 6:29 P.M. We stayed at Deurali Hotel and Lodge for the night. We were hungry but we...
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...