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...
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...
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...
Five Travel Zombies’ escapade,a trip to Khaptad National Park!

Five Travel Zombies’ escapade,a trip to Khaptad National Park!

I read somewhere that many travelers relate to the experience of travel closely to the throw of dice because every time we try to make travel predictable, it still finds a way to give it to us raw and random experiences with those lightning “spectacular now!!” moments which keep on treating every longing heart to take one more step further unto the unknown. And what is “unknown” besides “a walk into the uncharted” and what is “travel” other than “a walk away from your comfort”. On January of 2015, five travel zombies went on an escapade to one of the farthest region of Nepal. About 3 days away from Kathmandu, covering 225 sq.km of Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti, resting at the altitude of 1000-3300m, far away from terms like “Modernity” and “21st century”, Khaptad National Park enjoys itself as it did a thousand years ago waiting to share everything that it holds.   We left from New Bus Park at around 4 in the evening and were shuttled through the Mahendra highway covering a total distance of more than 700 km. In the morning, at around 9, we were picked up by our dear friend and placed in the comfort of his house in the plains of Kanchanpur,Dhangadhi. The day went by as we took into the jungles, shared jokes with local people and watched children’s walk to their school. In the evening we bought food that we anticipated we need for our trek such as chiura (flattened rice), bhujia (crispy snack), achar (pickle), a cartoon of waiwai (noodles), biscuits and chocolate wafers (a lot) and toilet paper...
The unexpected journey in the Kingdom of Lo

The unexpected journey in the Kingdom of Lo

When the country was in turmoil and life was hit hard by the blockade in the plains of Nepal, four friends from Damauli decided to do something unexpected. They packed their traveling gears, gathered whatever fuels they could and headed out to one of the most epic journey in the Kingdom of Lo, Upper Mustang. Enjoy the video where they travel to the magnificent Zhong Caves, beautiful Dhumba Lake, the Muktinath Temple and witness the live snowfall. Epic adventure, lots of...