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...
All your most pressing trekking questions answered!

All your most pressing trekking questions answered!

We have attempted to answer all your most pressing trekking questions in this blog post as we get tons of queries everyday from Ghumante of all level. We have also included some other questions which you didn’t ask but we felt should be answered. What should I wear? What kind of clothes I need for trekking? It is best to invest in light, quick dry and moisture wicking clothes. You should avoid jeans, cotton and other heavy materials which are heavy to carry, and in case they get wet by sweat or rain they are slower to dry. Thamel is a good place to buy trekking clothes but if you can, over time, you should collect sturdy and high quality clothes. As they are expensive, one may not be able to buy them all at once. But as you start collecting, they will last you a lifetime. Often while we trek, we will encounter places in higher elevation where it gets very cold. The secret to protecting oneself from cold is not one thick cloth but layering. You should have 3-4 layers of clothes for cold region. Do not wear tons of layers while walking though. A windcheater is advisable at all times while walking. Also make sure to buy quality socks meant for athletic activities or trekking. They will prevent excessive sweating as well as smelling of the feet. Clothes to carry: dri fit light athletic t-shirts with moisture wick capacity (most in no. as they will have to be changed frequently in case of sweating), long sleeve inners with similar characteristics, fleece, windcheater, rain coat, down jacket, quick...
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...
Waling, the heart of Syangja

Waling, the heart of Syangja

Waling Municipality, the heart of Syangja, is a small valley surrounded by hills. It is a small town in the western hills of Nepal, in the Aadhikhola valley in Syangja district, Gandaki Zone of Nepal. Waling bazaar is at the height of 800 meters from sea level while the municipality’s height varies from 731 to 1596 meters. Waling isn’t a place often visited by tourists/travelers but I decided to visit nonetheless. This place is immensely rich in tradition and culture. People of the Brahman and Chhetri ethnic group are major residents here. Most lands are cultivable and agriculture is the main occupation of most of the people. I stayed here for 4 days mingling with the people of this fascinating place. The people welcome you with their big heart and smile. The beautiful sunset and view of the valleys seen from the hills of waling are stunning. Bird watching holds a great scope here as the region abundant species of birds are found around the area. Nearby destinations are Pokhara in the northeast and Palpa in the south. During my four days of stay, the climate was so dramatic. 75% of the time, it was cloudy and the last day was a sunny day with clear blue skies and view of the mountains. Mt. Machapuchre is clearly visible from Waling. The Annapunra Ranges, Mt. Fishtail are seen up close from Amale village as if they are just besides the next hills. Exploring nearby villages is fun with the old traditional houses , farmers , children and beautiful views. As I had visited on October all the fields were full of paddy . People fishing in the bank of Andhikhola and working on...