My First Trip to Nepal

My First Trip to Nepal

This was my first visit and trek to Nepal. The 20 March 2016 marked the beginning of our trek in Shivalaya, with the finish date set for 9 April 2016 in Salleri. With no expectations we began our journey wide-eyed and raring to go! We endured many diverse weather conditions in a short space of time – heat, cold, hailstones, wind and clouds. We trekked up, down and around scenic mountains; viewing terraced mountainsides, vibrant vegetable gardens, raging rivers and tinkling streams. We walked across long wire bridges, passed donkey and yak trains, made way for Nepalese Cowboys and many men, women and children carrying extremely large and heavy loads. We trekked through flowering Rhododendron forests and fields of purple flowers. We felt the effects of altitude when we scaled Renjo La Pass at 5417m. We made it!! Celebrations were in order and we feasted on chocolate, cake and other treats to mark our achievement. We experienced many different types of transportation from a 10 hour ride in a local bus, an 8 hour jeep ride with 11 of us all squashed in, including one car sick passenger and the bumpiest ride on a tractor. Along the way I met people from many diverse countries and walks of life. Our trek was much more than a physical journey – it was a spiritual awakening. I experienced the generosity of the beautiful Nepalese people – some people who themselves had few possessions but were able to give so freely from their heart. When you are faced with and overcome obstacles, feats harder than you can imagine and you are taken...
Garden City of Seven lakes: Lekhnath

Garden City of Seven lakes: Lekhnath

Named after the famous poet ‘Shiromani Lekhnath Paudel’, Lekhnath holds numerous treasures to offer to its visitors. Lekhnath is located in southeastern part of Pokhara valley, at a distance of 10 km from Pokhara and 181 km west from Kathmandu. Having amity with the mountains, cliffs and and forests, the seven lakes of Lekhnath are Begnas, Rupa, Khaste, Deepang, Gunde, Neureni and Maidi. During Spring season, white lotuses blossom in most of these lakes and make the whole environment blissful. Lotuses smile in the lakes and rivers till summer spreading the fragrance and message of purity. The largest lake of Lekhnath is Begnas lake. Enriching the beauty of this land, the lake welcomes large number of visitors every year. However, the motive to travel the lake varies from person to person. With the first rays of sun arrive, one can see the sun, the mountains and the lakes all smiling together. One can’t stop falling in love with the sights of these lakes during sunrise and sunset. People seeking for peace and serenity find this place to be perfect. Some love to gaze at the beauty of lake with chilling music on the waiting bench while some sit by the lakeside, attempting to diminish the coldness in relations. Visitors can have access to cheap and safe boating services here. The couple of hours of boating around the places like Raj Tudha, Baraha Chetra, Majhi Kuna with the loved ones makes you forget the rest of the world for the moment. A dive into the lake after a hectic day promises divine pleasure. The local kids can be seen performing different jumps and acrobatic tricks in the lake. Not...
Backpacker’s Valentine

Backpacker’s Valentine

May you never be too busy to go to Mountains…. The Heart beats and the Mind wanders. My soul craves to roam somewhere else leaving my physical body. Longing for adventures to come. Thrills of joy .Somewhere far away, pathless woods awaiting. This kills me. Maybe its time for me to leave, to go away from everything, the crowd, noise, attachments, just everything that’s around. Bored,restless; I can’t breathe here anymore. Screaming Echoes in my head . Dead, I feel inside. Numb,nothing left. Stuck,drained. Storm in my calm mind, fire in my burning soul and a mess in my eyes. Always dreamed  of living. Frustrated, baffled. Running, awaiting storm, dwelling to disperse faraway. Enough of you, this crazy society.They don’t understand, they won’t, they never tried to .Fading light you are, passing by just like every other day. Never want my soul to be confined within walls, I want it to be wanderer of the wild. Feelings of failures trying to find a new beginning but I find being a lost cause already. Maybe, I need to move beyond these walls, need not to hear your counsel. Maybe, I forgot to live trying to survive. Maybe, I forgot what life tastes like in this crowd. Maybe, I need to go away to the place I belong. Where ” I” means only me. Me I so wanted to be. Me for myself. Me that I dreamt of, so desperately desired to be. No more,no less. I dream to stand far away in solitude to breathe again, to smile again. There’s no time for anything else.   As they said,”There are...
Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Every once in a while, I dream of waking up someday to find that I’ve got wings all of a sudden and I can fly. Even if I couldn’t fly all over the world, I wish to see all the places in Nepal. In the past five years, my dream and the reality were like day and night that never overlapped. With every morning, my dream fades away along with my sleep but my enthusiasm never dies, hope remains and my wandering zeal prevails. Who needs the wings to wander? A Leopard doesn’t need wings to run like a wind and elephants walk gracefully without wings. This is the feeling that pushed me to go on the trek to Annapurna Round Circuit. Exciting companions, burning ghumante spirit in heart, a back-pack with all the necessities, good camera and a pair of trekking shoes, what else do you need to start? Annapurna circuit is one of the top 10 trekking routes in the world. This route goes through four districts Lamjung, Myagdi, Manang and Mustang of which the latter two districts are on the other side of the mountains. Besisahar, thheadquarter of Lamjung district, is the entry point of this route which is 6 hours by bus from Kathmandu. Our journey began with the sunries and we were in Besisahar at around 2pm. Recently, a massive earthquake had devastated Nepal and on top of that, the country was going through turmoil and chaos due to the blockade imposed in the southern border. Therefore we were also very curious to see how this had affected the travel destinations and the daily...
मनकामना यात्रा, भुकम्प पछिका तिता मिठा अनुभव

मनकामना यात्रा, भुकम्प पछिका तिता मिठा अनुभव

श्री गणेश : ( यात्रा अघिका कुरा) मनमा तरङ्ग, बितरङ्गहरु जोश, शक्ति र बिश्वास अनि अाट `घुमन्ते´ नामै यस्तै छ । धेरै जस्तो अन्य कार्य र पढाईमा ब्यस्त हुने भएकै कारणले सनिवार वा अरु बिदाका दिन घुम्न निस्किने बानी । बानी भन्दा पनि लत नै लागिसक्यो  भन्दा ठिक होला । युवा अवस्था जोश –जागर र अाट गर्ने बानी को त कुरै नगरौ । वर्षा को मौसम यसपालि घर मात्र बसिराख्न अल्छी लाग्ने । लगभग ४० वटा जिल्ला घुमेको अनुभव बटुल्दै नजिकै ४० कि मिमा (दमौली बाट ) अवस्थित मनकामनाको हिडाइ गर्ने योजना पारित भो हामी दुई साथी बिच । सनिवार भनिएको हिडाइ कारणवस शुक्रबार नै गरौ भन्ने धारणा अर्का घुमन्तेको । सनिवार भनिएको यात्रा को ठिकठाक तयारि गर्न नपाउदै शुक्रबार नै झोला र क्यामेरा बोकि हिडियो । भन्ने गरिन्छ नि ” Travelers do not plan their destination they just travel around. ” अब अघिको यात्रा आफै पढ्नुस । धार्मिक दृष्टिकोणले ज्यादै नै महत्व बोकेको मनकामना मन्दिर हिन्दुहरुका लागि पुग्नै पर्ने धर्मिक स्थल । जहाँ बर्सेनि हजारौंले आफ्ना मनोकामना एवम्   कयौं भाकल पूरा होस भनेर धाउने गर्दछ्न । अरुको जस्तो अथाह मनोकामना नभएपनि केही प्राथना त माग्ने सोच पनि थियो मनकामना माइको सामु । बैशाख १२ र २९ गते गएको महाभुकम्पको केन्द्रबिन्दु रहेको गोरखा जिल्ला र गोरखा जिल्लामा अवस्थित मनकामना मन्दिर । त्यसैले यस यात्रामा धार्मिक पाटो मात्र जोडिएको छैन । भुकम्पले चर्काएको र हल्लाएका घर, गोठ, स्कुल र मनकामना मन्दिरको पनि बेग्लै कथा जोड्न खोजेको छु । घरबाट अलि अबेर हिडियो तर पनि आबुखैरेनी बाट उकालो लाग्दा बिहानको सात बजेको थियो । मर्स्याङ्दि र दरौदीको संगम भन्दा अलि तल बाट   झोलुङ्गे पुल तर्दै कानटार गाउँ बाट ठाडो उकालोको पैदल यात्रा...
A Journey in Lower Mustang: Jomsom – Kagbeni – Muktinath

A Journey in Lower Mustang: Jomsom – Kagbeni – Muktinath

“Jomsomai bazaar maa 12 baje hawa sarara”, a famous song from the Pokahreli Band Nepathya, describes the main market place in Jomsom (2700m) – the district headquarters of Mustang. Jomsom indeed is a place to be in the mornings until noon. The street vendors are all out in the center of the city, selling their best products. Fruits and vegetables (among them the famous Mustangi apples), the classic Marpha (apple brandy), hand-made handicrafts and hundreds of other what-nots are carefully placed on the stalls, glittering on the gentle sun and fresh breeze, and waiting to be bought. Yak hearders are leading their furry animals through the main street and out of the town for food, their bells producing a melodious Himalayan symphony. As headquarters of the district and a fairly visited place, Jomsom has everything – an airport, a hospital, excellent hotels (both more luxurious and budget options), restaurants serving delicious food for all tastes and last but not least spectacular views of Mount Nilgiri, for which you have a feeling that it is just above the town. Jomsom is also a starting point for many trekking trails, among which the one to the ancient village of Kagbeni and Muktinath. Mustang is a fascinating area with a landscape very similar to the one of Tibet, one of a highaltitude desert. However, unlike in Tibet where travelers have to go through a lot of restrictions and travel only in tourist groups, individual travelers are welcomed in Mustang. Mustang has remained an autonomous kingdom even after the fall of the monarchy in Nepal, partly thanks to its seclusion from the rest of the...