Langtang

Langtang

Mark Twain once famously quoted “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”   This line has a great impact on me so did the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, I think its my passion to explore dream and discover, while traveling to new places, its like attending a new class. You learn so much from it, there’s whole wide world in front of you and there are so many places to explore. I have always felt travel broadens one’s horizon as you get to see new culture, new people and places which in turn makes you more matured and understanding. The 1st week in November, I got a call from my close friend from Boston, USA saying, “yo buddy I am coming to Nepal, we should explore the mountains of Nepal.” Being a mountain lover and an avid photo enthusiast, there was no chance I would say no.   We decided to go for a 10 days trip to Langtang National Park. Langtang is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu and is an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches. Langtang lies about 130 km north of the Kathmandu Valley close to the border with Tibet, China. It is Nepal’s first national park, and lies between the Himalayan ranges to the north; fewer tourists visit this area and the trek here is more adventurous.   Apart from...
Hike to Gosainkuda

Hike to Gosainkuda

As they said “Respond to every call that excites your Spirit”. Six people, four days. Goodly hills were already welcoming us with smile in their eyes while we were on course to Dhunche. Tiredness we felt during jumpy bus ride went hiding somewhere when we saw red rhododendron filing the hillside with its charm.   A quick call to start the hike from Dhunche resulted walk of 5 hours in lofty trails. Walk on those trails was hard nevertheless seeing Deers roaming around freely made us forget leg pains we were having. We called it a night when we reached Dhimsa at 7:30 pm. The night was surprisingly cozy with oven to warm our hands and place to rest our physically tired body. Potatoes were delicious there. After taking a good rest, we continued our hike to Gosaikunda at 6:30 am. A day long hike welcomed us with snow covered steep slopes . Hiking in those snowy trails were never an easy since you would go down upto your knees while walking, it was amusing though. Drinking typical mountain tea with yak butter energized our hiking spirits. Thanks to warm hearted dai, working in Cheese factory, Chandanbari. We would meet trekkers returning with happiness in their eyes excitement in their words of seeing the beauty of frozen lake,the frozen trail.   Houses and Stupas were rare only to be seen after a long walk, where we would stop for a while, catch our breath and walk on. After continuing trail with just your leg to fit in width, life threating view down the trail, small frozen kundas resting in...
Kalinchowk – An Adventure Pilgrimage

Kalinchowk – An Adventure Pilgrimage

Situated at the top of Charikot, Dolakha, Kalinchowk proves a must go destination for religious pilgrims and travel enthusiasts. The trip offers scenic views all along the ride and the best part begins when one starts the uphill journey from Khadichaur. The road upto Charikot is blacktopped and a comfortable ride except the U-turns typical of hilly highways. Dolalghat, Mudhe, Kharidhunga and Mudhe are some of the few spectacular stops on the journey. Once reaching Charikot, the road is a steep offroad uphill ride. The drive is almost like a X-bike racing event due to the tough terrain. Some turns of the road rarely see sunlight and are full of slippery ice all-year round. Dusty roads are another hassles. Despite all these, once you reach Kuri, also the basecamp for Kalinchowk, all is forgotten. The place itself offers majestic views and a serene landscape. The hotels around this remote area offer surprisingly amazing service and hospitality. Many prefer to stay the night in Kuri, and begin the ascend to Kalinchowk the next day, early morning which is a 30-45 minutes uphill trek. Staying in Kuri also helps in acclimatization as the altitude is over 3000 meters above sea level. Plus, it’s fun, the hotels offer cozy halls with campfire, dinner, drinks and music. Some can be seen enjoying Barbecue besides the fire. People start the ascent of Kalinchowk early in the morning without eating anything as it is considered pure in Hindu Religion to offer prayers. The time to reach the top depends upon individuals. For some, it’s a 15 minute walk , and for some it’s a tough...
Daman

Daman

Daman in 2069, 2013. As soon as rain fell in Kathmandu that winter, we were off to Daman, one-stop destination for Valley-dwellers who want to enjoy snowfall. Enjoy the Gallery, Detailed post will be coming very soon! [rev_slider...