|Route||Sundarijal > Chisapani> LapsiPhedi|
|Date||Feb 17 – 18, 2018|
|Hiking Duration||2 Days|
|Participants||Asmita Bista, Bidish Acharya, Binita Sapkota, Dicchya Shakya, Kusumakar Shrestha, Nischal Maharjan, Nitish Dhaubhadel, Prajesh Raj Kayastha, Rajesh Prajapati, Roshan Shrestha, Sanjay Maharjan, Sirshak Regmi, Sujesh Shakya|
|Report By||Bidish Acharya, Nischal Maharjan|
|Photos By||Dicchya Shakya, Kusumakar Shrestha, Rajesh Prajapati|
|Videos By||Rajesh Prajapati|
|Creative Support||Bidish Acharya|
Happiness is felt when it is shared. A hike with the new faces of Deerwalk, new faces in the sense that we never interacted inside the Deerwalk premises; felt awkward to join the gang for hike. But when you travel, you get more than you seek. So, I felt that I got to know more fun side of them. The hike route was really good. Anywhere far from Kathmandu feels good, air is fresh and scenery gets beautiful with each step forward.
It was Saturday and a sunny day as well. We were almost 13 together. Then we started hiking, the first two hours was like hell, a straight continuous steep uphill path which never looked like ending. We took lots of short rests during the first two hours of hiking. During this two hours of hiking we passed through Shivapuri National Park. We needed to buy tickets to enter the National Park. On the way, we found some shops where we could buy drinks and snacks. The hiking was like walking in the Jungle. We never knew what’s ahead of our journey. So after 3 hours of hiking, finally, we started moving downhill. It was a bit of relief for all of us. We started seeing some houses far away on hills. Yeah, that seemed to be Chisapani. So after 4 hours of hiking, we reached Chisapani. It’s a very good place with open space. We can see Himalayan ranges like Ganesh Himal and Langtang range as well from there.
The most beautiful things in life are not actually materialistic things. They’re people, places, beautiful memories and most important: smiles and laughter.
Chisapani trek (2140m) is one of the shortest treks to the north of Kathmandu city. This trek is popular for the spectacular views of snowcapped mountains and beautiful Nepali villages with green terraces. We pass through the 112-sq-km Shivapuri National Park and large Tamang village of Mulkharka (1800m) from where we can please our eyes with a scenic view of Kathmandu valley on a clear day. This trek also takes us through the peaceful forest of brown oak and rhododendron.
The most beautiful things in life are not actually materialistic things. They’re people, places, beautiful memories and most important: smiles and laughter. Best thing about this hike was we climbed all the way with high smiles.
It had been a long time since I had traveled to some place beautiful and new, so I dived right away into this opportunity of going for a 2-days hike to Chisapani. I was a little hesitated in the beginning to join a group of new people for the hiking, but the trip went exceptionally well. No wonder people say, “traveling makes way for friendship.”
We hiked uphill from Sundarijal, for almost 2-3 hours, when we finally took a long rest at a hotel for lunch. I ended this tough uphill journey in just one sentence, but for us, hiking that path seemed like forever. After resting for more than an hour, we were energized and resumed our journey to Chisapani. The route that followed was a beautiful trail to walk on. Walking between the trees where no sun rays could absorb our energy, we covered the rest of the trail quite easily.
Feeding our soul with such amazing trips is much healthier than going nuts seeking for ‘happy things’ to do here in Kathmandu.
We reached Chisapani at 3 and we had a full night to spend, make friends, and memories. We did that, taking in the warmth of bonfire and rum. In no time, all of us got along very well. Alcohol, while traveling, turned out to be an even greater way to make friends.
The next morning, we were thrilled to see the amazing view of mountain ranges. It was such a cool morning and we were ready to spend another amazing day of our trip. We had our longest photo session there and prepared to move towards Lapsiphedi. The hiking trail was pretty easy that day. Without feeling fatigued, we covered almost 12 kms.
Traveling is highly interpreted as the most amazing activity to do, and it is exactly on point. Those 2 days turned out to be a blissful experience for all of us. Feeding our soul with such amazing trips is much healthier than going nuts seeking for ‘happy things’ to do here in Kathmandu. I can’t wait to be part of another such trip.