Hiking from Kanakot to Thankot via Chitlang Bhanjyang

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Theme: Exploring The Heights – III
Hiking Route: Kanakot to Chitlang Bhanjyang to Thankot
Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008
Hike Coordinator: SirisB
Participants: BhaskarB, BhaskarS, MaheshR, NirajS, PrajwalS, SirisB, RudraP; LavaK
Photos: PrajwalS, BhaskarS
Caption: BhaskarB, SirisB
Report: Team (See Below)
Creative Support:Dijup Tuladhar / Ganesh Thapa

Mystic Rhythms And The Morning Light – SirisB

“Hike the grooves of mountains and get their good tidings and notice nature’s peace flowing into you as sunshine flows into trees, the winds blowing their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares of morning water drops skid on the winter leaves”. Yes, this hiking was indeed a good experience to getting close to nature. One cannot explain that you need to know why the trees are still there, and the hills and the sky? Anyway and anyone knows they are. On the other end, how can you say it is time your pulse responded to anther rhythm of the day and the season instead of the hour and the minute? No-one can explain. So you walk, hike and feel the rhythm of the day.

Five hours of climb and three hours of descend definitely felt really well after its completion. This was one of the toughest hikes of all! Although at first a thought of discouragement tended to reside over me, but the achievement and the fun to breath the air of attainment made my day.

Brief Recollections – BhaskarB

This was one of the most enjoyable climbs and I would surely recommend this route to some of my foreign friends living in the valley who head out regularly. It never ceases to amaze me that despite how many places we’ve been to (around the valley), there are these gems lying around. The valley below Bahune Kanakot was a surprise. You would never think such a valley exists on the right side when driving to Noubise from Kathmandu. It was very interesting to hear Rudra’s past-times while growing up in the area. The tea at Masine was horrible, could not take more than a sip (even that I spit it out). The twenty minutes of nap at the Thali was just too good – something that I love doing – walk up non-stop and sleep in the sun. After getting to Chitlang Bhanjyang, the route to Kulekhani was enticing and personally was ready to take on that challenge if collective agreement had prevailed. The descent seemed way too shorter than the last trip. Time well managed – eight hours of non-stop hiking and back to cozy comfort of home before six.

Decoy – NirajS

I knew that this hike is not going to be an easy one as Rudra explained to me. Two weeks back I did a trek to Gosaikunda, so I thought I can handle this hike and agreed to be part of this hike. Our good friend Mr. Bhaskar Shrestha – who never had more than 4 hours hike in his entire life was quite reluctant to be part of this hike. But Siris and I somehow managed to convince him that this is going to be just-like-that hike and agreed to join us. It was a decoy :-) .
When we started to climb the mountain he was really mad at us but eventually he did pretty well. It’s not easy to catch up with pro-hikers like Bhaskar B and Rudra. The hike was really very tough and after 8 hours of ups and downs we completed the hike. Especially when going down it really took our nerves. But after a final descent we gave a look at the huge mountain that we climbed, we thought it was quite an achievement and fulfilling experience. And at the end of the day it was yet another beeeeeeessssssssst (copyright: Kapil Pandey) hike.

Ghosts of Kanakot laid to rest – PrajwalS

Challenge

Some of the hikes are easy and some are difficult ones. Well, when we measure the difficulty level of any hiking route, we probably measure the steepness and the time taken to complete the route. Another reason if we miss the actual trail, and get lost in the jungle, then we will definitely end up taking more time. When it comes to tough hiking, Kanakot to Thankot is the hike that pops out from our circle of friends. I have heard many stories ( Dead Man’s story)of this challenging route and today is the day, I am on the mark to take off this challenging trail.
Refer: http://www.everestuncensored.org/822/2006/12/18/dead-mans-voice/

The Steep Beginning

After reaching Kanakot, we started hiking from the base of Mahendra Highway. The hiking was not easy from the beginning. The hike just inclined at 75 degrees or more and we had to move on jumping across the fields. Some times I needed a helping hand to pull me up. As the group consisted of regular and non-regular hikers, the team slowly began to form two groups. I was moving with the leading group. The sun was low and weather was good; so the steep hiking didn’t do much damage for us. Rudra dai showed us his village, and described stories about the place. As we hiked higher, the buses plying on the highway were becoming smaller and the himalayan range and the valley were becoming clearer.

To the Neupane Chaur

This hike was some of a kind different to other hikes. With no trail moving downwards, we were hiking higher and higher. Having kind of gossips on the way, we talked about topic ranging from ‘increasing human life span’ to ‘next technological revolution’ . Bhaskar Dai was eager to see the new era of Magnetism replacing the current Electrical age. Definitely, alternative energy remains the emerging topic of todays technological revolution.

We reached Neupane Chaur after a three and half hours of continuous hike. There we waited for our friends patiently and enjoyed different fancy junk foods to quench our hunger. The other group arrived after 45 minutes.

The Descend

Descending was quite tough compared to the ascending hike. With leaf thorns hurting our bare hands and legs, we walked through the jungle trail in search of the main trail. Fighting thorny bushes, we finally found the main highway that leads to Kulekhani and Thankot. We followed the main trail to Thankot taking some shortcuts on the way. At five, we reached Rani pauwa.

Hiking is a team effort, and with wonderful and able hiking partners, the notion of Kanakot tough hiking subsided and turned out to be a memorable and exuberant hike.

Multifaceted Experience – MaheshR

Hiking with Rudra Dai was of course supposed to be tough, and the route to Kanakot Hike, to be even tougher. So, we were all prepared to complete the mission kanakot with all the enthusiasm.
Just the following day of NovaFest-2008, eight enthusiastic hikers including myself started our mission exactly at 8:30 am. The place where we started from, was one of the place on the Mahendra Highway near by Naubise. As per expectation, the initial moments of hike were really tough and with very less trails.But all of we were amazed when we reached a peak.Oh! that was the moment of total complacency. Jackets and trousers were totally caught by the thrones of the shrubs (i.e Kuros) on the way but we can never forget the moment when we succeeded despite of those things.
Leaving behind those Kuros, we reached a place, just about starting with the jungle, from where the beauty of small village ‘Kanakot’ could be explored. After a little rest there, we enjoyed the natural beauty of mountain ranges and the zig-zag highway towards Naubise.
Lava’s humour, Bhaskars’ philosophy, Siris’s politeness ,Niraj’s smile,BhaskarS’s excitement ,Rudra’s experience, Prajwal’s silence were the varieties among us and that didn’t let us feel bored or tired throughout the jaunt. Finally, we reached a small tea shop and after a cup of black tea there, we again started to walk discussing, lets not say discussing, listening the story of Lava. The place is named ‘Masine’, and later we came to know that this was the place from where Late king Prithivi Narayan shah used to observe Kathmandu Valley before conquering it.
Might be because we were comprised of regular hikers or non hikers, in a short time, we had two groups each comprised of four.The first group (Rudra,Bhaskar,myself and Prajwal) were quite ahead than the others. We then reached the place called Nenupane’s Chautari, where we chatted a little bit, listened the to Rudra’s family chronology (i.e his foregrandfather was an army, his childhood over there and so on), and had a short photo session. Others finally reached to us and commented that the hiking trail was really tough and steep.
And then, shortly, we started with discussion on the NovaFest. Discussing positives and negatives of the Fest, we left the other group and headed towards the peak of Chandragiri.
Finally we touched the peak of Chandragiri in 3 hours where we enjoyed a bit of junk foods we had been carrying so long and took sun bath waiting for the lagging group. Another group reached there after 1 hour. We then all getting together enjoyed delicious lunch and the bhogate BhaskarB was carrying all the way.
Though we completed the mission of reaching the peak and exploring the height, we had still a long way to go to Chitlang and then finally to Thankot. So, with full confidence we descended downwards observing the wide view of dense Kathmandu valley and reached the base of Thankot in about another 3 hours.

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First steps, rising up
01 First steps, rising up
Rudra's ancient home
02 Rudra’s ancient home
Valley below Bahune Kanakot
03 Valley below Bahune Kanakot
Fixing the grinder
04 Fixing the grinder
Our tea-spot at Masine
05 Our tea-spot at Masine
Tolling of the bells
06 Tolling of the bells
 Childhood tree
06a Childhood tree
Climbing down
07 Climbing down
Tauko sano cha
08 Tauko sano cha
Uh oh, climbing down may be tough
09 Uh oh, climbing down may be tough
Job well done and resting
10 Job well done and resting
LavaK explains
11 LavaK explains
Yes that was tough ...
12 Yes that was tough …
But look I'm fine!
13 But look I’m fine!
Down and out
15 Down and out
Lava's explanations never cease
16 Lava’s explanations never cease
17
. . .
18 . . .
Bhogate time
19 Bhogate time
I think I got it right this time
20 I think I got it right this time
Group 2
21 Group 2
Group 1
22 Group 1
Serpentine - Highway to Naubise
23 Serpentine – Highway to Naubise
24
25
Roxi
26 Roxi
Is that fish he's holding on to
27 Is that fish he’s holding on to
Use for preliminary screening at D2
28 Use for preliminary screening at D2
Cover
29 Cover
30
Mahesh
31 Mahesh
32
33
34
Standing out
35 Standing out
Marigold for Kathmanduites
36 Marigold for Kathmanduites
37
38
Leading at the front
39 Leading at the front
Distant bird
40 Distant bird
Towards the Thali
41 Towards the Thali
Rudra contemplates
42 Rudra contemplates
Mahesh pastlife association near Thali
43 Mahesh pastlife association near Thali
Prey or predator
44 Prey or predator
Bush trudging
45 Bush trudging
The team - Take I
46 The team – Take I
The team - Take II
47 The team – Take II
Darkness, darkness
48 Darkness, darkness
At Chitlang Bhanjyang
49 At Chitlang Bhanjyang
Looking down to Thankot from Chitlang Bhanjyang
50 Looking down to Thankot from Chitlang Bhanjyang
Bhalakusari
52 Bhalakusari

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  1. B2 F2 South Room

    Somebody got caught impersonating ;) ! Both Bhaskar’s do not write ‘e’ in their given names. This is the second time you got caught buddy (we know who you are), careful next time :) .

  2. Lava Kafle

    Pic 49, those Stupas are 500 years old and Prithvi Narayan’s troops worshipped Lord Buddha there by meditation to get super power before conquering Kathmandu Vallley via Kanakot route that we followed.

  3. MaheshR The Great Hiker

    “The first group” bhanera maheshR le aafno duno sojhyaudai Bbhattarai “Big B” prabirti angalechha. ban pachhi dhan mantri Baburam bhattarai le ni sadhai aafu smart samjhinchha ra khaldo maa parchha. In a team sabai jan equal hunchha. second group bhanera hepna hunna, uniharule timro first group lai chance deko ni huna sakchha. Its a team work, the Hiking, respect whole team and work together, Front or Behind does not matter.

  4. Anti MaheshR The Great Hiker

    ye mora, ke lekheko bbhattarai= baburam bhattarai maatra hunchha, bhakar bhattarai ni hunchha, hos garera lekh, bektigat laanchhana nalaaga

  5. Shutterbug

    Here’s Shutterbug Pictures Rating:

    Well composed shot : ’03 Valley below Bahune Kanakot’

    Seem like this time D2ians Hikers lacks ‘Photography spirit’. Sorry I fail to rate pictures other than one well composed shot but I know this hiking didn’t fail to mesmerize those adventure hearts of D2ian Hikers (report also emphasized such). May be Hikers are no mood or may be they are very exhausted to click pictures. But it would be nice for EU viewers to see beautiful pictures which support statement like “This was one of the toughest hikes of all!”, “Jackets and trousers were totally caught by the thrones of the shrubs (i.e Kuros)” … etc.

    Next time click more! And share more.

  6. Challenge to Shutterbug

    Stutter Bug,

    Not all hikes are created equal.

    Do you have some kind of degree in Photography or some internationally recognized certificate to rate our pictures?

    We’d be interested to find out.

  7. Shutterbug Fan

    true and very true. hikers this time failed to capture quality photos. most of the captures just focus on hikers rather than natural beuty and landscape.

  8. Shutterbug

    Do you have some kind of degree in Photography or some internationally recognized certificate to rate our pictures?

    Thank you for raising such a good question: Dear ‘Challenge to Shutterbug’. I think it is reasonable time for this Shutterbug to prove his real existence coz his rating and comments has become such a significant part of EU blog and EU Features posts nowadays. To stress more on this fact, even you wouldn’t be interested to find out my credential if my rating has no gravity. Otherwise, you would have simply ignored my anonymous comment.

    I have sensed that you took my above comment negatively and assumed that I am underestimating or over shadowing this hike “Exploring the Heights – III” and I wonder what make you come down to ‘challenge’ my expertise. I agree not every Hike is equal neither my comment defy this truth. I know even if we cross the same river twice, would no more remain equal in experience because water constantly keeps flowing.

    With respect I accept your ‘Challenge’ and promise to satisfy this good question in time leaving my virtual identity ‘Shutterbug’ behind. Sorry if my comment offended your sentiment.

  9. okok Shutterbugfananother

    lets see why shutterbug did not rate those pics this time at all? The challenger must rate thosse best pics now.

  10. Shutterbug

    Dear ‘okok Shutterbugfananother’ Pardon me, I didn’t get your point.

    lets see why Shutterbug did not rate those pics this time at all? The challenger must rate thosse best pics now. Let me know which pictures you are talking about?

  11. okok Shutterbugfananother

    I meant that since pictures in this Exploring heights III are not good enough to be rated, we did not get valuation. Sorry no ill-motives!! We are proud that you are with with us and love you

  12. Shutterbug

    Dear okok shutterbutfananother, Thank you for your respond.

    It’s not like, ‘not having Shutterbug’s rating’ means the picture have no ‘value’ or no ‘worth’. I simply rate pictures from the technical perspective of photography. Trust me; I never dare not to disrespect people’s creation: a picture. Every picture despite its technical perfection has some memories preserved within and could hold some significant tale to tell people. Remember!! You just don’t take a picture; you make it with your creative mind. So never underestimate your PICTURE.

    As EU’s Shutterbug I am just trying to put small effort to encourage other photographers of EU and viewers do better photography and preserve wonderful moments of our LIFE today for tomorrow.

    Celebrate life and make every day a ‘Photography Day’.

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