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Hiking from Sundarijal to Chisapani

Hiking Route: Sundarijal – Chisapani – Sundarijal
Date: June 28 , 2009 Sunday
Duration: 9 Hrs
Distance: 35 Km
Hike Coordinator: Sudeep Ghimire
Participants: Anuj Bhandari, Ashish Tuladhar, Awanish Ranjan, Binod Raj Pathak, Mahesh Regmee, Manoj Rokka, Pradyumna Kumar, Prajwal Shrestha, Ravi Sharma, Subin Shrestha, Sudeep Ghimire
Photos: Ashish Tuladhar, Subin Shrestha
Caption: Anuj Bhandari
Report By: Anuj Bhandari
Geolocation: Sundarijal: +27° 44′ 60.00″, +85° 25′ 1.20″

A Ramble In The Monsoon Rain
-Anuj Bhandari

I am not an accustomed hiker. But I sometimes wish I were! Hence for the second time I had successfully enlisted myself into the hikers group coordinated by Sudeep Ghimire. Just on the following day of grand Team Build Party at Gokarna, we 11 were in a mood to climb up the hills when other would rest the whole day.

Flowering plants, in fact, increase positive emotional reaction by influencing emotional displays such as smiling or, over a longer time period, do they change moods and also influence socio-emotional functions such as social greeting patterns or memories of social events.
-Words taken from a research Paper

Fueling ourselves at a Misthanna Vandar at Jorpati, we drove to Sundarijal from where our hike would begin. Wondering about the weather the day would procure, we started the walk together. The morning weather suggested that we would have the best of all weathers that a hiker would prefer, at least no scorching sun. none of us had the exact idea for how long we would have to walk. But we were ready, mentally and our legs didn’t bother to walk either. With the continuous cracking of jokes and decent mischiefs, we weren’t distressed by the stress of the walk at all. After the quick hike of about an hour, we could feel the affectionate sprinkling rain soothing our heated body. But, the weather suggested that we would have to manage something for ourselves that will protect us from the looming downpour. Each of us had a rain suite or an umbrella. At every step ahead, we encountered something different. For all of us in common, it was a different place for a hike; grass and the green, forest and the rain, a different frog and a giant earthworm, white slug and the leech expecting our legs, fanning out fog and the cold breeze across our ears, villages and the people there; everything had a different sense to convey and we had a different way enjoy. To add to the surplus of fun, each of us would let the most comical part inside to emerge and laugh out loud to echo through the woods. Binod Pathak, did that quite well and quite often. After a 7 hours of easy walk, we were at the summit of our hike.

“It was the flower that first ushered the idea of beauty into the world the moment, long ago, when floral attraction emerged as a evolutionary strategy. A handful of plants that manage to manufacture chemicals with the precise molecular key needed to unlock the mechanism in our brain governing pleasure, memory, and maybe even transcendence.”

Before we could fill ourselves with the fantasy of the stepping at the destiny, we realized we would have to climb down the hills and get back on time. By the time, we could sense hunger knocking our stomachs. With whatever we could devour, we sought a way to relief and gathered a strength to return. Then, it was time to hurry ourselves back to the van through the greasy way and yet it was raining in a aggressive way. At about 4 PM we started tracing our foots down the same way. Refreshing and revisiting each events and objects on the way, we landed back to Sundarijal at 6pm. Thankfully, there was a wise and timely order made at the restaurant at Sundarijal. There we had a pleasant lunch. By 6:30 PM, we packed ourselves into the office van and drove back to Office.

The hike was a perfect one, in the perfect day, with the perfect team and was perfectly scheduled. Acres of thanks to Sudeep Ghimire for well arranging the hike and coordinating it in a successful way. It started quite well and ended up excellent, and by the end of the day I could realize that I had an aching stomach due to continuous laughter than the legs with the continuous walk. Such memorable hikes add an adventure in life, no doubt; for this reason, though I am not an accustomed hiker, I sometimes wish I were!

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stairway to heaven
01 stairway to heaven
aba yo baato mero ho ki....
02 aba yo baato mero ho ki….
Road Map
03 Road Map
start of the hike
04 start of the hike
darho hidine bhaiyo 22km
05 darho hidine bhaiyo 22km
under canopy of clouds
06 under canopy of clouds
ahile nai thaakiyo yaar
07 ahile nai thaakiyo yaar
brothers under umbrella
08 brothers under umbrella
Khotta jammayera Subin dai...yehi ho maukka
09 Khotta jammayera Subin dai…yehi ho maukka
deserted barrack
10 deserted barrack
no roads,but a heliport
11 no roads,but a heliport
soaked into rain
12 soaked into rain
rana tigrina in rain
13 rana tigrina in rain
slug and the ripple
14 slug and the ripple
tired and confused
15 tired and confused
the summit
16 the summit
finally we did it!
17 finally we did it!
wah wah wai wai
18 wah wah wai wai
fueling the self
19 fueling the self
giant earthworm
20 giant earthworm
sweet innocence
21 sweet innocence
isko lagaaadaala to life jhingaalala
22 isko lagaaadaala to life jhingaalala
behind the brume...
23 behind the brume…
fog wrapped nature
24 fog wrapped nature
euta photo daaju vaai ko
25 euta photo daaju vaai ko
painted shrub
26 painted shrub
hikers across the haze
27 hikers across the haze
a flash for their faces
28 a flash for their faces
aafnai gaau farki aaye..
29 aafnai gaau farki aaye..
six at the edge
30 six at the edge
dawn blossom
31 dawn blossom
women planting millet with the start of mansoon
32 women planting millet with the start of mansoon
busy life into bushes..
33 busy life into bushes..
Courageous Kids
34 Courageous Kids
i am able
35 i am able
Home...sweet home
36 Home…sweet home
a glimpse of Kathmandu Valley
37 a glimpse of Kathmandu Valley
Hikers Back
38 Hikers Back
mansoon sprinkled earth
39 mansoon sprinkled earth
tired and exhausted
40 tired and exhausted
a puzzle at sundarijal
41 a puzzle at sundarijal
rock sculpture...naturally
42 rock sculpture…naturally
rock or skull
43 rock or skull
sundarijal maai ki jay
44 sundarijal maai ki jay
is he polluting water in open!
45 is he polluting water in open!
somebody help him!
46 somebody help him!
green dumbbell
47 green dumbbell
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel
48 Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel

7 thoughts on “Hiking from Sundarijal to Chisapani

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  2. Pic 41 and 43 are amazing shots of amazing nature…wow
    I think pic 20’s caption too should be amended to pheretima posthuma 🙂

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