Date: August 9, 2009
Duration: 6.5 hrs.
Distance: 13 kms (approx).
Hike Coordinator: Kapil Pandey
Participants: Abishesh Joshi, Awanish Ranjan, Kanchan Raj Pandey, Kapil Pandey, Kumar Pradhanang, Lava Kafle, Mahesh Regmi, Pravinda Ranjit, Ravi Sharma, Rudra Pandey and Suresh Maharjan.
Photos: Abishesh Joshi, Pravinda Ranjit, Suresh Maharjan
Caption: Kapil Pandey, Lava Kafle, Pravinda Ranjit and Ravi Sharma
Report By: Lava Kafle
Geolocation: Surya Vinayak[27°40′N 85°25′E] , Banepa (27°38′N 85°31′E)
It is a rare moment to share views with Rudra Pandey; those are not always possible to output some personal ideas, jokes, and endeavors. It is also a chance to get acquainted with his insights, vision, entrepreneurship and fellowmenship. His inspiration helps fellow hikers to become social, humble, and good being. He prefers that we take food at local small shops than well known, recognized and rich restaurants so that locals where we visit can be promoted. We also talked about future possibilities in development of computer, communication, and software development industries in Nepal. We also talked on funding remote and disaster-hit areas of Nepal where poverty is taking lives. We also discussed on various motto of being healthy, wealthy, and wise and hiking is one.
Kumar Pradhanang is rarely seen in hiking trips, making some 3 per year, and I found that it was his second one. He hopes to make his third trip around September this year so that he doesn’t deviate from his wish to have three best hikes per year. He is often seemed to make jokes lesser, but during the hike, his jokes excited everybody.
Kapil coordinated the hike. He also accompanied Pravinda in serving us dishes in the awfully peaceful Sunsaan Restaurant in Bhaktapur district. During the trip of about 7 hours, one were so exhausted that fellows would need to wait for half an hour or hours, and everybody else would be in pace. The hikers also remembered the place from where Rajesh Pyakurel had once vanished, some months ago. The tasty breakfast at Surya Binayak local restaurant, the blacktopped roadside, and the narrow difficult uphill trail were main facets of this journey. The cute small local school at Asapuri took our hearts away.
Abhishesh Joshi, who has already won some photography series from everestuncensored.org, had a number of new lenses and filters that were new to the whole group. I was later enthralled to learn that he had spent most of his earnings to pursue his interest in photography.
The craze to savor cucumber soon vanished when an elderly lady said she had none growing this year.
The craze to savor cucumber soon vanished when an elderly lady said she had none growing this year. She had attributed whole house for keeping some pet animals like hens, cows, buffaloes, all in single place. There was no trace if she had ever considered of any diseases that could transfer in between, without seclusion. We however got some tasty green pears in a big tree. What amazed us or say, came as a welcoming gesture from the people, was that the landlord’s daughter happily served us few couples of pears for free. We however managed to ask her to put some money to help for the tree. The narrow steep downhill from the remote house was treacherous and some of us had to use large sticks to support climbing down the terrain.
And how can we forget the story of sweet Chyaang (local beer) that local laborers enjoys ever day, with the accompanying mouth watering Gundruk (Dried Green Vegetables) ?
Mahesh was cracking jokes like Suresh during sweet moments and making intelligent guesses. We cannot forget the guitarist Ravi always discussing new ideas with Pravinda and Suresh to make new alliance and hit the Nepalese market. They might form a new musical band, and the motive wouldn’t be profit, but social service.