Hiking from Chautara to Maidan

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Title: Babas’ hike
Hiking Route: Chautara-Maidain-Chautara
Date: August 15-August 16 2009
Duration: 11 hrs out of 13 hours.
Distance: 6 Kms – 8 kms
Altitude: 2450 meters
Hike Coordinator: Vishnu Kshettri
Participants: Rudra Pandey, Bhuwan Shrestha, Charan Pradhan, Surendra Adhikari, Nishchal Shrestha, Subash Devkota, Sharad Pokharel, Lava Kafle, Ganesh Thapa, Vishnu Kshetrri
Photos: Nishchal Shrestha, Subash Devkota, Surendra Adhikari
Caption: Vishnu Kshetrri
Report By: Vishnu Kshettri
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Babas’ hike
- Vishnu Kshettri

If we take some time out of this busy and hectic life style sometimes, we get an opportunity to peep into the insight of different meanings of life. I learnt this from the adversity that we faced on Saturday night stoppage at Maidan, many many miles away from home and from this busy, materialistic yet scintillating world. The stoppage let us share the commodities with equal mind and soul of ten different individuality. The whole journey is still lingering in my mind, and keeps poking out in my mind as one of the many mysteries of life. This was only possible because of the journey that compelled us to go through the equal hardships while we were measuring our inner empathy together last weekend.
Chautara, the head quarter of Sindhupalchowk district was a starting point, where we reached in the midday on Saturday. With the starting altitude of 1420 metres we began to hike up.
One hour of ascending, we reached at a place called Bench Pani. Another next one hour of stride took us to a place called Shyaule, where locals were curious about this bunch of urban dwellers. During the chit-o-chat, they offered us with a handful of pears. Some of them generously peeled off the skin of pears for us. In exchange, Rudra handed them some money.

pleasant air soothed our skin and mind, entered us into a pleasant state.

After having those freshly picked garden pears, we continued our journey. Next couple of hours of stiff climb, we arrived at Sano Okhreni. One small tea shop owner, a Sherpa family was keen to hold us for a while. But we still continued our half known journey. As we kept climbing, the pleasant air soothed our skin and mind, entered us into a pleasant state. But as the dusk approached us, it was clearly indicating the dark night that we had to go through. We kept pushing hard and got into a place all hovered with clouds.
The walk through this village led to narrow jungle trail, with low visibility due to the cloud and upcoming darkness. The trail was really challenging for one and half hours of struggle, with the plenty of leeches’ to keep us busy, raining and slippery trail. With drained strength, the exhausted body finally happened to be at one of Sherpa house, the place called Maidan had only 3 houses of Shepa inhabited. They offered us with some corn pudding (dhido) and the raw radish which had come straight from the fields. They left us to celebrate our dinner. When we finished our dinner, they fitted us inside cattle shed with 6 small blankets for ten people and hay weaved mattresses. Our back pack, we used as pillow.

On the way back to Kathmandu, we stopped at the Zero Kilo, had lunch with city taste. Deep down, a thought crossed my mind that the lunch of Zero Kilo let go the diversity in us with option it offered yet it missed the harmony and contentment and the magic unseen tie that held us together in Maidan.
It is said that mind is like parachute which works well only when it is open. It became more apparent to me last Saturday with all those new experiences of its kind to last for days and days to come.

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Brekkie
01 Brekkie
Limbering up
02 Limbering up
Not commonly encountered
03 Not commonly encountered
Younker`s lead
04 Younker`s lead
District Headquarter- Chautara
05 District Headquarter- Chautara
Leaving Chautara behind
06 Leaving Chautara behind
Seasoned pace
07 Seasoned pace
Sharad`s combat-ready
08 Sharad`s combat-ready
A short halt
09 A short halt
Nature is a volume of which God is the Author
10 Nature is a volume of which God is the Author
Lava is well equipped
11 Lava is well equipped
Gaurati Bhimeshwor Temple- one hour from Chautara
12 Gaurati Bhimeshwor Temple- one hour from Chautara
Bench Pani
13 Bench Pani
One has Bench another has Pani
14 One has Bench another has Pani
Here, Lava has Kakro and Ganesh pours pani
15 Here, Lava has Kakro and Ganesh pours pani
Gateway to  Kamikharka
16 Gateway to Kamikharka
Beautyful rock trail
17 Beautyful rock trail
If knowledge leads wisdom then someone may have kingdom
18 If knowledge leads wisdom then someone may have kingdom
Just to feel chill
19 Just to feel chill
Where there is fear there is no religion
20 Where there is fear there is no religion
An open wallet tempts a Saint
21 An open wallet tempts a Saint
Tall hill on the left is Kamikharka
22 Tall hill on the left is Kamikharka
There you will spend the night
23 There you will spend the night
Friends are thieves of time
24 Friends are thieves of time
Under the clouds not inside the mist
25 Under the clouds not inside the mist
See and name it
26 See and name it
Affection binds reason
27 Affection binds reason
A Sherpa`s potato curry
28 A Sherpa`s potato curry
A generous hand preparing corn Porridge for us as dinner
29 A generous hand preparing corn Porridge for us as dinner
Maidan Bar
30 Maidan Bar
Dinner time
31 Dinner time
This is almost life time meal of the people of Maidan
32 This is almost life time meal of the people of Maidan
Decoration by leeches
33 Decoration by leeches
Rudra`s club floor
34 Rudra`s club floor
This was the shed that accommodated 10 of us
35 This was the shed that accommodated 10 of us
Bed time Subash on right
36 Bed time Subash on right
And Charan on left
37 And Charan on left
Thinking of past
38 Thinking of past
Ready for RYoga
39 Ready for RYoga
Bye bye Saturday`s home
40 Bye bye Saturday`s home
The grinder
41 The grinder
Ready to move
42 Ready to move
Lava and Ganesh treasuring the place in mind
43 Lava and Ganesh treasuring the place in mind
Closeness of the beds
44 Closeness of the beds
The place where we spent the night was behind this hill and under the cloud
45 The place where we spent the night was behind this hill and under the cloud
Men are in action
46 Men are in action
Slowly down the Sano Okhreni
47 Slowly down the Sano Okhreni
For the cool and clean morning
48 For the cool and clean morning
Lava is in cautious move
49 Lava is in cautious move
Just think of walking here with this climate
50 Just think of walking here with this climate
Charan and Surendra
51 Charan and Surendra
Subash thinking of LUMLE
52 Subash thinking of LUMLE
Surendra will dance this time too..
53 Surendra will dance this time too..
A walk in the night
54 A walk in the night
Rudra, Bhuwan and the naughty one
55 Rudra, Bhuwan and the naughty one
Back from Maidan early in the morning
56 Back from Maidan early in the morning
Sherpa jee did not allow us the big house
57 Sherpa jee did not allow us the big house
I can dance while i walk
58 I can dance while i walk
Moving back
59 Moving back
Just above Shyaule
60 Just above Shyaule
NIKS`s on Break Dance
61 NIKS`s on Break Dance
Just cannot delete
62 Just cannot delete
Time off for cucumber
63 Time off for cucumber
Chaba bhaire chaba
64 Chaba bhaire chaba
This one for someone s. one
65 This one for someone s. one
Looking at back once again
66 Looking at back once again
Yonder you can have tea
67 Yonder you can have tea
Oh my God i walked through
68 Oh my God i walked through
Happy time
69 Happy time
At the Sano Okhreni
70 At the Sano Okhreni
Just a wonderful path to walk
71 Just a wonderful path to walk
Boys are fun
72 Boys are fun
A field are green
73 A field are green
That was EASY OOOph
74 That was EASY OOOph
Sharad leading here
75 Sharad leading here
This is for his leadership by Subash
76 This is for his leadership by Subash
On the way back to Shyaule
77 On the way back to Shyaule
Charan and Subash over log bridge
78 Charan and Subash over log bridge
Colorful house of the Syaule
79 Colorful house of the Syaule
See i was not worry for the 4 millions tender
80 See i was not worry for the 4 millions tender
Connections of Suburb and an Urban
81 Connections of Suburb and an Urban
In reference to pic no 32
82 In reference to pic no 32
In the name of the soccer players!
83 In the name of the soccer players!
ART is LONG - LIFE is SHORT!!!
84 ART is LONG – LIFE is SHORT!!!
Hiking from Chautara to Maidan was last modified: June 12th, 2015 by Administrator

Blog Comments

  1. Fan of Well Done Guys for registering as Social Organization

    Congratulations Everestuncensored team of nepal kathmandu sanga kavre dhulikhel chautara sindhupalchowk wherever, committed to help nepalese and nepali people

  2. Well Done Guys for registering as Social Organization

    Hope you people contribute in real to society like the one shown here in this hiking report. We want to see your hikers reach there again with medicines, rice, pulse, notebooks, eggs, meat, and educational materials as well for those girls living there in malnutrition , poverty, hunger, and deprivation.

  3. @Pic32 white radish like white eggs

    @Pic32 white radish like white eggs, just a virtualism of realism in most difficult livelihood of nepal.

  4. ThelaborFan

    great anecdotes that we hear everyday during hiking trekking and walking in remote nepali villages

  5. RudrapandeyFan @Pic 34

    Gave up all five 5 star facilities/status for sake of knowing nepalese nepali root culture, society, habitat. Vishnu, you are right . it is all adventure for you guys and getting to know all nepali lifestyle, poorness, and solidarity who gave you shelter to stay.

  6. TheLabour

    POTHI PADH PADH JAG MUA PANDIT BHAYA NA KOI (Searching in books)
    DHAI AKHAR PREM KA PADHA SO PANDIT HOYE (Do Love for Wisdom)

    HistorySpeaks

  7. Vishnu

    Dear Shutterbug that was very nice of you-thanks. I have not seen you around for long enough. Where have you been these days?

    Ya the hike was thought-provoking yet it was figment of Rudra’s imagination that provided us a chance to learn about amazing people and places hence he is source of pride for liking the adventure!

    Keep in touch.

    Cheers for now!!

  8. Sleep Less Mutant genes in remote hilltop

    Don’t hate those people who are perky and efficient after only a few hours of sleep. They can’t help it. New research suggests that a genetic mutation may explain why some people sleep less.

    Researchers don’t know exactly why some people do fine with as little as 4 hours of sleep a night, while others need 12. “We’ve believed for a long time that there’s a genetic basis,” says Paul Shaw, a neurobiologist at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. But scientists have only recently begun to ferret out which genes are responsible.

  9. @Pic 29 Nepal Nepali fate

    @Pic 29 Nepal Nepali fate: even some do not get that. horrible situation in nepal. Drought, landslides .. and heavy downpour will create food scarcity for nepalese/nepali in coming days and that corn porridge will become popular.

  10. nepaliShadhaka

    thnks i liked this for nepalese ppl: It is His lila (divine play). Some are being born, some are getting married, some are dying, some are playing, some are crying, some are laughing. We have no idea about who is going to live, who is going to die etc.

  11. SadhakaFan

    Sadhaka, like you we also followed the difficult path to destination, destiny, and goals. We also have pure desire to help nepal’s rural community, villages, poorness, and lack of facilities, so we travel every week on such trips. Please send you followers with us too.

  12. Sadhaka from USA, the journey to god's bliss

    We all are GOD: rich or poor eating meat or potatoes like you did in sindhupalchowk chautara maidan , all are GOD.
    See! Whatever you see in this world, this has been seen practically since your birth. However, it was only after the first 3-4 years of your life that you began to recognize and acknowledge these people as yours. These people were not yours before and will not be yours after death. In due time nothing will be recognized. This recognition has taken place only for a few years in between, but as such these were all unknown to you a few years ago. That which you meet and which later departs, it will not stay with you. It is all Bhagwaan’s (God’s) lila (divine play).

    Sometimes a dog appears, another time a beggar, another time a friend, another time a lover and on and on. As such you are not related to anyone, and as such you are related to all. Do you remember which country you were in before birth? Which family? Which town? What language? This is all surface glue (temporary). It is all part of His lila (divine play). Some of them are coming and some are going. Simply don’t get attached to them. See it as only a divine play. By considering them as yours, you will get trapped. They are not yours. Neither the house, nor the property, nor the family, nor the things are yours. It is only His divine form (swaroop). And all the happenings are His divine play (lila). These things keep happening! What is there to become happy and what is there to become sad? It is only Bhagwaan (God) and it is only His play!

    There was no association before. The same will happen with this life. There will be no association after death. It is His play. Do not get attached. Do not get entangled in this play. The great rare souls do not get entangled. They recognize His divine play “Vasudeva Sarvam iti sa mahatma su durlabh” (Gita 7/19). You can become that rare, great soul. It is only Bhagwaan (God). Everything is Bhagwaan. There is no yours and no mine. Sethji had said that this world is Bhagwaan’s (God’s) form (swaroop) and that which is going on / happening is His divine play. By labeling something as yours or mine, you are getting entangled. There is no yours and no mine. This delusion, this ignorance, this infatuation will trap you. Become engaged in God and realize that nothing is mine, then you will not be trapped. If you get trapped then how will you be set free? This body, these clothes, these hands, this mind, everything is Bhagwaan’s. At all times see Him (Bhagwaan) and at all time experience His lila (divine play). That one Bhagwaan (God) alone has become everyone.

    Bhagwaan became everything and everyone. He alone has come in all these forms. Knowing this remain blissful. Become happy !!! It is His lila (divine play). Some are being born, some are getting married, some are dying, some are playing, some are crying, some are laughing. We have no idea about who is going to live, who is going to die etc. “Vasudeva Sarvam”. All are Bhagwaan (God). The mistake has now been clarified. It has been rectified. It is His divine play. Dying is also a play. Living is also His play. There is nothing to learn, nothing to study, nothing to do, only accept Vasudeva Sarvam (Gita 7/19) All is Bhagwaan. It is rarest of all souls that recognize that All is Vasudeva (God). It is an extraordinary soul. In Bhagavad Gita it is clearly stated and it is the best of all spiritual disciplines.

    Now remain joyful! Some are crying, some are sitting, some are singing, some are happy, so on and on … All are His divine forms. There is nothing but bliss! Be blissful. “Mein aur maur” is “maya”. There is no mine, no yours. It is only Bhagwaan. If you have doubt, ask! Simply accept! At all times remain alert! It is Bhagwaan! Besides God there is nothing else! He has come in so many forms. Knowing this, become ever blissful. This is said for bhakti yog (Path of Devotion). That loving devotee is “jnaani” who recognizes that everything is Bhagwaan (God). There is bliss and only bliss, thereafter. Even death is a lila (play). God says I am “sat” and “asat” both. “sat and asat aham eva”. It is all Bhagwan. It is an extraordinary lila. There is nothing else besides lila. There is nothing to cry or be happy about. There is only joy in both sickness and in health. There is joy in everything. It is amazing!! Waah Prabhu Waah. “Glories be to You My Lord”. It is just like “raas lila” (None other than Bhagwaan dancing with each and every Gopi). It is only Bhagwaan (God). There is only bliss. Become joyful! Become blissful! Do kirtan and become blissful. Bliss and only Bliss” (anand hi anand). Become immersed in His bliss.

  13. Poor Nepali

    It is good that you came to feel my daily life: We have no vitamins, minerals and we are under nutrition. All our nepalese leaders are dead. They do not care our folly.

  14. ShutterbugFan

    We cannot but appreciate Shutterbug who honestly judges the photographs. This time none were technically fine as our cameramen were all exhausted and no time to catch creativity in the tough terrain.
    Thanks ShutterBug for catching the bug the shutter of fellow cameramen.

  15. 15thAugustFan

    True as you said “We got the bliss”. We also uncovered other ppl’s secrets during the trip. It is abt solving mysteries hidden in ppl’s nature village and towns especially remote hilltops.

  16. Shutterbug

    Vishu dai! It’s a beautiful report. I take pleasure reading the ‘Life’ you savor and wish I can take a plunge into your thoughts and taste the deeper wisdom you have from being so close to nature. I can feel the joy and adventure you all have had there in Sindhupalchowk. Indeed pictures are full of wonderful memories, though they are technically not so sound.

    Long live D2h Hiking!!

  17. Vish

    Thanks as always gthapa, you see and read the things and writings with nicety and finely. I like your the through perils both of wind and limb.

    Cheers!

  18. 15thAugust

    I know “naughty_fan” you don’t like my voice echo, do you? Lord Shiva blesses the one who blesses himself, I do. One thing I must not forget to expose is that you whole lot seem to be having fun and trying to recall your heydays………most probably trying to unearth each other’s secrets ………… naughty ha…. hehehe. I like mischief but I don’t. Lots of Ragas …. Raga Bhairab, Thumari, Dadra, Rag Malhaar and Discos. RayBan………

    PAYOJI MAINE RAM RATAN DHAN PAYO….. (Prem Granth)

    HistorySpeaks

  19. gthapa

    A must-go place, it reminded me of the Gosaikunda trip, and Vishnu dai, u r subtle with the report, yet very elaborative, you play with words so well JK

  20. TheIndependence

    Subash – I like your attitude. You sun shine. It’s one of the rarest opportunities to see you in style. Luv you Baba, all of sudden you seem disappeared from such outings, not good, have fun. BhaskerB, you look to be losing your being Nepalese charm and your accent getting towards west day by day. Bhanu, you look snapshot of classic. By the way, I have never been in Canada I miss though.

    HistorySpeaks

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