Hiking from Dakshin Kali to Pharping via Hattiban and Jai Nepal Cinema Hall

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Theme: Community Service (later changed to Sano Sansaar)
Hiking Route: Dakshin Kali – Pharping – Hattiban – Jai Nepal Cinema Hall
Hike Coordinator: Niraj Shah
Day: September 14th, 2008
Team: Bhaskar Shrestha, Prabin Shakya, Sanjeet Baidya, Pradipna Gautam, Niraj Shah, Abishesh Joshi
Photos By: Team: Bhaskar Shrestha, Prabin Shakya, Sanjeet Baidya, Pradipna Gautam, Niraj Shah, Abishesh Joshi
Report By: Abishesh Joshi/ Niraj Shah
Caption By: Niraj Shah/Abishesh Joshi
Creative Support: Pallavi/Dijup

The excitement of next day’s hike was so overwhelming that I couldn’t sleep the whole night. But somehow I managed to get some sleep late in the night only to be woken up by the alarm ring that I had set for 5:30 am. I was excited and yet nervous about the treacherous trail that we would be taking. We were to scale uphill to Hattiban (Elephant Hill) and then hike downhill to Pharping Bus Park. So then, with constant anxiety, I arrived at the office premises at around 6:00 am only to have to wait another 45 minutes before everyone came in. We then packed our bags with notebooks and pencils that were to be distributed at some local school on the way as a part of the community service – the hiking theme.

So at 7:00 am, we all got into the office van and set out for a supposedly tough hiking trip. After traveling for about half an hour, we stopped by at Tau Daha, our first hiking stop, for a light breakfast where we ate and drank energizing stuffs like egg and milk and bread…

CUT… GUYS CAN’T YOU COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER THAN THIS…

So then, after that clichéd story about the way one person felt about the hike, we all did sleep pretty well the previous night; probably most of us were under some alcoholic influence. It was suppose to be a hiking team of ten but some people were under more alcoholic influence than others and failed to show up the next day… with excuses like “dai, ma aja aauna bhyaunna hai”, “mero kaam paryo”, etcetera etcetera. Finally, when the office van left, there were six of us… continuously modifying the hiking route along the way.

The original plan was to hike up to the Hattiban Resort and then walk down hill to Pharping. But the sudden change of plan led us to Dakshin Kali from where we started the actual walk. The so called tough hike was not as tough as we walked along the pitched road… well only up to Pharping. From then on the trail started getting tougher as we took on the hills of Pharping that led to Hattiban. The distance from Pharping to Hattiban wasn’t the longest hiking trail but we did take our time, stopping now and then, throwing jokes at each other, and looking for any school on the way. What we were not aware of was that Sunday, 14th September 2008 was Indra Jatra (Festival of the God Of Rain) and all the schools in the valley were closed. The note books and pencils that we intended to distribute were inside our backpacks throughout the way ?. With heavy bag packs, we finally scaled the Hills of Hattiban and reached Hattiban Resort in about 3.5 hours. The light breakfast we had at Tau Daha was just enough to get us to Hattiban Resort and by the time we got to Hattiban we were all starving to death. Had there been no resort at the top of the hill, the story would have turned out to be like the plane crash in Andes where survivors ate their not so lucky comrades.

Having filled our empty stomachs and resting for a while we scaled down for about an hour down to the road where the ‘D2 Van’ was waiting. Oh… what a lovely sight …ha ha ha J. This surely was not one of those tough hikes, but having a close group of people made it an ‘Absolute Fun’.

Early Arrival
01 Early Arrival
About to hit the road
02 About to hit the road
stopping by for a breakfast at Tau Daha
03 stopping by for a breakfast at Tau Daha
The hiking team
04 The hiking team
BhaskarS and his new Sony Alpha 300 DSLR
05 BhaskarS and his new Sony Alpha 300 DSLR
Misty Mountain Top
06 Misty Mountain Top
Panoramic view of Taudaha
07 Panoramic view of Taudaha
Sanjeet the Scarecrow
08 Sanjeet the Scarecrow
Run Forrest Run..oops..Run Niraj Run
09 Run Forrest Run..oops..Run Niraj Run
Almost there
10 Almost there
Finally
11 Finally
Hazy morning
12 Hazy morning
Ready to march
13 Ready to march
Garlands for the Goddess - On the way to Dakshin Kali Temple
14 Garlands for the Goddess – On the way to Dakshin Kali Temple
Hundred thousand oil lights for prosperity
15 Hundred thousand oil lights for prosperity
Devotees queuing up
16 Devotees queuing up
Atheists... hehehe
17 Atheists… hehehe
Sadhu
18 Sadhu
Leaving Dakshin Kali behind
19 Leaving Dakshin Kali behind
That sony alpha is heavy...
20 That sony alpha is heavy…
Tapain nai hanuman...tapai kai pucchar lamo (You are the monkey king, you've got the longest tail)
21 Tapain nai hanuman…tapai kai pucchar lamo (You are the monkey king, you’ve got the longest tail)
the mist clears up
22 the mist clears up
One more group picture
23 One more group picture
Bells up high..remember
24 Bells up high..remember
A patch of road inbetween
25 A patch of road inbetween
Ready to climb up
26 Ready to climb up
Ascent to Hattiban begins
27 Ascent to Hattiban begins
And the sun finally shone
28 And the sun finally shone
Group picture is just an excuse to take a break
29 Group picture is just an excuse to take a break
woah are we there yet...
30 woah are we there yet…
and ready to shoot
31 Armed and ready to shoot
...and another break...
32 …and another break…
my blue sky, you're my sunny day...lord you know it makes me high when you turn your love my way...
33 you’re my blue sky, you’re my sunny day…lord you know it makes me high when you turn your love my way…
Keep walking...
34 Keep walking…
a local kid collecting fodder
35 a local kid collecting fodder
belly boys
36 belly boys
Waiting for the worms...leeches infact
37 Waiting for the worms…leeches infact
yet another Hanuman
38 yet another Hanuman
Hanuman showing off his skill
39 Hanuman showing off his skill
Three stooges
40 Three stooges
Jungle..haha
41 Jungle..haha
NirajS taking a shortcut
42 NirajS taking a shortcut
PradipnaG helping out
43 PradipnaG helping out
Waouuuuu...Guptacharrrr
44 Waouuuuu…Guptacharrrr
Jet Li wannabe
45 Jet Li wannabe
Still a long way to go
46 Still a long way to go
Its a long way to top (if you wanna rock n' roll)
47 Its a long way to top (if you wanna rock n’ roll)
Redundant shot (suggest a caption)
48 Redundant shot (suggest a caption)
Kathmandu Valley seen from Hattiban
49 Kathmandu Valley seen from Hattiban
Hanging by a thread
50 Hanging by a thread
At Hattiban Resort
51 At Hattiban Resort
he he he
52 he he he
A little kid we met at Hattiban Resort.
53 A little kid we met at Hattiban Resort.
Those bloodsuckers did their job
54 Those bloodsuckers did their job
Another CyberSansar model for a change
55 Another CyberSansar model for a change
Sony Alpha 300 DSLR-Nice piece of equipment
56 Sony Alpha 300 DSLR-Nice piece of equipment
Dreaming of .... ha ha ha
57 Dreaming of …. ha ha ha
Rainfall in Kathmandu seen from Hattiban
58 Rainfall in Kathmandu seen from Hattiban
Kathmandu valley once more
59 Kathmandu valley once more
smoggy Kathmandu
60 smoggy Kathmandu
Leech bites won't stop me from smiling...time to leave btw
61 Leech bites won’t stop me from smiling…time to leave btw
descending
62 descending
watch your steps...
63 watch your steps…
it sure is slippery
64 it sure is slippery
Wait for me guys
65 Wait for me guys
PrabinS rejoins the pack
66 PrabinS rejoins the pack
SajneetB behind the lens
67 SajneetB behind the lens
Almost there...
68 Almost there…
Finally... yet another besttttttttttttttt hike
69 Finally… yet another besttttttttttttttt hike
PradipnagG
70 PradipnagG
Hiking from Dakshin Kali to Pharping via Hattiban and Jai Nepal Cinema Hall was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by Administrator

Blog Comments

  1. roshan

    pictures r gr8 but all the captions r mouthy.u should find a good english speaker to change the caption from “forrest gump”.no link between running in phurping and handicapped child.its only copy cat

  2. lazy boys

    belly boys harulai jumla tir lagera besmari bhari bokaunu parne – alchi mora haru lai masu ra raksi napacheko jasto chha – yeso kam garnu ni ke pet halera baseka

  3. Shutterbug

    Landscape shots are wonderful. I wish there were some human figures or any prop to trigger an interesting story within. Sky seems so amiable and weather just perfect for landscape photography. You guys must have had great hike. Most pictures are very good in term of quality, which I guess will tempt many budding photographer to try DSLR and fast lenses.

    Dear ‘OShutterBugWhereArtThou?’ thank you for waiting to my ‘rating’. It’s my pleasure to rate pictures here in EU Features posting and I do learn a lot while doing so. By the way, I request not to take my personal rating as 100% correct. My sole judgment may not evaluate the real feeling photographer has for her/his creation because every photographer is a unique artist, with a distinctive style and perception. And never to forget that there are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs like ‘Ansel Adams’ said. That’s why keep pushing the shutter wherever you go.

    Okay here is Shutterbug’srating.

    Perfect Shot: ’18 Sadhu’, ‘ 46 Still a long way to go’ and ’27 Ascent to Hattiban begins’
    Nature’s Best Shot: ’50 Hanging by a thread’
    Hilarious Shot: ’36 belly boys’
    Lazy Shot: ’14 Garlands for the Goddess – On the way to Dakshin Kali Temple’ and ’31 Armed and ready to shoot’
    Prize Winning Shot: ’50 Hanging by a thread’

  4. Sanjeet lai reply

    “D2 ko keta haru le bacha pauna lagye cha its a matter ko male pregnency yek ajna le Hatti jasto yekajana le boka jatro ”

    Data Processing ma bug aako ni :)

  5. Dream boy

    Sanjeet must be dreaming of someone who just left D2…isn’t it Sanjeet? ho ..tapai nai hanumaan ..tapai kai puchaar laamo cha hai :)

  6. GopalBdrGhale

    aba jai nepal nai pugisake pachhi tyahako photo haru pani rakheko bhaye hunthyo ajha ma bhanchhu video nai rakheko hunthyo. cinema maa pani herna paainthyo haamile aahaa katti majje EU batai cinema ko majja :lol:

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