Date : January 11, 2009
Route : Kurintar-Manakamana-Kurintar
Duration : Around 8 Hrs.
Distance covered : 15 KM (Approx.)
Participants : AlinaS, AnishB, Mrs. Baidya, SabitaK, SureshG, RoshanG, PravindaR, DeepakL, SameerT, PrajwalS, KapilP, RameshwarY, RajendraB, RajendraS
Report : RoshanG and DeepakL
Photo : PravindaR/ KapilP/ RajendraB/ PrajwalS/ RajendraS
Caption : PravindaR and KapilP
Creative support: PallaviS/DijupT
Sunday, January 13, 2009, a luring hiking location but sure tight time schedule, we all tried and succeeded to be on time to leave valley as quickly as possible.
Sudden call from work limited the hikers’ number to twelve of an otherwise massive twenty-two. Wonder how all of them would have fit in the van. Just as Paul started feeling hungry, we were in Naubise.
Most of us enjoyed heavy breakfast reminiscing Dashain’s mutton. At around 10:15, we were at Kurintar, our base, loading bags with D2 stationary, water etc. Just 200 steps below the highway, we found our self, photographing and singing in the swinging suspended bridge over the ever pristine Trisuli River. Then started the hike, initially across plain crop fields but the slope increased once we reached village and then jungle.
In village we distributed D2 Stationary among children, some of whom were busy ploughing the field. Just as we passed the village, one of our hikers realized that she would not be able to hike. So she returned to the base to join Ram Dai and Mrs Anish Baidya and her daughter for comfortable cable car, while we continued to climb. The passing cable care pole would suggest us how far we were from our destination. There was a long pause after the fourth pole before we finally had fifth tower in our count. Our Group scattered further when our canter group failed to synchronize with the hill gallopers, Rajendra and Prajwal who reached the Manakamana Temple in an impressive two hours.
Such was the slope and effort that we all were in T-Shirts by mid-route. Credit goes to our coordinator, Suresh Gautam, who choose that route in winter season or else we would have been baked in parching conditions.
After three and half hours of exciting hiking we reached the Manakamana Temple. We greeted from outside and headed towards the hotel where our cable car group and gallopers had already ordered a delicious lunch. Suresh Dai’s capacity to consume ghee was worth watching. Also the rumor that oranges from Manakamana are extra sweet seemed to be true. Cable Car Journey may be smooth but to be in line for more than one hour is real boring.
We ran down the hill, about one kilometer clocking two hours. We sang on top of our voices in the supended bridge harmonized by sound of Trisuli’s waves. Soon we were in the van. We had D2 idols lead by Anish Dai, who enchanted us with great Nepali Ahdhunik Numbers.
Refilling with Malekhu Fish, the singing program continued till we reached kalanki. Ram Dai was kind enough to escort all of our hikers at their door step. It was an exciting well organized hike and thank you Suresh Dai for coordinating it so perfectly.
Since it was first hiking with D2ians leaving the chaotic City and busy life it was awesome!! Yet I can’t forget how depressing it was at the initial stages to move towards our destination because of the tough route from the base at Kurintar. We almost walked along steep hills and crossed each pole of KABLE KAR taking around 8 hours, startingat 10.45 AM. During hiking, I always heard the voice of the SureshG dai(Hike Coordinator) and AnishV dai. AnishV and I were always at the last among the hikers during the uphill climb. I am thankful to SureshG and all hikers who made the hiking superb from K-M-K.