Theme: Exploring the heights
Hiking Route: Kapan-Tarebhir-Shanistar
Date: November 09, 2008, Sunday
Hike Coordinator: Vishnu Kshettri, DeepakM
Participants: Rudra Pandey, Lava Kafle, Ganesh Thapa, Shekhar Poudel, Prajwal Shrestha, Mahesh Regmee and Vishnu Kshettri
Photos: The hikers
Caption: Ganesh Thapa and Vishnu Kshettri
Report: Prajwal Shrestha
Creative Support: Pallavi Sharma/ Ganesh Thapa/ Dijup Tuladhar
‘Exploring the heights’ – Kapan to Tarevhir to Shanistar
With the sole aim of conquering the most difficult and challenging peak, seven hikers headed towards Kapan on the conquest of Tarevhir. Located several kilometers away from the main city, we drove to Kapan where we had a small energizing breakfast. The place seemed calm and quiet until we made our way through the narrow trail that led us to a small village. The downhill trail was wet, so slippery that a common act of moving forward became risky at times. Jumping up and down the fields, and paving our own path we reached a beautiful pine forest. A short hike from there we reached the top where we could get a glimpse of the peak, Tarebhir (2100m). By then, we were sure about atleast one thing- the hike wasn’t going to be easy.
Slowly climbing uphill and following the trail that lead us to Nagi Ghumba( Shivapuri National Park), we reached a stupa where we took rest for sometime. After taking short rest, we moved ahead to reach the Shivapuri highway. Ignoring the main trail, we decided to take the trail through the forest. The trail was vertical by all means, tough and deserted. We were moving higher and higher, and that was the only way to reach our destination. I must say everyone was tough enough to defeat any elevation that discouraged them. It wasn’t easy and after two hours of steep climb we reached the top.
After getting a nice view of the Himalayas on the other side, we started our hike downhill. Descending was quite easy, and within an hour we reached other lower side of Tarebhir. There we had a late lunch. Now, we had to reach Sundarijal and it already was getting late. We packed and started our hike towards Sundarijal at 5:00 pm. Slowly the night took over, and we were hiking under moonlight. All the trails looked identical, and we lost our way in the forest. We could see the airport runway below us and that reminded us that we weren’t that far from the city. We just knew we had to descend so we were moving downhill not knowing where we were about to land. At 7:30 pm, we met a guy who was climbing uphill in the forest. We asked him the directions and following his words we reached a house.
The family had just finished dinner, but the man was kind enough to show us the nearest path from where we could reach to Shanistar, where Ram drove the van to fetch us. At 9:00 pm we all got in with sore legs and aching body with stretched chest and that was filled with pride.
I don’t how Shekhar Dai completed this hiking, but I just want to say V for Victory to Shekhar Dai. You MADE it!
This hiking was tough from the initial phase, so Shekhar Dai was lagging behind right from the start. I was with him and he told me it was tough and he would return back. He told me to go with the group ahead and he would somehow walk to the nearby bus stand and reach home safely. But I convinced him to move ahead slowly and talk to the group if you couldn’t make it. Then, Rudra Dai and Vishnu Dai convinced Shekhar Dai that there was no way of looking back and we would walk slowly to reach Tarebhir.