|Title||2011 Aug – Deerwalk Hiking from Phedi to Dhampus|
|Date||28th-29th August, 2011|
|Total Time||2 Days|
|Participants||Sagar Maharjan, Sanket Shrestha, Biman Shrestha, Santosh Shah, Sabita Khadka, Rosina Shakya, Sumit Shrestha, Ashish Shrestha, Ramesh Banjade , Jagir Maya Rai, Biswas Lohani , Suman Shrestha, Jeevan Timilsina|
|Photos By||DW Team|
|Report By||Suman Shrestha|
|Captions||Jagir Maya & Sagar|
|Creative Support||Jeevan Timilsina & Jagir Maya|
Day 1: Kathmandu – Pokhara – 6 hours drive
Dawn broke out and in a clear early morning, all the hikers were ready to start the journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Few hikers gathered at office while others were picked up on the way. We left the Kathmandu around 7:45 am and after travelling for about an hour, we took our breakfast in Naubise. After having breakfast, we resumed our journey to Pokhara, enjoying exquisite natural views on the way. Finally after travelling 6-hours on our Deerwalk Yatayat, we reached Pokhara, which is one of the most popular and visited city of Nepal because of its scenic beauty. This city is even known as a real paradise in Earth and panoramic Himalayan ranges seem close enough to be touched by every visitor. After reaching Pokhara, we went to Lakeside in search for a neat and clean hotel for lunch. After lunch, we searched for a good place to spend out night, Hotel City Annapurna. Everyone freshened up and after an hour, we gathered for the boating in Fewa Lake. Everybody was enjoying boating in Fewa Lake. We were taking snaps, teasing each other, drenching each other, having cold drinks, singing songs. Basically, we had turned into Kids once again. It was almost 7 in the evening, when we returned to room. Since our dinner was not ready, we started playing cards so as to pass time which was quite enjoyable. After laughing and enjoying the game, the dinner was ready. We finished our dinner at around 10pm. Some of our Deerwalkers went for Saunter at Lakeside.
This was how our first day at mystical Pokhara ended.
Day 2: Pokhara- Dhampus – 2 hours trekking
We headed toward the Dhampus – 18 km from Pokhara after enjoying heavy breakfast in the morning. We drove to Phedi for 20-30 minutes and started hiking from there towards Dhampus. We climb up the steep hill from Phedi for about 2 hours before reaching our final destination- Dhampus, enjoying the natural beauty around us. The entire Dhampus village faced towards the Himalayas that made Dhampus one of the most visited trekking destinations. The village is very famous among tourists because of panoramic views it offers of Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt.Annapurna, Mt.Fishtail and many other mountain range. But we were not that lucky enough to enjoy such a lovely view as weather was really bad. All the mountain range were covered by thick cloud. We had some snacks and drinks and roamed around the village, took some photographs for memory and rested a bit before heading back to Kathmandu with all the memoirs we could collect.
Sabita Khadka “The beauty of Pokhara always captivates me and is the place where I would always love to go. How could I dare to miss this one? Boating was one of the best part of the trip. And I also experienced something different in this hike. I always felt easy to climb down the hill than climbing up. But this time I had hard time descending down than ascending up to Dhampus. All in all, I had a good break from the monotonous routine I have had since two months. I wholeheartedly thank SagarM, the hiking co-ordinator, for including me in the trip. It was indeed one of the remarkable hikes.”
Ramesh BanjadeThis hike was really wonderful and interesting; we had lot of fun boating in Fewa lake also in the hiking. The view was beautiful from the top of Dhampus Dada.
Thanks all the hikers for making this hike as wonderful moment to remember. I enjoyed a lot…
Sanket Shrestha“Dhampus was my first two day hike after joining Deerwalk and it turned out to be pretty cool one. The best part of that tour was boating in paddle boat that too without life jacket and jhyaikhatte in Dhampus. Biman to be continued ;)”.
Sagar Maharjan“I don’t know why, I can’t get enough of Pokhara- it was my second trip in 2 weeks time in Pokhara and guess what I was still excited.. this time with colleagues of Deerwalk. It was one of the most memorable trips ever from Deerwalk for me. Boating at Fewa Lake, playing cards and strolling around Lakeside brought back some fond memories of my previous trips and friends…Kale Kale… eeh Kale, Sagar Sari Chokho Maya.. playing Antakshri, getting irritated while playing Antakshri are some of the memories that I will be cherishing till the last day of my life.”
Rosina Shakya“A long hectic ride in the micro-van in the scrouching sun turned into a wonderful moment when we all had the boating in the phewa lake. It was simply awesome to wander in the serene lake with legs in the water as if you are not boating …but running at the surface of the water.The so called “heavy breakfast” all consumed by the sun above during the hiking. Ashish dai convincing us about the coolness we shall feel when we reach the destination. And, indeed the satisfaction felt after reaching Dhampus was simply great. Some wonderful moments include jhyappa!!, ‘kaale kaale ..bhanthe baale’, the ‘jhwaikhatte’ in Dhampus, the antakshari in nepali and many more…..”
Biswas Lohani“Hiking to Dhampus was fun and exciting. Dhampus was a great place with a wonderful environment. Despite of bad weather while returning from Dhampus, I had a great time in hiking and with all the hikers. Also roaming in Pokhara, a beautiful city of our country and boating in the Fewa lake was so much fun. Thank You Deerwalk and the organising team for involving me.”