Liping to K via K (Khasa Trip)

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Participants: Aashish, Abishesh, Rajan, RiteshS, Rejan, Sandeep, Chiranjib, Binesh, Vishnu, Shristi and Wajphiya (the guest)
Route: Kathmandu to Liping to K to K
Date: Sat-Sun, January 27-28, 2008
Duration: +5 hours
Trip Doom: +10-Kilometers
Report: Aashish Dutta Koirala
Photos & Caption: AbisheshJ
Creative Support: NishchalS
Getting to the office at 5 in the morning was a headache, but it was worth it in the end. Off we went in the true “road trip” spirit. Through Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel, Panchkhal we went, and it took us quite a while to get to Tatopani. We had to leave the office van in a jungle of disarray that was formed by the vehicles waiting to get cleared by customs. After a very short hike, we got through the Chinese customs across the border. The nine of us squeezed into a six-seater, strange spectacle of a vehicle and ascended the “gantang mantang” (for lack of a better word) terrain into the heart of Khasa – a weird purgatorial place frozen in time where beer, water and tea cost the same, and “instant access” is as red as the color.

Around early evening, it started to snow. Within hours, the whole place was as white as … well … snow. The group ate, drank, danced and had little experiences and adventures of their own. The next day, shopping was the agenda and dirt cheap cellphones and blankets were on the list. On the way down, the strange spectacle of a vehicle (the same old six-seater which was now seating ten people) hit a huge rock and sadly passed on. The hike downwards then began. After about half an hour, we reached the market. In a little more than an hour, we ended up with cellphones, blankets, rice cookers, mattresses and wine to name a few.

On the way back, the road was so jam-packed with vehicles that we had to slide under a truck and do a bit of “pole-dancing” to get to our van. The road trip back home was even more fun as we now had quite a bit of talk-meat from our adventures the night before.


01 Late Comers


02 Waiting Anxiously for the Van


03 Not yet dawn


04 Anxiety shows in their faces


05 Inviting road…to Khasa


06 Stopping by for a group photo


07 The trail invites Rajan…but wait…this is not the right one


08 Hungry!!! We want some breakfast


09 Lost in thoughts…


10 Pit stop


11 Binesh can’t wait to get off the van


12 Khasa – 10Km away but still not in sight


13 Vish


14 Ram


15 Tatopani isn’t far away, but let me wash my hands with chiso pani first


16 Finally at Tato Pani


17 10-in-1 in a mini-van, crammed up…


18 Finally at Khasa


19 Criss Cross – not much different fromwhat we see here


20 In Khasa, they can fix anything…


21 Wandering streets of Khasa


22 And stopping for Lhasa beer in Khasa


23 Lhasa Restaurant in Khasa


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25 Beautiful Da Bar


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27 stopping by for some Chinese Candy


28 Candy Store and little kids..


29 And the camera shy shop keeper


30 Chinese Batman


31 Chinese Chopper…well, not really


32 ADK – Resting


33 Clouds start to gather- nobody anticipated a snowfall


34 And the snow fall starts…


35 Nepal is somewhere on the other side


36 Binesh, Vishnu and Rajan go for the white shower


37 Cheers to Khasa and to tomorrow’s hike back to Nepal


38 I have some tricks up my sleeve as well


39 Woah!!! More snow


40 The host (in red) joins in for a group photo


41 Nobody expected a heavy snowfall.


42 They’re not eskimos


43 Whiteout


44 Blue sky and white mountain


45 Outside of the ‘Pema Hotel’ we stayedin


46 Bigfoot!!!


47 Bhote Koshi River


48 First glimpse of the sun


49 Achoooo!!! Chiso chaaaaaa… (It’s cold)


50 Binesh, Rejan and Ritesh


51 China Post (10X zoom away)


52 View from the hotel roof


53 Cold morning, hot jasmin tea


54 Rajan – Nepalese Eskimo


55 Lemon Tree and Vishnu


56 Aashish and Binesh


57 Covered in white


58 Backtracking to Nepal – Chiranjeeb leads


59 Chinese decoration


60 Stopping by for a light meal


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63 Hiking trail (Khasa to Liping)


64 – We could rode back, we chose to walk instead


65 – Distant view of Khasa


66 – Cameraman should be up front


67 – Waiting for the man with the camera


68 – There, he’s up front now


69 – And back to being the last again


70 Khasa’s out of sight


71 And Tatopani Bazaar in sight


72 Pickup lorries lined up at Tatopani border


73 Vishnu waves goodbye to Khasa


74 What’s cooking


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79 They’ve had enough of plain road


80 Downwards towards Liping


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82 Black topped road (in three months time)


83 The last descent


84 We earn in Bishalnagar, we spend it in Khasa


85 See what we got from Khasa – Nokla N95


86 Happy News!!! (Whiskey)


87 The News Reader…

Liping to K via K (Khasa Trip) was last modified: May 26th, 2012 by Administrator
 

Blog Comments

  1. manish

    hey guys, seems you guys had lots of fun……….good collection of pictures, am planning for a trip to Liping very soon.

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