Hiking from Mude to Sailung via Deurali and Dhungebazar

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Route: Mude, Sindhupalchowk – Deurali, Dolakha – Dhungebazaar, Dolakha – Sailung, Dolakha
Rating: Tough
Hike Duration: 10-11 hours
Date: March 8, 2009
Participants: AshishP, BalL, BhaskarB, BishwaS, DhilungK, DijupT, MadhavS, PragyaR, PurushottamP, SabitaK, SarojD, SudipK, RudraP, VishnuK
Photos: BhaskarB, DhilungK, AashishP, BalL
Caption: BhaskarB, DhilungK, SarojD
Creative Support: DijupT/DhilungK/GaneshT
Coordinates:
Sailung hill, Dolakha, Janakpur: 27°33’45″N 85°58’30″E
Dhunge Bazaar, Faksu VDC-9, Dolakha, Janakpur: 27°35’56″N 85°58’2″E
“Deurali” Katakuti-8, Baghkhor, Dolakha, Janakpur: 27°38’16″N 85°57’42″E
Mude, Sindhupalchowk, Bagmati: 27°40’59″N 85°55’31″E

Fourteen eager hikers from D2 left the office premises at 2 PM towards the slated starting point for this weekend’s hike – Dhungebazaar in Dolakha district. The delay was due to the OSCN presentations on the day from a couple of fellow hikers. When the altitude started to drop after passing Dhulikhel, it started to get a bit hot. Vishnu reminded all not to sweat as it would again start to get chilly very soon. As soon as the van cruised past the bridge at Khadi Chaur and ascended the slopes on the right, the temperature did start to drop. We were chasing the setting sun in the West and leaving behind the gorging Bhotekoshi river directly below us. The van came to a gentle stop at Mude, Sindhupalchowk near the gravel road to Dhungebazaar, Dolakha. It was six in the evening.

Our driver Ram and the locals were in unison – the van would not make it to Dhungebazaar. The last bus to Dhungebazaar had already left. Thus it was decided that the team would stay for the night at the Horse Shoe Mountain Resort at Mude and make their move in the morning. Bhaskar gave a personal wake up call to all the members at quarter past three in the morning. The team started their journey towards Dhungebazaar at exactly four in the morning. The approximate time to get to Dhungebazaar, our planned starting point for the hike, would take anywhere between four to five hours. Just go back and read that last line again.

With three torches, fresh bodies and excited minds everybody literally sprinted in the dark. Saroj commented that the speed was due to the fact that we could not see anything around us except the stars (that too if we looked up) so that saved us from getting distracted like in the day time. In about two hours time (around 6 AM) the team stopped at a placed locals called Deurali (Katakuti-8, Baghkhor, Dolakha, Janakpur) for a cup of fresh tea. After spending some time enjoying the morning hues and fresh air, the team left for their next destination Dhungebazaar.

Something interesting happened en route. Dhilung and Bhaskar took one short-cut too many and got lost. They were fortunately saved by two fellow travelers who met them on the way. They informed that the route would take to Dudhpokhari, Dolakha and not to Dhungebazaar! The amount of road they had travelled resulted in loss of one and a half hours. The team (with the exception of Bhaskar and Dhilung) stopped at Dhungebazaar to have some brunch. After which, they resumed their journey to the final destination – Sailung. Bhaskar and Dhilung reached Dhungebazaar some one-and-half hours later and stopped for short refreshment. Kalapani, Dolakha sits as the last place of human settlement of perhaps a handful of village houses before the steep climb to Sailung begins.

It was around one in the afternoon when Bhaskar looked at his watch after meeting up with the team at Sailung. Everybody was very elated at the top of the hill and took tons of photographs. One member would sit in one position with a certain backdrop for a portrait and the rest of the team would follow suit. The landscape itself consisted of small hillocks (or thumkas) spread over almost a flat plateau. Apparently there is a total of hundred of these small hills as the place is called saya thumka by the locals. These hills were all covered with soft grass (which had dried up due to winter season). Monsoon would be a good time to come to see Chauri grazing on these fields. The land consisted of many ritual graves adorned with prayer flags. It was a natural view tower, a vantage point from which we could clearly see the Himalayas (even Mt. Everest appeared very close) to the north and the gradually descending hills towards the Terai plains. It is said that on a clear winter’s day one can even see Kathmandu valley from here. With heavy hearts (due to insufficient time spent at such a calm and picturesque locale) the team descended to Dhungebazaar at approximately quarter to two in the afternoon and reached Dhungebazaar at half past three thus culminating a very exciting and an eventual journey.

Presented below are blogs from two of our friends who took part in this adventure. Do enjoy reading their write up.

Rookie’s lexis – by – Sudip Koirala

My first hiking from D2 turned out to be one of the wonderful moments in my life. Lured by the description of Sailung, I decided to join the hiking troop and take the challenge. Although I have already enjoyed tough hiking some years back : from Ktm to Hetauda along Kulekhaani and another from Sindhuli bajar to Haibar besi, I knew this hiking would be really different and pleasant. We set off for our destination almost two hours late than the planned time. Bhaskar dai as the hiking coordinator, Rudra dai, Vishnu Dai, Dhilung and other experienced hikers were in the team. We had initially planned to make to Dhunge Bazar the first day and start hiking from Dhunge Bazar to Sailung early next morning. However, when we reached Mudhe, we came to know that it would not be feasible for our office van to drive from Mudhe to Dhunge Bazar as the road was not good. Moreover, it was already 6 PM so we planned to start our hike early next morning (at 4AM) and stayed in Mudhe at a resort.

We had some interesting moments during our night stay in Mudhe. Rudra dai came up with an idea of having fun in a different way and then began amazing competitions- Stand up and down, Push up competition etc. Rudra dai and Vishnu dai, Purushottam Dai and Dijup (Heavy weight pairs) competed in Stand Up and down . The moment when Purushottam dai played a game with Bhaskar dai was also really funny. Rudra dai also taught different exercises and yogas that would make the body fit and healthy. We found the service at the resort not that good and they took long time to prepare the dishes. However, we enjoyed staying beside the fireside, sharing interesting stories and experiences. After having the dinner, we went for sleep as we had planned to set off early in the morning.

Early morning, Bhaskar dai came up awaking everybody and asked us to be ready soon. We hurried ourselves and managed to wash our faces and get in the van. After few minutes drive, we got off the van and started our journey; walking in the dawn with torch lights to show the way. We had different gossips and walked past Chhipchhipe in a good rhythm of walk. We shared experiences of previous hikes and other interesting moments in the life. As the sun rays touched the ground, we could see beautiful greenery and pine and juniper trees all around. On our way, we were excited to see different colored (Red, White, Pink) Guras, our national flower. We had already reached Deurali at 6 where we stopped for a while and had tea. Then we continued the walk to Dhunge Bazar. We were divided into few groups and were on pace. We later realized that Bhaskar dai and Dhilung were not with us. As we reached Dhunge Bazar, we had our breakfast (Chowmein and Boiled egg). We realized hunger is tastier than the food itself. We waited for our lost partners for more than an hour. Hoping that they would come along and join us later, we headed our journey towards Sailung, our final destination. We had a very steep hill to go and almost two hours to climb up the difficult path. It was very funny when Rudra dai was making pranks and comedy with the local people. We found the local people very hospitable and interesting. We had some drinks and rest at Kalapani.

Everybody of us must have gasped to see the Sailung peak very far and high, but we were all determined; all of us. Biswo, Bal, Aashish and Saroj were the leaders, Sabita, Pragya, Madhav and me were moving slowly and steadily at the mid and Vishnu dai, Rudra dai, Dijup and Purushottam dai were following. It was a pleasant environment, fresh air blowing, the pine forest was whistling like a river and the orchids had begun blossoming and the forest was reddened with Guras. We were very lucky to witness all these beauty.

When we were almost at the top at Sailung, it seemed our feet were not obeying our orders; our steps were getting heavy and were creeping. Finally we could conquer the top of Sailung, we felt proud of ourselves to have it done. We were all amazed to see so many Thumkas. We got the knowledge from the locals that there are hundred such peaks and so it was called as Saya Lungeshwor or Sailung. There was also abhilekh that Lord Buddha had visited the place. We enjoyed staying there gazing at the mountains and the hammocks all around. Later we were very happy to see our lost teammates coming along. They had actually lost the way and were moving almost 1 hour towards Dudhpokhari instead of Dhunge bazar. We were delighted to see Mount Everest from there. However, confusion and debate wasn’t over regarding which peak was the Everest actually :) . We had some photo sessions with beautiful Himalayan ranges at the background. It was around 2:30 when we started climbing down. When we reached Dhunge bazar, we managed to reserve a local bus to take us to Mudhe where we had our van waiting for us. Our return journey was rather silent. We were all tired and hungry. We had our quick dinner at Khadichaur at around 6. The repetitive soft music entertained us along the way.

Physical stress and pain is a common thing in hiking, but the adventure, amusement and eternity along with physical fitness that we receive overshadows the negative part. The geographical knowledge, acquaintance of the local rituals and customs are yet another important aspects. So, lets be health conscious and go for hiking every week. Happy hiking!!!

Effort well spent – by – Sabita Khadka

Hiking for me has always been an enjoyable experience. This was my first 2-day hike and had a different experience. On the first day we couldn’t start hiking as it was already 6 PM when we reached Mude. We were uncertain of getting proper shelter in the middle of the jungle. So, everyone whole heartedly agreed to stay there in the hotel of Mude. In the hotel, Rudra dai taught some meditative postures and made people do Up-Down. That reminded me of punishment I got during my old school days. Then we had chitchat around fire while waiting for dinner.

We were all geared up the next day and started hiking at 4 in the morning. It seemed like we were being monitored by the moon and stars when we started. The first part of trek from Mude to Deurali was undoubtedly the easiest section on this route. It was almost flat and had a nice walk.

After being fuelled by a warm glass of tea in Deurali, we headed towards Dunge Bazzar. The route was moderate. We stopped at Dunge Bazzar for lunch and waited everyone to be there but there was no sign of Dhilung and Bhaskar dai. Everyone was wondering where they were. Some tried calling them but in vain as their mobiles were switched off. Then we ascend towards Sailung. The route was getting tough now. The sun was up by the time we got to the Dunge Bazzar. But we went forward in a slow and steady pace with zeal determination.

Wow what a pleasure after reaching there. All hardships in reaching the zenith were paid off. View was magical, mystical and majestic up there. Spectacular view of surrounding mountains and hills gave immense pleasure. After sometime we could see two people in a distant and we speculated them to be our two lost hikers. As they approached we could distinctly identify them. They were our own Dhilung and Bhaskar dai. Everyone was eager to know where they had been. They had actually lost their way and were heading towards DudhPokhari. But they successfully made their way towards Sailung even after moving in wrong direction for 1.5 hour. Then we rested for about an hour on the top, posed for pictures and then we descended. On the way down, I felt my energy level dwindling. I happened to step slippery rock and fell back onto my hand but thankfully there was no harm. It was already 3:30 PM when we reached Dunge Bazzar. We had to reserve the local bus to get back to Mude where office van was waiting for us. It was around 1.5 hours drive. We arrived Kathmandu much earlier than expected.

All in all it was a challenging trip. It was my sixth hiking from D2 and for the first time I had ache in my legs and back. But seriously I enjoyed the pain as it gave me the feeling of being a true hiker. Thank you Bhaskar dai for giving me chance to be the part of such wonderful hike. I look forward to the next one.

It`s picnic time where to go.... what about Dolalghat
01 It`s picnic time where to go…. what about Dolalghat
Sunset silhouette
02 Sunset silhouette
Gimme please
03 Gimme please
Mother and child
04 Mother and child
Lamentation of the solitude
05 Lamentation of the solitude
Sher Bahadhur Khadka writing bill at Mude, Sindhupalchowk
06 Sher Bahadhur Khadka writing bill at Mude, Sindhupalchowk
Expressions galore - walking to the resort at night
07 Expressions galore – walking to the resort at night
The Horse Shoe Mountain Resort in Mude, Sindhupalchowk
08 The Horse Shoe Mountain Resort in Mude, Sindhupalchowk
Scene I - Uth-Bass 20 times, competition between DT and PP
09 Scene I – Uth-Bass 20 times, competition between DT and PP
Scene I - Uth-Bass 20 times competition between PR and SK
10 Scene I – Uth-Bass 20 times competition between PR and SK
Can you guess what happened next
11 Can you guess what happened next
Library for the night
12 Library for the night
Hikers enjoy fire at The Horse Shoe Mountain Resort in Mude, Sindhupalchowk
13 Hikers enjoy fire at The Horse Shoe Mountain Resort in Mude, Sindhupalchowk
The fire burns bright at Mude, Sindhupalchowk
14 The fire burns bright at Mude, Sindhupalchowk
Team photo before setting off to Deurali at 4 in the morning
15 Team photo before setting off to Deurali at 4 in the morning
Saroj becomes the 34th victim of DHK`s pan experiments
16 Saroj becomes the 34th victim of DHK`s pan experiments
Diyo at The Horse Shoe Mountain Resort in Mude, Sindhupalchowk
17 Diyo at The Horse Shoe Mountain Resort in Mude, Sindhupalchowk
Leaving for Deurali from Mude at 4 in the morning
18 Leaving for Deurali from Mude at 4 in the morning
Tell sahu sits beside his barrel
19 Tell sahu sits beside his barrel
Doko - the focus of this picture was to bring out the texture
20 Doko – the focus of this picture was to bring out the texture
Danta manjhan at Katakuti-8, Baghkhor, Dolakha
21 Danta manjhan at Katakuti-8, Baghkhor, Dolakha
Portraiture of the hike
22 Portraiture of the hike
The village of Deurali, Dolakha basked in morning sunlight
23 The village of Deurali, Dolakha basked in morning sunlight
Reminder of Ghandruk without mountains
24 Reminder of Ghandruk without mountains
This region was dotted with golden pastures
25 This region was dotted with golden pastures
Kanchi Tamang of Deurali, Dolakha
26 Kanchi Tamang of Deurali, Dolakha
Dudhpokhari ka dev dutharu jasle DHK and BNB lai thula noksan bata bachaye
27 Dudhpokhari ka dev dutharu jasle DHK and BNB lai thula noksan bata bachaye
In focus
28 In focus
What`s that thing .... looks scary
29 What`s that thing …. looks scary
Amai ko jivan
30 Amai ko jivan
Hills from Deurali
31 Hills from Deurali
Morning song
32 Morning song
Tree of life
33 Tree of life
No Rain for 6 months, what do you expect
34 No Rain for 6 months, what do you expect
Misted askance
35 Misted askance
Look ma hairstyle
36 Look ma hairstyle
Small thumkas
37 Small thumkas
Family from Deurali - kanchi ko bihe garne bela bhako cha
38 Family from Deurali – kanchi ko bihe garne bela bhako cha
Future Rajesh Hamal
39 Future Rajesh Hamal
White Rhododendron en route to Dudhpokhari, Dolakha
40 White Rhododendron en route to Dudhpokhari, Dolakha
Find the flying creature
41 Find the flying creature
Mude at the distance
42 Mude at the distance
On the way to Dudhpokhari
43 On the way to Dudhpokhari
Gurans phulyo ... banai ma ..
44 Gurans phulyo … banai ma ..
Jumra kelaundai
45 Jumra kelaundai
Katti photo khicheko!!!! aba yo photographer lai lola le hanchu pakh!!!
46 Katti photo khicheko!!!! aba yo photographer lai lola le hanchu pakh!!!
This road separated DhikungK and BhaskarB from the group ...guess what was the photo number...its 666
47 This road separated DhikungK and BhaskarB from the group …guess what was the photo number…its 666
All delighted to be captured
48 All delighted to be captured
Ufffff..stilll a long way to go.....
49 Ufffff..stilll a long way to go…..
White gurans-with a distinct identity
50 White gurans-with a distinct identity
Dhunge Bazzar
51 Dhunge Bazzar
Nuggets of truth ...
52 Nuggets of truth …
Meem saheb busy with her research in Dhungebazaar
53 Meem saheb busy with her research in Dhungebazaar
Innocent eyes
54 Innocent eyes
The village of Dhungebazaar, Dolakha seen after leaving for Kalapani
55 The village of Dhungebazaar, Dolakha seen after leaving for Kalapani
Another indepth view into Dhungebazaar, Sindhupalchowk
56 Another indepth view into Dhungebazaar, Sindhupalchowk
Looking towards Kathmandu far far away
57 Looking towards Kathmandu far far away
Entering the maze of 100 thumka
58 Entering the maze of 100 thumka
Addicted to silence
59 Addicted to silence
Filtered ray of light
60 Filtered ray of light
Resurrection
61 Resurrection
Geodetic Point
62 Geodetic Point
Flowing Pastures
63 Flowing Pastures
Melungtse 7181m (Tibetan- Jobo Garu) the highest mountain of the Rolwaling Himal
64 Melungtse 7181m (Tibetan- Jobo Garu) the highest mountain of the Rolwaling Himal
Carrying amenities
65 Carrying amenities
Sailung
66 Sailung
Silent whisper
67 Silent whisper
Burials for the departed
68 Burials for the departed
Graves adorn the top of the hill
69 Graves adorn the top of the hill
Buddhist prayer flags dance at Sailung hill
70 Buddhist prayer flags dance at Sailung hill
SRK waving his hand gladly finding Mt. Everest just behind
71 SRK waving his hand gladly finding Mt. Everest just behind
The hiking team atop Sailung hill
72 The hiking team atop Sailung hill
At the top in Sailung hill, Dolakha
73 At the top in Sailung hill, Dolakha
The peak right at the middle is Mt. Everest, the debate rages on
74 The peak right at the middle is Mt. Everest, the debate rages on
Edgy
75 Edgy
Fluttering prayer flag frozen in time
76 Fluttering prayer flag frozen in time
Mount Everest right above the head
77 Mount Everest right above the head
Each can go their own way, do their own thing
78 Each can go their own way, do their own thing
The hiking team descends from the hill
79 The hiking team descends from the hill
Prayer flags
80 Prayer flags
The beginning of the village at Kalopani, Dolakha
81 The beginning of the village at Kalopani, Dolakha
The Sky - The limit
82 The Sky – The limit
Bishwa perched on the eagle
83 Bishwa perched on the eagle
GauriShankar 7134m
84 GauriShankar 7134m
Is that the hawk of D2Hawkeye
85 Is that the hawk of D2Hawkeye
Found this rock that resembles monkey`s face
86 Found this rock that resembles monkey`s face
Is that an UFO on the left
87 Is that an UFO on the left
Wind horse in the sky
88 Wind horse in the sky
The otherside of Sailung
89 The otherside of Sailung
The golden vista
90 The golden vista
Hatkelama mayako gurash fulaune - yeti mathi ayera mannai parcha ba
91 Hatkelama mayako gurash fulaune – yeti mathi ayera mannai parcha ba
Kalopani, the last settlement before the climb to Sailung
92 Kalopani, the last settlement before the climb to Sailung
Hey!!! What`s goin` on
93 Hey!!! What`s goin` on
Everything that has a begining has an end
94 Everything that has a begining has an end
Hiking from Mude to Sailung via Deurali and Dhungebazar was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by Administrator

Blog Comments

  1. Rudra Pandey

    Dear Nabin — There are plenty of places for night halt and for food. You do not need to bring sleeping bags, food etc. Just bring few bottle of drinking water for each of you. I am sure you are going to drive to Mudhe and trek after that. Please avoid the local bus going from Mudhe to Dhunge Bazar. If you take the bus, you will miss the best part of the trekking and also, the bus ride is not comfortable at all. I was there with my D2 team… Team Deerwalk has been there twice already. You can visit Deerwalk office at Siphal, Kathmandu and meet Kapil Pandey. He will provide you all detail. Please email Kapil at kpandey@deerwalk.com. Hope this is helpful. Rudra Pandey, Lexington, Mass.

  2. Niban Rai

    Hi ! We are planning to go to this place as well, this New Year. Could anybody please give us some info abt how’s there for a night stay? We are about 10 in nos. Are there hotels and lodges to stay/eat ? kinda stay where we’re let to burn fire, drink and sing overnight type? Or, must we be having everything like eat/camp by ourselves to stay there? Could any folks here please reply me back abt this on my e-mail “neon.rai@gmail.com”.

    Your wonderful pics are the ones that actually made us want to go there, and get a bit of it.Thanks !

  3. Santosh

    I also trekked to Kalinchowk with my friends. I still remember tremendous scene on my mind. That was unforgettable and full of excitement. I want to ask Nepali Film Maker why they often visit to foreign country to capture the artificial beauty however Nepal is waiting for our appointment.
    Kalinchowk and its way to reach is mind blowing an out of thinking. I never able

  4. bohemian

    DAMN!!
    i searched for it in ur site but cudnt find anything abt kalinchok then i commented……ur indexing must be not working properly….admin check it out!
    anyways glad to know u ppl went there…..such a beautiful place, aint it?? n d best part is dat there is no crowd….just peace!! even the places in our photos match…heheheh if u r planning to goto some new place then do post it in the site….me n my gang will try to come too….we’ll meet u there n share experiences!!

    heheh n it was nice to find dat there r Pink Floyd & Beatles fan in ur bunch….hope i’ll also find some Nirvana and Pearl Jam fanatics too heheh

    keep travelling ppl……nepal is too beautiful to miss!!

  5. bohemian

    we were on a trek at the same time u ppl were n the places we went to was near to ur place! m frm KU n me n my frens were on a 3 day trip to Kalinchok, Dolakha!! we saw the D2 van while we were returning n now i know where u ppl had been to!!
    by the pics i can tell dat the place must have been spectacular but sorry to inform u dat kalinchok was even better :-) hehe if u ppl r planning for another trek…..make kalinchok ur destination….u wont regret it!!

    have fun trekking…have fun exploring nepal!!

  6. Abishesh

    Ignoring a bit of ghosting, 02 – is awesome…
    17- Diyo – well composed
    40 White Rhododendron en route to Dudhpokhari, Dolakha – very well saturated and the subject is very sharp. how about cropping the subject to fill the frame?
    45 – liked the color tone
    80 – Prayer flags – nice capture but a bit of vignitte on the upper left???
    82 – The sky – the limit – reminds me of Lauribinayak on the way to Gosainkunda (http://www.everestuncensored.org/Hiking/2008%20Gosain%20Kunda/213%20Gosaikunda-Trek%202008.jpg)

    Great pictures all in all…

  7. mabi

    What ever !! Dhilung

    But the photographer is simply wonderful and has the know hows.

    If I have to any photographs, I would choose 70 and 81.

    Which camera did you use ?

  8. Bhaskar B

    To “One Hiker”: Yeah I was mighty relieved after crossing that fine line to Dolakha district leaving Sindhupalchowk behind. And by the way, I seriously admit, this was by far the worst-ever dairy weekend for me.

  9. suresh

    Pic 85….he he …nice.., Pic 24 Nice……Thanks RAJ for relating Pic 30 and 35.., Also, 52 ..True…..lines

  10. One Hiker

    Coordinator got a good reputation in Sindhupalchowk – “Seto kattu lagayeko keta bubu khoj dai hindcha …” – Bhaskar dai – thanks for this hike!

  11. HikingFan

    Wow. All the pics look so beautiful. Pic 42 my best landscape photo. I’ve crossed so many times through Mude but never realized how beautiful it looks with himalaya at the background. Pic 23 and 31 are another piece of beauty.

    Pic 74: Mt. Everest? Don’t think so. It should be far east. Let me add that Mt. Everest is on Solukhumbu and next to this (dolakha), okhaldhunga and then solu.

    Pic 35 great capture. Overall everything looks grt

  12. OneofheHiker

    It was the most exciting hike I ever had. Thanks to all for being so interesting and making this wonderful trip.

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