Hiking from Palung to Daman

Posted by: Administrator

Hiking Theme: If a tree falls in forest, still that is a man’s fault?
Date: March 14, 2010
Hiking Route: Palung to Daman
Hiking Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Hiking Distance: 7 kms
Range 1600 m 2322
Participants: Shiva K Pun, Sameer Tuladhar, Manoj Rokka, Lava Kafle, Rajiv Shrestha, Asim Singh Mahat, Tilak Magar, Roshan Gyawali, Rikesh Shakya, Krishna Bhatta,Rudra Pandey, Chris Kryder, Mark Carlson and Vishnu Kshettri
Photos: Abishesh Joshi, Mark Carlson, Krishna Bhatt and Tilak Thapa Magar
Photo Captions: Abishesh Joshii
Report: Chris Kryder and Mark Carlson
Hiking Coordinator: Lava Kafle
Creative Support: Dijup Tuladhar

Chris Kryder

Daman trek is now a fine memory, four days later, and now after a day at work in the sands of Abu Dhabi. As always hiking in Nepal lived up to expectation and delivered a great experience. We started from Palung an area full of verdant vegetable gardens. The way to Daman was gradual, rich with rhododendrons, easy on the feet and fine for reestablishing Chi balance. We did not encounter any downhill travelers this time, save an old women carrying straw. March is a ripe season for hiking in the Himalayan countryside and it is a great gift that some of the trails have remained hidden from the overwhelming tourists. We had lunch at a fine house at the summit, with lovely stone stairway. I really have to admit that the beer never tasted better. Furthermore we were rewarded with a brief glimpse of Mt. Langtang. You learn something new on each hike, and this time I learnt that “Ram has eyes in the back of his head.” I bid adieu to my fellow hikers with the following CEO announcements.

1.Abishesh is hereby appointed the official D2 photographer.
2.A new rule. No one sitting beyond the front seat should (a) party the night before a trek, or (2) eat breakfast.

Mark Carlson

A most amazing experience!! The drive up the mountain was the most tortuous and scary I have ever done! However, it was worth it. The views were spectacular and the stops were memorable. When we reached the trail, I thought it would be…well, a hike. But…it was a mountain climb! The trail was so steep, you had to be on all fours in many places. It was very exerting. Near the top of the trail we came upon a woman carrying a huge 75 lb sack! (Please see picture). After that, I decided I was not as tired. In all, it was a fantastic time. Thank you so much for inviting me!

Please click on the image to see its large version.

Chris Stretching his arms
01 Chris Stretching his arms
And stretching his legs as well
02 And stretching his legs as well
Thumbs Up, Yay! Mark and Rudra
03 Thumbs Up, Yay! Mark and Rudra
Mark watching bandh at Naubise
04 Mark watching bandh at Naubise
Mother`s love
05 Mother`s love
Mark and Chris, still waiting for the road blockade to clear
06 Mark and Chris, still waiting for the road blockade to clear
Seven Turns on the highway. Just crossed the last of it
07 Seven Turns on the highway. Just crossed the last of it
Towards Tistung
08 Towards Tistung
A hard working man
09 A hard working man
Abishesh and Rikesh
10 Abishesh and Rikesh
Rudra`s turn to stretch
11 Rudra`s turn to stretch
Somewhere in Tistung
12 Somewhere in Tistung
The sun hides behind that false mask
13 The sun hides behind that false mask
Starting off at Palung
14 Starting off at Palung
As steep as it can get - from above
15 As steep as it can get – from above
as steep as it can get - from below
16 as steep as it can get – from below
Rudra making sure everyone makes it safely
17 Rudra making sure everyone makes it safely
Palung Valley
18 Palung Valley
 Palung Valley up close
19 Palung Valley up close
 Asim`s the last one
20 Asim`s the last one
Chris leads
21 Chris leads
Stopping for a moment to enjoy the view
22 Stopping for a moment to enjoy the view
 Shiva and Roshan
23 Shiva and Roshan
 On the edge
24 On the edge
 Krishna thinking about Radha
25 Krishna thinking about Radha
 Think I`ll take a nap
26 Think I`ll take a nap
 Asim breathes a sigh
27 Asim breathes a sigh
 Who`s gonna pick it up
28 Who`s gonna pick it up
Asim`s exhausted
29 Asim`s exhausted
Done with one steep climb, another starts
30 Done with one steep climb, another starts
She carries the weight we could ever bear
31 She carries the weight we could ever bear
 Unusual place to carry your watter bottle
32 Unusual place to carry your watter bottle
 Chris  to Rudra - I trust you with numbers but not always
33 Chris to Rudra – I trust you with numbers but not always
 ...the trail was narrow too
34 …the trail was narrow too
 There`s no one else like Lava
35 There`s no one else like Lava
If a tree falls in the forest, still that is a man`s fault
36 If a tree falls in the forest, still that is a man`s fault
Rudra stops in admiration
37 Rudra stops in admiration
 And the Gods paintined it
38 And the Gods paintined it
Into the Wild
39 Into the Wild
 Improvised trail
40 Improvised trail
 Hold on to the rocks tight
41 Hold on to the rocks tight
 The future owner of the villa is locked out
42 The future owner of the villa is locked out
Chris welcomes to his remote getaway
43 Chris welcomes to his remote getaway
Vish and the gang
44 Vish and the gang
Everybody want their picture taken at Chris`s summer villa
45 Everybody want their picture taken at Chris`s summer villa
Time to leave Chris`s villa
46 Time to leave Chris`s villa
Reluctantly Chris relinquishes his villa
47 Reluctantly Chris relinquishes his villa
 RoshanG
48 RoshanG
The trail ends, and the road starts
49 The trail ends, and the road starts
Vish testing his strength..must be 50 kilos
50 Vish testing his strength..must be 50 kilos
Brotherhood between CEO and COO
51 Brotherhood between CEO and COO
Mark, Chris and Rudra poses for a different camera but caught by a different one
52 Mark, Chris and Rudra poses for a different camera but caught by a different one
The National Flower - Read the sign carefully
53 The National Flower – Read the sign carefully
 Daman 2322m
54 Daman 2322m
 Without love there is no peace
55 Without love there is no peace
 Happy go lucky - ManojR
56 Happy go lucky – ManojR
 Titanic pose
57 Titanic pose
 Rhodendron Arboreum
58 Rhodendron Arboreum
 Peach Flower
59 Peach Flower
Ram awaits us @ Daman
60 Ram awaits us @ Daman
Mark`s waiting for his reward
61 Mark`s waiting for his reward
Chris pours the reward
62 Chris pours the reward
Pensive Rudra
63 Pensive Rudra
Mark`s munching on ramen
64 Mark`s munching on ramen
Boston meets Nepal
65 Boston meets Nepal
RajivS, guess which beer
66 RajivS, guess which beer
We prefer soft drinks, thank you
67 We prefer soft drinks, thank you
Caught in action
68 Caught in action
Teeing off
69 Teeing off
 Just what Mark was pointing his camera at
70 Just what Mark was pointing his camera at
Looks like a hole in one!!!
71 Looks like a hole in one!!!
Dispute yet to be settled
72 Dispute yet to be settled
Dedicated to ...
73 Dedicated to …
Road runs while the bus stops
74 Road runs while the bus stops
Hiking from Palung to Daman was last modified: February 16th, 2015 by Administrator

Blog Comments

  1. Lava kafle

    I lkafle lava kafle feel luckiest to be part there now in healthcare deerwalk solutions , products team feel great remembering those moments from d2hawkeye now named veriskit veriskhealth. It was final hike of CEO Chris Kryder , Mark Carlson ( It was great friendship with him, miss you mark Carlson), COO Rudra pandey ,

  2. Rudra Pandey

    This was the last D2 hike that Chris and I hiked together. We will certainly hike again together, but not ever as D2 exec. That will never happen. So this hike is pretty special for me.

    Rudra

  3. Ramji Balami,rbalami2008@gmail.com

    my home is in bajrabarahi,it is near the daman,palung. i study this pic. alot, i am so happy bcoz u visit in our place,but u can visit in simbhanjyang,bajrabarahi,kulekhani,chitlang etc area,

  4. Paul

    @Chris taught a few things to remember

    I understand the conversion from meters to feet, but what do you mean by ‘instead of using complex 1.73 value to multiply or divide.’ Can you please elaborate?

  5. Hhahahaha

    it would have been unjust to forget to add “Natrawise” a new word spelt by lava kafle instead of “otherwise” hahahah hehehe thanks!!!! And also do not forget the moments of laughter between Vishnu and Mark.

  6. Lava Kafle

    The pictures are good , nice, best, and I have no words to describe.
    The exercise , the training, the discussions, the admiration of surroundings , every moment in the palung daman makwanpur trip is notably beyond comparison.
    We also rested on the way in Tasarpu Simaldada Ward 9, which had warm hospitality for tea lovers. The scene was simply great and Abhisesh was playing his camera against a stream, a pure water fall from the mountain alongside the road.
    Vishnu had prepared a great curry out of Green Vegetable (Saag Duku), which was finished within a minute of sharing which everybody wanted to taste.
    Lava was caught RED-Handed Smoking. he is always caught for his naughtiness.
    The Tuborg oh no its Carlsberg simply served its best.
    Rudra smelled fish inside a Fanta Bottle and somebody was wearing Adidas boots.
    Rudra also narrated stories of hardships of village people and the REAL truth that can be bundled inside those big sacks.
    The captions are great and so are the photos.
    It was a great opportunity for guys to be served by CEO.
    The route was really tough one.

  7. @pic 6 when will bockades stop

    the chakka jam bandh , nepal bandh, district bandh, area bandh, tamshaling bandh, and road blockades have been imposing a lot of chjallenges to developing country like nepal. When will it stop?

  8. Chris taught a few things to remember

    Given 2322 meter height of Daman, you divide it by 3 i.e. 2322/3= 774 now add a 0 to it which is approx. in feet ft. 7740 instead of using complex 1.73 value to multiply or divide.
    He also talked about a measuring instrument thaT IS STILL PREVALENT IN MANY us SCHOOLS TILL NOW FROM AGES AGO like abacus but it is a slide rule, one of the first computer made of wood and sliding edges that calulates addition subtraction and gives results.

  9. BhaskarB

    #38 – awesome picture Abishesh … looks like an oil painting … and it is amazing how the scale of the big white cloud looming over the hills can be felt from the picture … great shot!

  10. Vish

    I have been on this trail for the third times and I always enjoyed it in different way. Chris, I liked your set phrase and chose for hiking theme. Hope you would not mind?

    Thanks!

Post Your Comments:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *