Hiking from Budhanilkantha to Shivapuri

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Hiking Route: Budhanilkantha, Shivapuri Nat Park, NagiGumga, Bagdwar, Shivapuri Peak, Muhan Pokhari
Date: Sep 13 , 2009 Saturday .
Duration: 9hrs
Distance:  18kms
Hike Coordinator: Sangharsha Bhattarai
Participants: Abanish Kayastha, Anup Basnet, Anup Sharma, Asim Khanal, Bipin Karmacharya, Robert Thompson, Deepak Maharjhan, Manish Shrestha, Paras Babu Tiwari, Pragya Ratna Bajracharya, Sangharsha Bhattarai, Sanket Shrestha, Saroj Dahal, Sudeep Khatiwada, Suresh Thapa
Photos: Manish Shrestha, Sangharsha Bhattarai, Suresh Thapa
Caption: Abanish Kayastha, Anup Sharma, Sangharsha Bhattarai
Report By: Abanish Kayastha, Bipin Karmacharya, Anup Sharma, Pragya Ratna Bajracharya, Sangharsha Bhattarai
Design Support: Dijup Tuladhar
Geolocation: Budhanilkantha (27° 47′ 29.2518″, 85° 22′ 15.042″), Shivpauri Nat Park Gate (27° 46′ 41.1234″, 85° 21′ 45.1866″), NagiGumga (27° 47′ 0.0738″, 85° 22′ 53.5326″), Bagdwar-Shivapuri Peak (27° 48′ 47.7648″, 85° 23′ 7.4364″), Muhan Pokhari (27° 46′ 41.1234″, 85° 21′ 45.1866″)

6:00 pm – Back to Square One
Finally, the tough and adventurous hike came to an end when we reached Muhan Pokhari at 6:00 pm. Taking a sigh of relief and patting ourselves for successful hike, we looked at our watches. It was a 9hrs trip up the hill and down leaving us exhausted, thirsty, tired and starved. The next destination, to quench our thirst and fill our tummies, was a good restaurant. After driving for around 15mins from the place we started the hike, we met a restaurant on the way. The hungry souls were unleashed. Having a bit of snacks along with chilled beers & cold drinks followed by hot dal bhat tarkari helped us rejuvenated on day that was mostly filled with jungle thrills. Finally, at around 9pm we reached the office and headed towards our homes after bidding adieus. All of us were really tired and looking forward to hit the sack resting on the reminiscences from the day’s hike.

4:00 pm – Running down the hill
The steep rundown at this time felt as if it would never end at all. The difficult trail created by rainwater gave a torrid time to our tiring legs. The entire team was forced to split into a number of groups. We were reliving the saying “A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo” as we dragged ourselves down this passage. The brisk walkers, among us hikers, were completely out of sight down the hill.  Some of the groups that followed them, spotted several signs along the way, which were created by the galloping group so as to provide directions towards the base. While some other were unlucky enough to have chosen a wrong path, thereby making their experience even more treacherous.

“A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo”

2:00 pm – Peeping into the clouds, at the amazing view point
The trail covered with wet leaves was not manmade and travelling through it reminded of bygone days. Moving slowly towards the valley, the team got divided into two. Those who could move fast in the lot galloped ahead while the remaining moved slowly taking refuge of little rests on the way down.  Since Manish had cramped his both legs, those coming at the back moved even more slowly by taking cautious steps and ensuring that Manish was not straining his legs. But the trail was tough. We literally had to run at times even when we knew Manish was seriously crippled. It was fun though. We jumped from one rock to the other while at other times we took cautious steps fearing of slippery surface underneath our feet.

1:00 pm- Abode Shivapuri Peak @ 2732 meters
Spending about an hour over the spot at 1:00pm we then ascended towards the Shivapuri peak , 2732 metres from sea level. After about a minute away  Bag Dwar, we reached courtyard of a hut where some Babaji (yogis) had stayed upon for their ‘dhyan’. After some time chatting with them, they showed us the way uphill to shivapuri. To our utter dismay, we barely saw a trail that would lead us to the way. Hence we decided to consult with some other ‘Babas’, whom we met along the way. These consultations turned out to be quite misleading, since each of them had their own opinion regarding the correct trail. These conflicting opinions created sparks of agitation among us tiring hikers, and in the moment of desperation, we chose the path that was initially chosen.

The zigzag trail towards the peak was surrounded by tall Oak trees, and was relatively different from the steep path that we had ascended on our way to Bag Dwar from Nagi Gumba. Everyone talked about the toughness of the road as well as the number of leeches that had attacked them. Crossing few stone steps after all the slippery trails with withered leaves we reached the peak of the Shivapuri. Unfortunately, we were surrounded with mist when we reached there. So we couldn’t see anything beside them. We were soaking in sweat, taking sighs, laying on backs. Reaching over the 2nd highest hills around the valley, we felt overjoyed. Had it been around April, the forest would have been covered with rhododendrons. The 5.5hrs of uphill marked the halfway of the day’s excursion. After taking short rest and few group snaps we started to descend.

12:00 noon – Bag-Dwar, the origin of Bagmati & home of Todke Baba
After 2 hrs of climb at 12pm, on descend of few steps we reached our second destination, Bag Dwar. The place is named after the Nepali term for tiger, and has a stone spout resembling tiger’s face. It was like a small courtyard in between two hills with a small pond amidst which a small sculpture of Lord Shiva stood. The water from the place is said to be the origin of the holy river ‘Bagmati’, thereby making it an important place for Hindus as well as Buddhists.

It was so silent and delightful that we forgot the world outside. The water from the spout so chilly that we could feel its chill as it down poured into our stomach. We reenergized ourselves with the foods, snacks and fruits that remained with us.

“The water from the place is said to be the origin of the holy river ‘Bagmati’, thereby making it an important place for Hindus as well as Buddhists.”

11:00 am – Walking through the lush green jungle
Midway through the passage to Bag Dwar, laid a dense jungle covered with rain dampened leaves and fallen trees. The walk through such passage was accompanied by a ‘playful’ sun, which was busy playing hide and seek with the clouds and the trees that stood overhead. The lush green jungle cooled the temperature to a pleasant range, hence making it easy for us to move ahead. We made brief stops along the way to recharge ourselves with snacks and water, and also to add reinforcements to our protection shields against the leeches.

“The walk through such passage was accompanied by a ‘playful’ sun, which was busy playing hide and seek with the clouds and the trees that stood overhead.”

10:00 am – NagiGumba, the second base station
We had our fair share of rest at the Nagi gumba premises and thereby proceeded to our second base, Bag Dwar. The plain fields at the gumba premises quickly disappeared, as we marched in unison along the steep trails. Anup Sharma took over the role of being the pacesetter for the rest of the hike. The level of difficulty of the trail that followed escalated from ‘easy’ to ‘moderate’, thanks to a stirring combination of steep climb and sporadic booby-traps formed by leeches.

“Little did we know that the first stop we chose happened to be a safe haven for the leeches as well.”

09:00 am – Square One, Shivapuri National Park gate @ Budhanilkantha
After a brief stop at the Buddhanilkantha temple area for our breakfast, we were headed to the starting point of our hike, the Shivapuri National Reserve. The guards there collected our names and provided us with the tickets to our destination. Within an hour, we had entered the peaceful premises of Nagi Gumba. The monks, residing there, were engaged in their daily activities.  We rested there for a while and energized ourselves with the Red bull tonic carried along by Anup Dai. Little did we know that the first stop we chose happened to be a safe haven for the leeches as well. The mere sightings of such leeches enforced us to take proactive actions in order to prevent ourselves from being ‘sucked’ along the way.

Hikers portraiture collage

 Tea (Jeri Puri) time
01 Tea (Jeri Puri) time
 Chana - Energy for the long distance runner
02 Chana – Energy for the long distance runner
 This is our roadmap
03 This is our roadmap
 Time to kick-off
04 Time to kick-off
 Nagi Gumba - 3kms... Shivapuri is 9kms
05 Nagi Gumba – 3kms… Shivapuri is 9kms
 Muddy trail under the Sun
06 Muddy trail under the Sun
 Be at the good pace_ Don't look at the camera it should look natural
07 Be at the good pace_ Don’t look at the camera it should look natural
 Rest & Retrospect
08 Rest & Retrospect
 A purple bloom
09 A purple bloom
 An Innocent Whitey
10 An Innocent Whitey
 my wallpaper
11 my wallpaper
 The Object_ Hey is the pose alrite or U need  some kung fu as well
12 The Object_ Hey is the pose alrite or U need some kung fu as well
 The Subject
13 The Subject
 The anti-leech campaign
14 The anti-leech campaign
 Meditation
15 Meditation
 Beside the flags
16 Beside the flags
A misty perspective
17 A misty perspective
 Im Sudeep..get me outta here...
18 Im Sudeep..get me outta here…
 Stand, Look back & Relax
19 Stand, Look back & Relax
 Cheese Time ... oops White-Rabbit time
20 Cheese Time … oops White-Rabbit time
 I knew it... the red bull was not original
21 I knew it… the red bull was not original
 Micro plants
22 Micro plants
 Following the water trail
23 Following the water trail
 The lonely man takes the greener trail
24 The lonely man takes the greener trail
 Unbelievable!!!
25 Unbelievable!!!
 They call me a rookie hiker..and i'm lovin it
26 They call me a rookie hiker..and i’m lovin it
 Makin a way -Thank god Anup didn't fart
27 Makin a way -Thank god Anup didn’t fart
 lush green trail
28 lush green trail
 this looks good...
29 this looks good…
 leaving the leaves
30 leaving the leaves
 Taking cloud's cover
31 Taking cloud’s cover
 Men at Walk
32 Men at Walk
 trunk, tags and branches
33 trunk, tags and branches
 Pinky greets with a smile
34 Pinky greets with a smile
 a.n.d we kept walking with the clouds..
35 a.n.d we kept walking with the clouds..
 hiking with the clouds
36 hiking with the clouds
 first stop at the burial ground
37 first stop at the burial ground
 lost in the lush
38 lost in the lush
 zzoooommm in
39 zzoooommm in
 and we kept walking..
41 and we kept walking..
 dude..where's my leech
41 dude..where’s my leech
 Todko..but where is baba
42 Todko..but where is baba
 jay desh..jay shiva
43 jay desh..jay shiva
 saroj striking a pose
44 saroj striking a pose
 one legged hikers
45 one legged hikers
 the mouth of tiger
46 the mouth of tiger
 dissolution
47 dissolution
 Bagmati at the origins
48 Bagmati at the origins
 Resting at Bag Dwar
49 Resting at Bag Dwar
 Let me see....
50 Let me see….
 the open mantra
51 the open mantra
 can you guess the brands
52 can you guess the brands
 Jay Shambhoo
53 Jay Shambhoo
 here he is..the Todke Baba
54 here he is..the Todke Baba
 Sudeep says it has a deeper meening
55 Sudeep says it has a deeper meening
 the three wise men
56 the three wise men
 guess what...the five wise men
57 guess what…the five wise men
 hiking got serious after meeting Todke Baba
58 hiking got serious after meeting Todke Baba
 Suke Dhara
59 Suke Dhara
 deserted Baba Ghar
60 deserted Baba Ghar
 damn... we must be cautious of this slippy path
61 damn… we must be cautious of this slippy path
 brief respite at the summit
62 brief respite at the summit
 oh lord..i am tired...lemme stretch
63 oh lord..i am tired…lemme stretch
 striking a pose atop 2732m
64 striking a pose atop 2732m
 the father figures lead the way
65 the father figures lead the way
 Saroj on his way to the clouds
66 Saroj on his way to the clouds
 Retro Pose @ view point
67 Retro Pose @ view point
 biaatch..i got the leech
68 biaatch..i got the leech
 moon is shining on a sunny day
69 moon is shining on a sunny day
 Bob the hiker
70 Bob the hiker
 heaven on earth
71 heaven on earth
 _ ..and the devils in heaven
72 _ ..and the devils in heaven
 as you like it
73 as you like it
 whoz leading the way
74 whoz leading the way
 light in shade
75 light in shade
 the arrow shows the way
76 the arrow shows the way
 tired of going downhill
77 tired of going downhill
 the crawling hopper
78 the crawling hopper
 valley view
79 valley view
 oh lord wont you buy me a mercedes benz
80 oh lord wont you buy me a mercedes benz
 friend with weed is friend indeed
81 friend with weed is friend indeed
 reservoir at muhan pokhari
82 reservoir at muhan pokhari
 finally..back to square one
83 finally..back to square one
 crimson sunset
84 crimson sunset
 finally..back to cube
85 finally..back to cube
 burning flag atop the candle
86 burning flag atop the candle
Hiking from Budhanilkantha to Shivapuri was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by Administrator

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