Participants: AsimK, AnimeshR (UpasanaR’s brother), DeepakM, ManojR, MamataO, PrajwalS, SiddhantR(UpasanaR’s brother), SurendraA, UpasanaR
Location: Sisneri to Kaule
Date: 08 February 2009
Hike co-ordinater: DeepakM
Departure: 7:00 AM
Creative Support: Dijup Tuladhar / Ganesh Thapa
“Valentine’s Day is coming nearer. If I plan to take her to the movies and then dinner, I better start saving now. I wonder what she will give me this time….”
“Ani, you guys still in college, right?” it was Deepak. Coming back to reality, I hurriedly replied “Yeah, St. Joseph College.”
My brother and I were going on a micro van along with 7 enthusiastic hikers from D2hawkeye. I felt a rush of excitement as I realized again, we were going for hiking, thanks to my sister. We were to start our journey from Sishneri till where Ram would drop us on wheels and then we were to reach Kaule on foot, where we were promised to be picked up by him again to go for a good meal. So was the plan. And so we had been traveling on the bus slowly elevating towards our destination. After about an hour we stopped the vehicle beside a small roadside hotel with five star rates, where we fueled ourselves with Chyura, bhuttan and everything that was available there.
Finally we reached our starting point Sishneri. We stretched our arms and legs, breathed some fresh air into our lungs, carried our backpacks with notebooks, pencils and water bottles and started mounting up the hill. The route uphill was narrow and steep. But the view was breathtaking. Believe me everyone was panting with awe. Especially Mamata!!!
After about half an hour we reached the top, Jagare, where we noticed a settlement of several houses and a small school nearby. We went there to distribute the notebooks and pencils to the bewildered kids after taking the permission from a confused teacher. Surendra’s humorous takls lightened everybody’s mood there, and after Manoj took pictures everyone was smiling.
We bid goodbye to the school kids and started heading towards our destination “Kaule”. Leaving human habitation behind, now only nine of us walked the narrow trail. The sun was high, UV protection glasses were out, jackets were peeled off, water bottles were passed around and our real journey began. Gigantic Rocky Mountains surrounded us and a few colorful houses in the distance looked like accessories they wore. The pine trees swayed and cool breeze welcomed us. But the rocks looked least bothered and unmoved by our presence. As we made our way through the dusty bypaths we became more quiet and peaceful. I guess everyone was arrested by the beauty that surrounded us. It made me realize how great an artist god truly is. After what seemed like forever we arrived to the descending part of our journey. The path led inside the needle forest which provided us the much needed shade. The smell in the air was euphoric and raw. And so we trudged down the slippery paths of the forest moving our head from one direction to the other with renewed energy.
Finally we met the highway and we were relieved. We then went to a close-by strawberry farm and treated ourselves with fresh strawberries. By then my stomach was growling and the only thing I could do was eat. Everyone seemed to understand how I felt and so we went to eat at the stone palace restaurant. My appetite was increased even more when I saw the live trout fishes we were about to feed on, swimming in the tank. We even made efforts to catch them ourselves. Slippery creatures were much easier to get hold of when cooked. After an enormous banquet and some chit chat we made our way to the city, singing. The classic songs of Narayan Gopal sung by Surendra, on the way back, were perfect way to end our adventurous day.