The morning was cool when we stepped off the bus and stretched our legs. Our hike was to start and begin at a resort in (start place). At a restaurant, we loaded our back packs with water bottles while the talking lightly and musing of the journey ahead. The journey had been short: only an hour. Our group had assembled at the Deerwalk complex for breakfast before boarding the bus and setting off. We had pulled into the resort at around 10:00.
I was very much excited for my first hike with Deerwalk. There were 9 of us in our group (in total there were 26 members with 8 from Deerwalk Inc. and Surendra). We started our journey at around 7:45 a.m. We reached Sundarijal at 8:20 and had our breakfast (samosa tarkari and tea). Surendra presented a brief orientation before we started our hike. He asked team leaders (Anil Lama from our group and Sanjeev Budha from the other) to lead their specific group leaving some suggestions.
On Saturday April 6, 2013 I had the opportunity to experience my first Deerwalk outing. We left the campus around 9:30 AM and headed south out of Kathmandu toward our first stop of Sankhu. Immediately after departing the vehicle we were presented with an awesome painted archway that we walked under to get into the village. We stopped for some pictures before finding a local restaurant for breakfast and then enjoyed an hour or so of playing the card game Syabru before being on our way.
Work and fun should go together, Deerwalk surely tries to encompass them and hiking is one of those examples. After having joined Deerwalk this was my first hike. It was definitely a good experience and a golden opportunity to have fun and mingle with fellow colleagues.
Many years ago, I had a mentor while I was working at American Management Systems who took several months off from work to go trekking in Nepal. When I heard about his trip I hoped that one day I would get a chance to do the same. My chance finally came when I joined Verisk Analytics as its CIO. My visit to our office in Kathmandu would be my opportunity to experience the beautiful country of Nepal by foot.