On Sunday, February 17th the employees of Deerwalk Services set off on their weekly hike, and I, the newest member of the team, was invited to join them. Though we’d initially intended to set off in the early morning, some of the group had had a late night in the office, so we scaled back our ambitions, slept in, and decided to leave at noon from the Deerwalk campus to give the night owls some time to rest. There were twelve of us in all, including Jeff Rick—on loan from the Lexington office—and we had our sight set on Nagarkot, a small peak known for its spectacular views at sunrise and sunset.
On Saturday, Dec 29, 2012, Thirty four of the Deerwalk employees that make up the Product Team went to Nagarkot for a team outing. Some of the guys were on their bikes. Sawan, our coordinator for the outing, had made reservation at a resort there. We were supposed to leave Deerwalk office at 11:30 am but due to some late comers we ended up leaving at 12:00 pm. I was so excited because that was my first trip since having joined the company. Some of the guy had prepared their own collection of songs for the journey, and we crossed Nagarkot while playing and singing them.
On day three, the some about thirty participants gathered at DWIT premises in the morning for college tour. Informal interaction was taken place among the participants. They were headed to Telkot, Bhaktapur for hiking after breakfast at DWIT. It took around three hours to hike to Nagarkot from Telkot. It was a very nice hiking experience among the participants. Hiking through the hilly trails and bushes with full of natural beauty was different experience for the participants.
I have always loved to go to new places and experience local cultures and traditions. As such, I was really excited to join the Deerwalk hike team. It was my first hike since joining the company.
The planned route of the hike was from Dhulikhel to Nagarkot. As planned, we gathered at the office premises at about seven in the morning. We left the office at 7:30 AM by office van. Before leaving, we took a head count – and it was seven – excluding Kedar, who was driving us to Dhulikhel. At 8:25 AM, we stopped at Banepa to pick up Rosina – the eighth hiker of our team.
While Hindu folks in Nepal were busy playing with colors – celebrating Holi, the festival of colors, to mark the victory of good over evil – Deerwalkers had a different plan for the day – a cultural tour of Nagarkot Tower via Changunarayan. Jeff Gasser, president of Deerwalk, all the way from Florida, was challenging and inspiring the youths to join the hike.
We probably might have been to Nagarkot on many occasions. I personally, have been to Nagarkot many times – for the sightseeing on bike, for picnics way back when I was still in high school and for its famous sunset (though on that particular occasion we had planned for the sunrise but we overslept because… anyways that’s another whole new story). We planned this hike to start from Naubise to Thankot but due to many reasons such as reluctance of the participants to show up on time causing delays in departure – we finalised the hike to Nagarkot.
It was a walk to remember, just because of how much fun it was. One of the more sedate trails that you would have, Telkot-Nagarkot hike still basks in the opulence that is Nepal. As the valley of Kathmandu starts looking green, you keep wondering what could have been. Jo Anne’s first visit to Nepal had us take her there! Next year, we go higher, and farther! Jo Anne Hunt — “On Sunday I had a chance of a lifetime to go hiking with experts. I knew it was going to be a challenge even though I was assured it was going to be “an easy one”. “
The early morning was damp and gloomy, and it was not until the sun shone through that we were hopeful of doing our mystery climb. Reminiscing about older times, and going back and forth about destinations, we had Rudra Dai join us. Finally we were to hike to Nagarkot from Dhulikhel.
It was 9:15 AM when we reached Dhulikhel and we had a quick breakfast at the D Newa Kitchen. After that, it was time for the Deerwalkers to walk up towards the hilltop near Taludada, Dhulikhel. That part of our walk was interesting and easy going. At the Rotary Club, we then began to take on the heights. Around 10:30 we reached the place and rested for a while.
Nagarkot, located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, is one of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view of the Himalayas when the weather is clear .The fabulous area of Nagarkot features attractions ranging from beautiful alpine scenery to the magnificent Himalayan Panorama particularly the Ganesh Himal massif along with Langtang ranges and also visible Mt Everest in clear day.