It has been wonderful experience for the Everest Uncensored (EU) team to explore the thrills around the Kathmandu valley at the high altitude. In its adventures, the EU team has experienced the rural set up and its contradiction with the so called modern and urban life in the Kathmandu valley. Our team mates have experienced that it was a sort of achievement in the life. The team has visited not only three districts of Kathmandu valley. But the team has also walked up to Kabhre, Sindhupalchok, Makwanpur and Nuwakot districts.
This Sunday, the team set out for the wonders at Khadpu-Pharping from Mata Tirtha. Mata Tirtha is itself famous as the source of fresh water for the Kathmandu valley. Pharping is known for the first hydro project ever in the history of Nepal and now, a perennial source of clean drinking water for the Kathmandu valley people. Owing to various reason, the team had shrunk to just three. Hence, the beginning it self was adventurous; just three people walking hours to the height, through the jungles; very interesting.
The team reached Matatirtha on the van. The team was served with boiled egg and tea at the local teashop. Then the ascent up to Deurali began. The ascent is challenging and the team did it in two hours. At the summit of the Deurali the team stopped for a while, to relieve the tiredness. There we found a small teashop and we did not want to waste the opportunity to drink some tea and enjoy the view from the top.
Observing the valley from the altitude
As soon as we had enough rest we began our ascent to Makaibari (meaning corn field) which is a small village in a small valley that let us walk on more or less flat trail up to Khadpu. From this junction we had to walk on the motorable road up to Phakhel. Phakhel is a place with few shops where the bus and jeep from Hetuada to Kathmandu stop for refreshment. This area is also famous for vegetables farming.
Descending down the trail
After leaving Phakhel for about 15 minutes a beautiful trail led us towards another Deurali that required us to climb for about a little more than an hour to reach the top of the Deurali. As soon as we were at the top we could see the lovely view of the Pharping town just below. From this point onward we climbed down for one hour to reach Pharping from where we could catch the van and end the day’s hike.
But it was time now for relaxation. The team proceeded towards the Royal Hana Restaurant (Japanese) to enjoy the hot bath in the Jacuzzi. The relaxation was so soothing that we forgot that we had walked for 7 hours. We spent about an hour at the Jacuzzi with a company of other people. Then we had a dinner at the restaurant. Thus the hiking for this week was over. But the EU team desires to explore much more in the following weeks as well.
The Hike begins with the smell of those flowers and we can’t deny taking a snap of those
The old and the youths
Bishnu and Keshav at breakfast
Set out for a work
The peak towering to the sky
The cock and the hen
Bishnu and Keshav under the fruit ladden tree
Jungle fruits? But look tasty
A fruit laden tree
Valley under the cloudy morning
Bishnu and Surendra
Hello, just a while: Surendra seeks something at the bag
Bishnu at rest under the Buddhist shrine
Donators: the name of the people who donated to make the path
The team wnjoying tea at the local tea shop
Is Keshav learning cooking?
Lovely flowers but wild
Following the trail
Our livelihood: two women carry the load of firewood from the jungle. They said they sold the firewood to make their livelihood.
A picturesque village
Fire at far
A lower Secondary School
Colorful flags and leaves indicate a Buddhist’s house
An old man at rest
Child labor! Not at all these children brought the rice and oil distributed by an American organisation
Crossing the bridge
Through the rockky path
Hard labot pays
Fresh vegetable ready for transportation to Kathmandu
The rural set up and the people
Towards the Buddhist Shrine
The Buddhist shrine
Lovely Phakhel village
Field and the flowers
Looking through the trees
Through the rocky path
Under the fog
Dakshin Budhanilkantha temple
The other deity at the south: Dakshin Budhanilkantha
Yummy Japanese dinner
(Pics: Keshav and Surendra
Text: Vishnu Kshetri
Captions: Indra Dhoj Kshetri)