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Hiking from Chautara to Maidan

Title: Babas’ hike
Hiking Route: Chautara-Maidain-Chautara
Date: August 15-August 16 2009
Duration: 11 hrs out of 13 hours.
Distance: 6 Kms – 8 kms
Altitude: 2450 meters
Hike Coordinator: Vishnu Kshettri
Participants: Rudra Pandey, Bhuwan Shrestha, Charan Pradhan, Surendra Adhikari, Nishchal Shrestha, Subash Devkota, Sharad Pokharel, Lava Kafle, Ganesh Thapa, Vishnu Kshetrri
Photos: Nishchal Shrestha, Subash Devkota, Surendra Adhikari
Caption: Vishnu Kshetrri
Report By: Vishnu Kshettri
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Babas’ hike
– Vishnu Kshettri

If we take some time out of this busy and hectic life style sometimes, we get an opportunity to peep into the insight of different meanings of life. I learnt this from the adversity that we faced on Saturday night stoppage at Maidan, many many miles away from home and from this busy, materialistic yet scintillating world. The stoppage let us share the commodities with equal mind and soul of ten different individuality. The whole journey is still lingering in my mind, and keeps poking out in my mind as one of the many mysteries of life. This was only possible because of the journey that compelled us to go through the equal hardships while we were measuring our inner empathy together last weekend.
Chautara, the head quarter of Sindhupalchowk district was a starting point, where we reached in the midday on Saturday. With the starting altitude of 1420 metres we began to hike up.
One hour of ascending, we reached at a place called Bench Pani. Another next one hour of stride took us to a place called Shyaule, where locals were curious about this bunch of urban dwellers. During the chit-o-chat, they offered us with a handful of pears. Some of them generously peeled off the skin of pears for us. In exchange, Rudra handed them some money.

pleasant air soothed our skin and mind, entered us into a pleasant state.

After having those freshly picked garden pears, we continued our journey. Next couple of hours of stiff climb, we arrived at Sano Okhreni. One small tea shop owner, a Sherpa family was keen to hold us for a while. But we still continued our half known journey. As we kept climbing, the pleasant air soothed our skin and mind, entered us into a pleasant state. But as the dusk approached us, it was clearly indicating the dark night that we had to go through. We kept pushing hard and got into a place all hovered with clouds.
The walk through this village led to narrow jungle trail, with low visibility due to the cloud and upcoming darkness. The trail was really challenging for one and half hours of struggle, with the plenty of leeches’ to keep us busy, raining and slippery trail. With drained strength, the exhausted body finally happened to be at one of Sherpa house, the place called Maidan had only 3 houses of Shepa inhabited. They offered us with some corn pudding (dhido) and the raw radish which had come straight from the fields. They left us to celebrate our dinner. When we finished our dinner, they fitted us inside cattle shed with 6 small blankets for ten people and hay weaved mattresses. Our back pack, we used as pillow.

On the way back to Kathmandu, we stopped at the Zero Kilo, had lunch with city taste. Deep down, a thought crossed my mind that the lunch of Zero Kilo let go the diversity in us with option it offered yet it missed the harmony and contentment and the magic unseen tie that held us together in Maidan.
It is said that mind is like parachute which works well only when it is open. It became more apparent to me last Saturday with all those new experiences of its kind to last for days and days to come.

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Brekkie
01 Brekkie
Limbering up
02 Limbering up
Not commonly encountered
03 Not commonly encountered
Younker`s lead
04 Younker`s lead
District Headquarter- Chautara
05 District Headquarter- Chautara
Leaving Chautara behind
06 Leaving Chautara behind
Seasoned pace
07 Seasoned pace
Sharad`s combat-ready
08 Sharad`s combat-ready
A short halt
09 A short halt
Nature is a volume of which God is the Author
10 Nature is a volume of which God is the Author
Lava is well equipped
11 Lava is well equipped
Gaurati Bhimeshwor Temple- one hour from Chautara
12 Gaurati Bhimeshwor Temple- one hour from Chautara
Bench Pani
13 Bench Pani
One has Bench another has Pani
14 One has Bench another has Pani
Here, Lava has Kakro and Ganesh pours pani
15 Here, Lava has Kakro and Ganesh pours pani
Gateway to  Kamikharka
16 Gateway to Kamikharka
Beautyful rock trail
17 Beautyful rock trail
If knowledge leads wisdom then someone may have kingdom
18 If knowledge leads wisdom then someone may have kingdom
Just to feel chill
19 Just to feel chill
Where there is fear there is no religion
20 Where there is fear there is no religion
An open wallet tempts a Saint
21 An open wallet tempts a Saint
Tall hill on the left is Kamikharka
22 Tall hill on the left is Kamikharka
There you will spend the night
23 There you will spend the night
Friends are thieves of time
24 Friends are thieves of time
Under the clouds not inside the mist
25 Under the clouds not inside the mist
See and name it
26 See and name it
Affection binds reason
27 Affection binds reason
A Sherpa`s potato curry
28 A Sherpa`s potato curry
A generous hand preparing corn Porridge for us as dinner
29 A generous hand preparing corn Porridge for us as dinner
Maidan Bar
30 Maidan Bar
Dinner time
31 Dinner time
This is almost life time meal of the people of Maidan
32 This is almost life time meal of the people of Maidan
Decoration by leeches
33 Decoration by leeches
Rudra`s club floor
34 Rudra`s club floor
This was the shed that accommodated 10 of us
35 This was the shed that accommodated 10 of us
Bed time Subash on right
36 Bed time Subash on right
And Charan on left
37 And Charan on left
Thinking of past
38 Thinking of past
Ready for RYoga
39 Ready for RYoga
Bye bye Saturday`s home
40 Bye bye Saturday`s home
The grinder
41 The grinder
Ready to move
42 Ready to move
Lava and Ganesh treasuring the place in mind
43 Lava and Ganesh treasuring the place in mind
Closeness of the beds
44 Closeness of the beds
The place where we spent the night was behind this hill and under the cloud
45 The place where we spent the night was behind this hill and under the cloud
Men are in action
46 Men are in action
Slowly down the Sano Okhreni
47 Slowly down the Sano Okhreni
For the cool and clean morning
48 For the cool and clean morning
Lava is in cautious move
49 Lava is in cautious move
Just think of walking here with this climate
50 Just think of walking here with this climate
Charan and Surendra
51 Charan and Surendra
Subash thinking of LUMLE
52 Subash thinking of LUMLE
Surendra will dance this time too..
53 Surendra will dance this time too..
A walk in the night
54 A walk in the night
Rudra, Bhuwan and the naughty one
55 Rudra, Bhuwan and the naughty one
Back from Maidan early in the morning
56 Back from Maidan early in the morning
Sherpa jee did not allow us the big house
57 Sherpa jee did not allow us the big house
I can dance while i walk
58 I can dance while i walk
Moving back
59 Moving back
Just above Shyaule
60 Just above Shyaule
NIKS`s on Break Dance
61 NIKS`s on Break Dance
Just cannot delete
62 Just cannot delete
Time off for cucumber
63 Time off for cucumber
Chaba bhaire chaba
64 Chaba bhaire chaba
This one for someone s. one
65 This one for someone s. one
Looking at back once again
66 Looking at back once again
Yonder you can have tea
67 Yonder you can have tea
Oh my God i walked through
68 Oh my God i walked through
Happy time
69 Happy time
At the Sano Okhreni
70 At the Sano Okhreni
Just a wonderful path to walk
71 Just a wonderful path to walk
Boys are fun
72 Boys are fun
A field are green
73 A field are green
That was EASY OOOph
74 That was EASY OOOph
Sharad leading here
75 Sharad leading here
This is for his leadership by Subash
76 This is for his leadership by Subash
On the way back to Shyaule
77 On the way back to Shyaule
Charan and Subash over log bridge
78 Charan and Subash over log bridge
Colorful house of the Syaule
79 Colorful house of the Syaule
See i was not worry for the 4 millions tender
80 See i was not worry for the 4 millions tender
Connections of Suburb and an Urban
81 Connections of Suburb and an Urban
In reference to pic no 32
82 In reference to pic no 32
In the name of the soccer players!
83 In the name of the soccer players!
ART is LONG - LIFE is SHORT!!!
84 ART is LONG – LIFE is SHORT!!!