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Hiking from Nayapul to Ghandruk

Hiking Route: Nayapul – Birethaanti – Syaulibazar – Ghandruk
Date: January 23 , 2009, Friday – January 25 , 2009, Sunday
Hike Coordinator: Keshav Basnet
Participants: PragyaR, PratikshyaR, GeetikaJ, KeshavB, BhanuC, SuyeshN, KapilP, RachitN, SangharshaB, KamalK, VishnuK, DineshB, SanjeetV, BishwaS, RaviS, PawanP and DhilungHK
Photos: DhilungK, SangharshaB, KeshavB, BhanuC, SuyeshN, PratikshaR, DineshB and PawanP
Caption: SangharshaB, KeshavB, BhanuC, RachitN, SuyeshN and DineshB
Poem By: Bishwa Shrestha
Report By: PratikshaR, GeetikaJ, PragyaR and AshishT
Latitude: N 28°22’40”
Longitude: E083°48’27”
Altitude: 1980m
Creative Support: DijupT/DhilungK

On Friday evening, after 12 hours of work, 17 hikers from D2 were ready to move towards our destination, Ghandruk. Usually after a hard day’s work, everyone seems to be tired but on this Good Friday, every individual had a smile on their face. We were all mentally planning to capture the most comfortable seat in the van, but we three girls had to settle on a seat meant for two. But none of us really slept the whole night. The songs and all the jokes kept us going. It was really memorable.

Ghandruk means “Ghana Jungle” in Gurung language. Ghandruk is a famous Gurung village, overlooking the picturesque lake town of Pokhara as well as the breathtaking Himalayan panorama. It is one of the famous trekking destinations in western Nepal. At 1,951 meters, the Gurung village offers excellent opportunities to experience the unique and colorful culture of the Gurungs and breathtaking views of Annapurna, Machhapucchre and Dhaulagiri. Ghandruk is referred to as a living cultural monument in that it continues to showcase the unique culture of the Gurungs. Our hiking route turned out to be just that and a bit more. Waterfalls, river, mountain, Himalayas and jungle all seem very beautiful.

Our Hiking was a challenging one, as it is a 5 days trekking route. But we planned to shorten the hike by only trekking to Ghandruk from Nayapool. For this we had decided to depart from ktm on friday evening so that we can start hike on early in the next morning. As planned, we started our hike from Nayapool. After hiking for about half an hour we reached Birethaanti from where route is separated for Ghorepaani and Ghandruk. Planning Ghorepaani for next hike we moved towards Ghandruk. Hiking by the side of gurgling Modi River was very pleasant part of the hike. The sound of the soothing relaxing river was a truly remarkable relaxing experience. Exploring well preserved culture was fascinating. We met plenty of tourist most of them were Korean. After a tiring walk through the steep hills, we stopped at the hut to take some rest. As we were listening to the songs, we encountered a Korean girl. We played the Korean song as well as its copied version in Hindi and she was surprised. Each and every part of hiking trail was enjoyable and full of adventure, there was always something interesting to see on next destination. Each and every house was ready to serve you as a guest with great hospitality. Waterfalls, white water of Modi, paved hiking trekking trail, smiling tourist and beautiful house-cum-guesthouse with slate stone roof on the way were very much pleasing. All the houses were constructed in such a way that it resists the extreme cold. After all day walk, finally we got to relax at the lodge where we had camp fire at night along with singing and gossiping. Since there is no roadway, the means of transportation is through mules. So the goods seem to be more costly than that on the base.

The next morning we made our way back off the hilltop and headed back through an easy walk downhill. There are enough waterfalls, interesting rock formations and hills worth climbing to fill two days of exploring. We couldn’t resist ourself to go to the Modi River to capture beautiful moments. The gentle touch of ice-cold water of Modi River worked like a pain reliever for us which took all our tiredness away.

As Pokhara was on our way we couldn’t just pass by it because all of us had strong desire to go there although we had limited time of 3 hours. This was Geetika’s first visit to Pokhara so she was most excited to explore one of the scenic beauties of Nepal. Thakali ko khana was what all wanted. After having lunch we headed towards to Fewa Lake. The boating at the lake was our favorite part of the journey. The lake surrounding by the hills, those flying birds rejuvenated our spirit. It was so much fun being on the boat and being hit by the cool breeze and watching people sailing. Sleeping fearlessly on the tips of the boat, splashing water to one another was really a fun.

“Study nature, not books” you will surely be the poet

Befriending the mountains is a wonder
you feel like a child
walkin around with your mother

no one can hurt you then,
no pain can you not endure,
the vastness and the beauty
all does its magic

i made friends with them
and felt my heart grow
i walked around with them for a while
and witnessed my soul smile

The White Giants blushed red
From the touch of the morning Rays
Like the cheeks of a Sherpa girl
Smiling with youthful perseverance
Our world is sleeping somewhere
But had it been awake,

It wouldn’t have been lucky enough
As we were,
To feel this emotion
So rare
That nature has been
Exhibiting silently – shyly

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We welcome you to ABC trail (Birethanti)
00 We welcome you to ABC trail (Birethanti)
Nayapul
01 Nayapul
Cute little fellow gifted by nature
02 Cute little fellow gifted by nature
Group with Tanha Dil
03 Group with Tanha Dil
Will u sit
04 Will u sit
Tori Bari Bata ra Sapana haru
05 Tori Bari Bata ra Sapana haru
Real hikers
06 Real hikers
Going school, no way
07 Going school, no way
Aangan - keep it clean
08 Aangan – keep it clean
March Pass
09 March Pass
This is a lot better than any mineral water
10 This is a lot better than any mineral water
Every morning i wake up to see you gleaming
11 Every morning i wake up to see you gleaming
The AfterLife
12 The AfterLife
Firends
13 Friends
I`ll lead this difficult path
14 I`ll lead this difficult path
Who r u shooting we r here
15 Who r u shooting we r here
The railings were made to prevent the animals falling off
16 The railings were made to prevent the animals falling off
Camp fire at ghandruk top
17 Camp fire at ghandruk top
Talk King and his wife
18 Talk King and his wife
Lawyer from china
19 Lawyer from china
The hiking group
20 The hiking group
Who can paint better than Nature
21 Who can paint better than Nature
This is Ghandruk
22 This is Ghandruk
Walking the hard way
23 Walking the hard way
Ancient technology - still affective
24 Ancient technology – still affective
Viewing through vignette
25 Viewing through vignette
It`s all for my family
26 It`s all for my family
The Look
27 The Look
Brotherhood
28 Brotherhood
V With Korean AGASHI
29 V With Korean AGASHI
Who will win - slow and steady
30 Who will win – slow and steady
Smile plz
31 Smile plz
Her eyes were wet
32 Her eyes were wet
Two sides of Life
33 Two sides of Life
Innocent steps from Japan
34 Innocent steps from Japan
Happy to capture u in my camera
35 Happy to capture u in my camera
My sassy girl
36 My sassy girl
Pose on Modi Khola
37 Pose on Modi Khola
Tanha dill tanha safar
38 Tanha dill tanha safar
This is how ghandruk is loosing forest
39 This is how ghandruk is loosing forest
La khai sakyo..lab test ko lagi rakhe ko thiye.....
40 La khai sakyo..lab test ko lagi rakhe ko thiye…..
And the laziest photographer award goes to...
41 And the laziest photographer award goes to…
I`m devil
42 I`m devil
Dharma nai Karma ho
43 Dharma nai Karma ho
Chamatkari baba got enlightment
44 Chamatkari baba got enlightment
Nigara fall in Nepal
45 Nigara fall in Nepal
All the best
46 All the best
Paan ko paat maya...
47 Paan ko paat maya…
Machhapuchhre
48 Machhapuchhre
Brand ambassadors of frooti
49 Brand ambassadors of frooti
5000 ko Anda kaha bata niskyo
50 5000 ko Anda kaha bata niskyo
Cameraman in Focus
51 Cameraman in Focus
Budhesh kaal ko sahara
52 Budhesh kaal ko sahara
Electricity source
53 Electricity source
Just for you sweetie
54 Just for you sweetie
Beast of Burden
55 Beast of Burden
Dream of life
56 Dream of life
Downward trail at Khimchi
57 Downward trail at Khimchi
Balanced body
58 Balanced body
Laalupate
59 Laalupate
Gurung village - Landruk(on the opposite side)
60 Gurung village – Landruk(on the opposite side)
I m the Pele from nepal
61 I m the Pele from nepal
1st step is always hard
62 1st step is always hard
Stand on the rock
63 Stand on the rock
Come and sleep on my Lap
64 Come and sleep on my Lap
Happy to hike
65 Happy to hike
Hiunchuli
66 Hiunchuli
Stop this
67 Stop this
Annapurna ko Phedima
68 Annapurna ko Phedima
Wait wait blind man is behind u
69 Wait wait blind man is behind u
Local at Ghandruk
70 Local at Ghandruk
Path to heaven
71 Path to heaven
Smiling with silver teeth
72 Smiling with silver teeth
The VISH
73 The VISH
Rintin tin tin
74 Rintin tin tin
White ice cream with cherry at the top
75 White ice cream with cherry at the top
Frozen in time
76 Frozen in time
Morning shows the day
77 Morning shows the day
Syauli bazar bridge
78 Syauli bazar bridge
Naagbeli Garaharu
79 Naagbeli Garaharu
I caught the fish
80 I caught the fish
Maachho ta futkiyo
81 Maachho ta futkiyo
Tipi Tipi Pani Barsa Pani Me Aa
82 Tipi Tipi Pani Barsa Pani Me Aa
Modi River with a welcome giggle
83 Modi River with a welcome giggle
Baba in materialistic world
84 Baba in materialistic world
I can spend my lifetime with you like this
85 I can spend my lifetime with you like this
Row row row your boats gently down the stream .. merrily merrily merrily .. life is like a dream
86 Row row row your boats gently down the stream .. merrily merrily merrily .. life is like a dream
Smile smile caught u
87 Smile smile caught u
Wish i had this
88 Wish i had this
Without a sailor
89 Without a sailor
Shooting each other
90 Shooting each other
Wanabe Shutterbugs
91 Wanabe Shutterbugs
Tal Barahi
92 Tal Barahi
Lade lade lade ma ta launa samau
93 Laden laden laden ma ta launa samau
Taal Barahi South Pokhara
94 Taal Barahi South Pokhara
Majhi dai pokhara fewataal ko
95 Majhi dai pokhara fewataal ko
Nature, fun, economy and profit
96 Nature, fun, economy and profit
Manakamana gate
97 Manakamana gate
I shall quit this when I die
98 I shall quit this when I die
We achieved our target
99 We achieved our target
 Playing with the exposure
100 Playing with the exposure