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Hiking from Panchkhal to Dolalghat

Date: May 25, 2008
Participants: Binod, Awanish, Ravi, Shashi, Thakur Gyawali, Lava Kafle, Manoj Rokka, Upasana, Shristi, Paras, Gyan, Cindy ,KeshavB, NirajS and Sanjeet
Hiking Route: Zero Kilo – Jaisi Thok – Ramkot dada – Jyamdi – Dolalghat
Total Distance covered: 15 kms (approx)
Duration: 9 hours
Theme: Beat the Heat
Report By: Binod/Ravi
Caption: Awanish/Ravi
Photos: Shashi/Keshav/Lava

Hiking Report:-
It was a fabulous hiking route organized by Coordinator Sanjeet Baidya. The way how he sent mail describing the hiking route from Panchkhal to Dolalghat was itself an awesome. Every hiker was anxiously waiting for Sunday aka the hiking day. Lady hikers were the attraction of this hike. Their aim was to challenge the sentence of previous hiking report i.e. “ DUE TO ZERO PARTICIPATION OF LADY HIKERS, WE PLANNED TO DO A BIT TOUGH HIKING AND CHOSE THE ROUTE OF CHAPAGAUN TO LELE”.
We headed towards the hiking starting from office at approx. 7:00am. We travelled almost 40 KM via office van and reached place named “Zero Kilo” at 8:30 where we took breakfast, the fuel for hiking. As the theme of hiking is “Beat the Heat”, we started our hiking at 9:00 am, a very hot morning. From Zero Kilo we started hiking, everyone started to sweat from the start. We were altogether fifteen hikers out of which three were beauties. From the very beginning of hiking we had to quarrel against dusty road. After 15 minutes walk in dusty road, we finally found suspension bridge. Passing through suspension bridge was first experience for some of the hikers. BinodP showed the “Touch-me-not” plant, the plant which when touched closes its leaf. Cindy, the lady hiker, from France and friend of ShristiR enjoyed the sensitivity of that plant. From that point, we had to walk up hill. Way was very narrow and steep. We began to climb up. When we feel more tired we took rest under shadow of Peepal tree. Continuing this action we finally reached Jaisethok-Bhatpol. There was a school named “Shree JanaJagriti Primary School”. As usual we distributed copy and pencil to the little students there. Cindy became very happy to distribute copy and pencil to the village students. From school premises, we have to walk another one hour to reach to the top of the hill and find the way to reach Indrawati River. The tempting scenes and panoramic views never let us felt tired of climbing the vertical hill way. We were proud of ladies hikers namely Cindy, ShristiR and UpasanaR. They continuously walked side by side along with other hikers and never lagged behind. Passing through village area and then through steep hills we finally reached the top of the hill from where we saw Indrawati River. It made all the tired face happy as the way to climb up was finished. By then it was 1:20 pm. We took rest for half an hour and had snacks we carried. Still we had long way to climb down to reach Indrawati River. It was our great mistake that we chose wrong way. The way was not easy one as the way was through fire caught jungle and very narrow. If anyone was mistakenly slipped on the way no one can manage to save his/her life. Thanks to all the hikers as all succeed to pass this way.
May be due to our misconception we were headed to the wrong way while passing down the hill, which made our hiking a memorable in fact. To climb up the hill was not so tough rather passing down the hills when the way is so steep and slippery. As always “Where there is a will there is a way” , we managed to go on. Finally we reached the base where everyone bought local tomato. By then it was 5:30 pm. Everyone was hungry and tired at the moment. As we were unknown about the place we reached, we asked the locals the name of place and called driver dai to come there and pick us to Dolalghat. No sooner we called him, raining started heavily. So what can we do then… We bought polythene sac and wore it and began to walk. Road was not graveled and we didn’t want to take risk so we again called driver dai not to come to pick us. The way was easy one but as we walked during heavy rain our all cloth became wet. We walked another one and half hour and finally we reached Dolalghat. LavaK, ManojR, AwanishR and SanjeetB went to the bank of Indrawati River. We were proud to reach Dolalghat, our final distination of hike. We succeed the first ever theme based hiking “Beat The Heat”. We then searched local restaurant and had lunch com dinner. NeerajS and LavaK were busy in buying petrol from the nearby shop there. It was almost 7:45 pm so everybody get back to the Van to reach their Sweet Home. We even started to take some photos inside the van while listening to some of Deepforest’s track on the background. Wow!! it was such a nice experience to return form hike at night…

New Driver dai of D2
New Driver dai of D2

A Clear shot by Awanish
A Clear shot by Awanish

everyone ready to start the hike
everyone ready to start the hike

Guys be careful at Suspension bridge
Guys be careful at Suspension bridge

Cindy ..be care full here are lots of suspension bridge
Cindy ..be care full here are lots of suspension bridge

A hot sunny day-BEAT THE HEAT-our theme
A hot sunny day-BEAT THE HEAT-our theme

Part time job(far more easy than the work load of D2)
Part time job(far more easy than the work load of D2)

 Two shikaris K and S
Two shikaris K and S

Rato mato everywhere
Rato mato everywhere

Shree Jana Jagriti Primary School
Shree Jana Jagriti Primary School

Rest Time
Rest Time

Baba interested in macros
Baba interested in macros

Co-ordinator come on what is this !!
Co-ordinator come on what is this !!

Guess who are those lacking behind
Guess who are those lacking behind

Feeding goats
Feeding goats

Hill steps used for farming
Hill steps used for farming

Indra Kamal (used for making perfumes)
Indra Kamal (used for making perfumes)

What a Shot by Baba!!
What a Shot by Baba!!

We passed this hill
We passed this hill

We have to walk thru this hill
We have to walk thru this hill

 Niraj Shah flat due to extreme hot
Niraj Shah flat due to extreme hot

 I can't walk its the tough I've ever had need some enegy
I can’t walk its the tough I’ve ever had need some enegy

Shadow of clouds over the hill
Shadow of clouds over the hill

A Small Village
A Small Village

A shot from the top of the hill
A shot from the top of the hill

Hill Top Shot1
Hill Top Shot1

Hill Top Shot2
Hill Top Shot2

Hill Top Shot3
Hill Top Shot3

Hill Top, mid way of the hike
Hill Top, mid way of the hike

hill without forest
hill without forest

Forest density is really decreasing
Forest density is really decreasing

Guys waiting for the late comers
Guys waiting for the late comers

 Come on lets move other guys are waiting us there
Come on lets move other guys are waiting us there

high, higher, highest
high, higher, highest

Eye catching landscape
Eye catching landscape

Enjoying the gossip with historical buda
Enjoying the gossip with historical buda

A glimpse of Indrawati from Ramkot Danda
A glimpse of Indrawati from Ramkot Danda

Abiral bagdachha Indrawati
Abiral bagdachha Indrawati

Arniko highway running beside Indrawati
Arniko highway running beside Indrawati

Arniko Highway with its twists and turns
Arniko Highway with its twists and turns

Beautiful village on the bank of Indrawati river
Beautiful village on the bank of Indrawati river

Beutiful view of the river
Beutiful view of the river

Cemetery at the top of the hill
Cemetery at the top of the hill

Mere Flower of the hill
Mere Flower of the hill

Landscape
Landscape

May be the route of next hike
May be the route of next hike

Lone house in the village
Lone house in the village

Students enjoying thier tiffin time
Students enjoying thier tiffin time

View of Indrawati passing the fire caught jungle
View of Indrawati passing the fire caught jungle

We cant find dense forest in any hill
We cant find dense forest in any hill

Way to Khasa
Way to Khasa

That trail took us to destination
That trail took us to destination

Towards Dolalghat from Ramkot Danda
Towards Dolalghat from Ramkot Danda

D2s' sultry Siren
D2s’ sultry Siren

There is a small temple on the top of the hill
There is a small temple on the top of the hill

Trying to capture the hills or the tree
Trying to capture the hills or the tree

Someone planned to change the route
Someone planned to change the route

Lets come back after 20 years and see this place
Lets come back after 20 years and see this place

See the heat and the moist
See the heat and the moist

Is it going to rain
Is it going to rain

New highway
New highway

Indrawati
Indrawati

We waked through the fire caught jungle
We waked through the fire caught jungle

Lava Full of energy this time
Lava Full of energy this time

Walking inside the jungle was a tough one
Walking inside the jungle was a tough one

fire caught jungle
fire caught jungle

Be carefull Upasna
Be carefull Upasna

Happy Thakur after passing through fire caught jungle
Happy Thakur after passing through fire caught jungle

Simply marvellous
Simply marvellous

Saal Jungle
Saal Jungle

Steep jungle- too hard to climb down
Steep jungle- too hard to climb down

Jyamdi ko Thuldi's tomato
Jyamdi ko Thuldi’s tomato

Mr. Parajuli with his tomato
Mr. Parajuli with his tomato

About to rain
About to rain

Balla aaii pugyo hai binod
Balla aaii pugyo hai binod

tomato ..kilo ko dus
tomato ..kilo ko dus

I guess I'm 55
I guess I’m 55

here's no way out.. we must walk in rain
here’s no way out.. we must walk in rain

Finally we managed to reach the destination
Finally we managed to reach the destination

Ladies plannig for fishing
Ladies plannig for fishing

Indrawati after rain
Indrawati after rain

captured almost all the parts of earth n sky
captured almost all the parts of earth n sky

The art of Fishing
The art of Fishing

Dolalghat bridge established in 1966 AD
Dolalghat bridge established in 1966 AD

Awanish--Lets stay here today . i don't want to leve this place
Awanish–Lets stay here today . i don’t want to leve this place

Evening shot
Evening shot

Departure time
Departure time