It took 40 minutes to reach our first destination, Sundarijal. The next morning, we learned why the place was called Chisapani. We checked in Hotel Mountain view at Lapshiphedi and had our dinner.
Sundarijal named after the Hindu goddess Sundarimai, is fifteen kilometers north-east from the Kathmandu valley. Sundarijal is very famous for Canyoning and Canyoneering. It is taken as a gateway for many hikers going towards Chisapani. The gigantic waterfalls and rushing stream; boundless hilly ridges, valleys snowy ranges and green peaks; and the water reservoir site are the major attraction for the visitors.
The northern part of the Kathmandu Valley rises to the sprawling forests of Shivapuri. Unlike other suburbs of Kathmandu, Shivapuri has remained untouched because of its surrounding significance. Shivapuri is located in the country’s mid-hills on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley and is named after Shivapuri Peak. At 2732m Shivapuri is the second highest point, and one of the last areas of woodland left, on the valley. Likewise, the panoramic views of Kathmandu valley, Langtang and Mustang, and the mighty Manaslu provides a visitor a glimpse of the remoteness and the grandeur.
Leaving aside a few settlements from kathmandu, a hike trail through forests lead to Chisapani, one of the hilltop at an altitude of 2375m. Chisapani provides excellent short tramp which is renowned among hikers. It is situated on the top of a tall ridge with commanding views for almost 360 degrees where the place opens up and the panorama unfolds to give us a sweeping view of the stunning, unending and seamless Himalayas. Himalayan Thunder Treks provides a closer view of Jugal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang region, traditional culture lifestyle as well as flora and fauna with clear and crisp landscape. Chisapani provides one of the most spectacular outlooks of the Annapurna range in the Valley.
It was a cold Saturday morning at 8 o’clock when we gathered in Deerwalk office premises for a 2-day hike to Chisapani from Shivapuri. Our journey got delayed a little bit thanks to Mr. Consistently Late. It was already 9:30 AM when we finally embarked on our journey from the office premises.
Every steep climb, no matter how tough it was, took us closer to the nature. The breathtaking view of the Himalayas by day and stars by night made all the hardships endured worthwhile.
Many years ago, I had a mentor while I was working at American Management Systems who took several months off from work to go trekking in Nepal. When I heard about his trip I hoped that one day I would get a chance to do the same. My chance finally came when I joined Verisk Analytics as its CIO. My visit to our office in Kathmandu would be my opportunity to experience the beautiful country of Nepal by foot.
Jan 17, 2010 is the day that I would remember as the moment when we crossed our physical limits and showed that will power is stronger than anything else. Yes I am talking about the hiking to Chisapani, a long, adventurous and simultaneously pain staking and enjoyable journey. A remarkable assiduous effort of the deerwalk team which I am really proud of. Honestly speaking I am not much of a blogger, I don’t even have my own blog. But I kinda feel very much excited for this write up.