Godawari, extravaganza of thousands of birds and plants is best known for the green fingers of its inhabitants. Ten kilometers away from Kathmandu, Godawari is one of the popular hiking destinations in Nepal for its rich wildlife and splendid environment. The heavy woodland and the slopes there are adventurous and challenging for a hiker.
Hiking from Godawari to Phulchowki was one of the best hikes for me personally. The view from the top of the Phulchowki was great. The adventure started when we followed short-cut route instead of the main road. We literally had to crawl through some of the places in the jungle.
Lakure Bhanjyang, or Lakuri Bhanjyang as some call it, is a scenic hiking route about 10 Kilometers from Kathmandu. The trail is not extra-ordinary in any manner for a country packed with 8 thousand meter mountains and uncountable others that stand more than 4 thousand meters tall. Compare those to the highest point we reached during the hike, which must have been around 3,000 odd meters and, you will see why we didn’t bother to get the exact number. And then again we have traveled through it so many times that we have started remembering good spots to take breaks and relieve ourselves.
Beyond the regular routine of waking up late in the morning and always sitting in front of computers, we need some refreshments that can boost our body and mind. Yes, it was the day that had the potential to refresh our body and mind after a tiring week of work; the hiking day.
Waking up late in the morning is my routine for the weekends, but on 2nd June, 2013, I got up early and headed towards the office because the day was ‘The Hiking Day’ in which I had participated and was really excited to be in.
Upon entering the van, everyone was laughing. Kapil who had predicted he would be under the weather and not make the hike had jumped into the van. Ashay, having returned the previous day from leave, was unable to join. I was excited at the prospect of the hike as the weather was slightly overcast and comfortable. After arriving at the starting point, we were confronted by 3 different routes.
Using the sophisticated methodology of flipping the camera lens cap, we promptly set off on the right alternative.
Some of the group took off on the middle route while Abanish and Pramod discussed the alternative routes with the locals. Using the sophisticated methodology of flipping the camera lens cap, we promptly set off on the right alternative. Those already ahead on the middle alternative had to return.
Here is how I would describe the first 90 minutes of our hike. It was like climbing to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City with a couple of exceptions. First, it was like climbing to the top
of three Empire State Buildings. Then the steps were not nice, wide and even. It was about a 6-8 inch path filled with slippery rocks that was wet at times. Given that this was my fourth hike, I can say
that the physical makeup of the path was typical for Nepal.
Phulchoki is situated at the height of 2782m from the Godavari. It is the highest hill in the south of the Kathmandu valley. Hiking to this area is most interesting because of its natural vegetation. It is said that the place is famous for the bird watching as over 250 species of the birds are found over there. Also there are many different animals like the barking deer, leopard, bear and the other animals. We don’t know whether it was our good luck or the bad luck we didn’t encounter any of these animals .Phulchoki is also famous for its winter snow fall which happens there for the short time on winter.