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Trek To Langtang
by Kushma Thapa on 18th January 2019 at 12:48 pm
Langtang Trek: April 28 2018 - May 4 2018 Kathmandu-Syafrubesi-Kyanjing Gompa-Rasuwagadhi-RiversideResort @Kurintar-KathmanduDay 1: Kathmandu - SyafrubesiFour of us headed early in the morning from Kathmandu for our trek to Langtang. The bus left early at 7 am in the morning. We went via Galchi route. The route was being expanded so the roads we blocked for 2 hours. Dozer working on road expansionHence, we chose to pass our time watching the bulldozer pushing away soil and playing cards. Later that day, we decided to stay at Syafrubesi as we were told there isn't any settlement in 2 hours distance (There is though, not fancy but we can opt to stay at Tiwar about 45 minutes away in distance). We strolled around the city and spent the evening in a gumba. Later in the hotel, we played ludo and TND.Ashmita overlooking the town from the gumbaDay 2: Syafrubesi - LamahotelThe next day, we packed our bags, had breakfast and started at 8 am in the morning. After about half an hour, my friend Ashmita told me that she is having a hard time walking. This was her first trek ever and I had warned her to not bring too many items but she told me she can carry the weight and given she is an athlete I trusted her. Nevertheless, I tried encouraging her and we continued our walk through the trails, damaged by the earthquake 2015. The trail was walkable regardless of the damage. About to cross the bridge from SyafrubesiLandslide due to earthquake 2015After crossing the Tibetan Camp hotel, and Bob Marley hotel at Tiwari , we reached Dovan. Here we rested for while and hydrated ourselves. We also came across the most friendliest kitty here. Our next stop was Pairo. The locals then told us that the trail up is only steep. So we started our ascend.Then there was a point with trail dividing to two different route. One leaded straight following the path across langtang river and the other lead to the hill, the trail being very steep. There was no sign post there so considering what the locals told us we chose the steep trail. It was very very very steep. Ashmita was having a really hard time climbing so she had asked me to catch her hands and help her. Doing this had drained my energy as well. Overcoming the hardship, and climbing for 30-40 mins, we reached the top where there was a small hut/chiya pasal of an aama. She told us the route leads to thulo syafru, and the trail is for Gosaikunda Trek instead. We were so exhausted and in unsettled by the news that we chose to rest there for a while. We ordered chauchau and soup. We also decided to hire a porter for ashmita so we asked aama to call someone for her. She called someone from Pairo and we waited for the porter to come. We also bought headbands from her shop. After waiting for more than an hour, there was no sign of anyone coming. Not wanting to waste time, we decided we should start making the move, and possibly meet the porter on our way to pairo. We did meet two young boys but they denied to assist us for just a single day so things did not work out for us. They told us we might find some one willing when we reach pairo so we headed for pairo. As we reached pairo, we rested and dipped our legs in the cold langtang river. Then we asked around for a porter but we could not find one who was willing to stay with us for one day so we decided the 3 of us would carry some items off of Ashmita's bag. It seemed to help her as her bag must have lost about 3-4 kg of item. Then we headed next for Bamboo. En route to bamboo we came across buffer zones and zones with signs that said "Falling Rocks, Keep Away".We ate our lunch at Babmoo. Ashmita seemed to fancy too much on Fanta. Fancily, one small fanta cost Nrs 500 there and the daal bhat was at a price of NRs 250. We originally planned to stay at Riverside or Ghodatabela on first day but since we had lost around 2 hours due to detour and given ashmita was struggling we decided to stay the night at Lama Hotel.On our next stop Rimche, we rested for 30 minutes as our final stop for the day was Lama hotel which was only half an hour away. We reached Rimche at 4 and cooled off the heat. There are only 3 hotels at Rimche. At 4:30 we left for Lama Hotel and at 5 we were there at Lama Hotel. There are about 6-7 hotels in the area.Resting at Rimche and having teaDay 3: Lama Hotel - Kyanjing Ri:Ashmita had a heavy back up so we decided to leave items we wont need for the ride up behind.So we left our dirty clothes as well as Ashmita's 3-4 pairs of clothes in the safety of the hotel owner didi. Outside the Lama Hotel @Lama Hotel The next morning we took our leave at 7 am in the morning. The trail was so scenic as we crossed the green spring forest. We reached Riverside in 45 minutes. It has 3-4 tea houses/hotels. Not stopping we continued on. After crossing riverside, the trail gets steep for 30 minutes. That is where Gaurav met phitso, a local, who was heading to Syafrubesi. On conversing, they became friends and phitso told us to stay as his to be sister-in-law's hotel at Kyanjing. The trail to ghodatabela has a landslide area so there is an alternate route in between. Pass through the Bridge as shown in the picture below to follow the other trail.Bridge leading to alternate route to GhodatabelaHowever, we had no idea about the route, so instead we went to the landslide trail. The locals had warned us earlier to cross the areas of landslide as quickly as we can and also to look out for the falling rocks from above.Pass this area quicklyAs we crossed it, and were nearing Ghodatabela, we came across the view of hundreds of rhododendron in multiple colors: white, red , pink.We ate noodles and soup at Ghodatabela where we reached at 12 pm. At 1 we left for Thangshyap, the trail to which was steep route of 45 minutes. At Thangshyap, we ate our lunch, conversed with tourist and guides and then when the rain stopped we headed for langtang village. The view in front of our eyes really sad as we saw the devastation of earthquake that had hit Langtang Village.It took us 45 minutes to just cross the devastated area. That only can tell how huge the devastation really has been here. The locals of Langtang had moved just a little ahead of this region with a growing settlement on going. Langtang has enough hotels to accommodate 100 or more tourist. One of our friend got mistake for a guide, and thought Ashmita and I was a foreigner so he was asked to register our details at the police bit of Langtang 🤣🤣. We chose to have some snacks here so we stopped on the other side of the langtang village. There is no electricity after syafrubesi but the local hydro power @Kyanjingsupports electricity to Langtang And Kyanjing. So we also charged our phones. We ate tea, and boiled potato here. Kyanjing was around 2 hours from here as was told to us. We left at around 4 pm and considering we will reach Kyanjing by 6 we walked in our own pace. The trails were also not very steep and rather easy. Some folks of langtang had also migrated upward from Lantang. We went on and on and walked for more than 2 hours but kyanjing was no where to see. We followed the electricity poles with it giving us hopes we are going in the right direction. In a matter of seconds, the weather also got chilly and foggy. The white fog/clouds covered the path and visibility became very poor. Finally we saw a gumba. The signs there were misleading and we lost path. And to make it more dramatic, it started to snow. As we sought to find our way we saw two small huts. We ran to it and had in our mind decided to stay there no matter how uncomfy it would be since we were freezing. Turns out it was the mini hydro power. There was a worker too who helped us by making tea and turning on the heater. Wow finding the heater and warm tea was like finding heaven. We also dried our wet clothes in the heater. Then followed local women who came to the hydro for shelter against snow. They were locals of Kyanjing so after the snow stopped they guided us to the hotel that phitso had named. The hotel owner's daughter was getting married to phitso's brother in a few days so they denied us shelter initially as they were not taking any tourist due to wedding work. But when we told them that phitso had sent us they welcomed us. We got the most comfortable bedrooms and delicious dinner. Ashmita ate too less and went to sleep early. While i stayed to have a view of the millions and billions of stars as the sky was clear that night.Day 4: Kyangjin Ri (4400m)-ThangshyapThe next morning we woke up at 5 am to find mountains surrounding the valley. Dressing up in warm clothes we went out to have a broader view. We also witnessed the sunrise. We were advised to climb Kyanjing Ri in broad light due to the trails. So at 7 am we left to conquer the Kyanjing Ri. Ashmita chose to stay behind as she was not feeling well. It took us 2 hours to climb the hill. And I am going to let the pictures describe how beautiful the scene here was. The weather was very nice today so our view was amazing and breathtaking.Moon shining on right and the sun about to shineEarly morning at Kyanjing GompaOverlooking the valley as we ascendThe lake that is the main source for mini hydro power. They use insulators in the pipe during winter to keep the water flowing through the pipes. Climbing the hill was the most easy part for me and going down was the scariest one. I took my time to descend while the gang (Our friend and the friends we met on the trek) were running down the hill and I was at places on on fours using even my two hands to descend as slow as I could. I took me an hour more to reach the hotel. At 12 pm we ate our lunch, packed our bags, called home (there is satellite phone) and finally said thank you and made wishes to the bride to be and left.Panorama Guest HouseOur next stop was Langtang, where we had tea and since it got dark we chose to stay at Thangshyap.The accommodation was okay but the people here was so nice. They told us that during winter they stay at Kathmandu. Their daughter is a topper and was appearing for SLC/SEE that year. We are potato, rice, spaghetti as our dinner.Day 5: Thangshyap-Bob Marley hotelAfter having Tibetan bread and breakfast, we said our good byes and left @8 am. We clicked many pictures as the view around due to the spring weather was just mesmerizing. Somewhere between Ghodatabela and Riverside, This place has a single hotel and shop.Lunching at Lama hotelWe ate our lunch at lama hotel, took our items back and started to head back. Our destination for today was Syafrubesi. In memory of an Israeli who lost his life in earthquake 2015Back at pahiro, giving our legs a foot massage with the cold and flowing Langtang RiverWe reached Bob Marley Hotel @Tiwari at 5pm. Since we had stayed at syafrubesi already so we decided to stay at tiwari the night, go to rasuwaghadi the next day and stay at kurintar to enjoy the swimming pool. There was no light so we played cards under the candle. The accommodation was not fancyDay 6: Tiwari-RasuwaGadhi-GalchiBreakfast at TiwariNext morning we left @8am. We reached Syafrubesi in half an hour.We had to wait for the local bus until 12 pm to go to rasuwagadhi so the police helped us hitch a ride with a truck. The truck dropped us to Rasuwa. The driver was having lunch there so we started walking and midway we hitched a ride in another truck. After waiting for 15 minutes the gates to the border opened. Only the locals of Rasuwa were allowed to go to the other side and shop. However they did let us in up to the bridge and allowed us to take pictures.China Behind us, Nepal ahead of usWe then rushed to Rasuwa's bus stop. We had inquired there and they had told us the bus left at 12 pm. We called the number they gave us and asked them to stop the bus for us. All the trucks were going towards rasuwagadhi for all the import and export so we had to walk back. We ran midway when we heard the bus blow the horn. The bus was late and so we were lucky to catch it at 12:30 pm. There was a 3 day vehicle strike on-going around this time so the bus left us only up to bidur. We hadn't had time to eat lunch so we were very hungry. Upon reaching bidur as well, we were looking for vehicles to drop us at galchi. We could not find any vehicles going to galchi so the local police helped us again and hitched us a ride in a truck carrying imported shipping. The road from trishuli to galchi was a mess due to muddy gravel. We rode the truck at 4 pm and we reached galchi at 10:30 pm. There was such a traffic due to small vehicles getting trapped in the mud. We again took help of the police to find us hotel at that time of the night. We looked around 2 hotels and they were very dirty. Finally we found a newly opened hotel with decent and clean rooms. We finally got the chance to eat a proper food there.Day 7: Galchi-Kurintar-Kathmandu:The next morning, we had our breakfast and waited for vehicles. Regardless of the strike, a scorpion stopped and gave us a ride to Kurintar @NRs 2000. After reaching Riverside Resort, we came to know that they don't rent swim suits and we had not bought one. We really wanted to relax away,so we bought swim suits and dived into the pool. It was a much needed rest to relax our whole body. After cleaning up, we ate at a local shop. Then we waited to get a ride to Kathmadnu. We asked for lifts but no one was stopping. No local bus was running either. Finally a pick up truck, crowded with passengers stopped. We played cards when we got chance, stood up when the truck got crowded and sat on the tent cover when the crowd was less. at Nrs 300 per person, the pick up truck dropped us at kalanki.Langtang is one of the most amazing and memorable trek I have done. It was so beautiful and rich in scenary as well as the view and its so close to the valley. Its a must do trek. You can finish this trek in 4-5 days.I support Local Empowerment. So, I’m sharing this Everest Base Camp Trek to promote a new way of trekking where trekkers can empower the local service providers like lodges, guides and porters by booking services directly through them. #empoweringthehimalayas #freetriptoeverest© Copyrights Kushma Thapa 2016 […]
First Trek Of My Life: Gosaikunda
by Kushma Thapa on 17th January 2019 at 1:04 pm
Trek To Gosaikunda: Aug 2 2017 - Aug 4 2017 (3 Day trek Kathmandu -Gosaikunda -Kathmandu)The plan to visit Gosaikunda was very abrupt. We were leaving on Wednesday and I was informed on Friday I think. Since my mom had visited the Gosaikunda twice already and it is a very famous pilgrimage my mom gave me permisison immediately. It was the month of Shravan, the month when there is a fair or a mela. Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims come to worship the holyness of Lord Shiva and the lake itself during this month. Its also the month of rain so we were expecting rains during our trek. I had been to hikes before and I had my mom who helped me pack the essentials. From my hiking experience, I had packed the minimal.Day 1: Kathmandu -Dhimsa:On day 1, we had our tickets booked for Pasang Lhamu Bus. One can get the tickets from their counter at Balaju Bypass Junction. One can also reserve a sumo or scorpio which will cost around Nrs 12000/- . The counter had asked us to come on time i.e 6 am in the morning. They told us that the bus leaves strictly on time. We reached Balaju Bypass at 6:45. We were so late and bus was very ready to leave us behind but Venus, our friend had been asking for 5 more minutes every 5 minutes.We took the route from Galchi -bidur-dhunche. We got stucked in a traffic after crossing naubise. That is where we ate our breakfast and Ashim completed his half done shaving. After crossing Galchiwe were again stuck in jam for about 2 hours. The road there was not black pitched and due to rain the road had got very muddy and small vehicles were getting stuck in the mud mire. The road was also blocked for an hour due to the ongoing road construction that was happening. We ate lunch at trishuli. It cost us Nrs 200 for Veg daal bhat.The road to dhunche was pretty scary as are all the roads in the remote Nepal. We reached dhunche at 2pm. After strolling around to buy plastic as a make-do raincoat for some, slippers for ashim and bamboo sticks for walking we officially started our trek. First it was downhill for 20 minutes then it was an uphill trail until Gosaikunda. We kept going and climbing, resting for quick breath and snacking on almonds, raisins and juice. It also started raining mildly and gearing up with our raincoats we went on and on until we reached Deurali. There we (Ashmi, Venus, Sony and Me) waited for the rest of our friends to catch us.In total it was 7 of us. Since it was mela time, there were many temporary plastic huts with number. There was about 100-140 such huts until the lake itself. We made the hut numbers as our milestone. Stopping for quick break it every 2nd hut, 3rd hut and so on. After taking a break for 5-10 minutes we started to continue but as we took about 10 steps, it started raining heavily. So we decided to stop at hut no 9 for tea and biscuits. We also asked the hut owners to book us rooms at Dhimsa Homestay. When the rain stopped slightly we started making our way to the hotel. The uphill was getting tough for some of our friends. This was the time when i was really fit as I was doing swimming, dance class and workouts in a single day so I was doing fine for myself. At 7pm we reached our hotel and were delighted to get two rooms. Since this was the month of rain, we had been also careful not to be sucked by leech so seeing a leech on my leg made an outburst of screams from all the girls in the room. We changed our wet clothes, left it to dry above the fireplace and sat around the fireplace to warm ourselves. We planned on leaving at 6am the next morning. Day 2: Dhimsa-Gosaikunda-ChandanbariWe woke up at 5 in the morning, had tea and ate the biscuits we had brought with us. By 6 we were all set and ready to leave but it was raining very heavily. We waited for a while but since the rain was not showing any signs to stop we decided otherwise. We reached Sing Gompa by 7. It took us only an hour. It was a place with more settlements. There were may be 10-12 hotels there whereas in Dhimsa there were 2 hotels only. Our next stop was Cholangpati. We had to go through the jungle and the trail was very very muddy and due to lots of pilgrims coming and going the muddy trail had become very hard to walk on. The locals told us it was going to take us 4 hours to reach Cholangpati from SingGompa but we reached Cholangpati in 2 hours. We rested in a stable for 15 minutes, snacked up and dried ourselves as much as we could. The heat from our body, the sweat, the raincoat trapping the sweat and body heat and the rain was a very good combination for a dramatic scene of steam coming off of us as we rested. Our next stop was Laurebinayak. On inquiring, the locals told us that the trail was even more difficult and steep and we rather take a horse from here on. But we were here to trek and not horse ride, so we started our uphill trek. The route so far was not uphill compared to what we were walking now. At times, it felt like my chest was going to burst but that feeling was making me so alive at the same time. Somewhere near Laurebinayak, we got the network and we called our homes to inform them we were safe and sound. At 10:30 or 11am we reached Laurebinayak. In between, we rested in the huts for snacking on noodles, biscuits and tea. We started taking small bits of powder of timur, and other herbs as well as garlic and ginger that was sent to me by my mom. It is said to help against catching altitude sickness. We stopped at a hotel in Laurebinayak to wait for our slow walkers. As they arrived, we carried to our next stop Buddha mandir. My mom on the call before had told me to not look up as in ascend my way from Laurebinayak. Not sure why she said that I was curious. We were told the trail was too steep and the hardest part of the whole trail. We hadn't had proper lunch and our energy was also going low. We had been walking almost continuously since the morning. Looking up we would see 3-4 hills to climb, as we reached atop of it, we would see another 3 hills we had to climb and then other 3-4 hills and so on. The weather was not favorable either due to rain. So on and on this went on, and I knew why my mom asked me to not look up because those hills gave the deception of infinity. And yes, the steepness was too much too. We started getting desperate so we asked many descender how far buddha mandir was or how far the lake was. Some would tell us it will take 4 hours or more some would tell us we will reach there in a hour. By the end of it, we were so tired and less in energy that we snacked up on Ashim's workout protein bar. I spitted it out after 3 bytes as swallowing anything had become very hard. We finally reached Buddha mandir at 12-12:30pm. Oh that feeling of conquer was amazing. We were so happy to have done it. We decided to have tea and biscuits in one of the hots and gave our tiny tiger biscuits to the shopkeeper. The trail from here on was not very steep. The buddha statue had been completely destroyed in the 2015 earthquake and so were the little stone huts which were being reconstructed.We estimated we will reach the lake in half an hour since the trail was not so steep but due to the altitude, walking became difficult. It might also have been because of the weather and tiredness.Before reaching the lake, we came across Sarswoti Lake and Bhairab Lake. At 2pm we reached Gosaikunda. We quickly changed to take a dip in the lake. Then we went to trishul dhara, about 20meter above the lake. From there, me and ashim decided to take a round of the whole lake whereas, the rest decided to go back and book a room in advance. It took us exactly an hour to make a round of the lake. At some places the route was difficult as we had to climb and jump from the rocks. BY then we were very hungry as we had not had any lunch so we ordered daal bhaat. Ate a full plate, slept 15 minutes and left when the clock hit 4pm. We then started speeding up. We were going really fast compared to other walkers. In the descent from Buddha Mandir-Laurebinayak -Cholanpati, we crossed it in mere 30 minutes. That is where we met our friends who had a head start of an hour. We again continued running down as we wanted to cross the route of forest to Chandbari before dark. We made it to Chandabari at 7pm, booked rooms at Hotel yak and Nak with attached bathroom which felt like a deluxe suite room (It cost us Nrs 1000/1200: I don't quite remember). We took bath in the hot water , let our clothes to dry at sat by the fireplace again. We massaged our legs,neck and hands with massage oil.Day 3: Chandanbari - Dhunce - KathmanduThe next morning we woke up to a much clearer view. We were surrounded by very green hills, the settlement itself was beautiful and we paid a visit to the DDC Cheese Production Center.After having our breakfast, we started heading down. We were in a hurry as we wanted to catch the 12pm bus from dhunche. The bus counter on Day 1 had told us to call them before hand to book the tickets. So I started walking in my best pace. Ashim was having hip ache and was also doing his photography thing. Venus and Sony were behind me. Ashim, Samjhana and her friend lost their way at dhimsa heading taking the trail to Thulo Bharkhu. Attacked by leeches, they had lost all hopes in where they were heading, until they met a local villager who then directed them to the village.On the other hand, me, Venus, Sony and Renu were waiting for the 3 at Dhunce. We ordered chowmein as we were very hungry. Ashim called us told us they lost their way and will catch a bus from there and book the tickets as well. And when the bus came, we rushed to it, pushing and pulling fellow passengers and finally got to our seats. But there was so much issue with tickets, the counter were selling tickets from their counter, whereas the bus conductor were also selling tickets to same seat and the locals were denying to leave seat so we ended up getting off the bus.Then we came to know we might be lucky to get tickets the Kerung Bus service. So we booked our seats and bought the tickets from the counter. When the bus arrived, the seats were packed and the locals were denying to leave our seats. At the end we ended up scooching in the last row. We were sitting 6 people on the seat of 5 and I sat above our bags the whole ride. There was also tight checking at Kalikasthan temple since the area falls under Langtang National Park.My first trek was an adventure, a lessson and most of all an experience of a lifetime.I support Local Empowerment. So, I’m sharing this Everest Base Camp Trek to promote a new way of trekking where trekkers can empower the local service providers like lodges, guides and porters by booking services directly through them. #empoweringthehimalayas #freetriptoeverest© Copyrights Kushma Thapa 2016 […]
Trek To ABC
by Kushma Thapa on 16th January 2019 at 1:16 pm
Trekking Destination: Annapurna Base CampTrekking Date: Sep 20 2017 7:00 pm to Sep 26 2017 7:00 amOn Wednesday morning, all of the hikers came all set and ready to our office. Our bus ticket was that of 7pm. Throughout the day, it was hard to totally concentrate on work for obvious reason. Bigyan and Angeela left early as they had to pick bigyan’s back pack from his room while me, Yuvraj, Kumar and Nawaraj left office premise at 5:30. We looked around for taxi until 5:45 and were stuck in the traffic in front of office until almost 6pm. Luckily, we made it before 7pm. Since gathasthapana was tomorrow, we were afraid we might lose our tickets as it is not uncommon for tickets sellers to resale our ticket in high price to other customers. Thankfully that hadn’t happened. PHEWW. Finally, we reached nayapul at around 7 in the morning. From there we took a jeep up to Sewai. There we ordered tea and noodles. After Changing of clothes, morning schedule of brushing and etc and having our lunch we officially started our trek at around 9:30am.Day 1 Sewai to Upper Sinuwa: We had checked the weather forecast early hand and rain was predicted throughout our trekking journey hence we were prepared with plastic raincoats. From the start of our journey it was raining so we wore our temporary plastic raincoats, trekking shoes and trekking sticks on our hand we started our journey. Because of landslide on way to Somrong from sewai, we made a detour. The detour route (way to landruk) was full of leeches and muddy trail and the rain was aiding it. We drank tea somewhere on our detour way, looked for leeches took pictures and started off again. We reached new bridge, by now already on track to our main trek route.Since it was raining and we had raincoats on, there is not much memory of the trek route although I remember we took a downhill route to somrong from where on after you cross a bridge the route to Jhinu is totally uphill. We reached Jhinu at 1pm. We ordered lunch meanwhile we hanged our raincoats and jackets for drying. Some of us went by the fireside to dry our tshirts and socks. Bigyan meanwhile took a powernap. After having our lunch , we again started a total uphill hike to Chhomrong. Fast trekkers took rest in tea shop and drank tea while waiting for other trekkers. After walking and climbing and climbing we finally reached chhomrong at 4 or 4:30.There is a Lavazza shop, german bakery shop which was suprising to find. We had booked our hotel to upper sinuwa from Jhinu. From chhomrong village we could oversee sinuwa village. It did not seem very far and we were all excited to reach our destination. Which we mistook for sinuwa village was actually lower sinuwa. So in reality we had to cross lower-sinuwa, sinuwa and finally reach our destination on top of sinuwa hill: upper sinuwa. The trek was so made that you climb up from new bridge to jhinu to chhomrong, then you go downhill and again climb up to sinuwa. The route was so made that you visit the villages along the way. With all the excitement and darkness already following we had less idea of how much uphill climbing we had been making. Nevertheless, we reached our destination at around 8. I immediately took a hot shower. They use gas for cooking and shower hence they charge you Nrs 150 for a hot shower. I would say the price paid was worth after such a long day of walk. I had brought a sanjeevani oil massage , which some of us used to massage our tired muscles. We hanged our clothes in any space available for drying. After dinner, we all went to sleep with aim of leaving at 6am the next day.Day 2 Upper Sinuwa to MBC: On the second day we started our trekking from 7am. It had been raining since morning. The route so far had been amazing. We had been told there won’t be much of leech attack henceforth. Also from here on, one is not allowed to take or travel with meat for religious purpose. I was happy since this meant everything we ate would be vegetarian. We came across waterfall, some small, some big. We walked through the thick jungle. Climbed uphill, went downhill and finally reached Bamboo, our next destination. We rested for about an hour. We ate light breakfast (egg, curry and tea). Our next destination was dovan, then Himalaya where we planned of having lunch. We reached dovan in an hour, then we went again through a very uphill hike to Himalaya.We rested there again. Took tea, ordered mushroom soup (we gave our soup for cooking). Most of us had their share of dry food (snickers/energy bar/nuts) on the way and so we decided to lunch at deurali as it was only 1.5 hours away. The hot tea and mushroom had warmed our body wet with sweat and rain and cold as our bodies were perspiring. We also pre-ordered lunch at deurali’s New Panoroma Hotel.It was again a very uphill hike. Right before reaching deurali (about 15-20 mins ahead) there was a cave where we decided to take shelter for a while. We opened our raincoats and took pictures. It oversaw deurali ahead, modi river on right and very big chatan pahad on left and right with waterfalls falling from those chatan pahad. We reached deurali at 2pm. Again, we left our shoes, socks, raincoats and jackets for drying and ate the most delicious lunch of the trek. We took pictures, massaged our neck and shoulder. We just enjoyed everything about deurali. MBC was only 2 hours away from deurali and we had decided to stay overnight at mbc so all of us walked lazily after lunch. The weather was also lot clearer i.e. it was not raining so we were enjoying the little scene we could see. Throughout the way never realizing we had been walking with Machhapuchre on our right. We tooks lots of picture this time. We finally started seeing mountains far away. By the time we reached mbc it was pitch dark. We reached our hotel at 7pm. We could see a little of mountains around us but the weather wasn’t very clear and the air was very cold. We ordered dinner, washed ourselves, guys played cards, while we girls massaged our muscles. It was really very cold here. We were at a height of 3700m and the night was freezing.Day 3 MBC to ABC: We woke up at 4 in the morning and after freshening up, we took out our torch and started heading for ABC. We wanted to catch the sunrise from ABC. We left at around 5am in the morning. The morning was dark, it was hard to make out the trails and the uphill was making us breathless with each rise of altitude. The darkness was also slowly lifting and we could see Machhapuchre behind us white and high. Local bhote kukur were also leading our way. We reached ABC at 6 am, ordered tea and had biscuits with it. I met HIKE FOR NEPAL's trekking group there. After warming up and admiring everything around us, the sun finally started to rise. Every one went behind the hotels from where we could get the best view. There was glacier beside the base camp, and at the end was where the mighty Annapurna started. The weather unfortunately was not very clear and clouds were strolling around some mountains. Though the mountains were glowing red the panoroma or the 360 was not up-to the par.We took tons of picture in turn, with different poses. In an hour or so, the wind started blowing and within seconds everything got covered with white clouds. We decided to stay one more day to try our luck. Two of our friends decided other wise as they were having headaches and did not wanted to risk their chances. So they headed for MBC. We got bored to death staying inside our rooms. It also started raining later. We played cards, ludo and what not. Finally at 4pm some of us decided to head up to a lake on north of the hotel. As they were getting ready, the weather started clearing up.Again, we were mesmerized by the view. We were happy we took our chances. And as before in a matter of seconds, everything got covered as easily as we snap our fingers.We had lot of options for our dinner. Spaghetti, pizza, pasta, dal bhat etc. After our dinner we went to sleep at 8pm. Later at 1am, Bigyan woke me up. The night sky was very clear and we could see millions and billions of stars and the shape of clear mountains. But it was so windy and so cold that star gazing for about 5 minutes became a struggle.Day 4: ABC-ChhomrongThe next morning, we woke up to a clear sky. The stars and the moon up in the sky and the mountain shining in their light. We were surrounded by mountains in our 360 angle. As the sun rose, the view became even more dramatic. From gray, to white, to gold the view changed. We were astouned and unwilling to leave but we had to. So at 8am, we headed down. Jumping and laughing and smiling, we crossed the same path again. The way down MBC was so beautiful. We had missed it the day before as we were crossing it in the dark. The green grassland, the grazing sheeps, the guard dogs, the flowing stream which later became mardi Khola and the mountain around us, even the clouds high up were making many things by themself. The view was like a scene from a postcard. Wanting to catch up with our two friends who had left early the day before, we increased our pace to catch them. We had no idea where they were as there was no phone network. At 10 pm we reached deurali, and there was where wee met our friends too. We ate our breakfast there and then headed again. Today it was not raining so it was more of a relaxing down /up hill. We stopped at places to take pictures or admire the nature, other than that we kept walking. We reached bamboo at 2pm where as promised before, we took our lunch. Then the uphill trail to Upper sinuwa began. Nawaraj had left his belongings in Upper sinuwa. We took them and started making our way to Chomrong. The way back to Chomrong was a down hill from upper sinuwa and then an uphill from lower sinuwa. The downhill became difficult than anticipated because some of us were having knee pain, some were facing back pain, and for some their new shoes were a trouble in their feet. As we continued, we were in a sheer shock of how much distance we had covered in day 1's darkness. At 7pm we reached Chhomrong. It was a relaxing night for all of us as the hard part was over. We chose to eat delightfully and stayed late.Day 5 Chhomrong-Pokhara-Ktm:Next morning we woke to the view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchre, the view we had missed when we were heading to MBC because of the weather. We had a decent and proper breakfast for the first time in our trek journey. At 9pm we left the hotel in a good mood. The trail was a total downhill. The group got dispersed half way and waited for everyone to gather at a place between Sewai and Somrong where had noodles, tea and local milk.We took a bus from Sewai at 2pm. We reached Nayapul at pm. It took us to pokhara at around 6pm. From Pokhara we took a night bus to Kathmandu. And the next morning we reached Gongabu Bus Park at 4am in the morning. We wanted to take a later bus from Pokhara estimating we would reach Kathmandu at 6 in the morning but our sister was in a hurry to reach home so we opted otherwise.I support Local Empowerment. So, I’m sharing this Everest Base Camp Trek to promote a new way of trekking where trekkers can empower the local service providers like lodges, guides and porters by booking services directly through them. #empoweringthehimalayas #freetriptoeverest© Copyrights Kushma Thapa 2016 […]
Engineering License Registration In NEC
by Kushma Thapa on 2nd January 2019 at 8:56 am
To register for your license under NEC, first you need to get the registration forms. In their official site, there is indeed a "online registration" option but unfortunately it is just a menu option and nothing more as of 2019/January. When filling out the forms you have to be fill the first page in NEPALI. Please make sure you fill the first page in Nepali. Its compulsory. You have to write details of your name, your family, your permanent and temporary address, citizenship number, current employer. You have to again fill all of this details in English on the next page.On the 3rd page, you fill out details of your education. Education Level, where you studied, what division you scored. Below that, two registered engineer needs to fill out their names , their engineering license number and signature. Then you have to fill out the oath in both NEPALI and ENGLISH. At the end, again you have to fill out the application form and fill out the basic details of yourself AGAIN.To submit this form you'll need following things:4 passport size photo and 1 auto size photo (make sure the photos are same. They insist on that)Copy of original Engineering license of engineers who act as your witness/recommender ( the ones who sign for you). A receipt of payment of NRs 3400 payed in favour of NEC's Rajstriya Banijya Bank account. Only some of the branches of RBB receive the payment on behalf of NEC. As far as I know, Singhadurbar branch and Jamal branch accept the payment. Please confirm before going to any branch. The account no is 1093. More details here.Following documents attested in a notary or your university:SLC mark sheet,Character certificate,Intermediate level or 10 +2 Transcript,Character certificate,B.E.Degree/provisional Certificate,B.E Transcript,Character certificate,Attested copy of Citizenship.Once you submit this, they will give you a temporary certificate which you can use to apply abroad or for any job that requires it. As of now, it takes more than 3-4 months for your original copy to arrive. Please call before going. THEIR LUNCH HOUR IS 1-2 PM. THEY ONLY ACCEPT SUBMISSION UNTIL 1 PM.Goodluck.© Copyrights Kushma Thapa 2016 […]
by Kushma Thapa on 27th December 2018 at 10:02 am
This morning I was telling myself that life is precious. I was telling my self I should not let any negative thoughts cross my mind. Having watched Black hawk down, although I know there a lot of better movies and honestly i did not like the whole idea of how the movie portrayed the action of US or UN high authorities as justifiable, the fact remains that in the name of war and politics, lives are lost. Again I was reminded of how important life is. I was happy I was having this good thoughts.Alas, momentary it was. We let our lives be controlled by others so much that we feel this life does not belong to us, but just belongs to a hypocrite here to please everyone around. I want to slap myself because i cannot tell someone to keep their opinion, or hypocrisy to themselves. I cannot tell someone they have hurt me. And it comes out as rage, it comes out from me as a form of rudeness. May be, it also comes out with negative thoughts. As I am typing, I am having the urge.......Stop controlling my life. You are not my brother or my mother or my father. And you sure as hell are not my sister. STOP. STOP. STOP. You do me more harm than you do me good by being strict with me. I am not a 13 year old teenager. Let me make my mistakes. Let me deal with it. I have done worst things in life other than saying or doing little things that is unprofessional of me. And i have learnt from those mistakes. They have been a lesson in shaping me. So, stop controlling my life. Next time, i might just say it to you. You don't have to act like my guardian. Because a true guardian does not stop you. © Copyrights Kushma Thapa 2016 […]