Date: June 9th, 2008
Participants: DhilungK, GauravJ, AbhishekPC, BiswaS, PawanP, PradeepG, IshworM, DijupT, SureshT, AshishS, BabinsS, PragyaR, ManishS, RajK, SushmitaP, ManikM, RaviS and AbhishekS
Hiking Route: Naagdhunga – Dahachowk – Dharmaraj Foundation Monastery– Ramkot – Amitabha Monastery
Total Distance covered: 16 kms (approx)
Duration: 8 hours
Theme: A Walk to Serenity
Report By: Pragya/Manish
Creative Support: Dijup/Dhilung/Pallavi/Pragya
Finally, it was our turn. After hearing all the hiking stories from our intern friends, Manish and I couldn’t resist giving our names for the next hiking. Among the team of 17, five of us were giving our first shot at D2 hiking with a lot of excitement and curiosity. Sushmita and I were the only female hikers in the team ready for the unlimited adventure that the hiking sessions were reputed for. We set out at around 7:30 am to our hiking route from Nagdhunga to Sitapaila. The cool and refreshing weather was enhanced by some real good numbers played by DJ Ravi and AbhisekhS on the way.
When we reached our destination, we were literally amazed at the beauty of the place. The view of the hills, forest along with the fresh air recharged our souls. As truly said that Nepal is full of natural beauty, you only need to go out and explore. Climbing through the steep hills was the hardest part of the trip for Dijup and me. Dijup kept saying ‘Bhagwan mujhe uthaale’ when he felt hopeless during accent and I felt the same at times. But with the help and support of the team members we somehow made it to the top. On the way, some of the team members (Manik, Abhishek, and Dijup) chose to donate blood to the leeches though I didn’t get that opportunity. That was the first time I saw the leeches alive.
Gaurav, Dhilung, Pradeep, Suresh, Manik, Bishwa and Ishwor captured some truly incredible shots. Their amazing photography deserves an award. The day was cloudy since morning and it rained at regular intervals all day. Despite the rain, we managed to keep walking. Babins had come with the full preparation along with his raincoat, towels and extra clothes although that was his first hiking in D2.
Not a single moment was boring, thanks to such a wonderful team. We kept cracking jokes and making fun of each other throughout the journey. Abhishek PC’s constant concern throughout the hiking was encouraging. The amazing and spectacular view of mountains, hills, forests and a pleasant stroll through Amitabha Monastery at the end was the perfect reward for all the efforts we made. Seeing the rainbow was magnificent and the sound of wind chimes and the spiritual environment of the Monastery stimulated a feeling of positivity and serenity in all of us, and for a moment made us forget about the tiring feet and hungry stomach.
Finally, after a peaceful and relaxing time in the monastery, we made our way back and headed downhill through an easy walk to Sitapaila drenched in rain. We were then picked up by the office van at around 6:30pm which took us for the final meal of the evening. It was a wonderful end to a brilliant day – the whole team was together for dinner, except Raj who had to part from us at Sitapaila.
Nothing could summarize this hike better than this poem by Bishwa:
“a walk to serenity”
a walk to serenity
through the plains and hills,
through the shades of the pine trees
away from this feverish place
to a place where we can rest
a walk to serenity
where we discard our beast
where silence tortures us the least
where the sound of the chimes
soothes our mind
where the dark clouds pour rain
instead of just a gloomy day
where the eyes of the enlightened
watches us with respect
for we are at peace
with the nature,
with the world around us
with the creatures, that surround us
a walk to serenity
a moment of peace
a touch of the infinity
a moment of bliss
we walked the road
we kissed the reason
we met the non-existent
beyond the horizon!