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Hiking from Budhanilkantha to Sundarijal via Nagi Gumba
Hiking from Budhanilkantha to Sundarijal via Nagi Gumba

Title Hiking around North-Eastern Hills
Start Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 05/16/2010
End Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 05/16/2010
Duration (hrs) 6 hrs.
Distance (km) 15 kms
Hike coordinator Subin Shrestha
Participants Adam Manandhar, Ashish Bhujel, Ashish Tuladhar, Awanish Ranjan, Badri Adhikari, Binod Raj Pathak, Manoj Rokka, Ravi Sharma, Sanjish Wagle, Satyajit Shah, Subin Shrestha, Sudeep Ghimire, Tilak Thapa Magar & Vivek Shah
Photos by Ashish Tuladhar, Ravi Sharma, Satyajit Shah, Subin Shrestha
Captions by Ashish Tuladhar, Ravi Sharma, Satyajit Shah, Subin Shrestha
Report by Ashish Bhujel
Creative Support Dijup Tuladhar, Prerana Pradhan, Sangharsha Bhattarai
Origin Location2 Destination
Name Budhanilkantha Nagi Gumba Sundarijal
District Kathmandu
Zone Bagmati
Recommended Items to See Budhanilkantha Temple Hills, forest and locality Power House, Spring
Recommended Places to Eat Any local hotels Karma Hotel, Any local hotels
Recommended Places to Stay
Recommended Activities Photo Journalism Hiking and Photo Journalism Hiking and Photo Journalism
Recommended means of transportation VAN/Bus
Available means of transportation VAN/Bus/Bike
Culture Influenced by Tamang Culture
Distance from previous Location 10 kms 4 kms 11 kms
Means of Transport VAN
Duration .5 hrs on VAN 1.5 hrs 4.5 hrs
Ashish Bhujel recollects: Shivapuri-Sundarijal Wake up at 5:30; be at “SAKHA complex” at 6:30 and the plan for rest of the day was unpredictable. All I knew was, we were hiking through Northern Hills of Kathmandu valley, a well known hiking trail from Shivapuri to Sundarijal. Since it was my first hike from D2, I was not sure how things were going to be for rest of the day but I was sure that it will be good hike. It was approximately 7:00 am and almost all the people listed in the hiking list that was forwarded on Friday evening were present, some faces were familiar to me and some new ones. Everybody tried to grab a comfortable seat. Even though I guess I was last person to enter the van, I was happy that I got my favorite seat, the last one to the left. It always feels good to be a “backbencher”. Then it was decided that our first visit will be “Budhanilkantha” temple and will have breakfast near the temple area. We finished our breakfast with Nepali Style - “Cel-Roti” and “Chana” with “Fanta” for drink at around 8:30 am. The hiking started at around 9:00 AM, with Subin purchasing an entry pass to Shivapuri National Park. We were all geared up with water and snack for rest of the trail, passing through an Army Barrack. I remember that the start was so beautiful, sunlight passing through leaves of trees, smoke coming thought chimney of the barrack. It was like misty morning greeting us with fresh air to breathe. It always feels good be in nature and runaway form busy Kathmandu roads. It all started with a high note, some with groups, some preferred to hike through the woods alone and enjoying the natural beauty. One thing was for sure, everyone was in chatting mood. Some were talking about sports, some were discussing about how the weather might turn out for the rest of the day. During this time all eyes were on the GPS device that we carried and we were trying to figure it out. But luck was not on our side. We could not use it for the rest of the trail due to ‘weak signal’. Among the different topics, me, Adam, Sanjish and Badri were talking about human nature and one topic we stuck for moment was “Men are like rubber bands, Women are like Waves” and Subin asking logical questions. We didn't even realize that we walked through “Panimuhan” to “Nagi Gumba”. From there, the trail turned out to be a game of hide and seek with the bright sun, sometimes passing through the wood and being in a sanctuary of shades and sometimes exposed to sun. We walked through the trail taking snack breaks in between, taking group photographs, asking for single shot and what not. We did not even realize that we passed through “Taulung” then to “Tarebhir”. And when the trail was about to end, we heard stream flowing and every-body's spirit was raised high and seemed so eager to play in the water and enjoy every minute of it. We stayed there for half an hour. After feeling refreshed and rejuvenated from playing in the stream, we continued our hike towards Sundrijal. When we reached Sundarijal, we realized it took us approximately six hours, a whole bunch of topics like, music, sports, work gossips, what we did other day, and whole lot of laughter. Our hike ended in “Purkhauli Ghar” having lunch, which we waited for two hours and accompanied by some good old music. The best part was the starting song that Purkhauli Ghar played was Pink Floyd's “Comings back to life”. Please click on the image to see its large version.

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