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Hiking from Chapagaun to Saraswoti Kunda

Date: May 18, 2008
Participants: Prajwal Hada, Sanjeet Baidya, Lava Kafle, Awanish Rajan, Samesh Joshi, Bikram Lal, Binod Raj Pathak, Ravi Sharma, Sashi Acharya, Subin Shrestha, Bikesh Babu Rajbanshi
Hiking Route: Chapagaun-PIA-Lele-Thapagaun-Lele- Saraswoti Kunda
Total Distance covered: 10 kms (approx)
Duration: 4 hours
Report By: BinodP
Caption: AwanishR/RaviS
Photos: Shashi/Shamesh/Awanish/Ravi

Hiking Description:-
It was almost 7:00 am of Sunday morning when all the hikers had arrived to Office. Previously, hike was planned from Budhanikantha to Shivapuri, but due to zero participation of lady hikers, we planned to do a bit tough hiking and chose the route of Chapagaun to Lele. At 7:10 am our office van picked us from office premises towards the hiking start point. As every hiker’s stomach was empty, we stopped at Jawalakhel and find hotel named “Badri ko Khaja Pasal”. After stomach was fully loaded, we again started our journey. After half and hour journey via Office van we reached to Chapagaun, the starting point of our hike. We took jungle way. There was no proper path that we can follow in jungle so we randomly moved discovering our own way. Though jungle way was very steep and difficult to climb up hills, we never lost our serenity. We were so lucky to taste delicious fruit in jungle i.e. “kafal”. Thanks to Binod and Awanish who managed themselves to climb “Kafal” tree and pick “kafal” for all. While we were having “Kafal”, “Kafle Lava” dai frightened every one saying “What will we do if Tiger comes here”. Everyone gave their views but Lava dai gave the most promising view. According to him, four of us will catch four legs of tiger, other two will catch its body, other two will catch its tail and remaining will pour alcohol i.e. beer in its mouth. After having beer, tiger will become “Jhaap” then we will take photo embracing it. Romantic talk was over; we began to climb up and up. We were lucky that weather was on our favor, atmosphere was cloudy so we didn’t feel too hot. After climbing hill for 45 minutes, we reached almost top. We did not find proper way to reach Lele. We used Hit and Trial method to find way to Lele. We decided to climb down the steep hill. The forest is of pine and ground is covered with its leaves which caused difficult to move down the steep path. We began to skate down. Almost all hikers fell once while skating down. Bikesh won first prize for falling down many times. Congratulation!!! Bikesh. After almost one hour skating practice we finally reached the main road. Later on we came to know that the name of area from where we began to skate is PIA. Environment of PIA is cool and naturally rich. From PIA we reached Lele village. As usual, we searched local school to distribute copy and pencil to students. Finally we found school named ‘Shree Maneshwori Primary School”. We distributed all copies and pencils to little students of that school and took some photos with them. There after we walked towards Thapagaun a nice village. People were busy in harvesting wheat from their fields. Moving through wheat field we reached to a lake with clean water. We washed our hands and feet there and took rest for a while. Still we had a lot of time so we decided to climb other hill of Lele. After another 45 minutes of walk through hill, we reached Lele Bazzar. Moving up through Lele Bazzar we reached Saraswoti Kunda our end point of hike.

Everywhere we searched for a good hotel to have lunch. We were unable to find any suitable place. Finally we met Parwati didi who helped us finding the right hotel for our lunch. Ravi enjoyed talking with the 65 years old woman. She was having some food with us as well. After having lunch we were headed back to Kathmandu. It was really funny and humorous hike.

01-3 Pals ready to take on lele

02-excitement of Hiking

03-Heading toward Badri ko Khaja Pasal

04-Fuel Crisis

05-lets move guys

06-Someone might be watching us say hi to them

07-Start the hike

08-A Glimpse of Lalitpur district

09-Engineering skills of the machine

10-Lets take rest

11-We are the champions

12-two monkeys hunting for kaafal

13-The D2C

14-Destination not so far

15-lava dai- making plan how to protect from wilds in the jungle

16-Bikram’s D

17-it was really cool weather

18-kasto hidna garo bha yespali

19-Help!Help! Please someone help me

20-Ohhhh my God … ke vayo !!! come ongive some air to him

21-break time lets have some local cheeeezzzz

22-Big bite1

23-Big bite2

24-Big bite3

25-elephant bite

26-Ek se mera kya hoga

27-Is this enough for me

28-this much is enuff for my stomach

29-sanjeet dai- We must reach that hil, lava dai- no we have walked a long lets make it short

30-ohh noo how can i walk such a long distance

31-prajwal dai- come on lava ji we must go now

32-can someone lend me a bottle of waterplease

33-Bikesh n Shamesh on the way

34-Crawling down towards Bhairab Kunda

35-Follow meehh

36-Getting ready to slide

37-Finally ravi stopped sliding bikesh

38-Lost in the nature

39-Enjoying the jungle slide


41-Ready to take off

42-Slide -2

43-Simply beautiful

44-Hariyo baan Nepal ko dhan

45-lets walk school..

46-Finally we found it

47-I got 2 pencils how much did u get

48-Thank you sir..audai garnu hola

49-Prajwal dai distributing copy n pencil to the principal of the school

50-Everybody say D2

51-two beautiful kids of lele

52-Photography at its best

53-Photography skills

54-Hey kasaile ta hamro photo khicha na yaar

55-Lets move on

56-Macro test

57-let them enjoy

58-Lava ji! Khola le bagaula hai

59-paile timi afnu jutta khola ani matrai ma mero arko jutta kholchhu

60-Resting brigde


62-What are these guys looking at

63-Our only food in the jungle


65-Mero photo chahi bullet aunu parchha hai

66-Three glass of dew

67-binod… i love hiking.. hiking is in my blood

68-Gahu ko bhari

69-Divine eyes of SAS NEPAL

70-Tiger Cheez time

71-It was such a nice place

72–Old house1

73-Old house2

74-Jooka just caught

75-Now no one lives there


77-Etta Bhatta

78-on the way to sarswati kunda

79-size of all three windows are same with the small door below

80-Shiva Temple our destination finally

81-Shiva Mandir

82-Happy Awanish after a long walk

83-eye catching fish of saraswati kunda

84-Parbati didi, who led us to the hotel

85-Finally all the guys love the same topic no age difference

86-Any wish before execution

87-Awareness board of LELE

88-dusty road of chapagaun

89-everybody enjoyed the hike

38 thoughts on “Hiking from Chapagaun to Saraswoti Kunda

  1. Awesome write-up. I am a regular visitor of your web site and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the excellent site. I will be a regular visitor for a long time.

  2. Hey there. I found your blog by the use of Google at the same time as looking for a similar topic, your website came up. It appears good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to come back then.

  3. antimobile — don’t worry we’ve already had some of d2 girls joining us this sunday you just seat back and wait until the pics come out in EU.. 😆

  4. we d2 girls are too bg on sunday with our personal tasks chores at home. cannot join you guys

  5. Thanks Mr 🙄 to work as a reminder 😉 . Actually, u will know in next hike how courageous D2’s females are?? 😆

  6. we had lots of cheez which gives more energy than chocolates see the pic above
    U n me is like a desert

  7. Are females working in D2 Hawkeye so fragile that they cannot climb up the hills and slide down like males? 🙄

  8. Really, human images should be only 10% else it is not hiking but human modeling. No need to show your body and thighs wearing half pants. We are used to these.

  9. actually sliding down inside the jungle was a tough one, if u lose ur concentration then ur gone. 😛 . now no need to slide anymore ur body will slide itself. We managed to take photograph in such a difficult situation as well.
    why people images? well its a blog we like to add our images so we have posted mostly people images here , to let others know the real story and it can’t be explained by scenery, it needs to be explained by peoples action ..to let others know what really made the hike so fun..

  10. I really missed the beautiful sceneries….. mostly the “Gahu ko bari” & the “Khola”. The photography of pic.66“Three glass of dew” is really nice. It seems like three antique beautiful aquariums.Well done guys… 😉

  11. I see mostly only people images, why not scenery more? If you guys want to just add your images then why to post in public place?s

  12. pic 61 has no caption bcoz it is meant for the fellow bloggers to provide an appropriate theme for that!!!
    lets see who’s theme counts the best one

  13. One of the greatest experience thru this trip….thanx to all the team and subin dai for taking us thru the sliding way…ani sanjeet dai…slide garda jhandai someone smart le something damage gareko hai…:mrgreen:

  14. pawankShrestha is right. If Prashant wins third game, it will be a super victory hattrick. lets see if the third team is equally resistive. Meanwhile thanks Shamesh for verifying those comments and Youth_Of_the_nation for those superb fixes verification includinjg confused caption changes by Admin. Admin, thanks for spending time to cover errors and ommisions. Still pic 61 does not have caption or is it best or silly photograph without any theme.

  15. Alright, keep it up. fotografer has also done great job catching daami shots. ek choti jityo, dui choti jityo aba third time pani jityo bhane chaahi prashant&co lai mannai parchha. 😛

  16. Charming, pretty, lots more…. that i can’t define in single words.gr8 photography 😉

  17. hey it’s Shiva’s Temple not Saraswati Temple, Actually there is small pond full of fishes, and locals called it ‘saraswoti kunda’

  18. Guys you ppl are right. Kafal tree which bears the fruit was the one that kept our pre-ancestors alive and they stayed under the tree for thousands of years, so our Surname bears “kafle” in honor of those trees that gave shade and shelter to our fore-forefathers.

  19. oh negative agressive unpolite rude boy/girl! I myself saw it with my own spectacled eyes. It is beside the Large temple that guys posed in pics above. If you want I can take you through the same route again.

  20. its a super lie in this hiking trip. Lele has No Sraswati Temple at all.

  21. I agree with What is this. damn EU just makes me lose my expensive bandwidth and damn to Optimistic. 0 knowledge about Social Blogs. If hi5 or facebook or jhhosk or openfriendfinder or lovelife reach this situation once, they will be kicked off from huge user masses like EU. Anyway I use Worldlink and mercantile both cable connections but still this site makes me pay more. I would love to see this nepali site browsable from my I-Phone too that I recently procured from US through a friend of mine.

  22. damn Optimistic. If picture is not loaded due to your huge hiking photo sizes, why the sobad should be non technical? Keep up quality else do not post your photoless titles here

  23. What is this No pics?? Slide garda garda picture nai slide bhayo jasto cha .. k ho EU??

  24. lets hope all the pics come up .. there might be some technical problem with EU.
    “EverestUncensored site going down due to this hiking trip photographs” – comment sounds a bit lacking technical knowledge.

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