Theme: Community Service
Hiking Route: Sankhu Bazaar,Lapsephedi, JersinghPauwa,Bajrayogini
Total Distance covered: Approx 25 Km
Duration: 6 hours
Date: September 07, 2008
Participants: NishchalS, SureshT, IshworM, RajendraB, PragyaB, PrajwalS, MaheshR
Report by: SureshT, PragyaB, RajendraB
Caption: PrajwalS, IshworM
Photos: NishchalS, IshworM, PrajwalS, PragyaB
Creative Support: Dijup Tuladhar/Pallavi Sharma
01 Team [NishchalS, SureshT, IshworM, RajendraB, PragyaB, PrajwalS, MaheshR]
As a continuation to the “Community Service” theme based hiking, this week we took a trip to Sankhu, a small historical town situated approx. 25 km north east of Kathmandu. Although we were supposed to be a group of 13, only 7 of us could manage to be a part of the hike that day. Passing through the busy and dusty area, we reached to a peaceful area of Sankhu at around 9 AM. After having breakfast at Sankhu bazaar, we headed towards Lapsephedi, the base of Jersingh Pouwa. Local villagers, including Dhami- Jhakris [Traditional Healers], were gathered in the main bazaar for participating in a local festival there.
03 Shree Kalika Sharan Secondary School
We intially had a plan to visit the local school at Lapshiphedi but unfortunately the school was off due to local festival. So we decided to visit the high school at Jarsingh Pauwa. We reached our destination Shree Kalika Sharan Secondary School; Jersingh Pauwa at around 12:30pm.This school stands as major institution in that locality, and is influenced by Tamang students and culture. We found the excitement among the students over there, might be thinking as if there is going to happen some special function.
04 Thanks d2..we knew the importance of speaking
As our tradition, we distributed copies and pencils among students of primary level, from Grade I to VI. We also conducted a small talk program on “IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION” in three different classes. Total of 6 enthusiastic students spoke brilliantly on the assigned topic. The expressed views were so practical that it got us spellbound. We presented them with a special gift for their participation. We also distributed additional books and sport accessories to the school. Seeing the students play on the school ground with the accessories we provided brought a sense of great joy to all of us. Teachers supporting our visit seemed excited, as well.
The physical exertion was momentarily forgotten, eclipsed by a sense of accomplishment. Our contribution was not even equivalent to a drop of water in the sea, but still the smiles on the faces of the children, during our informal program, meant a lot. As we left school and returned, we were unanimous about the idea of integrating community service as a part of all upcoming hikes.
We visited 232KW ‘Salinadi Power Plant’ at Lapsephedi; named after a religiously famous river Salinadi where thousands of devotees offer Pooja and recite the Swasthani manuscript every day throughout the month-long Brata. “Small is beautiful” written on the board, of course it was beautiful. The technical officer of the plant was very friendly and helpful. He explained the functioning and the other aspects of the plant. We came to know that the power generated from that plant is connected to the national power grid. We heard that there are so many micro hydro power plants throughout Nepal but observed closely for the first time. Since it was a little early to return home, the team decided to visit the BajraYogini Temple, just half an hour away from Lapsephedi.
07 Another hike starts to Bajra Yogini Temple
As we followed the route to the temple, the physical exertion started to take its toll again. The uphill route and growing hunger got us grounded momentarily on our way. Finally a few gulps of water and we were ready again for the final climb towards the temple.
08 Approaching the temple premises
Upon reaching the temple, we rested there for about half an hour. During the stay, we visited the main temple and then participated in a mini photo session before moving downwards the well maintained stairs of the temple. We then headed back to the Sankhu Bazaar.
The ride back to home was exceptionally quiet this time.We were all recollecting our energies back and relaxing our overworked leg muscles. Nischal Dai, on the other hand, was busy in site-seeing and photography on our way back. The smooth road at Sankhu soon lead to the bumpy roads at Jorpati, and this time these bumps were not doing well on our tiring bodies. We stopped at Sinamangal at a local Thakali restaurant for our lunch at around 5pm.
Even though this week’s trip was not as physically demanding as compared to some of the past hikes, we were able to cover community service and a visit to the Bajrayogini temple, and of course delicious meal at a Thakali restaurant. Yum!!
Hats off to all the brains involved in conjuring up such a motivational theme. Let the feeling of communal service prosper in future hikes as well.
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29 thoughts on “Hiking from Sankhu Bazaar to Lapsephedi via JersinghPauwa and Bajrayogini”
Thanks for visiting the small hydropower plant and elaborating your field report !
D2Hikers seems much excited to prove their ‘Rejuvenating Spirit’ by trying to get caught within the picture amidst in air but this can be risky business. Please don’t try them if you guys have no idea of how this sort of photography is done.
Some of pictures indicated that you have tried to take difficult route (off-trail) while hiking which I think is very UNSAFE and I wonder whether this team was equipped with ‘First Aid’ box or not. If in case of injury. Let’s Hike for Health not for ‘stupid stunt’.
Pictures number: 15, 20 and 29 has smog which happens due to rough handling of camera. Photographer should have cleaned the lens using soft cloths.
Okay, here is Shutterbug’srating:
Creative Shot: ’25 A mighty chain holding a whole bridge’
Perfect Shot: ’62 Sanchai hunuhunchha Aamai…’ and ’38 I spoke on importance of education.. got rewarded’
Lucky Shot: ’67 All set to take-off’
Nature’s Best Shot: ’59 Close Up of spiky caterpillar’
Hilarious Shot: ’79 How weighty am I…’
Lazy Shot: ”73 Gunabahal Temple at Bajra Yogini’ and ’36 A student orating on the essence of education II’
Prize Winning Shot: ’38 I spoke on importance of education.. got rewarded’
Paparazzi Shot ’75 Acquiring history of Bajrayogini’
Keep clicking!! Keep Hiking!!
Yes third eye i support your, Pink floyd ko fan jasta le nai Nepal bigreko ho. Change your concepts pink…
i dont see u hiking sudhir dai … why dont u go for hiking huh??
great job guys, hiking plus social works !
thanks sudhir dai for share link !
Pic no. 80 – Ram dai, top hiker of D2
Pic no. 80 – Ram dai, to hiker of D2
this hike sounds different..
hey Pink floyd ko fan, National champion nabhai kana kasari olympic champion huna sakincha… Nepal ra Nepali bigreko karan yehi ho. First try to widen your thought so that your good words can make good impact on people, if everything goes well olympic gold medal is not that far 😆
Ok Guys Multi purpose Hiking, Entertainment, Social Service and Health Benefits………ok guys keep it up…..
kin jana napaunu dating in the mandir
Vidam vidcha ktm ko park ani bagar
jata tetai mandir rai mandir ko sahar
k nai vo ra gae mitauta manko rahar…
Dating is the gift from god. and going temple ties the bond between two. Any way new generation at least have a time to go temple in the name of dating. This is good though, isn’t it?
It’s great.. hiking.. well, gayako ta chaina… hiking kai lagi bhaner d2 join garna parla .. hehehehe 🙂
Niks.. la la donating ramro chha hai..
We Nepali are really smart, we can shout and can give idea but only after task is completed. Yes this short of speaking reinforcement to the children is really needed. Speak where it should be and come in front without a shy. I liked the way of distributing such motivative items. Keep it up…
I really missed the hike. 😐
let’s think what we can do.
right “Pink Floyd ko fan’
Agreed with Pink Floyd ko fan…..
Pic No. 50.
Who gave the caption for it?
Must be a pesimestic fellow.
Why national champion why not olympic gold medalist ?????
we must raise our thoughts people.
hoina…what do u say about pic 75? Temple premises have become a common spots for hanging out and dating these days. J hos…Temples will not be abandoned :
सेवा पनि स्वास्थय पानि , साह्रै राम्रो ।
तस्बीरहरु पनि राम्रा छन्। नं ४७ अविस्मरणीय ।
Great job! Keep it up…
wow…….1st of its kind..i guess. Hiking with only 7. None of us did loose spirit for hiking just because of minimal number of hikers. The best part of the whole hike was the moment we spent with school kids………and of course the meal at thakali restaurant….hmmmmmm…
nice pictures… keep on roaming around and share beautiful pictures!!!
thanks for sharing link nix bro…
hiking is always good fo health. esp for niks. right? 😀
Hope i could have join this Hiking. Really interesting to be with child and see their smile.
You guys are awesome. So much activities going on from D2, good work team.
In all aspects, hiking was really great. We had a little bit of volunteer service, sweat , religious work and lots n lots of fun.The most important thing was we returned home on time, contrast to other hiking experiences where we reached home late night.
26 An old man seems with no worries, what was he doing exactly. Seems he is a nature lover.