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Hiking from Baglung to Pokhara
Hiking from Baglung to Pokhara

Trip Route: Kathmandu – Baglung – Pokhara –Kathmandu Hiking Route: Maldhunga - Phurse – Baglung; Lakeside – Pamey; Malekhu - Adamghat; Naghdhunga - Thankot Date: August 21-August 23 2009 Duration: 5.5hrs + 3hr cycling + 6hrs + 2hr. Distance: 8km hiking + 8 cycling + 13km hiking Altitude: 1020 m (Baglung), 1,000m (Pokhara) Hike Coordinator: Sangharsha Bhattarai Participants: Bikesh Babu Rajbanshi, Bikram Lal Shrestha, Dijup Tuladhar, Prajwal Shrestha, Sangharsha Bhattarai, Shamesh Joshi ,Pragya Ratna Bajracharya, Ravi Sharma(Contributor ), Kapil Pandey (Contributor), Deepak Maharjan (guest), Milan Shrestha (guest), Photos: Dijup Tuladhar, Ravi Sharma, Sangharsha Bhattarai, Shamesh Joshi Caption: Dijup Tuladhar, Ravi Sharma and Sangharsha Bhattarai Report By: Pragya Ratna Bajracharya Geolocation: Baglung (28.27 N, 83.60 E, elev. 1020 m.) lies in the midhills of Nepal, 275 km west of Kathmandu. Baglung is the district headquarters of Baglung District and is also the zonal headquarters of Dhawalagiri Zone.
The past weekend’s hiking has been a memorable experience for me. The endurance of our physical strength as well as mental will was truly stretched beyond normal. What was supposed to be a seemingly moderate hiking eventually turned out into a treacherous outing, thanks to the repercussions of a horrendous accident and a landslide along the highway. It was a normal Friday evening in Kathmandu. Eleven of us – the hikers, gathered at the office premises, all geared up for this 2 day hike. The plan was initially to head towards Illam but the uncertainties along the highway triggered a change in the hiking itinerary, thus we were headed towards Baglung. The monotonous, yet swift drive along the highway was accompanied by nothing but darkness of the night. The selection of old Nepali songs, handpicked by Ravi, helped lighten up the mood inside the van to a great extent. These evergreen songs helped us set the tone for the rest of the drive, by creating a healthy diversion away from the monotony. In no time, we reached our first stop along the highway, Malekhu. We used this break from the drive as a medium to give a well deserved breather to our vocal chords, which were exhausted due to non-stop singing. Some of us, who had not eaten properly before the drive began, got busy having dinner at a local shop. When the drive began eventually, the singing followed in tandem.

a trip from Beni to Tatopani area followed by a night’s rest at the same place

After a 10 hour long journey, we finally reached Naya Pool. By that time, we had already experienced slight energy drainage, thanks to the long drive. We stopped at a tea shop there to have breakfast and to freshen ourselves us for the rest of the journey. While having our breakfast, we discussed on our plans for the day and our possible destinations. A plan was finally set for the day, a trip from Beni to Tatopani area followed by a night’s rest at the same place. Unfortunately, the plan did not work out quite well. The poor condition of the road towards Beni caused us to change the hiking itinerary for the second time in 24 hours. So instead of heading towards Tatopani via Beni, we took an alternative route that took us to Baglung bazaar, across the Kali-Gandaki River.

the popular Nepali band Cobweb was performing some of their numbers

The uphill hike towards Baglung bazaar was indeed a tiresome experience. The stone paved trails on the uphill route ensured a safe passage during this journey towards the bazaar. The river beneath flowed with such a high intensity that we could hear its roar from a very long distance. The rocky roads towards the top of the hill tended to get a bit creepy at times, due to its narrow passage, and the fact that it laid on a very stiff cliff directly above the river. Any wrong footing would indeed have been fatal under those circumstances. Once we reached the top of the hill, we rested there for quite some time so as to get rid of the daunting exhaustion and hunger and then walked towards the Baglung bazaar. The journey this time was a lot more pleasant than the uphill ride. We were surrounded by lush green fields, the beauty of which truly took away a great deal of tiredness off our minds. We eventually reached Baglung Bazaar, where Ram dai was waiting for us eagerly. After a quick round of cold drinks to suppress the ever growing hunger in our tummies, we set out on a search for a place to have lunch. Our extensive search turned out to be pleasantly fruitful. After a worthwhile wait, we were served with the tastiest meal ever. We were quite impressed by the hospitability exhibited by the owners of that place we stopped by for lunch. They let us rest for nearly 2 hours and all this time, they treated us just like family. We then headed for the Kali Temple in a nearby jungle. The serenity of that place was so enchanting that we wanted to stay there for months. Although brief, the peaceful environment at the temple area was powerful enough to let us set aside our feeling of tiredness to a great extent. We then returned to Pokhara to find a hotel where we could sleep for the night. After having dinner, we visited a local restaurant to audience some local bands playing some good old rock music. To our surprise, the popular Nepali band Cobweb was performing some of their numbers along with some other local bands. Our stay at Pokhara was very short this time. However we did enjoy cycling to the Pame Area on Sunday morning before we finally left Pokhara at 2 pm that day. Thus our official hike finally came to an end. As we left Pokhara city, we recollected some of the interesting incidents during our hike and looked forward to reaching home as early as possible so that we could have ample rest to recover from the rigor and the exhaustion of the long drive. Little did we know, that fate had written another chapter of adventure for us along the highway.

we were served with the tastiest meal ever

When we reached Malekhu at around 6 p.m. to stop by for dinner, we heard some unconfirmed rumors about a terrible road side accident. Apparently, a 8 year old boy had been struck dead by a truck, and the enraged locals there had blocked traffic in that area, a couple of kilometers away from the place we stopped to eat. The anxious wait, inflicted by the roadside accident, brought along strong waves of uncertainty and gradually washed away the hopes of reaching Kathmandu by midnight. To compound more misery to such a situation, we received this demoralizing news that the traffic along the highway had been disrupted at Naubise area, due to a landslide.

Finally it was decided that we would walk past the area that had been blocked

And there we were, 11 of us itinerants, stranded in a nowhere section of the highway that wriggled its way through several hills. The moment of desperation then crept in, and brought along a huge collision between conflicting ideas regarding the choice of the way out of this unpleasant situation. Finally it was decided that we would walk past the area that had been blocked because of the accident and search for alternative transportation that would take us back to the place where landslide had occurred. A second van had been called upon on the other side of the landslide that would drop us at Kathmandu. The journey along the highway was quite torturous to our already tiring bodies, and the darkness of the night did not help either. To give us company, mother nature had sent the countless night sky above our heads, and the ever flowing Trishuli River along side. The darkness of the night reflected clearly on the river, which roared gallantly. After a 5 hour walk along the highway, we finally got this opportunity to ride the office van. It was already 1 am by then. Unfortunately, the hiking had not ended yet. The landslide had created a terrible traffic jam, thereby restricting any movements on any side of the road. We were thus compelled to spend another night at the highway. The annoying discomfort because of having to sleep on the van for two nights reminded us vividly of the warmth and the comfort of the bed at home, which would in other cases, have been ignored. We finally reached Kathmandu on another micro van which we luckily found, after walking past the place where landslide occurred. Please click on the image to see its large version.
 Trails of moving lights @ Mugling
01 Trails of moving lights @ Mugling
 different view of d2van
02 different view of d2van
 Good morning Nayapul
03 Good morning Nayapul
04 chhekyo-deurali-dada-hussu-ra-kuhirole
 Misty morning @NayaPul
05 Misty morning @NayaPul
 other alternative
06 other alternative
07 See-I-am-grown-up-now
 mero gau
08 mero gau
 Plz vote for me
09 Plz vote for me
 walking while talking
10 walking while talking
 just days are passing
11 just days are passing
 ama r ama ka prashna
12 ama r ama ka prashna
 just days are passing
13 just days are passing
 mero ba ko mobile
14 mero ba ko mobile
 bichara ramdai
15 bichara ramdai
16 EU
 Reminds me of my Childhood days
17 Reminds me of my Childhood days
 is there any CMMiI process to drive this
18 is there any CMMiI process to drive this
 on the way to ....
19 on the way to ....
20 Naagbeli-Kaligandaki
 Road begone
21 Road begone
 A forgotten memo
22 A forgotten memo
 let tight our shoes it time to hike
23 let tight our shoes it time to hike
other side Kali Gandaki
24 other side Kali Gandaki
 hiking with slipper
25 hiking with slipper
 babab aba chai bhayana
26 babab aba chai bhayana
 watch properly
27 watch properly
 I need honey
28 I need honey
 Bholi release theyo
29 Bholi release theyo
 green green green
30 green green green
 does anyone know where we are
31 does anyone know where we are
 If there anything to drink besides kadaa
32 If there anything to drink besides kadaa
 Built more than 600 years before
33 Built more than 600 years before
34 representing
 ama ko yard ma
35 ama ko yard ma
 If Shiva can why dont i
36 If Shiva can why dont i
37 experiment
38 meditation
 find the odd man out
39 find the odd man out
 sauni back again
40 sauni back again
 dedicated to bhauju
41 dedicated to bhauju
42 eu.is.an.ORG
 evening in Pokhara
43 evening in Pokhara
 bhagayra ra bhangayri kura garchan kasari
44 bhagayra ra bhangayri kura garchan kasari
 Fresh morning with fresh idea
45 Fresh morning with fresh idea
 my imagination
46 my imagination
 I need to win this world
47 I need to win this world
 Jay Shambo Bholenath
48 Jay Shambo Bholenath
 I belive I can fly
49 I belive I can fly
 yo bato kaha janay ho
50 yo bato kaha janay ho
 Fewa field
51 Fewa field
 Nepali marine
52 Nepali marine
 teeja ko lahara ayo budii lai
53 teeja ko lahara ayo budii lai
 kasto cha mero rup
54 kasto cha mero rup
55 Momo
 being child with child
56 being child with child
 back to normal
57 back to normal
 Revisiting Nova Fest Part II
58 Revisiting Nova Fest Part II
 Morning walk around nagdhunga
59 Morning walk around nagdhunga

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