Praveen Shrestha Hiking has always been a best part of being a Deerwalker. One of the popular activities among the Deerwalkers as it is a welcome relief to the busy office work. While I was looking for the weekend activities, I had this opportunity to join the hiking with our CEO Jeff and CFO Tim among with other fellow Deerwalkers. What can be more exciting and fun filled activity than hiking as a weekend activity. The hiking route was planned to be Jaharsingh Pauwa to Nagarkot. Jaharsingh Pauwa, situated at Shankarapur Municipality, Sankhu which is in the north-eastern corner of Kathmandu Valley, twenty two kilometers far away from the valley was our starting point of the hike. It is a very popular picnic spot among the local people. We reached there via Office Van which took about two hours drive from the Deerwalk Complex, Sifal. It was about 8 AM when we started the hike. Pramod dai was supposed to be the Hike leader, but unfortunately he could not join us for the hike due to some health issues. We missed him in the hike. This put us in a difficult situation to identify the right direction as no one was aware of the hiking route. Thanks to hand-drawn map by Pramod dai which was there to help us to initiate the hike and figure out the route.
Thanks to hand-drawn map by Pramod dai which was there to help us to initiate the hike and figure out the route.
On the way, we would enjoy the forest walk, beautiful local villages and comforting sites of terraced fields. Beside these, the random funny talks among our fellow hikers is always a catalyst to make the hike enjoyable and relieve the tiredness. After some rest and some excursions around, we finally reached to our destination place Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a popular destination among both foreigners and locals. The place is famous for its breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges, and views of the sunrise and sunset that adds value to this hill station. Here we decided to get some rest at Country Villa. The views of the Valley that can be seen from its backyard was enthralling. However, we had no luck to get the view of Himalayan range. But then a couple of beers are being always there to set the Deerwalkers mood. And was a great relief to the sweaty and tiresome state. This was Tim's first visit to Nepal, it was interesting to hear about his journey in Nepal and experiences. After a couple of hours, we decided to leave the place and return to Kathmandu. The hike was memorable to all of us. Probably, this day hike must have given Tim an insight into lifestyle of local people as well as the opportunity to enjoy Nepal’s natural beauty, and the lasting memories about Nepal. I personally enjoyed the hike to the fullest.