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Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery
Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery
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Sumit Shrestha


We decided to hike up to Amitabh Monasrty at Dadagaun. We kick started our journey with full dynamism and energy. KedarK, the driver, left us at HariSiddhi after about 45 minutes drive from the office. There were plethora of options to reach the Monastery. One could drive on the paved road or walk off the road or walk through the trails of the jungle. To make our hiking thrilling, we chose the third option. The trail was steep which made the hiking even more challenging. The magnificent scenery and the chirping of birds made our journey more pleasant. These are the things that we miss in the daily chaotic life of the city. As it had rained last night, the trail was wet and slippery. We could slide down but we cautiously managed to move up into the jungle. After walking for about two hours we reached the White Gumba. It was only after reaching there we came to know that the monastery remained open only on Saturday for some security reasons. We pleaded the guard to let us inside but he was duty-bound and could not help us. We had to make changes in our plan. Then we decided to go to Baisdhara through Nagargun Darbar and that would take us around 5 hours to reach. Now the only problem we had was drinking water scarcity. Fortunately, we found Pear trees on the way and that gave hikers the new vigor. Some of our hikers climbed up the tree to pluck pears. We collected bag full of pears and headed forward. After walking few miles we reached the Army Camp. One of the Army personnel then mentioned that we need ticket to enter inside and we would get that the other way. Now this was our second restriction of the day. Still it didn’t let our morale down. We again decided to change the route to Echangu. On the way down we also visited BadriNath Gufa. Finally we ended our hiking at Halchowk. We seemed to have a bit of hard luck as things were not in our favor. But still we managed to make the hiking fun filled and memorable one with run time adjustment in the plan.

 Sumit Kumar Shrestha: 

Long one day hikes had been regular so we were thinking for a short hike this time. The idea of Gumba (monastry) was good one. The place was amazingly natural even though it was so close to kathmandu and required little effort from our side. But, unfortunate clouds were roaming above our plans. The monastries were only allowed to enter on Saturdays. So, we had to shift our plans. But, the plan from then on was wild one. It was like a child after month long exam feeling suddenly free and roaming wildly without any fixed destination. We had fresh Nashpati from trees that was fun. For me it was another opportunity for photography experiments. And finally the umbrella hike was unique that never happened before. 


Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

1. Amitabh Monastery

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

2. A stalk of hope

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

3. A tiny hamlet

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

4. At Journey's End

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

5. A well deserved rest

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

6. Being Ecofriendly is the way to go!

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

7. Climbing to get at pears

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

8. Colleagues

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

9. Collecting wild chillies

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

10. Didn't let us in..No Public Day

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

11. Friends

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

12. Hard knocks of Life

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

13. Hikers on the move

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

14. Hikers on the move

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

15. I am alive

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

16. I am tired

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

17. Innocent childhood games

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

18. Is this the right way

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

19. Kathmandu

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

20. Locate deerwalk's van

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

21. May peace prevail in our country

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

22. Mula bari

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

23. Mystical Gumba

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

24. Mystical Gumba

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

25. Nature

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

26. Where shall we proceed now?

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

27. Peeping thru

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

28. Picture Speaks itself

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

29. Reminds us that tihar is near!!!

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

30. Resting and posing

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

31. Resting and posing

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

32. Retreat Center

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

33. Single Bloom

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

34. Slipped..world looks diff from down

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

35. Smile Please

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

36. Smiling faces are here again!

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

37. Tired

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

38. Tired yet delighted

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

39. Trailblazers

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

40. Umbrella Hiking

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

41. Unplanned urbanization

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

42. Waiting for the van

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

43. Way down

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

44. White Clouds

Hiking from Harisiddhi to Amitabha Monastery

45. Wings of flight