Hiking from Lamidanda to Batase Danda via Suire and Panauti
Lamidanda – Suire to Panauti
– Batase Danda
14th Mar 2009
Rudra Pandey, Purushottam Pandey, Sudeep Adiga, Ganesh Thapa, Kapil Pandey, Krishna Bhatta, Rajendra Banjade, Bhanu Chalise, Dhilung Kirat, Dijup Tuladhar, Prajwal Shrestha, Ravi Sharma, Vishnu Kshetri
: RudraP, PurushottamP, BimalK, GaneshT, KapilP, KrishnaDB , RajendraB, NishchalS, DhilungK, DijupT, PrajwalS, LavaK, SudeepA, NirajS, BhanuC, RaviS and VishnuK
: RudraP, PurushottamP, GaneshT, KapilP, KrishnaDB (rookie), RajendraB, DhilungK, DijupT, PrajwalS, BhanuC, RaviS and VishnuK
: Saturday & Sunday, March 14-15, 2009
: First Phase-Lamadanda, Second-Suire to Panauti, Third Phase-Panauti to Batase
: 2 hrs, 8:30 hrs, 2 hrs
: 18 kms (Driving), 20 kms + 6 kms
: DijupT, DhilungK, BhanuC, KrishnaDB, NishchalS, GaneshT
: GaneshT & VishnuK
: DijupT, DhilungK & GaneshT
(27°33'22"N 85°21'41"E) , Suire
(27°33'0"N 85°22'44"E), Bhardeu
Bhanjyang (pass) 2198m (27°33'18"N 85°23'49"E), Panauti
(27°35'7"N 85°30'53"E), Batase
Just for change and with the Rudra's initiation, we finally came to a mutual consent to spend a wild night somewhere in the jungle. Two vehicles fully packed with tents, sleeping bags, a goat, utensils, and all necessary supplies for night-out to an unspecified location started to move along with team of 19 night hunters.
Ram and Birkha sat behind the steering and we jumped in behind them as per capacity of the automobile. With the speed of our vehicles, the destination, Lamidanda, was coming to our sight where we had decided to spend the night on March the 14th. Vishnu started talking to the owner Keshar Bahadur Bista to get permission to use his Farm House at Lamidada, 5 kilometers above Lele of Lalitpur district. This place is popular for its Saraswoti temple. It was not long before the team paid homage to the holy place and started unpacking things from the two vehicles which took a coupld of hours.
The respectable Nepali khukuri gleamed out of Nischal's bag. Ram needed a split of second to complete the goat's primary rites when Bimal pulled the legs while Lava pulled the head.
We started preparing hot water for cleaning up the deceased goat. Amazingly the whole team got busy for this business. Somebody was busy cleaning meat while others were endowed with vegetable cleaning task. At 6:30 PM, everybody shared the sipping of wine to follow the catering process. Rudra too helped cooking amidst the smoke that made our eyes tear filled.
Finally, Vishnu asked everybody to gather to eat Chiura (The local Nepali Beaten Rice) and Fried meat accompanied with small pegs. Not long that team started to sing, share anecdotes, jokes, and vivid experience of life, dancing started in full swing along with bonfire that leapt its flames towards sky and the half moon must be surprised at its gleam. Nischal and Rajendra also challenged the fire by leaping through it as if by using their spiritual powers. The events continued until tents were filled. Some even managed to take naps outside, in the sheer cold night accompanied with flares of fire burning bright.
Next day on March 15 the hiking was started early morning at 6:30 AM with Rudar's big hands. Some couldn't manage to continue with the hiking, thanks to the previous fun-filled sleepless night. Rest of the guys took breakfast in Suire and started their hike from Suire towards Dhulikhel. Approximately at 11:00 a.m. we reached the Bhardev Bhanjyang. After taking a short rest, we started to hike across the Rosi khola. The walk through forest was very thrilling. After hiking more than 2 hrs inside the forest we happened to land at graveled road. In Rosi village, guys started with popular game of Carom Board with sip of hot milk tea, chew Anarsa and munch biscuits that we'd been carrying all the way. After sometime, I realized that Rajenrda, Prajjwal and I were walking in a group, Rudra and Purushhotam walking another group and rest, in another group. Perhaps matching with taste!
At 2:30 pm, we reached Panauti. Rudra, Purushhotam and I took fruits whilst Prajjwal and Rajendra had Mo:Mo. Rudra, Purushhotam, Rajendra, Prajjwal and myself moved ahead to prolong the hike from Panauti to Dhulikhel.
Later we realized rest of the group had halted their hike at Panauti and finally, at 4:45 PM we reached Batase dada which happened to be our final destination. Yet I personally am ready and seek to go for the night-out and have a day hike.