Surya Bahadur Bista
Waking up late in the morning is my routine for the weekends, but on 2nd June, 2013, I got up early and headed towards the office because the day was ‘The Hiking Day’ in which I had participated and was really excited to be in.
Our hiking route was from Godamchaur to Godavari through Bishankhu Narayan Temple, and most of us had gathered in the office premises by 7:30 am while the other remaining hikers were waiting on the van route: Sinamangal, Balkumari and Satdobato. It was about 8:00 am when we departed from the office and started telling jokes, singing songs and picking our friends up from the route while we moved to our destination, Godamchaur. We had our breakfast, loaded some water bottles and left the van at Godamchaur and started our hike.
It was about 9:30 am when we started our hike with great excitement, joking with each other and challenging a run throughout the way to Bishankhu Narayan Temple at 10:30 am and had some photo session while there. We continued our hike passing through rocks, slipping and jumping from the sloppy hills and enjoying the time with fellow hikers. Though we thought the hike would be short and sweet it had other things awaiting us. The trip was tough and risky at times due to the road being full of leeches and earthworms; not to mention the dense forest where none of us knew the actual way. The path was adventurous as we were running through the forest full of the stinging nettle (Sisno) and bushes while picking out the leeches from our shoes and legs. None of our hiking team members were safe from the leech attack. We hurried through the path passing it in less than 20 minutes; it usually is an hour’s walk. Running the unknown way down we met the barbed wired fence with live electricity running, labeled ‘Deer Investigation Center Godavari ’. Later on we found out that the way we had travelled was also dangerous due to wild animals. In the investigation center we had some conversation with the in-charge, visited the center and got a chance to know about deers and their habitat.
Moving down to our destination, picking the wild raspberries (Aiselu) and taking some snaps on the way, we reached the ‘Fisheries Research Division Godavari ’. After having some rest at Godavari Kunda, we moved forward to our final destination, Godavari , at about 1:30 pm. As soon as the van arrived we left for Kathmandu, again, singing and joking and recounting the moments of the day. Finally we had our delicious lunch at Sinamangal at around 2:00 pm and dropping our hikers on the way, we returned back to the office at around 3:30 pm.
It was short, tough, exciting and memorable hike. Thanks to all the hike participants, especially the co-ordinator, Ishwor Sapkota, and finally thanks to Deerwalk for providing such an opportunity.
It was June 2nd,2013; I was very excited because it was my first time participating in the weekly hike organized by Deerwalk. The hike was from Godamchour to Godavari through Bishankhu Narayan. Our very own sweet Ishwor Sapkota was the hike coordinator. Including me, there were above 10 participants in total for the hike. I got inside the office premises at around 7:00 am and some of the other participants were already there while a few arrived a bit later. We left at 7:35 am and by around 9:30 am we were at Godamchour. We had a small breakfast there. It was a little sunny as we started our journey towards Bishankhu Narayan from Godamchour.
As we know, Godamchour is one of the most beautiful village areas and very suitable for hiking purposes. There were lots of natural views of the hills and jungle on the way to Bishankhu Narayan. There was a steep hill with lots of dried leaves along the path, and the leeches did not make the trip any easier. The road way from Kathmandu to Godamchour was a little strange and gravel type. All the hikers were having a tough time but enjoying it for what it was. After few hours then after we were close to the Godavari Village Resort and visited a wild life investigation center.
I enjoyed the hike very much and would like to thank Deerwalk for providing this opportunity to explore the local geography while getting to know fellow coworkers at a personal level.
Arjun Bahadur Pandey
It is my pleasure to write the experience of such an awesome trip “Godamchour – Bisankhu Narayan Temple – Godavari ” on June 2, 2013. Our hike coordinator was Ishwor Sapkota.
It was my second chance experiencing hike with my fellow Deerwalkers. After taking some light snacks, our hike formally started from Godamchour. Godamchour is one of the VDCs of Lalitpur district situated west from Kathmandu city. After walking for half an hour we reached to Bisankhu Narayan Temple. The environment around the temple seemed really photogenic and we took full advantage of it snapping pictures. On the way, Surya, Aawart and Sumit became more active utilizing their skills on the camera as they clicked away.
Road became harder and smaller when we crossed the village area. After walking couple of hours we were at a vantage point from where we could see the serene greenery of Phulchoki. It was really gorgeous and unique. We enjoyed watching this god gifted natural jewel and captured them on our science gifted devices, the camera. The way to reach Godavari from that point on was really difficult, sloppy and narrow. It was full of leeches, earthworms, nettles and bushes.
Over all, this hike was really fantastic and I look forward to other hikes in the future.