Theme: Misty Mountain Hike
Hiking Route: Palung to Daman to Simbhanjyang
Date: June 15, 2008, Sunday
Participants: BabinsS, BahadurB, HiteshK, KamalK, LunaG, MaheshS, ManojR, ParasT, PawanP, PrajwalS, PujaKC, RajK, SanjeetB, SitaP and, ShankarS
Caption by: Shankar Sharma, Luna Gurung, Sanjeet Baidya, Sita Pun
Photos: Shankar Sharma, Manoj Rokka, Luna Gurung, Kamal Karki
Report By: Kamal Karki and Prajwal Shrestha , Pawan Pokhrel
Creative Support: Dhilung/Pallavi
[Kamal Karki and Prajwal Shrestha]
Everyone was excited for another theme based hiking from Palung To Daman. Palung, which lies on the way to Daman, is famous for its vegetable cultivation. Daman, which is a popular tourist destination, is famous for the splendid view of Himalayan region.
After picking up everyone on the way, we were altogether fifteen ready for a challenging hike to Daman. The morning was clear unlike the evening shower we had the previous day. We had a quick breakfast at Naubise, a place where the Tribhuvan Highway and Prithivi Highway separate. After a two hours ride, we reached Palung at 10:30am, our starting point for the hike. The place welcomed us with aroma of fresh vegetables in the fields. We could see farmers in the fields busy at their work. This reminded all of us the dependency of the Nepali population on agriculture.
The journey started from a simple walk on a highway until we met an old lady who showed us another difficult route to our destination. Since we were there for a hiking experience, we followed the lady’s direction. We climbed up to reach a place from where we could see the beauty of the valley. The fields stretched wide and green, ready for another harvest. On the way, we shared experiences with a World War II veteran who had fought in Japan. The man was in his late-eighties but still strong to walk the ups and downs of the terrain.
Slowly the clouds began to shower, and the hike became more interesting. The rainfall was mild but we enjoyed walking in the rain, occasionally taking the snapshots on the way. Nobody missed the chance of storing their experiences in their camera. We reached Daman, altitude 2322m at around 2:00 pm.
The rain and mist completely blocked the scenic view of the Himalayas. Nonetheless, it added a different experience to our hiking and we decided to extend our hike to Simbhanjyang, altitude 2488m.
We ended our hike by distributing notebooks and pencils to the students of Risheshwor Primary School at Daman. Lack of physical infrastructure, untimely delivery of books and insufficient number of teachers were evident in the school environment. On the way back, we played antakashari which made us forget all tiredness and sweat of the hike. Overall, the hike was adventurous, exciting, natural and memorable.
We would all like to extend sincere thanks to the coordinator and to the team for making this hike a successful one.
Gathering at D2, a short table tennis session, and a breakfast at Naubise are the regular pre-hiking tasks with which we started our day. We covered a two hour microbus ride and reached Palung at around 10 am. Fifteen exuberant hikers started the hike with a thirst to indulge in the essence of nature and capture every bit of beauty on the way to Daman. “Tapai haru le mero yo halat ma kina photo linu bhako?” a women’s disagreement when ManojR took her snap – made us laugh for a while. At Citiny, we met Ramjee Adhikari who had lots to tell about his service as an army personnel in Japan during World War II but we had no choice than to bid him goodbye and head towards our destination Daman at an altitude of 2322 meters.
The pattering rain made our journey more than blissful. The rain continued till we reached Simbhanjyang. On the way I proposed for a ‘rainy-race’ and PrajwalS and RajK supported me. I was elated for being third in the first ever ‘D2 Rainy Race’. The journey continued with a lot of “guff”, laughter, and photo sessions. The blood donation to leech became an integral part of our hiking. Though, our destination was Daman we couldn’t stop our joyful moment there and further continued our hike to Simbhanjyang. The surrounding was amazing as a thick haze of cloud was hanging above us. Mahesh was overwhelmed and lost in the cloud for a while at a height of 2488 meters.
After spending some time in Simbhanjyang we returned back to Daman. Poonam Pariyar, a student of Risheshwor Primary School at Daman, ushered us to his school. We distributed notebooks and pencils to the school children. They were very excited to have copies and pencils with ‘D2Hawkeye’ printed on it. I asked the boy why he did not attend his school on Sunday and his answer was “I washed my school dress”. “No Dress No Education System!”That was a reality check for all of us.
Finally, we had our lunch at Gauri Shankar Guest House and then started our journey back. The hangama continued on the way back home till we reached Thankot with guys playing continuous Antakshari. Frequent jokes from Hitesh, Sanjit and ShankarS, SitaP and her high pitch laughter along with the majestic scenario made our hike memorable and exciting. The sublime beauty of nature made us completely forget our tiredness. I ended the day in complete peace and with a feeling as if I have returned from different world.
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42 thoughts on “Hiking from Palung to Simbhanjyang via Daman”
Wait for report/pic of next hiking, if report comes as what happened, it will be a surprise for all.
What a surprise!!!. In first theme based hiking “Panchkhal to dolalghat”, ShristiR weighted her weight and in this hiking LunaG weighted her weight. Why Lady hiker love beam balance so much?
Fabulous place for hike and cool pics with marvelous view.
Wow !!! it rained again in this hike
Missed this hike!
Loona U might be, for that keep on hikin 🙂
Guys, If I could live that long…. 70yrs..weighing 70kilos and still modeling for photo shots like these then I say it would be good old 70s. 🙂
no no, 70 kilo is no joke, she is 70 (age or weight both). 🙂
70 kilo is joke. one of her leg is on the ground. she is modeling which is good.
Misty mountain is a mythical place in the epic by JRR Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings…made famous in Nepal by the movie series. You can see the place in the map showb by hobbit in the first of the Trilogy. 🙂
Name is misty mountain, but Caption photo of road without mist. Surprising!! Opposite way round. Anyway, one of 51,52,53,54 should have been best. Home Made lorry is creative. But we need to produce such plastic toys in Nepal.
oye sita , you are the last one to comment, so you seemed to love it a lot.
Pic 53,54,66…etc….nice taken shot. well done beautiful pic people ..Really enjoy it…and yes great job on the promotion of the nature….we as a human need to enjoy the green sound of peace…. and hey….on pic 69….luna…cant believe u are 70kg….hehehehe…..dont look like….hehehehe…… :-)))
The hiking was quite wonderful. I simply luved it!!!
The spellings must be the product of tiredness of the difficult trip
Take a look at pic.19, did u notice the logo in frontman’s Tee?
That’s the open source, now would u call it a Designer’s trick or Photographer’s creativity for pic.56?
95 Way back to home
Candidate for picture of the month
yes that is true!
if any one is blind please contact Pradeep
Pic 93………….awesome photography
@Pradeep – U may be rite pal…who may know the LOVE than u…. 😆
The photo taglines are great, but be careful at simple spellings of descending, searching, Ascending, vegetable. Hope, it will be corrected.
Great Hiking guys!
The environment, weather and team overall were just great. Playing Antakshari while returning back was the most memorable event of the hike. Rumpum, Rumpum, rich and Famousa was the hit song of the event.
Pic 93. Beautiful…………………………………….
pic56—-hmmmm well photographed….by the way, who’s the guy with t-shirt with the FF logo on it ??? 🙄
49 Love at first site ………………. yes i agree ..lov is blind.
pic45 — hey Babin…didn’t know u were blessed with super-power !!! wow…..Ani dijup….k chha bichaaar? hera ta pic87.
nice shot of the bee!!! and the ghosts
He is not a hero.He is the director
Great Hike, stunning shots and mouth watering Nepali Thali !!!
I can only say…MARVELLOUS…
92,95,98 Perfect Catch
I appreciate it . Thanks for your natural collection.
binaskarta lai qc ma kina ni?? 🙄
qc ta saparna ko lagi po ho ta.. 😀
Beauty and the Geeks 😉
national rastriya terminator binaskarta! qc ma lyau tellai
85 – Nepal’s national bird??? NOT
81 Nepal-s national flower
pic 56 poster is made in computer not natural tree cannot have Firefox icon if you know fire fox
More roads than walking trails, thanks. 97 is sunset of where? 98 of naubise. I never knew Walnut pic 72 is walnut thanks for the knowledge.