14th Mar 2010
Shiva Kumar Pun, Sameer Tuladhar, Manoj Rokka, Lava Kafle, Rajiv Shrestha, Asim Singh Mahat, Tilak Magar, Roshan Gyawali, Rikesh Shakya, Krishna Bhatta, Rudra Pandey, Chris Kryder, Mark Carlson, Vishnu Kshetri
Daman trek is now a fine memory, four days later, and now after a day at work in the sands of Abu Dhabi. As always hiking in Nepal lived up to expectation and delivered a great experience. We started from Palung an area full of verdant vegetable gardens. The way to Daman was gradual, rich with rhododendrons, easy on the feet and fine for reestablishing Chi balance. We did not encounter any downhill travelers this time, save an old women carrying straw. March is a ripe season for hiking in the Himalayan countryside and it is a great gift that some of the trails have remained hidden from the overwhelming tourists. We had lunch at a fine house at the summit, with lovely stone stairway. I really have to admit that the beer never tasted better. Furthermore we were rewarded with a brief glimpse of Mt. Langtang. You learn something new on each hike, and this time I learnt that “Ram has eyes in the back of his head.” I bid adieu to my fellow hikers with the following CEO announcements.
1.Abishesh is hereby appointed the official D2 photographer.
2.A new rule. No one sitting beyond the front seat should (a) party the night before a trek, or (2) eat breakfast.
A most amazing experience!! The drive up the mountain was the most tortuous and scary I have ever done! However, it was worth it. The views were spectacular and the stops were memorable. When we reached the trail, I thought it would be...well, a hike. But...it was a mountain climb! The trail was so steep, you had to be on all fours in many places. It was very exerting. Near the top of the trail we came upon a woman carrying a huge 75 lb sack! (Please see picture). After that, I decided I was not as tired. In all, it was a fantastic time. Thank you so much for inviting me!