Theme: Revisiting the History
Hiking Route: 108 Kilo – Yarmasingh Fort
Total Distance covered: 16 kms (approx)
Duration: 7 hours
Date: July 27th, 2008
Participants: Manoj Rokka, Tilak Thapa Magar, Kamal Karki, Purushottam Pandey and his daughter, Luna Gurung and her Sister Juna, Ravi Sharma, Bhanu Chalise, Bishal Pandey(Rookie), Sabita Khadka, Merina Maharjan, Charu Arjyal, Binod Gyawali(Rookie), Madhav Sigdel, Sarjan Gautam
Report By: Binod/Juna
Coordinator: Sarjan Gautam
Creative Support: Dijup/Luna/Pallavi
Yarmasing, which lies near to Khasa Bazar, is well known as a gadhi where Jang Bahadur Rana had troops to defend against Tibet some 250 yrs ago. On 27th July, all of us geared up for the hiking at early 6.45 am. At about 8.30, we reached the place called ‘Zero Kilo’ where we stopped for our breakfast. Spending about an hour at Zero Kilo, we continued with our journey to reach 108 kilo at the earliest. Along the winding road the river Indrawati and then Bhotekoshi flowing by our side and playing Antakshari, we reached a place3 kilometers ahead of 108 kilo where our vehicle could not move ahead due to landslide on the road. We had to then walk 3-4 kilometers upto108 kilometers. We reached the suspension bridge of 108 kilo at 1.30 and started to walk up the hill. Sometimes resting, sometimes walking and playing with the water and mud all over the road we reached our destination at 4 pm.
Enjoying the food stuffs, taking pictures and letting the leeches relish our blood at times, we continued with our hikeenjoyed the sceneric beauty of the mountains and Khasa Bazar. The strategic location of fort and design was perfect for the troops to hide during attack by the enemies and for possible fight backs. After spending about 45 minutes there, we started our journey back to the highway i.e. 108 kilo. All the schools in the area were closed for summer vacation so we stopped at a primary school named ‘BhumiChaur Primary School’ where we gathered some local children and distributed copies and pencils to them.
On our way back some of our hikers slipped and tripped owing to the slippery path. Many were attacked by the leeches too. Almost half way between zero-kilo and the fort, in a village named Bheda Singh, we entered a home savored some “makai” to calm our growling tummies. There we came to know that the gadi was actually Dongna Gadi.
We had to run back to reach highway to get back to Kathmandu and to make it on timele. At 6.30 we were able to reach 108 kilo, but we again we had to traverse 4 kilometers to reach to the place where our vehicle was waiting for us. At about 7.30, started the journey back to Kathmandu. Enjoying the songs by Madhav and Remix by Kamal and Tilak, we reached Khadichaur, where we stopped for dinner. After half an hour later, we started back to Kathmandu and reached to Koteswor at 11.30 pm.
The hiking was a memorable one which helped us to know something more about our history.
1st Row: (Juna, Merina, Luna, Sabita, Kamal, eYasha, Purushottam, Charu, Sarjan)
2nd Row: (Tilak, Ravi, Binod, Bishal, Madhav, Bhanu, Manoj)
The colorful Hawks!
I have to mention that, apart from the awkwardness of time, really painful hamstrings and some new freckles added to my face, the trip was no doubt one of the most satisfying adventures I’ve had! This scrap is dedicated to the lovely people of D2 I know, I’d like to call u the Hawks alrite?!.
Let me start by saying thank you to the D2 family specially my sister Luna for pitching me in for the trip, and thank god my vacation wasn’t over yet! After the initial awkwardness, things were easier once we started walking, I guess! (the nice lil’ landslide).
I must first mention the co-coordinator, Sarjan dai, checking up on everyone’s comfort and need. the unexpected ‘titauras’, the juicy n hot ‘Makai’, quite thoughtful, huh! with your caring ways, u could’ve just become quite a good doctor! Then there were the friendly lots who despite the added distance to the hiking route (due to the road block ), made the walking fun and enjoyable! Sarjan dai, Bhanu dai, Tilak dai, u people can talk on any matter! Thanks for making me feel comfortable, and for the frequent bouts of laughter on the way back!
Then there were some silent yet interesting ones, the photographer, Manoj dai, and thanks for the helping hand, I was really stuck and confused at the middle of the landslide. The girls- Merina and Sabita were fun, not to mention very generous blood donors too 😛
Now the merry makers- the hard core singers Purosottam dai, Charu di, Kamal dai, Madhav ‘the mellow’ guy, my own sister Luna , u guyz rock. Tilak dai needs a special mention here for his hilarious, prolific, spontaneous song composing skill, (a song starting from ‘nga’!??!!! who would’ve thought that’s even possible) Tilak and Madhav dai must come out together with an album soon! u people are crazy! and I mustn’t forget, DJ Ravi for all the nice songs u played during the silent travelling hours.U guys are the funniest, friendliest, coolest bunch of ppl. I’m glad to have known u all.
p.s. the rainbow over the hill along the fort that I feel must be for u wonderful colorful hawks! thanks once again for the joy!
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