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Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang
Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang
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Surendra Nath Adhikari


This week, the Everest Uncensored team had planned to make the hike shorter and easier in contrast to the regular hikes. So the team started from Surya Binayek thinking we would end the hike at Lakuri Bhanjyang climbing down to Lubhu. When we reached the Country Kitchen Resort at the Lakuri Bhanjyang we had a little rest thinking the hike was coming to an end. However, after taking some refreshment at the resort some of our team mates desired to ascend further. We all agreed to go further towards Godavari. 

The team sets for hike At 8:00 am we got off from the van at Surya Binayek and had a lovely breakfast at one of the local restaurant comprising famous yoghurt of Bhaktapur along with urban traditional “Jeri” and “Swari” which was appreciably delicious. As soon as we finished the delightful breakfast we all set out for the hike of the day. At the beginning we walked through developing town of the Surya Binayek area. After half an hour of walking from the starting point we were inside the Surya Binayek preservation jungle. In the next half an hour we reached the village called Gundu. 

The trio As soon as we passed the village we had the option to take the short or longer route to Lakuri Bhanjyang. We took the short route which was steep and not so clear trail to our destination. This short but challenging ascent took us about one and half hours. By 11:00 am we found ourselves at the Country Kitchen Resort at Lakuri Bhanjyang. The resort is famous for viewing four of the cities of the Kathmandu valley from one spot along with the panoramic view of the Himalayan Ranges. Some with coffee and others with beer we enjoyed the view for full one hour. Although the day was clear for the most part, the view of the Himalaya was shrouded with clouds with only some peaks visible. Having enjoyed the breathtaking view of the valley and covered Himalaya ranges inspired us to go further. 

Bhaktapur landscape We left the resort at 12:00 noon and walked for another half an hour where we saw an unknown trail that looked like it was descending towards Godavari. Feeling adventurous, we decided to take a chance and hike down the unknown trail. For half an hour the trails was straightforward and clear enough. And then the trail seemed to end suddenly and we found ourselves climbing down abrupt slope full of thick thorny bushes and lost trail. In the hope to regain the regular trail we kept on climbing down making our own trail through the harsh bushes. After another struggle of about an hour we finally found a trail that seemed to head towards Godavari. At 2:00 pm we reached at the top of Kaprechhap village, where we had some fruits and water. There on we took an earthen road constructed by Village Development Communitymade that headed towards Godavari. 

The Bhaktapur city We reached Godavari at around 3:30 pm. Then we landed at the Bhrikuti Resort for meal. The hike was over after a wholesome Nepalese set meal consisting of Mutton curry, mixed vegetables, fried daal, fried green spinach, fried papad along with green salad and Rice followed by some freshly chopped fruit dressed with yoghurt. 


Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

1. The team sets for hike At 8:00

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

2. We took the short route

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

3. Bhaktapur landscape

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

4. The Bhaktapur city

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

5. The hike begins

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

6. Dispersed

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

7. With the school children

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

8. This way

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

9. The inn?

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

10. Descending so soon?

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

11. Towards the sky

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

12. The cobweb

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

13. The village

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

14. The winter has begun: the dew drops at the leaves say so

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

15. The Bhanjyang (Pass)

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

16. The community forest

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

17. Tired? Only a few of them

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

18. The festive season is over. But the Lingo (Pillar) for the ping (rope swing) are still standing

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

19. Two kids at two hands

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

20. Lovely landscape

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

21. In the forest

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

22. A woman carrying fodder

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

23. The u turn

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

24. Up and Up

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

25. Very hot: let me take bath

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

26. The land is the sky: Which is more beautiful?

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

27. The mountains covered in the fog

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

28. The valley from the height

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

29. Lovely tree

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

30. Hum! Pull me

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

31. Parasites?

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

32. Bhaktapur

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

33. Walking the forbidden path

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

34. Walking the forbidden path

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

35. At rest

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

36. Breakfast spot

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

37. Panoramic view from Pokhari Thumko, Lakuri Bhanjyang.

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

38. Pokhari Thumko and the Panoramic view

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

39. Zoomed in

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

40. The valley: Does it look very ugly?

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

41. The Mandala Painting on the wall

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

42. On the way to Gundu

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

43. Vishnu left back alone

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

44. The team at rest

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

45. The thorny bush

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

46. Through the thorny bush

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

47. The wild flowers

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

48. The landscape

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

49. The land and the sky

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

50. Surendra and Kamal

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

51. Near Bishankhu Narayan

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

52. Just a few minutes

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

53. Not for sale

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

54. Not an easy job: reserve for the winter

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

55. The traditional house at Kaprechhap

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

56. Guess what are they waiting for?

Hiking from Surya Vinayak to Lakuri Bhanjyang

57. The early dinner