A hiking trip to Fulchoki. It was supposed to start from the outskirts of Fulchoki which would end at the communication tower situated at the top of the hill. Expecting the nature to take over with the sights of lush green terrace farming, snow clad mountains and snow all around us. We left for Godawari and had some breakfast near Satdobato. As we went, there was no sign of what we all had been expecting. This time, the mid December had been warm enough to melt all the snow on our way. Hiking was supposed to start about 5km ahead of the top, but with fine road and about an hour full of laughter and interesting discussions, we had already reached to the top.
It was my first hike from the Deerwalk team as I’m a newbee here. As it was monsoon, we were all concerned about the rain, leeches and heavy sun that could possibly bother us in the hike. But, it turned out to be a perfect day for hiking since neither the sun nor the rain made any appearance. Everyone seemed to be pumped up for a wonderful hiking time. One of our friends suffered from an early motion sickness which was soon capitalized after the hike started.
Upon entering the van, everyone was laughing. Kapil who had predicted he would be under the weather and not make the hike had jumped into the van. Ashay, having returned the previous day from leave, was unable to join. I was excited at the prospect of the hike as the weather was slightly overcast and comfortable. After arriving at the starting point, we were confronted by 3 different routes.
Using the sophisticated methodology of flipping the camera lens cap, we promptly set off on the right alternative.
Some of the group took off on the middle route while Abanish and Pramod discussed the alternative routes with the locals. Using the sophisticated methodology of flipping the camera lens cap, we promptly set off on the right alternative. Those already ahead on the middle alternative had to return.
It was time to leave Ghyampe Dada. We started to climb down the road asking locals for the better route as we were having a hard time. At 4:00 pm, we reached Lubu, Lamatar. We called for the Deerwalk van and drove to Gwarko. After having dinner at Gwarko in a café we ended the hike.
Here is how I would describe the first 90 minutes of our hike. It was like climbing to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City with a couple of exceptions. First, it was like climbing to the top
of three Empire State Buildings. Then the steps were not nice, wide and even. It was about a 6-8 inch path filled with slippery rocks that was wet at times. Given that this was my fourth hike, I can say
that the physical makeup of the path was typical for Nepal.
The concept of hiking has always eluded me. I happen to believe that walking is not the best way to travel. As such, this hiking was a completely new experience for me. So there I was in our office premises, waiting – excited, but a little nervous. The month being Aasad, monsoon was just arriving; and one could argue that it was not the best time to go on a hike.
So the morning of the hike I woke up early wondering what kind of day was in store for me today. So far my stay in Nepal had been fantastic getting to know the people and parts of the city but I was happy to get out and see some sights as so far I had seen the hotel, the office and the road in between (and a couple of restaurants). The van picked me up bright and early and we took off down the street. Very quickly we became stuck in festival traffic and after meeting up with the rest of the group we decided that it was going to…
We went through such views that can tantalize anyone at any given time. The weather was perfect for hiking and even the clouds were adding to the nature’s beauty and also, assisting us in our proceeding most of the time by presenting us with the shade. This also energized us to proceed with pace and take pictures from time to time of the beautiful views.