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Zero, Palanchok Bhagwati to Dolalghat Hiking
Zero, Palanchok Bhagwati to Dolalghat Hiking

Bidhya Karki

On a cold and clear December morning, a group of eighteen enthusiastic adventurers, the members of Deerwalk Sifal School, embarked on a thrilling hiking expedition from Zero, Palanchok Bhagwati, to Dolalghat, nestled in the picturesque Kavre District. The day truly promised the perfect blend of scenic beauty, excitement, and physical challenge.

The adventure commenced at 7:30 a.m. when the spirited hikers gathered at Deerwalk Complex. Excitement hung in the air as the group, equipped with backpacks, water bottles, and a zest for exploration, eagerly awaited the journey ahead. The journey was undertaken by bus, providing an opportunity for participants to bond and build anticipation for the trek. We all enjoyed the travel in the bus that really paved the way for laughter and fun amongst all of us.

We sat in Banepa town at 9:00 a.m. to devour the breakfast for fueling the body for adventurous hiking ahead. It took almost sixty minutes on the bus to reach the starting point after breakfast.

At precisely 10:55 a.m., the group reached Zero, the starting point of this awe-inspiring journey. Zero welcomed the adventurers with its serene ambiance and a trail that beckoned with promises of adventure. The lush greenery and the distant mountains hinted at the natural wonders that lay ahead. We clicked pictures of the mesmerizing beauty that surrounded us and then prepared ourselves for the hike.

The trail began with a gradual ascent, challenging but rewarding for those seeking to test their physical endurance. The hikers navigated through forests in the hills and local villages, their senses enveloped in the fragrance of pine, accompanied by the melody of chirping birds. The panoramic views of the snowy mountains unfolded with each step, leaving the group in awe of the raw, untouched beauty of the Kavre landscape.

After two hours of relentless hiking, the group reached a breathtaking scenic overlook. The sight of rolling hills, pristine rivers, and distant peaks offered a moment of respite and rejuvenation. We enjoyed our snacks, shared our personal stories among the group members, and had fun in abundance. The delight among the hikers reached its zenith as they marveled at the wonders of nature.

Fueled by the energy derived from the scenic beauty, the adventurers continued their journey towards Dolalghat. The descent, though challenging, was accentuated by the soothing sound of flowing rivers and the occasional glimpse of local flora and fauna. The trail led the hikers through quaint villages, providing a glimpse into the daily lives of the people residing in this remote yet enchanting region. Before reaching the destination, we all were terribly hungry and had a longing for food desperately.

As the clock struck 4 p.m., the group triumphantly arrived at Dolalghat. Five and a half hours had passed, filled with adventure, challenges, and moments of sheer awe. Dolalghat greeted the hikers with its serene riverside charm, marking the culmination of an unforgettable journey. We enjoyed the delicious lunch that included corn-dhido, local chicken, and organic ghee. One of the cherishing moments of the journey was the recreation that we had after lunch – we danced in our own ways to the tune of Nepali folk songs.

The Zero to Dolalghat hike was more than just a physical challenge; it was a soul-stirring experience that bonded a diverse group of individuals through a shared love for adventure and nature. As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow on the exhausted yet satisfied faces, the hikers departed with a profound sense of accomplishment, carrying the memories of this extraordinary journey into the days ahead. I believe this is a must-visit place for the inhabitants of Kathmandu valley to experience the beauty and solitude of nature, away from the sucking hustle and bustle of city life.

Zero, Palanchok Bhagwati to Dolalghat Hiking

1. Magnificient view of the Mountain

Zero, Palanchok Bhagwati to Dolalghat Hiking

2. Resting on the Way

Zero, Palanchok Bhagwati to Dolalghat Hiking

3. Adventourous Hikers

Zero, Palanchok Bhagwati to Dolalghat Hiking

4. Happy Trials!

Zero, Palanchok Bhagwati to Dolalghat Hiking

5. Here the ddestination ends @Dolalghat

Zero, Palanchok Bhagwati to Dolalghat Hiking

6. Go where you feel the most alive

Zero, Palanchok Bhagwati to Dolalghat Hiking

7. Get... Set... Go starting point