Category Archives: Helambu Trekking

Back in the Vally. Into the News Room.

Final day (6 of 6) of the Hemalbu trek:

Om, Nama Shivaya! Are words needed to describe this photo?

24 October: We knew it was our last day of trekking. We were going back to home. We arrived in Patibhyangyang in a jiffy and from there, after eating curd and Chokofun, we started climbing up to Chisapani. Met three kids on the trail, interacted with them. It was an easy walk. Chisapani was just there, above us, waiting for us. We ate dal bhat. I liked the food but Suraj didn’t. The jungle, beautiful jungle, of Shivapuri national park started and the walking in the jungle trail was fun. I couldn’t see many birds this time as it was already afternoon when we reached the jungle. Continue reading

…and Dish Cleaners

The faces and expressions of the trailside Nepali kids. Part II [Here is part I]

22 October: Yes, he wanted to hide his face from my camera! Actually, he was teasing me and was also challenging me to take the shot of his face. “He couldn’t, he couldn’t,” he chanted when he thought I couldn’t take the photo of his face. But then… Continue reading

The Kite Runners…

The faces and expressions of the trailside Nepali kids. Part I [Here is part II]

the kite runners

22 October: We met a group of kids somewhere near Chisapani who were having fun by flying kite from a small hilltop. We decided to spend a few minutes observing them, talking to them and teasing them. We got a warm response! Here are different expressions and faces from the wonderful group. Continue reading

Time For Kids To Go Back To School (After Dashain Holiday)

A girl smiles

23 October: A girl shyly smiles as I take her photo. She was going back to Kathmandu with her relative uncle along with other friends. We met them on our way to Chisapani. Continue reading

Tharepati Downward: Pleasant Walk [Helambu Trek Day 5 of 6]

A girl with a doko

A girl with carries things in a doko. The things, she wouldn’t say what, were sent by her grandfather, a hotelier at the top of the hill, to her grandmother, a hotelier at the down! The granddaughter was working as a messenger between the old couple!

23 October [Thangune Bhyanjyang]: It was a long day. We walked for almost 10 hours. We wanted to reach Chisapani but decided to stay here because, one, Chisapani wasn’t far from here and, two, here we found a nice hotel to stay. The trail was all downhill throughout the day, we descended about 1100 meters. Continue reading

A Boy of Melamchi Khola and His Back!

A boy at Melamchi Khola and a hole on his trouser

22 October: I didn’t notice it at first but, when I noticed, I couldn’t stop myself taking out camera and taking the photo. This small boy was playing in front of me. He was occasionally looking at me and when responding to my questions that ranged from his home and the roadside hotel where we were waiting for food to his friends in the area. His mother was cooking food for us and his (older) brother was talking to Suraj. This boy was playing with his (big) sister who, I guess, was two years older than him. Continue reading

At Thare Pati After Tough Uphill [Helambu Trek Day 4 of 6] at Thare Pati. Inspecting the mountains

22 October [Thare Pati]: We started early but in the morning I was feeling slightly exhausted and feeble. I wasn’t able to walk properly; legs were going out of my control. They weren’t really holding me up. After walking down the hill trail for about two hours, we arrived at Melamchi Khola Bridge, crossed it and ate Rara noodles soup in a hotel just across the bridge. As I am writing these lines, we are waiting for rice that the hotel lady is preparing for us. We hope to reach Melamchi Gyang in 2.5 hours, by 12:30, and from there to Thare Pati by the evening. It’s all uphill and jungle from here (with the exception of Melamchi Gyang in the middle) to Thare Pati. Continue reading

Timbu to Tarke Gyang [Helambu Trek Day 3 of 6]

Ashika Lama, with her two little sisters, had lied about her name and didn’t want to be photographed at the later stage of our conversation though she slightly flirted with us in the beginning. She was waiving hands at us as we started climbing upward.

21 October [Tarke Gyang]: We started late, walked really slow and it took us an era to arrive at Tarke Gyang: more than eight hours for a distance that generally takes about four hours to normal trekkers. That was in part, because, we were not sure about going to Tarke Gyang. Sometime I wanted to return while at others Suraj wanted to get back to Timbu. He had a solid reason. He was flirting with a woman (who I can’t identify here for privacy reasons) in Timbu and my impression was that she liked him! Continue reading

A Dangerous Suspension Bridge Near Keyul

a dangerous suspension bridge near Keyul

20 October (Timbu): A few minutes after we left the village of Keyul and Maya the girl behind, we came across a suspension bridge over Melamchi khola that we didn’t have to cross. But we wanted go over it. The first sight of the bridge reminded me of Wanda Vivequin and the amazing bridge over a stream in Nar village of Manang district. During last years Nar Phu trek, we crossed a bridge or Chamjong to go to Nar region from Phu region. I was terrified to walk from over that bridge. Wanda encouraged me by saying this: “You must do at least one thing daily that scares you.” Continue reading

CDMA Phone Revolution in Nepali Villages

CDMA phone revolution in Nepali villages A hotelier in Timbu village of Helambu region holds the pre-paid CDMA phone set for better signal from Kathmandu valley while a customer talks. (Click to enlarge the photo and sketch.)

21 October (Timbu): With the introduction of CDMA-based phone systems by Nepal Telecom, Nepali villages have experienced a revolution in communication. Even in some of the most remote parts of country like Kalikot and Jumla, people are now carrying cell phones that run on CDMA platform. Code Division Multiple Access or CDMA wireless phones are not only affordable but also have wide area of coverage. They work almost everywhere in the country, even in remote places where the GSM cell signals can’t reach. Continue reading