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A helicopter ride is not an everyday event. Rarer is when you fly several times in a matter of days in different whirlybirds. Add hill-hopping to that. And these details: walk in a national park looking for tigers in the afternoon and wake up in the morning atop a hill to find the mighty Manaslu staring […]

Seto Gumba- the white monastery

13 July- An impromptu trip to Seto Gumba, a Buddhist monastery that sits atop a hill behind Swyambhunath, on a Saturday. That’s the only day of the week Gumba opens its gates to general visitors and tourists- a reason, perhaps, why the place is crowded mostly by teenagers and couples. Some hike up to the Gumba, others reach there […]

Chitlang revisited

27/28 April: A hike up to Chitlang over the weekend. Passed through this village back in 5/6 May 2010 with Suraj on his motorbike. The Maoists, still angry with President Yadav and Prime Minister Nepal almost a year after their exit from the government, had imposed an indefinite country-wide general strike with lofty aims of correcting the […]

Limping all day long with a mule caravan to reach Rukumkot

  (Oct 22 note: Photos related to this post will be posted later this week.) Ten minutes to the walk, I felt a pinch on my knee. Left side of the left knee. It was 6:40 am. I was heading downhill to Kankri. I was told that the village was about 30 minutes of walk […]

Almost Died, Twice in a Day. Rukum is Indeed “Dangerous”!

From Nishel Dhor to Kakri via Taka Shera (Click on the photo to enlarge.) Waking up in Nishel Dhor: When I sleep early, like 8:30 or 9 pm, I wake up before the alarm clock comes to life. This was one of those mornings because that was one of such evenings (when I slept early […]

Crossed the Dhorpatan River. Danced in Nishel Dhor

I woke up at 8 in the morning. Unusual in normal times. Unusual when I am traveling. When I am not traveling and staying home I wake up very late. Like around 9:30. When I am traveling I generally wake up very early, like 5:30 or 6 because of the pressure involved. It’s better to […]

Kathmandu-Kakani-Jhor Wilderness (77 photos) #Nepal #Hiking #Nature

Last Saturday we went for a hiking trip to Kakani and Shivapuri area. The team included me and two of my colleagues- Suraj Kunwar and Aashis Luitel. We began the overnight journey from Balaju on the rooftop of a bus that took us to a place a couple of kilometers away from Kakani. We got […]

On The Top Of Poon Hill (Day 3)

Poon Hilai ma, phool jasto sundari… A morning in Poon Hill. We started walking up at around 6 AM. We were already late but I was determined to reach at the top. Stuart pulled off from the hiking within first five minutes. Then it was turn of porter. I thought Martha would make it to […]

On Ghorepani. Wireless Internet A Dream?

Finally, I am in Ghorepani (or Ghodepani), the place that stayed in my mind after I read the description in an article published in San Francisco Chronicle. It is evening and the cloud has ruined my view of Himals (snowy mountains) including the great Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. We three- Martha, Stuart and myself- played […]