Great Himalaya Trail | The GHT Thru- Hiker | Sunil Tamang http://thenomadicnepali.com Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:19:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 A PERSONAL ACCOUNT ON IMPACT OF TOURISM IN LANGTANG VALLEY-NEPAL http://thenomadicnepali.com/2014/08/11/a-personal-account-on-impact-of-tourism-in-langtang-valley-nepal/ Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:52:26 +0000 http://thenomadicnepali.com/?p=2611 In May, 2014, my university gave me opportunity to organize field trek in Langtang Valley as part of topic Sustainable Tourism Management (under BSc Environment management). In classroom, I used to share them about my stories from my 128 days long solo journey across Great Himalaya Trail in 2011. Listening to me, they paused andRead more...

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In May, 2014, my university gave me opportunity to organize field trek in Langtang Valley as part of topic Sustainable Tourism Management (under BSc Environment management). In classroom, I used to share them about my stories from my 128 days long solo journey across Great Himalaya Trail in 2011. Listening to me, they paused and then their eyes went big and there was silent. It was challenge to me to know whether they understood or felt what I was sharing to them.

Photo: Mt.Lantang Lirung-7227m

Photo: Mt.Lantang Lirung-7227m

Therefore I was very excited to organize this trek for my classmates to show splendid natural beauties, high Himalayas, authentic Tibetan-Tamang culture and many more. And make them feel how wonderful it is to travel and to learn being in the lap of nature. We were together 16 friends accompanied by two teachers. For all my friends, it was first time they were heading towards the Himalaya except for two who are from Everest region.  

Photo: Local Tamang Woman

Photo: Local Tamang Woman

They were very excited too. To mention in brief, Langtang Valley is located central-north of Nepal within Langtang National Park. On the first day, after 6 hours of bus ride, we reached to Syaphru Bensi where I spent my early childhood. On the same day, we took walk around the village and my childhood school. Back then school infrastructures were poor but now with joint collaboration of help and support from government and INGOs, school looks much better and more students too.

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Photo: Friends enjoying giant Mt.Ganchhempo

Photo: Friends enjoying giant Mt.Ganchhempo

                                                         

My friends listened with curiosity when said I was taken to Kathmandu; capital of Nepal for schooling by sponsorship of generous tourist who came to my village 12 years back. One friend said; “good. Positive Impact of tourism..”. I looked at her and smiled and continued my conversation stating there are hundreds of students who go to school in capital of Nepal and it’s all due to generosity of tourists who visited Langtang Valley. Lightheartedly, I said; “Haven’t I met Droo from USA? I would have been married, working in road construction (pointing at newly constructed Nepal-China road) or porter for tourists or something else.” They all gazed towards me. I said;” Let’s go” Then we walked towards our guest house. Next morning we began walking at 7am.Every evening we had discussion over what we had seen and opinions on day experience. It felt great when friends appreciated continuity on authentic and unique culture by local even under influence of growing tourism in the valley, friendliness of local people.  Local Women were seen busy with making handicrafts to be sold for tourists as souvenirs; they found stories about female trekking guide, returning of local students back to serve community, sensitization of infrastructure development, development community through community bakery and cheese factory supported by tourism. To sum up in brief, we all enjoyed the trip and was once in a lifetime experience.Therefore, indeed this travel was education in itself for me and my friends.

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Photo: Wooden work for hotel construction                                                        

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Photo: Local Family from Langtang Valley

Photo: Local Family from Langtang Valley

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Photo:Buddhist Stupa in the shadow of Himalaya

                                                Photo: Friends taking questionnaire survey with local hotel owner

Photo: Friends taking questionnaire survey with local hotel owner

Photo: Langtang Village

Photo: Langtang Village

Photo: Local woman busy with handicrafts

Photo: Local woman busy with handicrafts

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Photo: Deer as seen on the trail

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Photo: Manastery

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Photo: Happiness shared on the top of Kyanjin Ri-4779m

                                                      

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LETS PLAY FOOTBALL (CHILDREN FROM KATHMANDU) http://thenomadicnepali.com/2013/07/19/lets-play-football-children-from-kathmandu/ http://thenomadicnepali.com/2013/07/19/lets-play-football-children-from-kathmandu/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:38:06 +0000 http://thenomadicnepali.com/?p=2464 Everyday when I walk to my apartment, I see children playing football , some of them wearing flip-flop and some of them with bare foot. Such sight brings me back to my childhood and its amazing to see these children playing football, listening to their conversation and enjoying every single moments. Today I couldn’t resistRead more...

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Everyday when I walk to my apartment, I see children playing football , some of them wearing flip-flop and some of them with bare foot. Such sight brings me back to my childhood and its amazing to see these children playing football, listening to their conversation and enjoying every single moments. Today I couldn’t resist to take pictures of them. Here are some of the actions and moments cherished by them and enjoyed by me.

 

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THE SOLO TREKKER-As seen by THE NEPALI TIMES http://thenomadicnepali.com/2013/06/24/the-solo-trekker/ Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:00:27 +0000 http://thenomadicnepali.com/?p=2604 In a journey of self-discovery, Sunil Tamang traverses Nepal from east to west on foot –BHRIKUTI RAI Twentieth birthdays are milestones for many. It was no different for Sunil Tamang, the day he set off on his grand traverse of the Nepal Himalaya. Starting off from the tri-junction of the borders of Nepal, China andRead more...

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In a journey of self-discovery, Sunil Tamang traverses Nepal from east to west on foot
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Twentieth birthdays are milestones for many. It was no different for Sunil Tamang, the day he set off on his grand traverse of the Nepal Himalaya.

Starting off from the tri-junction of the borders of Nepal, China and India behind Kangchenjunga in January this year, Tamang took 128 days to walk right across Nepal to Rara Lake in Mugu. Sunil called it ‘Trek For Change-2011’ and says he did it to know himself and his country better.

“I knew Nepal was beautiful, I knew Nepalis were friendly and helpful, but after the trip I realised Nepal is even more beautiful than I thought it was and the people are even more helpful and generous,” says Sunil, who says he is even more impressed now about Nepal’s natural and human diversity.

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Sunil was bitten by the wander bug when he was eight. He ran away from his family home in Syabru to the Gosaikunda festival just to see for himself what it would be like. His love for mountains, trekking and the urge to explore nature was further fuelled by numerous adventure stories of his father who worked as a trekking guide. As a child he was also fascinated by trekkers on the Langtang trail near his home.

One American trekker was so impressed with Sunil she paid for him to go to a private school in Kathmandu. During vacations he accompanied his father on treks to Everest, Annapurna and Langtang, and by the time he graduated from high school Sunil had already made up his mind to do a Himalayan traverse.

“People said I was too young and weren’t willing to help me with money,” he recalls. While at St Xavier’s college last year, he climbed the 6,169m Island Peak in the Khumbu to acclimiatise for his trek. In January, with just Rs 28,000 in his pocket he set off.

“During my trek I saw the hardships that villagers in the mountains face, the poverty and food shortages, which are being made worse by the effects of climate change,” says Sunil, who has decided that he is going to take Environmental Science in college and work towards the conservation of Nepal’s biodiversity.

"It`s dried, pack now"

Most of Sunil’s childhood friends from Syabru have migrated to the city or gone abroad to work or study. But Sunil says his trek has made him older and wiser, and even more attached to his homeland. “If only more young people travelled around the country they’d truly value being a Nepali,” he told Nepali Times.

"We work for our students"

Sunil is off to The Netherlands, Belgium and Austria on a lecture tour in which he will try to get young Europeans to visit Nepal. He is hopeful that his adventures will inspire both Nepalis and foreigners to relish the joys of trekking, conserve Nepal’s nature and help people in remote valleys with income from tourism.

"As I approach the frozen,I feel I am reaching my home and people"

(This news article was published in  THE NEPALI TIME  )

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BANDIPUR AND SIDDHA CAVE-NEPAL http://thenomadicnepali.com/2013/06/22/bandipur-and-siddha-cave/ http://thenomadicnepali.com/2013/06/22/bandipur-and-siddha-cave/#comments Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:28:18 +0000 http://thenomadicnepali.com/?p=2419 # The best way to get access to Bandipur is to arrive by mid-day at Dumre Bazaar from Pokhara or Kathmandu and take local bus or jeep to Bandipur.   # Bandipur offers many guest houses and hotels for accomodation.However we set up our tents.     # Bandipur is a hilltop settlement which was initiallyRead more...

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b80# The best way to get access to Bandipur is to arrive by mid-day at Dumre Bazaar from Pokhara or Kathmandu and take local bus or jeep to Bandipur.

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# Bandipur offers many guest houses and hotels for accomodation.However we set up our tents.

 

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# Bandipur is a hilltop settlement which was initially part of the Magar kingdom of Tanahun ruled from nearby Palpa-Tansen but Newari traders flooded in after the conquest of the valley by Prithvi Narayan Shah so today more than 70% of building here,are traditional Newari houses.

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# Bandipur has set itself as one of the best accessible destination from town like Kathmandu/Pokhara to get back to lap of nature either be with friends or family.

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#Once you are in Bandipur, do not forget to witness and feel the sunset view from Thani Mai Temple, which is about 20 minutes uphill walk from main Bandipur settlement.

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# About 2 hours of downhill walk along the dense forest will take you to Siddha Cave.In monsoon, be ready to tackle with leeches.

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# On the way back to Kathmandu, don`t forget to taste fish in Malekhu- a well known fish eating stop.

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Thank you. Catch you soon :)

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GHT| FINAL DESTINATION; RARE LAKE http://thenomadicnepali.com/2013/05/08/final-destination-rare-lake/ http://thenomadicnepali.com/2013/05/08/final-destination-rare-lake/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 03:00:09 +0000 http://thenomadicnepali.com/?p=2376 Day 125: Jumla to Neurigad The weather was cloudy and slowly it began to rain. The trail was muddy which made me difficult to walk. Till Dhanphe Lagna (3720m),it was steep ascend which took me 4 hours. But descending was much more tougher due to muddy trail and I mistook my foot many time. NotRead more...

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Day 125: Jumla to Neurigad

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“Danphe Lagna”

The weather was cloudy and slowly it began to rain. The trail was muddy which made me difficult to walk. Till Dhanphe Lagna (3720m),it was steep ascend which took me 4 hours. But descending was much more tougher due to muddy trail and I mistook my foot many time. Not fun…..really its not fun…After struggling to overcome muddy trail for three hours, i made my way to Neurigad.

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Day 126: Neurigad to Rara Lake

 

"First sight of Rara Lake.."

“First sight of Rara Lake..”

Thank God, the weather was good. After tea and biscuits, I walked ahead. In 3.5 hours walking I reached to Daba leaving Chautha behind. From Daba,you could go to Gamgadhi;headqaurter of Mugu or Rara Lake.My destination was Rara Lake so I had to take left route within forest and climb up to the hill but didn`t know what exactly the hill was called.The hilltop is rewarding viewpoint to witness marvelous Rara lake. Then descent down along the forest and reached to pastureland next to Lake where I saw lots of sheep’s grazing in the field. It was superb view and I felt like I was in heaven. It was 5 hours walk to reach Rara lake from Daba. Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal at the altitude of 2990m.

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Day 127 : Rara Lake to Talcha Airport to Nepalgunj

"Talcha Airstrip"

“Talcha Airstrip”

From Rara Lake to Talcha airport it was 2.5 hour of easy walk.

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June 3, 2011 and here I am at the Talcha airport, Mugu. It is not a big airport, and has a graveled run-way, quite scary when I first saw it for myself. I know for sure that the take off is not going to be a smooth one. On the side of the runway were the remains of air Kasthamandap, the last thing you don`t want to see before you fly.
I feel rapture in my heart and mind; some sort of peace and desire to be back home has filled me with excitement. My tummy grumbles with joy, and I say just few more hours left for my mother’s gourmet cooking. It has been more than 120 days without a good meal, I have lost some 6 kg.
Finally, here I am on the plane at noon, flying towards Nepalgunj where I am to take a bus to Kathmandu…..

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” After 128 days”

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“Its beginning of the end. See you in next adventure”

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GHT| SHEY PHOKSUNDO TO JUMLA http://thenomadicnepali.com/2013/04/17/shey-phoksundo-to-jumla/ Wed, 17 Apr 2013 04:54:40 +0000 http://thenomadicnepali.com/?p=2347 Day 118 : Ringmo Gaon to Chepka Following the Phoksundo river and climbing  uphill and descending steep downward to reach the level of the river , leaving winter village named Polam behind, I reached  to  Jharana Hotel. Walking along the riverside trail and sometime chasing narrow trail across the hill for 7.5 hours, my destination of the dayRead more...

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Day 118 : Ringmo Gaon to Chepka

Following the Phoksundo river and climbing  uphill and descending steep downward to reach the level of the river , leaving winter village named Polam behind, I reached  to  Jharana Hotel. Walking along the riverside trail and sometime chasing narrow trail across the hill for 7.5 hours, my destination of the day was Chepka.Between Jharana hotel and Chepka, there is no hotel for lunch so make sure you carry some pack lunch.

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Day 119 : Chepka to Tripurakot

Followed southern trail to reach Sulighat for 4 hours. After lunch, crossing the river, I followed same river  flowing towards west to reach Tripurakot. Walking on under-construction road , it took me 4 more hours to reach Tripurakot.

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Day 120 : Tripurakot to Godakhor

Leaving Bagar Bazaar of Tripurakot, I headed towards Ghodakhor.Locals said there are two ways to reach Ghodakhor one via Liku and next via Khati Bada. They said trail via Liku was shorter but it still took me 9 hours to reach Godhakhor  with my tortoise pace.

 

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Day 121 : Godakhor to Chaurikot

Climbing upto Balangra Lagna(3760m),then it was time to descend down to reach Kaigaon(2610m) which was  5.5 hours away. Descending was not easy due my knee problem, so I had to slow down.During lunch break, a national park staff came towards me and inquired me about the permit. Even when I told I am Nepali and I do not need permit, he didn’t believe so I showed my driving license to prove  that I am Nepali.  Then I followed my way to Chaurikot soaking in rain.It took me 4.5 hours to reach Chaurikot.

 

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Day 122 : Chaurikot to Chotro

Again from Chaurikot,it was time to climb till Maure Lagna(3894).I met some students from Dunai heading to Jumla to attend Karnali Technical School in Jumla.We walked together for while and they asked why I was carrying national flag and so on..After about an hour of conversation while walking, they overtook me since they were in rush. When I knew there was no place to eat after Nauli (before Maure Lagna),I ate lunch there and climb up again and follow straight way along the pastureland to reach Chotro.It took me 2.5 hours to reach Nauli and 4.5 hours to reach Chotro.

 

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Day 123 : Chotro to Jumla

From Chotro,they trail was easy no climbing up nor steep descend. Walked for 2.5 hours to reachKudigaon leaving Manisangu behind. There I met a boy with dozen of mules and the mules carries goods to different places in west. He offered me help  to carry some of my heavy stuffs which made me very easy to walk to walk with light weight. He is really friendly boy and for sure, helpful.We reached Gothichaur where you  can find Sheep breeding center.Till the lunch would be ready,I visited the breeding center and talked with staffs there.It is under constructions it was destroyed during civil war in Nepal.It was 1.5 hours walk from Kudigaon.Gothichaur is big flat pastureland..its just amazing. Then it was 4.5 hours walk to reach Jumla.

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Day 124 : In Jumla

Jumla is trade center for west Nepal especially for hilly and mountain region. In Jumla you can find good hotel and lodges –very good one. Banking facilities, telecommunication, school, college and many other government authorities. Airport in Jumla is the airport in hilly region getting maximum number of flight. However the place looked dirty with plastics thrown everywhere haphazardly.

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GHT| UPPER DOLPO TO SHEY PHOKSUNDO LAKE TREK http://thenomadicnepali.com/2013/04/09/upper-dolpo-to-phoksundo-lake-trek/ Tue, 09 Apr 2013 04:29:49 +0000 http://thenomadicnepali.com/?p=2204   Day 106 : Dolpa Camp 1   Huh..it was Dolpo.I was dam excited to go through Dolpo region. Following about 10 minutes same way to Mustang, crossing Kaligandaki river and began climbing uphill from nearby village named Tirigaon.It took 6 hours to reach Jeula Danda(hill) and was really hard climb with my heavy backpack.Read more...

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Huh..it was Dolpo.I was dam excited to go through Dolpo region. Following about 10 minutes same way to Mustang, crossing Kaligandaki river and began climbing uphill from nearby village named Tirigaon.It took 6 hours to reach Jeula Danda(hill) and was really hard climb with my heavy backpack. Continued to walk for 45 minutes and encountered flat place with stream running just nearby the ground (N 28,52’42.62”-E083,43’44.83”).I didn`t know what exactly the place is called so didn’t they. Fortunately there was a boy with three Nepali camped on same site. So I decided to camp there too.They were going towards Kagbeni having completed Lower Dolpo Trek.

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Thats the cave!!!

 

Day 107 : A night in a cave

 

I was entering completely into the different world and enjoyed scenery of unknown world. The trail was flat and steep descend to Dundhok River, which was 3.5 hours of walk. Then slow ascend about 1000m will led to hill which consisted Chorten (Buddhist monument) and a village on opposite side. We passed the straight graveled narrow trail, which was bit, scary and luckily didn’t have any accident. After walking for 5.5 hours I reached to a cave and decided to spend a night in the cave (N28,53’50.29”-E083,36’1.76”).

 

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“Home is where my tent is..”

Day 108 : Cave to Norbulung

 

Some people, I met on the way suggested me that the trail I was heading was scary due to danger of falling rocks, narrow trail and graveled path. But I dared to go ahead( may be I was stupid then) and was not easy way in real. It was breathe…….taking….(not amazing)It was short way and short way is never easy.It took 6.5 hours to reach Niwar Pass(5120m) then descend to Norbulung for 3.5 hours.

"Ya..thats the rocky trail I had to conquer ...."

“Ya..thats the rocky trail I had to conquer ….”

 

Day 109: Norbulung to Charka Bhot (4110m)

 

Walking along the Thansan River and crossing river several time to follow right trail, crossing some of the huge Yak pastureland, it took 6 hours to reach Charka Bhot

 

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“Face of Dolpo..”

 

Day 110 : Charka Bhot

 

My knee was not in good condition and had fever so I decided to take rest for one day in Charka. Charka is huge village has few local shops, school, health post (but no medicine and no health worker).

 

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“Walking on no man`s land..”

Day 111 : Charka Bhot to Rapka (4535m)

 

Clouds covering high hills and snow pouring down, then for sure I could say that weather was not in my favour. But I still had to get going on with my trail. Leaving Charka behind, crossing Chortens,I climbed Yak pastureland and in 4.25 hours I reached Mola La(5027m) and descent for 4hours to reach Rapka.Rapka is big pastureland where you can’t find any houses. Again for one more night my tent was my home.

 

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“Getting higher and higher…”

Day 112 : Rapka to Tinje (4150m)

 

Leaving campsite on the bank of river in Rapka, after walking for 6.5 hours, reached to big village named Tinje. Just after crossing the mysterious old Tinje airport, I met young boy from the village. When I asked if I could find hotel or any place to live,he welcomed me to his house. He could speak just few Nepali word but I was amazed with his father`s fluent Nepali.Most of the people from the village didn’t know Nepali language, they only spoke their mother tongue language; Tibetan origin language which I could understand. When I spoke Tibetan with them, they treated me as their family member and they were really friendly and helpful.

 

Day 113 : Tinje to Komas (4060m)

 

The trail was narrow and following the river, in 4 hours, the stop was at the place named Shimengaon (3870m). When reached to Chortens(just before the village),it began to snow and slowly wind began to blow in high rate. From the village it was time to cross the river and climb steep hill to reach Shimen La(4270m).It was not hard climb but when approached to the La,heavy wind made me difficult to move forward but I made continuous effort to step ahead (turning by body).Even after crossing the pass,the wind was at same speed that blew the plastic which I used to cover my bag.In total about 3 hours of walking made my way to Komas which is also called Komagaon.Thanks to teachers from the school in the village for helping to find place to stay and for nice conversation.

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Black and White…

 

Day 114 : Komas to Saldang

 

The day was to reach village of actor Thinley from the film CARAVAN/HIMALAYA. Unfortunately I couldn’t meet him. It took me 4 hours to reach Saldang.First ascend for about 1.5 hours to reach Koma La then descend down. Again thanks to teachers from the school of the village for providing food and accommodation.

 

Day 115 : Saldang to Shey Gomba

 

Saying good bye to the teachers,I followed the trail to Shey Gompa.Around in 2.75 hours I reached to Namgung where I saw a camping site nearby river and old monastery on the lap of hill surrounded by few houses. It was windy and cloudy which made me feel dam cold….my fingers..huuuhh…..Climbed to Shey La(5010m) which took 3.5 hours and descent down for 2 hours to reach SheyGompa.The monastery is considered to be 800 years old.

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“Face of Dolpo..”

 

Day 116 : Shey Gomba to Forest Camp site

 

First hard climb for 5.5hours to the Nangdal Pass(5360m) then steep descend till I reach to level of Phoksundo river.It was hard climb because of snow and hunger.Descend was much more difficult due to knee pain and several crossing of rivers along the gorge. The water was super…..freezy….Once I fell down in river and was ridiculous hurting my right knee too.After hard descent of 3.5 hours and walking for one more hours,tented somewhere in the middle of jungle. This is why I call it Forest Camp site.I could meet caravan of people heading toward highland in search of Yarsagumba(Cordiceps).

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“Chiso Chiso panima….”

Day 117 : Forest Camp site to Phoksundo Lake(Ringmo Gaon)

 

Again it was not easy to cross the river on bare foot early in the morning but what to do????? there was no option besides getting into river to cross it.Walking on flat big ground for 1.45 minutes made my first touch with Shey Phoksundo lake.Can`t explain my happiness in words and its beauty.I spent about an hour taking photographs and enjoying the nature.Inspired by nature, I didn`t mind walking for next 3 hours along the right side of lake to reach Ringmogaon which is situated in another end of the lake. You can imagine how big was the lake.The “Y” shaped lake is holy shrine for Bon people of Dolpo. Among entire place if I was to choose one place as my favourite then Shey Phoksundo lake for sure would get my vote. Boys and girls make sure you be there atleast once in period of your lifetime.

 

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GHT| UPPER MUSTANG TREK http://thenomadicnepali.com/2012/06/25/upper-mustang-trek/ Mon, 25 Jun 2012 03:43:37 +0000 http://thenomadicnepali.com/?p=2099 Day 98 :Tsele Leaving my heavy bag in Kagbeni, I began to walk towards north of Kagbeni along Kaligandaki gorge. Mostly walking on rocky gorge and sometime right side of under-construction roadside to avoid river crossing. Walking along the gorge in fun and is shortcut trail. In 3.5 hours of walking reached to Chuksang for lunch thenRead more...

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Day 98 :Tsele

Leaving my heavy bag in Kagbeni, I began to walk towards north of Kagbeni along Kaligandaki gorge. Mostly walking on rocky gorge and sometime right side of under-construction roadside to avoid river crossing. Walking along the gorge in fun and is shortcut trail. In 3.5 hours of walking reached to Chuksang for lunch then 1:15minutes to Tsele. Tsele has some four-guest houses.

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Day 99 :Zaite

Walking in and out of big sandy hills and enjoying amazing landscapes of deserted high land, in 2 hours of wonderful walk, I reached to Samar. From Samar, I decided to take trail via Chingsi Gompa (cave monastery).Only dumb misses to witness this monastery. Gompa lies at the altitude of 3500m inside the cave on the lap of red colored sandy hill. Japanese woman and one Nepali guide accompanied me. It was 2 hours walk to the Gompa then climb up for 1 hour through canyon to reach Syangmoche for lunch. Then 1.5 hours walk led us to Zaite.

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Day 100 : Tsarang

As I walked to north,this time sight of great Himalayas were moving away.Instead I would witness landscape which I can`t express with words. It was 1:45 minutes to reach Ghami, 1:15 minutes to Chingel and finally 1:15 more to reachTsarang.

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Day 101: Lo-manthang

It was the day for me to reach king`s palace in Lo-manthang and I was very excited.I have seen the king in photos and heard lot of about him but never met him so this time beside enjoying nature, my  next target was to meet the king of Mustang. It was 3:45 minutes to walk to reach   Lo-manthang.The same day I couldn’t meet the king, as I had no appointment so I just visited Gompas and small and interesting village , Lo-manthang.

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Day 102 : Horse ride to Choser

Actually it was rest day for me but when I came to know about horse riding till Choser to visit cave monasteries around, I couldn’t resist to go there and hit the trail with horse ride. Usually people can meet king only in evening time so I got appointment for evening time. After 2.5 hours horse ride, reached to Choser and began visit monasteries. For foreigners it can be expensive to visit all monasteries as each monastery charge NRs.200 per person as entry fee. But for me being Nepali,I didn’t have to pay at all. After wonderful day trip, around 4:30pm I met the king, I was very happy to see him but we couldn’t talk more as he was bit sick.

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Day 103 : Lomanthang-Ghar Gumpa –Ghami

It was time for me to return to Kagbeni, I didn’t want to go back through same way so I decided to go via Ghar Gumpa.Following the pastureland and breathtaking landscapes, and in 3.5 hours I reached to Ghar Gumpa. Then finally after 2:45 minutes I reached to Ghami.

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Day 104-105 Ghami to Kagbeni

Following the same route I reached to Syanmoche and from there I decided to go through trail via Bhenna (avoiding same trail via Chingsi Gompa) and reach to Samar after 5:15 minutes excluding lunch and regular break duration.I spent a night in Samar.

Next day following same route (Tsele and Chuksang) in 5 hours reached to Kagbeni.There ended my wonderful Mustang journey.

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GHT| ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK http://thenomadicnepali.com/2012/05/06/annapurna-circuit-trek/ Sun, 06 May 2012 01:48:36 +0000 http://thenomadicnepali.com/?p=2074 Day 90 : Chame Then I was on the trail which I walked when I was at the age of 12.It looked different,for instance, road construction, alternative trekking route and people. After walking for 45 minutes, I reached to Qunche.I was glad that even after not seeing me for last 8 years,owner of Royal MountainRead more...

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Day 90 : Chame

Then I was on the trail which I walked when I was at the age of 12.It looked different,for instance, road construction, alternative trekking route and people. After walking for 45 minutes, I reached to Qunche.I was glad that even after not seeing me for last 8 years,owner of Royal Mountain Guest house recognized me. .He is very good friend of my father,thus,it was like family and he insisted me to eat lunch there and start my trip ahead. After a while I reached to Dhanaqyu and from here I had take new route via Timang as old trekking route was destroyed due to road construction. It took me 3 hours to reach Timang and 2 more hours to reach Chame; headquarter of Manang district. Annapurna Circuit Trek well known among trekkers so you don’t have to worry about good food and lodging facilities in all stops.

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Day 91: Pisang

My father has been working in Annapurna Region as a trekking guide for more than a decades. I stayed in guesthouses wherever he did and they all treated me not as a client but as their own family member. Thanks to my father for creating wonderful relation with these people. After leaving Moonlight Guest house, I headed towards Pisang.I reached to Dhukur Pokhari after 4 hours of hiking after crossing Bhratang.After lunch there, it was 45 minutes of slow walk to reach Pisang.Hiking was easy as it didn`t consist any heavy ascend nor descend.

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Day 92:Manang

From Pisang there are two ways to reach Manang. One was lower route via Humde airstrip and next was High route via Ghyaru. When I was for the first time in this region I walked across high route so this time I decided to walk lower route.High route consisted steep ascend till Ghyaru which made trail few hours longer than walking via plain lower route.It took me four hours to reach Braka;the joining point of high and low route and then one hour more walk would take me to Manang. On the way you will be rewarded by breathe-taking views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal, Mt.Gangapurna , Tilicho Peak and many other snow caped peak and inspiring nature experience.I found low route also very much fascinating.

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Day 93: Rest day in Manang

I have been trekking for last 92 days so I thought I need one more day rest in Manang.It can be useful to explore more about Manang v illage.Manang is a himalayan village from which district name “Manang” is derived. For the trekkers, hiking to Chongar view point can be good acclimatization day. Drop from the village to bridge and climb up along left edge of Gangapurna Glacier Lake to reach Chongar View Point from where you can have amazing view blue Gangapurna glacier. Though I didn’t have specific measurement of glacier, I noticed decrease in glacier length to some extend than my last visit. After short day trip, you can enjoy apple pie in Tilicho Bakery.

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Day 94 : Attempt to Tilicho Lake

I had immense interest to witness Tilicho Lake situated at the altitude of 4920m (only the lake in the world located at such altitude). Unfortunately I couldn’t make my step there. I walked for 2.15 minutes to reach Khangsar till which trail was perfect. I took popular lower route but its more dangerous due to difficult traverse across steep and unstable graveled slopes. After one and half hour, suddenly I mistook my footing and twisted my left knee. After few minutes rest, I could still feel pain but thought was not so serious problem. But I didn’t dare go ahead along that scary trail, since I was alone. I didn’t want to ruin my whole trip due to my knee, thus, came back to Manang and had good rest.

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Day 95 : Thorang La High Camp (4926m)

When I woke up, I had no pain but descending from staircase made me feel my knee. Thus,I thought walk more.You might think I was fool when I say I want to walk two camps with twisted knee. Actually I was trying to ease my descend from Thorang La next day.I knew after Thorang La,I would encounter steep sloppy descend. My point was if I could make it to High camp then I could take more time to descend slowly.When I told some tourist on the way that I was to reach High camp same day,they responded “You crazy.carrying such a big backpack…??…dont you feel altitude…???”But I made my way to the High Camp after 6.5 hours walk excluding my lunch time and rest duration.Stops before High Camp were Yak Kharka,Ledar and Thorang Phedi.

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Day 96: High Camp-Thorang La (5416m)-Muktinath (3700m)

At altitude of 4926m,I didn’t feel cold but still didn`t have good sleep. Started walking around 5am and 2.5 hours of climbing made myself to top at Thorang La.I disliked weather condition as it was snowing and heavy wind blowing in opposite direction making me and other trekking fellows difficult to walk. At the top I could see prayer flags flattering and sign board-stating congratulation for successful attempt to Thorang La.Besides bad weather I could see people taking photograph for their lifetime memory. Sometime later weather got bit better so I didn’t miss to get history-making picture with prayer flags. Then slow descend to reach Muktinath then Ranipauwa(15minutes walk) where guest house were available.It took me 4 hours of walking and about one hour of rest in several places.

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Day 97: Muktinath to Kagbeni

Muktinath to Kagbeni was short walk of 3 hours.In the morning I went to visit Muktinath Temple and religious shrine of Muktinath.This place is religiously important for both Hindus and Buddhists as it consisted temple and monasteries respectively.

Annapurna Circuit then drops down to Jomsom and finally to Pokhara but I was not ending my trip there as my next destination will be Upper Mustang/Lo-Manthang region.

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Catch you soon till then wish you happy and safe travel. :)

 

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