It was a pre monsoon hot summer day in Kathmandu, all we could imagine at that moment was a bath in ice cold water or sit behind and consume liters of chilled beer. As I clinked my third glass of beer with my friend I spoke about my plan to go for a whitewater rafting. I also showed them the screenshot of the offer posted in Facebook by ‘Himalayan River Fun Beach resort’ that morning. They got surprised that a person who was afraid of water pool was planning for a rafting. There were no any other better ideas than this to skip the roasting heat of Kathmandu, though the temperature of the place we were about to go was extremely higher than the temperature in here, but who cares? Imagine when you dive into the swirl of cold water of Trishuli river. The level of excitement got us going. We finished one case of beer and emptied the refrigerator filled with ice cubes earlier and stood up to make a plan for next morning.
What we did?
We took a package that included both way bus ticket, lunch and the rafting cost. We arrived Jamal at 7 in the morning and rode off to Charaudi khola, the starting point of our rafting. It took us about 3 hours to reach that place where our guide were waiting for us. As soon as we reached there he gave us the required equipments that includes helmet, life jacket and paddle and thoroughly explained us the rules, safety measures and the things to do and things not to do. As we started our rafting we all lifted up our paddles and high-fived to each other, that moment was unforgettable. We all nearly passed out when we came out of the first and one of the biggest current of water. Funny, we hoped such current would never occur again but hundreds of more were waiting for us. As we started swiping out the fear and started enjoying water currents and waves, we hoped those were never to come to an end.
If you are also looking forward to plan a rafting, go for it and go right now – it’s really fun. But there are some serious safety measures you need to follow when you are in the river. Your rafter or guide will tell everything before you ride off. Keep things in your mind and give serious attention to your guide, he will tell you what to do next.
Before you go for a rafting, make sure you …
-wear light clothes. Avoid heavy fabrics like Jeans wears. -Carry a comfortable slipper or light shoes. -Carry a sun-glass and sunscreen cream for your skin. -Make sure you are not drunk and faint-heart. -Swimming knowledge is not compulsory here, but better if you learn it.
Have a nice rafting folks. Share with us your experience, comment down.
The rainy season is starting very soon in Nepal and it lasts for the months like in previous years. Being a citizen of Kathmandu and a mere Eco-worrier, rains always excites me because it not only washes the pile of dust from its sky but it also takes away the garbage deposited in the banks of rivers. Clear sky, beautiful dusk, and romantic rain sounds are on a good side of it whereas the slippery roads, mud, wet hair and shoes are the worst part of it. As soon as monsoon starts your bike ride is no longer the same fun as it used to be, you might want to skip the morning classes and want to stay inside the blanket for a whole day long. Imagine your weekends limited inside your room, and your day passing just counting the raindrops rolling down your window pane. So to enjoy this beautiful weather and appreciate the monsoon enough, here is the list of things you can do during monsoon days in Kathmandu.
1. Attending Ropaai Jatra
Nepal is an agricultural country but rice plantation has become an occasion rather farming. They already have started measuring land in Kathmandu by their fingertip due to lack of it. So to enjoy the fun of agriculture and farming, and knowing it better you can attend a ‘Ropaai Jaatra’ organized by different community groups in different parts of Kathmandu valley like Khokana, lubhoo, and bhakatpaur. Ropaai Jatra is celebrated every year on 15th of Ashaar.
2. Visiting Durbar Squares and heritage sites around Kathmandu
Durbar squares and heritage sites are the prime attraction of Kathmandu city. These places are a good treat for your eyes and rainy season adds up even more beauty to these places. Sightseeing around these sites can be another thing you might enjoy during monsoon in Kathmandu.
3. A coffee break in the nearest cafe
A coffee date with your partner or even alone in your nearest coffee shop could be absolute romantic when it is raining outside. Take a comfortable window seat and enjoy every sip of your coffee.
4. Visiting naturally rich places near Kathmandu
There are many places like Nagarkot and Dhulikhel which are in the stone throw distance from the central Kathmandu where you can plan your day-out or weekends. The exposure to nature will definitely fill up your soul with some positive energy. You can get easy access to local transportation if you hate a ride during the muddy rainy season.
5. Treat yourself with hygienic and delicious homemade foods
Rain and a delicious momo is a nice combo. A rainy day is not complete without hot soup, coffee and delicious food. If it’s raining outside and you have got a lazy foot to step outside, its time to enjoy your time with your family. Prepare some delicious foods and share a lovely time with your family. Since you have a long day ahead, why not to make your favorite food on your own? Learn how to make veg momos.
The restricted land in Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, lies in a restricted territory of upper mustang which used to be the capital of the kingdom of Lo. A foreign visitors need to purchase a permit worth US dollar 500 which will be valid for 10 days to enter this piece of heaven. Foreign travelers must travel with a guide and a proper health checkup and medicines are highly recommended before planning a visit to the Lo Manthang. Here are the means to get to that place.
You can plan your visit to Lo Manthang via heavy duty bikes. We recommend bikes like Royal Enfield, VR, Hartford or pulsar over 200cc. From Pokhara make your way to Tatopani and make a stop there. Next day continue your journey from Tatopani to Kagbeni or Jomsom. The checkpoint for upper mustang is at Kagbeni, from here start your next day journey to Ghami and next day to your final destination.
If you have own or a hired jeep you can start your journey to Tatopani from Pokhara on the first day and then all the way to Chhusang on the second day. The very next day you can leave for Lo Manthang from Chhusang. You can hire jeeps from here https://nepalvehiclerental.com/price/
Trekking from Chele to Lo Manthang
Trekking is slower than other means but it’s worth it to explore and witness breathtaking views. Here is the schedule of trekking to Lo Manthang assuming you are a trekker with average speed. Day1 – Walk to Chele from Kagbeni Day2 – from Chele to Ghiling, this trail is very challenging Day3 – walk to Charang. Day4 – on next 4-5 hours of trek, now you are finally at Lo Manthang.
Let us know if you are planning your next visit to this amazing restricted village and if you need any kind of tips or suggestions. Stay connected with us and do not forget to share with us your experience in there.