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Monsoon Hike (Kapan Gumba-Tare Vhir- Sundarijal)

Kathmandu, the capital city of Himalayan kingdom Nepal is heaven for hikers as it is surrounded by hills on all sides. You can hike in any hills in any direction that surrounds the capital city. One of the popular hiking routes is Kapan Gumba – Tare Vhir – Sundarijal. This hiking route is the best hiking route for beginners with very fewer steeps and no challenging routes. The routes are very clear and there is very less chance that you will miss the destination as there are small villages appearing in every hour who can act as your compass. The route is blessed by the scenic view of Kathmandu valley, dense forest with river curving.
Rains are excuses for the majority of people for not traveling but for those travelers who ached for visiting new places, rains are the motivation that will harvest new experience in their series of traveling. For me, nothing can stop me from traveling hence the monsoon in Kathmandu did not bar me from exploring the hills of Kathmandu.

Kapan Gumba was the starting point and is easily accessible by local bus. Kopan Monastery lies in the outskirt of Kathmandu and is a monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery offers an excellent view of Boudhanath. We started to trail towards Tare Vhir through the beautiful forest of coniferous forest and UN Police training center. The forest soothes your mind and compels you to praise the beauty of nature. The soft grass beneath your hiking shoes and the shades of the tree above your head gives you a heavenly feeling. The path through the forest ascends at each step and is a very good warm-up for your legs and body as it prepares you for the rest of the hike.
You walk through the forest all the time with the beautiful view of Kathmandu City and the airport runway that is exactly perpendicular at one point. When you reach the foothills of tare vhir then you forget all your exhaustion. The beautiful view of the valley with the backdrops of blue sky and white clouds truly mesmerizes your mind, body, heart, and soul.

After tare vhir, you walk along the Nagarjun National Park. At Monsoon, there are a lot of leeches and snakes crawling around. The snakes walk just a foot away from me and you may have leeches clinging on your skin and sucking tiredness out of your body. The path is generally damp as it the sunrays are blocked by the shades of trees.

This is a truly amazing trail for beginners as you just walk straight with trees on either side.
The whistling of Sundarijal river will relax all your body parts. The feeling that you get when you deep your tired feet in the cold water of Sundarijal is heavenly. Then you start to descends downwards towards the dam and scout training center. The stairways will lead towards the bus park from where you can catch a bus to enter the valley again.

Special thanks to DM Photos and Gud Kush Photography for capturing these moments.


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