I was overwhelmed by my excitements when I was developing custom-made T-shirt for my trip to Dudhkunda (Scared Milk Lake). This lake lies in Solukhumbu district in Nepal. As name implies to this district, it is the home to the tallest mountain on earth Mt. Everest along with many other high altitude snow-covered mountains. This district is rich in natural beauty, diverse landscape and unique culture. Adventure traveler around the globe love to explore this district at least once in their lifetime. Solukhumbu encompasses famous trekking route Everest Base Camp (EBC), Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site along with beautiful flora, fauna, jungles and authentic lifestyle. According to the Nepal Tourism Statistic, Nepal is known for the best destination for trekking and mountaineering where this zone alone attracted approximately 66000 trekkers in 2019.
I have never stepped in to this district before. We the five trekkers (Ms. Priyanka Kamatad, Mr. Bibek Bahadur Bohara, Mr. Jayan Shreshta, Mr. Omnath Neupane and myself) got readied in short notice. It was on 26 October, 2019 we caught Jeep form Chabahil, Kathmandu to Salleri early in the morning at 5:00 am and embarked our journey. We escaped our breakfast and had launch at Ghurmi, the taste of Nepali chicken set was superb. I am known to the route up to the Hile. Further, to this point was totally new for me. Sooner we crossed Hile my eyes kept busy to explore natural scenery and beautiful landscapes. Stepping into the Okhaldunga district, suddenly I remembered the poem written by Siddhicharan Shreshta “Mero Pyaro Okaldhunga” really I found the essence of that poem practically for the first time in my life. Everything was magnificent the nature, environment, livelihood , stunning landscape and uphill snake passage narrow road. I enjoyed sight-seeing diverse landscape and beautiful villages simultaneously with the speed of vehicle through the window, specially the view from sharp turnings were amazing. Suddenly appearing geographic beauty boost my excitement to the trip. Depending upon the speed of vehicle and road condition sometimes I had a clear view and sometimes partially blocked by trees and bushes to those natural beauty was like playing hide and seek with the nature. In many places the fog and mist contributed for poor visibility but, again that was also different experience which was amazing. The mist and fog disappeared once we reach at Thade. The view form Thade was beautiful we stopped there for tea and snacks. After having 30 minutes rest we continued towards our destination. It was first time I saw Mt. Everest with my naked eye form adjacent Thade terrain. Really that was the celebrating moment for all of us.
I love travelling to natural sites rather than artificial, hustle and bustle destinations. I find my inner peace while travelling to specially natural sites whether its river, jungle or mountains. This helps me to boost in my professional career. I heard saying every human are addicted to specific habits or activity either its drinking, reading, dancing or travelling etc. For me I am addicted travelling to natural destinations and because of that I am now hundreds of kilometres away from my home. Today is the first day of our tour to the destination. Trekking yet not started but, the enthusiasm, bliss and vitality in our body and soul is increasing and because of that every moment we are experiencing differently. Even a ordinary song playing inside the vehicle sounds so special and melodious. Due to aesthetics landscape sceneries we were fresh despite of long hours drive. In addition to this, jeep drivers words were very funny and passionate. At some moment we were emotional while hearing his story full of struggle and constant hard work. according to him his carrier journey began when he fail in grade six initially he worked free of cost as a helper slowly he learnt driving and become driver. From rural village boy to international professional driver he experienced and learned many things. His story was so lively and touchy while listening. Meanwhile, this types of interesting conversations get interrupt due to the vehicle coming from the opposite direction and their honks but after a moment it used to resume and continued. May be by my overwhelming excitement I was impressed by the view seen from moving vehicle, those stunning and picturesque landscapes kept my eyes busy. Normally I don’t sing but, I sang frequently in between during that trip could be because of the impact of that particular exciting moment which is still fresh in my mind.
We have to reach Rimbu village (stopping point further to Salleri) in any cost on that day but, at the same time I was little bit worried about the resulting consequences in case of not reaching Rimbu on that particular day. Probability of getting vehicle from Salleri to Rimbu was very less said jeep driver because of time however, I was praying god to favor us. After crossing Sloku river the dusk got darker while approaching to Sllleri. After few moment Jeep stopped in front of a hotel and the driver of the jeep signaled about the arrival of Salleri. To re confirm I asked again is this Salleri? the jeep would not go further form here so we had no choice to get out of the jeep. We took all our belongings form jeep kept aside and sat inside the tea house and ordered tea and breakfast. We wear not planning to stay there (at Salleri) so we looked potential possibilities to find vehicle. After having brief conversation with the staff of jeep counter nearby, he finally agreed to request jeep drivers from his network but, said will cost more money. We agreed to the demanded rate and told him to arrange vehicle as soon as possible.
Luckily, the jeep had arrived before we finish our tea and breakfast. Hurriedly we packed all belongings into the jeep and got ready to hit Rimbu village. Suddenly, I remembered a Nepali saying that “God always fulfill your desire to do something if you act it” similarly, our desire has been fulfilled by the availability of vehicle to reach Rimbu despite of nightfall. The road ahead was very rough and bumpy. In couple of places the jeep got stuck but, by the skill of experience driver he managed to overcome even without getting form vehicle. It was dark so we couldn’t had an opportunity to view the landscapes thus, the environment inside the jeep remained silent. Nearly after 2 hours drive we reached to Rimbu village. The cold blowing wind straightly form Himalayas shaken my body while getting off from jeep.
As we were about to enter the hotel, I was surprised to receive warm welcome by the owner of tea house. Truly, these people are born for offering hospitality. Despite, of not getting formal hospitality education their hospitality manner was extraordinary. What I can say is hospitality is in their DNA and it’s called “Himalayan Hospitality”. Most of the houses in the Himalayas have wooden planks on the floor and a wood-burning stove in the middle for heating, which I like very much. Inside the small lobby, some tourists were eating and some were gathering around the wood burning stove to get heat. We also put our bags in the relevant place and gathered around stove for a while to warm ourselves. We engaged in gossiping till getting meal ready. After a while same sister invited us to had dinner. The food was normal Nepali set but all the items were testy specially daal. I know in some places food get testy because of terrain and water quality, could be the reason! After dinner we all trekkers and the owner of hotel had nice and memorable conversations. I asked few queries regarding our next day trekking rout and took it as source of information. It was getting colder so we went to sleep at 9:00 PM. Thus, the 14-hour journey from Kathmandu to Rimbu village in Solukhumbu district came to an end. Further to this point there is no facility of electricity so I was busy whole night to charged all our electronics gadget because of having only one power extension cord in whole tea house.