Second day of the Royal Trek, begins with the gentle downhill climb through the forest to Okhle. The downhill climb from Okhle continues through the similar trails all the way to Saurya Bhanjyang. Saurya Bhanjyang is a small mid-hill town with motor access. At Saurya we chase the trail on the left and once again hike along the trails through the forest to Betyani. Maximum of one hour walk to Betyani traverses along the gradual up and down trail. From Betyani another sixty to ninety minutes gentle walk through the forest trail takes us to Lipyani. Both Betyani and Lipyani are exceptional Gurung Villages, where we get observe the rich Gurung culture. In addition, the view of the Himalayan Range from Lipyani is exceptionally beautiful. We have our lunch at Lipyani and the resume the trek. From Lipyani, the trek begins to slide up gradually along the trail on the top of hill. This part of the trek caters the views of the Himalayas to the north. Almost two hours of gradual walk along the ridgeline brings us to Syaklungkot 1425m. This is the highest point of the Royal Trek. Syaklungkot caters the great panorama of Himalayan peaks to the north. The entire section of Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges with unique Fishtail are great views from Syaklungkot. The view from Syaklungkot also includes the deep valley of Madi River, lush vegetation and lakes. From Syaklungkot, the Royal Trek slides down gradually to Kaule 1225m. At Kaule we will stay in a local home-stay operated by enthusiastic local person.
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133 Kms from Kaule
Day 5 was my day of facing my fear. My fear of heights. It had rained very hard the whole of last night so we received a message from the paragliding company that they might have to cancel the flight. Secretly I was very happy about it. I registered but it didn't come through because of the weather. Yes, no one could blame me now for being a wimp but then things panned out differently. We went to the paragliding office at the designated time and they said the weather condition has improved so the flight is on. Damn! My heart drowned. I put up a brave face and hopped on to the car with a few other passengers and the pilots. Once we reached atop the valley (from where we had to take off) we were informed that we will be given enough time to prepare ourselves mentally however my pilot (Patrick from France) decided that we will be the first ones to jump as the wind was strong and the weather could get worse so he didn't want to waste any time and started preparing for the jump. I froze. Patrick started harnessing me and asked me to run as fast as possible when we hit the edge of the valley. I literally froze at the edge but it was too late by then. I was pushed by my pilot and within the next five seconds I was flying with the birds in the middle of that ravishingly green valley. I felt liberated. I felt happy. I was so numb with happiness that I couldn't react. I just surrendered myself to that moment of unbelievable happiness.
265 Kms from Kaule
My base camp for most part. Interestingly more chaotic that any other part of Bihar I'd been to
240 Kms from Kaule
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Also known as Gorakhshpur, this is a town on the banks of the beautiful Rapti River. This is in the eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated on the Nepal Border and is on the eastern side of the state capital of Lucknow. This place is also known for the Gorakhnath Temple or the Gorakhnath Math dedicated to Lord Shiva and thus is a Hindu worship place. The Buddhists also find importance here as Lord Buddha attained Parinirvana here and also breathed his last in Kushinagar which is near Gorakhpur. The great Saint Kabir, the poet is buried in Maghar, near Gorakhpur as well.
64 Kms from Kaule
Do a temple tour of Dhulikhel on footDhulikhel is a beautifully located village in Nepal as it provides a panoramic view of over 20 peaks, including Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Ganesh Himal (7,429 m), Mt. Langtang (7,234 m), Mt. Phuribichyachu (6,637 m), Mt. Gaurishanker (7,134 m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m). Along with being blessed with the best view of the high Himalayas, Dhulikhel is also home to a number of ancient Hindu temples. Once you reach the place, move towards the Old Town, which narrowly escaped the 2015 earthquake, and explore its religious history on foot.Know before you go: Buses from Kathmandu leave for Dhulikhel every morning, and it will take 6-8 hours to reach. Out of the best Newari temples that you can visit, put these on the top of your list: Kali Temple, Shiva Temple, Bhagwati Shiva Temple, Gita Temple and Hari Siddhi Temple.Explore the offbeat Helambu Valley on a week-long trekThe high mountains of Nepal are home to several tribes whose culture and way of life have stood the test of time. The Yolmo Tribe, indigenous to East Himalayan region, reside in the Helambu Valley and the best way to find your way to them is to trek! This trek is practical, not too challenging and can be completed in under a week. The beautiful trail is dotted with rhododendron trees and covers the best views of the valley, which includes a peak into the neighbouring valley, which will be Tibet!Know before you go: The trek is of an easy grade, but it is always preferred if the trekkers are physically fit and active. The trail starts from Sundarijal near Kathmandu and many trekking companies in the city organise it for affordable prices. The best time to take go on this week-long trek is from September to December.