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triste
13th April 2012, 08:13 PM
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In the winter before last, I wandered alone in the Mid hills region of Nepal for 5 weeks. The journey is full of experiences, good and bad twisted together.

In this thread, I would describe this "non-tourist" route briefly, if you need more information, please let me know.

triste
13th April 2012, 08:18 PM
Briefly, I walked from Kathmandu to Gorkha, then Barpak, Khorlabeshi, Borang, afterward Tamang Heritage Trail, Langtang and Gossainkunda; lastly, walked back to Kathmandu from Helambu.

No transportation, only on foot.

Here's the list of places that I stayed at night along the route, and the traveling time.

day 1: Durbar square, Kathmandu - Kakani ~ 8 hrs
day 2: Kakani - Nuwakot ~ 9 hrs
day 3: Nuwakot - Samari Bhanjyang ~ 6 hrs
day 4: Samari Bhanjyang - Chrange Phedi ~ 9 hrs
day 5: Chrange Phedi - Ghyampesal ~ 11 hrs
day 6: Ghyampesal - Gorkha ~ 7 hrs
day 7: rest

day 8: Gorkha - Baluwa ~ 12 hrs
day 9: Baluwa - Barpak ~ 5 hrs
day 10: Barpak - Khorlabeshi ~ 11 hrs [a]
day 11: Khorlabeshi - Yarsa ~ 8 hrs
day 12: Yarsa - Manbu ~ 8 hrs [b]
day 13: Manbu - Kintanbesi ~ 10 hrs
day 14: Kintanbesi - Singan ~ 4 hrs [c]
day 15: Singan - Boran ~ 9 hrs [c]
day 16: Boran - Tipling ~ 9 hrs
day 17: Tipling - Somdang ~ 10 hrs [d]
day 18: Somdang - Gatlang ~ 7 hrs [e]

day 19: Gatlang - Tapopani ~ 5 hrs [f]
day 20: Tapopani - Thuman ~ 5 hrs
day 21: Thuman - Timure ~ 5 hrs
day 22: Timure - Briddhim ~ 5 hrs

day 23: Briddhim - River Side Hotel ~ 7 hrs
day 24: River Side Hotel - Kyanjin Gompa ~ 7 hrs
day 25 - day 27: exploring Langtang valley
day 28: Kyanjin Gompa - Bamboo Lodge ~ 8 hrs
day 29: Bamboo Lodge - Shin Gompa ~ 8 hrs
day 30: rest

day 31: Shin Gompa - Gossainkunda ~ 5 hrs [g]
day 32: Gossainkunda - Ghopte ~ 7 hrs
day 33: Ghopte - Kutumuang ~ 7 hrs
day 34: Kutumuang - Chisapani ~ 8 hrs
day 35: Chisapani - Durbar square, Kathmandu ~ 7 hrs


remarks:
[a] Well, walking alone after dark is not fun :(
[b] Got lost in the forest for a few hours, I guess it's 3-4 hours walking.
[c] I suffered from knee pain after descending from Manbu to Kintanbesi, I guess one could go from Kintanbesi to Boran in 1 day.
[d] it's about 1600m ascend and 600m descend, in the forest; if you have a heavy backpack, prepare for camping.
[e] it's about 600m ascend and 1400m descend.
[f] HOT SPRINGS, nake is not allowed :)
[g] The only lodge rejected to remain opening for business; fortunately, the sadhu provided shelter that night.

triste
13th April 2012, 09:12 PM
Somethings always change, one should read my descriptions with caution.

For this journey, TIMS is needed, and checked two times near Shin Gompa; in other regions, no one care.

If you don't go to Langtang, I think that you are FREE to walk in the Mid-hills.

If you speak Nepali, great; otherwise, gestures and simple English is enough for communication.

In general, utterances like "coca cola" or "biscu" would let villagers bring you to the nearby cool shop; then the owner could speak simple English, and sell you coke and biscuit.

There were lodges for tourist, local lodges, or some villager's home; and sadhu's shelter. Basically you could trek along the route without camping.

Of all the places I visited, I liked Barpak, Manbu, Singan and Tapopani most.