My tip for travelling is to visit places during off-seasons. This way, one can avoid encountering unmanageable crowd of people and get to explore the places at own pace, taking in every inch of the beauty steadily. So, instead of visiting Solu during mid-winters where feet find its way into a foot of snow, I left for 10-day trek only recently.
Though I had planned to take a flight to Phaplu directly from Kathmandu, my flight was cancelled, which diverted me to travel by bus to Salleri. It was not a ride to disdain because the road towards Salleri was easy, and my eyes were treated with spectacular views of wonderful scenic and evergreen beauty of Udaypur and Okhaldhunga. I reached Phaplu a day late, and this marked the starting point of my trek.
After Chhepjung, we reached Namche Bazaar, the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region where settlement looked like a piece of lego houses neatly stacked upon the other. From the bazaar, the whole range of the Himalayas was in the clear visibility, and the mountains—against the clear blue sky—looked as if it has been beautifully painted by a skillful creator.
Every viewscape along the way had set my expectations higher for any other places I would visit; however, Thame was the next place that left me speechless.
Snowcapped mountains, green grasslands and widespread potato and barley fields filled my eyes with utter delight, while the helpful people and little innocent children filled my heart with love and compassion towards them. These nice people reminded me of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, Appa Sherpa and many other mountaineers who have successfully conquered Mount Everest. After spending few days amidst these charming people and heaven on earth, a day finally came when I had to take a leave from ‘The Home of Famous Sherpas’.
I would like to thank my students and my dear friend Jerry Lapp who made the trip happen. The trek was impeccable mesmerizing and their company was like jewels on top of a golden crown.
Nepal is a beautiful country, and I request you to travel as much as you can while you still have the energy to do so. Time continues its journey along its natural motion but don’t let your knee leave your dreams futile.
“In Everest region, many starred hotels are in operation, and this astonishes everyone who underestimates the region.”