Whenever we talk about circuit trails, all we have in our minds are some huge names like Annapurna circuit trek, Everest circuit trek, Langtang circuit trek and many more. The snow-capped mountains and peaks enchant every travel enthusiasts. Witnessing those dazzling scenes and taking a selfie with the same is something that we all dream, isn’t it?
But, Have you ever gazed the hills around Kathmandu valley closely enough and imagined a hidden interconnecting single trail?
Well, if you haven’t then someone has. Mr. Sushant Bajracharya, a solo traveler has been vigilant enough and is ready to hike and camp for 14 straight days with his team to find that hidden single trail that connects all hills around Kathmandu valley. With the help of Ashish Shrestha, Co-founder of HoneyGuide, he has named this circuit trail as ‘Manjushree Trail’. He has been travelling since he was 19 years old. ABC, Langtang and MT Flight are some of the big names from his travel list.
Below are the words shared by Mr. Bajracharya:
“I have been dreaming about doing this hike from early 2017. It started with a realization when I was gazing at the hills from my home. I realized that the Kathmandu Valley is surrounded by hills and if it is surrounded by them, then, there must be a trail, a single trail that will connect these hills to form a circuit. The curiosity led me to do more research to prove this theory. I googled about this but there was no info. I did find the KTM Rim Valley Trek but it only covered like 25% of the trail.
Tired and defeated, I bought a map and started tracing the trail. As there are villages everywhere on these hills, I believe that there will also be a trail, seldom traveled and only used by the villagers to go back and forth to the next hill.“
When asked why he is doing this, Sushant said, “First, it was only my curiosity. But, now it has become the mission to accomplish. Tourists are tired of doing the old trail around the valley and they want something new. In such condition, the Manjushree trail can be best one and also it can bring out employments for local people. It will be a break to take you away from the polluted Kathmandu City.”
More about the Trail
Mr. Sushant Bajracharya wil be accompanied by two of his friends Siddhant Kapali and Suman Dhakal. Mr. Kapali is a photographer, videographer and a graphic designer while Mr. Dhakal is also a solo traveler who does programming by profession.
During the whole journey, these three people will hike and camp through both marked and unmarked secions in the map. They will be marking the best walking trails, camping sites, water sources, mountain views, dangerous areas. After the successful circuit hike, all the information collected will be shared in social media via HoneyGuide (Facebook Page) and Work Around (Facebook Page). Using HoneyGuide application, anyone interested can easily trace the trail and enjoy the valley circuit hike.
The team has already started the fundraising campaign from February, 2018. You can donate Here; or you can contact him directly in his Facebook Profile or drop a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for other donation methods. They will carry out the training sessions for learning how to operate GPS devices and testing gears on March. And on April, the team will pack the bags and hit the trial.
I would like wish all the best for Sushant and the team for this challenging venture. I will surely write an update after they accomplish the same.