After reaching Rukum on impossible roads, meeting with the Local Development Officer, visiting the Salle Bajjar/Musikot District Hospital where we experienced the harsh reality for the patients of Rukum, buying medication and receiving donations at the Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital we were finally ready to start are trek towards Sisne. On our trip this far we had seen amazing sceneries, however the best was still to come, as you can see in the gallery below.
One of our initial goals with AHCN was to reach an area that was as rural as possible, where we would document the health care situation. Rukum is not a frequently visited are by tourists and in effect it was virtually impossible to find out how long it would take to reach a given village prior to our departure. Due to a limited budget we only had one day to walk and we wanted to reach all the way to Sisne. While we did not manage to reach Sisne village it self (at the foot of Sisne peak), we did reach the village of Bhattechaur, which is located in the Sisne Village Development Committee region.
We suspected on the way, that we would have a long walk ahead of us. The locals had told that Bhattechaur took a full day to reach. We quickly found out however, that a distance which would take a local a day too reach may very well take two days for a city folks. Finally we ended up walking 14 hours to reach our goal before we, with soar feet and aching legs, reached Bhattechaur and had the best portion of traditional Nepali food in our lives.
Map of Rukum Nepal where we were trekking for 14 hours
Climbing down to Bheri River, dangerous, steep roads
Bridge crossing Bheri river in the beginning of our journey
Meeting woman with eye-sight issues, We told her about the health camp, for which she would show up later.
At the Foot of Bheri River
Woman with eye issues who would show up for a health check up two days later
Bheri River, Nepal
High risk of Rock-slide area
First patient #1
Local girl drinking tea
First patiens #2
Dr. Saujan and Dr. Justin
Mr. Chandra Malla
Dr Saujan and Dr. Justin at Treck
Bheri River Waterfalls
Bheri River Waterfalls #2
Justin on the way to Bhattechaur
Bheri River Waterfalls #1
Bheri River Waterfalls #4
The Himalayan chickens are huge. Really. Huge!
Me, Chandra MAlla, Saujan and Justin trekking.
Me, Justin, Saujan, Mr. Chandra Malla Trekking on the Dangerous roads of Rukum
Sherri river waterfalls
Crossing Bheri River
Himilayas and blue skies, Rukum Nepal
Goatskin Village of Rukum
Walking through Rukum villages
Rukum villages #1
Rukum villages #2
Kids of Rukum playing games
Swing in the mountain sides
Trekking to Bhattechaur
The beautiful people of Rukum, Nepal #1
Himalayan agriculture #1
Himalayan agriculture #2
Himalayan agriculture #3
Girl with her chicken on the way to Bhattechaur
Rukum Mountain man #1
Saujan as mountain man #2
Trekking on dangerous roads
These tracks were pretty dangerous to walk on — not to say very.
Himalayan rice and mustard terraces
Beautiful rice terraces#1
Beautiful rice terraces#2
Beautiful rice terraces #3
Rukum goats #2
Rukum goats #3
Rukum villages #3
Rukum villages #4
Rukum villages #5
Rukum villages #6
Rukum villages #7
Before proceeding to Rukumkot, we had a meeting with Mr. Bharat Sharma, the Local Development Officer of Rukum, to talk about the health care needs of the district, and about and how AHCN and possibly also EWH could help the region. We agreed with Mr. Bharat Sharma to arrange a visit to the Salle Bajjar District Hospital that very same day (post about the visit coming up tomorrow). Furthermore Mr. Bharat Sharma ensured that it would be possible to bring EWH volunteers to the region and we agreed to collaborate in phase 2 and 3 of the AHCN effort in Rukum.
AHCN and the Local Development Officer Mr. Mr. Bharat Sharma
Explaining about the mission of AHCN
And explaining about the possibilities of bringing EWH volunteers to the health care facilities of the region.
Mr. Bharat Sharma
Mr. Bharat Sharma, David Kovacs and Saujan Shrestha
Dr. Saujan Shrestha
Talking about what types of donations, if any, would be beneficial for Salle Bajjar District Hospital
David Kovacs, drinking tea.
Meeting with Local Development Officer 2
House of the Local Development Officer
Traditional farming house.
Fruittree – with quite bitter fruits
Musikot (in the same area as Jumlikhalanga and Salle Bajjar) is the administrative centre of Rukum. Dr. Justin of our team lived here while still a child, before moving to Kathmandu. During our visit we stayed at their beautiful traditional Nepali house, where Justins grandmother still lives.
During our stay we also met Mr. Chandra Bahadur Malla, a teacher from Rukumkot, who would be our guide on the way to Sisne and back the following 3 days.
Musikot, the administrative centre of Rukum, Dr. Saujan Shrestha
The land cruiser arriving in Musikot
Traditional Nepali house close-up #2.
A traditional Nepali house in the country. We would stay here for the night.
Dr Justin Jung Malla.
Left: Mr. Chandra Bahadur Malla, a teacher from Rukum, who would be our guide on the way to Sisne.
Father and kid, Musikot.
Evening view of Musikot.
We had dinner in this Kitchen in Rukumkot.
Getting ready for a meeting with the Local Development Officer in Muskot
It’s not always easy to conduct health projects in a country with an infrastructure like Nepal.
The last two days the AHCR has had meetings with Professor at Chitwan Medical College, Dr. Harish Chandra Neupane and Mr. Nirmal Rimal, project coordinator at AMDA Nepal. Both have shown a great support of our work. We are truly thankful for the guidance of Dr. Harish and Mr. Nirmal Rimal!
Furthermore AHCR has initiated a collaboration with Mr. Nirmal Rimal of AMDA-Nepal and through them, we will assist the Nepali Red Cross in Rukum to perform HIV/AIDS tests of the people we will treat.
See more about AHCR on our page.
Mr. Nirmal Rimal of AMDA-Nepal, Associate of AHCN
Professor Dr. Harish Chandra Neupane