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
On the third day of our trip we would emerge from the flat Terai region in south into the mountains and on the fourth we would have to drive on roads so poor, that it took us 8 hours to drive 35 kilometres.
At times the road would be too narrow for two vehicles and either one or the other would have to back up several hundred meters to find a spot with sufficient room to pass. Seeing people sitting on the top of busses and jeeps in this setting plainly seemed extremely dangerous.
Mountain side terrace-farms were everywhere on the way. We came across numerous small villages and we met many local people. We came across some view points as well and several times Sisne, the tallest peak in Rukum of 5916 metres, would reveal it self in the north. At one of the viewpoints we were lucky to catch an absolutely beautiful sunset over the peak.
We reached Rukumkot, the last location in Rukum that can be reached by car, in the dark at about 9 pm. We received a warm welcome in the village where we stayed with relatives of Dr. Justin Jung Malla.
Classic road-side/traditional kitchen
Road-side village on the.
We didn’t have to bring any water along as there we’re plenty of clean water sources along the way
Local farms and agriculture
Local family walking to the nearby village.
Ready to go once again
Ready for the third day of driving
Road side village
Due to many accidents it’s now illegal to sit on the roof of busses. If people heard of police being nearby that area quick to jump off.
Classic village. This is in Salyan, the district before Rukum.
Every family owns a piece of land
Traditional Nepali houses
Mustard flowers and traditional Nepali farming house
Our driver Mr. Govind found these fruits, that turned out to be quite bitter.
Traditional Nepali house
Mountain view towards south.
Traditional way of crying crops, firewood and other goods.
Fields of rice. Rice terraces.
Kids were learning to swim using empty water bottles to keep them floating.
Repairing a jeep. Any driver working in this terrain needs quite good mechanical skills.
The large wheels of trucks spoiled the roads.
Even with the jeep these roads were difficult to cross.
We had to cross numerous waterfalls.
There was only just enough room for two cars on the road. We had to fold in the mirrors to be able to pass.
Sunset over Rukum towards west
The sun setting over Sisne peak in the North.
Dr. Justin Jung Malla
Dr. Saujan Shrestha
Mr. David Kovacs