the chilly month of February, the team at NETIF
decided to chase away the winter blues and do some
serious promotion for tourism and the environment in
Shivapuri - Nagarjun National Park and the villages
of Chisapani and Mulkharka. NETIF’s aim was to
promote the area as a local and international
tourist destination, promote villages along the
route, spread the word about the importance of our
environment and also exercise and recreational
possibilities right on the door step of Kathmandu.
1. Promotion of “Together for Tourism 2011”.
2. Campaign for environment conservation and
3. Promotion of outdoor activities on the ‘Kathmandu
Valley Cultural Trekking Trail’ (KVCTT).
4. Creating awareness about the importance of
recreation in our daily lives.
5. Promotion of environmentally friendly tourism.
Preparing for the event
A lot of work went into getting things ready for the
event, what, when, where and how is always the nuts
and bolts of organising anything and the team at
NETIF where flat out on this one. NETIF worked in
conjunction with the village coordinators and
committees at Mulkharka and Chisapani, Nepal
National Parks, the Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal
Cycling Association, Dawn til Dusk and Biking First
to get the event together.
Issues we faced where the logistics of firstly
getting 70 bikes to Chisapani. On a short reki trip
we discovered that the truck-able road was very long
and rugged indeed and a day trip to explore our
options turned into a rather chilly overnight trip
and stop in Chisapani. NETIF decided that we needed
three tip trucks to get the bikes up and that it
would take a full day. We also inspected the cycling
route and where on the lookout for any danger places
that needed marking out.
What to eat and where to stay was the next issue we
faced. It was decided to take lunch in Mulkharka and
the evening meal and breakfast was to be in
Chisapani with the help and support of all lodge
owners and a Chef, Suroj Ji from Shangrila Hotel.
Trust us ordering food for 100+ people and getting
it there in one piece was no mean feat.
Promoting the event was the key to its success, so
brochures where made and mailing lists and
invitations sent out with an online registration
form up and running thanks to the loads to
Though at times it seemed as if NETIF would never
get there, as always a great effort by everyone and
lots of hard work saw the event come together at the
The Big Event
Some 100+ people attended the event in total, a few
more than we expected which posed some last minute
accommodation headaches. The main group departed
Kathmandu by bus from outside the Nepal Tourism
Board and headed for the drive to Sundarijal where
refreshments where had. From here we trekked up into
Shivapuri – Nagarjun National Park via the entrance
gate and army check post. The first point of
interest along the trail where the tourist shelters
and rubbish collection points and incinerators built
by NETIF. The trekkers climb up for about an hour,
past the water supply for Kathmandu Valley and
Sundari Mai Temple to Mulkharka. At Mulkharka there
was Dhal Bhart waiting for the hungry group. A
presentation was made to the local village committee
of donation boxes and environment sign boards.
The trail proceeded up through the National Park,
the route was marked with environmental signboards
and slogans to remind trekkers of the importance of
our natural environment. Local guides helped the
trekkers to indentify types of trees and shrubs,
Nepal’s National Flower, the Rhododendron and
species of birds. Sadly the weather was a little bit
cloudy and there were not very good views of the
Himalaya from Bhorlang Bhanjyang. Trekkers arrived
in Chisapani around 4 o’clock to the local villagers
offering rhododendron flowers and khata while
traditionally dressed village men played long horns
and trumpets....the party had already began.
Behind the scenes, the NETIF organization team where
working hard to get everyone roomed and prepare the
food as well as unloading and storing bikes that got
a bit tussled around on the journey up. As darkness
came we were treated to a traditional dance show,
some great food and a welcome presentation from the
NETIF president and the local community. After
dinner the real party raged on well into the small
hours of the morning with dancing and singing and
much enjoyment taken by all.
The following morning, there were a few sore heads
that heading down the road for a bike initiation and
distribution, followed by breakfast. The villagers
bid us a fond farewell as we headed out by bike down
to the Dhaps, these beautiful wetlands are a suburb
feature of the natural environment that abounds in
Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.
The biking route leaves the Dhaps and heads down
along the beautiful Nagamati River, a very important
water source for the Kathmandu Valley. The ride
ended back in Shivapuri with a big catered lunch and
it was a good time to relax with new friends and
share our memories.
Will NETIF be doing it again? YES YES YES....Stay
tuned for NETIF’S next promotional event.
A huge media contingent turned out for the event and
in fact where the life of the party, they hiked up
with the group and biked down as well and enjoyed
the event. Positive reports and reviews where
published in various news papers, magazines and
press release as well as coverage aired on TV and
radio in the two weeks after the event. As a
promotional event for local and international
tourism, we consider it a great success.