Nepal - Embraced by Shangrila ( Nghe, Barun Valley)
"Wake up Dhilung! Come out side!"
My dad shouted at his lazy sleeping child. And this was what I got to see when I broke my cocoon of that warm sleeping bag.
This was the sixth day we had been trekking continuously along the Barun Valley. Pretty exhausted by a very tough trail along the landslide from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka to Nghe, from the previous day. When we had arrived Nghe, it was raining, and we were so late that everything around us was covered by the darkness and mist, only to veil the surprise for the next day.
Barun Valley (Sankhuwasabha, Nepal) provides stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This unique landscape shelters some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on earth. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by human kind.
In some of the ancient Buddhist scriptures, Seven Shangri-la ( Nghe-Beyul Khimpalung) are described as mystical and spectacularly beautiful evergreen places where no one gets old. It is written that in case of a cataclysm, life will remain only in these seven areas of the world. In those books one of the Shangri-La is mentioned to be situated somewhere at this Makalu-Barun region.