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Some Madness is Worth It! A journey of IIH

This 24 years Traveler “MADMAN” walked across Nepal for 224 days. He walked about 6000 KMs through Hills, Mountains and Terai Belts for three times. He walked wearing light Cotton T’s (the one that is available in the Streets of Thamel and mostly worn by the Tourists), Half Pant and Sandal throughout the journey. IS HE, not a MADMAN? Or IS HE, really a MADMAN?

He is IIHZEE (say EASY ) and anyone who knows him calls him IIH ( ई )
Never thought I would be so much interested in following some stranger and would want to know them in person. But this MAD MAN’s stories blew me off. Once a friend of mine suggested me to check his profile. She said, “ Hey there is this guy who has been walking throughout Nepal since last 120 days”. And my expression was like, “Seriously?”. The day count was around 120 days. Then after I used to eagerly wait for his stories.

The after journey takes me throughout the country with his stories. He is such a humble human and used to answer questions on Instagram. He shared his daily expenses, families who hosted him during his travel and lot many more images which were so exciting.

Meeting IIH during TEDx Jawalakhel

I met him in TEDx Jawalakhel. And hearing his stories during TED made that day totally worth it. There were other speakers that day :). Miss Nepal 2017 Nikita Chandak and Entrepreneur Nikita Acharya, Singer, Rohit John Chhetri and many more but I was there only to hear from IIH. Through his journies, there was this Travelers Connection :)

Me, IIH and Ujala at Karma Coffee

Next, we planned for a coffee day and we met at Karma. I did visit lilthingsktm that day and bought small badges, something special for someone, and my Pinkfloyd’s Spectrum printed mug on a statue of Swayambhunath Stupa. There IIH introduced me with Ujala. And I never had such a constructive, joyful day full of talking about travel, living, thoughts, free thinkings, the list goes on :).
Next coffee talk is due and it will happen eventually in its time sooner.
So let's skip everything that happened after that because all IIH did or is doing these days is intensively reading every masterpiece novels. So again I like to call him this “MADMAN” is in some mysterious quest on his own. But this time he is traveling through the pages, those black letters where there are wisdom and experiences of different people and things in a different era of present and also about the future.

Open Sourced “224 Days Walk Across Nepal”. A Gift from IIH

A few days back IIH announced that he is gonna share all of his pictures to the whole world. And he actually did it. He Open Sources like 200GBs of images and videos of his travel. Currently, there are 80Gigabytes of images and pictures in his Google Drive that he has shared with us. And anyone can meet him to get those pictures via hard drive.
So me being a student from IT background and also being a traveler at the same time, there is this thing that’s making me so excited. let me show you that:

Namkha Gaunpalika.

This picture from his google drive folder Mughumla is a ward office at Namkha. Now download this image and check its properties and go through the details:

If you get what I meant. Guys images that he has captured has its Geolocation. Which means he not only traveled throughout Nepal but also mapped the places and captured their location in his photos. Now if you are smart enough and will be using these locations and pictures, just imagine you have your own Google Maps and Google images of Nepal, which is open sources. Google Maps and images are not open sources by the way. :/
So people are already sharing, editing and have even approached him to use them in their photo albums of their photo magazines. So the magic of open source has started to bloom. And Today I didn’t work for two hours at my office but just stalked all pictures from Mugu, Humla. And also went through the routes of Tlicho Thorangla Circuit which I made this month.
Dear Traveler IIH,
Words are not enough to express how much thankful I am to see these pictures. Many people are sharing their joy with you on Instagram and even that makes me feel joy. Because I feel like your long journey which should have created a louder noise in a bigger audience got fade away. I feel bad that I couldn’t do anything about it. For this reason, too, I hate my system. You on a hand are sharing everything you captured from your long walk throughout Nepal. And I didn’t get a single piece of information when I went to the government authority “Nepal Tourism Board”, before trekking to Badimalika. It’s a shame that the system fails to recognize this genuine contribution that you have done to them. But I’m ashamed that they won’t ever know or think how precious this Gift that you have shared with us.
Well, sadness apart :) This scrap I wrote today as a part of my daily blogging commitment is solely for you brother. I hope you will like it. And don’t get offended for I called you THE MADMAN repeatedly because the title I gave for this article suits you. Madness within you or the genius mind of yours that dwells upon many different things, many times giving us surprises is freaking mad :)
Your madness is totally worth it :). Someone texted me thanking for the treks I do. He said he has some health issues so he can’t walk and he does it in his phone following my pictures. That melt my heart. Likewise, I can feel how precious you should feel for sharing your every piece of travel bits with us. This thing will go through a long time and now I believe your heart won’t have enough space to embrace love from all of us travel freaks :)
ई, छिटै चिया गफ गरौ है? :)

Few images from IIH:

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