Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Latest, Nepal  /   /  By Makrand

When my wife had expressed her wish to go on a multi day trek, I asked her to go ahead 🙂 , although I knew I will have to join as well before she asks explicitly. I am not a fan of multi day treks where you stay multiple days without taking bath and perform daily activities in an open air environment 🙂 .But while researching about Nepal, we came across treks in Annapurna region where I heard the term Tree House Trek for the first time. It sounded interesting and in accordance with what I always wanted. Spend a day outside and get comfort of small room in evening. This is how I attempted a multi day trek for the first time.

Tree houses are small guest houses in villages which have basic facilities available. They are not like hotel but comfortable to rest after a day of walk. The rooms are just enough in size to have two singles beds, have a shared bathroom and electricity and hot waters are mentioned as special features. In those mountains getting these facilities is a luxury considering the effort required to establish and maintain them. So if you are like me and want to go a multi day trek, Tree House Treks are the type you should look forward to.

I had booked the trek with a tour agency near by my hotel in Pokhara which includes pick and drop to trek starting point, a guide, food and accommodation. They also arrange permits for you which are required for entering conservation area. A lot of people do the trek without guide and route has a clear trail so you will not get lost. But I prefer to have a guide who knows the region and can give interesting insights. Your guide should also have a permit even if he is a Nepalese.

On day one we started a bit late around noon (we should have started around 8) and first drove 2 hours to reach starting point in Nayapul. From there it was an easy walk for 4-5 hours till it was dark. Since we started late we couldn’t reach Tikhedunga village where most of the people halt on first day and we stayed in a guest house 1 hour away from Tikhedunga. We enjoyed the walk and although slightly tiring for people like us who are not used to much walk in our daily routine 🙂 , it was a smooth day and the trek didn’t seem hard.

The real fun was to start next day to make us realize what a trek is 🙂 .After crossing Tikhedunga village the hike was very challenging. It was a steep climb looking up the mountains and we were moving up on countless stairs of stone. There were couple of villages on the way and we had our lunch in one of the village. It was cloudy from day 1 and our guide told us that on a clear day we could see a glimpse of snow from this place itself. There was a rare chance to see snow for next couple of days as weather was to stay like this. It was disappointing but we had to complete the trek at least to get some sense of achievement. I had dal bhat in both lunch and dinner previous day so for a change I ordered veg pizza. Well the lady at the restaurant took the word veg seriously and added every available vegetable in the pizza. It was and is the worst piazza I ever had in my life but since I was hungry , I ate a couple of slices.

It was an exhausting day and to walk on these steps with a bag on back was not an easy task. It started to drizzle a bit and we were wishing to reach Ghorepani before its dark. We were extremely tired and  our guide had to ask us after every 10 minutes to continue walking to avoid getting late. Finally he said we have reached Ghorepani and we had a moment of relief when he said our guest house is on top of village which meant walking uphill for half an hour more. We felt like crying and shouting but couldn’t afford to waste energy on these things:) . We followed him further to the top and it was almost dark, when we reached the top of village. We couldn’t see anything in the valley as it was dark but the guide said if we are lucky tomorrow morning, we will see snow.

By the time we entered guest house, one of the vegetables in the pizza did the trick and I got an upset stomach. I had very limited food in dinner to avoid any further damage but within half an hour I got a fever. This was the worst thing to happen in mountain and I knew it is not a good situation. I told my wife to keep a watch on temperature as it shouldn’t shoot up. The chances of getting a doctor in that village in dark were very thin and since our cell phones weren’t working we didn’t have a way to reach our guide also who we know was having drinks somewhere outside in dark 🙂 . It was a difficult night and luckily my temperature got in control after taking a paracetamol. I give full credit to to my wife for not panicking in this situation which otherwise would have caused more troubles.

Morning 5 o clock our guide knocked our door saying weather is clear and we can see snow outside. I forgot I was sick last night and we ran outside to get a view of Annapurna range. Our guide brought us two cups of ginger lemon tea. Sipping the tea while enjoying the views was moment of overwhelming happiness. It felt like we earned this view and was worth taking the pain. Although I had seen snow in the past, for the first time I had a sense of achievement.

For going to Poon Hill which is another 1 hour trek further to reach a sunrise point, you need to start very early in the morning. Considering my health we had decided to skip and it was time to get ready to descend on third day. I said to my guide it should be easier going down than climbing up. He said nothing but just smiled and signalled to get ready. The pain in my legs showed up when we started going down on those stone steps. It was giving jerks in the knee with every step on those uneven stones and then I understood meaning of my guide’s smile :). When we started to descend our guide showed us the place from where we started and we couldn’t believe we climbed this much in last two days.

After a day long descend we reach our starting point and our taxi was waiting for us to take back to Pokhara town. We had to travel to Kathmandu next morning so we wanted to reach our hotel as early as possible to get some good sleep. As we were staying for less time, the hotel manager upgraded our room. God bless him :). Well this is the story of Ghorepani Pool Hill Trek. Did you like it ?

 

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2 Comments
 
  1. Sneh Asnani 29 May, 2017 at 10:16 AM Reply

    Wow!! seems like heaven on earth!!

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  2. Karthik-ir 30 May, 2017 at 1:48 PM Reply

    Can you please share the contact details of the Travel agency?

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