By Saroj Neupane
Ghorepani Poonhil Trek is the best trekking destination of Himalayan country Nepal.
Ghorepani Poonhil Trek
Passing by Pokhara, Nayapul, Birethanti via Thike dhunga comes Ulleri at an altitude of 1960 mtrs above sea level. One a way we pass through off roads in between and a high feeling due to rise in an altitude. All of sudden you realize that you have got stronger legs and its all about moving on or lets say “Trekked”. And off course holding on spirit crossing 2400mtrs, 2500mtrs we reach to next destination, that’s Ghorepani at an altitude of approx 2810mtrs. We feel like Himalayas are watching us and we are watching Himalayas.
This feeling was much close next day at Poonhill with majestic Annapurna and Dhawalagiri mountain ranges. Poonhilll lies at an altitude of 3210 mtrs above sea level.
Lost and found
Ohh yes but not lost actually travelled a road that’s less travelled. Confidence and in confidence, belieGhorepani-Poonhill-TrekGhorepani-Poonhill-Trekf and trust raised a bit of anger but forgotten by a mesmerizing view from Poonhill. What else and then flowers, slippery icy path with a view of skinny Fishtail( Macchapucchre), Himchuli and Annapurna South. Fishtail is named after a Nepali name Machhapuchhre, i.e. Maccha means “fish” and Puchhre means “tail”).
So Mount Fishtail looks like a shape of tail of a fish. Then passing by rhododendron also known as laligurans which is a national flower of Nepal adds more strengths on trekking and nature itself was supporting to keep going and looking forward.
Walking around clouds, mountains, humids and with curiosity of what next to see with full of rhododendron forest, wet biodiversity with snows that settling down in a frozen form gives a cool vibe and a state of breathing and lively feeling. Here comes a Tadapani passing a river and half and hour uphill that lies at an altitude of 2710 mtrs above sea level.
Flowing with the stream, falling with the falls and walking ahead passing by village we reach Chomrung which lies at an altitude of 2170 mtrs where we can see close up view of huge hills and mountains on next side. Chomrung is a trail for Annapurna Base Camp.
Saying Farvel to Chomrung we pass by Jhinu and crossing one of the longest suspension bridge in Annapurna circuit. This bridge is 287 meters long and 135 meters high. Then comes a raw road and ups and down, twist and turn leads to beautiful Ghandruk village, which lies at an altitude of 1940 meters above sea level. This village holds Gurung culture and identity.
And Ghorepani Poonhil Trek breaks next day following river passing by Birethati, Nayapul, Pokhara and back home with memories and smile saying “see you next time”.
I found Ghorepani Poonhil Trek is one of the greatest trip in my life.
Trekking story and photos: Saroj Neupane
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