Ghorepani/Poonhill Trek – Part 1

 

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On October 14th I traveled to Pokhara to join a trekking group through 3 Sisters Trekking. They had a 5-day trek to Ghorepani/Poonhill starting Oct 16th so I decided to join as hiking in the Himalayas was a bucket list item.

I joined 4 other women – an other American who is currently living in Nepal, a French woman currently living in Dublin, a German woman currently living in the the UK, and a Brazilian woman currently living in the UK. We were led by a Nepali female guide and 5 female assistants. Our group was diverse, interesting, smart, and fun! I really enjoyed my time with these women.

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Our group leaving the first tea house we stayed at.

Here’s a photo summary of my trek:

Day 1: Pokhara – Nayapul – Hille

 

We had over an hour and a half long drive to our trail head in Nayapul which was made a little longer with a few traffic jams along the way!

 

Views from the trail.

 

 

We had the occasional traffic jam on the trail, too!

 

Each day we would trek to a guest house where we would have an afternoon tea/coffee and snack and spend the rest of the evening. So we would have dinner, sleep, and breakfast at whatever guest house we were at. This was our guest house on night one in Hille.

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Afternoon coffee with a view. This was the view from our guest house our first night on the trek. It had rained a bit in the afternoon but luckily that was the only rain we had on our 5 day trek.

Day 2: Hille-Ghorepani

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We only went one direction on day 2 – up! Lots of climbing!
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Most of the trek involved walking on stone steps.
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We would stop every morning around 9:30am-10:00am for a tea/coffee/snack break. Masala tea became my new favorite drink in Nepal.

Day 3: Ghorepani- Poon Hill – Tadapani

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We got up early to make the climb up to Poon Hill to watch the sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range.

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Watching the sunrise over the Himalayas was truly magical. I had to keep pinching myself!
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We were blessed with clear weather. We had amazing views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare the entire day.
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Just had to stop for a jumping picture! Jumping totally captured my excitement and joy of being on the trail, taking in the scenery, and being in Nepal!
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This was the view from my room when we ended our day in Tadapani!
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After an early morning hike to Poon Hill, it felt good to reach our final destination on day 3. This was my favorite spot on the trek. My masala tea never tasted so good!
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Started the day with sunrise and ended the day with sunset over the mountains. One of my favorite days ever.

Day 4 and 5 will be covered in the next post. Having a hard time adding any more pictures!

 

 

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