Nepal Trek 11: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Banthanti – Ulleri – Hille – Tikhedunga – Makathanti – Birethanti

On Poon HillYes, as you can tell from the long post title, it was a long day. We would descend almost 2km (vertical height) inclusive of the morning descent with the final destination being Birethanti (1050km), a change from our initial target of Hille. It was the Nepalese New Year’s Day!

Looking at GhorepaniWe woke at 4.00am and set off at 4.50am in the dark for the dawn ascent of Poon Hill to see the sunrise. Poon Hill gives one of the best views of the mountains around, making it a popular destination for trekkers. Initially, we required the use of the headlight and torches to see the path ahead, but eventually the ambient lighting (from the sun’s rays from behind the mountains) proved sufficient.

After 45min, we reached the windy top and spent a good many minutes taking photos of the panaroma and watching the sunrise. The cold wind chilled and numbed our hands which sought refuge in the pockets of our waterproof jackets as soon as possible. When we had finally had enough, we descended again. K, JW and I followed some Japanese trekkers and ended up a short distance away from our hotel and had to negotiate through a half-constructed house to return. Then breakfast, and the kind proprietor of the hotel gave us free postcards and namecards. Do we recommend the place? Yes.

We had to walk down through Ghorepani first, then setting out with an easy trek amongst the rhododendrons that then became a forest trail leading past Banthanti on the side of the mountain. The weather had become warmer at lower altitudes and the heat took a bit more out of us.

There was one quintessential English trekker in full trekking regalia, khaki beams and gungho attitude who walked really fast. “It’s not far, it’s very near!” Eventually, we reached Ulleri at 1110hrs (left Ghorepani at 0820hrs). During lunch, our porters joined the other locals in watching the local television show. Afterwards, at 1250hrs, we headed down >3000 steps of Ulleri. During this period, we thanked our good judgement in choosing to start from Phedi. Hahaha.

Waterfall near BirethantiThere was one young extortionist in the making who hugged K’s leg and later H’s leg and asked for sweets. Never the ones to encourage such behaviour, we… extricated ourselves from the situation pronto. The downward stairs lasted a long, long time, during which J.’s boot started to crocodile. Coms cord to the rescue!

At last, we reached the bottom, crossed the metal bridge donated by the Gurkhas and started on an up and down, rocky trail alongside the river, passing through settlements and going along ridges until the waterfall near Birethanti. In the process, we passed through the towns above, each of which we could have stayed at… but you know, what the heck.

While taking pictures at the waterfall, I got stung by a stinging nettle. It hurts like heck, but only for a mountain, doesn’t leave anything behind and resolves by itself soon after. Just for your information.

More rainOnce again, we made it just as the rain arrived. Technically, it would be possible to press on to Nayapul for a taxi back to Pokhara, but as I sat there in the comfortable room after a hot shower double bedroom with attached bathroom), I wasn’t very displeased. There was an attached German bakery at the hotel, but the cinnamon/chocolate buns were a bit of a disappointment, being cold instead of fresh but not altogether inedible.

All along the way, it being New Year’s, we passed by Nepalis decked out in their NY’s best walking along. Later at night we would have our own little celebration, trying our the Nepali Rakshi alcohol, and playing a goo game of open rummy. Rek & Yek had a fair bit to drink, starting with beer and moving on to whisky. It was our last night on the trek, and we had to have alcohol and picture-taking, yes? Yes.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. You have wonderful post of above trekking

    Krishna Lamsl
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  2. Posted by sona on February 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

    planning to do the poonhill trek. any tips on whether to do it clockwise from nayapaul (climb up ulleri) or anticlockwise and come down ulleri steps at the end ?

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  3. Posted by pun on March 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

    ghorepani is the best place in nepal.nice view and many mountain around poonhill. its realli dream place…. lov tat place

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  4. ok this is the best post but it has been old.

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    Angel Tours and Trekking Operator – Nepal, India and Tibet.

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  5. Yes, you have done very good trek in Annapurna region.The trek is one of the best in Nepal.Good post.

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  6. The entire day was dedicated to make sweets, special delicacies not made otherwise for that day in mass amounts.

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