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Chorepani circle trek

Nepal 2013

large_1297706_140145978276.jpg5 day hike in the Himalayas

When? October 2013

Whom? A group of 24 travelers with travel company ‘shoe string’ , two local guides and a bunch of Sherpa’s

Day 1:

Everyone had to re-arrange their luggage at the hotel as we can only pack 1 backpack per 2 persons. Quick breakfast and off we go

We leave by bus from Pokhara [Pokhara-travel-guide-1138426] for the starting point of the trek at Ghorepani [Ghorepani-travel-guide-1333327]. We buy some snacks and soft drinks to go and then we start walking, one guide up front and one in the back to make sure the group stays complete.

Across the bridge, we must wait until the Guide has arranged our permits for the trek.large_1297706_14014597833506.jpg Everyone had to provide two passport photos for that. After a bit we could continue

First part of the trail is relatively flat, as far as anything’s flat in Nepal. After just a few hours it’s tea time. We have to pre-order our lunch (fried rice or noodles) so the guide makes a list and gives it to one of the Sherpa’s who rushes off to get it to the next stop in time.

After the lunch we get a taste of what lies before us, lots and lots of steps! We pass small villages and rice fields, all cuddled up against the mountains. Everything here is a complete difference to Kathmandu [Kathmandu-travel-guide-1138212] city, clean air, threes, mountains, and best of all, no cars or motorbikes. Supply is done by donkey or is simply worn by locals on their backs.

First guest house is a nice one with hot and cold shower.large_1297706_14014597849924.jpg As we all prepared for the worst this felt like luxury. The restaurant has a pretty extensive menu, I thought it would be 5 days of ‘Dahl bath’.

Day 2:

Today a lot of steps ahead, beautiful sceneries, magical forests, picturesque villages, but most of all, lots of steps. Our guesthouse today is Hilltop and is located directly on the route up Poon Hill.

After installing our sleeping bags and taking a shower we settle around the big stove with hot chocolate and apple pie

Day 3:

Getting up really early to go up Poon Hill. As I’m sipping my tea I can see other hikers walking by our guesthouse, or at least the lights they are carrying. No breakfast this early, we’ll come back to the guesthouse for breakfast after the sunrise on Poon Hill. We join the row of people going up and just before sunrise we reach the top of Poon Hill at 3210 mtrs.large_1297706_14014597858094.jpg It’s crowded on Poon Hill, everyone wants to see this. It’s also very cold, IJS OP M’N PET as a group member stated (translation: Ice on my hat) Thank god I did buy those mittens in Kathmandu, I nearly didn’t.

I thought the worst part was over now we only have to walk down to the starting point in another 2,5 days.

Back at Hilltop guesthouse finally our breakfast, help me remember to never ever start walking on an empty stomach again !!!

The next part of the trek is ‘Nepali flat’ again, only now It’s a bit more downhill than uphill. Again beautiful views, forests, views on Annapurna mountain, we didn’t have to go all the way up Poon Hill for that.

Today’s guesthouse is Fishtail, named after the mountain which is actually called Machupuchare but looks like a fishtail and there are some nice stories about this holy mountain.large_1297706_14014597856086.jpg

Day 4:

Breakfast on a sunny terrace with a beautiful mountain view, thick coats on though.

Today mostly downhill. We all know you should hold the same pace as going uphill, but as many do, we go faster so at the end of the day our muscles start to hurt. One girl sprained her ankle but not too bad and close to the next guest house.

Because of the festival there was a party this evening, we joined of course!

Day 5:

Last part of the trek, only a few hours to go. The girl with the sprained ankle was able walk although it was painful. We knew we were nearly at the end of the trek when we saw cars again.

Our guide had to check out our permits and then on the bus back to Pokhara

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Posted by Stefmuts 00:02 Archived in Nepal Tagged landscapes mountains nature culture trekking Comments (0)

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