I decided to utilize my Dashain Holiday ( before Dashain Tika) going to trekking. As I have been dreaming to go to Ghorepani – Poon Hill trek for long time I together with my family members began our journey. We left Kathmandu on 10th October. After 7 hours ride from KTM we reach Pokhara. After one hour drive from Pokhara we reach Nayapul( 45km). From Nayapul we begin to trek to Tikhedhunga. After 15- minutes short walk along the bank of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1065m) a large village that has many shops & tea houses. From there, the trail continues through the village.
The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hile at 1495m & after the short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1525m. This trek offers a short & relatively easy day, during journey & allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal.
After Tikhedhunga we start to climb to steep Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2070m. It is tough to climb Ulleri, you have to hold your breath for many times. We decided to stay at Ulleri that night.
Next day we walk to Banthanti at 2250m . The trail is much easier and continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak & rhododendron towards. Then we make our trek towards Nangethanti at 2460m. After an hour walk brings you to Ghorepani at 2775m.
Hiking to Poon Hill – back to Ghorepani, and trek to Nayapul
We get up early in the morning, and go for hiking to Poon Hill. From here you will see superb view of sunrise, and panoramic view of Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and so on. This trek route offers the spectacular mountain scenery along with charming villages inhabited particularly by the Gurungs & Magars, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurna with the picturesque peak of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Peak) dominating the skyline.
One of the important highlight of this trip is to make a climb on Poon Hill, possibly the most spectacular mountain scales on Earth. When sun rises, it touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks, there gradually appear, just like magic that your eye could not believe.
After visiting Poon Hill, we came back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Ulleri. Leaving Ulleri we follow the same trekking trail and reach Nayapul.
The best months to go for the Poon Hill trekking are October, November, December, February, March and April. You can go to Poonhill via Ghandruk trail also. Due to limited schedule and to put on Dashain Tika it was rush trek for me. I finished my trekking in one night and two days from Pokhara. If you have time five days would be enough time for you. After all, my trekking was the most exciting and wonderful trek with unforgettable experiences.