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ABC Day 04 - Poon Hill

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Ghorepani to Banthanti


We left the lodge in Ghorepani (elevation : 2860m) soon after we were done packing our backpacks. The early morning light was lovely and soft, and the sides of the trail quickly became rhododendron-filled once again as the trail dipped right back into the forest. The incline picked up a little after that and we began trudging up the stairwell on a fairly long and sustained climb that ended in a plateau of sorts. There was a rest stop in the middle of the small field here, and the peak of Dhaulagiri (elevation : 8172m) and the backdrop of rhododendrons completely dominated the views.

Sign after poon hill

Dhaulagiri after poon hill

Rhododendrons, Dhaulagiri (elevation : 8172m) and Tukuche (elevation : 6920m) dominating the views.

About 1.2 kilometres in, the trail brought us first to a hill and then to another plateau. We had just exceeded 3000m at this point, after having climbed from 2860m at Ghorepani. Clouds whipped by above us and dark, rolling shadows were cast across the landscape, surprisingly similar to the plains that surrounded the Stirling Ridge in Australia.

poon hill rhododendrons

We passed by a hut with refreshments atop a hill not too long after (1.6km mark). The rhododendrons here now seemed to be of a different variety, and had a deeper red to them as opposed to the pinkish-magenta of the ones that we had previously come across. We continued walking on the ridge-line for a while and were accompanied by numerous eagles (Aquila sp.) that soared sublimely above us, sometimes in pairs and sometimes alone.

The trail dropped down to Deurali after a while, where we stopped for a short lunch break (macaroni and cheese, NPR500/2).

Next (Day 4) : Ghorepani to Banthanti (Part 4)
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