Sunday, 23 December 2012

Trek to Poon Hill (Day 4) - A Super View & Back to Pokhara

Click here for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.


In my last entry, I mentioned that we stayed at Superview Lodge in Tadapani. The lodge is aptly named because of its superb views of the Annapurna region like this:


Trekkers enjoying the view over a meal.



My favourite part of my stay in Superview Lodge is our room! 

When Kapil our guide showed us our room, my mouth was gaping at the view. Kudos to Kapil for getting this room for us. Don't know how he did it as it was the high season.

My bed is the one with the pink comforter :-) In the morning, I just lie on my right side and the view is already in front of me!



That night a school in the vicinity was organising a concert to raise funds for a generator. They invited all guests from all guesthouses in Tadapani. 

Since we had nothing to do, we attended the concert where the local folk sang folk songs and danced like there was no tomorrow.

It was fun watching Siva dance his heart out!



I woke up at 6.00am the next morning to witness the glorious sunrise, all from the comfort of my bed.

The sun peaking at Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) from the horizon. I snapped this pic while sitting on the bed :-)



As the sun started rising, a few trekkers had also woken up to capture the sunrise.



I didn't have to come down in the freezing temperature to position myself amongst the other trekkers. I just continued snoozing and waited for the sun to rise, thanks to our strategically located room :-)


 Pic taken from the comfort of my bed :-)



After breakfast at around 8.45am we continued our trek back to Nayapul.

 Looks like a scene from Lord of the Rings.



After passing Ghandruk, we reached Landruk and were dead tired.




When Kapil explained that it would be a couple more hours till we reached Nayapul where a taxi is waiting to take us back to Pokhara, we formulated a plan to take public transportation.

Apparently there's a base in Kimche (near Ghandruk) that has taxis and buses heading to Nayapul. So we sent Siva our porter ahead to Kimche to enquire. The good boy managed to book an entire taxi for the 4 of us for 2,000 Nepalese Rupees. I was a happy trekker :-)


We booked a taxi from Kimche to Nayapul for 2,000 Nepalese Rupees. There were a few other groups of trekkers who attempted to take public transportation too.



While we were in the taxi back to Nayapul I was thankful we made the decision to take the taxi. Reason is because it was already 1pm by then, the sun was scorching and the paths were not shaded by trees. If we had continued on foot, I think I would have been as red as a lobster by the time I reach Nayapul. 

From Nayapul, the taxi was waiting to take us back to Pokhara. Our stomachs were growling by then but since Nayapul didn't have much eatery choices, we decided to have lunch back in Pokhara.

The driver took us to Nepali Kitchen which serves one of the best dhal bhat, according to Kapil.




It was about 4.00pm by the time the dhall bhat was served and I whacked my heart out!

The delicious meal was a delightful end to our 4 day trek to Poon Hill.

Dhall bhat served on brass cutlery is common in Nepal. And it's bloody heavy, the bass cutlery that is.



10 comments:

juphelia said...

I love the room, and the pink comforter is just so sweet!

Must get the contact of your trekking guide as I may attempt the same journey in the near future.

Julie Lim said...

Yes I highly recommend Kapil and Siva as your guide and porter!

Jard The Great said...

huhu.. can't wait to go here too!

ZSM said...

Thank you for the reviews, will be going there 2nd of May. Your reviews have helped us fellow Malaysian on what to expect.

Julie Lim said...

Hi ZSM,

Do enjoy your trip to Nepal and drop me a note if you need any more information. It's always my pleasure to help a fellow Malaysian :-)

Gurney K said...

thanks for your great blog and lovely pics, I'm from Australia & am doing the exact same trek this September, so I now know what to expect & you gave great tips. seems harder than we thought ! I guess being fit is very important. I am planning to stay one extra night on the trek,to rest and enjoy the scenery. can you advise which is a better : Ghandruk or Tadapani , thank you, Gurney, t

Julie Lim said...

Hi Gurney K,

Thanks for dropping by :-)

This trek to Poon Hill is one of the easiest treks in the Annapurna region. The duration is just nice - 4 days and the level of fitness needed is considerable ok too.

Coming back to your question whether Ghandruk or Tadapani is better, I would suggest Ghandruk. Reason is because it is closer to Nayapul (base where the trek begins) and the scenery is gorgeous. It is also warmer in Ghandruk compared to Tadapani which was freezing when we were there.

Izzati Ismail said...
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Izzati Ismail said...

Hi.
Thanks for blogging this amazing trip. Im already jealous :P
I would like to know, how did you go about chosing the package and the agent for your trekking. And for 4 days, how much does it cost you?

Would really appreciate if you could give me some feedback.
Thanks so much!!

Regina Bacalso said...

I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog! You went to Nepal a few years back, I see. But I am just wondering if you still have the contact details of your trekking guides...they seem very reliable and that they took good care of you during the trek.

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