with 5 Day trekking Pokhara -Poon HIll-Ghorepani-Gandruk
17.04.2011 - 30.04.2011 28 °C
Arrived via DragonAir form Hong Kong - flight delayed arrived about 1130pm - stayed at Marshyandi hotel , Thamel. Rolling blackouts- 7 hours with power from electric grid and 7 hours no power. HOtel nice location, in the heart of the city-lots of shops, jewelry, camping and trekking outfitters, singing metal bowls, pashmina right outside the hotel- Backpacker's Row. 2Nites stop in Kathmandu as our tour operator International TRek & Expedition takes care of our trekking permits.
We left Kathmandu for Bandipur (3hrs by land) - got billeted at Mountain View Resort in Bandipur- simple hotel with a balcoany and great view of the Annapurna himalayan range. After our overnight stop we proceeded to Pokhara -checked in at the nice Trek-o-Tel , cozy boutique hotel right across the former Royal Palace facing the lake. Lots of shops line the street right outside the hotel- from money changers, pashmina shops, camping gear stores.
We leave Pokhara fo Nayapul (1070m) ,
Day 1 trek to Tikhedhunga(1540m) , estimated hike time- 5- 1/2 hrs- we took 7 hours. We even had sherpas taking care of our packs.Today was not so difficult.
Day 2 Tikhedhunga to Ulleri (2070m) to Banthanti (2300m) to Ghorepani (2874m) estimated 5 1/2 hrs - we took 11-12 hours, we got caught in the rain - ponchos out, was cold and ice coming down. We were literally dragging our feet the last 2 hours, taking rest & water breaks till we arrive exhausted and drained to the last sweat.
Day 3 Decided to have an extra day of rest and enjoy Ghorepani -slow and easy. Enjoying our morning cafe with Annapurna South peaking through the sunrise. Transfered to the Tenzing Norgay Suite with a simple attached bathroom (a luxury).
Day 4 We skipped the Poon HIll Trek and viewed the sunrise once again from Ghorepani, we leave Ghorepani for Tadapani ( 2,590m) , here at Tadapani the guest house was a bit cramped. the hot showers under the kitchen was great. water pipes are designed to pass through the kitchen to pick up the heat to give hot water for the showers- good idea!
Day 5 We leave for Ghandruk (1940m) , model village, the hometown of the courageous/brave fighting Gurkhas of the British Royal Army. We had a good stay here, with 24 hour electric power and powered up our iphones/ipods/camera batteries. This town is supposedly powered by hydro-electric power-hence the 24/7 supply of electric power, yes attached bathrooms!
Day 6 WE happily leave for the last trekking day to get back via Syauli Bajar / to Nayapul for our extraction and ride back to Pokhara.
Arrived in Pokhara- Trek-o-tel , Korean food tonight and the neighborhood Korean BBQ- yummy.
Day 7 Take a plane back to Kathmandu- 30 minutes only - Gana Air , sure beats the 5-6 hour land trip to Kathmandu. ($100)
Uh Oh back in Kathmandu- General strike in Kathmandu- all shops closed for the day!
Day 8 City tour, we visit Pashupati, Bhatpur & Boudda-(lots of tibetan buddhist) - also saw the living Goddess- the Kumari- awesome.
Nepal , a trip of a lifetime indeed. the snowcapped Himalayan mountains, the kind Nepalese , the great shopping, the sight and sound of Nepal-will be etched in my mind for a lifetime.