Nepal is a land of enchantment and home of the great Himalayan mountain range. How about a Trekking in Nepal?
Trekking in Nepal is one of the most unique experiences you can do on your travel, suitable for a wide range of experience and physical fitness. Related Article: Photojournal of Nepal
The busy capital and largest city of Nepal.
Stay in Thamel, it’s a melting pot of backpacker travellers around the world. A lot of restaurants, bars and shops in the area, most of the things you need for trekking could be bought from here at a cheaper price than your home country. Buy water treatment tablets so you can drink water from the streams during your trek Bottled waters are expensive in the mountains.
There are many trekking agencies around the city, you can walk in or meet someone along the streets, just make sure they have valid licenses before making any arrangements. I would recommend getting a guide, they have local insights of the places you will visit and it’s not expensive. Get a porter if you have a heavy backpack. For few dollars, you’re giving the locals a living if you will avail their services.
Kathmandu is a dusty city, get a mask when walking around.
Visit Durbar Square and surrounding palaces and temples. During the recent earthquake, Kathmandu suffered a lot of damage but the city still has a lot to offer not only the world heritage sites but the people, it’s food and culture.
It’s the 2nd largest city in Nepal and the gateway to Annapurna mountain ranges which is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Taking a bus from Kathmandu is the cheapest way to reach Pokhara but If you have limited time, you can take a flight from the airport, no need for advance booking, just go straight there, buy your ticket and catch the flight. Flights are daily and subject to weather conditions.
Walk around the Phewa Lake with amazing views of the mountain.
Visit the World Peace pagoda or what they call Shanti Stupa. Shanti is a Sanskrit word which means peace. On top of the Pagoda you will have the best views of the Himalayas on a clear day.
For adventure seekers, Pokhara is a popular place for paragliding. This is one of the few places in the world where paragliding is more affordable.
One of the most popular village for Trekking in Nepal, Ghorepani got its name according to the legends when the King visited this village whit his horse. Ghore in local language means horse.
Make sure your TIMS card and trekking permit are ready before you start your trek. This will be checked at the entry and exit points. Getting to Ghorepani the route is well maintained; you can follow the it marked trekking paths up to the village without a guide. Related Article: Himalayan Trek, My Journal, Your Guide
People spend a night here in Ghorepani to enjoy the amazing views of the Himalayas and to catch the beautiful sunrise from Poon Hill. Make sure you wear light clothes and jackets on top. The weather changes drastically, from hot to freezing to hot. Wearing in different layers is the key!
Teahouses don’t have heaters on their rooms, the thick blankets may not be enough bring your own sleeping bag to keep you warm.
Poon hill is among the most popular short trek destination is Nepal.
Starting at dawn from Ghorepani, you need to climb the stairs to reach the top. The path is dark and narrow, a torch or a flash light is a must. Everyday during peak months, a close to a thousand trekkers are climbing to poon hill to catch the Himalayan sunrise, starting earlier is better to avoid the slow climbers blocking your way.
At 3210 meters above sea level, this is even higher than the tallest mountain in the Philippines (Mount Apo) but in Nepal, this is just a hill. Mountains are distinguished to have a more rocky composition.
Tadapani is another village in the hills that offers a beautiful view of the Himalayas. On your trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani, you will pass a sea of clouds on your right and the Himalayan mountain range in your left. It’s a gorgeous spot to take a rest and snap some photos so take your time. The feeling of walking above the clouds is surreal.
Visa can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on Nepal-India border and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
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Poon Hill Trek – Poon Hill Sunrise, Ghorepani Viewing Point, Tadapani Viewing Point, Sea of Clouds
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DAY 1: Singapore to Kathmandu via KLIA (Kuala Lumpur)
Afternoon arrival at Kathmandu, processed Visa on Arrival at the airport.
Check-in at Trekkers Home in Thamel.
Walked around tamel for dinner and to get stuff needed for the trek. We bought our bus ticket to Pokhara from our Hotel.
DAY 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara
7:30 AM bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara – this ride took nearly 8 hours with a stop for lunch. Views are amazing on the way to Pokhara.
Guesthouse check-in upon arrival which was pre-arranged by our guide.
Walked around the lake while our guide is working on our permits. Visited World Peace Pagoda before sunset.
Dinner with our guide and porter as we discuss the plan for our 6 days trek.
DAY 3: Pokhara to Nayapul, Nayapul to Bhantanti
Took a taxi from Pokhara to Nayapul, the views of the Himalayas in the morning are like silver linings in the sky. Beautiful!
Started our trek from Nayapul. Get your permits ready and make sure to keep it as it will be checked when you exit at the last village of your trek.
Passed through several rivers and hanging bridges with the amazing views of Fish Tail Mountain. It was 6-7 hours walk on 1st day and finally we reach Bhantanti where we will spend our first night.
DAY 4: Bhantanti to Ghorepani
The path from Bhantanti to Ghorephani is more forgiving than our 1st day trek. Passing through the forest with beautiful waterfalls and streams, you will not feel tired.
This trek will take about 5 hours. The final 2 hours before reaching Ghorephani are all stairs climbing up. This is the highest point of our trek so far.
Upon reaching Ghorepani, we are greeted with best views of the Annapurna mountain range of the Himalayas. Breathtaking!
DAY 5: Poon Hill. Ghorepani to Tadapani
The highlight of this trip is the sunrise view from Poon Hill.
At 4am we started our ascend from Ghorepani to Poon Hill which is the highest point from Ghorepani.
It was a very cold morning, we walked uphill slowly and finally reach 3210 meters elevation. We are greeted by a beautiful sunrise with unobstructed views of the Himalayas and surrounding mountains.
After breakfast back in Ghorepani, we started our trek to Tadapani. Halfway to the trek, we walked along the hills with a bed of clouds on our right and the Himalayas on our left. These views are more beautiful than from Poon Hill.
DAY 6: Tadapani to Jhinu
Just outside our room in Tadapani, the view of the sunrise is as beautiful from Poon Hill, with a closer view of Annapurna and Fishtail mountain.
After breakfast, we immediately pack our bags and started the trek to Jhinu. We are getting closer to the base camps of the Annapurna and Fish Tail but our time is limited so we continue to descend to the next village.
Jhinu is well known for its hotsprings. We did not skip taking a plunge when we reached the village.
DAY 7: Jhinu to Landruk
There are larger rivers and longer hanging bridges along the way to Landruk. The highest waterfall we have seen from this trek is on this route.
Landruk is farming village, it’s interesting to see how the locals are living their lives on these mountains.
DAY 8: Landruk to Dhampus
This is the last day of the trek. It took us 4 hours to reach Dhampus.
Back in Pokhara for Dhampus, we had our lunch and cold beer to celebrate the success of our trek by the lakeside.
Took a mini bus back to Kathmandu.
DAY 9: Kathmandu to Singapore via KLIA (Kuala Lumpur)
Walked around Thamel to buy souvenirs and visited Durbar Square. Killed our time in Durbar Square people watching as the clock ticks near our departure.
Name of the Country: Nepal
Date/s of your Travel: October 18 – 26, 2014
City / Places Visited and Number of Days:
- Kathmandu – 2 days
- Pokhara – 1.5 days
- Poon Hill Trek – 5.5 days
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About the Writer
Jaypee Licudan is a Filipino Expat based in Singapore. He’s a traveller and writer for Two Monkeys Travel Group – Community Travel Blog and has been to over 30 countries across 4 continents. He’s major long term goal is to go back to the Philippines for a long time travel to discover the hidden gems of his home country. Follow his personal blog: The Rustic Nomad
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