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Trekking Ghorepani Poon Hill

Although the Annapurna region is the most visited trekking region in Nepal in terms of hikers, I did not hear it before I started to see what I should do in Nepal and I realized that I would not have enough time for the Everest base camp. implemented. It turned out that the trip I made to Ghorepani Poon Hill was one of the most popular in the country. And it’s a great DIY trip. Here’s how.

DIY, or with a guide and porter?

When I first thought of going around Ghorepani Poon Hill alone, I decided not to be sexually harassed in Kathmandu. Instead, I was convinced of one of the guys from my hostel who was walking with me. We both do it constantly and without a guide and without a porter. I think it’s worth having a guide and a porter. And if you hire them, especially if you are in Nepal, you can support the locals. But it’s not for us.

Poon Hill is known for being a well-marked trail and, in general, it is very difficult to get lost. (In general, I say we focus on more information.) And personally, I’m more than just a walker. None of us need a porter, both feel quite capable of carrying our own backpacks. But it’s up to you to weigh your needs and interests. Some friends did Poon Hill a few months after hiring a guide and a porter. Realizing that the same person would be the same (and would bring himself), they felt bad about having decided to wear most of their own clothes.

Getting your trekking permits

The first step to discover Annapurna: Request permission. You need two separate permits: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits. Hikers Information Management Information Method (TIMS) This helps the authorities to follow hikers and protect everything. With Pokhara, you can get the same permissions in an office: the Office of Tourism Office of Nepal, located in the district of Damside. There is a counter for your ACAP approval and one for your TIMS. (And yes, the site where the office is located seems strange and annihilated, but legitimate.) In Kathmandu, you can get your ACAP license from the office of the Nepal Tourist Board in Bharti District. If you are in the area, you can go to the tourist service center to get your TIMS. Otherwise, the TIMS permit is also available at the Trekking Agencies Nepal (TAAN) office in Maligaon District.

To receive your licenses, you will need your passport, cash and a passport photo for each approval. For independent hikers, each of these permits is worth NPR 2,000 (lower for SAARC citizens). If you are traveling with a trekking company, you will usually receive these permits for you. TIMS cards are cheaper for group recruiters (1,000 NPR instead of 2,000). Tip: If you bring extra passport photos, it’s a great idea when traveling to Nepal. Not only do you need it to get your trekking license, you also need to buy a Nepal SIM card and do other things as a foreigner.

What to pack for trekking

Good packaging is a good idea if you have a rack or a home improvement unit, but it is especially important to bring your own backpack. Clothing: Everything you need depends on the winter weather. Hats and gloves are a good idea even during the coldest months. Robust hiking boots, hiking pole: I did not have a hiking pole at the start, but I’m happy to have bought a used one to another traveler who just finished them. Walk They are very useful in stairs and landing!
Sleeping bag: It is important in winter that the ceiling of the guest house is not enough. Sleeping bags are easy to rent at Pokhara Supply Shops.
Sleeping bag cover: Let’s say we have some doubts about the quality of the washing of our rental bag after the last use. Lighthouses: Especially useful for your dark walk to Poon Hill.
Water supply: Although you can buy water on the trail, I recommend you take two bottles of water of 1 liter and a pack.

 

Your permissions! Payment in cash, usually the only way of payment. Do not worry when you come to Nepal and find that you are wearing winter clothing or hiking gear or if you need a little more trekking during the rainy season. There are countless stores in Kathmandu and Pokhara selling (and renting) parks, pants, hats and everything else.

How to get to Nayapul to start the trek

Nayapul is located about 43 kilometers west of Pokhara. The easiest way is to rent a taxi to get there. Prices are generally between 2000 and 3000 NPR (approximately 17 to 26 USD) and the journey takes approximately 90 minutes. If you have monetary value and need less adventure, take the local bus.

Head to the Baglung Bus Park in Pokhara and ask for a bus to Nayapul. The ticket is worth 150 NPR and the trip lasts more than two hours. Nayapul buses run every 30 minutes from 17:30 to 15:30. We arrived at the bus at 8am and our bus left at 8:20 when there were people. (There are many people who do not have seats.) So give or take.

I do not lie. This is not the best experience. At 5’9, I was a little bigger than the average Nepali. My legs did not fit me and, often in front of my seat, I had to ask a shorter room for an exchange with me; so I sat in the middle of the back row. My knees were resting because I did not have a seat in front of me but because of the lack of safety belts dragged by my arms while I counted on mistakes and lungs apparently everywhere.

On the way back after a walk, you can do the same thing: rent a car or get off the bus. Despite the extreme experience, we continued the return by bus. In Nepal, the training is relatively small, and every time I am part of the team, I put my knees against the seat in front of me and head against the roof of the car. In addition, taxis are no longer able to escape potholes and road problems.

Kicking off your Ghorepani Poon Hill trek

To be honest, I do not know where the bus left you to Nayapul, because our downtown bus, Nayapul, stops the TIMS checkpoint instead of Nayapul. Locals are more than familiar with hikers, so some questions and actions on any friendly face will guide you in the right direction.

After registering at the TIMS checkpoint, we followed the path to Birenthanti, where you entered the Annapurna Conservation Area and the ACAP checkpoint. Be sure to register at the same checkpoint before you start walking. From the ACAP checkpoint, simply follow the path to begin your journey.

Where to hike, stay, and eat

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trail is considered a 4 to 7-day route, as it depends on the physical abilities of the person and the times chosen. Between Nayapul and Ghandruk, the last resort village, there are 11 villages. You can sleep in one of the guest houses and decide how to proceed. One important thing to consider when setting a travel schedule is that you will probably spend an evening in Ghorepani itself, so you can admire the famous Poon Hill sunsets. Guesthouses are standard accommodations and combinations of daily restaurants with lots of food. (We eat only real food once a day because we do not want to stop at the lodge before the end of the afternoon, we only have the remaining cereal bars.)

Food prices are higher than elsewhere in Nepal, but it is also difficult to source mountains. The most common foods in the Trekker are traditional dishes made from rice, vegetables, lentils, etc. On the trails, there is a bhat recharge for everything but meat (recharge or unlimited, depending on the guest house) and is considered the most hearty and cheapest option.

How we split up the trek…and on not getting lost

We did not want to ride early to bring Pokhara to Nayapul, so we decided to trek Ghorepani Poon Hill within 4 days. Two days in Ghorepani, then two days later and return to Pokhara. By the time we received the checks, it was 11 hours past. It took us about two and a half hours to get from Birenthanti to Tikhedhungga, then 80 minutes to Ulleri. (I recommend Kamala Guest House in.

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