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Swinburne University of Technology, Annapurna Poon Hill Trek, Nepal

Swinburne University of Technology, Annapurna Poon Hill Trek, Nepal

Feb 7, 2015
Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition
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The Poon Hill trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary of western Nepal is one of the most famous treks in Nepal and the entire Himalaya mountains. The trek to Poon Hill is less challenging than other classic Nepal trekking destinations such as Mount Everest Base Camp. It has comparatively less altitude, it is shorter and the views over the Annapurna mountain peaks are simply ‘Amazing’.

I have just returned to Kathmandu after accompanying a group of ten young women from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, on the famous Poon Hill trekking trail. The students came to Nepal as part of a cultural tour. This Swinburne student tour has been taking place in Nepal for the last three years and Langtang Ri Trekking and Expedition is proud to have organize each of these journeys and Nepal experiences.

The trek was a total of five days and four nights. The first day we walked the gently trail to Thike Dunga. The first day was more of getting our feet ready for the other four days, so the initial day’s trek was very easy. The guest house we stayed at that night was very nice and they served the traditional Nepali dish of ‘Dal Bhat’. I have eaten this lentil-based dish in many many forms just about every week or month of my life in Nepal and yet this guest house version was, I think, some of the best I have ever had. So our guest house really looked after everyone very well.

The second day started with a straight climb for a few hours. It was quite tiring, so the lunch after the climb was a nice break. Soon we could see bits of snow and ice on the way as the trail wound higher into the Annapurna Sanctuary lower mountains. This made the view even better and walking more fun. We were spend our second night at Ghorepani. This is a great little ttrekking village located just below the beautiful vista point of Poon Hill. Everyone really enjoyed the guest house as they had a big and warm fireplace which made the place very cozy and welcoming. I know I probably stayed around the fire for hours and the group really enjoyed it too.

We woke up early next morning to go climb up to the lookout point on top of Poon Hill and watch the famous sunrise over the Annapurna mountains from Poon Hill. Poon Hill was also the highest altitude we climbed on this trek, which was around 3 100 meters. The sunrise from Poon Hill was so majestic. We were lucky to have very good weather so we could see all of the Annapurna range. A host of high icy mountain summits strung along this section of the Himalaya ranges. It was quite relaxing to drink tea and watch the sunrise. As the red early sunrise crept higher it made the mountains shine like gold. This is one of the great trekking and scenic experiences in the Himalaya.

We then walked back down the snowy trail, sometimes a bit slippery, to Ghorepani and continued with the walk for the day. We had breakfast and made our way to Tadapani. The trail to Tadapani was downhill and full of ice and snow. It was very slippery and the group were kind of nervous but our very experienced and capable guides assisted the group and we did our best to get through that part of the trail as safely as possible. I feel very proud of how we handled that situation and the group were really thankful for all that we did. We spent that night at the village of Tadapani. Once again everyone was glad they had a fireplace and there was even wifi there. We all ended up staying near the fireplace and getting updates on the Asian Cup soccer scores and Facebook posts from friends.

Everyone was really excited about day-four as were going to Jhinu and our guest house for the night was located very close to natural hot springs. I love hot springs and I was excited about the prospect of us just chilling there for some hours. We reached Jhinu early and had lunch and then made our way to the hot springs. It was just the most relaxing and enjoyable part of the whole trip. Everyone loved it there and was really hard for us to leave the hot water and go back to the guest house. Since it was our last night of trekking we played card games, drank a little and spent hours talking and getting to know each other.

This trek was a wonderful experience for the Swinburne University of Technology girls. Everyone had a really good time. We ended up seeing some great Himalayan scenic views and we will take experiences from this trek that we will remember forever. Everyone left saying they would recommend the 2016 trek to all their friends. We now look forward to 2016 and introducing some of Nepal and the Himalayan mountains and its village communities to another group of Australian students.

Lomash Dhamala
Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition
Kathmandu
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