Trekking - Poon Hill

by Julia Laporte February. 07, 2019 470 views

The plan was to go on a twelve day trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area. As it turns out, the weather conditions on the crucial days were favourable and our pace was consistent resulting in us finishing the predetermined route in ten days. Many of those days were long and hard, but with such stunning and rewarding views that made us feel rather appreciative. The third day, in particular, was one of those days. Having stayed overnight at one of the tea houses in Ghorepani, we got up early the next morning in order to climb Poon Hill before sunrise. Apparently, that is THE thing to do from Ghorepani. As we were quite tired and at an altitude of 2800 meters the mornings are cold, the prospect of getting up just after 5 am did not seem that enticing. Furthermore, it had been snowing persistently throughout the previous day which meant that the climb up the hill, gaining another 400 meters in altitude, would be cumbersome and quite a scramble.

Sure enough, by the time we were up and making our way up the hill the following morning, the narrow path forged through the snow was treacherous as well as crowded; every other person staying in Ghorepani had the same intention of watching the sunrise from the top of the hill. Huffing and puffing and freezing at the same time, my husband and I were seriously wondering whether this ordeal would be worthwhile.

Arriving at the top of the hill, exposed to the wind, we were grateful for the hot cup of tea that was available at a little hut situated at the top. Needless to say, despite the cold and the struggle uphill (the way down was even worse), it was worth it as the terrific weather allowed for splendid views.

Before sunrise - photo credit to our guide, Saila

Before sunrise - photo credit to our guide, Saila

The viewing tower with the little “tea hut” on the right hand side

The viewing tower with the little “tea hut” on the right hand side

Before sunrise - photo credit to our guide, Saila

Before sunrise - photo credit to our guide, Saila

My husband taking a picture of the view; the peak in the centre is Dhaulagiri

My husband taking a picture of the view; the peak in the centre is Dhaulagiri

Peaks; Annapurna, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli

Peaks; Annapurna, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli

Peaks; Annapurna, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli

Peaks; Annapurna, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli

Peaks; Annapurna, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli

Peaks; Annapurna, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli

Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Peak and the attached mountain range

Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Peak and the attached mountain range

Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Peak

Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Peak

Annapurna and Annapurna South

Annapurna and Annapurna South

Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Peak

Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Peak

Peaks; Annapurna, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail

Peaks; Annapurna, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail

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Ho Kim 2 years, 1 month ago

I do appreciate you sharing all those pictures. I've been dreaming of going to Annapurna and your pictures are so real as to me make feel I'm actually there but that also urges me even more to go there myself. So stunning! I still can't make up my mind. K2 or Annapurna. smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Ho Kim 2 years, 1 month ago

Why not both? smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ho Kim Replied to Julia Laporte 2 years, 1 month ago

Right! You are genius. smile

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Laurie Madsen 2 years, 2 months ago

I'll bet! Nice captures to remember it...
Thanks for posting your adventures!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen 2 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks, Laurie. It was such a breathtaking morning and scenery.

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Heike 2 years, 3 months ago

Just breathtaking!!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Heike 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you, Heike. It really was!

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Björn Roose 2 years, 3 months ago

Amazing series ! Great light over those landscapes smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Björn Roose 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, Björn. It was stunning to watch! smile

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