Annapurna Circuit: Day 17 – Ghorepani to Birethanthi.

Saturday 30th December 2017.

I spoke too quickly about having to go up a lot of steps to see a view cause Poon Hill (3210m/10532 ft), our early start to see the views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range, had a lot! We started up at 5am with a lot of other trekkers to the top to catch the sunrise.

It started as a light yellow…

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and turned into a beautiful fiery red.

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Annapurna South, Barasikha, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchru (also know as Fishtail mountain), the Dhaulagiri mountain range and Tukuche Peak (6920m/22,703ft) can all be seen from the Poon Hill viewpoint (here’s hoping I have got the names right on these mountains)

Niligiri South (far left), Annapurna I (left) Annapurna South (middle), Hiunchuli (right) and Machhapuchru (far right) looked so glorious in the early morning light.

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Annapurna I (left) Annapurna South (middle), Hiunchuli (right) closer up.

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In this picture you can see Jirbangi (far left) and Dhaulagiri I (middle) and Tukuche (far right)

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Jirbangi (far left) and Dhaulagiri I in view.

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When the sun disappeared, the weather was just perfect.

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The gateway to Poon Hill we passed through in the dark. The views were worth the 50Rs we paid to enter and you even got a ticket.
Poon Hill has an interesting name, it was named after a Magar clan called Poon who apparently once grazed their sheep and goats on the hill…not all it sees is tourists.

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After a spectacular morning and breakfast, we set off for a long descent to make our way to Birethanthi, our final day’s trek.
We had been spoilt too much on this trek because we didn’t hardly see a soul and it was nice to be able to walk the trails without meeting many others however, we were now in the Annapurna sanctuary trek – a smaller trek that takes you up to Annapurne base camp- and it suddenly got very busy on the trails! Lots and Lots of trekkers heading up to Ghorepani or down to Ulleri and beyond.

I had to take this photo of a porter carrying a child on his back- first time I’d seen anything like that before.

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So we continued along the trails, in the back of our minds thinking about this being the last day, wanting the rest, wanting to explorer Pokhara and Kathmandu but also not wanting to leave just yet.

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Our last guest house on the trail was in Birethanti (1020m/3340ft); at this point our knees had almost had it after the steep stone staircase descent from Ulleri!
Our dining hall overlooks the Modi Khola and we were treated to a lovely sunset as we ate our dinner.

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Our last guest house stay on this trip! No duvets, had to use the sleeping bag, boo.
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So that was it for the trekking; we were due to walk to the next village over in the morning to catch a bus to Pokhara. A lot of this trek at this point still hadn’t sunk in – the distances, the weather, the people, the views – it was all still fresh in my mind but, at the same time, it seemed like an age away. We were ready for a change in routine from day to day trekking but also, we weren’t ready to give this up.

Annapurna Circuit: Day 18 – Birethanthi to Naya Pul to Pokhara.

Just Joanne.

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