AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Altitude: 3,600m Climb: Descent: 890m Time: 6hr 15m + 1hr 45m breaks Daily Cost: 2,840 rupees ($29/£17) We woke at 5:50am to see the sunrise. We quickly got dressed and stepped outside to see the view. It was still a bit hazy but the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri Range looked great. The Khopra Danda ridge was fantastic. Everyone flocks to Poon Hill to see the sunrise over the mountain ranges, but the Khopra Danda was better in so many respects. Poon Hill is only at 3,200m, we were over 10% higher. Poon Hill was also behind us, they had to look over the Khopra Ridge to see the mountains, we were closer. At Poon Hill there’s a 45 minute (well over an hour for the slow people) climb from Ghorepani to reach the summit before sunrise, we simply had to roll out of bed. And best of all, no crowds. There were 5 people on the ridge. When we climbed Poon Hill on a cloudy and pointless day there were a few hundred people up there! We watched the sun rise over the mountains for about an hour, before going in to eat breakfast. After breakfast we set off around the hillside and down the path we had come up on. The morning was clear and the sun was on us. The toilet visits in the middle of the night had left me feeling weaker and tired. Downhill was fine but any uphill was difficult. We walked down to the small lake and then continued straight along the edge of the hillside. The path was wide enough for two feet side by side, nothing more. Off the edge was a long and steep slope down into the forest. We followed the hillside for a couple of hours, mostly flat with the occasional downhill switchbacks. A few streams followed the downhill section and they had dug valleys into the hill, meaning that we would usually go down to the steam, cross, then climb back up the side of the valley. This way the path pretty much maintained the same altitude for most of the morning. We then had a large drop in altitude as we rapidly descended down the hillside. From here we hit a large rhododendron forest. The forest hadn’t flowered yet, but it still looked good. Along the hillside we went, down a bit, up a bit, down a lot more, up a bit. We never seemed to go down very far and every time we went down we gained it again almost immediately. We reached Bayeli at 11:15am. We knew there was another lodge between here and...

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