Journey report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.
Nov 2, 2019 – Ghorepani to Dhan Kharka
I set an early alarm. BUT everybody in my lodge had already headed as much as Poon Hill earlier than I awoke.
Not having individuals to comply with, I used trusty Maps.me offline to seek out the path.
It takes about an hour from Ghorepani (2870m) to climb to the well-known Poon Hill viewpoint (3210m).
Although I’d heard loads of complaints in regards to the crowds, I actually loved daybreak trying over at Dhalagiri and Annapurna.
An excellent time to make use of my PeakFinder app: Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (previously generally known as Glacier Dome; 7193m). And Fishtail, in fact.
The Pokhara – Jomson planes zipped previous incessantly.
One of many final to reach, I used to be additionally one of many final to depart.
My $four room in Ghorepani had one million greenback view.
After climbing all the best way UP to Ghorepani yesterday, I now dropped 900m to the Ghar Khola river. It was quick and satisfying to descend as an alternative of climbing. The non-motorized path stays distant from new street constructing.
And Fascinating seeing the place the farms had been at with winter coming.
Many are attempting to encourage farmers to modify to petrotoxin fuels. However in every single place I seemed, households and lodges had been utilizing free firewood, as an alternative.
As much as Ghorepani the buildings all had blue corrugated iron roofs. Right here they’ve extra stone homes, many retaining conventional rock-slab shingles.
After crossing the Ghar Khola it was UP once more to Swanta (2270m).
The growing reputation of Khopra Ridge is obvious right here with the variety of new lodges just lately constructed or beneath development.
Swanta is the prettiest village thus far. Tremendous clear.
However I carried on up the mountain on a slim path by means of bamboo forrest.
I used to be hungry by the point I reached Evergreen Relaxation Cottage (2540m) for lunch.
Egg noodle soup is my common lunch feed.
The restaurant is in an remoted, beautiful spot near waterfall, hydroelectric and lumber slicing yard.
I reached Dhan Kharka (3020m) by about three:30pm. Glad to cease, I lay down for siesta.
Although Ghoripani had no cell phone reception for my community, Dhan Kharka did — IF I walked out to a rocky level away from the lodge. I used to be capable of put up some issues on-line celebrating my 62nd birthday — November 2nd.