Adventure trekking through the Himalaya mountains, Nepal


“You’re going to Nepal, oh you have to trek its amazing” I was told by fellow travelers. I thought to myself, well it is the Himalayas; it is one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world, but do you have time Jaryd, can you do it . . . I procrastinated (bearing in mind I was to be home before a certain date). But with Mark Twain’s quote vaguely dangling in front of me, my thought process became more in focus and clearer. Separating me from my procrastination “you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do by than the things you did”, I booked my trek ticket.

Awaking from my slumber In Pokhara, Nepal, from where I was leaving from to start my trek, first up I was introduced to my guide Saroj who escorted me to the taxi. We drove for about 45 minutes from Pokhara to a town called Nayapul. Our trek began from Nayapul, where Saroj and I discovered we were the same age and having a lot in common, so we skipped through small talk quite rapidly with Saroj teaching me about Nepali life and how to speak more of their language (especially to girls “saltinis”). The first day we hiked for about 5 hours and reached a place called Ulleri, where we stayed for the night atop a beautiful mountain, awaking to experience its breathtaking views over our breakfast.
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An old Nepali man wearing his topi (hat)
With breakfast in our bellies, bags packed and shoes tied up, our trek continued into the mountains through more of a bush/forest region for the majority of that day where we came across stunning waterfalls and beautiful flowers in between the towns/communities that we passed along the way. Ghorepani was our destination and being 2 reasonably fit young lads we made it there by lunch time to chill out for the afternoon, swapping stories and jokes with other trekkers we met, as the sun set behind the hills and into the cold brisk night.

The next morning was chilly and dark when we anxiously peeled ourselves from our nice warm beds into our hiking boots to canter up the steps towards Poon Hill for sunrise. Poon Hill sits at 3200m which is just above Ghorepani, about a half hour hike unless you are a morning person and want to try and beat some non existing record. Being a surfer and traveling the globe I have witnessed countless magically moving sunrises, but this sunrise by far would have to be one of the most stunning that I’ve seen.

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Poon Hill’s spectacular view

 

I took far too many photos, knowing I could delightedly sit down later to edit the masses of them and reminisce that morning I spent atop a mountain in the Himalayas, with a brisk but refreshing breeze as the sun warmed my face, a moment I shall not forget and will strive to witness again.
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Taking a break
With another breakfast scoffed and in our bellies, there was no resting as our hike towards Tatopani was to begin. Tatopani had me over excited with joy knowing that there lay natural hot springs. Something so high on my list that I have wanted to experience for so long as to many past opportunities fell through in the many countries I’ve visited, which were also famous for them.
The hot spring was a desirable relaxant, putting my body at ease helping me to crash out almost immediately that evening. At the time we had an extra member on our team named Gabriel (from France), a guy we met during our trek, he too was on the same route so we ended up traveling together. The next morning we woke to hear the horn on our bus blasting away, it was to leave at 8.30am but that morning, but was ahead of schedule. With swift movements we shoved our gear into our un-organised backpacks as we multi-tasked eating our breakfast with the packing of our lives into the backpacks we roam the world with.  As we made a B line towards the bus we could see the passengers on board shaking their heads impatiently not understanding we never received the memo for the buses early departure.
Annapurna range sunrise
Being on strike the bus was only to take us half way for “political reasons” unknown to me, and with only about an hour of hiking it was good to spend most of our day relaxing and seeing what Beni had to offer. There wasn’t much although we did as the locals do among these areas and made our own fun. Heading down to the river we went for a swim when I decided to up the level and go “white water rafting, but with no raft!” It was a little crazy yes and out of the ordinary but was quite fun and made for a great story.
Another beautiful morning came with stunningly clear blue skies and some of the best scenery the world has to offer. It was our final day as we boarded our bus to follow the windy trail back to Pokhara. We held on for dear life as the bus clicked, clacked and bumped about with just inches of road separating us from 100+ meter free fall over the edge, the slightest of wrong turns would send us off that cliff into a crashing and spiraling death trap.
My guide Saroj and I
 Making it back to Pokhara safely I came to the conclusion that, never having trekked before, I thoroughly enjoyed it and doing it through the Himalayas was just something else, much better than I ever expected it to be. I can’t yet again highly recommend that everyone add a trek through the Himalayas to their bucket lists. My trek was only 5 days because of my time restriction but there are treks which can last for up to 21 days or you have the option to choose shorter treks. For more information on trekking or if you wish to book in advance through the same company I did, then speak toRaj at Pushpa Guest House.
Prayer flags at the Annapurna range

Now a huge fan of hiking, where in the world have you heard of or done some phenomenal treks?

 

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