The beauty of the green hills and valleys simply kept on accentuating as we trekked in some of the densest Rhododendron forest, something that this part of Nepal is famous for. When I reached Poon Hill, our highest point in the trek, the weather was cloudy and and the view we were supposed to get was not clear. But I did still feel an overwhelming sense of joy, relief and accomplishment when I got a misty glimpse of the mountains from Poon Hill. Despite numerous tries, I could not contain the beauty of the view in my camera; it’s a sight to behold. The smell of the fresh green foliage permeated my nostrils, and I took in all I could, as we descended down to finish our trek. I spent the last day at Ghandruk village, and this is when I experienced the most blissful relief I felt during the entire trek, as I relaxed my shivering knees. After a whole week of scampering up and down in the mountains, I decided to take advantage of the technology around, and took a bus to Nayapul and then a cab back to Pokhara.
Trekking outside the peak season of Nepal was extremely rewarding. I was afforded cheaper rates, found solitude, and befriending the locals was also easier as they were not busy with loads and loads of tourists. Although landslides and leeches are a problem during this time, I was lucky enough to not be bothered by these problems much. Weather was quite humid throughout, but the temperature varied quite a lot.
Here are some pointers and guidelines in case you are interested in the Poon Hill trek:
• The Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek can be done all year round.
• Moderate level of fitness is required to complete the trek. The maximum elevation is 3210 meters, so there is no real risk of altitude sickness.