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TREKKING NEPAL: I) POKHARA, NEPAL’S SWITZERLAND

TREKKING NEPAL: I) POKHARA, NEPAL’S SWITZERLAND


Our Nepal trekking journey began with Pokhara. The first destination en route the climb to Poon Hill.

We were routed to finish the loop.

Tikhedunga-Ghorepani-Tadaphani- Poon Hill- Gangthruk.

We did not finish the loop. Instead , we created our own loop and still had an amazing time.

The journey up to Pokhara, the Switzerland of Nepal  by the chartered van began  shortly after breakfast at around 9am.

Pokhara is a small tourist town about 200km west of Kathmandu and serves as a base for trekkers who walk the ranges of the Himalayan Mountains.  It’s a windy way up with elevations rising quickly and roads are dry and dusty. Still the view is to die for.

Trekking Nepal Pokhara

A Misty Morning in Pokhara Town

Pokhara Activities To Do

The green Seti Gandhaki river from the mountains created a perfect postcard picture. I watched the Nepalese life next to the road. Houses are built by the roadside with the villagers relying heavily on the river for almost everything.  Naked kids bathing, women washing their hair and clothes but perhaps the most heartwarming sight is to watch little Nepali kids dressed in their winter school uniform laughing gaily.

Pohkara Seti Gandaki River

Pokhara Himalayan Mountains

When it comes to penning down words to describe beautiful places and its’ associated experiences, words do not do justice but ironically only words can get this far.

8 hours later, we reached Pokhara. It was love at first sight for me. A chilled out tourist town with sub-tropical weather and loads of winter clothing shops and restaurants that serve good food and play acoustic music at night.

Route Day 1 ( Pokhara-Nayapul- Overnight at Tikhedunga)

The next morning, we boarded the bus at 8.45am and reached Nayapul, 1060m above sea level at 11.20am. This is the starting point of the trek via foot. The trek is gentle at first and gradually becomes steeper with amazing view of the Seti River on the left and houses of villagers on the right. The whole journey up to Tikhedunga at 1600m was beautiful beyond words. It was like as though I was in a movie scene; walking through rice field terraces where buffaloes were being ploughed, kids playing and trekkers strolling.

Pokhara Buffalo being ploughed

Pokhara Mules on the way up to Poon Hill

The whole group trekked at their own personal pace.  The MCA gang mainly Mr. Foo, Elayne, Mei Wan and Mary were the first four to reach Tikhedunga at 5.00pm. I trekked slowly, taking in the view and more photographs, sometimes talking to our guide, Ganu. I learnt from him that Nepal is filled with astounding mountain treks  and the most frequented one is the ABC ( Annapurna Base Camp) and EBC ( Everest Base Camp) both of which takes about 2 to 3 weeks.

Mules are a common sight in the Himalayan Mountains

Pokhara Kids Playing Street Football

Perhaps I should attempt the ABC or EBC someday. I mean I hear well upholstered Americans succeed it, I don’t see a reason why I should fall short right?

Finally I reached Tikhedhunga (1540m) at around 5.30pm and the sun was already beginning to set. Night falls early here and by 9pm, we were already sleeping as nothing much to be done in the little tea houses (mountain lodges which serve as accommodation for trekkers). It got really cold at night. I slept in the little tea house that night praising the person who invented the heating pad.

Travel Time & Weather: Nov 2013, Pleasant

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