Gorgeous snow-capped mountains loom in the background as you take yourself through the toytown-like villages of Nepal, ornated with terraced fields, blankets of crimson Rhododendrons, and the warmth of the villagers. Flanked by matchless panoramic mountainscapes and the ethnicity of the Gurung and Magar culture, this 3-day trek to two of the most prominent trekking places of Nepal comes in handy when you’re looking for a short yet stunning adventure.
The day begins with a 1.5-hr drive from Pokhara to Birethanti, the starting point of your trek. As you start hiking, you’ll first cross a bridge over Modi Khola and then carry further on an unpaved road to the villages of Hille and Tikhedunga. By this time, you’ll encounter your first suspension bridge for the trek, over Burundi Khola. This will be followed by a hike up a steep hill to reach the town of Ulleri, where the day’s hard work will be treated with a first glance of the Annapurna South. The day ends in a filling dinner and retiring to a warm bed later.
Today, you hike to upper Ulleri and further towards Ghorepani. This is a steep trail featuring stone steps in most parts at first, and then the roads open to magical vistas. As you approach Ghorepani, you’ll be looking at Asia’s biggest Rhododendron forest, which is nothing short of a red blanket taking over the landscape, complimenting extraordinarily with the snow-capped mountains in the background. You’ll stay the night in the little blue and brown town of Ghorepani.
The day starts early on with a climb to the Poon Hill for a majestic sunrise over the Himalayas. After breakfast, you follow a long walk through forests of Rhododendron, to Deurali. You’ll also be crossing river gorges today, where you may find Langur monkeys for company. After a filling traditional dinner, you stay the night at Tadapani.
The hike for today takes you through a shaded forest trail, followed by an expanse of terraced fields of maize and potatoes. On your way, you’ll also pass Gurung, which is yet another village worth exploring. Make a quick stop at the cultural museum and monastery before you continue ahead. Then, as you close in towards Ghandruk, you’ll be treated with an exhilarating sight of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and the Machhapuchhare (Mt. Fishtail). The village is quaint but filled with bustle, thanks to the umpteen trekkers, locals going about their day, and random herds of cattle greeting you here and there.
By the end of the day, you walk down to Kimche, from where you’ll be driven back to Pokhara.
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