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Nepal (Part 2): Poon Hill Trekking


Having just left the comfort of our hotel in Bhaktapur, a new adventure was awaiting us: trekking in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas. It's one of the most popular trekking itineraries in the region due to its relatively low difficulty and abundant facilities along the way. The trek will take us to Poon Hill, the highest point of this itinerary that also offers spectacular views of the Annapurna mountains.

"Trekking" is not a word I hear often in the US, so I had to look it up: dictionary.com defines trekking as "1. To travel or migrate, especially slowly or with difficulty and 2. (South Africa) To travel by ox wagon". The second definition certainly didn't apply to our trip for practical reasons... Another feature of trekking is that luggage is usually carried by porters, leaving the trekker the liberty to enjoy the views and, in our case, photograph as much as possible.

A stop in Pokhara before the trek brought a few more photo ops. This is where I got the first glimpse of Machapuchare (translates to "Fish Tail") Mountain, part of Annapurna Himalayas in Nepal. By the end of our trip, I had the opportunity to it view it countless times from a lot of angles and they were all striking.

Day 1 - Nayapul to Ulleri