Trekking the Himalayas

After a couple of days absorbing the views from our lakeside hotel it was time to get a little closer to the Himalayan mountains. On the first evening of our expedition we were greeted by our friendly guide ‘Min Thapa’ from Mongolian Trekking and his brother, our porter ‘Jamie’. The adventure begun in Nayapul with a 5hr trek to Tikhedhunga at 1540m – this was our 1st experience of staying in a tea house. The tea houses are basic and can get chilly in the evening but they have the most spectacular views. On day 2 we headed to Ghorepani at 2860m, the views were getting better the higher we went and this tea house had a big heater which was a huge bonus after a long days trekking. On day 3 we had a very early and cold 5am start as we trekked to Poon Hill at 3193m for sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range – Dhaulagiri 1 (7th highest mountain in the world at 8172), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuehhre (fish tail 6993m) and Annapurna 1 (8091m) – the views from here were stunning and definitely worth the early start. After taking in the views at Poon Hill we headed down a very icy and slippery trail (7hrs!!!) to Tadapani (2630m) where we spent the evening surrounded by more beautiful views. On the final 2 days of trek we headed down through the village of Ghandiuk (1940m) where we met some local people and visited a Tibetan monastery and village museum. All in all we had a very exciting 5 days with amazing views, we had also managed to gain ourselves 2 new friends our guide Min and his brother Jamie who we had bonded with so much that they insisted we go to stay with their family in their home village, of course we said yes! If anyone is thinking of doing any trekking in Nepal we would definitely recommend using Mongolian Trekking and Expeditions (feel free to contact us for the details).

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Buddhist prayer flags overlooking Annapurna

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View from tea house bedroom Ghorepani

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Sacred mountain Machhapuehhre

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Ghandiuk Village & Tibetan Monastery

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Valentines breakfast at Ghorepani

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Poon Hill 5am, sunrise over Annapurna – Dhaulagiri 1 (7th highest mountain in the world at 8172), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuehhre (fish tail 6993m) and Annapurna 1 (8091m)

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On top of the world – Dhaulagiri 1 (7th highest mountain in the world at 8172), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuehhre (fish tail 6993m) and Annapurna 1 (8091m)

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