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The Beauty of the Annapurna

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Like many others, Mount Everest was always a symbol for me in the Himalayas. The Annapurna was only after I began to think about going to Nepal before my Bhutan Trip, that I discovered about it.

It was obvious that I wasn’t able to trek to Everest Base Camp, but I still wanted to do some trekking in Nepal. It was the Annapurna that introduced me to EBC, which I am so glad I didn’t have time for.

The Annapurna Massif, located in the north-central region of Nepal (Everest lies to the east at the border with China), is home to some the most dangerous and tallest mountains in the world. The Annapurna Circuit takes between 12-24 days while the shorter Ghorepani Poon Hill trek takes about 4-7 days.

More information will be available on how you can DIY the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek without a guide or porter. Enjoy the Annapurna’s beauty during our four-day trek.

Trekking from Nayapul to Ghorepani

Annapurna Conservation Area

Official Start of the Trek
Annapurna Modi River
Crossing the (Modi?) river
Annapurna Nepal

The Poon Hill trek takes anywhere from four to seven days. We chose to complete ours in four days. Each day, we wake up and grab a granola bar to get us started. Then we just keep going until the end of the day. There are no other stops except for water and tieing our shoes.

You will start the trek by walking from the Annapurna Conservation Area’s entrance to Ghorepani. From there, you will head up to Poon Hill. This is the peak of the trek.

Annapurna Uleri

Our first peek of the peaks!
backpacking packing list Annapurna
Trekking the Annapurna range in December isn’t all that bad weather-wise (until the sun goes down!).

Poon Hill sunrise

Even in December, the Annapurna’s daytime temperatures aren’t too cold even though it is outside. This surprised me, as I was expecting to have to wear all my clothes in the Himalayas.

It’s still pretty cold until the sun comes out fully, however.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek’s main attraction is the sunrise from Poon Hill. Therefore, it is essential to have enough clothing to keep warm at night.

Our guesthouse was right in the middle Ghorepani. We left around 5:25 AM to start our hike up Poon Hill. All my gear had been packed for the climb, so I was both hot and sweaty. It was cold once we reached the top, but it was cold.

As I adjusted the settings of the camera to adjust to the changing light, my hands became numb. The beauty of Annapurna was worth it all.

These photos will help you make a decision.

Annapurna Poon HillAnnapurna Poon Hill sunriseAnnapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill sunriseAnnapurna HimalayaAnnapurna sunrise fog

We are done with our time in Annapurna

You can trek the rest of the trek mostly downhill. If you’re really determined, you might be able to get from Ghorepani to Nayapul in one day, reducing your hike to just 3 days. This would require you to cut down on Poon Hill or trek in the dark. I don’t think this is a smart idea.

It was not an option for me. Although it may seem counterintuitive, I have always found going downhill more difficult than hiking uphill. So I relaxed and took in the scenery as it presented itself.


Another view of the Annapurna in the daylight.
Ghandruk Annapurna
You only really get this view of Ghandruk if you end up a little lost like me….but more on that in another post.
Annapurna puppies
And yes, these cuties totally count toward the beauty of the Annapurna!

I hope you have been inspired by the beauty of Annapurna to find out more and see it for yourself. In a future post, I will share more information about how to trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Keep watching and, in the meantime, pin this image for inspiration!

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