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Hailstorm: One Hail of an Experience at Poonhill.

Storyteller: @subedimonika
Poonhill trek has always been in my list since the past 3 years and finally, that has come to end in 2019 April. We sisters were discussing it since last few months about going somewhere and suddenly I got a call saying “we are living for Pokhara tomorrow get ready for trekking”. I was in dilemma at first what shall I do but I asked my parents and for the first time without any discussion they said OK go. It was kind of shocking for me to hear that.

Then I got ready with my backpack and went all the way to Pokhara. Tuesday we went to Pokhara and stayed in Thulmamu’s house and early next morning at sharp 6 AM we headed towards Nayapul. We were a bunch of 8 family members going. Age from 9 years (our youngest trekker) to around 40 years. We skipped the most difficult route to Ulleri by foot and decided to go till Ulleri by jeep because we had to return to Pokhara on the 3rd day of our trek. After we reached Ulleri and got off the jeep and we walked for around 30 minutes, had our lunch in one of the local hotels.After lunch, we rested for a while and begun our journey to Ghorepani from there at 11:30 AM.
Climbing uphill and downhill listening to the birds chippering the water fall burbling taking the photos and enjoying the most of our trek. It was fun gossiping, singing and heading towards our destination. The youngest one was walking sometimes forward and sometimes at last pushing and pulling everyone out there. Then around 3 PM we stopped for a short break and Ghorepani was still 3 hours far. So we had a cup of tea and biscuits and went on. We had almost crossed 70% of our way to reach Ghorepani and suddenly it started to rain. We had raincoats with us so rain didn’t bother us much. But we had around half an hour still left to reach Ghorepani when suddenly hailstorm started to hit us, then we walked so fast we made to Ghorepani in 22 minutes. It was extremely fun and equally risky to walk in such weather. We reached our accommodating place after 7 hours and enjoyed the beautiful view of Niligirii and Annapurna South mountains.

Next day at 4 AM we woke up got ready and started to climb uphill to Poonhill to the altitude of 3210 m. We reached there in 40 minutes the view was not as expected. The black clouds became hindered to us. But the view was worth it when the first rays of the sun above the Mt. Fishtail hit the Mt. Dhaulagiri. The panoramic view was so beautiful the mountains were just in front of the eyes. Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Hieuchuli, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Machapuchre were all around us. We stayed there for around 1 hour and headed back to hotel grabbed our bag pack, finished our breakfast and started our journey for the day.
Our plan was to reach Ghandruk on the same day but the people of the hotel told us to stay at Tadapani on that day. So we decided our journey will be till Tadapani. The path was difficult compare to other day. Uphill, downhill, the forest full of rhododendron all the way. We didn’t rush but we walked taking rest enjoying in the nature. We stopped for short tea break around 10 AM and around 12:30 PM for our lunch. Hands down that was the best lunch we had in our entire trek. So delicious and served with much love. And at 1:45 PM we again started our journey and went on. And we tackled the most worst route all downhill and downhill in stairs. And with the end of that all the uphill way till we reached Tadapani. Around 5 we reached Tadapani found the hotel unpacked and we rested there. The view from there was most beautiful. The mountain is just next to us the Annapurna south and Annapurna III was so close.

Next day around 7:30 AM we started our journey to Ghandruk. We walked for an one and half hour and stopped for breakfast. Had our breakfast and headed towards Ghandruk village. around 11 AM we reached there. Went on to one of the Gurung home stay ordered lunch tried gurung dress. Enjoyed the view of Annapurna and Fishtail. And at 2 PM we headed back to Pokhara from there. 4-5 hours ride till Pokhara in a jeep and ended our 3 days trip to Gorepani, Poonhill. A journey with lots of memories.

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