DAY 3 - Poon Hill and off to Chhomrong

Trip Start Sep 14, 2010
Trip End Feb 18, 2011

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another early start. This time at 4.30am and at around 5 am we hiked up to Poon Hill (3210m) surrounded by darkness and stars, stars, stars and then flash lights, flash lights and flash lights from all the other people doing exactly the same. Once we got up there it was pretty much like Kings X at rush hour. The views were amazing though and worth the 45min hike. Still find it so mindboggling that what I saw today were the Himalayans (well part of it) and not some mountains in Austria. Being in Nepal feels so normal that seeing Annapurna South felt normal, which doesn't mean I wasn't deeply impressed. I had to take a photo every time I saw the peaks because it just mesmerized me every time again. We had our breakfast in front of the absolute best background.. the Machhapuchhre before starting off on what was going to be the most strenuous hike so far. There was a split second where I just wanted to sit down and not move, ever again. Nunu said toaday would be 3 hours before lunch and 3 hour hike after lunch - mainly going flat, going downhill and only 10 min of hiking up. BULLSHIT!! We kept going all the way down these bloody stone steps just to hike all the way up again. So to keep it short.. we hiked from Ghorepani (2860m) to Poon Hill (3210m), back down to Ghorepani, over the Deurali Pass (3090m) up to Ban Thanti (3180m), to Tadapani(2630m) where we had lunch. From there down through jungle to Chuile (2309m) then all the way further down to the suspension bridge over the Kimrong river - back up on steep steps (have I mentioned I hate steps!) to Ghurnung (2060m), then Taulung (2180m) and finally reached Chhomrong (2170m)... I've never seen so many stone steps in my life!! My legs almost buckled towards the end and I never was sooo glad to be at the hotel! I wish though my eyes were like a video camera and I could record all the beautiful places I've been to today. Otherwise my entries will just all read the same: walked through Rhododendron forests, along turquoise rivers, gorges, rain forests and with the snow covered mountains in the background. It's just so beautiful. Maybe I should train as a tour guide so I can hike here every day but then I'd have a hard time motivating the group if I huff and puff myself. At one point there was a woman in front of me whistling the same 5 second tune over and over again. I just wanted to go 'buff' and end it all. I was so glad when she let me go past but then of course I had that bloody tune in my head. So maybe I wouldn't make such a good guide - what would I do if I had to spend 10 days with her whistling. So yeah, my feet were tired towards the end of today. I kept stumbling over the smallest stones. I hope that was the worst day. haha.. but we're all pretty proud of ourselves now. On the other side if I think of all the porters walking past us in trainers and flip flops carrying bags the size of fridges I guess I had it easy today. We are so close now to Annapurna, it's almost like I can touch the mountains. Can't wait to see the view tomorrow morning. 7 days more to go and it will be so interesting to see what they'll bring.
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