ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP

BAD IDEA-TREKKING POON HILL AND TADAPANI ON THE SAME DAY

ABC trekking during spring ( March to May)

Trekking from Ulleri to Ghorepani wasn’t as easy as how we expected, and wasn’t like Nayapul to Ulleri trekking, the pain began intensifying when the altitude increased . Initially, our literature showed visiting ABC during spring ( March to May) is the second best choice after October to November season. But sadly the weather pushed us to wear a poncho all the way until we reached Ghorepani. Most of the time the weather was drizzly and foggy. The continuous rain and cloudy weather also blocked the breathtaking mountain views we wished to see. So far, the journey wasn’t pleasant. The excitement started to fade from our faces.

Ghorepani

We reached Ghorepani late evening, one of the biggest village in the Annapurna region, a long day trekking from Ulleri. The 2760m elevation from sea level had already triggered some altitude sickness fear among us, but at this stage we haven’t started to take Acetozolamide yet. The night was too cold and we hoped the sky to be clear as we planned to hike to Poon Hill the following morning. As we got up at 4.30 am, Rajan was unwell. He vomited more, found to be very weak and gloomy. Despite the poor health condition, Rajan was determined to reach Poon Hill with us without any problem.

Time to Check Oxygen level and heart rate

Time to time we didn’t miss to check our oxygen level and heart rate when we reached new elevation. We knew the complication of altitude sickness very well.  The oxygen level of the whole team was on a average of 97% and the heart rate at 100 bpm. Since Rajan is an experienced paramedic, we had no issue on getting a definite diagnosis for symptoms we facing time to time. Additionally, Ganesan is an experienced Pharmaceutical  staff, he advised us what medication we should take.

Poon Hill

The best part about the Poon Hill was the panoramic view, even the entire Annapurna region were not to sight but the view of Machapuchare mountain was very prominent. Luckily the weather was better than previous days. Looking at the mountains under the azure tainted skies really gave me an impeccable amount of hope. Hope that we will reach our destination under any circumstances. I cannot stress how sophisticated the panoramic view was. You will only know the true beauty of it not by looking at photos but embracing it face to face. This place is a painters’ dream or paradise

Nature was our everything a this point

The snow caped mountains looked like a meticulously crafted dessert with powdered sugar on top. The cotton candy-like clouds covered it.(sorry if i made you hungry);). The sky was our friends, the moon our guide at night and the clouds were our roof. We were completely surrounded by nature. Nature was our everything a this point. On the dirt covered land, lies leafless bushes and dried leaves. flowers bloomed adding contrast and life to just a plain plot of land. The view was so spectacular. Although we were only halfway though our expedition, the view kept us motivated and kept me in euphoria. The sunrise made beautiful silhouettes of everyone. The beauty of the expedition even though were were only halfway though it gave me an indisputable amount of joy and satisfaction

The Rhododendron flower, national flower of Nepal bloomed elegantly and captured the eyes for a long period of time. This saturated red color flower only can be seen during spring, March to May every year, especially  at high altitude area like Annapurna Region.

In a nutshell, staying in Ghorepani an extra night is a good idea. We were really tired and we reached Tadapani late in the evening which is  risky. Ghorepani to Tadapani is one of the longest trail in this expedition. When the journey incorporated with Poon Hill trekking, it turned to be the toughest and painful trekking. Additionally, the altitude sickness symptoms started to appear among some trekkers. To be frank, the journey to the Tadapani on the same day hiking Poon Hill should have been avoided. However, we managed to reach Tadapani around 7.30pm with sluggish steps and exhausted faces.

 

HI.....thank you so much for the time you have spent at travelcheese.com. I'm Suresh Mooper, a traveler/trekker/blogger. I'm  very passionate on solo travelling, especially overland travelling. So far I have traveled on the  Transsiberian Train Journey covering from Guangzhou, China to St Petersberg, Russia. In 2016, I crossed on Silk Road from Xian, China to Istanbul, Turkey covering China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan and Turkey. In 2017, I  covered a rare route from Seremban, Malaysia to Seoul, Korea overland crossing, Thailand, Laos, China and South Korea. Annapurna Base Camp trekking (April 2018) turned to be my memorable and inspiring trekking ever I made. Beside providing interesting travel stories, travelcheese also offers great travel products. All chosen products are very unique and stylish. A traveler knows a traveler's needs better. That is how travelcheese is very confident and very passionate to provide quality travel products. Thanks for your purchases and visits. Suresh Narayanan say cheese...

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