First day from Kathmandu to Pokhara was not new to me, as i was used to travelling in this road. but I went all the way to trekking star point called Nayapul. on my first day. It was also a part of research with trekking guides at the office.
Yes i always used to hear others advice and this one was nice, which i should repeat again. From Kathmandu to Nayapul and to Birethati was beautiful drive. There was a feeling of getting into the mountains. Later i realized this place is really a beautiful place.
Poking out of fishtail behind the hill of chhormorng is surreal.
And i missed the trekking permit check point for Annapurna conservation area. And interestingly – i was sleeping at the house of some employee for the check point at Birethati.
Learnt about the trail from the house owners. it si really a good feeling with fulfilling Dal bhat at their Kitchen.
Birethati to Hile was short hike – this is where we stay in now a days trekking to Annapurna base amp or to Ghorepani poonhill ghandruk trekking.
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Poonhill – a best place for the view of Annapurna and Dhaulgiri range
Hile to Uleri’s uphill are anothre interesting part of this trekking. Uphill in the 10 Am sun was not fun but I enjoyed it. I was supposed to be under the cloudy day but this was not the exact case of that monsoon. However – i did not see the view of Mt Annapurna south and Himchuli. Behind the hill of chhomrong and we can also see tadapani from this point near to Ulleri. And yes Ulleri has this beautiful view of 2 snow capped mountains – Annapurna south and Mt Hiuchuli.
Ghorepani in the night was a shit village. But i realized why it was shit in the next morning.
There are 2 Ghorepani- one is lower Ghandruk where i stayed. And another is Upper Ghorepani. Now a days i am staying in excellent view of Upper Ghorepani. It is for sure a peaceful lodge of Ghorepani. At least for me. However – it is the farthest possible lodge from the poonhill – poonhill is the next morning hike for sunrise.
A mini concert in the 4 am morning is beautiful experience, even in the monsoon. Nothing there but beautiful flowers. People with guides were waiting something, later i realized this was for the beautiful mountains like Mt Annapurna herself and Mt Dhaulagiri with giant face. At this point i realized the importance of hiring a trekking guide for the trek.
However, self guided trekking was fun & bit of an adventure in this short and easy trek in Nepal.
View of Annapurna and Dhaulairi and their entire range is amazing part of Poonhill trekking.
Moment to Annapurna base camp in Monsoon
The rain that got us in between Deurali to Himalaya was killing. I am just sorry for myself though I was not hit that badly.
American girl and Chinese were not at the best time of themselves. We got soaked in a quick but hard rain. Now I feel like I should have stayed for a while under some tree or Den.
But while we were walking towards the base camp – the experience was unreal. The flowers all over the walking trail from Machhapuchre to ABC village was such interesting that I can never forget in my life.
You should certainly try Annapurna base camp trekking in the late monsoon. The wild flowers on the garden of Annapurna glacier and the surrounding mountains is more beautiful than the mountains themselves.
Different types of flower – some of them must be herbs. Many of them must be useful in any way in that altitude of 4000 meters above the sea level.
Good thing about this Annapurna base camp trekking is that you do not really get any symptoms of high altitude sickness. 90% no altitude sickness. Keep this trekking for your fifties. And then do not forget my friend Nepalgram adventure to trek with.
Also the flow of water by those beautiful flowers were amazing. I have taken some unreal picture, inspiring me to be a photographer. Till date I have no idea if I will be able to be that photographer as inspired. But yes the setting of monsoon trekking to ABC is inspiringly beautiful for many of us. Try it.
Monsoon trekking in Annapurna and the trail to ABC
Monsoon also called rainy season or summer season in Nepal falls in the months of may, june, july & august.
How is the trail like in rainy season? Slippery for sure. You need more caution while trekking to Annapurna base camp in the monsoon season. But interesting other higher trekking like Everest region trekking still has dry trail in the season of Monsoon.
Monsoon season has lots of water sources seen on the ground. This all happens due to ground water table rising and hence the trail gets wet with over flow of surcharged water.
In this kind of wet trail – it is recommended to step on stones so as to skip the slip.
However, monsoon season also has bright side of lavish greenery, movement of wildlife for the best sighting. Blooming of seasonal flowers and color of jungle will look fantastic. Flow of water in the nearby river is nice and beautiful. Waterfalls’ are in their finest and gives great picture of the trip to Annapurna base camp trek.