Pokhara; Trek Starting Point
Pokhara; Trek Starting Point
I just returned from a wonderful little vacation and I’m excited to share my story with you! I went on a week-long trip to Pokhara with Lola and Solveig. Solveig is leaving in December so it was our chance to all do some sightseeing together. Pokhara; Trek Starting Point tells the spectacular beauty of Pokhara and the trekking route it offers.
Pokhara is a town alongside a huge lake, Phewa Tal. It’s the starting point for all of the treks in the Annapurna region and a vacation spot for Nepali people. It’s also a tourist spot- bars, restaurants, trekking and gift shops line the main drag. It feels a little like Thamel in Kathmandu, but cleaner and with much nicer scenery. Lola and I took a tourist bus from Kathmandu early last Monday to meet Solveig, who had been exploring the jungles of Chitwan on her own the week before.
After a seven hour ride, we got off the bus only to be rushed by several guest house employees handing out cards and hoping that we would stay at their establishments. We got cheap spot called Holy Lodge, which actually ended up being pretty comfortable and the best shower I’ve had since America. We spent the first night exploring Pokhara and eating dinner with a couple of friends that we met the week before.
Tuesday morning, we took a cab to Phedi, a 30 minute drive from Pokhara where our short trek towards the mountains was to begin. The hike took us uphill, over countless stone steps and into a lush green forest. Early on into the excursion, we met two fellow hikers from Canada and their guide, a Nepali guy from a nearby village. One of the great things about traveling is meeting so many new people and sharing our experiences. We ended up doing the entire two-day trek with our new friends.
We spend all day traveling higher and higher into the hills. It was cloudy that day, so we didn’t see the Himalayas. But the views of the surrounding hills and countryside were spectacular. By hills I really mean mountains, but compared to the nearby Annapurna Himalayan range, hills is more appropriate. The day’s walk ended at the top of the hill, at a campsite and guest house called Australian camp. Still cloudy, we hoped for a sunrise view of the Himalayas the next day. After a campfire with our new friends and curried vegetables at the guest house restaurant, we headed for bed.
Stunning, absolutely GORGEOUS views of the mountains at sunrise. The pictures I took do not do them justice, but we could feel their utterly powerful presence and they felt close enough to touch. What a totally surreal experience it was to be so close to the tallest mountain range in the world. We just stood there in awe, soaking in the beauty of the moment and where we were.
Lukas Martinson | Photo By : Sirish B.C. | Duke Nepal