Up at 4:30am, and a significant personal record for me of 3210 metres on Poon Hill; higher than I had ever been! The trail to the top was ridiculously busy, a long snake of head torches wriggled its way up to the summit. Poon Hill boasts a superb panorama of the Annapurna Range. Peaks included are Dhaulagiri (8172m), Annapurna South (7219m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m)
|Annapurna and Annapurna South, from Poon Hill|
|Sunrise from Poon Hill|
|The team in front of Dhaulagiri, on Poon Hill|
Once sunrise was complete, we descended to the tea house and breakfast. Today, we were off on what our leader Will has always said is his favourite day. It wasn't long before I could see why.
Once down in Ghorepani, there is a steady ascent on to a high ridge called the Deurali Pass which reaches the height of 3210 metres. This is a shaded ridge of rhodedendran and bamboo forest, with glimpses through the trees, to the left, of the snow capped mountains, and the valleys and foothills to the right.
|Jim ascending to Deurali Pass|
|Porter at Deurali Pass|
Tea at Deurali and a discussion about the wrong position of the villages on the trail map, which turned out to be the same for the actual trail! The contours, however, did appear to be trustworthy.
|Hat stall at Deurali|
|Rucksacks near sign post|
- Route: Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3210m) – Deurali Pass – Nan Thanti – Tadapani (2630m)
- Ascent: 880m
- Descent: 1055m
- Duration: 8 hours