Thursday, 5 November 2009

Nepal: Annapurna Base Camp Trail - 3

Dhaulagiri
Dhaulagiri
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 South from Poon Hill
Annapurna and Annapurna South, from Poon Hill
Sunrise from Poon Hill
Sunrise from Poon Hill
The team in front of Dhaulagiri
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.

Ascending to Deurali Pass
Jim ascending to Deurali Pass
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.
Deurali Pass
Deurali Pass
Porter at 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.

Deurali
Hat stall at Deurali
Deurali
Rucksacks near sign post
We descended a beautiful steep gorge, which reminded me of the Blue Mountains in Australia, to lunch at Ban Thanti (3180m). The afternoon saw further descent, then a climb up to Tadapani (2630m) our objective for the day.
  • Route: Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3210m) – Deurali Pass – Nan Thanti – Tadapani (2630m)
  • Ascent: 880m
  • Descent: 1055m
  • Duration: 8 hours
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