Report of our Poonhill and Kalikandaki Valley Trek in February 2011, with Babu through the Company: www.hikinginmountain.com
We met our guide Mr. Baburam Bhattarai (Babu) for the first time in the International airport in Kathmandu who is waiting for us to pick up us after our long journey . He booked as looking forward to the coming days as we did! Over gaslight we unfold the map of the Annapurna region and marked the proposed trek. A plate with Tibetan momos and a good pint of Everest beer were very helpful!
Babu arranged the entrance fees for the Annapurna Conservation Area as well as the tickets for Roel and Elly, for the flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to the tiny Jomson airport. It’s easy to have a guide who can tell the reliable flying companies from the less reputable.
The next day we arrived in Pokhara, a relaxed ‘base camp’ for various treks around the Annapurna range. We stayed here one day to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of this city, before we started to walk our trek.
We wouldn’t walk the whole trek with the five of us, because we had different plans.
Roel and Elly didn’t want to miss the Buddhist pilgrimage of Muktinath, while Vincent and I got our minds set on the Poonhill-trek (most gorgeous view on the Annapurna range). Time was too short to do both, so we started with the Poonhill trek and we would meet Roel and Elly somewhere halfway the Kalikandaki valley! Babu joined us, because of the bigger hardiness of the Poonhill trek and the fact that Roel and Elly can almost be seen as native Nepali (it was their 14th time here).
After the last preparations in the sunny garden of the Little Tibetan Guesthouse, Babu halted a taxi, as always a Suzuki Alto (I’ve gained great respect for that car) and we headed for Phedi (1150 m), the starting point of the Poonhill-trek. The beginning point of the path is hardly marked, but we had Babu with us!
We paused along the Yamdi Khola stream before a long and steep climb to Ghandrung (2000 m) begun, a beautiful traditional Gurung village. Actually it was a steep stairway instead of a path, it must have cost years and years to pave it and I will never again complain about my own staircase. Rather heavy for the first day, but the wonderful views underway are very compensating. Babu arrange us the best value-for-money hotels and guesthouses are more uphill in the village that we never respect in Mountain. Nobody thinks about walking a bit further when you enter the village, with lots of pulling hotel signs welcoming you, that’s why. We had a nice daal bath and crashed in bed after a couple of drinks.
We will never forget the view on Annapurna South from the roof of the hotel in the morning light. A wonderful start of the day! After couple of days hiking in Annapuran we meet Roel and Elly at Kolopani who came down from Jomsom Muktinath trail. We all are 100% satisfied with the local company Hiking in Mountain that who arrange our Nepal trekking/ Tour packages as our own itinerary. After a week trek we went to Chitwan National Park for wildlife as they arrange us 2 night 3 days special chitwan packages. We really enjoy with all what they offer. I heard that some of local company charge high amount of money but you get less service so i fully recommended for any body who travel/ trekking in Nepal with this trekking company. You will receive a personalized service with the emphasis on quality, safety, and value for money as they tell you.
Vincent van Mulligen from Netherland
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