Pokhara and Poon Hill

We’ve spent the last few weeks hanging out in Pokhara doing a whole lot of not much and loving it. We were more than ready to relax for a little while and Pokhara was the perfect place for it – we found ourselves a great little guesthouse with a lovely family and quickly figured out the best cafe for coffees in the morning.

The first week we rented bikes and chilled out by the lake, walked up a hill (regrettable) to Sarangkot and watched the sun come up over the Annapurna, rented a scooter and picnicked at the Peace Pagoda, and caught up with our Dutchie friends to celebrate Gils’ birthday.

We also took a 3 day hike to Poon Hill, through the valleys and with beautiful views of the Annapurna mountains. Poon Hill is a 40 minute climb from a town called Ghorepani. While most people head up there for sunrise, we headed up for sunset and were super glad we did. We got amazing colours changing over the valley and mountains as the sun set and, best of all, we got to turn off the alarm at 5am the next morning when everyone was getting up to climb the hill.

From Ghorepani we had a huge days walk down to a town called Tatopani – 6 hours of non-stop downhill left us feeling pretty sore but luckily we had some hotsprings to hang out in for a while. The next day we caught a few dodgy buses on a couple of very dodgy roads, but made it back to Pokhara safe and sound.

The rest of our time in Pokhara was spent doing even more chilling out and not much else. We were going to get Liam for a tandem paraglide, but the weather wasn’t playing ball as we had a week of fog. Nevermind – someone had to spend their keeping the coffee shop in business.

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