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Pokhara, Nepal

Travelling with Nolan and Haiza

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Pokhara

Located in central Nepal in the Himalayan region, Pokhara is second largest city in terms of population. A very popular region for trekking to the Annapurna region where 3 of the highest mountains in the world are located.
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Phewa Lake — in Pokhara.

We did a 4 days, 3 nights trek to Goraphani/Poon hill. A very popular trek highlighted with the sunrise in Poon hill. This trek was categorized as “easy” and based on my previous failures on treks in South America, I swore trekking was NOT for me. But after reading reviews and commentaries online about the level of difficulty of this trek - short, 5 - 6 hours trek per day and assurance from my travel agency here in Pokhara, I convinced myself maybe I should give trekking another try which was a mistake because it’s NOT easy! I wanted to quit after the first day but our guide was so encouraging, comforting, and reassuring that I can make it.
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A very difficult trek on our first day going up to Poon hill.

We slept at Guest houses with no heating and mostly freezing cold water.
We reached Goraphani (3,210 meters above sea level) on our second night. Trekking on wet snow, rain, heat, and etc all combined. Weather at night was below zero Fahrenheit. I slept with multiple layers of clothing inside a sleeping bag, and a comforter blanket placed on top of the sleeping bag to preserve heat. My foot, legs, knees, thighs, butts, back were sore, could not even eat and sleep well.

Anyways, I survived this gruesome torture, I should say, and promised I will never punish myself again.
The stubborn in me finally realized that there’s no such thing as “easy trek” or they won’t even call it a trek...they’re all Difficult and painful. Don’t believe what agencies and online websites says. I think they’ve been written mostly by the vocal minorities of trekking /mountain climbing aficionados. Trekking is not for everyone. You compromise your health, comfort, convenience, routine, and safety.
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Stiff and uneven steps during our trek

Next stop is Chitwan, Nepal
Said goodbye to Haiza. Me and Nolan took the tourist bus to Chitwan.

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Rental boats in Phewa Lake, Pokhara

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Small island In Phewa Lake with Barahi Temple. Reminded me of Lake Bled in Slovenia which also had a church in it.

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Phewa lake

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Took a boat to go around Phewa lake

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World Peace Stupa in Pokhara

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Phewa lake, Phokara

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Gurkha museum

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With a Gurkha soldier in Gurkha museum in Pokhara

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Gurkha museum. “ Better to die than be a coward" is the motto of the world-famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers. Well Known to be the bravest among the brave soldiers/mercenaries.

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Multiple Lingam

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Old man rolling the prayer wheel in Buddhist Temple. One roll is equivalent to reciting the whole mantra.

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Buddhist monastery in Pokhara

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Long suspension bridge with my driver in Pokhara

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World Peace Stupa in Pokhara

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Celebrating Haiza’s birthday ???? n Pokhara

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Horses along the trekking trail going to Goraphani

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Stream and natural vegetation along the way

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A very difficult trek on our first day going up to Poon hill.

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Davis waterfall in Pokhara

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Finally arriving at Goraphani/Poon hill(3,210 meters high)

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View of the Himalayan mountain from the terrace of our Guesthouse in Goraphani

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Our group. Nolan(Philippine), Haiza(Malaysia), Shiva, in yellow shirt(guide), 2 Nepalese
porters

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Goraphani

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The three trekkers in Goraphan

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With Shiva(guide) in Goraphani (3,210 meters)

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Phewa lake in Pokhara

Posted by ilovenewjersey 15:33 Archived in Nepal Tagged pokhara

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Thanks for sharing your vivid impressions and excellent photographs about your allegedly easy trek...I will keep that in mind.

by Vic_IV

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