17 April, 2014 - Poon hill and trek to Tadapani

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Tent Peak Expedition
17th April, 2014 - Ghorepani (9000ft) – Deurali (10500ft) - Tadapani (8500ft)

Today we left for Deurali at 5:30am. Original plan was to go to Poon Hill but since the view would be the same we decided otherwise as Poon hill was off track. We had a photo shoot with a back drop of Dhaulagiri range, Tukuse peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

It was moderately steep trek with dense forest of Rhododendrons, pine and birch. Rhododendrons were mostly red and pink ones. On reaching the top the view was just amazing! It was named Happy Hill by somebody and we all were really very happy. The weather was good and we could see the peaks clearly (maybe because we said the BhimarupiJ)
Dhaulagiri range was on our far left. Dhaulagiri I,II,III,IV,V,VI were clearly seen. Then was Tukuse Peak and in between both was the Dhaulagiri ice fall. Then was Dhampus Peak and Dhampus pass through which we trek for Dhaulagiri circuit. Nilgiri was next; the name suggests that it is slightly bluish. Nilgiri South was behind all cladded with snow. Then was Fang or Varahashikhar in local language. Annapurna center, main and east together named Annapurna I were next. In between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I is the world deepest gorge ‘Kaligandaki’. Then was Annapurna South which was looking the tallest. After that was Hiunchuli. After a good hot tea and coffee we proceeded for Deurali village for breakfast. It was a steep trek down again amidst the dense forest.

We left for Tadapani at 10:00am. This was a wonderful trek almost 500m down to the next village. On the way down we sighted some White Capped Redstarts, Plumbous Redstart and Maroon Backed Accentre. We also saw a Barking Deer and some family of Hanuman Langoors and also one cute little Himalayan Weasel which was following us for quite some time. This way was very enjoyable. After one hour of coming down the hill we had to climb up the steps again for another 200m and this was really tiring and we finally reached our destination!!

We were placed in Fish Tail lodge. We had delicious Nepali set lunch and our day ended with a hearty laughter after playing dumb charades.