Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek-Heaven on the Himalaya

My journey on the Himalaya and the birth of a great friendship.

The 16th of january will be exactly 4 year since i’ve made this fantastic trip to Nepal.

Everything started with just a picture. It was shared by a high school classmate of mine, Andrea, on his instagram account.

That picture showed him while he was playing table tennis with some young Nepalese guys. That image just impressed me, so I decided to get in contact with him, and discovered his passion for Nepal.

 We decided to meet up again, 10 years after last time. From that meeting, day after day, we started setting up our one way journey Roma-Katmandu. It was definitely a big risk for people who barely knew each other, to face such a long and particular journey, but we accepted the risk and all the consequences that could possibly arise.

On January the 16th 2017, we left for Nepal, our souls full of fear, but with a great desire to discover the world and that strange feeling of freedom running through our bodies, something we were looking for, for such a long time!

Upon our arrival in Katmandu, we spent the next 5/6 days touring the valley and surrounding areas: Katmandu, Panauti, Patan, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot and then straight to Pokhara: starting point for many trekkings on the Himalaya.

After several hours of walking, we encountered the first village, Thike Dhunga. We spent the night there, a cold night! I remember when we arrived there, it was around 4pm, I was disoriented, surrounded by such a wild nature, I didn’t know what to do. The calm surrounding me was too much, I wasn’t use to that, I was kind of lost untill I opened up a book and I started reading. From that moment on, that calm became my positive energy, and that positive energy turned into research of my deepest inner soul.

I brought this desire of self discovery with me, for the rest of the journey: from Thike Dhunga to Ghorepani, and to Poon Hill.  Every step to the top of the mountain was an extra piece that I put for my  inner reconstruction.

We arrived at Poon Hill before dawn, at sunrise. It’s been such an amazing feeling, a spectacular sunrise! Slowly as the sun rose, all the mountains in the background lit up. Second after second, the most wonderful painting I’ve ever seen was created. My feelings, I wont ever forget them,  were a mixture of satisfaction and  amazement for reaching the top at 3200mt. It might seem nothing special for someone, but for us it was just like climbing up to the Everest. The ascent, rather than physical, had been mental, leaving out step by step that mass of fears and thoughts we carried with us till that moment.

We started our descent to Pokhara, it took us 3 days of walking. I believe the descent to the valley was the moment when we realized we’ve fallen in love with Nepal. We left a little piece of us on those peaks, and we hope we’ll be able to come back one day. There are many things that I will take with me from this experience

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