Poon Hill

Hi friends

Poon Hill

Poon Hill was the highlight towards the end of my trekking adventure in the Himalayas in October 2012.

My fellow adventurers and I awoke at 4 am to climb up Poon Hill, which really wasn’t a hill but a small mountain at 3100 metres.

We were clad in woolly hats, gloves and arctic four seasons Himalayan bomber jackets, it was very cold.

A lot of people were heading on the same route. Everyone was walking in single file up the steep steps, being very quiet, organised and methodical, armed with head or hand torches, as it was very dark.

There was a thrilling atmosphere of anticipation in the air.
When we arrived at the top it was still very dark and icily cold.

The area was packed with people, all at the ready with their cameras.
There was a watch tower which was crammed with people of all nationalities, everyone was really excited and friendly.

The darkness started to fade, the sky began to lighten with the yellow golden rays of the sun, and there in the distance our reward was nigh, with the outline of the majestic towering 8000 metres peaks of The Himalayan
Annapurna Mountain Range.

I will never forget it, there are almost no words to describe the beauty that was before us, as a self confessed mountain groupie, I was in my element.

The sun eventually emerged in it’s full powerful glowing glory, set amongst the highest peaks in the world.

Fishtail Mountain (machhapuchhre 6998m) could be seen on the faint horizon in all it’s unique splendour. The peak being the shape of a fishtail, and is considered a sacred mountain because of that, and no one is allowed to climb it, to preserve it’s unique shape. It’s the 4th most beautiful mountain in the world.
Dhaulagiri (8167m) the 7th highest mountain in the world, and Annapurna 1 were also there, towering before us like huge giants.

Everyone clapped and cheered, the cameras were clicking with frenzy. It was a wonderful moment.

It was now light and we had the privilege of witnessing one if the most spectacular mountain spots in the world.

Su our tour leader had lost his friend a few days earlier in a plane crash, we had a one minute silence with a prayer flag, standing in a circle. It was quite emotional we all had tears in our eyes.

Fiona was a keen photographer with her zoom lens camera. She suggested getting some pictures of us all doing star jumps with the huge mountain peaks in the background. It was a lot of fun and she got some amazing shots.

I wanted to meet an Everest summiteer and Su and some of the other Sherpas tried to find one for me, but it was not to be, but there’s another story regarding this subject, so watch this space.

The whole adventure up Poon Hill will go down in my memory bank as one of the best. The day encapsulated everything – excitement, anticipation, wonder, sadness, fun, friendship, beauty.

For me appreciation to the highest degree of the beauty of this wonderful world.

Lots of Love
Loraine x

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