Walking through the blanket of snow

Posted in Travel & Places at 10:47 pm by www.PHALANO.com

by Devendra Bhattarai

Our destination was much further than Kade Deurali, the place near Pokhara from where the rain and snowfall had begun. From Ulleri we had to travel to Poon Hill, then to Ghandruk through Tadapani. On the occasion of the tenth Nepal-Korea joint painting exhibition, we had a wonderful trek in the Annapurna region.

Clearing the walking trail

We had to reach Poon Hill with an altitude of 3,210 meters. After deciding that we would proceed only if there was no more snowfall that night, we went to sleep. It took 2 hours for us to reach Poon Hill which is actually 1 hour ascend from Ghodepani.

A restaurant’s courtyard


Mount Annapurna range

Mt. Fishtail

The sunrise had already matured when we reached there. Some were lying around in the snow, others were splattering it about. The peaks of Macchapuchhre, Dhawalagiri and Annapurna were playing ‘hide-and-seek’ among the thick clusters of fog.  


A Korean photographer in Deurali


At dawn the next day, we left for Tadapani. We saw buffalos shivering in the cold while moving ahead in the snowy layers. The snowy scene was like Caravan movie.

Way to Ghodepani

Way to Ghodepani

Way to Ghodepani

Way to Ghodepani


Way to Ghodepani


A view from Poonhill

A Korean tourist group at Poonhill 

On the way to Poonhill

We also had to walk sideways in fearing that the snow collected atop trees would plunge down and bury us. When we reached Deurali, severe snowfall left no option but to rest somewhere. We were compelled to stay that night at Bishwakarma Didi’s Hungry-Eye lodge in Banthanti. We rested there in the midst of the snowfall and our friend’s knee-ache. It grew so cold in the night that we were forced to sleep with our entire clothes on.

Drinking water project house in Ghodepani

Ghodepani….      An artist shows Machhapuchhre he painted.





Tourists on the way to Tadapani

Taking some rest at Deurali

Mount Annapurna

Snowfall at Lumle after 30 years

A Korean artist sketches portrait of a child at Nayapul

The three hours journey from Tadhapani to Ghandruk through Bhainsi Kharka-Sitkyu took us nearly five hours due to snowfall. Though it was called the ‘village of model Gurung homes’, the increasing concrete jungle was very obvious to the eye. Only in the morning rays of the sun, as we were leaving Ghandruk, we did feel that we had left behind the long association with winter.


  1. rabin singh/bangalore said,

    April 4, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    what a terrific job has done by u., deven dai i will be expect like thease thing from u.
    thanks a lot,
    your kaancha bhai rabin.
    from bangalore.

  2. Kamal Raj Subedi / Kathmandu said,

    April 5, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Lovely mountains, keep it up man, you are really inspiring-doing.

  3. Sachin Malla; Pristina; Kosovo said,

    April 5, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you for posting amazing pictures. Our country is really beautiful country.

  4. Dharan said,

    April 6, 2007 at 9:33 am

    The pics are great.

    It reminds me of Parkcity, Utah and last winter when I was there.

    Skiing is a wonderful sport to me since then.

    Phoon Hill looks exciting.

  5. NAGEN/S. KOREA said,

    April 6, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Wonderful represents of Nepal’s nutural beauties. They will definitely help promote to our tourism sectors. A good job. Keep it up!!

  6. sugunhana/korea, suwon, ajou said,

    April 6, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    beautiful sight, nature,
    I really want to visit nepal. great nature~


    April 8, 2007 at 5:31 pm


  8. Durga B. Pariyar, Ajman , U.A.E. said,

    April 10, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Wonders of nature! A gift from mother nature to the Nepalese people.These spectaular pictures are the emblem of expression of Nepalese to the world where they belong to.

    Many Thanks to Bhattarai Bandhu! Just could not stop myself shedding few drops of tears.’Coz I live in another part of this globe where heat and hot are daily course of life .

    Thanks once again.

    Keep posting such stuffs of Nepal!!!!!

  9. Sanu Tamang/Bellevue, NE said,

    April 10, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Wow! good view. I been there !

  10. South Sudan said,

    April 13, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Thank You Devendraji,
    Tsese shots are actually amazing.

  11. indra baha dur thapa, thailand said,

    April 16, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    i am realy proud, thanks divendra je,

  12. Dhan Dubai said,

    April 16, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks Devendra ji ,very amazing.

  13. Prashant,New York,USA said,

    April 17, 2007 at 8:21 am

    My country has hidden treasure in it. I came to know only after I saw these pics. Thanks for uploading these beautiful pics of my country.

  14. sabin/sydney said,

    April 25, 2007 at 7:27 am

    aba ta nepal aya ra sabai thau ma tour hanu parne jasti bhayo yar……….
    thanx for da pics

  15. mayank said,

    May 9, 2007 at 10:40 am

    very nice pictures….thank you for these……makes me want to ………..see our country through its veins.

  16. Sarad/Kathmandu said,

    May 13, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Patal prabhas baseka Bhai Devendra, photos chai ati ramro rahecha. Looking forward to see more beautiful photos and write ups from you.

  17. Himal Rana, UK said,

    May 15, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Wow! its just awesome, i have enjoyed it a lot. If we have got such beauty than why going to Switzerland??………………Miss NEPAL a lot
    thanks a lot.

  18. ISERIL said,

    May 18, 2007 at 12:19 am


  19. prarthana, hong kong said,

    May 18, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    all pic of snow r and mountains r hrena layak ko cha

  20. Devendra pandeya, Daegu, Korea said,

    May 18, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Devendra dai
    Its really amazing.

  21. Amar Josh, Philippines said,

    May 19, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Hats off to you! Keep up the good work!!

  22. Mukhiya, JAPAN said,

    May 27, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Devendra
    It,s such a great to see your pictures here, you really have done gret job man.

  23. iswor sapkota stanmore london said,

    May 27, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    how beutifull our country .like heven of the world’s i am also treking guide but i am not doing now. i love nature but i live in uk now. so i miss a lot my country and i also have been poon hill and ghorepani more then 100 time so i like annapurna regien
    ok bye iswor sapkota stanmore london

  24. hongkong jordan said,

    May 28, 2007 at 12:11 am

    iam produf my contary. i love our nepal

  25. sahanta_raii@yahoo.com hongkong said,

    May 28, 2007 at 12:13 am

    wanna with our nepal any bady here? hehe

  26. Devendra Thapa Doha Qatar said,

    May 29, 2007 at 2:24 am

    when i see you relly my hart sade Devendra most be Meet a MT Evereast i hope and also i pray the god thanks oneces again

  27. d.b.malla pokhara.now uk said,

    May 30, 2007 at 4:23 am

    devendra ji namaskar Grepanema ma janubanda tapai gai photo khicnu bayecha… Iam very2…JELIOUS…iwil……..Ki………! ha…ha…he…he..just jok goood job.god job

  28. prem prasad timilsina pokhara said,

    June 13, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    hi ma prem sarangkot pokhara ma hal doha qatar ma chhu gorepani ko pic dekhera nikai maja lago ma nepal ma nai chhu jasto lago.yasko lagi dharai thanks din chahanchhu.

  29. Deepak malla said,

    June 17, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Such a beeautiful fotograph captured the whole gist of the nepal and its coolness.i m refreshed great work really very appreciable to become refresh out of the home so long time.

  30. pratixa hong kong said,

    June 24, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    the pix r awesome heard of this place but after seeing the pix just can’t wait wanna visit once in my life…… simply grt… our nepal

  31. Kuala lumpur said,

    June 28, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Its marvellous!! Really nice to see the snow of nepal staying overseas. COng!! for the team who has updated this photo graph………………

  32. Raj kumar lama ,Belgium said,

    August 9, 2007 at 3:44 am

    All picture are nice n I remember my old days. I was at 1988 in this area. Really nice place. I miss Nepal so much.

  33. Ritu said,

    August 9, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    “Its been very difficult for all the nepalase people to have a visit to the whole Nepal at once.But, Your pictures made us able so.Hats off to you”

  34. Ritu Shakya\Patan said,

    August 9, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Your pictures made us able to visit the whole Nepal at once.All the snaps shows the reality of Nepal and Nepalese.So,Hats off to you and all yours subordinates.

  35. raju subedi neupane/USA,UTAH said,

    August 13, 2007 at 4:38 am

    great job Devendra ji great job! it makes me want to go to nepal.please send more of your great pictures that you took when you were travling. thank you very much!

  36. Devendra Pandeya, Daegu, Korea said,

    September 22, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Devendra dai
    Thanks very much for nice. I saw your photo after a long time. Keep it up.

  37. Tanka Ghimire said,

    September 25, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Very nice snaps………… I am missing those places.
    It is great job, hope that will see more and more in comming days.
    Wish you all the best.
    Tanka Ghimire
    North Carolina

  38. Krishna Kanta Adhikari/East Timore said,

    October 2, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    All photos are really attractive and fabulous.Thanks for your effort.

  39. ISHWOR KHADKA ( DUBAI ) said,

    October 9, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Dear Devendra Sir,

    Thank you for the picture for nice palace of Nepal.

    I glad so much.

  40. ujwal /Sydney said,

    October 12, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    i want to be home….trekking up to poon hill.

    i will definitely do that. I miss Nepal so much. Thanks for posting them.

  41. narendra.from.australia said,

    October 19, 2007 at 7:46 am

    i thankful to phalano.com to keep alot of beautiful photos about my motherlad.
    it’s really so beautiful our nepal…so u must proud of our nepal.

  42. Ramesh Dhakal, Southcarolina,USA said,

    November 18, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Very nice phothograps,I remembered my earlier days when I visited these places at 2056 -11-14 to 2056-11-26.Actually, the way from the Ghandruk to deurali to tadapani to ghorepani is quite fantastic .Photograps from Punhill are good.


  43. Bagdad/Iraq said,

    November 24, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Hi bro Goodmorning
    I’am so glad seeing these pictures of our country .You are trying to recognize to our country in international level so i want to appreeciate for this good job thanks

  44. Anita,usa, said,

    December 9, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Namaste, everybody

    thinks for this wabside.these picture are so nice and beautiful.our Country is relly neturally beautiful.when i see this picture it’s make me feel good.

  45. Surendra Rai said,

    December 24, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Looks like an ski resort in Austria….man….
    Do we have any ski resort in Nepal anybody??

  46. Ramu Adhikari (Pokhara) said,

    January 1, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I am Ramu from Dubai. Iam unable to description the elegance beauty of Nepal. Really we Nepali are very lucky and happy that we are Nepali and we have born in Npal as a Nepali.I love Nepal really when ever I am far from my home town particulary Pokhara.Pokhara attract me its whity snow himalaya .
    Rewally it can be say that Nepal is the eaden place of god.

  47. jotin holland said,

    January 10, 2008 at 2:15 am

    hi its the matter of glory to see the hilarrious beauty of nepal.my happiness knew no bounds by viewing these proudful images. wish more glorious pictures. thanks

  48. manisha hongkong said,

    January 12, 2008 at 7:26 am

    hai devendra ji..
    very nice snaps tats really amazingg.. miss my country so much.. gr88 work all the good luck..

  49. little raiani hongkong said,

    January 12, 2008 at 7:30 am

    hellow ..
    the pictures are really master piece.. the best of all.. heart touching.. i reallly appreciate ur hard work and ur skill .. and waana see more gr8 work of your..

  50. Dipendra Dev Gautam intertec doha QATAR said,

    January 22, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Before my name purusotam now my name is Dipu Gautam.i ‘m leaving at sagarmatha zone solukhumboo district sotang 3 taplasi Gautam toll .i like himalaya and my district to much Himalaya .i show this himalaya picture and i m very happy . ma ya khu shee ma yo submit gardaichhu ok thank you very much o k bye bye.

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