Pun Hill - Poon Hill
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Pun Hill expects boom in trekking
Hill of Myagdi is a popular destination for tourists interested in trekking.
The forest in Pun Hill is the world's biggest forest of rhododendrons.
The hill always gets a red, tarnished look during the months of March
Hill has been observing a boom in the number of trekkers of late, mainly
due to a feeling of security resulting from the recent cease-fire. The
arrival of trekkers to Pun Hill has nearly doubled this season as compared
to the similar season last year, statistics show.|
year, only about 50 visitors arrived in Pun Hill daily in the month of
Falgun. This time the number has soared to almost 100 visitors arriving
daily in this hill.
to data provided by Annupurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP),
altogether 18,277 trekkers reached this hill in the year 2002. This year,
the annual figure is expected to sufficiently rise. The early symptoms
are supportive to this expectation.
Conservation Area Project
tourists who came to Pokhara for trekking could not visit this place because
of a fear of security.
ideal season for trekking begins from the second week of Falgun. This year,
more than 3 thousand people have already got to Pun Hill from the beginning
of the trekking season", informed Gurung.
of the trekkers thronging this magnificent hill are Germans, British, French,
Israeli, and Japanese. ACAP is working for the protection and conservation
of this area. However, each tourist has to pay Rs 200 to ACAP for
visiting this area.
at a height of 3210-metre, Pun Hill is one of the most fovourite
trekking destinations in Nepal. It is especially famous for a panoramic
view of the mountains in the Annapurna Range. The splendours of 11 mountain-range,
including Gurja, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Annapurna, Machhapuchre,
can be grasped from here.
place is also famous for a magnificent viewing of sunset and sunrise. Furthermore,
the place is also famous for biological diversity. Eight types of rhododendrons
can be found in this area, let aside other floral species.
are no permanent habitants in the hill. However, 42 houses have been built
at Ghodepani, at about one hour walk downhill. These houses harbour restaurants
and lodges for the trekkers. Of the 42 houses, 26 are lodges and 16 are
of lodges and restaurants is prohibited in the hill above this point by
the Lodge Management Committee. "In order to preserve the environment of
Pun Hill, we have prohibited opening of lodge or restaurant above Ghodepani.
to a massive decline in the number of trekkers, many lodges have remained
closed over the year. Now, both the tourist entrepreneurs and lodge owners
are elated over the cease-fire and the proposed peace talks between the
Maoists and the government.
security threat in the past affected not only the incoming of trekkers.
It has also stopped a telescope sent by a Norwegian volunteer from coming
here. "We did not bring the telescope, fearing it might be robbed off.
Now as there is peace, we will soon bring it here," said chairman Pun.
At present, the telescope is in the central office of Nepal Red Cross Society.
surrounding areas of Pun Hill are mainly inhabited by magars, an ethnic
caste of Nepal. It is due to their presence in great numbers, that the
hill is also called Magar Dado, or magar hill.