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Po Chhu Trail

Overview of the Po Chhu Trail

The Po Chhu Trail is an enchanting journey for intermediate-to-advanced hikers and bikers, stretching over a 13.7 km distance that can be covered as an out-and-back or loop route. This trail is distinguished by its captivating scenic beauty and the constant companionship of the Po Chhu River to the right, enriching the experience with stunning riverside views.

Trail Characteristics and Experience

  • Trail Difficulty: Intermediate-to-Advanced
  • Trail Type: Flowing single track
  • Terrain: The trail begins with a challenging climb spanning several kilometers, setting the tone for an invigorating journey. As you progress, you encounter a mix of rocky technical sections, which can be walked if needed, and long, fast-rolling sections that promise an adrenaline rush.
  • Special Features: The trail includes two notable hike-a-bike sections, where crossing large gorges adds to the adventure. Narrow paths are a common feature, requiring constant attention and skill.
  • Local Interaction: Midway, the trail leads to a quaint bridge, near which a local shop offers snacks—a perfect spot for a brief respite and to engage with local culture.
  • Alternative Route Options: For a varied experience, one can opt to return via an old dirt road across the river. This path meanders through several small villages in Mendrelgang, offering a glimpse into local life and additional challenges with a few climbs.
  • Highlight: A unique opportunity awaits for those choosing the alternative route—a chance to bike across one of the country’s longest suspension bridges, adding an element of thrill and awe to the journey.

The Po Chhu Trail is more than just a hiking or biking route; it’s a blend of physical challenge, natural beauty, and cultural immersion. From lung-busting climbs to serene riverside views, technical sections, and interactions with local communities, this trail offers a comprehensive outdoor experience. Whether you’re retracing your steps or exploring the rustic charm of Mendrelgang, the Po Chhu Trail promises an adventure that’s both exhilarating and culturally enriching. Remember to conserve energy for the return journey, regardless of the chosen path, and be prepared for a memorable experience on one of the region’s most intriguing trails.

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  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
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