I am lucky to have been on many adventures so far in my life but I would have to say that my trek into the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal was one that I class as a real adventure. It was hard walking, up and down the well maintained paths with so many steps, along ridges, crossing scary bridges, through beautiful and unexpected forests and then finally into the the Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 metres above sea level.
You see, I hate heights, I hate edges, narrow paths, scary drops and suspension bridges!
I was way out of my comfort zone, but I did it! I suffered from altitude sickness the higher we got and couldnt eat but I was determined to get to the Annapurna Base Camp for sunrise – which was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Once I made it there and had a little rest (I did actually fall asleep while sitting on a rock), I was fine for the rest of the trip. It was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done physically but also one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
We took 10 days to walk in and out and stayed in tea houses along the way. It was basic, rustic and beautiful all at once. We had local porters to carry our most of our packs and we each carried a day pack. The local villagers were lovely people and we enjoyed interacting with them. We loved he mountain views surprising us each time we looked up, up, up!
We flew into Kathmandu, then the next day onto Pokhara. We started the trek from Phedi (1130m) in heavy pouring rain, with our first night spent in Pothana (1970m). We walked the next day into Chhomrong (2170m) and then onto Doban (2580m). The next day we walked in rain again to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m) and tried to get acclimatised. At 4.30am wearing all our warm clothes, we set off for Annapurna Base camp to see the sun rise, which is something none of us will ever forget.
We then set off back down to Doban and Chhomrong. We changed our trek here and went to Ghandruck (1940m) and then to Syauli Bazar (1170m), Chimrong and Birethanti (1020m) where we had our card signed off. Then all of a sudden it was over and we met the bus at Naya Pul (1070m). Some then stayed in Pokhara for a few nights before meeting up with everyone back in Kathmandu. It was an amazing trip and a real adventure.
I love looking at the photos of this trip and reading our diary. We would do it again in an instant. Hope you enjoy my adventure!
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